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“By all measures, ascending to the top of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee should be a boon to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) as she fights to keep her Senate seat this fall — but Republicans are hoping to turn that logic on its head.” – E&E News

“A River Ridge man whose frantic arrest was captured on a video that made its way around the Internet on Thursday said he was wrongfully arrested while authorities claim he was taken into custody for resisting an officer. Donrell Breaux, 26, of River Ridge, was arrested after refusing to provide identification and then attempting to go inside his residence, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office” – NOLA.com

“Metro Councilman John Delgado isn’t apologizing to St. George organizers, but on Thursday he did offer an apology to any veteran offended by his statements comparing St. George organizers to terrorist groups.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.” – LAPolitics.com

“State Rep. Austin Badon is among those trying to reduce sentences for repeat offenses involving simple possession of marijuana. But Thursday, he tabled a bill that would have done just that, after the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association came out against it during a House Administration of Justice Committee hearing.” – WWL-TV

“In the ad, term-limited Louisiana Gov. Jindal says the GOP needs focus more on individual voters instead of big business, a theme he’s been known to tout during his frequent trips out of state.” – NOLA.com

Three Adley bills – Senate Bill 547, Senate Bill 553 and Senate Bill 629 — would permit the governor to kill the lawsuit while two others — Senate Bill 467 and Senate Bill 469 — would derail it by other means. The Senate approved Senate Bill 547 on Wednesday — it now heads to the House — and Adley’s Senate Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee approved Senate Bill 553 on Thursday.” – The Lens

“In a letter to FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur on Wednesday, Landrieu, who was recently appointed chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, wrote that her office has reviewed the comments made on Cameron’s Environmental Impact Statement and that ‘no significant new issues’ had been raised.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Louisiana has been without a top higher education executive for the past two weeks, but not too many people have noticed. Jim Purcell, the state commissioner of higher education, walked away from his job March 20, making a quiet exit three years after he was brought in to guide the state’s colleges and universities.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“If even half the announced industrial construction projects get built, Louisiana will need hundreds of billions of cubic feet of additional natural gas each year to satisfy an unprecedented surge in demand. ICF estimates Louisiana demand could double by 2020, meaning the state will become a major importer of natural gas. And that gas will move via pipelines.” – Baton Rouge Business Report


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