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First Senate debate set 

Landrieu, Cassidy and Maness meet Oct. 16

  The Council for a Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting will host a televised debate featuring major candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. The hour-long debate — held at Centenary College in Shreveport — will air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, 6th District Congressman Bill Cassidy and retired Col. Rob Maness will participate.

  Maness, the Louisiana Tea Party candidate and a self-described "non-politician," announced Aug. 26 that he has accepted 14 invitations for debates, while Landrieu has accepted four and Cassidy has accepted just this one.

  "We know who is on the ballot in November so there should be no more excuses, no more barriers preventing both Sen. Landrieu and Congressman Cassidy from embracing a robust and active debate schedule," Maness said in a statement. "Hiding from the voters and ducking debates is not an option."

  Landrieu (who is running for a fourth term and has agreed to one debate in Baton Rouge, two in New Orleans and one in Monroe) also criticized Cassidy for shying away from debates. — ALEX WOODWARD

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