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Apr 11, 2012 8:26 AM by AP

Baton Rouge truancy center set to open

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A center to help boost public school attendance and reduce juvenile crime in East Baton Rouge Parish is set to open its doors this fall.

The Advocate reports the project recently cleared its final hurdle when Gov. Bobby Jindal signed off on a three-year, no-cost lease that will allow the new Family and Youth Service Center to be housed at the former Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Tuesday that he hopes the center will be open in August for the beginning of the school year and that it will provide in one location all the resources needed to address the many underlying problems faced by the youth and their families.

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