Fletcher-CarouselFrom hawking vegetables to managing big-time political campaigns, consultant Roy Fletcher has seen it all and keeps coming back for more.

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday agreed without objection to a rewritten version of Sen. Jack Donahue's bill to raise the minimum grade point average and ACT score required to get a TOPS award.

State Education Superintendent John White says he will continue talking with legislative leaders about whether a compromise can be reached.

The overall figure for the state is a considerable jump from the 45,561 people enrolled in the federal marketplace plan as of March 1.

The Senate labor committee Thursday considered a measure by Sen. Karen Peterson, D-New Orleans, that would have required businesses working on a project for state government to pay their employees $8.25 an hour, starting next year.

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