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With more than $1.3-billion in state revenue coming off the books next July 1st, there was concern Louisiana wouldn’t be able to borrow any money next fiscal year. For Bon Commission members, those fears were alleviated Thursday.


Around the country, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to buy back individual homes from people who have flooded repeatedly. But buying out a whole neighborhood is uncommon. Louisiana's 2016 flood seems to be changing that for two communities. In Pointe Coupee and Ascension Parishes, a buyout program first used in neighborhoods after Superstorm Sandy may offer a new option to homeowners who have lived with escalating risk for decades.

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A veil of secrecy draped across the Ascension Parish School Board’s approval of four new industrial tax exemptions this week, with no amounts and no job projections given in public documents for the projects code named “Magnolia”, “Zinnia”, “Bagel” and “Sunflower”.

“For them to reveal to the general public new projects and technologies would jeopardize millions of dollars in investment,” insisted the board's Budget Committee chairman Troy Gautreau, Sr.


A New Orleans judicial watchdog group says bail is being set unevenly in Orleans Parish, resulting in dangerous criminals being released while nonviolent offenders get stuck in jail.  

For 17 years, residents in parts of East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes have been paying a local tax to help fund construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal, designed to lower the flood risk of nearby homeowners. Then in 2016, record flooding hit the region — causing billions in damage. The incident only ignited the demand for answers from frustrated taxpayers.

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Governor John Bel Edwards has been clear about one proposed – now controversial – project for the state.

“We do favor, as an administration policy, the Bayou Bridge pipeline,” he said, during his radio show last month. “As a state, we have to find a way to transport hydrocarbons to where they are needed in our refineries and in our plants. And I believe overall the safest way to do that is in a pipeline.”


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“You hear the cliché that we lose a football field every hour? Well, we’ve kind of improved that a little bit,” Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority director Johnny Bradberry told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. “We’re losing a football field every hundred minutes – which is still a bad situation.”


The Lens published an investigation in August revealing the Orleans Parish School Board abandoned plans to test school water for lead. Last week, Lens reporter Marta Jewson uncovered more about why the school board abandoned the testing plan, and it involves disagreements with the Sewerage and Water Board.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has been looking for ways to repeal the Clean Power Plan — the Obama administration's policy to reduce carbon emissions at local power plants.

Edwards campaign: Schroder campaign

Less than 14-percent of Louisiana’s three million registered voters cast ballots in Saturday’s statewide election, but they sent the Treasurer’s race to a runoff next month between Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder.


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