Proposed cuts to TOPS sending students out of state
Posted on 6/13/2018 4:58:00 AM.

Unless the state legislature approves additional revenue, TOPS will suffer a 30% reduction, a cost that will be passed right back to students and their families. Higher ed is also on the block for a substantial reduction, and Taylor Foundation Executive Director Dr. James Caillier says even if the state approves the funds, we’re already losing some of our highest performers, who are tired of the uncertainty.
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Democrat Renee Fontenot Free jumps into Secretary of State's race
Posted on 6/12/2018 4:50:00 AM.

The first entrants into the race for the Secretary of State’s office are trickling in, in the wake of a poll that showed nearly a third of Louisianans are undecided on who they will be voting for come November. Attorney General’s Director of the Public Protection Division, and Democrat, Renee Fontenot Free says her years of public service make her the ideal candidate.
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Fiscal cliff debate shows split in Republican Party
Posted on 6/11/2018 8:40:00 PM.

The fiscal cliff debate is revealing a wide range of opinions from within Louisiana’s Republican Party, ranging from moderates who support the governor’s call for a half cent sales tax renewal, to anti-tax conservatives who favor budget cuts to plug the 648 million dollar shortfall. River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot, who supported a third penny but not a half, says the state needs to tighten its belt.
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Special session collapses, again
Posted on 6/5/2018 2:01:00 AM.

The second special session of the year crashed and burned when lawmakers failed to pass a sales tax bill and that could result in a 30% cut to TOPS and 20% reduction in higher ed funding next fiscal year. The House rejected a Senate backed sales tax plan that would have replaced most of the 648-million dollars in expiring revenue.More

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Additional diseases eligible for medical marijuana with the governor's signature
Posted on 6/5/2018 1:00:00 AM.

More Louisiana residents will have the ability to treat ailments with medical marijuana once it becomes available later this year. The bill had bipartisan support in what was an otherwise contentious regular session.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill which was authored by Baton Rouge Representative Ted James.
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St. Landry priest accused of sexual abuse
Posted on 6/4/2018 5:24:00 PM.

The pastor of St. Peter Church in St. Landry Parish has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor in an alleged incident that occurred several years ago. 75-year-old Michael Guidry has been a priest for nearly 50 years, while running St. Peter for the last nine. Lafayette Bishop Doug Deshotel says the priest has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by law enforcement.
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Senate passes budget that fully funds healthcare and higher ed
Posted on 6/3/2018 10:35:00 PM.

The Senate passed a budget, and a tax bill to pay for it, that fully funds TOPS, higher ed, and healthcare. The tax bill raises 508 million dollars by renewing half of the expiring penny sales tax, and eliminating some business tax deductions. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says it’s a compromise that he hopes everyone can be content with.
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Entergy plans to purchase solar power from massive new farm
Posted on 6/2/2018 6:34:00 PM.

Entergy Louisiana is planning on purchasing solar power generated by a solar farm that’s set to be the largest such facility in the state.

The facility by Eagle Solar Group will be built in West Baton Rouge Parish, and should be up and running by 2020. Entergy Louisiana CEO Phillip May says it’s a huge project and a 20-year agreement.
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LSU Health New Orleans calls for earlier colonoscopies
Posted on 6/2/2018 7:58:00 AM.

The American Cancer Society has new guidelines recommending earlier screenings for colorectal cancer, bumping the previously recommended age from 50, down to 45.

LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health founding Dean Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, says there’s been an alarming new trend. 
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House passes sales tax bill
Posted on 5/29/2018 5:35:00 AM.

GOP House Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill that raises 366-million dollars of the 648-million dollar budget shortfall passed the House after a weekend of deliberations that got the legislation 76 votes, 6 more than it needed to make it to Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. Harris, who Friday said this tax bill is designed to cut government, celebrated the passage.
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