Around the South for Sep. 28: LA, TN/SC & FL


Louisiana: Flood aid may be delayed amid government shut-down. The US Senate yesterday refused to pass a spending bill that included $500 million in aid for flooding in Louisiana. Most Democrats opposed the bill because it does not include money for Flint, Michigan, currently undergoing a lead-in-the-water crisis. Republicans say Flint will be covered in other legislation.  If the Senate is unable to reach a compromise by COB Friday, it may force the federal government to shut down on Oct. 1. Stay tuned ……. Tennessee/South Carolina: Congress set to override veto of Saudi lawsuit bill. The US Senate is expected today to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Two of the Senate’s top foreign policy experts, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), tried to come up with an alternative proposal that would avoid the override, but without success. If successful, the override would be the first for President Obama during his more than seven years in office ……. Florida: Voters support medical marijuana. A poll taken for the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows that 71% of voters favor the ballot initiative that would allow physicians to prescribe cannabis for illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. The measure needs a 60% vote to pass; two years ago, a similar amendment received 58% …….