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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone during a campaign rally at the CenturyLink Center, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Bossier City, La.

Louisiana presidential primaries now have 15 candidates, including Trump

Attorney General Jeff Landry on Thursday submitted qualifying paperwork for President Donald Trump to compete in Louisiana’s April 4 Republican presidential primary. The other Republican candidates who have signed up so far are Rocky De La Fuente, Bill Weld and Matthew John Matern.

Democrats who have signed up to participate in their party’s presidential preference primary are: Michael Bennet, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

Friday is the last day to qualify. Unlike the open primaries in state elections, these are closed-party primaries in which only party members can participate.

Regents delay action on admissions standards

The Louisiana Board of Regents on Thursday discussed possible revisions to its admissions standards policy but put off taking action until next month.

Regents sets minimum admissions standards for the state’s colleges and universities but allow a limited number of “exceptions,” reasoning that GPA and ACT scores don’t always indicate a student’s full potential. LSU, which as the flagship university has the highest minimum standards, has been granting more exceptions than allowed, prompting Thursday’s discussion.

Regents’ staff proposed a new policy that would allow the board to penalize schools that violate the admissions policy for two years in a row by reducing the school’s allocation of state dollars. But board members said they wanted more time to hear from university leaders and consider the implications of the change before voting.

Louisiana receives $1.52 million in maritime grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration this week announced more than $7.5 million in grants to nine "marine highway" projects, including two in Louisiana.

One grant for $1.04 million will be used to purchase six purpose-built barges and lease one towboat to support the growing Port Allen-to-New Orleans container shuttle, DOT says. The award is meant to increase the shuttle’s capacity and help stimulate the shipbuilding industry.

A $480,000 grant is intended to support the purchase or lease of facility and transportation equipment at a Baton Rouge facility that will be used to load and unload containers.

Staff Reporter

David Jacobs is a Baton Rouge-based award-winning journalist who has written about government, politics, business and culture in Louisiana for almost 15 years. He joined The Center Square in 2018.