Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-24-14)

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. The funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30, and the contract’s total value so far to more than $1.3 billion.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Fewer people have attended LSU football games the last three seasons, but Tiger Stadium will still be bigger and reach a wider audience in 2014.” – WWL-TV

“Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is joining with a Republican and independent senator to offer legislation that would provide tax credits for businesses that provide paid leave for their employees.” – NOLA.com

“In a sign of rising tensions over Common Core, state Superintendent of Education John White told Louisiana’s top school board Wednesday that he is being unfairly targeted personally for possible wrongdoing by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration and its allies.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Some Shreveport and Bossier City residents may be in the dark until Sunday after a storm packing 60-mile-an-hour winds rolled through the region Wednesday.” – Shreveport Times

“Road Home, a $9.7 billion rebuilding program often criticized since its inception in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, needs to do better by the residents it was created to serve, according to a coalition of housing advocates.” – NOLA.com

“Don Alvey of Paducah, Kentucky, is fighting leukemia and loves Duck Dynasty. On his way home from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, he and his wife Judy stopped in West Monroe to eat at Willie’s Duck Diner and see the sights.” – Monroe News-Star

“As the debate examining prohibiting late term abortions has unfolded, I can’t help but think of my youngest grandson who was born a few years ago, weighing only 2 lbs 5 oz at 28 weeks. After his birth, I spent a lot of time with him in the neonatal intensive care unit, watching him grow stronger every day until he was able to finally go home with his family.” – Rob Maness/Breitbart

“There’s no easing into things when the Saints officially report for the start of their 2014 training camp at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on Thursday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“In the event that term-limited Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, qualifies this fall for the open seat in House District 97, as expected, then friends of Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, say he’ll mount a bid for Murray’s seat if the senator wins.” – LAPolitics.com

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