Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (7-30-14)

“They said the new land, more than 18 square miles formed since the early 1970s, is providing hope that man-made sediment diversions along the Mississippi River could produce similar results by 2035, as predicted by the state’s coastal Master Plan. It’s also helping scientists design diversions to try to rebuild land elsewhere in the state.” – NOLA.com

“Close to 45,000 Louisiana policyholders could see the rates for their health coverage jump anywhere from 10 percent to nearly 20 percent next year, and the state’s largest insurer says the Affordable Care Act is a major reason.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Chamber spokeswoman Blair Latoff Holmes said the business advocacy group ‘has not made any decisions on the Louisiana Senate race.’ But people familiar with the chamber’s endorsement process say the chamber’s political team wants to endorse her, though the group’s political affairs committee has not ratified the recommendation.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy wants the Louisiana State Police Retirement Board to avoid any delay in probing a controversial measure by the Legislature. Now an LSPRS official says board attorneys are reviewing the measure in detail.” – Fox 8 Live

“If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats, according to pollsters and consultants, surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor looks like.” – Jeremy Alford/Houma Courier

“African Americans have for years outnumbered white people in Baton Rouge, so do black residents still need the federal government to protect them from being disenfranchised at the polls? According to plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana, which goes to trial Monday (Aug 4), they do.” – NOLA.com

“In a bit of an unexpected twist, conservative Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is backing the federal Environmental Protection Agency in its dispute with the U.S. Army over explosives at a North Louisiana base.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Bossier City’s fleet of police cars is continuing to experience an environmental transformation, with the planned addition of more clean fuel vehicles. ” – KSLA

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday denied a request from the Sierra Club for a rehearing on the recent approval of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Hackberry.” – Lake Charles American Press

The asininity level has reached new heights, or rather depths, from all sides of Louisiana’s battle over the Common Core education standards.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

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