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RUNNING OUT OF TIME - Louisiana's  state  senators opened their budget hearings Sunday with grim warnings from Gov. John Bel Edwards  on failing to solve the state’s pending fiscal cliff which would cause deep cuts to state services. Edwards said "The simple fact of the matter is the clock is running out.  We have failed twice over the past

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TOPS BILLS - Louisiana's popular college tuition program: the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students  costs the state nearly $300 million a year. The program's funding has been uncertain in the face of continued budget shortfalls. So Louisiana Lawmakers have been proposing bills to adjust eligibility requirements for the TOPS scholarships. Speaking before the House Education Committee Thursday. Rep.