Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (2-27-14)

The Mississippi is certainly not our grandfather’s, or even our great-great grandmother’s river. We don’t generally have to face with dread the danger of crevasses and flooding each spring and ship captains don’t have to wait, losing money daily, at the mouth each fall hoping for the winter rise to float them over the bar. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has seen to that, and we’ve reaped the benefits. But we are also paying the price.” – The Lens

“Louisiana’s insurance commissioner is reminding taxpayers to claim the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Assessment rebate this tax season.” – WWL-TV

“The current and former leaders of the long-troubled Orleans Parish Prison will face off  March 15 in a runoff election to decide who will run the jail in the future.” – NOLA.com

“Dustin Yates, a firefighter and one of the three co-chairmen for the St. George incorporation, said he was disappointed Delgado had politicized the agency.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Advocates of a lawsuit filed by a Louisiana flood control board against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands are making plans to fight legislation they say could undermine the suit.” – WDSU

Smith wants sex education to be made mandatory in Louisiana, a belief she backs up with statistics. According to Smith, Louisiana ranks in the top five nationally for cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia.” – KPEL

“Shreveport regained its Independence on Wednesday with the official unveiling of the Duck Commander Independence Bowl at a news conference.” – Shreveport Times

“Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday approved a $725 million plan for fiscal year 2015 that includes $477 million for construction of levees and coastal restoration projects.” – NOLA.com

“Most members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation eagerly anticipate the annual Washington Mardi Gras celebration, which is always chaired by one of the state’s members. But newcomer Vance McAllister’s initial take on the lavish celebration was — well, I’ll let him tell it.” – Stephanie Grace/New Orleans Advocate

One of three new bio-refineries in the state of Louisiana is under construction. The plant will use wood waste and wood by-products to create fuel.” – KNOE

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