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  • — The Louisiana House has granted final legislative passage to a $39 billion-dollar state operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.— Some media reports have come out indicating that there is some serious discussion about the possibility of relocating LSU-Shreveport near the LSU-Health Shreveport medical school campus along Kings Highway.— Today is the last day for Texas Voters to vote early ahead of the May 24th primary runoff elections on Tuesday.— Some research has revealed the number of residents traveling over Memorial Day weekend next week will increase again this year but still remain below pre-pandemic levels.— The No. 4 LSUS Pilots baseball team took down Loyola’s Wolfpack yesterday to clinch a spot in the NAIA World Series for the fifth time in program history.
  • — Early voting is still underway in Texas for the May 24th primary runoff elections.— A $39 billion Louisiana state operating budget has won state Senate approval.— Governor Edwards hasn't said whether or not he'll veto the so-called Transgender Sports Bill-HB-44 but says 'it's unnecessary".— Shreveport mayoral candidate Jim Taliaferro announced Wednesday he is suspending his campaign for mayor.
  • — A state lawmaker’s attempt to set restrictions on what Louisiana public schools can teach about race has been rejected by a House committee.— A Texas vaccine expert is praising the Food and Drug Administration for authorizing the first COVID-19 vaccine booster for kids between the ages of 5 and 11.— The Louisiana Community and Technical College System will offer training in five growing industry sectors to adults 21 years and older to learn much-needed skills for jobs in construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics.
  • — A new poll from the University of Texas at Tyler and the Dallas Morning News finds that 53% of Texas voters are against striking down Roe v-Wade.— The U-S Supreme Court has struck down a federal limit on how much elected officials can be reimbursed for loaning money to their political campaigns.— A Louisiana State Senate committee has rejected a plan to phase out a temporary sales tax over three years.— Gas prices have hit all-time highs across the nation.
  • — A new congressional report says the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as COVID-19 spread rapidly among workers.— The Texas Supreme Court has largely lifted a statewide injunction that blocked the state from investigating parents who sought gender-affirming care for their transgender kids.— Texas early voting begins today and runs through Friday.— Louisiana Dept. of Health reports a jump in drownings among children this past year.
  • Louisiana's Pro-Life Governor Calls Abortion Bill That Charges Mothers With Homicide: "Absurd"
  • — Louisiana's House of Representatives is preparing to debate a bill making abortion a homicide and subjecting women who get abortions to criminal prosecution and prison.— Democratic members of Texas’ Congressional delegation asked the Biden administration to investigate whether the state is misusing federal pandemic relief money to fund Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s controversial border mission.— Lawmakers investigating the deadly arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene have voted to hold the former head of the Louisiana State Police in contempt for defying a subpoena and refusing to turn over his handwritten journals.—Arkansas is suing several drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers over the cost of insulin for diabetes patients.
  • — Attorneys for the state of Louisiana told the state Supreme Court a ban on non-unanimous jury verdicts should not be enforced retroactively to hundreds of old cases.— A nationally renowned pediatric infectious disease specialist spoke f to the Shreveport city council about gun violence from the perspective of public health and safety.— High temperatures are intensifying drought conditions in Texas. As it stands now, 80 percent of the Lone Star state is in drought.
  • — A federal appeals court in New Orleans hears arguments today about whether President Joe Biden legally suspended new oil and gas lease sales because of climate change worries.— The Louisiana House has voted to start phasing out a seven-year sales tax hike adopted in 2018 as a compromise to end years of political battles over recurring budget shortfalls.— Many homeowners hope the newly-passed amendments to the Texas Constitution will give them some property tax relief.— Those TXDOT electronic signs on Texas roadways are meant to enhance traffic safety but a new study shows that at least one of the messages backfired.
  • — The Louisiana Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether to force the state to grant retroactivity for as many as 1,500 people convicted by non-unanimous jury verdicts which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional.— A new poll shows how Abbott and O'Rourke are ranking with voters.— The topic of abortion is becoming a big part of the Texas Governor's race.— Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said a Republican-led effort for a national ban on abortion would be "inconsistent" with GOP policy.