Wallis Watkins

'Taking A Hard Look' At Louisiana Sexual Harassment Policies

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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Trump To Talk About 'School Safety,' But Will He Do Anything About Guns?

President Trump is facing calls to act in the wake of the latest mass shooting, which killed 17 people on Wednesday at a high school in Florida. The White House says the president will participate in a pair of listening sessions on school safety this week, but so far he has dodged questions about whether he will take up the issue of access to guns. The cyclical aftermath of the nation's mass shooting has repeated itself several times during Trump's year-old presidency, including with the...

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Sue Lincoln

Gov. John Bel Edwards presents the executive budget for the upcoming fiscal year to lawmakers this morning.

 

"The budget proposal will be in balance," Edwards states. "It will be premised upon give-or-take a billion dollars less next year than this year. And those cuts are horrific."

Sue Lincoln

The looming fiscal cliff has dominated talks between lawmakers and the administration, but there is a regular (non-fiscal) legislative session starting in less than two months. What’s on the governor’s agenda for that?

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Before snow, ice and frigid temps effectively shut down the state, the Riverboat Gaming Task Force met to finalize their economic development recommendations for the industry. There are two.

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Even though all the permits are now in place, opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline are continuing to battle the project, filing another lawsuit in state court on Monday.

 

“You would think that when the word of the approval permits comes down we would all be discouraged. But in fact, I think it has lit a fire under us,” said the Louisiana Bucket Brigade's Ann Rolfes.

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Louisiana's Select Committee on Women and Children heard potent testimony Friday, on the problem of sexual harassment within state government workplaces.

 

"I’m always afraid."

 

Dr. Patricia Lanier is one of three female professors within University of Louisiana at Lafayette's School of Business who said they've been battling the problem for over a year.

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2018 marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, but today we are honoring his life and work.

Adam Vos

The beginning of a new year is a great time for all of us to perform a year-end review, of sorts. This holds true for gardeners. Before the chaos of spring comes, right now, in a quiet gardening season, is the perfect time to pull out your gardening journal from last year and look into the past to remember what happened in your garden.

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“The TOPS program serves the citizens of Louisiana very, very well,” state Senator Blade Morrish of Jennings told the task force he chairs. “That being said, I think the current program, which was developed a little over 20 years ago, is an antiquated program that’s in the 20th century and not in the 21st century.”

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By one measure, you could say business is booming for Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

“LSU is experiencing right now a 28-percent increase in terms of students who are seeking admission next year, in-state. It’s more than 50-percent increase for out-of-state students,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told the Baton Rouge Press Club this week.

Sue Lincoln

You remember Citizens Insurance, don’t you? So how fares the state’s property insurer of last resort?

"We’re projected to be about 39,900 policies at the end of 2018; $7.5 billion in exposure," Citizens' CEO Richard Newberry told the legislature's Joint Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

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