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Much of the 2015 Louisiana political news was dominated by the guy who used to tell us, “I’ve got the job that I want,” as well as by those vying to take over that job.

Governor Bobby Jindal began the final year of his administration with a controversial prayer rally at LSU, where he declared, “We can’t just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”

But the rally was no fix for the state’s massive budget deficit. Neither was Jindal’s stance, based on his pledge to Grover Norquist.

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When a Medicaid recipient in Louisiana needs to get to a doctor’s appointment, but has no means of transportation, the Department of Health and Hospitals offers a ride, either in an ambulance or a non-emergency vehicle. 

The Legislative Auditor says there are some inventory problems with the LSU Health Care Services Division. 

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There are a several substantial pots of federal grant dollars Louisiana receives each year. One of them, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is known as “Community Services Block Grants”. Bryan Moore, director of the Office of Workforce Development which administers the program, explains how it works.

“The funding comes through our office as pass-through funds to these community action agencies, that’s going to people who live in poverty.”

Moore says 42 agencies serve the state’s 64 parishes.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Have you ever wished you could peek in on the holiday celebrations of politicians? Today you can. Governor-elect John Bel Edwards was kind enough to share his family’s plans for this very special Christmas.

“We’re going to stay home this year and enjoy Christmas at our house.”

Edwards says that means this year they will be doing many things that have become family traditions.

“We always go to mass on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and so we will do that at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite – probably at the five o’clock mass.”

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