Holy Cross residents say PR campaign is ginning up support for riverfront development | The Lens
A battle over perception is brewing where the Industrial Canal meets the river. A developer wants to put apartment buildings on the old site of the Holy Cross school. Neighbors say the project doesn’t fit their neighborhood, and their voices are being drowned out by a public-relations campaign.
In a companion audio piece produced for WWNO, residents describe their concerns that the project will change the character of their neighborhood.
Big Airport Improvements on the Runway | The New York Times – The $826 million expansion plan at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport includes a sleek new terminal with sweeping metal curves, glass walls and an on-site hotel, all to be completed before the city’s 300th anniversary in May 2018.
Oil and gas industry looking to kill lawsuits from Jefferson, Plaquemines over wetlands | The Lens
“I think it’s being driven by Big Oil,” said John Carmouche, part of the Baton Rouge-based law firm that filed the parishes’ lawsuits. “Big Oil is the party that destroyed the coast and is responsible. They are trying to get immunity from the courts.”
Guest commentary: Why is lawsuit such a bad idea? | The New Orleans Advocate — Tulane law professor Oliver Houck writes:
That is all the levee board suit is asking: not that this industry be heaped in blame, not that it pay for all harm, just that it pay its share. If our legislators wanted to get real about this, instead of killing the messenger they would arrange a settlement in which all contribute commensurate with the damage they’ve caused. Please remind me: Why is that such a bad idea?
Series of Small Earthquakes Rock Oklahoma in Record Seismic Activity | Reuters – Oklahoma has been hit with a record number of small earthquakes over the past few years, a phenomenon some scientists believe may be caused by increased oil and gas exploration.
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Louisiana case over execution protocol | The Lens – The court won’t consider a lower-court ruling that says a death-row inmate doesn’t have a right to know how he will be executed.
Rape kit testing in Louisiana | Gambit – Reporter Alex Woodward describes a bill that would require all law-enforcement agencies in Louisiana to inventory their rape kit backlogs and report them to the state.
NOPD consent decree’s rules on paid police details survive legal challenge | The New Orleans Advocate – U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan ruled against New Orleans police associations’ wide-ranging challenges to the new City Hall-managed off-duty detail system.
Government & Politics
McAllister caught in extramarital encounter (video) | Hanna Newspapers: News – The Ouachita Citizen published a video reportedly showing U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister “passionately kissing and embracing a member of his congressional staff.” McAllister issued an apology yesterday.
Why The Real Scandal Isn’t Congressman Vance McAllister’s Philandering | CenLamar – Blogger Lamar White, who notes that McAllister’s support of Medicaid expansion angered some Republicans, wonders who is behind the leaked video:
Congressman McAllister’s constituents may be outraged by his infidelity, but the country should be more concerned that someone with a cell phone camera walked into a federal office, turned off the lights, and recorded the office’s security terminal. Adultery may be a sin, but it’s not a crime.
Committee Rejects Cap on Pay Day Loans | LaPolitics – The state House Commerce Committee voted against a bill that would have limited annual interest rates on short-term “payday loans” to 36 percent.
‘Crazy Crawfish’ education blogger to challenge Chas Roemer for BESE seat | NOLA.com – Jason France, an education blogger who calls himself “Crazy Crawfish,” is a critic of the state’s Common Core implementation and its charter and voucher-focused education overhauls.
Louisiana students leave millions of dollars on the table for college, researchers say | NOLA.com – Just half of Louisiana students apply for federal tuition grants for college. In the New Orleans area, 47 percent of public school students apply, compared to 72 percent of their private school peers. As a result, students in the state are missing out on tens of millions in financial aid.