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Jindal pushes worker training as session opens

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says Louisiana's biggest challenge is making sure it has enough skilled workers to fill the jobs his administration has helped attract to the state.

Jindal described the challenge Monday as he told lawmakers that his top priority for their annual legislative session is boosting job skills training for high school and college students.

The Republican governor's speech came as the Legislature opened its 85-day session, which runs until June.

Jindal's agenda is limited. He's asking lawmakers to invest new dollars in worker training programs, to limit the authority of a state flood protection board to sue the oil and gas industry and to toughen restrictions on abortion.

Lawmakers have filed more than 1,500 bills with their own ideas on education, finances, health care and crime.

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