Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (3-25-14)

House Bill 961, sponsored by Rep. Steven Pylant, R-Winnsboro, would designate any municipalities where 50 percent or more of their revenue comes from speeding ticket fines as ‘speed traps’ and require those municipalities to fund and post signs ‘that shall have blinking lights’ labeling the area a ‘speed trap.'” – NOLA.com

“Pylant said his plan is not aimed at any specific community, but lawmakers cited Krotz Springs and Washington, both in St. Landry Parish, and Woodworth in Rapides Parish in their complaints.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Thanks to an unusually cold winter, southeast Louisiana parishes will probably see fewer pests and insects in the coming months.” – WWL-TV

“Officials say the 18-wheeler was not carrying any hazardous material but did spill its load of Foster Farms corn dogs. Officials say the 18-wheeler was heading to California. The company also has locations in Farmerville, Louisiana and Hope, Arkansas.” – WAFB

“The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.” – MyArkLaMiss

The Senate voted 32-5 Monday against a bill by Republican Sen. Dan Claitor that would remove a law requiring public schools to give balanced treatment in science classes and textbooks to evolution and creationism. The law also prohibits teaching evolution as proven scientific fact.” – AP

“Drivers who kill in accidents while operating vehicles at twice the legal level of alcohol could face more than two decades in prison under legislation advanced Tuesday morning by a state Senate committee.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand is supporting Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne in the Louisiana gubernatorial election next year after ruling a bid for himself, according to LaPolitics Weekly. Normand doesn’t believe there isn’t sufficient political will to fix the state’s fiscal problems, and this influenced his decision not to run, he told the newsletter.” – NOLA.com

Lawmakers are criticizing the way Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to pay for Louisiana’s state prisons next year.” – KPEL

About 95 percent of Louisiana communities are complying with new disinfectant mandates designed to prevent the brain-eating amoeba from surviving in drinking water, the state Department of Health and Hospitals said. The department had issued an emergency rule in November last year requiring higher disinfectant levels in drinking water and more monitoring of water quality.” – NOLA.com

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