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Walt Handelsman l New Orleans Advocate

Weekly scorecard


Lafayette: GE Aviation will invest $92 million in a new jet-engine manufacturing plant in Lafayette, leveraging talent from Purdue’s engineering program. The deal is expected to create 200 jobs paying about $75,000 a year.

WellPoint: Indiana-based insurer tells investors the expansion (though not in Indiana) of the state and federally funded Medicaid program will fuel significant enrollment increases in the 14 state exchanges where it offers policies. The company’s stock price hit an all-time high last week.


Indiana adoptions: Gov. Mike Pence signs bill creating a $1,000 tax credit per adopted child beginning next year, but the state is still the only one in the nation that fails to offer subsidies to families adopting children out of foster care.


IU basketball: Hoosiers shaken by loss of freshman standout Noah Vonleh to the NBA draft and announcement that sophomores Austin Etherington, Jonny Marlin and Jeremy Hollowell will transfer.

Copenhagen Zoo: Just a month after euthanizing a 2-year-old giraffe and publicly feeding its remains to lions, zoo officials announce they have euthanized four lions, including two cubs, to accommodate a new male lion.

Secret Service: Three agents are sent home just before President Obama’s European trip after one was found to be inebriated in a hotel in the Netherlands. The agents were part of the president’s Counter Assault Team, according to the Washington Post. An anonymous source familiar with the circumstances said, “It wasn’t like a big, crazy party.”

Virginia school: Two Virginia grandparents removed their granddaughter from a Christian elementary school after receiving a letter from the school demanding that the girl begin dressing more femininely. Eight-year-old Sunny Kahle also has a short haircut, but a representative of the school told WSET-TV in Lynchburg that the issues with Sunny go “far beyond her hair length.”


James Rebhorn: Prolific character actor, whose recent roles included the father to Claire Danes’ CIA agent in “Homeland,” spent his high school years in Anderson and graduated from Madison Heights High School. He died at 65 after a long battle with melanoma.

Murray Weidenbaum: Economic adviser counseled five U.S. presidents before teaching at Washington University in suburban St. Louis and was the first chairman of Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, but resigned after two years over disagreements with the administration’s growing budget deficits. He died last week at 87.