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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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Facing his two Republican challengers for their first head-to-head debate, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards fended off criticism Thursday that his tax policy and spending decisions are driving people from the state and hampering economic growth.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham tangled with Edwards most directly, with the men often talking over each other in disagreements as Abraham accused the Democratic incumbent of repeatedly turning to "taxes, taxes, taxes" from the state's already strapped citizens. At one point, Edwards told Abraham: "You are just 100% false."

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Louisiana received good marks Tuesday from a national credit rating agency for the state's improved financial outlook and work to stabilize its budget, boosting one of Gov. John Bel Edwards' main campaign pitches as he seeks a second term.

Moody's Investors Service didn't upgrade Louisiana's credit rating but did change the state's credit outlook from "stable" to "positive." The firm described the improved outlook as an indication the state could see a rating upgrade in a year or two.

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, the leading Republican candidate for Louisiana governor, is pledging to keep his campaign ire focused on Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards, after another GOP contender in the race unleashed an attack ad against Abraham.

Businessman Eddie Rispone's decision to launch a TV ad Tuesday slamming Abraham has drawn backlash from some Republicans who call it the wrong strategy to defeat Edwards. They worry about repeating the GOP infighting of the 2015 governor's race that helped Edwards become the Deep South's only Democratic governor.

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Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone is launching a TV attack ad against his fellow GOP contender, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, ending Republican Party leaders' efforts to keep their two main candidates from a slugfest ahead of the Oct. 12 election.

Rispone's 30-second spot, which his campaign said will start airing Tuesday, pans Abraham for reneging on a promise to donate his congressional salary to charity and for missing congressional votes. It says he voted with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hundreds of times.

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A company is investing $4.5 million to add a 10th production line at its facility in north Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mid South Extrusion President Ron Mason announced the expansion Tuesday.

In a news release, the family-owned company said the upgrade at its Monroe, Louisiana facility will create eight new jobs with an average annual salary of $28,000, plus benefits. Mason says the investment will allow MSE to target new markets and customers in the food packaging sector.

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Area Development ranked Louisiana No. 8 in the magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business report, with the state earning a Top 10 position for the ninth consecutive year. Area Development surveys the nation’s top site selection consultants to produce the annual report.

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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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Lafourche Parish in southeastern Louisiana is getting nearly $42 million for storm protection projects.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said in a news release that the governor signed an agreement Thursday allocating the money.

Most of the money — about $36 million — comes from the state's share of offshore oil and gas lease money.

Under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act passed in 2006, the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas get some of the money generated from oil and gas production off their shores in the Gulf of Mexico.

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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.