Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-1-14)

The Saints offseason took an unexpected turn as the team has decided to ship Jimmy Graham off to Oakland for the Raiders’ 1st, 3rd and 7th round picks in 2014. Wow. Word is the Saints will now make Eric Ebron, tight end out of North Carolina, a drafting priority come May. Graham continued to insist on “Megatron” type money and the Raiders have rewarded him with a 6 year contract for $92.5 million with $40 million guaranteed. That’s an astronomical figure that the Saints were never going to come close to paying. The contract makes Graham the highest paid tight end in history by almost $5 million per year. That is an astronomical contract for Graham and the Raiders also gave up the 5th overall pick to get him. It remains to be seen who the Saints will get with that 5th pick but there are lots of difference making options.” – SaintsNation

“Shifting the dynamics of the budget debate, lawmakers will soon learn that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s spending plan for 2014-2015 is short by $47 million due to an error in calculating last year’s tax amnesty program.” – LAPolitics.com

“When compared to the first three months of 2013, murders in New Orleans are down substantially – a drop of 33 percent from the previous year.” – WWL-TV

“Under the proposed legislation, speed cameras could only issued if a driver’s speed is more than 10 mph over the limit, except in school zones, where the speed limit could be enforced strictly.” – NOLA.com

Entergy Louisiana is giving $1 million to LSU’s College of Engineering to provide a research laboratory and classroom complex.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The LSU Police Department said the incident happened at the Kirby Smith dormitory on March 23. LSUPD reported two students were videotaped having sex in a bathroom suite on the sixth floor. Authorities said Baker told investigators he and a friend went into the bathroom because they heard a female screaming.” – WAFB

Louisiana legislators are railing against Washington, but it’s neither Congress nor the president that’s drawing their ire. Rather, it is the town in St. Landry Parish by that name that is fast becoming known as the speed trap capital of Louisiana. Legislation has been filed to recognize it and about a dozen other municipalities whose governments are largely supported by traffic fines. HB 961 would mandate the placement of large signs, with blinking lights preferably, warning motorists of the fate that awaits them just up the road.” – John Maginnis/Baton Rouge Business Report

“In February, the Public Affairs Research Council, a neutral and respected independent watchdog, criticized the administration for including the wetlands trust within this shell game.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

LSU basketball star Johnny O’Bryant III will announce he’s entering the NBA Draft Tuesday, according to O’Bryant’s high school coach from Mississippi who talked to a Greenville TV station Monday night.” – WAFB

“The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office have launched an investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the Port Allen mayoral race, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. Richie Johnson said Friday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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