Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-8-14)

low popahirum louisiana“The Louisiana House of Representatives began debate Thursday morning on the state’s spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The debate is expected most of the day as the House reviews the money appropriated to each department and agency in state government. The proposed $25 billion budget is in House Bill 1.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed’s campaign paid nearly $30,000 to his son’s company for a 2012 fundraiser with little or no evidence of receiving any services in exchange, according to event records obtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Baton Rouge’s city-parish housing ordinance restricting unrelated people from renting together in areas zoned A-1 residential is constitutional and overturned a state judge’s 2013 decision. In April, state District Judge Janice Clark ruled that the housing ordinance was unconstitutional and unenforceable.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis made sure he revealed very little throughout a pre-draft press conference at the club’s facility on NFL Draft Eve Wednesday, but he may have let something slip.” – WWL-TV

“Today, Chief Executive reported that CEOs nationwide rank Louisiana No. 9 in the U.S., the state’s highest position ever, in the magazine’s annual ranking of Best & Worst States for Business. The report continues the state’s ascent in national business climate rankings, with Louisiana showing the greatest improvement of any state in the U.S. over the past four years. Since 2010, Louisiana has improved a nation-best 31 spots in the Chief Executive survey.” – Gov. Bobby Jindal

“The Louisiana Senate voted 24-15 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would strip the east bank levee authority of its right to file suit to enforce federal or state laws governing coastal wetlands, a move likely to block the authority’s July 2013 wetlands damages lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.” – NOLA.com

“A proposed crude oil tank farm and Mississippi River terminal nearly six years in the making has received a critical waiver from St. James Parish’s newly adopted land use plan.” – KATC

“On both sides of the Capitol, lawmakers are promoting legislation to encourage growth of charter schools. It’s an issue that has united Democrats and Republicans, even Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, as they battle in Louisiana’s fall Senate race.” – NOLA.com

“A bid to shrink the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board failed Wednesday in the Louisiana House, likely killing the measure for the session. The vote was 48-44, which is five votes short of the minimum needed to pass.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Police said officers raided a Tigerland bar last weekend and made arrests for underage drinking and fake IDs. Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said they were responding to numerous complaints about underage drinking at “The House”, a bar located at 1003 Bob Pettit Blvd., and they raided the bar on May 2.” – WBRZ

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