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LSU Health New Orleans is offering free well water testing in areas affected by the historic flooding in August.

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Adrienne Katner says test kits that could be used to analyze for metals and coliform bacteria will be distributed at two locations in French Settlement in Livingston Parish on Thursday and Friday afternoon.

“It’s a big problem after a flood. Especially if the well hasn’t been well maintained. If there are any access points were flood water can get into the well.”

Katner says the main side effect of drinking contaminated water is diarrhea. She says a contaminated well can be cleaned through shock chlorination and FEMA also offers assistance.

“A lot of people were afraid of their water and they didn’t want to test it so they’ve been drinking bottled water and flushing it as much as they can but they don’t have a lot of resources to treat their well.”

Katner says their free well water testing program will start in Livingston Parish, but they’ll also visit other affected parishes over the next several months. She says the free sampling kits at the two locations in French Settlement on a first come, first serve basis.

“St. Joseph Catholic Church in French Settlement and the other one is at the First Baptist Church. We’ll be giving them out October 27th -28th. People can return them through October 27th-29th.”

To learn more about the study call (504) 568-5942 or email welltesting@lsuhsc.edu



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A dangerous couple is behind bars following a traffic stop in Covington that led to a disturbing discovery. Capt. Daniel Seuzeneau with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says Monroe Myers and his girlfriend, Winter Flowers, were pulled over for a missing taillight.

“When the detectives searched the vehicle, they discovered a lot of drugs- heroin, methamphetamine, lots of cash and drug paraphernalia,” Seuzeneau said. 

Seuzeneau says the drugs and paraphernalia were not even the biggest concern. He says deputies also discovered a sawed off 20 gauge shotgun disguised as a children’s toy.

“They wrapped the shotgun in the popular children’s character ‘The Minions’ duct tape. So when you actually see this gun, it literally looks like a toy. In reality it’s a very dangerous weapon,” Seuzeneau said.

Seuzeneau says the couple have been charged with possession of meth and heroin, intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, and being fugitives out of Tangipahoa parish. He says both Myers and Flowers also have previous criminal history.

“It’s very obvious that this couple is dangerous, and they belong in jail. We’re lucky that we got them, and hopefully the justice system will keep them where they belong,” Seuzeneau said.

(pictures courtesy of St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office) 


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Voters in Baton Rouge and around the state are exercising their right to vote today on this first day of early voting. Charles and Kathleen Gendusa were among those that cast their vote on the first day the polls opened. They say they were hoping to go before the lines got long, but they ended up having to wait about 20 minutes. They were so eager to vote, they even showed up a day early.

“Just to beat the crowd, but the crown was here. They beat us,” Charles Gendusa said.

“Yes it was kind of rough. As a matter of fact, we showed up yesterday on the wrong day, and so we came back today,” Kathleen Gendusa added.

Early voting will be open from 8:30 am until 6 pm every day except Sunday through November 1. Raymond Jensen works at the East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters Office and says early voting turnout has been good so far. He says there’s usually a lot of early voters during a presidential election, and the lines show it.

“It’s been pretty steady. This morning we had a line probably about 30 minutes wait, but now we’re down to about 15 minutes,” Jensen said.

Jensen says he expects wait times to be between 15 and 30 minutes throughout the early voting period. Carla Schiavone also cast her ballot on the first day of early voting. As a displaced flood victim, she says she didn’t have any trouble finding out where to vote, but she did have to drive a long way.

“I came out today because I am currently displaced from my home. It flooded back in August. It just happened to be a day that I was in Baton Rouge, and since I’m living two hours away, I figured I would just come on in and get it done,” Schiavone said.



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There is serious conversation about an east-west interstate that would cross central Louisiana through Alexandria, connecting western Texas to Georgia. Malcom Morris of Leesville, who is with the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition, says the chance of a new interstate called I-14, is very likely. He says they’re working on getting a federal designation and Texas has already been issued one.

“We feel like we have the support of the Louisiana Delegation and we’re just waiting for an appropriations or transportation bill or some other appropriate activity to come up so we can get that designation.”

Morris says once a designation is received, a corridor is selected but the interstate is probably 10 years out from being constructed. He says the plan is for I-14 to run mostly along Highway 28.

“A route from the Sabine River Bridge, LA 8 now and Texas 63, across 28 to Natchez, Mississippi.”

Morris says having two interstates, one moving north-south and one moving east-west, is a tremendous economic boom for the cities in central Louisiana. He says I-14 would be helpful for the overall military picture of this country and especially this area.

“The Port of Beaumont, which is the port of debarkation for Fort Polk, the Port of Corpus Christi. The interstate itself will not run to Corpus Christi or to Beaumont but it will run to arteries that connect to them.”



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Louisiana ranks fifth in the country when it comes to the percentage of cancer deaths that are attributable to smoking, according to research from the American Cancer Society. The percentage is 33-percent and it's higher for men.  Chronic Disease Director with the Louisiana Department of Health, Melissa Martin, says LDH is doing what they can to reduce the number of smokers. She says that starts with preventing kids from picking up the habit.

“We’re working together to look at protective policies, as well as programs to really educate the youth in our state,” Martin said.

The report shows Louisiana ranks second for the number of male smokers who died from lung cancer, at 38%. The rate for women was 25%, coming in at number 8 nationwide. Martin says LDH is committed to supporting nonsmoker’s ability to decrease their exposure to second hand smoke to try and keep those numbers down.

“We’re working to create tobacco-free environments where we live, learn, work, and play, such as in work sites or restaurants,” Martin said.

Martin says the state also offer a free comprehensive quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW to educate the public on how to kick their habit.

“Anyone in our state is able to call in and receive quit coaching, online services, as well as free nicotine replacement therapy,” Martin said.



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We’re two weeks away from Election Day, and party leaders on both sides are facing similar struggles. Candidates for US Senate have been going at it with opponents from their own party. Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk says those vicious blows will make it harder for the party to come together after November 8th.

“When you see that sort of fighting, it’s really hard to turn back around the day after an election and then endorse the person that was attacking you,” Handwerk said.

After Senate candidate and former-KKK leader David Duke qualified to participate in next week’s Senate debate, Handwerk and Louisiana GOP executive director Jason Dore agreed that if he polled high enough, he should be included. However, Handwerk says they share the same opinion about whether or not they would like to hear what Duke has to say.

“Because of the things that he says and the things that he does and the things that he fights for, he absolutely should not be given any extra time from anyone, is my opinion,” Handwerk said.

Selfies in the voting booth have been a big topic this election cycle. Both party leaders encourage people to exercise their First Amendment rights and selfie if they like. Dore says social media is a huge part of the world today and sees this as an extension of that.

“As long as they’re not causing longer lines at the polls or being forced to do it to prove who they voted for, I think it’s a great thing,” Dore said.

(pictured: Handwerk) 


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Recent polls show Republican Donald Trump will defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Louisiana on November 8th. But Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, Stephen Handwerk, says they are not throwing in the towel yet.

“I still have strong belief that Louisiana has some possible fight left in it to possibly win for Hillary Clinton,” Handwerk said.

But Executive Director of the Louisiana Republican Party, Jason Dore, believes Louisiana will be dark red on November 8, fully supporting Donald Trump. He says when it comes to the issues like the economy, 2nd Amendment, Obamacare, and the oil industry, it’s clear which candidate shares Louisiana values.

“Mr. Trump’s views are in line with the interests and the values of the people of Louisiana, while Hillary Clinton is in opposition with the vast majority of people in our state,” Dore said.

Handwerk believes that the polls showing Trump out in front in Louisiana has more to do with the public’s dissatisfaction with the political system than it does with the billionaire businessman’s ideologies.

“They see this as ‘I don’t necessarily care for the man. He’s certainly not someone I’d want to hang out with my daughter, but he’s an individual that is short circuiting this campaign cycle,’” Handwerk said.

But Dore says Trump is energizing voters. He says they have seen record high participation in the Trump campaign in Louisiana. So much so, that they are sending volunteers from the Bayou State to campaign in other parts of the country.

“We’ve had well over 100 volunteers sign up to go knock doors in Florida. This weekend they’ll be descending upon the panhandle to assist the Florida GOP in the Trump campaign,” Dore said.



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A Tulane University study finds women and racial minorities are not widely present in Louisiana’s judicial system. The report says women make up 51% of Louisiana’s population, only 30% of state judgeships are held by women. Political scientist Sally Kenney with Tulane’s Newcomb College Institute says we need to start conversations about women and minority inclusion.

“We could encourage more women and minority men to run for judicial office and also encourage those that are serving on the lower rungs of the judiciary to run for higher judicial office,” Kenney said.

Racial minorities make up only 23% of judgeships in Louisiana, while accounting for 36% of the population. Kenney says the judicial system being dominated by white males can affect how fair people perceive the system to be.

“If they don’t see themselves represented on the bench, they can lack confidence that the decisions are fair, much that we question the fairness of all white or all male juries,” Kenney said.

The report found similar numbers for federal courts based in Louisiana, with women constituting 40% of judges and racial minorities making up only 14%. Kenney says the US Senate advises and consents for those judgeships. She says there are over 100 judicial vacancies in the country, and many senators have declined to give approval to fill those positions.

“If the Senate is determined not to replace judges who retire, I think we’re going to see even more judicial emergencies in federal judicial districts,” Kenney said.



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Early voting is underway for the Presidential election. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says polls are open at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations from 8:30 am until 6 pm everyday but Sunday through November 1. He says Election Day is on a Tuesday, so it might be easier to early vote, especially for flood victims.

“That way for those that have maybe missed a lot of work because of the flood, you’re not taking time away from the office again,” Schedler said.

Schedler says there are 220 races statewide involving more than 700 candidates, as well as 6 constitutional amendments and 78 propositions in 38 parishes. He says in last year’s gubernatorial race, there was about a 40% voter turnout, and he expects this race to be much higher.

“The presidential election is always the Final Four and Super Bowl all put into one, and we usually float right below 70%. I would love to attain that and have no reason to believe we can’t,” Schedler said.

Schedler says voters can use the Geaux Vote app to find out where they can cast their ballots. He says this year’s “I Voted” stickers featuring the iconic Blue Dog are extremely popular. He says the only way to get a sticker is to vote, and early voters will also get a sticker.

“We even have people that have already voted by mail that are calling us to see if they can get the Blue Dog sticker. We’ve never ever had anybody voting by mail that’s called to get an ‘I Voted’ sticker,” Schedler said.



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A tragic fire in Vermilion Parish claimed the lives of two young children, aged 1 and 3, and the woman who was trying to save them. State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Brant Thompson says the blaze broke out just prior to 5am on Sunday. And that’s when the mother inside the residence awoke to the smell of smoke.

"She immediately retrieved a two-year-old child and exited the home, her five-year-old child was able to flee the home," Thompson said.
Thompson says 3 of the 6 occupants of the home were able to escape. He says a second adult and close friend of the family, 22-year-old Felicie Cloteaux, did not leave the house when the fire broke out but instead ran to another bedroom.
"In a failed attempt to rescue two younger children, 3-year-old Rory Hudson and his one-year-old sister, Arabella," Thompson said.
Thompson said no official cause of the fire has been determined, but investigators suspect an electrical malfunction sparked the blaze. There were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time. Thompson says Cloteaux’s body was recovered from within that home still clutching the two small children in her arms.
"Cloteaux had every opportunity to save herself by fleeing the home, but instead selflessly sought to rescue her friends children," Thompson said. 


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Usually competitive races have their fair share of negative TV commercials, but that's the not case in the 4th Congressional District race.
LSU-Shreveport political science professor Jeffrey Sadow it's likely the lone Democrat on the ballot, Marshall Jones, will make the run-off and the negative ads will come in the weeks leading up to the December 10th runoff.

"Whoever the survivor republican is, there will probably be plenty of negative advertising at that point," Sadow said.
Sadow says Shreveport cardiologist Trey Baucum, Shreveport City Council Member Oliver Jenkins and state representative Mike Johnson are the three Republicans who have the best shot at making the runoff. Sadow says they are not using mass advertising to get voters to the polls. 
"So for example, Johnson, with his well known credentials as a social conservative can rely largely rely upon that kind of network, for example, churches and a like," Sadow said.
Former state senator Elbert Guillory is the the only candidate outside of the Shreveport area in the race. He also ran for lieutenant governor last year, but Sadow says the republican from Opelousas is a longshot to make the runoff.
"It's kind of like his lieutenant governor campaign, he has not campaigned that vigorously," Sadow said.  


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The Pegasus Equine Guardian Association is raising concerns about Fort Polk’s efforts to rehome more than 700 horses that roam the Army base's grounds. PEGA President Amy Hanchey says about 150,000 American horses are sent to slaughter houses each year, and they’re afraid that’s where these horses will end up because the horse market is already flooded.

“We feel that the Army and the citizens should have an obligation to preserve and protect these horses out at Fort Polk,” Hanchey said.

PEGA is concerned that the rescue facilities offering to take the horses may not be legitimate. Garrison Commander Col. David Athey says if there is significant credible evidence to suggest an organization is questionable, they are going to do what is right.

PEGA suggests heard management techniques and fertility control methods to keep the horses away from training areas and reduce the population. Hanchey says these horses have been roaming this land for nearly a century.

“We’ve had some genetic testing done that these horses may have genetic markers that date back to the colonial Spanish mustangs and other unique characters that are threatened at this time,” Hanchey said.

Athey says removing the horses is for the safety of the soldiers and the horses. Hanchey says they respect that the soldiers need to train, but they feel that in the Kitsatchie National Forest’s 600,000 acres surrounding Ft. Polk, there should be room for the horses.

“The Army occupies approximately 200,000 of these acres. So there’s 400,000 acres out there that could provide a suitable environment for the horses,” Hanchey said.

Athey says Ft. Polk does not own or train on National Forest Land.



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With only 15 days before the U.S. Senate election in Louisiana, we’ll likely hear a lot more from the major candidates. Lapolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says get ready to see and hear radio and TV campaign advertisements and a fair share of attack ads from third party groups.

He says John Kennedy has the biggest target on his back, because he’s considered the Republican front-runner.

“He’s in full on piñata status and he’s stacked full of votes and especially on the Republican side, everybody is grabbing a stick.”

A recent statewide poll showed Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell are in good position to claim the two run-off spots. Alford says in order for the other candidates to catch-up, they’ll likely have to go negative.

“Getting into the silly season now, we’re going to see a lot these negative ads. I think the race is going to just have to take on a darker tone for some folks who are hoping to break out.”

The Presidential and Senate race are the top two races in the state. But Alford says voters will also start to hear more about other races in their area.

“If you live in Acadiana, the 3rd Congressional District is a race that has people who are putting money on TV up in northwest Louisiana. The 4th district is on TV and the Supreme Court race in southwest Louisiana, there is a massive amount of advertising.”



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An effort to change the process in which an elected official is recalled in Louisiana is gaining steam due to Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni's sexting scandal. A petition to recall Yenni is making the rounds, but Covington Representative Paul Hollis says gathering all of the required signatures has proven to be difficult in the past.

"Which in Louisiana is one-third of eligible voters," said Hollis.

In Louisiana petitioners have to collect thirty-three and a third percent of the total number of registered voters in order to be successful.

Hollis says the turnout in the Jefferson Parish President race last year was 90,000, despite the fact that there are 270,000 people who can vote.

"So you need almost the precises number of people who voted for all candidates to sign a petition," said Hollis.

Hollis says many other states' base signature requirements on the percentage of people who voted. He says if you look over all the recalls in the past 50 years, there have been successful recalls, but they've been in very small areas.

"The expense, the man power and the effort in larger districts makes it so that it's impossible, in my opinion," said Hollis.


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Saints Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for New Orleans to pull off a big win on the road as they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21.
There are two big reasons why New Orleans lost. They were penalized 10 times for 75 yards and turned it over twice, while failing to force a takeaway.

Saints scored first, as Brees connected with Brandin Cooks for a 9-yard touchdown pass to cap off their first offensive drive of the day. Kansas City came back to score two touchdowns to give KC a 14-7 lead after the 1st quarter. The second touchdown was a 48-yard interception return by Daniel Sorensen.
Alex Smith threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in the 2nd quarter to give the Chiefs a 21-7 lead at halftime. 
Brees threw two touchdown passes in the 2nd half to keep New Orleans in the game, but two field goals by Cairo Santos helped the Chiefs win by six points. Also, running back Mark Ingram fumbled inside the red zone to prevent another New Orleans touchdown.
New Orleans is now 2-4 and returns home this Sunday to host the Seattle Seahawks. 


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Former KKK leader and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Duke has been invited to participate in a November 2nd televised debate because he received 5-percent of the vote in a Raycom Media poll. Louisiana Democratic Party executive director Stephen Handwerk says they’re using this as an opportunity to raise money to get the word out to voters that Duke has this much support.

“Having him included in the televised debate, which will likely be picked up nationally, is extremely harmful for Louisiana on every single level.”

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, issued a statement saying Duke’s destructive rhetoric is a distraction from the campaign, which is about our future, not our past. Handwerk says Duke is an embarrassment to the state.

“Duke brags that he only felt comfortable entering this race because of Donald Trump and their shared views. That should frighten everyone, especially those voters still considering voting for Trump.”

Calls for comment from Duke were not returned. Handwerk wants Democratic voters to use this as an incentive to go to the polls and vote for a candidate that is good for Louisiana. He says having him involved in this election hurts the state.

“Especially now that we have our governor working incredibly hard to raise the funds for the federal government in order to make us whole and repair ourselves from these tragic floods.”


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Leonard Fournette rushed for a school-record 284 yards and three touchdowns as the LSU Tigers won their third straight as they defeated Ole Miss 38-21.

How it happened: LSU fell behind 10-0, but the defense tightened up and Leonard Fournette went off. Fournette rushed 16 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns. Fournette had touchdown runs of 59, 76 and 78 yards.
LSU's defense: Ole Miss came into Baton Rouge with the top passing offense in the SEC, but the Tigers defense held Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly to 209 yards and he was intercepted twice. Ole Miss did not score any points in the 2nd half. Coach Ed Orgeron credited defensive coordinator Dave Aranda for making some good adjustments.
Danny continues to do good things: LSU Quarterback Danny Etling continues to be a steady hand for the LSU Tigers. He threw for 204 yards and tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Chark. Etling was intercepted once and also lost a fumble, but continues to present a passing threat for LSU. 
What it means: The Tigers are 3-0 under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. LSU is now 5-2 and the two losses don't look bad as Auburn and Wisconsin have looked very good this year. CBS' college football analyst Gary Daniels said LSU is still in the hunt to play in the college football playoffs and that will certainly be the case if they can beat Alabama.
Up next: LSU is off this Saturday as they have two weeks to get ready for Alabama. The top ranked Crimson Tide rolled in the 2nd half and beat Texas A&M 33-14. 


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LSU has created a merit based scholarship for incoming freshman whose mom or dad graduated from LSU or are employed by the school. The Louisiana Tiger Legacy Scholarship Program will be a fixed amount that is only available to Louisiana residents. Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Amy Marix says the scholarship program starts with the fall 2017 incoming class.

“Their student, depending on their ACT score and GPA, would receive a cash award varying from $500 a year to $1000 per year, for up to 8 semesters.”

Other universities around the country are known for offering similar scholarships. Marix says the purpose of creating this scholarship is to support Louisiana students, especially with the current deficiencies with the TOPS program.

“We want to try to meet the needs of all of our students. Offer them the least net price that we can, knowing that they’re counting on the TOPS scholarship and we want to offset that as much as we can.”

LSU’s operating scholarship dollars will fund this program. Marix says they want to keep generation after generation going to LSU. She says there are some very strong academic requirements in order to receive the scholarship.

“The academic requirements are a 24 ACT or SAT equivalent. So we feel like as the LSU Flagship campus, those requirements are absolutely attainable for our students.”



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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is trying to figure out how a 23 foot whale washed up on Little Florida Beach in Cameron Parish. Marine Biologist Mandy Tomlin says whales are in the Gulf of Mexico, but very rarely seen near the coast, so it appears this young whale got separated from its mother.

"The animal was a very young female calf that was an animal that should've still been with its mother. She was a dependent calf and mom would've been nursing this animal, she was very, very young."

Tomlin says the whale did not appear to be in good health and they also know a whale washed up recently on a Florida beach. She says they did extensive evaluation of the whale in the hopes of finding out how this happened.

"Full internal necropsy where we obtained samples from all of the different organs and different systems inside the animals, as well as, genetic sampling and a suite of other samples that we worked on."

Tomlin says they took several samples from the whale’s body in the hopes they can figure out why this animal died and they hope to learn more about the sperm whale itself.

"I would say a couple weeks to maybe a couple months just to get everything analyzed and then compared with other stranded sperm whale samples that may exist around the country, as well."



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Department of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says, after meeting with residents in each region of the state, there seems to be growing support for increasing the state's gas tax. He says people realize that bigger investments need to be made in Louisiana's roads and bridges.

"At all of the meetings there was a pretty vocal level of support for addressing the gas tax, provided that it improves and builds infrastructure," said Wilson.

Governor John Bel Edwards named the task force charged with coming up with recommendations on how to repair Louisiana's transportation problems. Wilson says there is a $13 billion dollar plus backlog in projects that need to be improved throughout the state, but that doesn't include new infrastructure.

"This administration is committed to not providing a band-aid approach," said Wilson. "But a real solution that legislators have to make a decision to support or not support transportation."

The task force's proposals are due by the first of the year, and a boost in the gas tax is expected to be one of the key suggestions.

Wilson says 19 states link their gas taxes to inflation and other things, and the response from the electorate is most often a positive one because people care about quality transportation. He says they welcome all ideas.

"But we are most interested in providing sustainable solutions that is a recurring revenue source that is meaningful, impactful and keeps up with the cost of construction and possibly inflation," Wilson said.

It's been almost 29 years since the state has adjusted the gas tax, and Wilson says it's lost almost 50% of its value.


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