LRN Newscast 15:30 2-27-15

The Jindal administration presented a proposed budget today that provides a starting point on how to prevent drastic cuts to health care and higher education, despite a one-point-six billion revenue shortfall for next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says they want lawmakers to scale back a dozen refundable tax credits which would save the state 526-million…
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Higher ed is facing a two-hundred-eleven million dollar cut.

The 2014 numbers from the US Department of Commerce show that merchandise exports from the state show an almost three percent increase to 65 -point one-billion dollars. It is the sixth consecutive year of growth.
The front runner in Louisiana’s governor’s race got a rather significant campaign boost, as former president George H. W. Bush has given the Republican senator his endorsement. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says Republicans Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, and Democratic state Representative John Bel Edwards have to step up their game…
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The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with the murder of a Lake Arthur man. Spokesman Christopher Ivey says 18-year-old Roderick Cawthrone, Jr. and 26-year-old Brett Hebert face first degree murder charges in the death of 73 year-old Charles Talen, Sr.
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Detectives say they expect more arrests in the investigation.