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Managing the Play Clock of Brinkmanship

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue his call for the special legislative session to begin February 14th. “The need for additional revenue is now, and it’s acute,” Edwards has said. The call will tell lawmakers to consider a number of revenue-raising measures to alleviate the state budget shortfall, which Commissioner of Administration attributes to “poor fiscal planning combined with a shortfall of revenue.”
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Mapping Zika: From A Monkey In Uganda To A Growing Global Concern

The Zika virus has gone from an obscure disease to an international public health emergency.Researchers have been able to trace the gradual spread of Zika — slowly for decades and then, in the words of World Health Organization head Dr. Margaret Chan, "explosively" since 2015, when it was first detected in Brazil. Now the virus has reached more than 20 countries and territories in the Americas. In Brazil, there have been 500,000-plus cases. Thousands of babies have been born in Zika-affected...
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LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat flowering roses. And now is the time to get this done if you haven't pruned them already.

Repeat flowering roses are those that bloom heavily in the spring and early summer, then intermittently through the summer, and heavy blooming again in October through early to mid December.

Roses are pruned for a variety of reasons. One of them is to stimulate new growth. Another reason is to control the size of the bush.


Ken Stewart

We live in a world today where content is king, everyone can be an expert on the Internet, and building your own personal brand is the secret to success in our post-modern digital age. While all of that may be second nature to those who were born during the Clinton presidency, some of us need a little help.

Creativecommons.org

With just a month to go until Louisiana’s Presidential Preference Primary, a study committee is looking for ways to cut back on the expense of so many elections. 


Sue Lincoln

He may have been sworn in three weeks ago, but Governor John Bel Edwards remains on the campaign trail.

“Despite everything that we’ve heard from the ‘education reform governor’, he left office and our educational achievement levels were 49th,” Edwards said Tuesday evening.

Thus far this week, he has spoken to the Republican Legislative Caucus, Board of Regents stakeholders, and the American Sugar Cane League. Today he’s set to address the Louisiana Hospital Association and the construction trades convention. Edwards is pushing his plan for solving the state budget crisis, now seeking votes from lawmakers.

Sue Lincoln

“We didn’t need to create a doomsday budget. Governor Jindal did that for us.”

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says even though citizens have been told the sky was falling for the past several years, this time everybody better grab an umbrella.

“These are not cherry-picking the worst possible things to get everybody all in a lather. This is the reality of what we’ll have to deal with.”

Dardenne was blunt with the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, talking about the cuts DHH will have to take as part of curing the 750-million dollar current budget shortfall.

Microwaving Saturn

Feb 1, 2016
http://www.playbuzz.com/tomnixon10/can-you-recognize-a-planet-by-its-picture

For most people, a microwave means a quick way to "nuke" your food.

But for LSU Math Professor Dr. Robert Lipton, a microwave means another thing: “Deep space communications – like how do you control the Mars Rover? They can use microwaves or radiowaves.”

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Louisiana’s Democratic governor is revving his engines,  responding to Republicans revving theirs.

“It is time to stop living in Fantasyland. It is time to stop pretending things are better than they are,” Governor John Bel Edwards says in response to statements made by Republican lawmakers as well as the state Republican Party.

Last week, Republican Senator Jack Donahue, the former chair of the Senate Finance committee, intimated the budget shortfall is fiction since the revenue estimating conference has yet to recognize it.

“Right now, it doesn’t exist,” he said during a briefing on the current budget situation.

LSU AgCenter

Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives, particularly in the first two decades after planting.

Sometimes a tree may be pruned in some way to help it, such as in dealing with storm damage, reducing limb weight, removing dead limbs, and stopping the spread of diseases. More often trees are pruned to adapt them to our urban environments, including keeping limbs from coming into contact with power lines, rubbing against the home, hanging too low, or obstructing views.

Home gardeners can carry out minor pruning, especially to train younger trees before they get large. Ask yourself why you think the tree needs to be pruned.


Sue Lincoln

The Senate Finance Committee met Thursday to get an update on the state budget crisis.

“It’s almost all minus signs,” Legislative Fiscal Analyst Greg Albrecht told lawmakers, with a sigh.

Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur asked for details on how this happened, and Albrecht ran it down.

Sue Lincoln

One day after officially announcing he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate, state Treasurer John Kennedy addressed a luncheon meeting of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As usual, his speech was colorful.

“If we keep losing bright young men and women to Dallas and Atlanta, the average age in Louisiana is going to be deceased,” Kennedy observed.

But is what Kennedy says accurate, or is he just stirring the pot? Let’s look at one of his favorite talking points.

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