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17 Jan
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Study: Operation costs higher in charter-heavy Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The percentage of public school dollars going to school operation costs such as transportation and administrative salaries is higher in New Orleans — and the percentage devoted to actual instruction is lower — than in other ...

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15 Jan
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3-parish African-American museum opening Feb 4 in Houma

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A segregation-era high school for black students will reopen next month as a museum celebrating African-American history in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes. The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2j1iLCi) that the Finding Our Roots African American Museum ...

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13 Jan
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Edwards plans special session to close deficit topping $300M

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday he intends to call a special legislative session to rebalance the state budget after Louisiana’s midyear deficit was projected to reach $313 million. The state income forecasting panel, known ...

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13 Jan
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Group: New Orleans inmates held months after sentences end

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans inmates held in a north Louisiana jail well past the time their sentences ended could be released as early as Friday. However, attorneys for inmate advocates say they believe there are others in ...

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12 Jan
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FEMA extends temporary housing program for La. flood victims

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of Louisiana families displaced by August’s historic flooding are getting more time to stay in government-subsidized hotel and motel rooms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed Thursday to extend its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program ...

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12 Jan
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AG touts supportive letters from union, prosecutor, sheriff

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s attorney general is touting letters of support from a New Orleans police union, the city’s top prosecutor and the sheriff as he disputes accusations that he’s overstepping his authority with an anti-crime task force. Last ...

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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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