Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-24-14)

low popahirum louisianaLouisianans have brought in more personal income during three of the years measured from 2008 to 2012, a recent analysis says. Figures released Thursday (April 24) by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis of real, price-adjusted estimates of personal income for states and metropolitan areas for the four year period show Louisiana’s real personal income rose 1.99 percent from 2011 to 2012; 3.9 percent from 2010 to 2011; and 1.75 percent from 2009 to 2012.” – NOLA.com

Nucor Corp.’s St. James Parish plant produced 4.55 million tons of direct reduced iron, with peak operating rates exceeding 90 percent of capacity, the company reported Thursday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“State Treasurer John Kennedy praised members of the Louisiana House of Representatives today for unanimously passing HB 142 by Rep. Jerome ‘Dee’ Richard to cut consulting contracts by 10 percent and dedicate the $528 million saved to higher education.” – Dead Pelican

“The latest negative ad by Americans for Prosperity against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., features a Marine veteran who says he lost his previous health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.” – NOLA.com

State Rep. Roy Burrell told KEEL radio today he plans to announce his candidacy for Shreveport mayor on Sunday.” – Shreveport Times

“A lender has foreclosed on convicted former Mayor Ray Nagin’s townhome in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, according to recently filed public records.” – WWL-TV

“There are many predictions that drones will be everywhere in the future, delivering newspapers, searching for criminals and perhaps even lending a eye in the local oilfield. Research through Nicholls State University’s geomatics program is aimed at attracting future investment from oilfield and coastal industries in unmanned aircraft.” – Houma Courier

“Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert went a few rounds with the Louisiana Legislature Wednesday (April 23) night in a segment on ‘The Colbert Report’ over a state senator’s attempt to legalize ‘chicken boxing.’ Assuming his ultra-conservative persona on the satirical news show, Colbert saluted Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, for ‘trying to keep big government out of our chicken sporting events.'” – NOLA.com

“With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends Monday.” – Houma Courier

Parish President David Peralta turned himself into authorities a day after being indicted by a grand jury for sexual battery. Peralta offered no comment to a throng of reporters awaiting for him to arrive at St. Bernard Parish Courthouse.” – WWL-TV

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