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.
A landmark decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 requires prosecutors to turn over all information that could help a criminal defendant. A recent case out of Louisiana closely tracks the facts in that case, defense attorneys say, adding that it's nothing new. But prosecutors and the state justices say the withheld information would not have made a difference.
It's a simple concept: The less rainwater that gets into the city's drainage system, the easier it is on the pumping equipment. And researchers now know that keeping our water table charged helps reduce subsidence. An increasingly common way to address both is the use of surfaces that let water seep through into the ground below.
When you live in a sub-tropical zone with no shortage of swamps and other wetlands, you get pretty good at looking out for and controlling mosquitoes. New Orleans officials say their tried-and-true methods of vigilance and attack make them well equipped to address the potential spread of the Zika virus.
If global temperatures rise less than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, little will change in Antarctica, which means sea-level rise could be manageable and Louisiana’s coastal plan might succeed. Fail at that goal, and the result could be more than six feet of sea-level rise by 2100, innundating most of Louisiana’s southern third, even with the master plan finished.