Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (3-5-14)

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is looking to the outside — potentially including charter operators, teacher’s associations, universities or other education organizations — to help turn around some of its lowest-performing schools, according to a new plan that will be presented to the school board on Thursday.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana drivers can proclaim ‘I’m a Cajun’ on their driver’s licenses, a new designation announced Monday that comes a few months after the state launched ‘I’m Cajun … and Proud‘ specialty license plates.” – WWL-TV

“If you haven’t seen HBO’s deep, dark crime drama yet—it stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of Louisiana detectives investigating a disturbing ritualistic murder over the course of 17 years—stop now. This story will consist of nothing but spoilers.” – Daily Beast

“UPS announced on Wednesday it will buy 1,000 propane-fueled trucks to deliver packages in Louisiana, Oklahoma and other yet-to-be-determined states and install 50 fueling stations initially at UPS locations.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A steady, freezing rain fell across Evangeline Parish throughout Tuesday, but that wasn’t going to stop dozens of men from Mamou and the surrounding area from taking part in their traditional courir.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday evening that would save property owners in southern Louisiana and across the nation thousands of dollars in flood insurance premiums, preventing what some call a looming disaster for many homeowners and businesses.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Natural gas is an important card in the Russian hand. But that economic lever is losing some of its power, and Louisiana stands to benefit.” – Shreveport Times

“The East Leeville Marsh Restoration and Nourishment Project is one of several local projects vying for federal money this year through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, known as CWPPRA,” – Houma Courier

“Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, is asking lawmakers to consider criminalizing the use of drones to photograph people on private property without their permission. He describes it as a method for keeping technological advancements in check and prohibiting abuse.” – Lake Charles American Press

“YOLO means ‘You Only Live Once,’ but now it means vandalism for Loyola University in Uptown New Orleans.” – WDSU

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