Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards visits the Lake Charles area; the AG’s office resumes control over defending state’s abortion lawsuits; the LSU Board considering a Pistol Pete statue; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 37

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 46* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

Lawsuits: Gov. John Bel Edwards and AG Jeff Landry agree lawyer contracts will fall to AG’s office, rather than administration. http://bit.ly/1PC7BLq

LSU Board: Some members of the university’s governing board are hoping that this week’s meeting will offer an opportunity to finally approve a statue honoring “Pistol Pete.” http://bit.ly/206pJs1

LA Sen: State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate John Kennedy says the state should rely more on cuts to ballance the budget and not taxes. http://bit.ly/1PC7OOW

New Orleans: A move to drop marijuana possession to, at worst, a ticketable offense in New Orleans drew no opposition from members of the City Council on Wednesday. http://bit.ly/1PC8rb2

Higher ed: Louisiana students missed out on about $44.4 million that could have helped pay for college last year because they didn’t fill out the form that qualifies them for federal financial aid, according to a new analysis. http://bit.ly/206oOb5

Special report: The Advocate looks at higher ed issues in Louisiana. bit.ly/AdvHigherEd

LSU: An LSU student will for the first time take part in a Jeopardy! College Championship Tournament episode that will air next week. http://bit.ly/206oSri

Happenings

  • Multimodal Commerce Advisory Commission meets at 10:30 a.m. in Capitol Committee Room A-B.
  • Senate Finance Committee meets at 2 p.m. in Room A-B.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards is in the Lake Charles area today. His plans include: 8:30 a.m.: Louisiana Oil and Gas Association annual Meeting at the Golden Nugget. 1 p.m.: Touring Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron (not open to the media). 6 p.m.: Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at the Golden Nugget.
  • Leaders with Vision will host its regular Lunch With Leaders Forum at Drusilla Place at noon. The topic: “Bridging the Political Divide” with panelists Rep. Cameron Henry (R) and House Speaker Pro Temp Walt Leger (D).

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