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A Louisiana veteran of World War II has received an award from France for his actions during the war.

News outlets report 97-year-old Lawrence Boudreaux received a French Legion of Honor medal Tuesday for his service at Normandy.

France's new ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, bestowed France's highest order of merit to Boudreaux at a veterans home in Jennings.

Etienne says France wanted to pay tribute to Boudreaux and "all American veterans who liberated France and Europe."

Louisiana state senators Wednesday backed a $3.8 billion public school formula that includes all financing increases sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Support for the K-12 spending plan came in a 37-1 vote that puts the Senate at odds with House Republicans, who stalled the same proposal in their chamber.

The formula that won Senate passage includes $140 million in increases: a $1,000 teacher pay raise, $500 raise for school support workers and $39 million in new block grant money for school districts.