Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (2-4-14)

“If you can’t always get a cab in New Orleans, then why not welcome a free app that lets you hail a car — a very nice car — whenever, wherever, track its progress as it approaches, learn about your driver (and rate him or her after the ride), pay via credit card information stored on your phone and arrive at your destination hassle-free — in many cases for less money than it costs to ride in a taxi?” – New Orleans Gambit

“‘We withdrew the rules and the emergency rule in order to correct the language governing the licensure of outpatient abortion facilities before proceeding,’ DHH spokeswoman Olivia Watkins said in an emailed statement Monday night. ‘We intend to issue a new set of proposed rules with a notice of intent in the future for public comment.'” – AP

“City Park officials are looking for vandals who broke into the park’s maintenance yard, stole five utility vehicles, and then caused $50,000 worth of damage to the park.” – WWL-TV

“Two days before his scheduled death, condemned child killer Christopher Sepulvado has received yet another reprieve as the debate over how he should die continues in the courtroom.” – Shreveport Times

Lane and his family are plaintiffs in what promises to be a blockbuster fight with the local school system over what the Lanes allege is religious persecution meted out by a zealous science teacher who has the support not only of the school principal but the school system’s superintendent as well.” – Lafayette Independent

“Sen. David Vitter’s Super PAC, the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, added two more $100,000 donors to the second half of 2013, according to a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission.” – NOLA.com

“The Jindal administration’s budget is coming up short of funds to cover some costs related to the privatization of LSU hospitals, according to a Legislative Fiscal Office report.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Strategically and tactically, Landrieu seemed to control every aspect of the campaign, even, seemingly, those he had no control over—that is, the start of his predecessor Ray Nagin’s federal corruption trial and the two-day freeze event that occurred in the final week. The former reminded voters of how bad a situation the incumbent had inherited, while the latter gave him the command-and-control presence of a leader above politics.” – John Maginnis/LAPolitics.com

“A Lafayette private investigator who allegedly orchestrated a bribery scheme to get favorable treatment for DWI defendants in the local court system is asking a federal judge to push back his scheduled March 10 trial.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana’s Legislature is likely to have its most extensive debate ever on marijuana this spring, but lawmakers said most bills that would reduce penalties for pot offenders or make the drug available for medical use face an uphill battle.” – Monroe News-Star

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