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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards and higher education leaders in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, according to a report from WBRZ.

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $30 billion state budget and supplemental spending bills that utilize nearly $1 billion in federal funds to make up for revenues lost because of the coronavirus, sparing most state agencies and programs from deep cuts.

Update Saturday, May 9. 5:00 a.m.: A representative of Sen. Kennedy is disputing The Hill's report. She said the senator made the statement in question about various bills for state and local funding, not stimulus checks.  The Hill later updated its story to say there had been a "misunderstanding about the question."  WWNO/WRKF has changed its headline and story to reflect that. 

Few states are facing a tougher economic climate than Louisiana, which has been devastated by both the coronavirus pandemic and a plummeting oil market.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced a measure Wednesday that would undercut the statewide stay-at-home order Gov. John Bel Edwards put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Louisiana lawmakers considered a wide range of bills in the first full day of committee hearings since they returned to the capitol.

Here's what stood out.

State Rep. Reggie Bagala, who represented portions of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, died Thursday after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

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The Louisiana Legislature met briefly on the last day bills could be introduced for the 2020 Regular Session.

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Just one week into the 2020 Regular Session, Louisiana lawmakers voted to adjourn until the end of the month over growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the state.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham will not seek a fourth term to represent the sprawling 5th District, he announced on Twitter.

The district runs from Baton Rouge north to Monroe and includes Alexandria.

Abraham is a staunch supporter of President Trump and says he’s proud of his support of the administration’s military and economic policies. He tweeted that Trump had asked him on a trip to the College National Championship in January to reconsider and seek a fourth term, but he said he stood by his decision six years ago to serve only three terms.

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The Governor's race is heating up. As we approach the October 12 primary, the three major candidates vying to become the state's chief executive, and their supporters, have flooded the airwaves with their pitches to Louisiana voters.

And claims about the economy are front-and-center. 

With candidates referencing their own economic statistics and offering conflicting outlooks, it can be hard for voters to know what to think.

On this week's Capitol Access, Greg Albrecht, chief economist of Louisiana's Legislative Fiscal Office, provides some non-partisan context.

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