Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (1-15-14)

“Noting the continued efforts of the Jindal administration to entice business and industry to the state, the report says Louisiana’s ‘inadequate and under-prepared workforce’ won’t be able to fill the jobs brought by firms interested in Louisiana if patterns continue.” – NOLA.com

“LSU coach Les Miles declined to talk much about team issues Tuesday other than La’El Collins’ decision to stay for his senior season. But he did say a new offensive line coach would be named in 7-10 days.” – NOLA.com

Louisiana State University’s College of Engineering today announced a $1 million donation from BASF Corporation to establish a sustainable living laboratory, the first of its kind at LSU and in the Southeast region. The lab will promote problem-based teaching and research to develop solutions focused on sustainable development. The project is part of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and engineering expansion for the College of Engineering.” – KNOE

The state will adopt a government revenue forecast Wednesday morning that partially determines how much money the state can spend next year and whether Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to make any midyear cuts to Louisiana’s current budget.” – NOLA.com

“While I respect the right of anyone to disagree with the proposed effort to incorporate St. George, I vehemently object to the blatantly false information presented in Mr. Wall’s letter.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“In 2012, more than $1.1 billion in business sales were generated in the state due to entertainment-industry projects, according to an economic impact study commissioned by Louisiana Entertainment, which is part of Louisiana Economic Development, the state’s economic development department.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“Turning his back on incumbent New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, state Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, tells LaPolitics that he has decided to endorse former Judge Michael Bagneris ahead of the Feb. 1 municipal elections.” – LAPolitics.com

“When asked if he would be open to restructuring his contract if the Saints asked, Brees said, ‘Whatever I can do to help this team, if they want to come to me and extend me even further, that’d be great.'” – NOLA.com

“Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has a popular reoccurring bit during which he has various celebrities read mean tweets they’ve received on their Twitter accounts. This time the Kimmel show changed it up a bit by using politicians instead of traditional celebrities. Louisiana Senator David Vitter got in on the fun for the segment that also included Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, among others.” – KPEL

“For the third year in a row LSU has notched an all-time high graduation rate, with 69.1 percent of students walking away from the university with a degree in hand  the highest graduation rate out of all public universities in the state.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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