News roundup: Dead Poet bar opening in Baton Rouge this week … Louisiana failed drug test rate exceeds national average … Flooding chipping away at home values on Mississippi coast

    Poe, Yeats, Whitman: A poet-themed bar is opening this Saturday in the East Boyd Plaza near LSU, the bar has announced. Dead Poet: Beer, Cocktails and Music will pay homage to deceased songwriters, poets, and comedians, ranging from Freddie Mercury to Tupac Shakur, through a series of indoor murals by local artist Ellen Ogden. Business partners Remi de Matteo, Rusty White and Chuck Brechtel have been working on the concept for the past year. Daily Report has more details.

    Random testing: At 5.7%, Louisiana’s positive drug test rate in 2017 was considerably higher than the national average of 4.2%, according to Quest Diagnostics’ drug testing index, KPLC-TV reports. Southwest Louisiana is one of the densest failed drug test areas in the state. Read the full story.  

    Rising water, sinking values: Sea-level rise is already hurting home prices in certain communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a new analysis finds, erasing some $264 million in value since 2005, The Clarion Ledger reports. Scientists from First Street Foundation and Columbia University on Monday said Bay St. Louis, in particular, has seen the greatest property value decline of any community along the Coast, totaling about $95 million. Homes in affected areas of the city would be worth 49%  more if not for the risk of tidal flooding. Read the full story.  

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