Today begins the 30th annual Festival International de Louisiane in downtown Lafayette. Emelie Gunn has more…
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The state’s budget problems were a popular topic on Governor John Bel Edwards first monthly radio call-in show. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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The Senate sends a bill to the House that would ensure every TOPS recipient receives at least a partial scholarship, in the event the state cannot fully fund the program. Halen Doughty has more…
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The 30th annual of the Festival International de Louisiane begins today and runs through Sunday in downtown Lafayette. Festival Marketing Director April Courville says this is a really exciting celebration with new activities taking homage to the history of the festival. She says over 400-thousand people are excited to join in the festivities.
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Courville says the festival has been such an accomplishment for the last three decades because of the great support from the community. She says a lot of work goes into organizing this huge free festival.
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Courville says local performers and international artists from 25 different countries are performing during the five days of the festival. She says there will also be tons of vendors with unique art, food, and craft beers.
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There’s a new addition to the Governor’s Mansion since John Bel Edwards moved in. Edwards says he put in a chicken coop next to the garden, behind the mansion. The governor says they’re new chickens, so he hopes to supply his friends and family with fresh eggs soon.
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Edwards says the coop is color coordinated with the mansion. Edwards had a chicken coop at his home in Amite, but he says it wasn’t nice enough to bring to the mansion. With the 16 new hens and his two dogs, Edwards says he’s still trying to be considerate of his neighbors.
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Edwards says he checks on his birds every evening when he gets home. The chicken coop comments sparked questions about how the project was funded. Edwards says the project was not paid for by taxpayers.
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The Louisiana Department of Education revokes the child care license of Abita Church Christian Daycare in St. Tammany Parish after four unsupervised toddlers were found roaming near a busy street. Department of Education spokesperson Ken Pastorick says the children left through an opening in the fence enclosing the center’s playground.
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A motorist found the four toddlers the morning of April 7th walking on the street in front of the daycare center. The children were unharmed from the incident. However, Pastorick says the center still did not perform their duties as a daycare.
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The daycare has 15 days to appeal the revocation. Pastorick says the Department of Education is quick to revoke unfit daycares.
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The state Senate unanimously approves a bill that would make sure every TOPS recipient would receive at least part of their award, if the state is not able to fully fund the scholarship program. Jonesboro Senator Jim Fannin says legislators added an amendment that would allow a TOPS recipient to keep their award even if they are unable to attend college immediately because they cannot afford it.
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Under the current law, students with lower ACT scores or who do not have financial need would not get a scholarship at all. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says it isn’t fair to tell students for four years that they will get TOPS, then suddenly take it away because they cannot fund the program. He says lawmakers need to ensure that everyone who earns the scholarship gets something.
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The cost of TOPS for the next fiscal year is about 300-million dollars. New Orleans Senator Karen Peterson says right now, the chance of TOPS being fully funded this year is nil. She says without this legislation, there will be a lot of students who will not get a TOPS award at all.
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