Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (1-24-14)

“Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief financial administrator, Kristy Nichols, presented a $24.9 billion state budget proposal for 2014-2015 to lawmakers for the first time Friday (Jan. 24). The spending plans reflects the governor’s priorities for the state government in the next fiscal cycle.” – NOLA.com

State police were working several major accidents Friday with at least one person killed in the Lake Charles area. Another accident on Interstate 49 northbound at La. Highway 29 in St. Landry Parish had all northbound lanes closed for several hours.” – Fox 8 Live

“The federal government’s efforts to recoup funding for delivery of eight ‘unseaworthy’ Coast Guard vessels from Bollinger Shipyards is now before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.” – NOLA.com

“We’re not going to underestimate Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who has won three tough races and who benefits from a sterling political name, but TOSS-UP is the more realistic rating here than Leans Democratic.” – Center For Politics

“By the end of the hearing, Democratic Rep. Austin Badon said there was little possibility the Legislature would legalize marijuana. He is sponsoring a bill to loosen penalties for people convicted more than once of simple marijuana possession.” – The Daily Chronic

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s son works for a small New Orleans law firm run by an old pal of his father’s that also has a lucrative contract with the Sheriff’s Office.” – New Orleans Advocate

‘It sucks,’ McAllister said of the job. ‘It ain’t no fun. But, the day I start enjoying it in Washington, D.C., is the day that I should come home.’” – Shreveport Times

“As Mayor Mitch Landrieu seeks a second term as the city’s top official, he is quick to point out recent success in lowering the city’s murder rate and in his social programs meant to curb future violence. Meanwhile, he has angered some within a police department suffering from thinning ranks and struggling to reform under a monumental federal consent decree.” – NOLA.com

A winter storm that hit Acadiana overnight proved more pernicious than expected, closing Interstate 10 and setting the scenes for numerous traffic wrecks around Lafayette and neighboring areas.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“In the first example of it’s new focus on federal policy issues, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to push a comprehensive energy plan that has nine planks and 64 actionable recommendations.” – LAPolitics.com

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