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Louisiana is among 29 states which filed a lawsuit against the federal government, saying new environmental regulations are too extensive and costly.

The Supreme Court took the side of the opposing states by issuing a "stay" against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new mandates on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The states say those requirements are too hard to meet and will be bad for industry and jobs.

The new laws would require greatly reduced emissions by 2022.

On Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m., Gov. John Bel Edwards will make a live address to the state regarding what his office is referring to as "historic" budget shortfalls.

The address will air live on 89.9-FM WWNO in New Orleans, 90.5-FM KTLN in the Houma-Thibodaux region, and will stream on WWNO.org.

After the conclusion of the address, New Orleans Public Radio News Director Eve Troeh will be joined by Stephanie Grace, Political Columnist with The Advocate, live in the studio for post-speech analysis.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer pays tribute to the late Dan Hicks and Bob Elliott.  Also, Clintonsomething: Post-Iowa, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News of the Warm, The Apologies of the Week, Follow the Dollar, News of the Atom, and more!

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer: Trump Skips the Inauguration, Bad Banks, News of the Godly, News of Inspectors General, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, and more!

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If you kept tabs on local politics over the past several decades, then Jackie Clarkson’s name isn’t lost on you. This staunch Democrat represented many of the city’s downtown neighborhoods from Bywater and Treme to the French Quarter and Algiers, her childhood home.

But what influenced her to pursue a life in politics? Mark Cave found out when he interviewed Ms. Clarkson for this edition of NOLA Life Stories.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings another episode of Karzai Talk, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Warm, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Inspectors General, News from Outside the Bubble, and more!

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has News of the Olympic Movement, News of Inspector's General, the Apologies of the Week, News of the Warm, News of the Atom, and great music. Plus, Harry has a song about Rupert Murdoch's new flame.  

President Barack Obama is visiting Louisiana Tuesday in support of issues he highlighted in his final State of the Union Address. One area with bipartisan support for change is in criminal justice reform – an issue he recently reviewed at the White House with a former New Orleans police chief.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is spending his first day on the job in Baton Rouge. One political expert already sees signs of stormy times to come.

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On MondayJohn Bel Edwards was be sworn into office as the governor on his family Bible at the state capitol.

His inauguration festivities pale in comparison to the full-blown festival thrown by Bobby Jindal when he took office. Bel Edwards had a simple ceremony during the day, and a ball that night. Jan Moller, ​director of the Louisiana Budget Project, discusses whether the pared down celebration reflects the state's fiscal woes.

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