Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (6-4-14)

“John White, the state’s top education official, said Tuesday that educators deserve to know that Louisiana is committed to following through with its adoption of Common Core academic standards, taking an implicit swipe at lawmakers who have tried to derail implementation and Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is still threatening to do so.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Knapp says since legislative reform didn’t work, the only remaining option is reform within the school system. EBR Superintendent Bernard Taylor has argued he is trying to make many of the changes that outside groups like BRAC and the Committee for Progress were pushing in the legislation.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

Louisiana utilities are scrambling to figure out the potential impact of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Monday that, for the first time, requires a reduction in carbon pollution by existing power plants.” – Shreveport Times

CenturyLink and Entergy are the only Louisiana-based companies to make the Fortune 500 list of top revenue-generating companies in the U.S. that was again topped by Wal-Mart. Monroe-based CenturyLink moved down the list while New Orleans-based Entergy edged up. CenturyLink ranked 158, with $18.1 billion in revenue, dropping from a 2013 ranking of 150.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Vitter led the opposition, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., had joined him in asking colleagues to vote no. In the end, Bowen won confirmation by a narrow 48-46 margin, in a mostly party line vote with most Democrats supporting her and all Republicans voting no.” – NOLA.com

“Former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander resigned today as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.” – Monroe News Star

“In an effort to block a proposed fracking project, St. Tammany Parish Councilman Marty Gould will offer a resolution Thursday night authorizing the hiring of outside attorneys to seek an injunction prohibiting the issuance of drilling permits in the parish. The resolution calls for hiring attorneys Guice Giambronne III and Aldric C. Poirier Jr. of BlueWilliams LLP, who have experience in matters of constitutional law, zoning and oil and gas.” – NOLA.com

“The legislative session could have created some major road blocks for the city of St. George this summer. But after three long, contentious months and many hours of debate on various bills that could have slowed or stopped the incorporation — or at least created school reforms that might have appealed to future St. George voters — not a thing has changed.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

 

“With the primaries in the upcoming Congressional elections slated for Nov. 4, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., stopped by KATC studios today to announce his re-election bid in advance of qualifying for the race.” – KATC

“The authors of the letter contend that while the bill is aimed at reversing the environmental damages suit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies, its language would nullify lawsuits already filed against BP for damages from the oil spill by dozens of governmental entities that are not specifically cited in the law as being entitled to file such claims.” – NOLA.com

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