Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards stands by unions; LSU students speak out about race; lawmakers seek transportation funding; and more.

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Countdown…

Days until the Louisiana presidential primary: 30

Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session: 39* (*Note: A special session is expected to be called Feb. 14.)

The News

JBE: Gov. John Bel Edwards is sending a message to unions: They have a partner in the Governor’s Office now. http://bit.ly/1QHbZMK

Water woes: State officials claim the water is safe in St. Joseph, despite comparisons to the ongoing Flint, Michigan water crisis. http://bit.ly/1SZ0hjJ

LSU: Black students at LSU took to social media on Wednesday to share their experiences — good and bad — prompting a response from President F. King Alexander. http://bit.ly/1PSFFTT

Transportation: Area lawmakers are making their pitches for road and bridge projects. http://bit.ly/1QGTM1B

New Orleans: Gov. Edwards says he’s now flexible about the timeline for the removal of State Police from New Orleans.http://bit.ly/1SYYFGM

LA Sen: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has already made an endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race, even though the election is months away and and the field is still forming. http://bit.ly/1SYZcZp

GOP 2016: Former Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t ready to endorse anyone for the Republican presidential nomination. http://bit.ly/1SZ3MGM

Demos 2016: Former Congressman Cleo Fields will host a phone bank for Hillary Clinton’s campaign today. http://bit.ly/1SYZeQX

Happenings

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to Northeast Louisiana. Among his appearances: At 8:30 a.m. he’ll tour Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex; at 10 a.m. he is scheduled to visit Grambling State University; at 1 p.m. he’ll visit LA Tech; and at 7:30 p.m. he’ll attend the Monroe Chamber of Commerce 95th Annual Meeting.
  • Lt. General Russel Honore speaks at Baton Rouge Community College at 3 p.m.

Wednesday was National Signing Day. Congressman Steve Scalise, the U.S. House Majority Whip from Louisiana, weighed in via Twitter.