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The sun sets behind the Louisiana State Capitol, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Today in The Rundown: Disaster recovery, Medicaid fraud, K-12 education and even more you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

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Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 32

The News

Disaster recovery: The the massive budget deal struck by U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday cuts Louisiana out of disaster-relief changes sought by Louisiana's delegation.

LaFlood: After complaints from state and local officials that flood victims couldn't afford to pay market rents on their temporary trailers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to substantially lower the rent it planned to charge come March.

TOPS: The task force assembled to find a solution to the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students' future has punted to state lawmakers.

Budget: The latest in the courtroom drama over raiding funds to shore up state finances.

Medicaid: A state task force will likely continue to look for savings after its initial expiration date.

Louisiana Culture: There is about to be a *crawfish* emoji! (That's what we are calling it at least.)

Health care: Community health centers that provide critical primary care to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana's poorest residents are sounding alarms over potentially deep cuts to services if the federal government fails to reauthorize a key funding pool.

Cajun Navy: The state is looking to better coordinate volunteer efforts, as the prospect of bolstered federal aid wanes.

K-12: A new bid to oust state Superintendent of Education John White has been rejected.

ICYMI: The latest on diversity in Louisiana universities.

Happening this week


  • LABI Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.
  • Gold Star Families Honoring Committee meets at 9 a.m. in Room 2 at the Capitol.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with the Student Government Presidents at 10:45 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion.
  • U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise addresses the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast taking place at 6:30 a.m. (Central) in Washington. Scalise is expected to speak around 7 a.m. Live video will be available on C-SPAN 2.


  • Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education meets at 1 p.m. in the Bienville Building.

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