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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School System has declared a critical shortage of classroom teachers to open the door for it to hire retirees to fill about 40 positions still vacant. School starts Aug. 12.

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Donaldsonville city councilmen have voted to accept a proposal that could lower by 1 cent the sales tax rate in a key commercial section of the city.

Currently, the tax rate is at 11 cents on the dollar for businesses within the 750-acre area along La. Highway 3089.

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - West Baton Rouge Parish's new school superintendent, Wesley Watts, has signed a two-year contract, and will be assuming the role as its new head Aug. 1. Watts was selected for the position a month ago.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The executive committee for the East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Party has come out against proposals up for debate to reduce the size of the parish School Board.

The Democratic Party's opposition to the school board redistricting follows on the heels of opposition by the local Republican Party, the Louisiana NAACP and the parent group One Community, One School District.

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