Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-25-14)

We had the guys from Helis in studio Thursday morning to give their side of the fracking debate and let you get a chance to directly give them your questions and concerns.” – Denny Schaffer/WRNO

“That picture was taken after, sources say, Riser helped introduce legislation that will boost Edmonson’s retirement. Sources say Sen. Neil Riser is behind the amendment, voted on in the final day of last month’s legislative session. Documents show Senate staffer Laura Sullivan inserted the amendment in the bill. Sullivan is a staff member assigned to the revenue and fiscal affairs committee, a committee that Riser heads.” – Fox 8 Live

“Specialty chemicals maker Stepan Co. announced the company will complete front-end engineering and design work for a potential $60 million to $70 million chemical production facility in the existing industrial corridor of Ascension Parish.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Some Republicans, including Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, said Congress shouldn’t act on any emergency spending requests until President Barack Obama takes steps to toughen immigration enforcement.” – NOLA.com

“With a temperate climate and generous tax incentives, Louisiana has been luring the California-based film industry south, creating thousands of new jobs and businesses in the process.” – ClickOn Detroit

“Shrugging off threats of litigation, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday narrowly approved a new map that reduces from 11 to nine the number of representatives serving on the School Board starting Jan. 1.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Lee called for Freeman’s removal because she said he is no longer living in his board district – he recently took a job at Oklahoma State University and is traveling back and forth, but says he still considers Baton Rouge his primary residence as his family is here. Freeman doesn’t plan to run again, but wants to finish out his term.” – NOLA.com

Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office were at the home and offices of St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta Friday morning.” – WWL-TV

“Community leaders in support of the so-called ‘fairness ordinance’ spent weeks preparing for Wednesday night’s Metro Council meeting, coordinating phone calls and emails to build support for a proposed law to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians only to watch council members kick the vote to a meeting in three weeks.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Overlooking the fields at the Greenbrier where the Saints will begin practice at the Greenbrier on Friday morning, Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis finally on Thursday put to bed the biggest story of the team’s offseason: Jimmy Graham’s contract.” – WWL-TV

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