Governor Edwards optimistic about a fiscal cliff solution as another special session begins
Posted on 5/22/2018 2:24:00 PM.

The sixth special session since Governor John Bel Edwards took office is underway. Edwards opened the session on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, as public colleges are at risk of budget cuts unless legislators approve 648-million dollars in taxes. Edwards hopes the legislature can come together on a plan.

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Governor Edwards spoke at UL Lafayette about possible budget cuts in special session
Posted on 5/22/2018 1:45:00 PM.
Governor Edwards spoke today at UL Lafayette breaking special session tradition of opening the proceedings by talking in the House chamber. The Governor is calling on the legislature to replace expiring sales taxes to avoid 638 million dollars in budget cuts. University of Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards is hoping to draw attention to the importance to higher ed.

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Monroe Police Officer killed in traffic accident
Posted on 5/22/2018 11:47:00 AM.

A 26-year-old Monroe Police Officer died in a traffic accident yesterday. Ayrian Williams was an LSU grad and New Orleans native who worked at the Southern Campus Police Department before taking a job with Monroe in November 2017. Police Chief Eugene Ellis says Williams was on the clock when the accident occurred.More

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Memorial Day weekend may be washed out by potential tropical system
Posted on 5/22/2018 10:49:00 AM.

A low-pressure system has been tagged by the National Hurricane Center for additional research, under the name Invest 90L. The system is currently in the Caribbean Sea and is on track to hit somewhere along the Gulf Coast during memorial weekend. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Danielle Manning says as of now, it appears Louisiana should dodge the worst of it.

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Special session on sales taxes begins today
Posted on 5/22/2018 4:30:00 AM.

The special session kicks off today, giving legislators two weeks to come to an agreement on how to handle a 648 million dollar budget shortfall that threatens to potentially devastate healthcare and higher education. A special session in February failed, and legislative attempts to craft a budget with 648 million in cuts were vetoed, but Governor Edwards says this will be different.

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Two Louisiana State Parks are reopening after 2016 flood damage
Posted on 5/22/2018 3:30:00 AM.
Overnight facilities at two Louisiana State Parks are reopening after they were damaged by the 2016 floods. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced that portions of the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park near St. Martinville opened Monday and newly renovated cabins at Chemin-A-Haut State Park near Bastrop will open Friday.
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