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THROWDOWN IN BATON ROUGE: SB 672, the pay raise proposal for state legislators, is about to be debated in the state legislature. At the moment, the house is in session, but they seem to have skipped over the bill for the time being in favor of other business....

RON FORMAN'S BUG HOUSE: The Audubon Insectarium opens to the public at noon (see Sarah Andert's cover story in this week's Gambit for all the deets). Right now they're having a block party on Canal Street...

THEY'RE TRYING TO WASH THEM AWAY: Cedar Rapids, Iowa is in a world of hurt as the Cedar River inundates much of the city. Bruce at the New Orleans News Ladder has a wrapup with photos...

TALKIN' ABOUT NEW ORLEANS: USA Today has features on the insectarium and the new Southern Food & Beverage Museum. (Lots more on the latter in next week's Gambit.) And The New York Times gushes over Kidd Jordan, oh so deservedly...

FEST FEST FEST: This weekend in the 1/4: the Creole Tomato Festival, the Cajun/Zydeco Festival, and the Louisiana Seafood Festival. On the days you wonder why you live in this place...this is why, baby.

More later on the pay raise.

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