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May 24 08:59 AM

Speaker unveils official state Capitol Christmas ornament

BATON ROUGE, La.—In recognition of a threatened native species that has made a remarkable recovery and the work to assist that recovery, Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley has unveiled the official Christmas ornament of the Capitol: the Louisiana Black Bear.

Joining the Speaker were key figures in working to protect the Louisiana Black Bear: Public service commissioner and former state senator, Foster Campbell; executive director of the Black Bear Conservation Coalition Paul Davidson; and Rep. Sam Jones (D) and Sen. Bret Allain (R), both from Franklin, La., home of the Black Bear Festival.

The Speaker unveiled the ornament Tuesday, at 3 p.m. in the Member’s lounge adjacent to the House chamber.

Proceeds of the sale of the the past 15 years commissioned tion was created to assist in the State Capitol and its historical furnishings. The general public may order ornaments from LA ornament go to the Louisiana Capitol Foundation, which has for the official Christmas ornament of the Capitol.

The Louisiana Capitol Founda- preservation of the Louisiana Capitol Foundation, 225-342- 0642.

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