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Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) will present a Louisiana Governor's Debate, live on Thursday, September 26 from 7PM to 8PM from the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Participating candidates include incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards (Democrat), U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham (Republican), and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone (Republican). The debate will be broadcast statewide on LPB and in New Orleans on WYES and WLAE. It will also be streamed live at and on public radio stations.

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 Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that a consortium co-led by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has been awarded a four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) cooperative agreement to operate one of three new $106 million Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV).

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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced the details of the $52 million allocation in Federal Redistribution Funds to St. Tammany Parish for the widening of I-12 from US Highway 190 to LA Highway 59. This funding is a portion of the $76.2 million in federal funds received by DOTD that will be used throughout the entire state to quickly advance highway projects. 

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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. announced that DOTD has received $76.2 million in federal funds that will be used to quickly advance highway projects including bridge replacements and highway expansions.  This is the 19th year in a row the state has received these redistributed funds, a validation of the department’s efficiency in managing projects and funding.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday drew his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race, a deep-pocketed Baton Rouge businessman who said he's ready to spend millions of dollars challenging the Democratic incumbent.

Eddie Rispone filed state paperwork with the ethics administration office declaring his candidacy for the 2019 election.

"I am definitely running. This is it," Rispone said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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Louisiana now meets the highest standard of air quality according to EPA standards. Governor John Bel Edwards says the success is the result of notable increases in air quality in the Baton Rouge area parishes. DEQ Environmental Scientist Vivian Aucoin says its great news for quality of life in the Bayou State.


Ozone is formed in the atmosphere when nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds interact with sunlight, and can be exacerbated from human activity. Aucoin says this makes ozone control a tough task.


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The regular legislative session is at the halfway point, with issues like TOPS reform, gun control, and gambling expansion mostly dead, while new sexual harassment policies, tougher hazing laws, and medical marijuana expansion have received broad support. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the session has been bogged down by one issue.



The yearly attempt at altering TOPS hit a brick wall on the house floor, and Pinsonat says at this point legislators should just give up trying to change the universally popular program.


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Governor John Bel Edwards is working to find ways to equip every school with a school resource officer. He says the vast majority of schools already have them but not all. Edwards made the comments during his monthly radio show, “ask the governor.”


The governor adds each officer should have uniformed training.


He says he’s saddened by the situation today’s schools are in.


A task force has been assembled to study the issue.

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Governor John Bel Edwards says the proposed budget that was approved by the House is a non-starter, and if it reaches his desk, he’s not signing it. The budget maintains higher ed, and funds TOPS at 80 percent, but includes steep cuts to healthcare that could shutter public-private hospitals that care for the poor. Edwards says it’s a budget unworthy of the people of Louisiana


Edwards says, "The types of cuts that I just described to you do not happen in the state of Louisiana.The state is better than this. They deserve better than this."

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The House narrowly passed a budget that would fund TOPS at 80% and maintain higher ed funding, but would implement deep cuts in healthcare funding, potentially ending public-private partnership hospitals that care for the poor. House Appropriations Chairman Republican Cameron Henry says the state cannot afford to maintain its current healthcare spending.


Henry says, "The growth at which Medicaid is expanding is a rate we cannot attain. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue; this is a math issue."