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Today in The Rundown: Republicans want Gov. John Bel Edwards to give more info about his upcoming State-wide Business Summit; the state takes over more troubled local government duties; community college costs outpace region; and more news in Louisiana politics today.

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The Countdown…

Days until the start of the legislative session: 50

Days until election day: 237

The News

LAGOP: The state Republican Party has filed a records request to seek information about Gov. John Bel Edwards' upcoming business summit.

Local govt.: The state moved Monday to take over two more fiscally strapped municipalities, bringing to seven – the most ever – the number of towns to have their locally elected officials replaced by a state administrator.

Higher ed: Louisiana students are paying more than the regional and national averages to attend community colleges, and Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says the issue needs to be addressed.

Foster care: Learn more about the kids who are playing a big role as the Legislature debates extending foster care beyond age 18.

Flood recovery: A month-long shutdown of the federal government likely further delayed recovery grants to homeowners trying to get back on track after the 2016 Louisiana floods.

Governor's race: Here's how much money the three candidates for governor reported in their campaign accounts on last week's disclosure deadline. (via AP)

ICYMI: In a reversal of its ruling last fall, the state Ethics Board now says candidates can use their campaign funds for child care costs while campaigning.

Voting: Thousands of felons are set to regain the right to vote March 1.

Happening today

At the Capitol

  • Public Recreation Access Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 5.

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