We recently did our fourth survey of every school zone light in the city. They're supposed to flash every morning and afternoon that school is in session. Many more lights are working now than before -- almost 80 percent. When we checked before, it was 40 to 50 percent.
The New Orleans Police Department has reduced response times for emergencies. They’ve done that in part by lowering the importance of some 911 calls. Department leaders say they need to prioritize life-threatening situations in order to manage the workload. But are they overlooking some true emergencies?
Continuing revenue sharing from offshore oil development and money from BP fines will bring more than $1.5 billion to coastal parishes in the next four decades. State officials hope strong regulation coupled with the prospect of matching money will have parish leaders proposing projects to benefit coastal protection.
Until The Lens investigated last month, only one charter school board in New Orleans may have been fully complying with a two-year-old state law that requires public bodies to post their minutes online, or an older law that requires the same for their agendas.