Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (3-14-14)

“New Orleans police are investigating a fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man who was allegedly brandishing a handgun and sexually assaulting a woman, Thursday night in the Bywater.” – WWL-TV

“Jindal’s press office ignored requests to speak to the governor about the creation of Stand Up to Washington. However, in an 18-minute interview with the national website Politico, Jindal said the PAC will focus on helping conservative candidates run for Congress.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

We’ll start raising the dollars and then figure out where we can make the biggest impact,” Jindal said. “As a general rule, we tend to stay out of contested primaries. I think voters are the best people to decide those things.” – POLITICO

“After a day full of frantic negotiations, the Senate Thursday gave final congressional approval to legislation that would limit most flood insurance premium increases resulting from a 2012 law to 18 percent a year.” – NOLA.com

“Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana intensified the pressure on Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Senate colleague, to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.” – WSJ

“The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is recommending to state lawmakers a $3.5 billion school financing plan for next year that local school leaders say will leave them struggling to survive. The 2014-15 funding formula was backed in a 7-2 vote Thursday over opposition of local superintendents and school boards. Those opponents said the formula shortchanges them of the money they need to educate students, meet escalating retirement costs and cope with new education standards.” – Monroe News-Star

“For the first time in decades, we’re going to experience the challenges associated with growth,” said Hecht, GNO Inc.’s president and CEO. “Because for the first time in decades, we’re actually growing.” – New Orleans Advocate

“The Las Vegas Strip gives way to the Riverfront of Baton Rouge for this year’s Miss USA Pageant.   Sunday, June 8 is the night that sparkles will reign at the River Center.  Mayor Kip Holden donned a sash to get in the spirit for Thursday morning’s announcement, but we told you about it  last night on WAFB.com.” – WAFB

“As the state Legislature considers bills to halt a wetlands damages lawsuit filed by the east bank levee authority against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies, attorneys representing the authority have published a timeline on the web with links to laws and regulations they say the companies violated and a handful of internal memos showing that companies were aware of their legal problems.” – NOLA.com

“Baker School Superintendent Ulysses Joseph says he thinks police went too far when they put a Baker Middle School teacher in jail Thursday after she was accused of grabbing a student by his shirt and yanking him out of her classroom.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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