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Pollen fills an oak tree near the State Capitol, Friday, February 24, 2017, in downtown Baton Rouge, La.

Today in The Rundown: News on Congressman Steve Scalise's latest surgery; ongoing budget negotiations; the Vermilion Parish teacher incident; and more news in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until Gov. Edwards releases his executive budget recommendation: 8

Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 60

The News

Budget: Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republican leaders remain at an impasse over the state budget as negotiations continue.

Congress: U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is "resting comfortably" after a surgery related to his recovery from last year's mass shooting.

Vermilion Parish: The latest on the viral video of a teacher being arrested during a public meeting. Plus, what Gov. John Bel Edwards said about the ordeal.

Gov's race: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy confirms to the AP that he's "considering" a race for governor against John Bel Edwards in 2019.

LSU: F. King Alexander penned an op-ed about the state budget and threats to colleges and universities.

LaLege: State Rep. Julie Stokes says she is "100% cancer free" nearly six months after a breast cancer diagnosis forced her to withdraw from the treasurer's race last year.

Courts: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Kurt Engelhardt's confirmation hearing included questions about the Danziger Bridge case.

Happening this week


  • TOPS Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room.
  • State Board of Elections Supervisors meets at 10:30 a.m. in Room 3.
  • Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission meets at 1 p.m. in Room 2.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for an I-10 widening project at 2 p.m. at Blue Bayou Water Park.


  • Senate Select Committee on Women and Children meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room F to discuss sexual harassment policies.
  • Restore Louisiana Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.

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