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   State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, began an "Ask J.P." podcast earlier in the legislative session and he now has five episodes covering topics such as marijuana reform, equal pay, film tax credit reform, sexual assault bills, creationism and more. You can download and listen from the iTunes store (search #AskJP) or at his website: ...

   The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed U.S. Sen. David Vitter's "Steve Gleason Act of 2015" last week, making speech-generating devices more affordable and accessible to ALS patients. Team Gleason and the ALS Foundation both supported the bill, and Gleason was Vitter's guest at January's State of the Union address ...

   New Orleans jazz musician Jon Batiste will be the bandleader for Stephen Colbert's Late Show band this fall when Colbert succeeds David Letterman for the coveted CBS gig. The 28-year-old Kenner native is a New Orleans Center for Creative Arts graduate, and the duo cut up on Colbert's former show, The Colbert Report, when Batiste appeared on that show last year. The new Late Show airs Sept. 8.

   At the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles last week, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane accepted the group's Louis XIII Genius Award by saying, "Let's not forget I'm being declared a genius on a network that airs Duck Dynasty, a show whose cast members believe hurricanes are created by gay marriage. I wish I was joking." ...

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