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Mark Carroll

"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.

Giving Thanks

Nov 23, 2017
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What are you thankful for this year? Here’s what some of your state officials said…

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Raising the minimum wage has been a consistent policy goal for Gov. John Bel Edwards. As he says, "Seven dollars and a quarter is not a meaningful wage."

 

And Jeannie Donovan with the Louisiana Budget Project says the federal $7.25 per-hour minimum is keeping Louisiana Residents in poverty.

 

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There was a noticeable lack of enthusiasm for the state Treasurer's race — from voters, and from the traditional political parties, as well.  Meanwhile, more than 25 percent of voters in the state are now registered as "other" or "no party." Is there a link?

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