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Five coastal parishes -- Cameron Parish, Jefferson Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish and Vermillion Parish -- are suing oil and gas companies for damages to coastal land. 

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Five of the candidates for U.S. Senate met in a Tuesday night debate, put on by the Council for A Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The name calling began immediately.

“I am the one true conservative here tonight among those who are pretenders,” Congressman John Fleming said in his opening statement.

Sue Lincoln

Governor John Bel Edwards took Attorney General Jeff Landry to court Monday, asking Judge Don Johnson to order the A.G. to do his job.

“The judge basically said that this procedural device, a writ of mandamus, is not available to the Governor in this case,” Matthew Block, the governor's executive counsel, said of the ruling against the governor’s case.

U.S Senator David Vitter

The Restore Louisiana Commission second meeting began with some good news about federal flood aid.

“We’ve gotten about $438-million dollars in the initial down payment,” U.S Senator Bill Cassidy told the group charged with coordinating flood recovery spending.


After getting two extensions on their report deadline, the Tax Structure Task Force was asked to update legislative fiscal committees on their progress Thursday.

Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, co-chair of the Task Force, said while they've finalized some

recommendations, they're still grappling with inventory tax.