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

Edwards was on his way to the St. Charles Parish Crawfish Cook-Off Festival, a benefit for the Shriners where he would serve as a celebrity judge along with heavyweight boxing great Evander Holyfield and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, among others. First, however, the former governor would have to contend with the law. As his motorcade continued south through the town of LaPlace in St. John the Baptist Parish, Labat spotted a white Ford police interceptor whipping around from the northbound lanes. After the motorcade ran some more red lights, the police car maneuvered its way through the motorcycles, and soon it was flanking the Escalade, lights flashing. ‘Get over!’ the deputy inside mouthed.” – National Journal

“While the stop was for a stolen license plate, the report details that Jefferson Parish deputies found much more. The van was more than it seemed at first glance.” – WAFB

“Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a warrant to begin the extradition process for Bourbon Street shooting suspect Trung T. Le.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The years that followed Nagin’s election gave voters the answers about Nagin. His image of cool competency began to break down. New Orleans, awash in the Katrina catastrophe, was saddled with a mayor in over his head and — as we now know — corrupt.” – NOLA.com

“With the issue of the Affordable Care Act sure to play a major role in the U.S. Senate election in Louisiana this year, it’s no surprise that the best-funded Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, recently released a campaign commercial highlighting his opposition to it — and to congressional shenanigans in the bargain.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Next month, Louisiana will start enforcing a new law prohibiting employers and schools from requiring their employees and students to turn over their online media accounts for monitoring. But it isn’t the only state to address social media privacy.” – NOLA.com

“LSU is forging ahead with plans to reunite its law school and main campus, and leaders say the process is on track to be completed by Jan. 1.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Just in time for back-to-school shopping, most retail purchases in Louisiana are exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2. The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday applies to most individual consumer purchases of tangible personal property.” – KATC

“The University of New Orleans will join the growing number of smoke-free college campuses in Louisiana.” – WWL-TV

“The debate over whether to expand Medicaid could be a key issue in the competitive Senate races in Louisiana and Mississippi, political experts say.” – Shreveport Times

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