1030AM LRN News

Governor Edwards announces Fibrebond will remain in Minden after an earlier scare that the company may leave for east Texas. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the company is a huge economic driver for the rural Webster Parish.

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The state helped Fibrebond find a shorter route for the huge structures that it ships around the country. Previously their route was hindered by failing bridges.

A Legislative Fiscal Office analysis of the estimated 500-million-dollar state budget surplus credits most of the higher-than-expected revenue to the 2017 federal tax reform. Chief Economist Greg Albrecht says Louisiana’s tax code is structured so that federal rate reductions generate more state revenue.

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Early voting starts tomorrow morning. Kevin Barnhart has more details from Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin….

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We Ask America polled likely voters in Louisiana and found Governor Edwards just shy of avoiding a run-off at 47 percent. It’s also the second poll to show Eddie Rispone as the top polling Republican, beating Ralph Abraham 23 to 17. The poll says it’s clear that Rispone’s ad blitz for himself, and against Abraham has paid off. 13 percent of respondents in the poll remain undecided.