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Vitter’s single greatest obstacle to higher office might be Louisiana’s unique “jungle” primary system, in which the top two primary finishers, regardless of party, make the runoff.” – American Spectator

The U.S. District Court in New Orleans will be closed Wednesday, meaning a second day of delay in the huge Ray Nagin corruption trial.” – WWL-TV

“President Barack Obama’s declaration in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night that he is ‘eager to work’ with Congress, but that he’ll use his executive authority to “expand opportunity for more American families” when Congress won’t act wasn’t well received by Louisiana Republicans.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected a challenge Tuesday to two state firearm statutes, deciding voters expected ‘sensible’ gun regulations when they approved a constitutional amendment in 2012 that made the right to bear arms fundamental.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The research foundation running LSU’s Shreveport and Monroe hospitals under a privatization deal crafted by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is asking the state to pay for more than $120 million in hospital improvements and expansions.” – AP

“The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development urges motorists not to drive during the current winter weather conditions. As the cold weather and moisture continues to cross parts of Louisiana, it’s important to note that bridges and roadways may freeze and make traveling hazardous.” – Donaldsonville Chief

“The Cajundome is set for a multimillion-dollar upgrade next year, with plans to expand seating capacity and build a clubhouse that offers food, drinks and other amenities for a premium price.” – Shreveport Times

“When your shotgun house is buried under several feet of snowdrifts tomorrow night and you’ve gnawed the last of the king cake icing off the top of the cardboard box, take heart: you’ll still have one diversion. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be the main guest on Wednesday’s Late Show With David Letterman, which airs at 10:35 p.m. on WWL-TV.” – New Orleans Gambit

“On a day where Baton Rouge was coated in ice, the Tigers ended a five-game losing streak by jumping all over the Wildcats early and riding a bullish 29 points and nine rebounds from Johnny O’Bryant III in a 87-82 upset that might nestle nicely into the program’s lore.” – New Orleans Advocate

“Due to their prior public service, either of the two candidates most likely to win the New Orleans mayoral election will draw a lucrative state pension in addition to the mayor’s $150,000 annual salary.” – The Lens

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