The House Education Committee shot down a bill that would change eligibility for Louisiana's TOPS program and required repayment of the free college tuition if students lose their awards.

The budget to finance the House, Senate and other legislative agencies would grow to more than $98 million next year, under recommendations approved without objection Wednesday by a panel of legislative leaders.

The latest shows a dead heat in the U.S. Senate race, solid support for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu as a potential gubernatorial candidate and a big opening for a Democrat to get into the attorney general’s race.

The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation in the session’s third week that would force non-governmental organizations that receive state money to open up their related records and meetings to the public.

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his one-liners already seem custom-made for the world of social media.

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