Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-14-14)

“A highway elevated over dying wetlands and a better prepared workforce were the top priorities of local government and energy industry leaders who met Tuesday with members of Congress in south Lafourche. The half-hour conversation was part of the annual energy tour hosted by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, in which visiting members of Congress tour an offshore installation and get to see a little of the area that supports it on shore.” – Thibodaux Daily Comet

“The Zodiac Killer is believed to have killed at least five people in northern California in 1968 and 1969, taunting police through letters and cryptograms sent to Bay Area newspapers. The slayings were never solved. ‘I never set out to prove my father was a criminal,’ Stewart said. ‘I wanted to find the man I could throw my arms around and have a cup of coffee with.'” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“An audit released Wednesday blasts the New Orleans Police Department for a failure to properly report rape cases, a persistent problem that’s led many to question if the city’s lower-than-average rape figures are accurate.” – WWL-TV 

“For a state that just drew a record number of visitors last year, one might think that the best move for a government leader is to not screw things up. Yet Dardenne says Landrieu is doing just that by trying to increase the hotel-motel tax in New Orleans to rival that of New York City.” – John Maginnis/NOLA.com

“After months of name-calling from both sides in the increasingly acrimonious debate over a proposal to incorporate the new city of St. George, Baton Rouge officials are moving beyond the rhetoric and going after the money.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Records were broken. Runs were scored. For a night anyway, frustration and tension were nowhere in the vicinity. LSU put a big and loud exclamation point on its home season Tuesday night, romping past Northwestern State 27-0 at Alex Box Stadium. The game was halted in the bottom of the 6th inning by lightning.” – NOLA.com

“Students at poor-performing public schools could have the possibility of switching to higher-performing schools, under a bill nearing final legislative passage.” – WAFB

“A bill seeking to keep unmanned aircraft from flying over Louisiana’s chemical plants was revived by a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday, after it was killed last month by a House panel.” – WBRZ

“Though Louisiana Secretary of State Tim Schedler is urging residents to register to vote during the annual Voter Registration Week, he wants already registered voters to head to the ballot box in bigger numbers than the current trend.” – KPEL

“America’s Wetland Foundation has launched a new advertising campaign to help raise awareness about partnerships working toward coastal restoration in Louisiana.” – Monroe News-Star

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