Today in The Rundown: Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards to speak at MLK celebration in Baton Rouge; Police recover student’s autographed Obama speech; The Advocate takes an inside look into the House Speaker’s race; and more.

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Countdown…
Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 47
Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 56* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

JBE: Despite remarks Gov. John Bel Edwards made on the campaign trail, it looks like he’s backing off of his plan to get rid of Education Superintendent John White will keep his job. http://bit.ly/1Neo3Af

Obama: BR Police have recovered the stolen autographed copy of the speech McKinley High student Che’dra Joseph gave to introduce President Barack Obama at an event last week. http://bit.ly/1Neo72I

Higher Ed: Education leaders are heading into a new year, new administration with cautious optimism. http://bit.ly/1ROrqpy

LA Lege: An inside look at how Taylor Barras became the new state House Speaker. http://bit.ly/1ROrtSm

Health care: Louisiana’s flu season has been mercifully quiet so far, but that could change as cases of the illness increase across the country. http://bit.ly/1ROrLJ5

Speaker politics: Some Democrats are angry with New Orleans Rep. Neil Abramson over the House Speaker’s race. http://bit.ly/1U5HTTD

USS Kidd: The USS Kidd is now pushing to become an educational center for visitors while offering more programs to support military veterans. http://bit.ly/1ROrZzU

Coastal restoration: Officials and environmentalists are again lamenting that sediment from the Mississippi River flooding isn’t being diverted to marshes http://bit.ly/1ROs8TY

Common Core: A cumbersome Louisiana Common Core review process has left parents frustrated. http://bit.ly/1U5HAs5 (via The Hechinger Report)

Corrections: Convicted serial killer and death row inmate Derrick Todd Lee received medical care outside the fences of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this weekend. http://bit.ly/1ROsaLp

City politics: In addition to the East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president election, all 12 parish Metro Council seats will be up for grabs this November. http://bit.ly/1U5HMaK

Happenings

  • Today is a state holiday for Martin Luther King Day. Here’s a rundown of area closures.
  • 8 a.m.: Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to speak at the MLK celebration at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church at 356 East Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

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