War chests: Republican Jeff Landry’s campaign war chest dwarfs other statewide elected officials other than the governor as the Oct. 12 primary election approaches, The News Star reports. Landry raised $356,658 during the latest campaign finance reporting period with a whopping $1.9 million in the bank for his re-election campaign. He is the only one of his fellow office holders outside Gov. John Bel Edwards with more than $1 million in the bank, illustrating the difficulty of down-ballot fund-raising. Read the full campaign finance report.
Testing, testing: A data-gathering sensor from the U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers is being attached to the American Queen steamboat to give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River. Although 3,700 sensors are already in fixed locations along the river, officials say the American Queen’s mobile device, which will pass through Baton Rouge on its routes, will help build a larger picture of water quality as the vessel travels from Minnesota to Louisiana. Read the full story.
Industriousness: U.S. factory output increased in August at a solid clip, reversing a sharp drop in July, as the production of metals, machinery and chemicals all rose. The Federal Reserve said this morning that manufacturing production climbed 0.5% last month, after a 0.4% drop in July. Despite the improvement, manufacturers will likely continue to struggle. Manufacturing output fell in the first two quarters of this year, the first time that’s happened since 2016. In the past 12 months, factory output has dropped 0.4%. See the report.