Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-11-14)

“Conventional wisdom holds Louisiana’s Senate race this November will be decided in a runoff. Is it possible the conventional wisdom is wrong?” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says it’s important to focus on the most dangerous part of President Barack Obama’s legacy, which he describes as efforts to redefine the American Dream.” – Alexandria Town Talk

“A violent weekend in New Orleans saw 16 people shot and five people killed.  So far, 90 people have been murdered in 2014 — two less than at the same time last year.” – WWL-TV

“Louisiana was the second-most expensive state in which to operate a motor vehicle, according to online personal finance firm Bankrate.com. The average driver in Louisiana spends $2,555 a year for gasoline, insurance and repairs, according to the report. On average, Louisiana drivers spend $1,277 a year on insurance. Only Wyoming was more expensive than Louisiana, at $2,705.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Officials are researching the possibility of breed-specific legislation following three unprovoked attacks by pit bulls and a pit bull mix in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes since March.” – NOLA.com

“Matt Derenbecker, one of the best prep basketball players in Louisiana high school history, has died.” – WDSU

“The Wall Street Journal reports Blackstone Group, a New York City private equity firm, is nearing an agreement to purchase half of Royal Dutch Shell’s stake in the Haynesville Shale in northwest Louisiana.” – NOLA.com

“Usually, congressional incumbents enter re-election campaigns awash in cash from lobbyists, colleagues and partisans. U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister reported receiving $20,500 from various political action committees on Friday, April 4. The following Monday, a security video showed the traditional family values Christian planting a lingering kiss in the dark on one of his aides. That pretty much ended his fundraising.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice on a rainy Monday morning after missing Friday’s win against the St. Louis Rams, and sitting out of practice Sunday.” – WWL-TV

“LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was asked lots of questions about the quarterback position during LSU Media Day. He said he is getting them all prepared to be starters.” – WAFB

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