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A shelf cloud rolls behind the State Capitol, caused by thunderstorm outflow, as storms move into the metro area, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Today in The Rundown: No downgrade yet but a credit rating agency has bad news about the Legislature's recent special session; A report raises questions about the Louisiana School for the Deaf; and more news in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 4

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 88

The News

Budget: The first of the Big Three credit rating agencies has weighed in on the Legislature's actionless special session.

Education: The Louisiana School for the Deaf suffers from low morale among students and staff, is implementing changes without a clear plan and some staff members lack the skills needed to help students, according to a new report.

Environment: A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit seeking damages from Denka Performance Elastomer for releasing dangerous levels of chloroprene into the air in St. John the Baptist Parish will not be certified as a class action. Here's why:

Flooding: The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway begins today.

Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mayor Mitch Landrieu helped unveil Southwest's new Louisiana-themed plane.

Confederate statutes: New Orleans will get public input on what should replace the statue of Robert E. Lee that was removed from Lee Circle last year.  Here are some suggestions for what should replace the monuments:

Baton Rouge: Here's how engineers hope to prevent floods if Baton Rouge Zoo moves to Airline:

St. George: Organizers of the proposed city have increased the potential hit a new city would make on the East Baton Rouge city-parish budget, even though the proposed municipality is smaller than previously envisioned.

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