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The Louisiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission held a day-long hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday.

Compelling testimony came from Jhacona Williams, an LSU doctoral candidate in economics. Williams has done a statistical analysis of the statewide distribution of polling places and voting machines.

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"It is a function of the Legislature to review agencies from time to time, to determine whether they should continue or not," House and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Mike Danahay explained Tuesday.

With 12 "sunset reviews" (as they're called) due to be completed by next July 1, the committee is getting a jumpstart on the process, beginning with the Department of State.

Sue Lincoln

How far is it from a cop accepting a free cup of coffee to billing the state for six figures in questionable overtime? Not as far as you might think.

Accepting a little bit can always lead to accepting a little bit more," State Police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves admitted Monday, when speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club.

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"What we are tasked with accomplishing is to create a system for over 600 felony offenses," explains former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, who is chairing the state's Felony Class System Task Force.

The group is looking to categorize offenses as A, B, C, D types, etc., generally based on current sentence ranges delineated in Louisiana law. Polite admits it's not easy to untangle the issues.

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TOPS Task Force members arrived for Thursday’s meeting to find massive books of data before them.

"You asked us to look at the implications of the biggest buckets of changes that have been proposed in TOPS," Dr. Sujuan Boutte, director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance explained, with a rueful chuckle.

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“I recommend Louisiana native son Kyle Duncan without reservation, and urge his swift confirmation,” said Louisiana' U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, as he introduced the nominee for the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals during Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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How are the fiscal cliff negotiations going? Slowly, say both Speaker Pro-Tem Walt Leger and Appropriations chair Cameron Henry.

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Considering giving yourself an alternative fuel vehicle this holiday season, but worried about fuel availability to keep it running?  Louisiana is making that easier, with alternative fuel corridors clearly marked.

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We’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and now it's Cyber Monday. But is that really a thing here in Louisiana?

TOPS For Grown Folks

Nov 24, 2017
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"We have to find a way to fund TOPS for grown folks," says Louisiana Community and Technical College System president Monty Sullivan, especially since the system now has the responsibility for adult education in the state — a huge task.

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