Roundup: Gulf Coast elections / Startups turning to cash / Fewer foreign students 

    What’s next: Louisiana is unique in many ways, but the outcome of the 2019 gubernatorial election underscores how the state is one of a kind when it comes to politics, as with many things. An analysis piece from Forbes looks at how Louisiana’s election differs from its neighbors, and what that could mean for the region. Read the story here.  

    Changing trends: A feature from The New York Times details a shift in the tech startup culture, where companies are raising more money and spending less. The new trend of stockpiling cash is at odds with the model of most venture capital-backed start-ups, which typically raise piles of money to spend on growing faster. Many investors are now pushing their companies to turn a profit. Read the full story. 

    Enrollment: The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report from the Institute of International Education. The number of newly enrolled international students dipped by 1% in fall 2018 compared to the year before. It follows decreases of 7% and 3% in the previous two years, which were the first downturns in more than a decade. Read the full story. 

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