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Days until session ends: 27
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 164
Days until the runoff (as needed): 193

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor is in Washington, DC today to speak to the Council for National Policy Forum. This weekend he’ll head to Iowa for the Story County GOP Breakfast, National Security Action Summit and the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner.

The News

Budget crunch: Leaders have found millions that can be used to help plug the state budget hole. http://bit.ly/1JkBq4i

Common Core: More agreements on Common Core are making it through the Legislature. http://bit.ly/1JkBOj9

LSU: The state’s flagship university is graduating its largest-ever class this week. http://bit.ly/1JkB90Y

Abortion: A bill that would ban gender-selection-styled abortions has passed the House. http://bit.ly/1JkC5CB


The House and Senate are gone til Monday.

Today is graduation day at LSU.

The schedule includes:

James Carville, noted political consultant and LSU alumnus, will speak at the Manship School of Mass Communication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Executive Vice President, COO, CFO and Treasurer Peggy Scott will speak at the E.J. Ourso College of Business ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Gregor Trumel, consul general of France in Louisiana, will speak at the College of Art & Design ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Theater.

LSU Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Duplessis, an executive at Liberty Bank & Trust Co., will speak at the College of Agriculture ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse.

Ron Neal, co-founder and co-owner of Houston Energy, will speak at the College of Science ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Maddox Fieldhouse.

Rebecca LaPorte, civil engineering graduate, will speak at the College of Engineering ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Maravich Assembly Center.

For the full schedule, visit www.lsu.edu/commencement.

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