Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:25:56 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Southern University has a new plan to increase enrollment. There are more than 6,000 students at Southern, and now there's a new plan to attract more students from across the country.
In the next five years or so, Southern University chancellor James Llorens hopes classrooms will be at full capacity. He says constant tuition hikes have lead to a decline in student enrollment. The increased tuition is toughest on students from out of state.
"That extra $2,000 that we pay in out-of-state fees puts a damper in their pockets," said Justin Evans, a senior from Houston.
But the university has a new plan to help potential students cross state lines to join the Jaguar Nation.
"Last year we implemented a policy, for the first time, of all out-of-state students, if they met certain GPA requirements of a 3.0 GPA and a 22 ACT score then we would wave out-of-state fees," said Llorens.
Llorens says this year, the university added another waiver for students from Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas: no out-of-state fees if they have a 2.7 GPA and a 20 on the ACT.
"It's important for us as a university to have a diverse population geographically," said Llorens. "Even though we realize we're a Louisiana public institution, we're here to serve the students of Louisiana...we're also here to serve the regional and national population."
While the change only applies to incoming students, some current Jaguars say it's one that is much needed.
"I wish they could've did it earlier. Maybe I would have been able to benefit from it, or my friends would be able to benefit from it. But hopefully it will help out with attracting different students from different areas to come to Southern," said Dmitrius McGruder, a senior from Atlanta.
The waiver doesn't come without some added responsibility. If at any time a student's GPA drops below the requirements, those out-of-state fees will be reinstated.
Chancellor Llorens says some schools in Mississippi and the University of New Orleans have also recently done away with out of state fees.