Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-11-14)

“Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is asking Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about Obama administration plans to temporarily house Central American children crossing the United States borders and how many could end up in Louisiana.” – NOLA.com

“Three leaders of the state’s top school board Thursday proposed a onetime use of controversial Common Core test questions for the 2014-15 school year, as well as traditional Louisiana exam questions, in a bid to strike a compromise with Gov. Bobby Jindal.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Certain aspects of the deal suggest the proposed compromise could simply be smoke and mirrors. Even the original PARCC test plan would have been a mix of national and state questions, since PARCC only produces math and English tests, leaving science and social studies up to individual states.” – Daily Caller

“The House late Thursday approved a $34 billion spending bill for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation with several amendments offered by Louisiana lawmakers.” – NOLA.com

“If the Baton Rouge Metro Council approves annexing a 630-acre stretch of land in the southwest part of the parish into the city of Baton Rouge, it will cut the proposed city of St. George off from more than 5 square miles of land to the west that was intended to be a part of the new city.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Neighbors in the Central Business District say they can’t get any sleep because of noisy construction in the middle of the night. It’s going on while crews work to transform an abandoned office building into a new apartment building in the 200 block of Baronne Street.” – WWL-TV

“New Orleans is in a battle to stay afloat as it deals with major street crime, corrupt politicians, and a dysfunctional criminal justice system where even federal officials can no longer be trusted.  Author James Lee Burke writes about this corruption and dysfunction in his novel Last Car to Elysian Fields.  ‘One of the most beautiful cities in the Western hemisphere was killed three times, and not just by forces of nature.'” – Jim Brown

“The owner of hedge fund pleaded guilty to defrauding south Louisiana and Mississippi investors, including military veterans and survivors of Hurricane Katrina, out of millions of dollars, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“It appears Uber is officially in Baton Rouge, and with a big endorsement. LSU coach Les Miles is going to be the service’s first rider in Baton Rouge. He tweeted at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday: ‘Welcome to town @UBER_BTR! A great new service for Baton Rouge. Very excited to be Baton Rouge’s Rider Zero. LM'” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a south Louisiana flood board member who supports the board’s environmental lawsuit against the oil and gas industry has reached the end of his term.” – Shreveport Times

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