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The Louisiana State Capitol building is seen in a clear, blue sky through trees on the Capitol grounds.

Today in The Rundown: Republican lieutenant governors visit New Orleans, I-10 widening prompts road closures, an analysis of traffic cam tickets and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. 

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The Countdown…

Days until election day: 123

The News

NFIP: The National Flood Insurance Program's proposed five-year extension will be heard in Congress today. Follow along here for updates: http://bit.ly/2I7Q6JT Background: http://bit.ly/2IwZQMP

LSU: An audit has found that LSU management did not follow its own protocols, choosing instead to create a private nonprofit to commercialize potentially lucrative software the university had developed. http://bit.ly/2I7jGza

Transportation: All lanes of Highland Road will be closed nightly at its intersection with Interstate 10 in the southeastern corner of East Baton Rouge Parish beginning next week as part of a project to widen the interstate to six lanes. http://bit.ly/2IwWv0q

Politics: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is hosting the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association meeting in New Orleans this week. http://bit.ly/2IAsqNf

New Orleans: An analysis of traffic camera data by The Advocate suggests that if the Cantrell administration's goal was to make school zones safer when it secretly lowered the ticketing trigger, then notifying drivers would have been the right move. http://bit.ly/2IBrd8s

JBE: Gov. John Bel Edwards penned a tribute to New Orleans food icon Leah Chase. http://bit.ly/2IvWfi4

Happening today

Governor's schedule

  • Gov. John Bel Edwards will be in Thibodaux to sign legislation that creates a statewide framework for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft at 2:30 p.m. on the Nicholls State University campus.

Outside the Capitol

  • Republican State Sens. Bodi White and Rick Ward and Rep. Tony Bacala will recap the 2019 session at the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish's Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon at noon at Cafe Americain in Baton Rouge.

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Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent

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