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Legislature meets in special session to address the state's fiscal crisis Monday March 5, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Legislators gather around the Speaker of House Rep. Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, right, while hashing out a motion made by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, third from left, concerning pulling HB8 off the calendar which was authored by Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, second from left. The vote to bring HB8 from the calendar was 49-49 and thereby defeated.The House adjourned sine die to end the special session not long after the vote.


Today in The Rundown: Special session implodes; lawmakers look to the regular session starting in less than a week; Bill Cassidy leads a new bipartisan health care-related effort; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 6

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 90

The News

Special session: The Louisiana Legislature ended the special session prematurely on Monday, no closer to closing the budget gap the state faces.

House: A deeper look at the factors that led to the special session breakdown.

I-10: Major traffic backups last weekend on Interstate 10 in the Baton Rouge area stemmed from preliminary work on a $72 million project to widen the highway.

Congress: Sen. Bill Cassidy is leading a bipartisan effort to craft legislation mandating more price transparency from hospitals, clinics and other health-care providers.

Adoption: “I Lived on Parker Avenue," a film that documents a 19-year-old's journey from Metairie to Indiana to meet the woman who put him up for adoption after coming seconds from aborting him in 1993, will have its Louisiana premiere in the Governor's Mansion tonight.

Mighty Mississippi: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers anticipates opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Thursday morning -- weeks ahead of earlier forecasts, thanks to heavy rains upriver.

St. George: The effort to create a new city in the southeastern part of EBR parish is back and a projected budget for the proposed city of St. George shows that organizers expect a tax base of about $58 million in the first year, and that the incorporation would cut nearly $29 million from the general fund for Baton Rouge City Hall.

Historic preservation: A state district judge on Monday declined to issue an order requiring West Feliciana Parish's government to stop replacing windows on the 115-year-old courthouse in the town's historic district.

LSU: The latest on upcoming and on-going athletic projects at LSU, including PMAC upgrades.

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