Roundup: Legislature in session / Northbound pups / Red snapper news

    Bang the gavel: Louisiana lawmakers open their annual 60-day regular legislative session at noon. Gov. John Bel Edwards will speak to a joint gathering of the House and Senate at 1 p.m. While the session features none of the fears of deep, damaging cuts that marked budget debates for the last decade, financial feuds remain front and center.   

    Fur-ever homes: It’s not a panacea to ending euthanasia, but Acadiana pet shelters have been busy shipping animals up north and out west for adoption. Recently in Lafayette Parish, the nonprofit Acadiana Animal Aid shelter shipped a record 234 animals to no-kill shelters in the Northwest via the California-based plane service Wings of Rescue. In St. Landry Parish, about 100 dogs were expected to be transported in March on separate trips to Michigan and Ohio on a truck operated by the parish’s animal control director. Read the full story.

    Gone fishing: Louisiana’s recreational red snapper season will begin May 24. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the season will run on weekends only and will last until the total catch approaches or reaches the state’s allotment of more than 816,000 pounds for private anglers. Read the full announcement.

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