Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-7-14)

Cracks are beginning to show in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s state operating budget proposal for next year, and lawmakers, worried that some of the financing seems shaky, are starting to eye areas where they could cut spending.” – NOLA.com

High winds knocked down trees, blew off a rooftop and caused power outages for thousands when powerful storms moved through south Louisiana late Sunday night.” – WAFB

“Last week, we saw Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana. He dropped by National Review’s offices, talked to us for an hour about health care. He was bright, earnest, public-spirited, eager, open-minded, thoughtful — concerned. He struck me as an especially good staffer or policy analyst who just happened to be the officeholder, too.” – National Review

Democrats and civil rights groups are stepping up demands for Congress to move on legislation that would require some Southern states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, to once again get federal approval before making election changes.” – Monroe News-Star

“New Orleans is becoming a ‘brain power’ mecca ranked at number one according to a new Forbes study.” – WWL-TV

“Retired law enforcement officer Richard Lee III thwarted former Mayor Demetric ‘Deedy’ Slaughter’s attempt to reclaim the city’s mayoral seat with 58 percent of the vote Saturday in the city’s special election following Slaughter’s recall from office.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni cruised to a second term Saturday. He easily vanquished two political activists, Walt Bennetti and Al Morella, who used their insurgent campaigns to criticize Yenni’s administration. ” – NOLA.com

Jindal’s views on Common Core have been hard to read for months, sparking speculation that his national ambitions — he is considered a longshot 2016 GOP president possibility — were causing him to back away from the new math, reading and writing standards amid increasing controversy nationwide.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

” Some call it the Super Bowl of wrestling. After a weekend chalk full of events, the big show, WrestleMania XXX kicked off Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.” – Fox 8 Live

“Louisiana has undergone a boom of business over the last several years, and LSU has played a significant role in many of those crucial wins. Vital public-private partnerships connecting industry and higher education, with successful examples including industry giants IBM and EA Sports, have not only injected dollars and jobs into our state, but made Louisiana more visible to others looking to relocate or open new branches in locations conducive to expansion. With LSU’s high-performing faculty, world-renowned research and a talented graduate pool of more than 8,700 students annually, we are playing a major role in driving Louisiana and our regional economies. But we don’t stop there.” – F. King Alexander/Baton Rouge Business Report

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