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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An audit says  Louisiana's social services  agency has  been so short-staffed amid repeated budget  cuts that  it didn't  ensure the safety of  its foster children.    That's  the finding  of a Legislative  Auditor's  report that looked  at the Department of  Children and  Family  Services from 2012 through  2016,  during former  Gov.  Bobby Jindal's  tenure.
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Airs Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. Dr. Gary Joiner takes us back to 1908 and the Tunguska event and the explosion over this sparsely populated eastern Siberian Taiga Forest that flattened 2,000 square kilometers of forest yet caused no known human casualties.

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TEXAS BUDGET FORECAST:     The special legislative session in Texas winds down this week. While bills are being deliberated,  amended and passed; one thing that may not be clearly appreciated is how all the legislation, for now, is going to affect the state budget down the road.  A study by the nonpartisan Texas Taxpayers and Research Association indicates when 2019 rolls around, the budget shortfall will be a lot larger and  puts the gap for the next two-year budget cycle at nearly eight billion dollars.