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Complaints about Louisiana's roads and bridges are usually loudest in the places where drivers find themselves sitting in stand-still traffic. But those infrastructure concerns don't stop in the cities. The state's aging system of roads and bridges is putting a pinch on Louisiana’s largest industry — agriculture. 

'Doomsday' Budget Debuts Today

Jan 22, 2018
Sue Lincoln

Gov. John Bel Edwards presents the executive budget for the upcoming fiscal year to lawmakers this morning.

 

"The budget proposal will be in balance," Edwards states. "It will be premised upon give-or-take a billion dollars less next year than this year. And those cuts are horrific."

Governor Looks Toward Regular Session

Jan 19, 2018
Sue Lincoln

The looming fiscal cliff has dominated talks between lawmakers and the administration, but there is a regular (non-fiscal) legislative session starting in less than two months. What’s on the governor’s agenda for that?

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Before snow, ice and frigid temps effectively shut down the state, the Riverboat Gaming Task Force met to finalize their economic development recommendations for the industry. There are two.

Another Bayou Bridge Lawsuit Filed

Jan 17, 2018
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Even though all the permits are now in place, opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline are continuing to battle the project, filing another lawsuit in state court on Monday.

 

“You would think that when the word of the approval permits comes down we would all be discouraged. But in fact, I think it has lit a fire under us,” said the Louisiana Bucket Brigade's Ann Rolfes.

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Louisiana's Select Committee on Women and Children heard potent testimony Friday, on the problem of sexual harassment within state government workplaces.

 

"I’m always afraid."

 

Dr. Patricia Lanier is one of three female professors within University of Louisiana at Lafayette's School of Business who said they've been battling the problem for over a year.

'You Have to Give Back': Honoring MLK

Jan 15, 2018
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2018 marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, but today we are honoring his life and work.

TOPS Changes Proposed: 'Step It Up'

Jan 12, 2018
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“The TOPS program serves the citizens of Louisiana very, very well,” state Senator Blade Morrish of Jennings told the task force he chairs. “That being said, I think the current program, which was developed a little over 20 years ago, is an antiquated program that’s in the 20th century and not in the 21st century.”

College Apps Up, Even With Funding In Doubt

Jan 11, 2018
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By one measure, you could say business is booming for Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

“LSU is experiencing right now a 28-percent increase in terms of students who are seeking admission next year, in-state. It’s more than 50-percent increase for out-of-state students,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told the Baton Rouge Press Club this week.

Update On Citizens Insurance

Jan 10, 2018
Sue Lincoln

You remember Citizens Insurance, don’t you? So how fares the state’s property insurer of last resort?

"We’re projected to be about 39,900 policies at the end of 2018; $7.5 billion in exposure," Citizens' CEO Richard Newberry told the legislature's Joint Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

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