Study: In some cases, pipelines can rebuild wetlands more cheaply than diversions | The Lens – But sediment diversions are still more cost-effective over long distances and in the long-term.
Lawyers combat PR blitz with timeline showing Big Oil’s role in coastal loss | The Lens – The documents outline the Flood Protection Authority’s case but won’t be introduced as evidence in court.
U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil | The New York Times – The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its ban on federal contracts with BP, which opens the way for the oil giant to bid next week on leases in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu “hailed the settlement” as a revenue-generator and business booster for the state.
Bill averting most large flood insurance premium hikes passes Senate — President Obama expected to sign it | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – This bill will reduce the rate of premium increases for many area homeowners. The T-P editors say “Hallelujah“.
Buy some (cool) dirt | Library Chronicles – Blogger Jeffrey Bostick critiques recent pieces by geographer Richard Campanella, including a T-P Cityscapes column titled “Putting hip on the map: Real estate markets heat up when a neighborhood turns cool.” One of Bostick’s notable insights explains the city’s basic economic trajectory:
It might be advantageous to some to go around proclaiming [projects signaling recovery are] all the work of ‘entrepreneurs’ and movie magicians, but really those are just stories about the yuppies who have followed the money here. And in the process, these folks have done some funny things to the housing market.
Watch NORA Chief Executive Hebert Talk About Remediating 10,000 Blighted Properties | Canal Street Beat – In this video, Jeff Hebert, chief executive of the New Orleans Redevlopment, discusses how inter-department cooperation is essential to the city’s efforts to tackle blight reduction.
In move toward cooperation, New Orleans’ two school systems consider agreement with millions for troubled youth | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans’ two school systems could be on the verge of an unprecedented collaboration to benefit the city’s neediest children. The Orleans Parish School Board‘s legal committee approved a cooperative agreement Thursday with the state Recovery School District that would help students with severe disabilities, persistent school absences, prison histories and other issues.
BESE approves $3.5 billion public schools funding request | The New Orleans Advocate – The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the spending request “over the passionate objections of some lawmakers, superintendents and local school board leaders.”
Search firm unveils four candidates for N.O. school board superintendent | The New Orleans Advocate – The search firm described the candidates as “four very different types of individuals,” to satisfy the wide-ranging and perhaps even competing guidance on candidates that was given to the firm by the school board.
Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Email Messages – Education Week
To illustrate the potential harm of Google’s alleged data-mining practices, Bradley S. Shear, a social-media and digital-privacy lawyer based in Bethesda, Md., posed a hypothetical situation in which a teacher using Google Apps for Education emails a parent with information related to a child’s disability status or mental health.
Government & Politics
Area economy growing but faces challenges, GNO Inc. leader says | The New Orleans Advocate – GNO Inc. president Michael Hecht talks about a new problem for Louisiana— growing pains.
The most pressing challenge will be finding enough skilled workers to fill the demand from companies in the petrochemical, biomedical, software and other fields that want to locate in the region. “This is THE issue,” Hecht said. “If we don’t address this, then our recovery is going to stall out.”
Restrictions to lawsuit lenders on slate again this legislative session | Louisiana Record – “Two bills have been introduced in the Senate that would place restrictions on the industry that provides loans to plaintiffs with pending litigation.”
Unusual coalition aims to reduce high prisoner count in Louisiana | The Lens – Louisiana is a world leader in locking up its own residents, with an incarceration rate that rivals totalitarian regimes in other countries. A group of liberals, libertarians and business leaders are trying to end that distinction. Several bills have been introduced in the Legislature to lessen drug sentences, expand parole eligibility and release sick, elderly inmates.
St. Tammany sheriff shuts down work-release program | The New Orleans Advocate – An inmate escaped from the work-release program and is suspected of kidnapping his girlfriend. The Northshore Workforce LLC which provided oversight of the program “has been the subject of a joint investigation by The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV in recent months… detailing lax oversight and other state violations at the program, which is run by several people with ties to [Sheriff Jack] Strain.” WWL-TV’s companion story is here.
INSTITUTE INDEX: A brief history of the hell that is Louisiana’s Angola prison | Facing South – List of disturbing facts about the state penitentiary.