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TOPS Task Force Named

Aug 4, 2017
Mark Carroll

What to do about TOPS? The popular college scholarship program has grown from $50-million in 1999, to a cost of nearly $300-million this year, and Louisiana is facing a $1.2-billion drop in revenues next year.

“Doing nothing is not an option moving forward,” says Representative Franklin Foil of Baton Rouge.


The dead zone is an area in the Gulf of Mexico where the oxygen is so low that fish and shrimp can’t live.

 

Scientists say this year’s dead zone is 8,776 square miles now -- about the size of New Jersey. Over the last five years it’s averaged 5,543 square miles.

 

It’s caused largely by agricultural runoff from the Midwest, and brought downstream by the Mississippi River. That runoff is high in nitrates, from fertilizer, which causes algae to bloom. When the algae dies, it sucks oxygen out of the water.

Such A Deal?

Aug 3, 2017
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This Friday and Saturday, it’s Louisiana’s back-to-school sales tax holiday!

But before you hit the stores expecting a deeply discounted total on your bill, Joe Henchman with the national non-profit Tax Foundation says buyers should be aware of what they’re really saving with this “tax holiday”.


courtesy: Louisiana State Fire Marshal

“The National Flood Insurance Program is vital to Louisiana’s economy. It expires September 30th. We need to renew it.”

Louisiana's U.S. Senator John Kennedy is an intrinsic part of that effort.


Sue Lincoln

“Anybody in here like taxes? Raise your hand! I’m a Republican. I don’t like taxes, but in this particular case, I like the tax,” Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter said, referring to his bill earlier this year, which would have raised the gasoline tax. He’s still irritated that House leadership rebuffed that measure.


healthcare.gov

“It’s not a loss for the Republican Party – it’s a loss for the American people. But I intend to keep my promise to the people of Louisiana, to get rid of Obamacare,” U.S. Senator John Kennedy said, right after the so-called “skinny repeal” failed late last week. 


Wallis Watkins

For the fifth straight year, the number of students in Louisiana earning Advanced Placement credits has increased. More than 6,500 students gained college credit from their 2017 AP exams. 


Wallis Watkins

Just one week after school started last year, doors were closed as historic flooding damaged campuses across Livingston Parish. But when schools opened once again, not all students came back. And as Wallis Watkins reports, that’s only added to the financial strain on the school system. 

Sue Lincoln

“Bill Cassidy said in a tweet in January that ‘no one will lose coverage’.” Together Louisiana member Nick Albares reminded everyone at a Wednesday press conference.

The statewide coalition of churches and community groups is taking U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy to task for his latest healthcare bill votes.


chess.com

Louisiana Education Superintendent John White has been a polarizing figure since he came to work in Louisiana more than six years ago, with battles consistently fought around him, for him, and against him.

It began with former Superintendent Paul Pastorek’s announcement in April 2011.

“John White is my recommendation for leading the Recovery School District,” Pastorek informed the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education on April 8, 2011. “John is probably one of the most respected reformers in the country.”

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