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LIGO at Livingston collaborates in another major gravitational wave discovery
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Sept. 27 that detectors on two continents recorded gravitational wave signals from a pair of black holes colliding. The collision was observed Aug. 14 using the two NSF-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors located in Livingston, LA, and Hanford, WA, and the Virgo detector near Pisa, Italy.

The detection by this collaboration is the first confirmed gravitational wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector. This discovery is the first observation of gravitational waves by three different detectors, marking a new era of greater insights and improved localization of cosmic events now available through globally networked gravitational-wave observatories.

Options being weighed for Comite Diversion Canal project
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ returned from his Sept. 18 trip to Washington D.C. where he met with Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps did not commit to additional funding for the Comite Diversion Canal at this time, so Gov. Edwards met with state senators Bodi White and Dale Erdey, State Rep. Rogers Pope and other area lawmakers and officials at the governor’s office Sept 20 to discussed other options. One option being considered is to use parish mitigation funds to jumpstart the construction. If the parishes agree to that, work on the canal could resume while further funding sources are investigated. Rep. Valarie Hodges, who heads the Comite River Diversion Canal Task Force, and U.S. Congressman Garret Graves have said they favor this option. Taxpayers in Livingston, East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes approved and have been paying a 2.65 mill property tax for the project for almost two decades.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Lane RMC names new Director of Physician Practices
Patrick Murphy has been named Director of Physician Practices at Lane Regional Medical Center. He will manage the day-to-day functions of specific practices including Bayou Regional Women’s Clinic, Zachary Family Practice, Lane Surgery Group, Lane ENT Clinic and FastLane After Hours Clinic. Murphy joins Lane with an extensive and varied background in health care, most recently as the Practice Operations Manager at Tulane University Health System in New Orleans.
Murphy joins Lane with an extensive and varied background in health care, most recently as the Practice Operations Manager at Tulane University Health System in New Orleans.