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2 hrs ago | NOLA.com

Census shows slight drop in uninsured Louisiana residents, but total number still high

Patients wait for their number to be called as the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics provide free health services to uninsured patients at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Louisiana's total uninsured population remains high, but fell by 8,000 from last year.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Bobby Jindal, Republican, US House of Representatives, Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, Healthcare Law, Law

6 hrs ago | BayouBuzz.com

Maness nip, Cassidy dodges, Louisiana doesn't care

Things are not going well for Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy these days in his race against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is seeking a fourth six-year term. Republican Rob Maness, who is also running and is the Tea Party favorite, has been nipping at Cassidy's heels ever since the campaign began.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu, US Senate, Democrat, Louisiana

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Advocate

Details of pre-K overhaul in Louisiana unveiled

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left foreground, Avelardo Cortez, Kelsey Howard and Marques Pierre create in the building center in Carmelyn Roney's Pre-K class at Magnolia Woods Elementary School. Roney assists other students at the computer, upper right.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Bobby Jindal, Republican, US House of Representatives, Louisiana, Education Etc.

BayouBuzz.com

Audit: District Attorney's office $3.2M in the red

An annual report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office finds the District Attorney's office in East Baton Rouge is $3.2 million in the red. But DA Hillar Moore said the findings are not a surprise and that day-to-day operations are not affected.

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BayouBuzz.com

Accident shuts down natural-gas pipeline off Louisiana coast

Chevron Pipe Line Co. shut down a natural-gas pipeline off the southeast coast of Louisiana after one contract worker was killed and two others were injured while doing maintenance work, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Related Topix: Louisiana, Chevron Corporation, Energy, Oil & Gas

National Review Online

Quin Hillyer: Landrieu: Louisiana's Long-Lasting Liberal

In that admission lies a clue as to why Louisiana's fairly liberal Democratic senator has been so hard for Republicans to defeat, and why she still has a chance to survive a Republican challenge in one of the most important races of this political year. Landrieu possesses a high degree of a particularly Louisianan style of political pugnacity that makes even many Republicans in the state pay her a grudging respect bordering on a form of fondness.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu, Democrat, Louisiana

Fri Sep 12, 2014

NOLA.com

David Duke an issue in Sweden and GOP defending residency charges against 2 candidates: On the Hill

Robert McDonald , the newly confirmed secretary of veterans affairs, met with the media last week to outline some of his priorities as he tries to reinvent the agency after a serious scandal that included cover-ups of unacceptably long wait times for health care at some facilities., "I think the biggest take-away for me from talking to employees was that we need to open up the culture," said McDonald, the former head of Proctor & Gamble. "When I was going around, it seemed to me that employees thought of the hierarchy of VA as a pyramid.

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Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Steve Scalise, Mary Landrieu, US Senate, Democrat, Louisiana

The Daily Caller

Sen. Landrieu Releases Charter Flight Records, Apologizes

Louisiana U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu issued an apology Friday when she released the results of an internal investigation which showed that she improperly used $33,700 in taxpayers' money to pay for 43 charter flights since 2002. The release comes four days after Landrieu promised to release the results of the investigation, which was sparked last month after Politico and CNN found that the Democrat had used taxpayer money to pay for campaign activity.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Mary Landrieu, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, Louisiana, Conservative Political News

The Advocate

DEQa s Hatch says federal proposal to cut power plant emissions would cripple Louisiana economy

A proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants is an overreach by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and would cripple the state's economy if enacted, the state's top environmental official says. In a letter Friday to EPA, state Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch also questions the carbon dioxide goals proposed for Louisiana.

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Related Topix: Louisiana, Environmental Law, Law, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

BayouBuzz.com

Women for Landrieu, Air Mary, Cassidy's silence

Women, travel and exports-imports are the themes of the day in the Louisiana US Senate race as the Landrieu campaign and the National Republican Senatorial committee have been active in their e-blasting. Today, Senator Landrieu's campaign kicked off the second round of events dedicated to empowering Louisiana women and discussing the issues important to women voters in the election.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Mary Landrieu, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Louisiana

Thu Sep 11, 2014

The Town Talk

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Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil Louisiana Super Plants selections for that season, and gaillardia Mesa series has been named a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2014. Mesa gaillardia is outstanding in fall gardens Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil Louisiana Super Plants selections for that season, and gaillardia Mesa series has been named a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2014.

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Related Topix: Louisiana, Home Gardening, Home

KPLC-TV Lake Charles

Allen Parish residents learn about water contamination

The Louisiana Rural Water Association partnered up with the Department of Environmental Quality Thursday to host an informational meeting all about water. Their state-wide tour brought them to Allen Parish Thursday.

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The Advocate

Yet again, Lafayette School Board rejects Coopera s budget proposal

About an hour after it voted to accept five formal charges against Superintendent Pat Cooper, the Lafayette Parish School Board on Thursday sidelined yet another budget proposal offered by Cooper, voting to meet Monday to consider its own revisions to the 2014-15 spending plan. Chief financial officer Billy Guidry has told the board it must approve a spending plan by Monday to meet a state deadline and submit an approved budget to the Louisiana Department of Education by the end of the month.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

Washington Blade

Ruling upholding La. marriage ban 'disrespects' gay couples

LGBT rights advocates in Louisiana continue to criticize a federal judge who upheld their state's same-sex marriage ban. LGBT rights advocates in Louisiana remain outraged over a federal judge's ruling that upheld their state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Mary Landrieu, Democrat, Louisiana, Wedding, Gay/Lesbian, US Supreme Court

BayouBuzz.com

Landrieu: Cassidy rejects debates; Democrats slam Jindal's economy

The Landrieu US Senate campaign and the National Democratic Committee have respectively taken issue with two of the highest-profile Republican officials, Congressman Bill Cassidy and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Not only is there a debate over how many debates the Louisiana voters will see on TV for the US Senate race, there seems to be somewhat of a debate over whether Congressman Cassidy accepted any debate.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, Bobby Jindal, Mary Landrieu, US Senate, Democrat, Louisiana

WAFB-TV Baton Rouge

Officials urge preparedness during hurricane season peak

Officials throughout Louisiana are urging people to remain vigilant in having emergency plans during this peak week of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. "You can have an emergency pop up almost immediately here in Louisiana that you need to be prepared for, so there's never a time to let your guide down," said Mike Steele with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness .

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

Marine News

Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion Gains $10m

Sen. Landrieu Announces $10m for Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a Senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $10 million grant for the Port of Lake Charles through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Grant Program. Today's grant will expand the Port's Bulk Terminal.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Mary Landrieu, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Louisiana, Downtown (Seattle, WA), University Village (Seattle, WA), Capitol Hill (Seattle, WA)

The News-Star

Our view: A first step in obesity fightOur view: A first step in...

Our view: A first step in obesity fight State no longer nation's worst, but there's a long way to go Check out this story on thenewsstar.com: http://tnsne.ws/1oq0ARj Louisiana no longer leads all other states in adult obesity rates. "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America" reported Louisiana's rate fell from 34.7 percent to 33.1 percent, a statistically insignificant amount.

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Related Topix: Louisiana, African-American, Opinion

ThinkProgress

Louisiana Senate Candidate: U.S. Senate Is Run 'Like A Plantation'

In an interview published Tuesday , Representative Bill Cassidy said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation," a comparison that has angered voters and lawmakers from both parties. Fellow Louisiana Republican Rob Maness, who is running against Cassidy for a seat in the US Senate, tweeted that he "should apologize now," saying: "The Party of Lincoln is better than what Congressman Bill Cassidy said.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu, US Senate, Democrat, Louisiana, Harry Reid, Liberal Political News

The Times-Picayune

Boot-shaped state? Should Louisiana change the shape of its map?

This alternative version of Louisiana's iconic "boot" was created by the design team at Matter, an online magazine. The magazine published a story that argues the boot should be changed to reflect the damage land loss has caused Louisiana.

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