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Airs Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. February is Senior Independence Month. Tune in for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition, Thursday at 6 p.m. as Dr. Mark Vigen, psychologist,and Dr. Shelley Visconte, counselor and marriage and family therapist, will host a discussion on living independently as a senior adult. Guests will include Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director for the Caddo Council on Aging; Bridget Lymon, the Caddo Council on Aging’s Disability Resource Center Manager; and Susan Stewart from the Louisiana Assistive Technology Network.

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TENSIONS RAN HIGH - Angry protesters faced off against Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy during a town hall meeting yesterday in Metairie. During the roughly one-hour exchange,  the Louisiana Senator repeatedly asked the crowd to let him speak while the audience erupted into shouts during a CNN live televised broadcast.  Many questions focused on Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or on the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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With the pieces of the deal approved, the House and Senate adjourned the session seven hours before Wednesday's deadline. The House approved tapping the Rainy Day fund with a 92-6 vote  as part of a deal with the Senate to pass the House Speaker’s bill that will allow dedicated funds   more budget flexibility in the future. Governor Edwards remarked that the compromise kept many of his key priorities for addressing the $304 million state budget deficit.  The regular legislative session convenes  April 10th.

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