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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed eliminating the state individual and corporate income taxes, the Monroe News-Star first reported last week. State sales taxes could increase to as much as 7 percent from the current level of 4 percent. In a statement on his Facebook page, Jindal said the move would "put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families," yet somehow would be done "in a revenue-neutral manner." Jindal didn't explain how his proposal could be simultaneously revenue-neutral and reduce taxes ...

  • As first reported in Lafayette's Independent Weekly, former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his wife Trina Edwards have confirmed they are expecting their first child together. He is 85; she is 34. Their forthcoming reality show, The Governor's Wife, debuts on A&E next month. Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt told Fox 8 News last week, "I'm really concerned for them and how it will treat them in a real way and not stereotype." Heaven forfend anyone compromise the Edwards' dignity ...

  • Sandra Fluke, the attorney who was pilloried last year by Rush Limbaugh after testifying to Congress about the importance of including birth control coverage in health insurance, came to town to speak at a Jan. 10 fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast New Orleans Health Center, as well as a meet-and-greet at the club Chickie Wah Wah. Two days later, pro-life advocates were scheduled to march from Baton Rouge's Old State Capitol to the State Capitol — among them Sen. David Vitter, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Louisiana Family Forum head Gene Mills and others ...

— STAFF REPORTS

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