Delgado nursing school eyes move to former Charity site | The New Orleans Advocate – Delgado is interested in expanding its nursing school to account for increased staffing demands once the University Medical Center and Veterans Affairs Medical Center are up and running. Charity may fit into Delgado’s plans.
City Council approves Central City development | WWL-TV – A struggling area in Central City will get a new commercial strip. “Plans are in the works to build a 97,829 square-foot retail development near the intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and Toledano Street. Tenants will include TJ Maxx, Ross, and Michaels.”
Hospital president talks about massive University Medical Center construction and privatization | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, the organization that runs Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary, has assumed management at Interim LSU Public Hospital, which will assume control of the massive new facility when it is completed in 2015. …
Under the terms of the agreement, Louisiana Children’s Medical Center pays the state $24.1 million to lease the current Interim LSU Public Hospital. The first year-lease for the new facility when it opens will come to $63.6 million …
The current hospital employs 2,000 people — about 98 percent of whom stayed on with the organization after Louisiana Children’s Medical Center took over … The new facility is expected to employ 3,000.
Government & Politics
The turbulent history behind the seven New Orleans municipal districts | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune — Geographer Richard Campanella explains how New Orleans’ municipal districts reflect the city’s expansion during the past 160-plus years.
Former state Rep. Girod Jackson pleads guilty to federal charges | WWL-TV – Former Jefferson Parish state Rep. Girod Jackson pleaded guilty Thursday to federal tax fraud and tax evasion charges, admitting he lowballed his construction company’s income by about $800,000 over two years and also willfully avoided filing tax returns for two years. “The guilty plea has been expected for months, but still marked a shocking fall for someone who not long ago reacted defiantly to Eyewitness Investigations into his questionable business dealings.”
State can’t sue over “Dirty Deeds” but individuals may | FOX 8 WVUE – From investigative reporter Lee Zurik’s story:
“We do not believe the state has a legal basis to file suit,” Assistant Attorney General Ryan Seidemann told the State Mineral Board Wednesday, summarizing 17 months of research on whether the state can get out of oil leases that date back to the Huey Long days.
Witnesses in 1993 Gentilly murder say the man they helped convict is innocent | The New Orleans Advocate – Two decades ago two witnesses testified that Jerome Morgan fired shots into a birthday party crowd. Yesterday they returned to the witness stand and said they lied. “Morgan’s attorney from the Innocence Project, Kristin Wenstrom, claims police prodded the two teenagers into falsely identifying Morgan, and prosecutors then hid the evidence that would have proved their story was impossible.”
Construction issues cause fractures at Orleans Parish School Board | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
The Orleans Parish School Board voted Thursday to accept the final piece of a property insurance settlement after a seven-year legal battle. The amount remains confidential but is estimated to be in the $100 million to $200 million range.
But the good news was overshadowed by evidence of school construction conflicts, including projects coming to a halt over minority contractor participation, and a power struggle between the district’s directors of facilities and minority contracts.
Study raises questions about vouchers | The Advocate – Columnist Dennis Persica looks into the curious methodology behind a new study by EducationNext that claims the state’s school voucher program improves diversity at area schools. This observation really stood out:
Another oddity of the report is the fact that it uses the Census Bureau’s Core Based Statistical Area to determine the racial makeup of the area in which a school resides. For New Orleans, the CBSA is known as the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner CBSA. It includes not only the communities named in its title but also several suburban parishes. We all know how racial makeup flips when you cross parish lines, so averaging them all into one number against which to compare the ethnic composition of a particular school is beyond silly.
Jury absolves BP in gas leak trial | Houston Chronicle – A jury decided that a massive gas release from a former, and long-troubled, BP refinery in Texas City did not cause harm to neighbors of the refinery. “The verdict, which came after a month-long trial, is a test case that sets the tone for an estimated 48,000 other claims brought by residents near the plant in scores of other lawsuits.”
Salazar: Shutdown will hurt Gulf production | Houston Chronicle – The government shutdown could soon harm energy production. “While Interior Department agencies are still issuing permits to drill new wells in federal waters, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is no longer vetting proposed exploration plans that form the backdrop for individual offshore well drilling decisions.”