Scheduling conflict: Gov. John Bel Edwards won’t have an inaugural ball to celebrate the start of his second term in office, a disruption to tradition caused by college football’s national championship game. The game is scheduled for the evening of Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the same night that the inaugural ball would usually be held. With the governor and other Louisiana football fans hoping LSU will reach the championship, Edwards announced Wednesday that the scheduling conflict will sideline the ball. Read the full story.
Cough, cough: See how the world’s most polluted air compares to Baton Rouge air quality with this new interactive data visualization from The New York Times. The interactive visualizes the damaging, tiny particles that can wreak havoc on human health using data from San Francisco to New Delhi. Use the data tool here.
Notable: ThreeSixtyEight co-founders Kenny Nguyen and Gus Murillo were named to Forbes magazine’s list of “All-star alumni” of Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 awards. Nguyen and Murillo made the list last year and were one of just three named to the alumni category for this year’s awards. Check out the list here.