The latest version of the state's coastal restoration plan, released today, offers a much grimmer view of the future than before. Twice as much land could be lost if the state does nothing. Even if everything works as planned, about 27,000 buildings may have to be elevated, flood-proofed or bought out, including about 5,900 in St. Tammany.
When the state officials drew the cost-benefit limits of expensive coastal restoration on a map of coastal Louisiana, some Native Americans found themselves on the wrong side of a government decision. Again. They'd like justice, but they'll settle for help in maintaining their way of life. Neither is likely.
A state investigation found that ReNEW had inflated how much extra attention it would provide certain students, and then didn’t provide the extra help to students who needed it. The state made the charter network find those students and provide the help now.
Across the country, efforts to reform bail have run headlong into opposition from the bail bond industry. The bondsmen, it turns out, have considerable political muscle. Injustice Watch reports from New Orleans, Maryland and New Mexico.
The island is endangered for the same reasons that much of coastal Louisiana has become part of the Gulf of Mexico: The land is sinking, river levees are preventing it from being replenished, oil and gas drilling accelerated erosion — and on top of that, seas are rising.
Trump has called climate change a hoax and pledged to roll back regulations that restrict greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists say if those emissions aren't reduced, seas worldwide could rise 6.5 feet. That would put most of coastal Louisiana underwater.
Many polling places were flooded by the storm, so elections officials consolidated them. Ten years later, many of us are still driving farther to vote than we did before the storm. The average distance to a voting location in the core of the city has increased 50 percent since 2004.
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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?