Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-1-14)

Livingston Parish received a potentially devastating blow to its finances Monday when a three-judge panel denied the parish’s $59 million in claims against the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. Parish President Layton Ricks said he was shocked to learn the panel awarded the parish nothing.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Changing course on Common Core would cost Louisiana an additional $25.2 million over five years, according to documents that state Education Superintendent John White released Monday. His disclosure came in response to a request from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, as the high-level head-butting over national academic standards in Louisiana moves from news conferences to a committee room, possibly on its way to the courthouse.” – NOLA.com

Following more than a year of delays, BP has paid the first 100 of about 10,000 medical claims filed by Gulf Coast residents and cleanup workers affected by the 2010 oil spill.” – WWL-TV

“The design team of SWA Group has been selected to create a master plan for the rehabilitation of the LSU lakes, an initiative being spearheaded by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state’s east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a Congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.” – KPEL

Louisiana’s 2014 Senate race now has a contract. The question will be who signs on. Echoing a campaign tactic that worked famously for the Republicans in 1994, retired Col. Rob Maness will unveil his ‘Contract With Louisiana’ later today in Houma.” – NOLA.com

“Last night, the Greater New Orleans Republicans voted to endorse Dr. Bill Cassidy for the United States Senate. Dr. Cassidy also has received the endorsements of the Jefferson, St. Tammany, Rapides, Washington and Terrebonne Republican Executive Committees and the Louisiana Republican Party.” – Dead Pelican

“Increased seatbelt use and cuts in impaired driving have helped reduce the number of people killed in crashes in Louisiana and across the nation, but state officials say less progress has been made in reducing speeding, another major factor in those deaths.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“As the impact of bullets wounding 10 people on a popular block of Bourbon Street early Sunday continues to reverberate throughout New Orleans, city lawmakers expressed either measured outrage or said nothing at all Monday.” – NOLA.com

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