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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.

ADVOCATE PHOTO BY PATRICK DENNIS

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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Countdown…

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. http://bit.ly/2nqVZGG

Rivers: LSU has unveiled a new massive Mississippi River model

http://bit.ly/2BCzYtz

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. http://bit.ly/2Fp7Dt6

Cartoon: What's the best caption for this LaLege budget cartoon?  http://bit.ly/2FuljmD

Remember the Jindal SOTU response ... A lot of people do: http://cnn.it/2EnjckW

SoPol: Can Demos get wins in big Dem South? http://bit.ly/2FuljmD

Happening this week

Today

  • 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.

Wednesay

  • 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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