Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-12-14)

The first lawsuit over Common Core education standards goes to court today while students across the state are also returning to school.” – WBRZ

“The incentives Louisiana designed to draw the film industry have succeeded wildly, but the state might be able to generate an even greater economic impact by allowing the tax credits to offset the taxes on oil and gas production or other taxes, said Patrick Mulhearn, executive director at Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“With former Gov. Edwin Edwards more than likely serving as the Democrats’ best hope of seizing the 6th Congressional District, attention is turning to whether the state party will get behind the candidate, who was in federal prison just a few years ago.” – LAPolitics.com

After six years of state worker layoffs, no rank-and-file state employees have been targeted for pink slips this budget year.” – Lafayette Independent

“State Police reported they found 300 pounds of suspected marijuana in the cargo area of a Mississippi man’s vehicle following a Sunday morning traffic stop on Interstate 12 near Hammond.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A victory in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s battle to reduce the size of the local Juvenile Court bench seemed within grasp this spring, when he pushed through a law eliminating two seats. But that effort has hit a snag. Secretary of State Tom Schedler has indicated that he will, despite the new law, put five of the bench’s six seats on the ballot this fall.” – NOLA.com

A renewed effort is being launched to clear the growing homeless encampment underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway, as city officials began handing out letters calling for people to vacate the area below the structure.” – WWL-TV

“A Baton Rouge gun dealer known nationally as the star of Discovery Channel’s reality television show ‘Sons of Guns’ was arrested over the weekend, accused of recently molesting a girl at his Greenwell Springs Road home.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.” – KATC

It’s a play in which we’ve seen Cooks explode a couple of times already this training camp. The wide receiver snatched a bubble-screen pass, dashed through the holes created by his blockers and zipped through the open field in an instant.” – NOLA.com

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