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Gov. John Bel Edwards gives an end-of-the-year press conference for 2017 Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion. Language interpreter Daniel Burch is at right.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Today in The Rundown: Updates from Gov. John Bel Edwards at the year's end; local impact of Congress' tax overhaul; the latest on flood recovery; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Countdown…

Days until Gov. Edwards releases his executive budget recommendation: 29

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 81

The News

JBE: Gov. John Bel Edwards has responded to recent controversies over two people formerly in his inner circle: Johnny Anderson and Mike Edmonson. http://bit.ly/2BcJBzu

Replay: Gov. Edwards held his year-end press conference at the Governor's Mansion on Wednesday. Rewatch it and read the recap here: http://bit.ly/2DiLLzg

Governor: A new poll shows Gov. Edwards' approval rating in the 60s and above popular Republicans in the state. http://bit.ly/2Baw8bz

Congress: Republicans have delivered a massive overhaul of U.S. tax laws to President Donald Trump. http://bit.ly/2z6ZtBM

Flood recovery: The federal tax law rewrite  should prompt Louisiana residents hit by last year's historic floods to dig up their tax filings from last year. http://bit.ly/2z79Sxi

LSU: The Congress-approved tax rewrite repeals a little-known tax deduction championed by LSU athletics and credited with helping build the university's nationally-recognized teams. Read about the history of the deduction and how it got its start with LSU in this deep dive: http://bit.ly/2AZ7niu

K-12: Louisiana's ratio of counselors to students worsened more than any state over a 10-year period, according to a national finding. http://bit.ly/2z7IAXX

Attorney General: A state appeals court panel has rejected a bid by Attorney General Jeff Landry's office to remove its investigation into Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell's use of a city-issued credit card from the purview of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. http://bit.ly/2z6KEiT

NOPD: A New Orleans Police Department officer who was fired after shooting at a man following a vehicle chase in 2013, then allegedly lying about it, was reinstated to the force this week by the city's Civil Service Commission. http://bit.ly/2z7ljoU

PSC: The Public Service Commission has taken the Legislature’s lead in how to license companies hauling hazardous waste in Louisiana. Details here: http://bit.ly/2BrZCG3

Hospitals: Management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could soon be changing hands under a move announced this week to end years of disputes over operations of the facilities. http://bit.ly/2z7Lqfz

Casinos: Pushing controversial legislation that would bring riverboat casinos on land and expand gambling floor space, members of a task force are getting commitments from regional economic development officials to help change laws that have remained largely untouched for decades. http://bit.ly/2z7GKWR

Restore Louisiana: Louisiana has distributed $122 million in recovery assistance to more than 4,200 homeowners affected by last year's historic floods, according to the latest tallies. http://bit.ly/2BpLoFy

Happening this week

Today

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