Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-29-14)

Sasol is building a 3,034-acre energy complex near a bayou in Lake Charles, La. Tapping into cheap, fracked natural gas as well as the pipeline and shipping infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, Sasol plans to spend as much as $21 billion there.” – WSJ

“The state Senate zipped through the $24.6 billion proposed state spending plan in less than 90 minutes Wednesday, sending it back to the Louisiana House with five days remaining in the session.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A homicide in Gentilly has been ruled justifiable by police after investigators determined an armed robber was fatally shot by a law enforcement officer on Dreux Street early Thursday, said Officer Garry Flot, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.” – WWL-TV

“Many New Orleans residents and business owners have for years been waging a largely fruitless war against illegal short-term rentals, but there hasn’t been much in the way of a public, organized effort to defend them. Tuesday, a handful of people showed up at a meeting of the City Planning Commission to present a united front against a proposed rule that officials hope will make it easier for the city to crack down on illegal short-term rentals.” – NOLA.com

“Methanex’s decision to relocate two methanol plants from Chile to Geismar demonstrates the advantages driving the industrial boom in south Louisiana: easy access to the Mississippi River, natural gas and large plots of land, said Jessica Kemp, vice president of policy and advocacy, Center for Planning Excellence.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“John Maginnis’ sudden death over the weekend at the young age of 66 marked the passing of one of the last reporters in Louisiana who truly understood the state’s political landscape.” – Sam Hanna/Ouachita Citizen

“The defense attorney for Ray Nagin has had plenty of time to prepare for sentencing in the former mayor’s corruption case, and a judge should reject his bid for a delay, federal prosecutors said Wednesday (May 28).” – NOLA.com

Everything got loud, everything got real dark and then the wind came,” he said. “After that, it was grab anything you could grab ahold of and get low. I went from a golf cart, and when the golf cart blew away, I was holding on to a steel staircase and just waited for it to stop.” – Fox 8 Live

“A bid to overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system was crushed Wednesday in the Louisiana House, setting off a gleeful celebration among opponents of one of the most divisive topics of the 2014 session.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“More than two dozen Shreveport Police Department employees temporarily vacated their offices to avoid bats living in an exterior wall.” – Shreveport Times

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