Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-16-14)

“Hi everyone, I’m here to answer your questions on immigration and border security, and I’ll get to as many as possible.” – Sen. David Vitter/Facebook

Legacy lawsuits have been filed by some of Louisiana’s wealthiest and most powerful people. Former Gov. Mike Foster, despite being a champion of tort reform, won a large settlement against Exxon to clean up his property in St. Mary Parish. One-time Democratic Party Chairman Buddy Leach saw his clean-up efforts tied up in messy litigation even after his $15 million settlement. Lake Charles oilman and big bucks campaign contributor Bill Dore won the largest remediation judgment to date – $57 million – after his oil industry colleagues turned their back on him.” – WWL-TV

“Lafayette Police along with Louisiana State Police are reminding the public to avoid the area around the UL Lafayette campus and Girard Park today while they continue to investigate the situation.” – KPEL

“Republican Sen. David Vitter’s Super PAC now can claim its first donor of over $100,000, and now has $1.79 million to boost his 2015 gubernatorial campaign, according to its latest financial filing with the Federal Election Commission.” – NOLA.com

“U.S. District Judge John V. Parker, the long-serving Baton Rouge federal judge best known for ordering cross-town busing as part of his oversight of the divisive East Baton Rouge Parish school desegregation suit, died Monday night.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Road Home Program was supposed to help revitalize the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and while the program has had some benefits, the repayment process has become a nightmare for some residents.” – WWL-TV

“Despite fewer routes and fewer vehicles since Hurricane Katrina struck nine years ago, public transit in New Orleans costs comparatively more than several similarly-sized cities, according to a new study that analyzed federal data of transit systems nationwide.” – NOLA.com

“While his campaign for the U.S. Senate has so far been defined by money and endorsements from national tea party groups, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness of Mandeville could soon have the backing of the Family Research Council’s Action PAC, or political action committee.” – LAPolitics.com

“On the final day of the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers signed off on a measure that creates bigger retirement pay for just two people: State Police Col. Mike Edmonson and a lower-ranking state trooper.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed an amendment to its energy and water development appropriations bill for 2015 that would prevent federal energy officials from using a recent report on LNG exports and greenhouse gases to determine public interest.” – Lake Charles American Press

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