Red River Radio Local News Segment

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DOOMSDAY BUDGET?  About $1 billion will be cut from Gov. John Bel Edwards' worst-case scenario state budget proposal, assuming La.

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MAKING THE CUT - Two Texas cities - Austin and Dallas -- have made Amazon's list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters in North America. The company says the $5 billion project would include more than 50,000 jobs and be comparable to Amazon's Seattle campus. The town of  Frisco is part of the DFW region and its  mayor Jeff Cheney  tells public radio KERA in Dallas, his town’s location along  the city's main commercial corridor - the Dallas North Tollway offers an ideal incentive. "You know, there's plenty of land available to meet their square 

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FERAL HOG  POISON  IN  TEXAS:   Texas has one of the biggest wild-hog problems in the U.S.

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END OF YEAR THOUGHTS - Despite budget challenges and other hurdles the state is currently facing, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he remains "extremely optimistic" about Louisiana's future half-way through his first term in office.  At his End-of-Year news conference yesterday…   he reflected on the past year’s ups and downs…but remained upbeat on things like job growth.  He noted the state is at its lowest unemployment rate since the Great Recession began in 2008: 4.8 percent, as of October.

PLAN TO AVOID FISCAL CLIFF-  The Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference  released  some positive news on Louisiana's income projections last week, based on the recommendations of two economists, …  the Conference increased revenue projections by $153 million for the current financial year that ends June 30th.   Next year's forecast was boosted by nearly $234 million.  While this is better news than expected… still it's not enough to dig Louisiana out of the estimated $1.5 Billion-dollar hole, known "fiscal cliff," that hits when the state loses its 1-cent sales tax on Jun