Gov Edwards: A budget surplus is a good thing
Posted on 9/20/2018 11:41:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana finished the fiscal year that ended June 30th with a budget surplus of approximately 300-million dollars. Edwards says the state's economy is performing better than what the Revenue Estimating Conference predicted.
 
"Corporate and personal income taxes appear to be higher than forecasted and we hope this is an indication of a continuing trend where we are going to see the economy improve," said Edwards. 
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PSC to investigate rural electric co-ops spending practices
Posted on 9/20/2018 11:34:00 AM.

The Public Service Commission is launching an investigation into the spending habits of rural energy co-ops. Commissioner Foster Campbell says he’s discovered excessive compensation for executives and expenses for board members.  Campbell singled out Claiborne Electric Co-op.
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LSU AgCenter Awarded CDC Grant to Combat Obesity
Posted on 9/20/2018 10:07:00 AM.

The LSU AgCenter has been awarded a five million dollar, five-year grant from the CDC that will fund an ongoing program to improve health in rural Louisiana and expand it to more parishes. The grant will support an initiative called Healthy Access, Behaviors, and Communities, or Healthy ABCs. AgCenter Nutrition Specialist Denise Holston says the program has been active for about three years.
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SPLC: Over 1/3 of police departments lack guidance on racial profiling
Posted on 9/20/2018 8:18:00 AM.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is sounding the alarm over a new report that shows more than one third of Louisiana law enforcement agencies do not have policies that address racial profiling. Deputy Legal Director Lisa Graybill says it’s a troubling discovery.
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Edwards top priority next legislative session is more funding for education
Posted on 9/20/2018 6:45:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says his top priority next year is to increase funding for public education and secure a $1,000 teacher pay raise. Edwards made the statement during his monthly "Ask the Governor Show."
 
"I also want to make sure that we have a $500 raise to support workers, whether they are cafeteria workers, janitors or bus drivers," said Edwards. 
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Vote to denounce Drag Queen Story Time Event at Lafayette library fails
Posted on 9/19/2018 1:16:00 PM.
A vote to denounce the drag queen story time event at Lafayette’s main branch of the public library did not pass the Lafayette Parish-City Council on Tuesday night.
 
UL-Lafayette students dressed up as women are set to read stories to children on October 6th about accepting LGBTQ individuals.
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