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May 7, 2013

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Parting words from the king
Dig Magazine
As President F. King Alexander prepares to depart to Louisiana State University in June, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence, countless memories, and a tightknit university community at Cal State Long Beach. ...


Senate OKS LCTCS construction budget
The Advocate
Critics said Senate Bill 204 would be a boon to two-year schools, while taking money away from the institutions that make up the LSU, University of Louisiana and Southern University systems. ...


Audit: Half of TOPS students lose awards
The Advocate
Nearly half of the college students awarded the TOPS college scholarship between 2002 and 2008 lost their award, costing the state about $165 million, according to a Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office report. …


TOPS scholarship program has cost Louisiana nearly $1.6 billion, auditor's report says
New Orleans Times-Picayune
In the 13 years since TOPS started helping thousands of Louisiana students pay their way through state colleges, the state-operated program has cost about $1.57 billion, according to a report from the Louisiana legislative auditor's office. ...


TOPS canceled for 44 percent of recipients
A state audit shows that more than 44 percent of students who received scholarships from the state's TOPS program over a seven-year period had their awards canceled for one reason or another. ...


Budget bill still up in the air
The Advocate
The governor’s approach of funding higher education with a patchwork plan of property sales, legal settlements and other one-time money sources would be tossed out. Replacing it would be a mix of spending cuts and tax break reductions. ...


New grocery store continues to spur boost in business downtown
A store started by three LSU alumni is the latest boost for business in downtown Baton Rouge. Downtown Grocery opened at the corner of Third and Florida on Monday, May 6. The store is the latest in a string of new businesses ...