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Budget negotiations appear to have stalled following Wednesday’s meeting of House Ways and Means, when a republican-supported plan to raise revenue failed to make it out of committee. 

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Members of the House Ways and Means committee got right to work on Tuesday, looking at possible ways to increase revenue, as the state faces a budget shortfall. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards took to the House floor Monday evening to address members of both chambers. The Legislature is officially in a special session and has until March 7 to try and solve Louisiana's budget crisis. 

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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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Traffic may be slower than normal on the interstate in Baton Rouge over the next few days. Starting Friday, Feb. 16, crews will be out surveying I-10 from the Mississippi River Bridge to Essen Lane. It's part of the state’s proposal to widen the notoriously congested roadway. 

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Legislators will start grappling with a $1 billion budget shortfall next week.

Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a republican from Slidell, says budgeting becomes even harder when certain accounts automatically get money — they call these dedicated funds. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has called legislators into a special session starting Monday to address the state's looming budget crisis. Come July 1, Louisiana is set to lose more than a billion dollars in revenue. 

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The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) is one of the more powerful influencers inside the state capitol.

This year, they're focusing on government transparency, namely through the creation of a website called Louisiana Checkbook. LABI president Stephen Waguespack says it's about rebuilding people's trust in government. 

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The legislative task force charged with re-examining the TOPS scholarship program in Louisiana approved a package of changes Wednesday. 

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After about six months of work, the TOPS task force is set to vote on potential changes to the popular state scholarship program Wednesday. 

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