News roundup: Zea Rotisserie & Grill to open Juban Crossing location … Baton Rouge STEM Learning Network joins national initiative to strengthen STEM education … Congress sides with retailers in fight with banks over debit card fee limits
Coming soon: The last of the Juban Crossing stores impacted by flooding last August is set to reopen and new construction has been announced at the Livingston Parish destination shopping center. Via its Facebook page, Juban Crossing announced that Zea Rotisserie & Grill will be the newest restaurant tenant at the shopping center. No timeline for the restaurant opening was provided. Zea has a locations in Baton Rouge at Towne Center, as well as locations in the Lafayette, North Shore and New Orleans areas. Meanwhile, Bath & Body Works is set to reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday. Tenants at the 471-acre shopping center, located just east of Denham Springs on Interstate 12, took on between four and five feet of water during the flood last summer. Kohl’s was the only retailer to close after the flood, and most stores reopened in time for last year’s holiday shopping season.
New connections: The Baton Rouge STEM Learning Network has been selected to join a national initiative that aims to strengthen STEM education and receive support to build regional partnership focused on STEM Education Pathways. The STEM Learning Ecosystems announced Baton Rouge’s selection today at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference in San Deigo. Baton Rouge’s newly formed ecosystem, led by the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, is one of 17 regional ecosystems added to the initiative, which now encompasses 54 communities. The ecosystems were selected because of their demonstrated commitment to cross-sector collaborations in the classroom and beyond. The foundation, with assistance from ExxonMobil, launched the Baton Rouge Network earlier this year.
To the limit: Banks are regrouping a day after being handed a large defeat in the U.S. House, where Republicans sided with retailers in agreeing to preserve limits on debit card fees. As Reuters reports, the financial industry insists it’s not done fighting to remove limits on the fees. Retailers, however, are already looking to carry the fight to credit card fees. “We are glad this fight is over, and are happy with our victory,” says Austen Jensen with the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “The banks should clearly know that this is over with.” Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers, disagrees. “This debate is not over,” he says. The House has been considering a broad financial reform bill that included a repeal of the Durbin amendment, which established the limits on debit card fees. Read more.