Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (6-13-14)

“A Winnsboro councilman was handcuffed at his seat and escorted out of the Jack Hammons Community Center by police during a special meeting of the Winnsboro City Council Thursday night.” – Franklin Sun

Louisiana has made ‘great progress’ in its use of more than $17 million in federal money for improving education in grades K-12, the U.S. Department of Education said Friday.” – NOLA.com

“If you read the reports on how the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule limiting carbon emissions by electric utilities will affect the national economy, you may have gotten the impression that it won’t amount to much and could even have health benefits. Either that or the rule will usher in the end of life as we know it. ” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“A federal judge in New Orleans on Thursday ordered a new trial for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer who was found guilty last year of deleting a string of text messages in an alleged effort to hamper the government’s criminal investigation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A third state auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has been arrested on a fraud charge.” – Fox 8 Live

“After Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to turn Charity Hospital into a civic center collapsed under the weight of rising costs last month, fans of the art deco building on Tulane Avenue are left to fear the worst.” – NOLA.com

“Recently enacted changes to the retirement system could save taxpayers $5 billion over time because pension debts will be paid off sooner, the Legislature’s actuary reported.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The 2,600-pound bell that hangs in the belfry of Tudy Chapel at Angola State Penitentiary was originally to hang over a church in Arkansas, Angola’s warden, Burl Cain, said.” – Lake Charles American Press

“When it comes to the Keystone XL Pipeline is Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., waffling on her indispensability? Perhaps she is just clarifying it.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“The numbers are in, and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cameo on ‘Duck Dynasty’ didn’t cause ratings to take flight and soar. The West Monroe-filmed reality TV show continued its steady slide in viewership Wednesday night, despite a visit from Jindal. In six months, “Duck Dynasty” has lost nearly 4 million viewers.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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