Planned Parenthood supporters rallied on the state Capitol steps to advocate for women’s health. Emelie Gunn was there…
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There’s talk of ending the regular legislative session early so lawmakers have time to get ready for a second special session, which is expected to begin in June. Halen Doughty has more…
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Able-bodied adults without children will soon be required to participate in job training programs in order to get food stamps, because of an executive order signed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Jeff Palermo has more…
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First Lady Donna Edwards has announced a new recycling initiative at the Governor’s Mansion in honor of Earth Day, which is today. Mrs. Edwards says she and the governor have been recycling ever since they lived in Hawaii many years ago…
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The first lady is encouraging Louisiana residents to do their part in recycling as much trash as they can. Edwards says as an educator, it’s important to teach young kids the importance of recycling and to lead by example. She says it’s easy to start in your home or workplace.
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Edwards says plastic bottles, aluminum cans, most paper, and even ink cartridges are recyclable. She says we produce a lot of trash each day…
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Planned Parenthood advocates rallied on state Capitol steps after a House committee approved a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Unitarian Minister Rev. Darcy Roake says nearly 20 pieces of anti-women’s health legislation has been filed, three of those bills aimed directly at defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides preventive health care and accurate sexual health information.
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Roake aimed some of her frustration at Governor John Bel Edwards, who has described himself as pro-life. She says injustice is being done to us as human beings as anti-abortion bills described as protecting the health of women continues to move through the legislative process.
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New Orleans Dr. Julie Finger spoke before advocates and says Planned Parenthood is committed to providing women safe and reliable healthcare. She says many legislators try over and over to limit access to reproductive health.
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Legislative leaders seek to end the regular session early, so they could prepare for a special session that Governor John Bel Edwards plans to call to address the 750-million dollar revenue shortfall for next fiscal year. Senate President John Alario says the next special session needs to be held before the start of the next fiscal year.
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The regular session is set to end June 6th and lawmakers will likely approve a budget that cuts state spending by 750-million dollars. Alario says special session will be needed to restore cuts to higher education, TOPS, public schools and health care, but that doesn’t necessarily mean raising more taxes.
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Alario says ending the regular session early will give lawmakers a break, as they have been in one session after another since February. He says this will also allow legislators to meet with constituents to discuss what they would like to see done at the Capitol.
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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order that requires able-bodied adults without children to participate in job training and work assistance programs in order to receive food stamp benefits. Edwards says this will prepare individuals for successful careers.
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Starting July first, unemployed able-bodied adults will have to visit one of the 59 Louisiana Workforce Commission Business and Career Solutions Centers. Edwards says these career centers have proven to be effective. He says in 2015, many people found jobs in Louisiana through the centers.
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Republican lawmakers have been pushing for the governor to add work requirements to food stamp recipients. Edwards says for the past 19 years, Louisiana has received a waiver from the federal government, which allowed people to receive food stamps without working. He says this is an historic order and hopes other states will follow our lead.
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The LSU baseball team brings a five game winning streak into its SEC showdown series with Mississippi State, which begins tonight at 7 PM at Alex Box Stadium. The Bulldogs will start Dakota Hudson on the mound in game one. He could be a a top ten pick in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Coach Paul Mainieri says his won’t be intimidated…
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LSU enters the series ranked fifth in the country by Baseball America, while Mississippi State is seventh. The Bulldogs have the third highest team batting average in the SEC and Mainieri says the key for his pitchers is to limit traffic on the basepaths…
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In the SEC West standings, both LSU and Mississippi State trail Texas A&M for first place. The Tigers are one game back, while the Bulldogs are two games back. Mainieri says it makes that a lot is on the line this weekend at the Box….
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