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12 Jan
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Town suspends panhandling prohibition pending lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suburban New Orleans city has told a judge it won’t enforce its law requiring people who ask for money at traffic intersections to get panhandling permits. Court records show the city of Slidell agreed Tuesday ...

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12 Jan
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Edwards defends Medicaid expansion, as GOP works on repeal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is outlining his defense for Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion, pushing back on Republican work in Congress to dismantle the federal health law that created the program. The Democratic governor planned a Thursday afternoon ...

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11 Jan
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Edwards wants higher education stability, but more cuts loom

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards vowed Wednesday that he won’t allow the budget “to be balanced on the backs of our students,” while later acknowledging that’s more of a long-term aspiration than a pledge he can ...

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11 Jan
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Kennedy seeks ban on officials getting flood recovery work

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy called Wednesday on Gov. John Bel Edwards to ban public officials and their family members from receiving flood recovery contracts financed with federal disaster aid. Kennedy, a Republican who took office ...

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10 Jan
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Sheriff: Man accidentally texted deputy about drug deal

PIERRE PART, La. (AP) — A Pierre Part man has been arrested after authorities say he accidentally texted an Assumption Parish deputy about an upcoming drug sale. Sheriff Leland Falcon tells local media the deputy received the text message Friday ...

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10 Jan
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Appeal ruling affects funding for over 30 charter schools

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state appeal court ruling could endanger funding for more than 30 of Louisiana’s 148 public charter schools. Charter schools are public schools operated by independent organizations under agreements approved by state or local education officials. ...

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09 Jan
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Cuts to TOPS payments proposed in higher education review

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s top higher education policymaking board is weighing proposals to cut TOPS payments, consolidate campus administrative functions and give more tuition-raising authority to school governing boards. The recommendations are included in a draft report released ...

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09 Jan
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DWF chief update says agent responding well to treatment

MONROE, La. (AP) — A state official says a Louisiana wildlife agent shot multiple times over the weekend while on patrol is responding well to treatment. Patrick Banks, the interim secretary of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, gave ...

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09 Jan
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Rough first year for Edwards: Floods, shootings, budget woes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards reaches his one-year anniversary in office Wednesday. The Democratic governor knew he was inheriting a massive financial mess when his term began. But that wasn’t the sole crisis to cross his ...

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09 Jan
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Suit claims inmate punished for communicating with reporter

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses Louisiana prison officials of retaliating against an inmate for corresponding with a reporter whose newspaper published a series of stories critical of the state’s corrections department. Monday’s lawsuit says prison officials ...

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09 Jan
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St. Tammany Parish lawmaker enters the La. treasurer’s race

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The race to fill Louisiana’s open state treasurer’s seat is underway, with a state lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish saying he’ll be a candidate on the Oct. 14 ballot. Republican Rep. John Schroder announced his ...

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08 Jan
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Shreveport businesswoman filming ‘Blue Collar Millionaires’

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Shreveport businesswoman is appearing on a television show about people who make their fortunes in blue-collar jobs or industries. Laura FitzGerald is the president of the Shreveport oil and gas exploration company Ilios Resources. The ...

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06 Jan
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Governor: $300M deficit could trigger special session need

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is suggesting a special budget-rebalancing legislative session may be likely to close a looming midyear deficit. The size of the gap will be decided next week. The Democratic governor said Friday ...

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06 Jan
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Middle school teacher, husband accused of operating meth lab

HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) — A St. Charles Parish teacher is in custody after investigators uncovered evidence that she and her husband were running a meth lab at the home they shared with their 7-year-old child. Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes ...

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06 Jan
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Flood plan expected to get money to homeowners by April

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is submitting its plan to spend $438 million in federal flood recovery aid, a move Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration says should have money flowing by April. Nearly all the money, under the plan ...

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