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Gov. John Bel Edwards answers media questions after a presentation of the completed 3D model of the Mississippi River at the LSU Center for River Studies Monday. The graphic in background is in the education hall outside the model room.


Today in The Rundown: What's up with the budget negotiations? A look at drugs and rivers and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics tosay.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 41

The News

Drug Cos.: Governments throughout Louisiana are joining a national stampede to file civil lawsuits alleging that drug companies have saddled taxpayers with huge medical and law enforcement costs by recklessly creating opioid addicts.

Rivers: LSU has unveiled a new massive Mississippi River model

Voting: A national group of probation and parole officers has come to the aid of some Louisiana felons challenging a four-decade-old state law that prohibits felons on probation and parole from voting.

Cartoon: What's the best caption for this LaLege budget cartoon?

Remember the Jindal SOTU response ... A lot of people do:

SoPol: Can Demos get wins in big Dem South?

Happening this week


  • Felony Class System Task Force meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
  • Joint Natural Resources meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 5.


  • TOPS Task Force meets at 9 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets at 10 a.m. in Room E.
  • Medicaid Subcommittee of the Health and Social Services Estimating Conference meets at 10 a.m. in Room A-B.
  • House Education Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1.

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