Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-18-14)

“The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for south central Louisiana until 1 p.m., as local governments warn of flooded roads and offer sand bags for residents. The warning area includes southeastern St. Landry Parish, northwestern Iberia Parish, western St. Martin Parish and all of Lafayette Parish.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for portions of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi until 6 p.m. on Friday. Louisiana parishes in the watch area include Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The fight to rid Camp Minden of the 15 million pounds of M6 propellant left behind by the now bankrupt Explo is being fought in Washington D.C.” – KSLA

“A last-ditch effort to resolve Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent John White’s fight over Common Core academic standards and new tests went nowhere Thursday. A court date is all but certain to follow.” – NOLA.com

“I start writing this as I am still listening to a phone press conference by Jindal Chief of Staff Kyle Plotkin, about the governor’s meeting with State school superintendent John White regarding procurement contracts relating to the state’s school tests (which, of course, are related to the overall debate about the Common Core standards, although Plotkin went to great pains to say that the meeting in this case was only about procurement and not about the Core). I write to suggest that Plotkin should walk back some of his comments, or at least disavow some unfortunate implications thereof.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has given the state school board the go ahead to hire private attorneys to fight Gov. Bobby Jindal in court over school testing contracts if necessary.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that Essen Lane will be closed at the railroad crossing south of I-10 on Friday at 9 p.m. through Monday at 5 a.m.” – WAFB

“A federal magistrate judge on Thursday slammed the government’s case against a Baton Rouge man accused in an international smuggling ring, describing the evidence against him as weak and paving the way for the alleged smuggler to be set free on bail Friday morning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Some health insurance providers in Louisiana have submitted rate increase proposals that have raised red flags among the state’s regulators. The rate increases are for policies that will be sold through the state’s exchange in 2015. Consumers will be able to purchase these policies beginning on November 15, when the exchanges latest open enrollment period is scheduled to begin. The rate increase proposals coming from insurers are to be reviewed by the state’s insurance regulators.” – Live Insurance News

“A nearly $2 billion project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to south Louisiana. A China-based company plans to open a new methanol plant on the Mississippi River in St. James Parish. Officials say it’s the first major direct investment from China to Louisiana.” – WAFB

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