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“Federal investigators who raided Kenilworth Science & Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge last month are scrutinizing the school’s dealings with several businesses, including vendors who have provided services such as busing and cleaning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Some are calling it the biggest political corruption trial in New Orleans’ history. Two weeks from tomorrow, former Mayor Ray Nagin is set to appear in court for the start of his federal corruption trial.” – Fox 8 Live

“The Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board collected more than $816,900 in bonus revenue for the state in its January lease sale.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Where’s the money coming from to fuel the Senate campaigns of front-runners Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy?” – NOLA.com

“You just don’t know how many more opportunities you have to play this game, to compete at this level and have a shot at a championship,” said Brees, now finished with his 13th NFL season. “You certainly can never take it for granted. We’re so blessed to have these opportunities but we know they’re getting fewer and fewer.” – WWL-TV

Rumors abound that LABI will do a one-eighty toward Jindal’s side and against the oil and gas industry on the legacy lawsuits issue.” – Forgotston

“Louisiana sugar-cane farmers have just completed harvesting a 2013 crop that came close to 2012’s record output, but banner yields this year will be blunted by the lowest sugar-cane prices in decades caused by a record amount of sugar imported from Mexico and other countries.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“When Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday that he is taking an economic development jaunt to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, some skeptics immediately wondered if he was doing this for the state or to pad his foreign affairs experience for a future presidential run.” – Monroe News-Star

“Big promises and big numbers from oil companies poured in during 2013, a year that saw oil production in the Gulf of Mexico surpass levels set before response to the 2010 BP oil spill temporarily shuttered deep water exploration.” – Houma Courier

“The 2014 Louisiana Legislative session is a couple months away, and state representatives began pre-filing bills this week. House Bill 10 from state Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would allow off-duty law enforcement to carry firearms inside bars and restaurants that serve booze. A similar bill was introduced last year but was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by state Sen.J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans.” – New Orleans Gambit


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