Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (5-2-14)

low popahirum louisiana“Louisiana state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb kept more than $18,600 in taxpayer dollars that should have gone to reimburse expenses paid for by her campaign, according to an analysis of campaign and Senate records by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News.” – NOLA.com

“An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Member changed her tune Thursday, about a diploma that was issued to her relative, when she didn’t earn it.” – WBRZ

“‘It was one of those ‘should I call should I not call’ situations,’ wrote Bordelon on a private Facebook page for homsechool parents. ‘They were super rude when they got there immediately telling me he was fine.’ However, the situation became even worse when one of the EMS supervisors asked Bordelon why her son wasn’t in school. When she replied that her son was homeschooled, the worker began conducting an inspection of Bordelon’s house, telling her “we’re agents of the state.'” – DC Clothesline

“Legislation that would strip regional levee authorities of their ability to file suits to enforce permits issued to oil, gas and pipeline under the state’s Coastal Zone Management Act program was unanimously approved by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, sending it to the full Senate for a possible vote.” – NOLA.com

Chinese-made drywall used in more than 20,000 homes in the United States could have caused nosebleeds, headaches, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks in tens of thousands of Americans exposed to it, the federal government said in a long-awaited report released Friday.” – WWL-TV

BASF Corp. announced Friday it is considering an investment in a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast that if built, would be company’s largest investment in a single plant.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A class lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the city of Shreveport and Caddo Parish of illegally collecting and keeping Haynesville Shale mineral lease bonuses and royalties for at least 500 adjudicated properties.” – Shreveport Times

“For the second year in a row, the Senate Education Committee has rejected the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s proposed plan for funding public schools.” – Monroe News-Star

“The Louisiana Senate will debate whether to make changes to the state’s free college tuition program, TOPS, after years of complaints that it has grown too expensive amid repeated legislative reluctance to tweak it.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

It almost sounds too good to be true: Install tens of thousands of wind turbines in the Gulf of Mexico and you not only get clean electricity, you also knock out the catastrophic punch of hurricanes. ‘You can dissipate hurricanes so much that you can reduce wind speeds, peak wind speeds by more than half, and the storm surge by almost 80 percent in the case of New Orleans and hurricane Katrina.'” – WWL-TV

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