CAPITOL ACCESS

Is Third Time The Charm For Louisiana Legislature?

The House and Senate gavel back into session today to restart the lingering tax debate.

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COASTAL DESK

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Coastal News Roundup: As The Coast Shrinks, A Shrimping Tradition Fades

This week on the Coastal News Roudup: the blessing of the fleet.

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Faith Leaders Oppose Trump's Immigration Policy Of Separating Children From Parents

A Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S. border has prompted a crescendo of criticism among religious leaders. They span different faiths, denominations and ages. Some of them have also helped the president gain support for his base. About 11,000 children are in shelters, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Nearly 2,000 children were removed from the care of their parents and taken into federal custody between April 19 and May 31, an...

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This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown is on to the 2018 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola. Entertainment powerhouse Queen Latifah headlines. We talk with ESSENCE entertainment editor Cori Murray.

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The legislature managed to pass a budget on the final day of the special session, but ultimately failed to raise revenue to fund it.

Governor John Bel Edwards - in a press conference after the House adjourned at midnight - called it a disaster and pointed the blame at Republican leaders in the House.

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The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans says it’s ready for hurricane season. It has fixed many of its broken pumps and power generators, and is taking steps to monitor summer rain storms more closely.

A Budget Debate Defined By One-Sixth Of A Penny

Jun 4, 2018

BATON ROUGE— It’s only one sixth of a penny.

That’s all that divides the House and the Senate over how much of an expiring penny of sales tax to extend.

That extra sixth of a penny would cost Louisiana residents 17 cents on a $100 purchase. If you shop for school supplies for a high school student, it would add 67 cents to the average $392 bill. It would boost the cost of a $1,299 MacBook Pro by $2.21 and add $69.70 to the $41,000 sticker price of a well-equipped Lexus ES sedan.

Without much time to spare, the Senate met Sunday, approving a state budget for next fiscal year, and the additional revenue to help pay for it.

Black Caucus Wins Legislative Victories In Senate During Special Session

Jun 3, 2018
Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE--The Legislative Black Caucus succeeded in a last-minute bid to revive an expansion of the state’s earned income tax credit in a bill passed by the Senate Sunday.

The change would cost the state $21 million. But caucus members argued that it was needed to offset some of the impact on the working poor of a possible extension of half of the penny of sales tax set to expire this summer.

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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer observes the early arrival of summer in song, plus News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, News of Smart Houses, Let Us Try, News of Microplastics, News of the Atom, and more! 

This week on The Reading Life: Start your summer off with some poetry, featuring former state poet laureate Peter Cooley, author of “World Without Finishing," and poet Valentine Pierce, author of “Up Decatur.”

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This week, Continuum features The Queen’s Delight, a special music program devoted to the 17th century English ballads and dances of the time of Elizabeth I. You’ll hear music by John Dowland, William Byrd, Thomas Robinson and, of course, the inimitable Anonymous, performed by members of The King’s Noyse early music ensemble. Also included are songs and dances from Shakespeare performed by The Broadside Band.

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There's nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond.

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Le Show For the Week of Jun 10, 2018

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer sings "He Lies," plus Clintonsomething: Bill’s Book Tour , News of AFPAC/America's Longest War , It's a Smart World , News of the Warm , The Apologies of the Week , News of Inspectors General , News of the Atom , and more!

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THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Teresa Toulouse, Barbara Ewell and Caleb Johnson

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Teresa Toulouse and Barbara Ewell, co-editors of “Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans," which includes essays by such notable writers as Carrie Bernhard, Scott Bernhard, Marilyn R. Brown, Richard Campanella, John P. Clark, Joel Dinerstein, Pableaux Johnson, John P. Klingman, Angel Adams Parham, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ruth Salvaggio, Christopher Schaberg, and Beth Willinger . ” We’ll also hear from novelist Caleb Johnson about his...

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FOOD & DINING

Ian McNulty

Where Y’Eat: With Food on Hand, Dad’s Stories Always Flowed

Dad cooked breakfast a lot when I was growing up. Pancakes were the order of the day, but no matter what he was making the meal usually included a little baloney, and I don’t mean the sandwich meat.

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