Inspector general looking into canceled seminar

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 5:52 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's inspector general is looking into the cancellation of a training seminar involving one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's little-known opponents within two weeks of her entrance into the governor's race.

Inspector General Stephen Street said Friday that his office was reviewing the matter at the request of Jindal's office.

Androniki "Niki Bird" Papazoglakis works for a nonprofit that advocates for domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. The nonprofit was in talks with the Department of Children and Family Services for a planned January seminar for social workers. The event was scrapped recently, and Papazoglakis blamed the cancellation on her sign-up for the Oct. 22 ballot.

Department officials say the seminar was cancelled because of budget cuts and because the nonprofit lacks the licensing to meet the social work training requirements.

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