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The 4th annual Louisiana International Film Festival is bringing celebrity guests, special events, gala parties and more than 50 films to Baton Rouge. It runs April 13 through April 17 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe.

This year’s special guests include Kelsey Grammer and Christy Turlington Burns. Films include “Born to be Blue,” an impressionistic biopic about singer-trumpeter Chet Baker (“the James Dean of jazz”), and Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s “Miss Sharon Jones!”, a documentary about neo-soul singer Sharon Jones.

Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey (R) presented his package of seven gun laws in the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday. 

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“We are cutting $792 million," said Governor John Bel Edwards.

Governor Edwards presented the revised plan for next fiscal year's budget to the House Appropriations committee Tuesday, highlighting proposed cuts for k-12 education, TOPS and hospitals. 


This afternoon, Louisiana’s full Senate considers the Equal Pay Act, which seeks a way to close the gender pay gap. Louisiana women earn — on average -- 65 cents for every dollar Louisiana men earn.

“We know we’re not doing something right, if we’re on the bottom – 51 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C.,” says Julie Schwam Harris with the Legislative Agenda for Women. “If we’re not making progress, we know that the law that currently exists is not adequate for us.”

Louisiana’s gender pay gap has been growing about a penny per year lately.

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The big deal of the week is the unveiling of the administration’s new version of the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal.

“Make no mistake: the budget presentation on Tuesday is going to be very sobering,” Governor John Bel Edwards says.