Roundup: Pet-friendly Louisiana / Leadership Baton Rouge grads / Fried chicken fest

    Pet-friendly: Accustomed to finding itself in unenviable positions on many national surveys, Louisiana fares much better on one ranking it as the sixth-most pet-friendly state in the U.S. for 2019, NOLA.com reports. The survey by SafeWise is based on statistics from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the pet lifestyle website BringFido. It says Louisiana has “700 pet-friendly restaurants across the state for you and your party animals to enjoy.” Read the full story.

    New grads: The Baton Rouge Area Chamber concluded its 33rd year of the Leadership Baton Rouge program on Tuesday, graduating 39 participants from the 2019 class into its alumni base of more than 1,100. The program focuses on key areas such as education, diversity, city and state government, health care and social concerns, economic development, the arts and culture, and the criminal justice system. Graduates leave the program with first-hand knowledge of the resources, assets and issues facing the Capital Region. See the full list of graduates.

    Eat more chicken: Following last year’s event, organizers of the National Fried Chicken Festival, presented by Raising Cane’s, have announced plans to expand the festival from two to three days this year. In 2018, the festival drew more than 177,000 attendees, and organizers are expecting more than 200,000 for the fourth annual event taking place Sept. 20-22 in New Orleans’ Woldenberg Riverfront Park.

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