Landslide in Gulf of Mexico could cause 15-foot tsunami on Louisiana coast | The Lens – A National Weather Service researcher calls it a low-probability event but says the area needs to prepare.
Study: Funding coastal effort would create jobs | Associated Press – These are very large potential job numbers: “A study commissioned by an environmental group says funding the state’s multibillion-dollar, 50-year master plan for coastal protection and restoration would create anywhere from about 100,000 to 200,000 permanent jobs, spurring the economy with billions in project spending.”
Jindal unveils legislation to solve oil and gas legacy lawsuits | The Advocate
The proposal, which will be filed for consideration in this legislative session, tackles what are known as legacy lawsuits.
The lawsuits involve damage often created years ago by oil and gas drilling. Industry claims the expensive litigation drives it out of Louisiana. Landowners counter that oil and gas companies aren’t readily cleaning up their environmental mess.
TDCJ Will Appeal Judge’s Ruling on Execution Drugs | The Texas Tribune – The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is appealing an order to reveal the supplier of its execution drugs. As similar cases, including one from Louisiana, make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, be sure to follow Lens contributor Della Hasselle’s reporting.
No, legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t lead to crime, according to actual crime stats | The Washington Post — “States that have legalized it [marijuana] appear to have seen some reductions in the rates of homicide and assault.”
Government & Politics
Council considers measures to boost NOPD recruitment | FOX 8 WVUE – To draw more officers into the ranks, Council members may increase pay and revisit the residency rule.
After decades on New Orleans’ streets, K9 and Dr. Love find the hardest fight is within | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Chronically homeless population in Orleans and Jefferson parishes dropped from 4,087 in 2011 to 677 in 2013.
$28.25: the minimum wage D.C. would need to support a modest 2-bedroom | The Washington Post
According to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a minimum-wage worker in the District of Columbia – where the wage floor is currently $8.25 an hour – would need to work 137 hours a week to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers a fair market rent for a modest two-bedroom home.
State representative urges Inspector General to investigate Department of Education | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Rep. Alfred Williams, D-Baton Rouge, claims that “information has been withheld in an attempt to achieve a hidden agenda which is to embarrass and destroy the (East Baton Rouge Parish School System).”
House panel OKs faculty pension fix | The Advocate
House Bill 6, as amended in committee, would require the employer contribution to what is called the Optional Retirement Plan to reach 6.2 percent by 2018. It is the same amount private employers are required to contribute toward Social Security but less than what other public universities and colleges in the U.S. pitch in to the retirement plans for, primarily, their faculty.
Former councilman Jon Johnson denied zoning favor by former colleagues | The Lens – Johnson was seeking a waiver that would allow a three-unit building in a 9th-Ward neighborhood zoned for two-family housing.