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BATON ROUGE--A House committee on Thursday pushed forward a package of bills that closely reflected the revised budget plan that Gov. John Bel Edwards presented in response to a loss of more $1 billion in revenue from the coronavirus shutdown.

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BATON ROUGE--A House committee Tuesday rejected 9-5 a bill by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, that would have allowed all registered voters to vote by mail in all state elections, including this fall’s presidential contest.

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BATON ROUGE--The House Education Committee advanced a resolution Tuesday asking Louisiana universities to adopt a flexible and holistic admissions approach amid the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Franklin Parish High School graduation has yet to be scheduled as school officials continue to closely monitor how Louisiana governmental officials handle the COVID-19 pandemic, said School Superintendent John Gullatt.

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BATON ROUGE--Republican legislators said this week that many of their constituents are uneasy about contact tracing, a key tool in the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan to determine who has been in contact with someone who tests positive for the virus so they can quarantine and prevent further spread.

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Mitch Reynolds, Franklin Parish director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP), is recovering at home after spending weeks in Glenwood Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit, battling the COVID-19 virus.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on how much of the nation’s supply chain is based overseas. If corporations start to rethink those decisions, Louisiana should be ready to compete for those investments, business and elected leaders said Thursday.

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LSU AgCenter experts have been getting inquiries from the public about Asian giant hornets, but it’s not believed the insects have spread to Louisiana.

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The 2020-21 Franklin Parish school year calendar was unanimously approved by School Board members, but Superintendent John Gullatt warned it could change.

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Franklin Medical Center’s patient revenues declined for March, according to budget numbers released at the Board of Commissioners regular meeting April 30.

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Franklin Parish reported one new case of COVID-19 virus on Tuesday as the local death toll remained at three, according to a Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) report.

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BATON ROUGE--The second-ranking Republican in the Louisiana House criticized Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday for extending his statewide stay-at-home order through May 15 instead of opening up parts of the state sooner.

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Franklin Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution asking consent from the Louisiana State Bond Commission to borrow $3 million.

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The reported case count of the COVID-19 virus increased by two in Franklin Parish overnight, bringing the local total to 121, according to the Tuesday figures from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

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Franklin Parish Tax Assessor’s assets exceeded liabilities by approximately $1.5 million, according to an audit report released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office.

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