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Quick hits: Louisiana news briefs for Thursday, Oct. 31

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Louisiana delegation votes along party lines on impeachment question

As expected, Louisiana’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines Thursday on the question of whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a New Orleans Democrat, voted in favor, while Republicans Ralph Abraham, Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson and Steve Scalise all voted against.

The U.S. House as a whole voted largely along party lines to move forward, with all Republicans and only two Democrats voting against.

Trump plans Monroe rally

The Trump campaign has announced it will hold a rally Wednesday in Monroe, a little more than a week before Louisiana’s Nov. 16 state election. Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Eddie Rispone, the first-time candidate who hopes to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Monroe is in the congressional district of Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, who also ran against Edwards for governor but was eliminated in the open primary. The competition to be the Republican standard-bearer in the governor’s race was heated, and Edwards hopes to pick up some of the congressman’s support in the runoff.

Trump also held an event in Lake Charles the night before the primary where he essentially endorsed both Republicans.

Coastal authority seeks proposals

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is accepting project ideas that Louisiana citizens, governmental bodies, and concerned organizations would like to see evaluated and considered for possible inclusion in the next comprehensive master plan that will be submitted to the Louisiana Legislature in 2023.

Emphasis should be on projects that provide benefits in the face of sea level rise and subsidence without continued maintenance, those that make a contribution to maintaining estuarine gradients in future decades, and those that provide storm surge-based risk reduction at a community or regional scale, CPRA says. Guidelines are available at coastal.la.gov.

U.S. Sen. Kennedy announces $875,000 grant for anti-drug education

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says Louisiana will receive $875,000 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to fund efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth.

Grants of $125,000 were awarded to community coalitions in Bogalusa, Baton Rouge, Kenner, Arcadia, Hammond, Farmerville and New Orleans, Kennedy’s office says.

“Our kids are abusing opioids, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Their lives are lost to addiction while they’re still battling acne,” Kennedy said. “We’ve got to educate our kids that they’re playing with fire when it comes to substance abuse.”