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June 02, 2017 - 9:41 am
The Senate has unveiled its funding plan for next fiscal year, and it does not call for any cuts to higher ed, prisons, and Department of Children and Family Services. Senate President John Alario says their plan also fully funds the TOPS scholarship program. “Besides fully funding TOPS, which is a...
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June 02, 2017 - 7:10 am
(WWL.com) It’s been over nine months since the flood waters rose across south Louisiana, and federal flood recovery dollars appropriated by Congress are finally getting into the hands of flood victims. Nick Speyrer with the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program says Governor Edwards passed...
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June 01, 2017 - 9:06 pm
State Police say they have arrested the man who allegedly struck and killed a 12-year-old boy during a police chase. Trooper Bryan Lee says they were called to investigate at the request of BRPD when officers were conducting a possible narcotics operation. "During the course of that investigation,...
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June 01, 2017 - 8:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers want to toughen requirements for parental consent when a minor seeks an abortion. Current law requires a notarized statement from a legal guardian of an unmarried girl under age 18 before a doctor can perform an abortion on the teenager. A proposal from...
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June 01, 2017 - 4:51 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Senators unveiled their $29 billion state operating budget proposal for next year, and it contains fewer cuts than the House wanted. The proposal headed to the full Senate would keep the TOPS college tuition program at full financing, as the House proposed. But the Senate...
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June 01, 2017 - 1:42 pm
(AP) _ Future high school students won't have to meet tougher standards to get their college tuition paid through Louisiana's TOPS program, at least for now. Rather than face likely defeat in the Senate, a Baton Rouge lawmaker Thursday dropped his proposal to bump the grade point average from 2.5...
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June 01, 2017 - 12:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana senators have refused to back the House's version of a bill that would grant parole eligibility to inmates sentenced to life without parole for murders they committed as teenagers. The Senate sent Sen. Dan Claitor's bill to a six-member legislative conference...
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June 01, 2017 - 10:56 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Senators have blocked reinstatement of a prohibition that would have convicted felons waiting years after serving their sentences before they could run for office in Louisiana. The House had overwhelmingly agreed to the constitutional amendment by Rep. Greg Miller, a Norco...
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June 01, 2017 - 10:19 am
(AP) - State senators have refused to make it easier for voters to recall Louisiana's elected officials. The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee deadlocked Wednesday on a proposal from Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, to change rules for recall elections. The vote was 3-3, stalling...
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June 01, 2017 - 9:22 am
(WWL.com) A bill to raise the minimum GPA requirement to receive the TOPS scholarship will be heard in the Senate education committee today. Under current rules, students have to earn a minimum of 2.5 GPA on their high school core curriculum to qualify. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil's...
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