Legislative Effort Underway To Guarantee Funding For TOPS

One of the hardest fought battles every year in Louisiana’s Legislature is whether or not to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program. Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge) wants to bring an end to that annual struggle.

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First Trump State Dinner Brings Billionaires And Administration Officials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcmmMRVaGyo There is arguably nothing grander in the nation's capital than a state dinner. The red carpet gets rolled out, the silverware is shined, and the guest list of coveted invitations is winnowed down. State dinners are intricate diplomatic dances filled with pageantry and symbolism — and they take months to plan. The world is watching, and every choice from the china pattern to the flowers is scrutinized. First lady Melania Trump carefully prepped for...

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US Pecan Growers Seek To Break Out Of The Pie Shell

Fats, Food And Fun: 1st Weekend Of Jazz Fest Kicks Off

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Music lovers are converging this week on the Crescent City for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. 

The festival takes place over two weekends starting on Friday and features out-of-town artists such as Rod Stewart and Sting as well as performers from across New Orleans and Louisiana.

This year will also feature a number of tributes to legendary musician Fats Domino, who died in October. There will be a jazz funeral parade and a tribute concert, and Domino is also featured on this year's festival poster.

US Pecan Growers Seek To Break Out Of The Pie Shell

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The humble pecan is being rebranded as more than just pie.

Pecan growers and suppliers are hoping to sell U.S. consumers on the virtues of North America's only native nut as a hedge against a potential trade war with China, the pecan's largest export market.

The pecan industry is also trying to crack the fast-growing snack-food industry.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based American Pecan Council has been formed in the wake of a new federal marketing order that allows the industry to band together and assess fees for research and promotion.

Wrongfully Deported, She's Back But Not Allowed To Sue

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A woman detained and deported to Mexico in 2013 despite being in the United States legally will not be allowed to pursue a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the U.S. government.

An appeals court in New Orleans upheld a Texas federal judge's dismissal of the lawsuit by Guadalupe Chaidez Campos.

Court records say Campos had entered the country illegally in 2012 and was ordered out. But she also applied for and received legal "nonimmigrant" status.

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Prohibiting Louisiana State University classes from starting before 10 a.m. would be one option studied to reduce traffic issues in a city under legislation that a state House of Representatives panel has approved.

News outlets report the measure cleared the House Transportation Committee without objection Tuesday and now goes to the full House. Under it, staggered work hours for major Baton Rouge employers, including state agencies, and encouraging businesses to allow employees to work from home would also be studied.

Camp Minden Explosives: Change Of Plea Hearing Tuesday

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A former official of a company that abandoned tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana is pleading guilty.

The Times of Shreveport reports that Koons pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of making a false statement to the military's Joint Munitions Command.

Lionel Koons was inventory control manager for Explo Systems when it went bankrupt in 2013, leaving 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of M6 propellant on land leased from the Louisiana National Guard.

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A Louisiana private investigator faces a possible prison sentence for misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president's federal tax information before his 2016 election.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles is scheduled to sentence 32-year-old Jordan Hamlett on Wednesday. Hamlett faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in December.

Authorities have said Hamlett failed in his attempts to get Trump's tax information through a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.

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Award winning artist and actress Beyonce Knowles will be giving Grambling State University grant money as part of her Homecoming Scholars Award Program. GSU was one of three Historically Black Universities chosen in the state.

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Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says state and local governments offered an estimated $1.5 billion in incentives for a $9.4 billion plastics complex.

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A House-approved resolution to create a panel to find a solution to Baton Rouge’s horrible traffic problems flew through a Senate committee. The Capital City is plagued with rush hour gridlock, and Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter says the sponsor of the measure was inspired to bring forth the legislation after one too many bumper to bumper trips through BR.

 

Carter says the city is already looking into innovative options to curb excessive traffic, such as a compressed work schedule.

 

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The largest international music fest in the United States begins tomorrow in Lafayette as Festival International de Louisiane starts a five-day fun that features music from over 20 countries. Marketing director Carly Viator says its free to attend.

 

Viator says to make things easier on fairgoers this year, they will issue electronic bracelets instead of selling tickets to buy drinks and merchandise. She says you can also link your bank card to your wristband.

 

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Meals on Wheels Delivers More than Food

They say that food is the best way to reach a man's heart. It appears that food is the best way to reach out to anyone, irrespective of age and gender. Meals on Wheels can be a primary source to reach out to the world outside for elderly individuals who are living alone and unable to cook for themselves. The Ouachita Council on Aging (OCA) provides Meals on Wheels and Congregate meals to senior citizens. Loretta Hudson, nutrition director, explained that these meals provide healthy nutrition...

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