Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (2-12-14)

“William Heroman Jr, CEO of Billy Heroman’s Flowers, is being forced to cut his employees’ workers due to the high cost of Obamacare. Heroman’s company has provided health insurance for its employees for nearly 60 years and they plan on continuing to provide it, at least for full-time employees.” – Washington Free Beacon

“The king cake has its roots in medieval France and Spain. In colonial Louisiana, Creoles celebrated this time of year with the bal du roi (king’s ball), where they served a fancy cake with a bean placed inside. The person who found the bean in his or her piece of cake became the king or queen of the next ball, creating a series of balls that would culminate with the final grand event on Mardi Gras evening.” – New Orleans Gambit

“Sources tell LaPolitics that the national grassroots director of an autism advocacy group will soon become the next candidate in the developing 6th Congressional District race.” – LAPolitics.com

“The Department of Education today announced Louisiana high school seniors are outpacing the nation in the increase of graduates scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams and qualifying for college credit, according to the College Board’s 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation.  The report shows the number of seniors scoring a qualifying score of 3 or higher increased from 1,531 in 2012 to 1,911 in 2013, representing a 25 percent increase, ranking Louisiana first in the nation.” – Louisiana Believes

“Louisiana’s high school seniors had among the poorest performances among students nationwide in their passing scores on Advanced Placement exams.” – NOLA.com

“A gay rights group plans a legal challenge to the Louisiana Constitution’s prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Supporters of legislation that would delay most flood insurance premium increases for four years say they’ve picked up 228 sponsors — well more than half the House.” – NOLA.com

“Former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux is regarded as one of the biggest disappointments in school and perhaps Louisiana sports history.” – WAFB

“House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, announced last week that he wants an independent study of the state’s tax structure, along with an analysis of the exemptions, deductions, credits and rebates enacted over the last several decades.” – Lake Charles American Press

The trademark dispute between the estate of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and Raising Cane’s will be waged in Louisiana, not Massachusetts, a federal judge in the latter state has decided.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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