Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (4-9-14)

“A wrestling match pitting a courageous man against one monster of a turtle unfolded in a drainage canal, but it was for the animal’s well-being.” – WAFB

“Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, dealing with the fallout after release this week of a video showing him kissing a married staffer, remains back home in Louisiana Wednesday morning.” – NOLA.com

“U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister’s top aide said the congressman will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday morning requesting an FBI investigation concerning the leak of a video from a security camera in McAllister’s Monroe District Office.” – Monroe News-Star

“Rep. Vance McAllister’s (R-La.) campaign seems to have paid the female staffer he was caught on camera kissing $300 as ‘reimbursement for headquarter cleaning.’” – Washington Post

“Information given women and minor children facing an abortion would be expanded under a proposal that sailed through a House committee Wednesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Nearly four in five Louisianians think medical marijuana should be legal, while half believe gay couples should be able to enter into civil unions, according to new results released Wednesday from the LSU Public Policy Research Lab.” – NOLA.com

Federal prosecutors are trying to seize more than $500,000 from former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin following his February conviction on corruption charges.” – Shreveport Times

“Executives from Churchill Downs – owner of the Fair Grounds – lost a battle Wednesday to stop legislation delving into slot machine revenue at the New Orleans horse racing facility.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Throwing cigarette butts out of vehicles in Louisiana could result in a hefty fine under a measure winding through the Legislature.” – Houma Courier

“Texas Brine Co. and the property owners who sued over an August 2012 sinkhole in Assumption Parish on Tuesday reached a $48.1 million settlement to end damage claims and buyout their properties.” – Alexandria Town Talk

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