Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-1-14)

“Congressman Bill Cassidy can’t seem to catch a break these days.” – Sam Hanna/Ouachita Citizen

“Slug a referee at your child’s sports game? You’ll face jail time. Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You’ll have to head outside because minors are barred from the tanning bed. Want to snoop in your employee’s social media accounts? You’ll hit roadblocks. Those are among 551 new laws on the books that take effect Friday, passed by lawmakers in the legislative session that ended in June.” – WWL-TV

“You might not have noticed, what with the typical Louisiana heat and humidity, but three cold fronts in July pushed Baton Rouge to some atypical low temperatures. And for that record relief, we can thank the Canadians.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

On their first day on the job, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and new Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, couldn’t muster enough votes to pass a GOP bill to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the U.S. border.” – NOLA.com

“A train derailment in Baton Rouge is causing traffic delays for drivers trying to get around the city, but officials said there were no chemical spills associated with it.” – WAFB

Bonds to raise money to repay Entergy Corp. for getting the lights back on after Hurricane Isaac were sold earlier this week, state regulators announced Thursday. The slow-moving hurricane with sustained winds of about 67 mph dumped rain and caused flooding throughout south Louisiana in August 2012.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The accolades for LSU’s Tiger Stadium never seem to stop pouring in. And now LSU is pouring it on with a hype video for the new-look South end zone expansion.” – NOLA.com

“The widow of legendary Louisiana political writer John Maginnis has endowed a scholarship in his name at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, which Maginnis attended. She and his closest associates have asked Maginiss’ friends to remember him through donations to the scholarship fund.” – LAPolitics.com

“Saints cornerback and future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey was not at the team’s workout Friday morning, the second consecutive workout where media members did not notice the 36-year-old free agent acquisition.” – WWL-TV

“Big-ticket commercial building projects, more home remodeling and an increase in homebuilding activity lifted the value of building permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish by 52 percent for the first half of the year over 2013. The value of building permits issued by the city-parish Department of Public Works Inspection Division through the end of June was $453 million, compared with $298 million in permits issued during the same period in 2013.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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