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

“Three people have been arrested for allegedly keeping a transgender woman as a slave in the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.” – Monroe News-Star

“In front of a large sign-carrying, anti-fracking crowd, the St. Tammany Parish Council decided Thursday night to go to court to fight a proposed oil drilling project near Mandeville. By unanimous vote, the council adopted a resolution to hire outside attorneys to seek a court judgment and injunction to block the state Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation from issuing drilling permits in St. Tammany.” – NOLA.com

“Lucky No. 7. The Philadelphia Phillies selected Aaron Nola with the seventh pick in the MLB draft Thursday night, quickly ending any suspense for LSU’s All-America hurler.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics wants Governor Bobby Jindal to veto a bill that would allow one of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s deputy mayors to head the Sewerage and Water Board.” – Fox 8 Live

“Jefferson Parish President John Young on Thursday asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to veto legislation that would kill an environmental damages lawsuit filed against energy companies by the east bank levee authority, saying the changes could jeopardize claims the the parish has filed against BP for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.” – NOLA.com

“In a move that intensified the simmering antagonism between the city-parish government’s top lawyer and a faction of the Baton Rouge Metro Council, Parish Attorney Mary Roper recently fired off a public records request to review emails, texts and social media correspondences of five council members.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“An Allen Parish schoolteacher was charged Thursday with several sex crimes after complaints of sexual contact between him and students were reported to the Sheriff’s Office.” – Lake Charles American Press

States with higher levels of corruption, like Louisiana, tend to spend more money on construction, highways and police protection rather than health, education and welfare, a study found. Budget items like construction projects offer more opportunity for government officials to use public money for personal gain, according to a study highlighted in Governing Magazine that correlates public corruption convictions with budget spending.” – NOLA.com

“The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board debated until late Thursday its $441.1 million general operating budget, its first such debate, but will not vote on the spending plan until June 19. The debate didn’t begin until 10 p.m., five hours after the board meeting began.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“For a second straight off-season, major change is coming to Louisiana High School Football. One year after the LHSAA adopted an unprecedented ‘split’ playoff of public and private schools, there is more fracture on the way.” – KATC

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