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Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football

Gov. John Bel Edwards' talk of shuttered hospitals, college closures and a canceled football season for the LSU Tigers drew attention Friday to Louisiana's deep budget woes, mixed with criticism that the Democratic governor was fear-mongering.

Parents and students took to social media and called their legislators, worried about cuts to the state's free college tuition program, known as TOPS, after Edwards said it wouldn't be fully funded this year. The governor tried to lessen the immediate concern, saying tuition costs wouldn't be passed to students but would be absorbed by colleges.

Sports websites lit up with stories that Louisiana's favorite sport, college football,...