Trump's Helsinki Bow To Putin Leaves World Wondering: Why?

Given the attitude with which President Trump has greeted all news of the Russian interference in the 2016 election, his performance in Helsinki on Monday should have come as no surprise. And yet there was surprise — even shock — when the president of the United States stood onstage alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and accepted the former KGB officer's denials regarding that interference. Trump was asked directly which one he believed: his own intelligence community or Putin. In so...

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At Civil Rights Camp, New Orleans Kids Learn History Overlooked In School

School is out for most New Orleans kids, but many of them are still learning at summer camps. Some of them are taking on big topics, like the history of civil rights. At the Leona Tate Foundation For Change camp, students get to interview real leaders in the battle for racial equality.

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The legislature managed to pass a budget on the final day of the special session, but ultimately failed to raise revenue to fund it.

Governor John Bel Edwards - in a press conference after the House adjourned at midnight - called it a disaster and pointed the blame at Republican leaders in the House.

A Budget Debate Defined By One-Sixth Of A Penny

Jun 4, 2018

BATON ROUGE— It’s only one sixth of a penny.

That’s all that divides the House and the Senate over how much of an expiring penny of sales tax to extend.

That extra sixth of a penny would cost Louisiana residents 17 cents on a $100 purchase. If you shop for school supplies for a high school student, it would add 67 cents to the average $392 bill. It would boost the cost of a $1,299 MacBook Pro by $2.21 and add $69.70 to the $41,000 sticker price of a well-equipped Lexus ES sedan.

Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service

Without much time to spare, the Senate met Sunday, approving a state budget for next fiscal year, and the additional revenue to help pay for it.

Black Caucus Wins Legislative Victories In Senate During Special Session

Jun 3, 2018
Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE--The Legislative Black Caucus succeeded in a last-minute bid to revive an expansion of the state’s earned income tax credit in a bill passed by the Senate Sunday.

The change would cost the state $21 million. But caucus members argued that it was needed to offset some of the impact on the working poor of a possible extension of half of the penny of sales tax set to expire this summer.

LSU AgCenter

The high temperatures we're bound to encounter can take their toll on spring and early summer vegetables. Tomatoes will set fewer flowers; snap beans will produce poorer quality beans. Conversely, with some vegetables... the hotter it gets, the better they do.

Remember that mid-summer gardening is different from gardening in the spring. You'll need to remember thorough irrigation to counter the summer's long stretches of hot, dry conditions.

The legislature is in the final days of its special session - and lawmakers are still working to finalize budget and tax bills for the coming fiscal year. Capitol Access reporter Wallis Watkins and editor Jessica Rosgaard bring you up to speed on what you may have missed this week in the state capitol.

Wallis Watkins

The House approved a two-part budget plan Thursday that would give more funding to state programs than they had in the budget vetoed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, but it's still shy of meeting the entire shortfall. 

Wallis Watkins

As legislators approach the end of the special session, a Senate committee got its first crack at the session’s key bill Wednesday night.

Wallis Watkins

In a matter of 24-hours, the Legislature appears to have gone from a standstill to full steam ahead.

Sarah Gamard / LSU Manship School News Service

Lawmakers were at work on the Memorial Day holiday to try and solve the looming budget crisis.

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