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S. Lincoln

After nearly a year of focus groups and public meetings, the Louisiana Department of Education is releasing its final version of the state’s ESSA plan the end of this month.


Sue Lincoln

“When will the federal decision in Alton Sterling be issued? I do not know, as that decision will be made by federal authorities,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says.

The D.A. called a press conference Wednesday to release a report of his own, prompted in part by the public concerns over the Alton Sterling shooting last July.


Wallis Watkins

Governor John Bel Edwards has released his plan for cutting $304 million from this fiscal year’s budget.

The Governor has called for $119 million of that deficit to be filled with money from the Rainy Day Fund. Addressing the Louisiana Municipal Association Tuesday, he explained that money is there to help stabilize the budget. 


Suing for the Defense

Feb 7, 2017
SPLC video "Injustice"

“Everybody needs somebody to fight for them, and just because I’m poor doesn’t mean I need to be treated any different,” says Joseph Allen.

He one of the plaintiffs in a class-action suit against Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Indigent Defender Board, filed Monday in state District Court in Baton Rouge. It is challenging the way the state funds public defenders.


wikipedia.com

Law enforcement in Louisiana’s two largest cities is under pressure – in New Orleans, it’s pressure from the top down, while in Baton Rouge it’s coming from the bottom up.

State Attorney General Jeff Landry has gone on the warpath against crime in New Orleans.

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