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State police to hold first academy in years

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By spring, a Louisiana State Police academy should be underway to train new state troopers for the first time in several years.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/120qGj3 ) Legislators found an alternative funding mechanism after Gov. Bobby Jindal failed to include money for the academy in the $25.4 billion state spending plan.

State government's money woes have put the academy on hold for years. The last cadet class graduation was in 2009.

Now, $5 million a year generated by a new state debt recovery unit will flow to state police for five years.

New applications will not be accepted for the 40-person academy class to begin early next year

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