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Governor John Bel Edwards released a new budget proposal on Wednesday, and it includes major cuts to Louisiana's college scholarship program.

The proposed budget - which would go into effect July 1 - slashes TOPS scholarship funding by over 60 percent. It provides only about a third of the nearly $300 million needed to fund the program.

The University of New Orleans quality of life survey shows Orleans Parish residents aren’t as optimistic as they had been about the city’s future. Jefferson Parish respondents remain much more satisfied with their community.

New Orleans officials say the police department has shortened response times by reorganizing shifts and putting experienced officers back on the streets. They say the department could be even better – if it gets more money.

A new national report finds Louisiana with the biggest lifetime wage gap for women in the United States. The National Women’s Law Center based findings on projections of women’s wages spanning 40 years on the job.

A national bipartisan group working on criminal justice reform is backing three House bills in the Louisiana Legislature. They’re aimed at making it easier for people leaving prison to re-enter the community.

The Honoré Center for Undergraduate Achievement hosts an open house tonight. The program gives black male students full scholarships to Southern University at New Orleans — if they agree to work as teachers for two years after college.

In a sixth grade class at Langston Hughes Academy, students quietly fill out a worksheet on renewable energy. Donovan Woods approaches the ones that seem stumped or distracted, and helps them with their work.

St. Tammany Parish is hosting two meetings this week to help flooded homeowners with paperwork for home elevation funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first meeting is 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Mandeville, at the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive.

 

The second meeting is 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Slidell, on the fifth floor of the Towers Administration Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail.

 

Housing advocates have been holding an all-night vigil in front of offices of the Housing Authority of New Orleans. It’s designed to press the authority for more reforms than are planned for review later today.

With the legislature in regular session, officials in New Orleans are closely watching bills they support – and those they do not. City Hall is working with the state delegation representing New Orleans on how the funding will be shared.

The Orleans Parish School Board considered a controversial new funding formula last night.

The school board meeting was unusually packed with students, parents, teachers and charter CEOs. Many wore lime green T-shirts that said: families and schools for fair funding. To them "fair" means new system that gives schools more money for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students who are overage or several years behind. But it gives less for gifted and talented students.

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