Roundup: Metro Council / Capital Area Autism Network / Louisiana hosts national competition

    Voted: The Metro Council decided at its Wednesday meeting to give the mayor-president the authority to enter into a 10-year contract with the Bridge Center to establish a psychiatric crisis and detox facility in the parish. A majority of council members also voted to hold a termination hearing on April 3 for Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control District Director Todd Walker following a Business Report story on questionable spending at the agency. Prior to the council meeting, MARC filed a lawsuit against the Metro Council, saying it lacks the authority to fire Walker.

    CAAN: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation will host an open discussion on April 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Shaw Center with members of the Capital Area Autism Network about where the organization may need to focus efforts moving forward. RSVP and get more information for the event online.

    Viral video games: Louisiana will host the first-ever American Super Mario Kart Championship in Monroe this weekend, The News-Star reports. The nearly 30-year-old game has a loyal following of enthusiasts and professional competitors and the competition’s directors are hoping to draw as many as possible to Louisiana. Europe also hosts an annual competition with nearly 60 players every year. Read the full story.

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