Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-22-14)

The happiest five cities are all in Louisiana, with Lafayette taking the crown (Louisiana is also the happiest state). The unhappiest cities, after New York City, are St. Joseph, Mo.; South Bend, Ind.; Erie, Penn.; and the Evansville, Ind.-Henderson, Ky. area.” – Marketwatch

“Police in Lafayette say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a July 16 bomb threat that closed the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. At a news conference Tuesday, Lafayette police and FBI agents identified the suspect as Devin Haywood of Lafayette.” – KATC

“Among a number of high-profile issues before the Metro Council this week, the council will introduce Wednesday an amendment to the city-parish code of ordinances to bar possession of firearms or other weapons in the City Hall building, located at 222 St. Louis St.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“On Wednesday, the Metro Council will again be asked to vote on an ordinance that will impact LGBT people in the capital city. The proposal, which is similar to laws passed in Shreveport and New Orleans, is a local law that bans discrimination of gays, lesbians and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“‘It is an executive overreach in my view,’ said Dardenne about the governor’s approach to the Common Core issue. ‘I am at a loss to see how this is beneficial to the students of Louisiana.'” – NOLA.com

“State Rep. John Bel Edwards on Monday accused Gov. Bobby Jindal of creating calamity for Louisiana’s next governor through bad budgeting and poor political decisions.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Forecasters said a tropical depression that formed over the Atlantic on Monday continued moving westward as of Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds remain at 35 mph.” – WAFB

“Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot, 300-pound three-star defensive tackle signee from Texas, punched through a glass window in the LSU weight room Monday, tearing muscles to the bone, multiple sources said.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about a controversial proposal to frack for oil near Mandeville, stating among other things that steps to avoid wetlands impacts have not been taken and noting other possibly less problematic drilling sites have not been considered.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana State Capitol will likely resemble a prison or a demolition site for months while crews dig up parts of parking lots, install security checkpoints, reroute traffic and take steps to increase security.” – Shreveport Times

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