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February 24, 2017
LSWI4024 - February 24, 2017

Special Session Budget and Analysis, Black and the Blue, E-Cigarettes, Mardi Gras

Special Session Wrap Up and Analysis The special legislative session to address a $304 million current year budget deficit is over. Lawmakers and Governor John Bel Edwards agreed to use $99 million dollars from the state’s rainy day fund to help bridge the gap. The Louisiana Department of Health took the biggest hit with a budget cut of roughly $40 million. Kelly Spires has the details from the Capitol. Julia O’Donoghue, State Political Reporter for the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com and Barry Erwin with Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) discuss state politics and budgets and where the state goes from here. SHARE

Black and the Blue - Louisiana Public Square Close to 200 people gathered this week at Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge, a half mile from the site of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling to discuss how the city and state are working to move productively beyond his death and those of three law enforcement officers killed during the summer. SHARE

Prescription for Health - E-Cigarettes How safe are e-cigarettes? Sports medicine and family physician Dr. Rani Whitfield is in the studio to discuss the pros and cons of e-cigarettes. Medical doctors and researchers have mixed views on whether e-cigarettes are truly a safer option compared to tobacco cigarettes. SHARE

What is Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday is next week and the 8th grade broadcasting class at Southeast Middle Magnet School in Baton Rouge has this holiday offering asking students to explain some of the traditions and reasons behind Mardi Gras. SHARE

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