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Sue Lincoln

“You know, I’m happy with where we are at this point in the regular session.”

Governor John Bel Edwards sat down with the Capitol press corps Thursday, updating us on legislative happenings from his point of view.

“I like having a 3-month regular session, instead of a 3-week special session,” he said with a grin, then continued more seriously.

Josh Cheuse

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival, April 9 and 10 this year, has snagged a big blues star.

Pointe Coupee Parish Native Buddy Guy is among the great names in the festival’s history. Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; winner of six Grammy Awards; and recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and Billboard Century Award.

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“The real issue here is the fact that TOPS is in peril,” remarked Representative Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) in the House Education Committee. 

For next year's budget, which begins on July 1, the state only has $60 million of the $300 million needed to fully fund the popular scholarship program.

Six bills to try and make TOPS more compatible with the state’s fiscal reality were heard in the committee Wednesday. Changes proposed included raising GPA requirements, limiting award amounts, and requiring repayment if students drop out.

Sue Lincoln

The noon sun was dazzling, reflecting off hundreds of yellow shirts.  But not all those attending the disabilities rally could ascend the capitol steps. Jamie Duplechine of Lafayette, for example, was one of dozens in wheelchairs.

“Last year made 25 years that the ADA has been around, and it should have definitely made this accessible,” Duplechine said, as she craned her neck to look up the steps at the speaker’s lectern.

Louisiana Dept. of Culture Recreation and Tourism

“We hope, moving forward, we can restore these cuts recommended in this budget in a special session.”

The parade of pleas for more money, like that by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, has become a familiar part of the state budget hearing process, though the marching order is different this year.

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