Live chat: Lens, St. Louis Public Radio reporters discuss controversy over lethal injection drugs | The Lens – Today at 1 p.m. The Lens’ Della Hasselle and fellow journalists discuss last night’s controversial execution in Missouri and next week’s scheduled execution in Louisiana.
Police categorize some shootings as ‘vandalism’ | Mid-City Messenger – Police say if no one is hit by bullets, then there’s no victim.
In cold snap, a temporary peace on New Orleans’ streets | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Even the “bad guys” stay indoors during freezing temperatures.
Government & Politics
La. high court tosses AG office’s $330M judgment | Associated Press – “A divided Louisiana Supreme Court has overturned a $330 million judgment against two pharmaceutical companies that state Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell accused of improperly marketing a drug.”
The Transformative Possibility of the New ‘Energy Boom’ in Southeast Louisiana | Greater New Orleans Community Data Center – The executive summary of the report says that “sourcing sufficient workers for the new ‘energy boom’ will be a challenge.”
Jindal’s worst political blunder is one you probably never heard about | The Lens – A distinguished columnist recalls the moment — against the backdrop of the Jena protests — in which Jindal revived coded language from the Jim Crow era.
BP Deepwater Horizon disaster offered lessons for more rapid, cooperative response, scientists say | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill showed scientists that they need to get better at landing funding for on-the-ground research sooner after environmental disasters, so they can better measure its impact, participants at a national scientific conference on the spill said Wednesday.
BP Rig Supervisors Must Face Manslaughter Charges For Deepwater Horizon Deaths, Judge Rules | ThinkProgress
The two BP supervisors on board the Deepwater Horizon rig who made the last critical decisions before its tragic and historic explosion in 2010 won’t be able to easily escape involuntary manslaughter charges over the deaths of eleven fellow workers, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Monday, saying the case should be decided by a jury.
N.O. teachers laid off after Katrina notch victory, but payouts could take years | The Advocate – Determining payouts to wrongly fired teachers will, at best, be a complicated and drawn-out process.
La. leads U.S. for low-income fourth graders not reading proficiently, study says | Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – According to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation In Louisiana 85 percent of low-income fourth graders do not read proficiently, compared to 58 percent of high-income students,
The School Prayer Issue That’s Set to Implode | LaPolitics – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the school board in Sabine Parish. They allege a teacher forced Christian beliefs on a Buddhist student.
Finally, the urban model for a healthy convenience store | Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space – Major drug store chains like Walgreens and CVS are expanding food offerings in urban markets. Green Zebra stores in Portland, Oregon, might offer a new paradigm for urban convenience stores.
On the road to nowhere | Fresh Loaf – First-hand story of the cold weather-induced traffic nightmare in Atlanta.