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Education
11:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

LSU Cuts Ties with Truancy Intervention Program

Louisiana State University will end its affiliation with the Truancy Assessment and Service Center because of mid-year budget cuts.

Last year after Cecile Guin, the head of TASC, convinced the Legislature to preserve funding for the program.

TASC intervenes in elementary school students’ lives when it’s reported that they’ve missed school.

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Environment
11:16 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Coastal Group Leader's Interest Questioned

The state-affiliated Water Institute, founded in 2011, touts itself as an independent organization that’s bringing the best scientists in the nation together to conduct research and recommend policies to the state on how to preserve the eroding coast.

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High School Athletics
12:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State High Schools to Vote on Playoff Changes

2009 Football Jamboree
Credit Kevin Domingue / Kiwanis Club of Lafayette

The issue as to whether public and private high schools should compete in separate playoffs is a major topic at the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association conference in Baton Rouge this week.

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Politics
10:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Borrowing for Rural Road Projects Spread Out

The state legislature approved $325 million dollars worth of  road improvement projects for rural areas of the state  last year. The projects are slated to be completed over a three year span. The Department of Transportation announced on Friday evening that they’ll borrow the money in chunks, instead of all at once, as planned. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement that’s to relieve the state budget of baring the three-year fiscal load in one year.

But State Treasurer John Kennedy said borrowing money in stages doesn’t make financial sense.

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Education
9:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

No 'Plan B' for Funding School Vouchers

The finance chief for the Louisiana Department of Education had a hard time answering questions Friday about alternate plans for funding the 4,900 low-income elementary and secondary students attending private schools.
 


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Politics
6:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What are One-Time Funds?

Representative Brett Geymann sits on the House Appropriations Committee.
Credit Representative Brett Geymann's Office

On Tuesday, two republican lawmakers filed suit against the state for using one-time revenues to balance the budget. Where does the money come from?

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What We're Reading
5:10 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina

Stephanie Powell Watts, 2012 recipient of the Ernest J. Gains Award for Literary Excellence presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Credit Stephanie Powell Watts

Stephanie Powell Watts will be accepting this year’s Ernest Gains Award for Literary Excellence from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Watts is being recognized for her collection of 10 stories, “We Are Taking Only What We Need," chronicling the lives of African Americans in rural North Carolina.

Watts writes from experience. 


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Politics
11:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over One-Time Money in Jindal Budget

Representatives Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry have made waves about the constitutionality of the budget before. Talbot led a group of 19 GOP lawmakers that appealed to State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell with the same concerns last fall. Caldwell suggested the lawmakers go directly to the courts.


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Opinion
6:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Nostalgic for Third Street, Not Jim Crow

Maxine Crump

I saw a photograph of Third Street in the 1940s posted on Facebook recently where many people posted comments of their fond memories of Third Street from those days.

I have fond memories of Third Street in the 1950s.

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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Treasurer Questions Jindal's Tax Plan

State Treasurer John Kennedy released no comment supporting or denouncing Governor Jindal's tax plan, but instead offered a list of questions for taxpayers to discuss.
Credit Louisiana Department of the Treasury

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy thinks taxpayers should question the Governor's new plan to eliminate personal and corporate income tax.

The state's treasurer is elected separately from the governor in Louisiana. Kennedy is a frequent critic of Gov. Jindal's policies, using his "Opinion Columns" as a venue to voice his thoughts.

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