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Tax Talks Underway In Advance Of Third Special Session

With a short break between the second and third special sessions, House and Senate leaders, including Senate President John Alario, are using this week to jumpstart the tax debate.

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The Huge Justice Department IG Report Is Out. What Comes Next?

Updated at 11:06 a.m. ET The Justice Department's internal watchdog agency unveiled a doorstop-sized report Thursday that provides an inflection point — but no closure — in the never-ending war over the 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath. The nearly 600-page opus by Inspector General Michael Horowitz offers political ammunition for both Republicans and Democrats and resolves a few key questions about what happened behind the scenes during some critical moments of the last...

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LSU AgCenter

Hydroponics is a unique and interesting way to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flours. It can be used to describe one of several ways that plants can grow without soil.

Mediums for growing plants hydroponically might include containers filled with gravel, sand, vermiculite, crushed rock, styrofoam, cinder, expanded shale, or hadite.

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With a short break between the second and third special sessions, House and Senate leaders, including Senate President John Alario, are using this week to jumpstart the tax debate.

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Probation services for youth in Louisiana’s Juvenile Justice system are on the chopping block. If hit with an $11 million cut outlined in the current budget, Deputy Secretary James Bueche says his department would be forced to layoff more than 100 employees who work with kids on probation. 

Wallis Watkins

If a budget cut to the Louisiana Department of Corrections isn’t resolved by June 30, thousands of state offenders would be released from prison.

Wallis Watkins

There wasn’t enough agreement in the second special session for lawmakers to renew a sales tax increase in Louisiana, but the Legislature did manage to pass a tax break for low-income families.

When Americans are taught the story of school desegregation, they learn about the 1954 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. The Board of Education. But much of the work of desegregation happened outside the courtroom. Black children, some as young as six, put their bodies on the line every time they entered a white school, and nearly all of them were girls.

Wallis Watkins

Legislators are gearing up for a third special session that will start June 18. They’ll have 10 days to reach an agreement on the budget and taxes.

LSU AgCenter

It's hurricane season. It's time to look at the trees in your landscape. Do you see trees with large dead branches? Any completely dead trees? They should be pruned or removed. A sickly tree that is low in vigor or that is showing significant signs of decay or rotten areas in the trunk should be questioned, since it might be a threat in a wind storm.

Wallis Watkins

If lawmakers can’t reach a tax compromise by June 30, many state agencies would face steep budget cuts.

Marketa Walters is the Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services. In the event the Legislature fails to replace expiring revenue in a third special session, her department would be cut more than 20 percent.

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Louisiana’s colleges and universities are facing a budget cut of nearly $100 million next year if the Legislature can’t compromise on a tax plan by June 30. 

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