The count: homeless young people who are victims of trafficking

19 percent
SOURCE: Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project. Nearly one in five young people experiencing homelessness were the victims of human trafficking, according to a report from Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project.

The count: percentage of Louisianans who approve Medicaid expansion

72 percent
Source: 2017 Louisiana Survey, Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Louisiana residents may love Medicaid dollars — but they don't like "Obamacare."

The count: Trump's approval rating in Lousiana

58 percent
SOURCE: University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP GOT 58 PERCENT OF LOUISIANA'S VOTE in last year's presidential election — and while his national approval rating is 35 percent (according to a Quinnipiac survey last week), people in the Pelican State think he's doing a good job.

The count: New Orleans' position on list of cities where drivers spend the most time on their phones

No. 1
SOURCE: Life360, a tech company that tracks automobile safety. HEY, NEW ORLEANS: HANG UP THE PHONE.

The count: tourists who came to New Orleans in 2016

10.45 million
SOURCE: The University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center IF YOU THINK THE CITY WAS PARTICULARLY TOURIST-THRONGED last year, you're right; the number was the highest since 2004 (before Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods) and a 6.9 percent increase over 2015, according to a study released last week by the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center.

The count: American voters who support the GOP's "American Health Care Act"

24 percent
SOURCE: PUBLIC POLICY POLLING SURVEY OF 808 REGISTERED VOTERS, MARCH 10-12. THE ROLLOUT OF THE LONG-AWAITED REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE REFORM wasn't greeted well last week, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP).

The count: number of days U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite will have served since taking office in 2013

Update: After Gambit went to press, it was announced President Donald Trump asked all remaining United States attorneys to resign, including U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite in New Orleans, who already gave notice.

The count: The low temperature on Fat Tuesday, which broke the old record of 69 degrees

71°
Source: National Weather Service New Orleans. New orleans just experienced its warmest february on record, and the temperatures on Mardi Gras were no exception.

The count: what Burger King paid (in cash) for Popeye's

$1.8 billion
IN 1972, NATIVE NEW ORLEANIAN AL COPELAND opened a small fried chicken stand in Arabi. He later began franchising the restaurant, which he called Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and by the end of the 1980s there were hundreds of Popeyes outlets around the country.

The count: New Orleans bus stops that are not ADA compliant

2,092
Nearly 94 percent of New Orleans bus stops fail to meet the needs of disabled riders, and the city has until 2031 to update them. On Feb. 10, the city, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and its owner Transdev settled a lawsuit filed by three wheelchair users arguing the city's transit stops are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The count: the strength of a tornado that struck New Orleans East Feb. 7

EF-3
Source: National Weather Service New Orleans. The strongest recorded tornado in New Orleans history touched down Feb. 7 in New Orleans East, demolishing homes and businesses.

The count: 2017's estimated midyear state budget shortfall

$304 million
Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' office. The state Legislature is expected to go into special session this week to deal with the latest crisis to hit Louisiana coffers — a midyear budget deficit of more than $300 million.

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