Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (3-17-14)

“Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana liver doctor who could determine control of the Senate, has crafted a two-step prescription for helping the GOP retake the upper chamber.” – Washington Examiner

“Responding to a state audit that detailed dozens of discrepancies found in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s academic records, the district acknowledged there were areas where polices ‘were not followed with fidelity.’ But district officials also said there were inaccuracies and problems with the state’s report.” – NOLA.com

Edwards is set to speak at the Press Club of Baton Rouge around 11:30 a.m. this morning. Coincidentally, Edwards announced his candidacy for governor at the Press Club in the 1970’s. Since he is a convicted felon, he can not run for state office, but is still eligible for a federal job.” – WBRZ

“Former Gov. Edwin Edwards has tantalized Louisiana for weeks with speculation he will run for Congress. The suspense could end Monday with Edwards scheduled to speak to the Press Club of Baton Rouge and expected to focus on his own political future.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns are dancing for the first time since 2005, and they’ll have a shot to take down the possible NCAA Player of The Year.” – KPEL

A year removed from a disappointing Selection Sunday, the LSU basketball team received better news in 2014. The Tigers (19-13, 10-10 Southeastern Conference) learned Sunday night they made the 32-team field of the National Invitational Tournament as a No. 5 seed and will hit the road to face No. 4 seed San Francisco  at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.” – LSU Reveille

“Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman easily won re-election to a third full term Saturday, after his predecessor, Charles Foti, forced him to defend his management of the city’s troubled jail through two elections in two months.” – NOLA.com

Ronnie Hooks is the ‘angry mom’ featured in a new ad for health care. But Hooks, of Baton Rouge, said Sunday she had no idea her photo, bearing a stern expression and arms folded, would be used in the ad, which urges people in their mid-20s to sign up for the health care system.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Local manufacturing is getting a shot in the arm. Benteler Steel/Tube and a handful of other manufacturers have embarked on new or expanded facilities that will come online over the next few years. And that means an influx of hundreds of construction jobs and initial phases of permanent positions after years of industry job loss.” – Shreveport Times

“A recently published study by a team of economists from Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University disputes the state’s claim that large sediment diversions are more cost-effective than slurry pipelines when building new land to replace Louisiana’s sinking wetlands. The study concluded that some pipeline projects are more cost-effective because they build land quickly, while diversions take longer to construct and don’t create land for many years. But the study also found there were limits to the advantages of pipelines. Pipes have a better cost-benefit ratio when the land-building takes place fewer than 20 miles from the sediment site; diversions perform better over longer distances and in time frames exceeding 50 years.” – The Lens

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