PARISH BY PARISH: One Sugar Bowl team arrives; whooping cranes released; free car towing for the holidays; schools renovated

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 7:40pm

ORLEANS PARISH - The Hokies of Virginia Tech arrived in New Orleans Wednesday ahead of next Tuesday's game. The Sugar Bowl between Michigan and Virginia Tech is one of this year's hot debates, as the number 13 and 17 teams were picked to play in New Orleans over higher-ranked number 8 Boise State and 11th-ranked Kansas.

VERMILION PARISH - In Gueydan, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released a second group of whooping cranes into White Lake Conservation Area. Introducing an endangered species back into the wild here in Louisiana isn't easy. The whooping crane, a white bird that stands five feet tall with a wingspan of seven to eight feet, is endangered and the LDWF is reintroducing them to the wild.

LAFAYETTE PARISH - Drivers who have alcohol consumption in their holiday plans can get a safe ride home from Guys Towing. Every year for the holidays, Guys Towing offers free towing for anyone that may have had one to many. Owner Bert King says it's their way of giving back for the holidays.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - While students are on holiday break, their schools are getting a facelift. Southeast Middle School and Villa del Rey Elementary are drawing close to completion on renovations that will increase the number of classrooms. Southeast middle will have eight more classrooms, and Villa del Rey will have six. The construction should be complete by the time children return to campus next week.

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