Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (2-6-14)

Police were called to the Lafayette Parish School System office Wednesday night after school board member Tehmi Chassion accused Superintendent Pat Cooper of grabbing him during a meeting.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“Papajohn is just one example of how the film industry here in Louisiana is changing the makeup of our state.” – NBC33

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday rested their 21-count corruption case against Ray Nagin after spending nearly four full days calling more than a dozen witnesses who testified that the former mayor of New Orleans accepted bribes, filed fraudulent tax returns and used his political influence to win lucrative contracts for his family’s granite business.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development must look at three other locations for a proposed fourth Ouachita River bridge after a consulting firm’s study indicated there are some environmental concerns with the current location.” – Monroe News-Star

“Gov. Bobby Jindal signaled Wednesday that he’s willing to make changes to his 2012 law that made it tougher for Louisiana schoolteachers to reach the job protection status of tenure.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“None of coach Les Miles’ nine full signing classes at LSU have finished ranked outside of the top 10 in Scout.com’s national rankings. Despite a host of commitment snubs a month ago and a less than fulfilling in-state haul, that won’t change.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana has the highest average premium in the country at $2,699 a year, according a study by Insure.com. It’s nearly triple the country’s lowest — Maine — at $934.” – WDSU-TV

“Universal Pictures’ long-awaited ‘Jurassic Park’ sequel, ‘Jurassic World,’ will shoot in New Orleans for 11 weeks starting June 2.” – KATC

“The picture you should get is this – Johnson and his staff were as relaxed as ever, not even close to being worried. There would be no players who flipped to another program unexpectedly and, in fact, a player changed back to Tulane after waffling earlier in the week.” – WWL-TV

“The 14-year-old arena where the New Orleans Pelicans play their home games will become the Smoothie King Center, now that the team and the company have struck a 10-year agreement, higher-ups from each group confirmed Wednesday. Neither side would disclose the price tag for the naming rights sponsorship, which Smoothie King will have the option to renew for another 10 years.” – New Orleans Advocate

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