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2:21 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Getting Sexual Assault Victims' Medical Bills Paid

For victims of sexual assault who decide to go to the hospital, it’s likely they’ll get a bill for their treatment.  But Louisiana is trying to change that.

Back in December, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order that makes it simpler for patients to get help with the cost – even take it off their hands entirely. 


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Falling Off the Fiscal Cliff

 $1,600,000,000.

“We need to appreciate what we’re saying when we say those words,” LSU economist Jim Richardson admonishes, as Louisiana is standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff.

“We simply do not have enough,” Richardson states.

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Politics
4:58 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mann: Keep the Partisanship, Loosen the Gridlock

Working Congress
Credit Robert Mann / LSU Press

Robert Mann is sending every member of the recently convened 114th Congress a copy of the book Working Congress.

Mann put together the short volume — it’s just 120 pages — with advice from scholars, former Congressional staffers, and former members of Congress from both parties about how to get things moving again in Washington, D.C.


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

DHH Gets Earful on Abortion Clinic Rules

Medical students attend DHH hearing to speak against new abortion clinic rules
Credit Sue Lincoln

Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals held a public hearing Thursday, accepting comments on proposed regulations for licensing abortion clinics. No one spoke in favor of the new rules; instead, all the comments were in opposition.


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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

“No Child Left Behind” May Be Left Behind

Congress is now talking about repealing “No Child Left Behind”, the federal education policy requiring states to administer standardized tests annually. Louisiana House education Committee chairman Steve Carter is taking the possibility in stride.

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Candidates for Governor Talk Budget

Candidates for governor (L to R) Edwards, Dardenne, Vitter chat amiably before the forum
Credit Sue Lincoln

The $1.6-billion state budget deficit is going to be a major factor in the in the gubernatorial election this fall. All four announced candidates for governor appeared at a forum earlier this month, and offered their ideas on how to deal with the shortfall.

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tensions Grow, Along With State Deficit

Skies may actually be clear over Baton Rouge today, but gloom hangs over the state capitol, as the Revenue Estimating Conference downgraded Louisiana’s income forecasts Monday. That means there’s a $103-million shortfall for the current fiscal year. And the deficit for the next budget year, which starts July 1, has ballooned to $1.6-billion.


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Health
7:19 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Baton Rouge to Investigate Childhood Obesity

Credit National League of Cities

Baton Rouge is embarking on a new collaborative to tackle the problem of childhood obesity.

Over the next six months, the capitol city is one of seven cities joining forces through the National League of Cities to better understand obesity-related health disparities among children.

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Capitol Access
3:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

All About That Base: Jindal Rallies the Faithful

Rather than attending the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras festivities, or Iowa’s Freedom Summit for GOP presidential hopefuls, Governor Bobby Jindal courted a base for a possible 2016 presidential run, keynoting both the Louisiana Right to Life March and his own “The Response” prayer rally. The two events were held concurrently on the campus of LSU.


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Bayou Garden
6:58 am
Sat January 24, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow? Write it Down.

Credit Jerome Collins / Flickr

Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


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