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Capitol Views: Senate focus turns to safeguarding budget

Capitol Views: Senate focus turns to safeguarding budget

With the House-passed budget bill now navigating the Legislature’s upper chamber, Senate leaders are vowing to protect the 2017-2018 spending plan from changes so it can receive final approval and be sent directly to Gov. John Bel Edwards. Should senators amend the state budget inside House Bill 1 it would require concurrence from the House, […]

The Center of the Natural Gas Universe

The Center of the Natural Gas Universe

Here in Louisiana, a source of pride amongst our oil and gas industry has been the pipeline infrastructure and exporting facilities we possess in the state. This infrastructure has allowed Louisiana to lead the charge as we pursue energy security and haul energy resources across the state, nation, and globe. There is one place, an […]

Steve Scalise Is in Critical Condition

Steve Scalise Is in Critical Condition

Hours after addressing the nation on the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and othersin Northern Virginia, President Donald Trump paid a visit to the high-ranking congressman in the hospital. “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter. Pray […]

The Rundown: House advances budget proposal as state reacts to critically wounded Steve Scalise

The Rundown: House advances budget proposal as state reacts to critically wounded Steve Scalise

Today in The Rundown: House approves budget plan favored by the Senate and governor; updates on Steve Scalise following shooting, including President Trump’s hospital visit; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the special session must end: 4 The News State Budget: The Louisiana Legislature appears to be on the […]

Steve Scalise, aides shot in Virginia

Steve Scalise, aides shot in Virginia

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and multiple congressional aides were also hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed. Scalise was in stable condition. Five people were “transported medically” from the scene, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said; however, […]

With Natural Gas Booming, Race Is On To Export It To The World

With Natural Gas Booming, Race Is On To Export It To The World

Houston-based Cheniere Energy made its first shipment of natural gas to Eastern Europe last week. Poland bought the gas as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Cheniere is the only company operating an export terminal in the contiguous United States. The Sabine Pass terminal on the border of Texas and […]

Legislators resume budget negotiations after session ends in impasse

Legislators resume budget negotiations after session ends in impasse

Leaders from Louisiana colleges and universities, the state Department of Health, prisons and social services programs got another chance Monday to plead for their budgets to be protected from dramatic cuts in the coming year. The House Appropriations Committee has resumed efforts to build a budget after last week’s regular session dramatically ended with no […]

Louisiana Spotlight: Everyone’s pointing fingers after legislative session achieves little but bitterness

Louisiana Spotlight: Everyone’s pointing fingers after legislative session achieves little but bitterness

The politicians involved in Louisiana’s regular legislative session probably want to erase their memories of the largely do-nothing affair. The two-month gathering has the ugly distinction of being the first session to end without a budget in 17 years, and it collapsed in such meltdown in the final hours that few are likely to forget […]

Industry Asks Trump Not To Take Restoration Money

Industry Asks Trump Not To Take Restoration Money

Don Briggs is President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), which represents oil and gas companies in the state. He wrote a letter to President Trump, asking him to support GOMESA, and says it’s “common sense” to keep sharing the revenue. He says GOMESA money is important for industry because restoration helps protect […]

Oil company invests in preserving Louisiana’s coast, its business: report

Oil company invests in preserving Louisiana’s coast, its business: report

While six Louisiana parishes are blaming oil and gas companies in a lawsuit for coastal wetland loss, one such company is contributing to a project aimed at saving the state’s coastline. ConocoPhillips is the main investor for an effort to disrupt storm surges by seeding wetlands with black mangroves, according to WBUR radio in Boston. Saving the coast […]