Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-13-14)

“Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has refunded taxpayers $3,200 for a charter flight bill that was paid by her Senate office but should have been paid by her campaign.” – WWL-TV

“Once again, legislation that would allow hail-a-cab apps like Uber to operate in New Orleans is on the table, this time before the full New Orleans City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, August 14.” – New Orleans Gambit

“The Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Tuesday its plans to host a tax amnesty program for 30 days in October and November.” – NOLA.com

“The average Louisiana borrower has debt of just under $4,200 in collection. And while that’s the lowest average amount among all U.S. states, a new analysis from financial news website 24/7 Wall Street says the financial distress in the Pelican State is far more widespread than in most other states. Nearly 44% of Louisiana residents residents with credit histories had debt in collection last year, which is the fifth highest rate in the nation.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the latest public figures to take part in the ‘ice bucket challenge‘ — a social media-driven awareness campaign for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. First Lady Supriya Jindal dumped an ice cold bucket of water onto the governor’s head in a video that Jindal’s administration posted to YouTube Wednesday morning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A Lake Pontchartrain shark expert quickly and easily caught two bull sharks Tuesday evening in the same area where a young boy was attacked on Friday.” – NOLA.com

“The Coast Guard is investigating a multiple vessel collision on the Mississippi River near Gretna, early Wednesday.” – WWL-TV

“Monday’s article describing a $250,000 plan to install floating, illuminated fountains along a block of drainage canal on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie divided readers. A mix of public and private money is paying for the project.” – NOLA.com

“About 160 of Louisiana’s local officials are barred from signing up for re-election bids next week because of an age restriction that drew little attention as it breezed to legislative passage. The law change prohibits anyone 70 years old or older from running for justice of the peace or constable in Louisiana.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Marc Ehrhardt, executive director for the New Orleans-based Grow Louisiana Coalition, told the American Press on Tuesday that a key to industry’s long-term success in Louisiana is to make sure the state’s small businesses are part of their growth.” – Lake Charles American Press

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