It’s raining, it’s pouring: Much of an already saturated Louisiana is under a flash flood watch until as late as Friday morning, The Daily Advertiser reports. Alexandria, Monroe, Shreveport, Lafayette and much of Acadiana are on the flood watch. Thirty-five parishes are included in the National Weather Service’s flash flood watch zone, though the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas were spared from the warning. Still, sandbags remain available at these Baton Rouge locations. Read the full story.
Preschool: Louisiana was awarded nearly $8 million to boost early childhood education options across the state, the Department of Education announced. About $7.1 million of the funding, comes from a competitive federal Preschool Development Grant, and some $800,000 comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as part of a private match required by the grant process. Read the full announcement.
Mardi Gras: Blue Bell is bringing back its Mardi Gras king cake flavored ice cream to stores this week, and for the first time the company opening up distribution of the flavor to everywhere Blue Bell is sold, instead of just in Louisiana and Alabama. Read the announcement.