Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (2-11-14)

“I know I’m not the only girl in the world who has cried tears of joy with a new ring on her finger while wrestling the overwhelming weight of the ‘yes’ that just escaped her lips. I know I’m not the only girl who’s mind began spinning when the hypothetical dreams became the reality of the moment. I know I’m not the only girl who wondered why her ‘fairy tale’ moment wasn’t as ridiculously blissful and simple as the 400,000 movies made it seem. And I know I’m not the only girl who has ever felt guilty for even harboring this range of emotion.” – Mo Isom

Deliberations in the Ray Nagin corruption case are on hold until Wednesday. A court staffer for U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan announced at 10 a.m. that due to a juror problem, there would be no jury deliberations Tuesday.” – NOLA.com

The threshold for a jury trial in Louisiana is $50,000. It’s the highest in the nation, followed by the State of Maryland with a $15,000 threshold. This means that judgements in any civil suit for less than $50,000 will be determined by a judge.” – KPLC-TV

“The criminal corruption docket has been full to overflowing of late in all parts of Louisiana. The current headliner is former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, on trial for 21 counts of taking bribes, money laundering, filing false tax returns and, overall, abusing the trust of citizens, in a city struggling fitfully to recover, when they needed his honest services the most.” – John Maginnis/Baton Rouge Business Report

“The winter storm that had its sights set on northern Louisiana produced little more than a whimper for now.” – Monroe News-Star

“But court filings show a dispute between two of the brothers that own Tony’s has gotten so toxic that a judge is being asked to dissolve the holding company that was set up to handle the profits from the seafood market and adjoining Louisiana Fish Fry Products business.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

The Louisiana Democratic Party will push state lawmakers to broaden last year’s equal pay legislation, to raise the state’s minimum wage and to expand the Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health law, the chair of the party said Monday.” – Lake Charles American Press

“When the state legislature meets on March 10, State Representative Jerome “Dee” Richard plans to introduce a bill he hopes will eliminate the power members of the LSU Board of Supervisors have to award scholarships to students.” – LSU Reveille

“A push to repeal a Louisiana law that prohibits certain sexual acts between adults is gaining steam locally and across the state. The existing law recently resulted in a black eye for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in July after the agency had arrested a number of men in area parks based on a law that is virtually unenforceable.” – WAFB

“Louisiana’s abortion clinics have few sympathetic ears to bend on their concerns in a state where lawmakers have repeatedly supported new restrictions on their operations.” – Shreveport Times

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