Olympic gymnast discusses sexual abuse: ‘There’s a culture in the sport that created a monster’

Olympic gymnast and activist Aly Raisman speaks at
Olympic gymnast and activist Aly Raisman speaks at Delta Gamma sorority’s Lectureship in Values and Ethics event on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in the PMAC on LSU campus.  (Photo: Sophie Granzow)

Rachel Mipro, LSU Daily Reveille

Olympic gold medals aren’t enough to keep gymnast and activist Aly Raisman silent on the issue of sexual assault, and she spoke at LSU Wednesday night about how it can affect even the most successful women.

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Effort to arm teachers defeated a second time in committee

Lily Wilder, a 15-year-old student, testified Thursday against a bill that would have designated certain school officials to carry firearms.(Photo: Devon Sanders/LSU Manship School News Service)

Devon Sanders and Joby Richard

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday refused to approve a bill that would have allowed schools officials to possess firearms in a decision that marked a second defeat for efforts to arm teachers.

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Louisiana to receive $346 million windfall in tax collections

The Revenue Estimating Conference met Thursday to gain a firmer grasp on the state budget gap. Members include (from left to right): Speaker Taylor Barras, Senate President John Alario, Division of Administration Commissioner Jay Dardenne and LSU economist Jim Richardson. | Photo Credit: Joby Richard / LSU Manship School News Service

By Joby Richard

The fiscal cliff facing the Legislature is a little less steep than originally projected thanks to a new estimate that Louisiana will receive a $346 million windfall in tax collections as a result of changes in federal tax law.

The Revenue Estimating Conference on Thursday adopted that estimate along with projections by the Division of Administration that the state could face a $648 million budget gap unless the Legislature votes to cut services or raise more revenue.

Read the story in KALB-TV/kalb.com.

La Senate: Bill to restrict 1st-degree murder inmate from medical furloughs

By Paul Braun

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would restrict prisoners convicted of 1st-degree murder from seeking medical furloughs.

The bill would significantly weaken one part of the broad changes in the criminal justice system that the Legislature approved last summer to reduce the number of inmates and cut prison costs.

Read the story in KALB-TV/kalb.com.

Long-term health care programs for poor at risk in budget cuts

Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee discussed proposed health care cuts with the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. (Photo: Kaylee Poche/LSU Manship School News Service)

Kaylee Poche and Ryan Noonan

It was standing room only Tuesday as the House Appropriations Committee discussed the impact of a potential $2.3 billion cut to the state’s health care budget. The proposed cuts would drastically affect the elderly and the disabled, many of whom rely on government programs to receive proper care.

Read the story in The Shreveport Times.

Bill may restore voting rights to convicted felons

Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, authored a bill that would allow felons under community supervision to vote that passed in a House committee Wednesday. (Photo: Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

By Drew White

Convicted felons who are back in their communities are one step closer toward having their voting rights restored under a bill that passed a House committee on Wednesday.

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Louisiana House members advance bills focused on school safety, nutrition

By Joby Richard

The House Education Committee on Wednesday (April 11) unanimously approved three bills that would tell students on how to report dangerous social media posts, align nutrition rules for school snacks with federal standards, and let schools administer opioid antidotes to overdose victims.

Read the story in The Times-Picayune/nola.com.