Roundup: Medicaid contracts / Livingston Parish schools / Economic optimism 

    Contract bidding: The contracts at the center of a Louisiana Medicaid dispute are worth billions, covering services to one-third of its residents. But in a review of the work, as detailed in a recent Associated Press analysis of the dispute, Louisiana’s top official overseeing the bid process determined the administration didn’t meet the challenge of handling contracts. Read the full analysis.  

    Appointments: The Livingston Parish School Board has appointed Denham Springs native Cecil Harris to fill the District 5 seat vacated by Buddy Mincey Jr.  Mincey resigned the post after his election to the state House of Representatives. Harris will serve the remainder of the term until a special election is called this fall. He plans to run for the post again. Read the full announcement.  

    Looking up: U.S. business economists are slightly more optimistic about economic growth than they were three months ago, and most foresee sales at their companies remaining solid, according to the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics. It found that 67% of the business economists who responded to the survey are expecting moderate economic growth of 1.1% to 2% over the coming year. Read the full story. 

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