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Analysis: Turf wars steal spotlight from Louisiana coastal issue

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When a south Louisiana flood board and a few coastal parishes took oil and gas companies to court over coastal wetland loss it looked like a new chapter might be opening in Louisiana: government agencies taking political risks to hold a major industry accountable for environmental damage. Fans of old fashioned Louisiana politics can take heart, ...

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Louisiana’s current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps

BATON ROUGE, La. — A new Louisiana governor inherits a massive budget mess, a state struggling with years of red ink that his predecessor patched through rather than fixing. Now, government services are on the chopping block, threatened with hefty reductions. Sound familiar? That was the scene when Buddy Roemer took over as Louisiana’s governor in March 1988. And it’s ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ____ Dec. 12 The Lake Charles American Press on mental health in Louisiana: Louisiana recently received a poor ranking from a national mental health group. According to a story in Baton Rouge’s Advocate, the state ranks 47th on the survey of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia “for states with the highest ...

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Analysis: Holes and worries emerge in Louisiana’s budget

BATON ROUGE, La. — As lawmakers patched their way through this year’s budget, many of them talked as if they had drawn up a six-month plan, fully expecting Louisiana’s next governor to come in with a broader blueprint for fixing the state’s financial mess. They may have been too generous. This budget may not even hold for six months. One ...

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Where They Stand: Bobby Jindal on issues of 2016 campaign

BATON ROUGE, La. — Where two-term Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stands on various issues that will be debated in the Republican presidential campaign: IMMIGRATION Jindal has expressed support for giving people who are in the country illegally a way to gain legal status through guest-workers visas — once the border is secure. With the same prerequisite of a secure border, ...

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Governor travels to northwest Louisiana to view high water

SHREVEPORT, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling to northwest Louisiana to get a firsthand look at the rising waters of the Red River. The governor will be in Caddo and Bossier parishes Friday. Meteorologist Mario Valverde (val-VER-dee) says data indicates the crest is likely to hit 35.5 feet Saturday. That’s still under the 70-year mark of 38.3 feet set ...

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At least $155M in gaps identified in House-approved budget

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s state senators were told Monday that the House version of next year’s budget is short at least $155 million in identified needs, with holes mainly in public health care services for the poor and uninsured. But the gaps could be even larger, because of questionable financing sources used by the House. And that’s not counting ...

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Jindal, company announce $135M expansion in Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. — W.R. Grace & Co. and Chevron Products Co. will build a $135 million residue hydro-processing catalyst production plant and additional alumina capacity at the existing Grace manufacturing facility near Lake Charles. The announcement was made Monday in a news release from Gov. Bobby Jindal and W.R. Grace & Co. Chairman and CEO Fred Festa. The companies’ ...

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Thermaldyne to build waste remediation plant near Port Allen

BATON ROUGE, La. — Thermaldyne will invest $19 million to develop an industrial waste remediation plant near Port Allen that will create 45 jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. The plant will be Thermaldyne’s first indirect thermal desorption facility and will be in the recently established, 200-acre USA Rail and Terminal Industrial Park. It is the first of ...

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Hospitals offer to share in cost of La. Medicaid expansion

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BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisiana struggles with budget troubles, private hospitals are offering lawmakers a way to draw down more federal health care dollars for patient care, but only if the money is used to expand coverage through the Medicaid program. Legislation filed by House leaders would let the state tap into a voter-backed plan that allows hospitals to ...

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