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

Itea Virginica, Henry's Garnet
LSU AgCenter

Gardeners have become more environmentally conscious over the past few decades. They're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape, such as using less pesticide, composting more, and even installing rain gardens.

Plant pallettes have also changed slightly for gardeners, incorporating into the landscape more pollinator friendly plants as well as native species.

Wallis Watkins

It remains to be seen how the state will address the budget shortfall for next fiscal year, when more than a billion dollars in tax increases expire. 

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

President Trump delivered his State of the Union address to Congress, which was followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom annotated those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. 

Wallis Watkins

When Louisiana rolls into the next fiscal year on July 1, state revenue will shrink by more than $1 billion as temporary tax increases expire. That drop in revenue is what's referred to as the fiscal cliff.

Your Brown Winter Lawn

Jan 28, 2018
LSU AgCenter

By now, the snow has completely thawed and I'll suspect your lawn is a little bit browner now. Don't worry. There's no reason to be distressed about your dormant lawn; it's supposed to be like that. The lawn is just dormant. But now is a good time to plan your strategy for your nice green lawn in summer.

St. Joe H2O

Jan 26, 2018
courtesy: Garrett Boyte/Facebook

This is a happy ending story. "Thank you, for the citizens of St. Joseph," Mayor Elvadus Fields said to the Fiscal Review Committee on Thursday.

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Remember this fable from childhood?

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling! A piece of it just hit me on the head!”

Critics and opponents of the governor are saying the so-called “doomsday budget” proposal released earlier this week amounts to “Chicken Little” tactics.

Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries

Dr. Robert Twilley, LSU Oceanic Studies professor and director of the Louisiana Sea Grant program, it’s time to rethink the premises upon which Louisiana is basing its coastal restoration projects.

"I doubt those marsh creations are going to have more than a 20-year lifecycle without modifying the way we manage the river," he told members of the Governor’s Coastal Advisory Commission Tuesday.

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