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Special Session Underway To Solve Louisiana's Budget Crisis

Gov. John Bel Edwards took to the House floor Monday evening to address members of both chambers. The Legislature is officially in a special session and has until March 7 to try and solve Louisiana's budget crisis.

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Trump Endorses Romney For U.S. Senate, But Does It Signal Détente?

The strained – and often strange — relationship between President Trump and Mitt Romney just added another layer of complexity: In a tweet on Monday, the president endorsed Romney to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Utah's Orrin Hatch. Trump said Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to [Orrin Hatch], and has my full support and endorsement!" Romney's response (also on Twitter): "Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of...

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Gov. John Bel Edwards took to the House floor Monday evening to address members of both chambers. The Legislature is officially in a special session and has until March 7 to try and solve Louisiana's budget crisis. 

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The Senate Committee on Women and Children is taking a hard look at how the state handles sexual harassment. Sen. Regina Barrow says when it comes to training, there's no set standard.

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Traffic may be slower than normal on the interstate in Baton Rouge over the next few days. Starting Friday, Feb. 16, crews will be out surveying I-10 from the Mississippi River Bridge to Essen Lane. It's part of the state’s proposal to widen the notoriously congested roadway. 

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Legislators will start grappling with a $1 billion budget shortfall next week.

Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a republican from Slidell, says budgeting becomes even harder when certain accounts automatically get money — they call these dedicated funds. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has called legislators into a special session starting Monday to address the state's looming budget crisis. Come July 1, Louisiana is set to lose more than a billion dollars in revenue. 

WATCH: Senate Intel Hearing On Worldwide Threats

Feb 12, 2018
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The FBI director and several top intelligence leaders are testifying on Capitol Hill about worldwide threats. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is holding the hearing, is also conducting an inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Horticulturists at LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station are on the hunt to rediscover underused landscape plants that have performance potential in Louisiana.

This new program is called "Plants With Potential." A core component of the program is offering plants that can be propagated with no restrictions. Increasing numbers of newly-developed varieties on the market carry invention patents, which can be costly to wholesale growers.

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The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) is one of the more powerful influencers inside the state capitol.

This year, they're focusing on government transparency, namely through the creation of a website called Louisiana Checkbook. LABI president Stephen Waguespack says it's about rebuilding people's trust in government. 

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The legislative task force charged with re-examining the TOPS scholarship program in Louisiana approved a package of changes Wednesday. 

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After about six months of work, the TOPS task force is set to vote on potential changes to the popular state scholarship program Wednesday. 

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