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Government & Politics
LABI expects increased union organizing | Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – “Patterson acknowledges the unions’ argument that they can help address the looming worker shortage, but says “the workforce can be found without the unions.”
The Bobby Jindal-RGA-Ken Cuccinelli Mess | The Hayride – Hayride Publisher Scott McKay looks at a recent Daily Caller story in which a consultant blames Gov. Bobby Jindal, as head of the Republican Governors Association, for running ineffective ads for Ken Cuccinelli, the loser in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia. McKay wonders whether Jindal’s failed strategy stemmed in part from a decision to throw the ad work to pals at OnMessage, the political consultants he uses for his own campaigns.
Why Is Mayor Landrieu ‘Ducking’ City Council? | HumidCity – Blogger Lunanola, a foe of proposed “duck boat” tour buses, reports: “It seems that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has decided that the New Orleans City Council doesn’t have the right to independently regulate duck boats and that he will override the persistent objections from citizens of the French Quarter — and throughout the city — to allow duck boat tours to operate in New Orleans.”
Losing Louisiana | The Weather Channel – A masterful piece by Katy Reckdahl on the human impact of coastal loss in Louisiana.
Reasons for Optimism for New Orleans’ Future | DisasterMap.net Blog – Ezra Boyd, a hazards geographer and co-founder of DisasterMap.net, says long-term trends in the North Atlantic look favorable for less active storm seasons in the coming years.
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Our View: Jindal cuts leave higher ed bleeding | The News Star – The papr’s editors wonder why “the governor put together $50 million for an emergency action plan” to save a poultry plant but has no action plan to curtail seemingly endless rounds of cuts to higher education.
Audio: New Orleans residents offer ideas for Charity Hospital building | The Lens – Suggestions include a mall, something other than condos and, not surprisingly, a medical facility.
Atlanta: where is our streetcar-spurred housing? | ATL Urbanist – A new streetcar planned in Atlanta is not stimulating development along the planned route.
Ranking New Orleans’ Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Curbed NOLA – A map displays the walkability (or lack thereof) in different parts of the city.
Where the Empty Houses Are | The Atlantic Cities – New Orleans places third in a list of U.S. metros with the highest inventory of abandoned housing.
Arrested development: Pretrial services under assault in New Orleans | The Lens – “The message from those who would gouge funding for the program could not be clearer: ‘We like things the way they are.’”
FBI arrests two NOPD officers on fraud and theft charges | The New Orleans Advocate
Two New Orleans police officers were arrested Wednesday on charges of wire fraud after they allegedly submitted time sheets that claimed they were performing both their regular jobs and paid details at the same time. They also are alleged to have stolen money meant for investigative purposes. …
In addition to the payroll fraud charges, authorities believe [the officers] stole money that was intended for “confidential investigative purposes,” according to the FBI-NOPD release.