News roundup: Impression Works graduating from LSU business incubator … All La. public colleges and universities meet GRAD Act … Obama nominates Polite to be U.S. attorney in New Orleans
Moving out: On the heels of winning a major contract with the Alliance Safety Council, software development firm Impression Works says it's graduating from the Louisiana Business & Technology Center at LSU. The firm, which has been at the business incubator since early 2012, will move its operations to the ASC's new corporate offices in Baton Rouge, according to a release from LSU. There, the Impression Works development team will be in charge of customizing the mobile technologies for the council and its member companies.
Making the grade: Third-year requirements of the GRAD Act—which is a six-year agreement setting specific educational achievement benchmarks—have been met by every public college and university in Louisiana, the Board of Regents says. Requirements of the GRAD Act, which was approved by the Legislature in 2010, were met by all but LSU-Eunice last year, and by all schools during the first year it was in effect. Schools must meet the requirements to retain tuition authority and autonomy eligibility. You can read a brief from the board here.
Naming names: President Barack Obama today nominated Kenneth Polite Jr. to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu had announced in February that she was recommending Polite for the New Orleans-based position. If the Senate confirms him, Polite will replace Jim Letten, who was the nation's longest-serving U.S. attorney when he resigned in December. Republican Sen. David Vitter issued a release today saying while he believes the office "needs a more seasoned leader," he will not attempt to block the nomination.
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