Flooding relief: The Mississippi River is finally low enough again to let the Army Corps of Engineers begin closing a huge spillway after a record-breaking run diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain. The corps said in a news release this morning that about 10 of the 168 open bays in the Bonnet Carré spillway would be closed by day’s end. Spokesman Matt Roe says full closing is expected to take about a week. D
Giving: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation today announced that it has raised $16.5 million in the first half of 2019, about level with last year. Eighty-eight percent of the funding ($14.1 million) went to organizations in Louisiana. Among the largest recipients were the LSU Foundation, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Companion Animal Alliance, THRIVE Academy and New Schools for Baton Rouge. Notably, donors Cordell and Ava Haymon granted $1.2 million to LSU College of Music through the LSU Foundation to create the first music therapy program in the state.
Ramen bowls: JINYA Ramen Bar is open in the former Voodoo BBQ location in Perkins Rowe. The restaurant is founder Tomo Takahashi’s 35th location in North America and first in Louisiana. JINYA—which serves ramen, Japanese small plates and craft beer—is the latest restaurant opening in Perkins Rowe. Three restaurants, including Voodoo, Kona Grill and Lava Cantina, closed in the outdoor shopping mall last year.