Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (6-19-14)

You may have heard Jindal would like to run for president in 2016. It’s not an outlandish statement that support for Common Core won’t improve one’s chances at the Republican nomination.” – Scott McKay/RedState

“U.S. Sen. David Vitter said Medicaid expansion under its current form would not be a possibility if he was elected governor, a stance which is in stark contrast to comments he reportedly made at the Baton Rouge Press Club earlier in the week.” – KPEL

“Jindal issued an executive order Wednesday to try and block the curriculum from being adopted across the state. Parents have a mixed reaction to the announcement.” – WWL-TV

“Supporters of a lawsuit that a New Orleans-area flood board filed against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies last summer are urging the board to continue the suit, despite a new law aimed at scuttling it.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The backlash against the Common Core academic standards has been a national story, and so all eyes were on Baton Rouge Wednesday as Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his plan to end Common Core in Louisiana. State Superintendent John White immediately shot back that the governor had no such authority. That spun out into a back-and-forth of procedural maneuvers that ended Wednesday in a stalemate, with the state having no active contract to buy tests for the school year that starts in August.” – NOLA.com

“The Metro Council’s May 16 annexation of portions of the Mall of Louisiana and other nearby properties owned by Baton Rouge General Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is effective as of last Friday, June 13, city-parish department heads have been informed in a memo by chief administrative officer William Daniel.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“A court hearing is set for Monday afternoon in the lawsuit filed by former state lawmaker Woody Jenkins challenging the recent annexation of the Mall of Louisiana and two nearby hospitals into the city of Baton Rouge.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Westwego’s elected officials on Wednesday voiced their concerns over a plan to transport coal in open railroad freight cars through West Jefferson neighborhoods. Coal trains as long as a mile would travel through Westwego from the Huey P. Long Bridge, en route to a proposed export facility in Plaquemines Parish, Councilman Glenn Green said during a special council meeting.” – NOLA.com

“Hey, we go out in the draft and get a guy in Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State – an explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football. … From all indications, this guy can do a lot of things for us, and he’s eager to fill a role that we need him to on offense.” – WWL-TV

“A bill to require President Barack Obama to approve the stalled Keystone XL pipeline cleared a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday, but Republicans, who generally support the project, denounced the move as a political stunt by committee Chairwoman Mary Landrieu, D-La.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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