Low Popahirum, Louisiana Edition (8-18-14)

“In another positive sign for Republicans seeking to oust 3-time incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., her main challenger now has more money than her, according to campaign finance reports. He raised more recently, too.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“The website for the state Department of Education has been shut down because of the state’s refusal to make payments, Superintendent of Education John White said Monday morning. White is embroiled with the Jindal administration in a dispute over testing contracts.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) has ordered a legal counsel review all of the flights taken over her 18 years of service in the Senate, as well as office methods for separating Senate and campaign expenses.” – Washington Free Beacon

“National Hurricane Center meteorologists are tracking the potential development of a broad low pressure area in the central Atlantic Ocean, but they give it a low chance of becoming a tropical depression during the week.” – NOLA.com

A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal’s actions against the standards. The judge will hear arguments in the preliminary injunction request.” – WAFB

Washington served on the Central City Council from the city’s founding in 2005 until he lost his re-election campaign this year. In 2013, he declared he was switching parties to become a Republican, and became the highest-ranking black Republican in municipal government.” – NOLA.com

“More than 1,200 LSU students are going through sorority rush this week, as interest in Greek life continues to grow at LSU. It’s likely a record for the school — at least in recent decades, leaders say. Later this week, 872 guys will go through fraternity rush, another recent record.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Supt. Ronal Serpas, who has led the NOPD for just over four years, will retire, City Council President Stacy Head confirmed in an email Monday morning.” – WWL-TV

“Prosecutors will not file charges against Baton Rouge singer Allison Collins following her February arrest on domestic abuse violence, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Caddo schools superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree is expected to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the latest developments in the investigation into grade changes at Booker T. Washington.” – KSLA

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