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  1. Editorial: A Baton Rouge budget compromise - and some grandstandingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 27, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    The Louisiana Legislature wrapped its third special session of the year with a compromise tax and budget plan that avoided the "fiscal cliff" that lawmakers themselves created. The cliff would have kicked in July 1, the start of the state's fiscal year, when a temporary 5th penny of state sales tax was set to expire.

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  2. 'It has been a good ol' boy system for so long'...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    State Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge, stood her ground at a last-minute attempt to threaten her compromise sales-tax bill on the House floor Friday. When state Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge, put forward a compromise Friday to resolve an epic fight over funding state government, a fellow Republican proposed an amendment that could have placed the bill in jeopardy.

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  3. Thumbs Up/Thumbs DownRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 11, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Caitlin Meehan-Draper, an instructor at the New Orleans charter school chain FirstLine, is one of nine finalists for 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, an annual award bestowed by the Louisiana Department of Education. This year's winner will be announced at a ceremony in Baton Rouge July 27. Carolyn Dalton, a former New Orleans Police Department officer, was convicted of malfeasance in office after a St. Bernard Parish woman filed harassment charges against her.

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  4. An appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court aims to grant voting rights...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 8, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a measure that will restore voting rights to potentially thousands of Louisiana residents on probation and parole, an appeal before the Louisiana Supreme Court could determine the voting rights for thousands more. The court may consider a request for an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld a 1976 Louisiana law barring people convicted of a felony who are on probation and parole from entering the voting booth.

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    Jun 4, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Stephen Goodly, a math teacher at Warren Easton Senior High School, is one of nine finalists for the 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, an annual award bestowed by the Louisiana Department of Education. Goodly is the only metro area teacher on the list.

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  6. What to know in New Orleans this weekRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 4, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Council members call for 'common sense' gun control measures After a Louisiana legislative session that considered several measures to allow guns on school campuses, the New Orleans chapter of gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action has renewed its call for stronger protections against gun violence in Louisiana.

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  7. Down to the wire on the Louisiana budget - and the...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, proposed the House budget that would cut health programs and TOPS funding. The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee today questioned a Republican budget passed by the House that would fully fund hospitals for the poor but slash funding for other health programs by $116 million.

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  8. Louisiana House committee votes to keep Hollywood South tax credits at $180 millionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 25, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    After a heated debate over priorities given the state budget shortfall, a House committee on Friday decided to keep the cap on credits for movies, TV shows and commercials shot in the state at $180 million a year rather than cutting it to $90 million. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 8-4 to maintain the current subsidy even though some legislators suggested that the money should be used instead to stave off possible cuts in vital public services.

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  9. Louisiana House Ways and Means committee frustrated over budget discussionsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 23, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Several of the 11 Republicans on the committee, which must initiate tax and budget bills, told Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne they were upset that Edwards vetoed the budget passed by the Legislature that dealt with a $648 million shortfall solely through budget cuts. Members of the House Ways and Means Committee were notably frustrated when they met Wednesday to begin the special session's budget discussions, a conversation they have been having in some form for over two years.

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  10. Thumbs Up/Thumbs DownRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Chris W. Surprenant was awarded $47,000 by the Louisiana Board of Regents in support of a book he's writing that explores the money factor that prevents criminal justice reform. Surprenant is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans.

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  11. Thousands of Louisiana teachers support statewide strike for better payRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    More than 2,000 Louisiana teachers said they'd support a statewide strike to improve their pay in response to a recent survey by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers union. In the survey of almost 4,000 elementary, middle and high school educators, 61 percent of respondents were in favor of a statewide strike to protest what they describe as stagnant wages.

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  12. Louisiana to restore voting rights to people on probation and parole for feloniesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    After an hourlong debate over the definition of "incarceration," the parables of Jesus, and whether a person's time in prison is enough to pay their "debt to society," Louisiana is poised to restore voting rights to potentially thousands of formerly incarcerated people convicted of felony crimes. The state House already had approved the measure last week.

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  13. Louisiana House votes unanimously on a bill to allow student-initiated prayer in public schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 16, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    A bill that originally allowed teachers to fully participate in student-initiated prayer underwent major alterations limiting what teachers can do before passing unanimously in the Louisiana House Wednesday. An amendment offered by state Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, limited teachers' participation to only being allowed to bow their heads during prayer.

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  14. What to know in New Orleans this weekRead the original story w/Photo

    May 14, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    CANTRELL: 'I BELIEVE WE'VE PREPARED OURSELVES AS BEST AS POSSIBLE' After her inauguration May 7, Mayor LaToya Cantrell briefly listed several upcoming challenges for her administration and the city, including climate change, infrastructure, chronic issues at the Sewerage & Water Board, the opioid crisis and racial disparity, particularly in city contracts. Her first tasks in office are "meeting with staff and those I hired that keep government running, like right now," she told Gambit after she paraded around Armstrong Park with a brass band and a number of social aid & pleasure clubs.

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  15. WWL-TV report: Russians bought Facebook ads about New Orleans...Read the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    New Orleanians reading Facebook last year may have found paid Russian ads about the Confederate monument removal in between photos of your high school acquaintance's kids and your mom's latest order from Starbucks. WWL-TV reports : Facebook ads linked to Russian businesses targeted users in Louisiana immediately following the Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge and removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans, apparently to sow outrage among locals before the U.S. elections.

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  16. Stormy Daniels made it rain at the New Orleans Penthouse Club tonightRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Politics and sex scandals are a duo as old as grillades and grits, and the current nexus of politics and sex in America is personified in the Baton Rouge-born porn star and director Stormy Daniels . Daniels, of course, has alleged an affair with President Donald Trump - who denies the affair but seems to have paid her to be quiet - and she filed a defamation suit against the president last month.

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  17. Another abortion law moves forward in Louisiana HouseRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    The termination of pregnancy by illegal interference and feticide may soon become "crimes of violence" under Louisiana state law. A House panel approved a bill 8-4 on Tuesday to prohibit the use of physical force or threats of violence against "the person or property" of a pregnant woman with the intent to compel her to undergo an abortion against her will.

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  18. Stormy Daniels is coming to New Orleans, y'allRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    Louisiana's most famous porn export and presidential irritant , Stormy Daniels, has posed for the cover of Penthouse this month, and she's going on a mini-tour to promote the issue . She'll be appearing for two performances at the Penthouse Club in the French Quarter May 9, according to the club's Facebook page : Hurricane season comes early this year on Wednesday, May 9 when we celebrate the release of XXX Porn Star and Penthouse Pet Stormy Daniels' Pet of the Century Collector's Edition Magazine! Join us as Stormy hits the stage with two live performances.

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  19. Louisiana House committee advances bill to call state constitutional convention in 2020Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    State Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, said there are major issues to be addressed when it comes to the funding of localities by state government. "We're talking about a complete potential revision of the way the government operates in the state," he said.

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  20. School 'lunch shaming,' prayer by permission slip: What the...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2018 | Best of New Orleans

    The Senate Education Committee on Thursday voted 4-2 to reject a bill that would have prevented schools from punishing students with lunch debt even though the bill had easily passed the House earlier this month. The committee also voted 5-1 in favor of a bill allowing school employees to participate in student-initiated prayer during the work day if all of the students had obtained signed permission slips from their parents.

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