Government & Politics
Top bidder on city tax collections contract may be skirting minority-business rules | The Lens – Archon gets top score after meeting minority participation goal. A competitor cries foul.
David Vitter pushing ban on subsidies | POLITICO – Sen. David Vitter “plans to file an amendment to a House-passed spending bill now under consideration by the Senate that would require lawmakers, the president and administration appointees to no longer receive those [Obamacare health insurance] subsidies.”
Clock running out on flood authority’s days as a panel immune from political meddling | The Lens – An independent levee board, a post-Katrina reform believed crucial to the city’s future, has fallen prey to Gov. Jindal’s opposition to a lawsuit against Big Oil.
Decades needed for recovery of tiny life on Gulf seabed after BP oil spill, new study says | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – This is the first study of its kind to measure the breadth of the damage on the deep sea floor, a stark reminder that as bad as the spill damage was on the coast, we didn’t see all of it.
Mississippi River’s 1926 dead zone holds lessons for Gulf of Mexico today | Minnesota Public Radio News – Pollution in the Mississippi River is not a new phenomenon. But over the decades its composition has changed. Formerly raw sewage polluted the waters and created hypoxic “dead zones.” Nowadays excessive fertilizer runoff does the damage.
Nagin seeks more documents, possible hearing | The New Orleans Advocate – The motion by former Mayor Ray Nagin’s attorney counsels skepticism of claims made by former lieutenants of former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, and says there was evidence of “racial animus” in online comments made by Letten’s staff. The motion also suggests that “the prosecution of the former mayor — who faces 21 counts of bribery and tax evasion in an alleged kickback scheme — may have personal or racial roots.”
DOJ prosecutor Karla Dobinski faces internal probe after NOLA.com comments revealed | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – As much as we would like the comment-gate scandal in former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office to go away, it looks like it will continue to expand for the foreseeable future.
A veteran federal prosecutor is facing an internal disciplinary review for posting comments on NOLA.com that a judge revealed last week, in an order for the retrial of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in the Danziger Bridge shootings and subsequent cover-up.
Orleans judge finds school board must provide IG documents | The New Orleans Advocate – “Finding that Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux does have the authority to audit the books of the Orleans Parish School Board, a civil court judge recently rejected a board request to quash an IG subpoena seeking budget documents. “
Common Core controversy goes Catholic | WWL-TV –
Some of the parents at New Orleans’ Catholic schools said Tuesday they felt blind-sided by the change when they started to see drastically different homework come home with their kids. … They didn’t expect to see the Common Core changes in private schools. The Archdiocese of New Orleans doesn’t have to adopt the new standards. They’re choosing to.
Two years after Naval Support Activity closed, base redevelopment plans moving slowly | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Redevelopment of large swaths in Algiers’ Federal City seem to be lagging.
French Market Corp. hires Jon Smith as executive director after first pick declines job over salary dispute | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – According to the article, the new Executive Director of The French Market Corp. intends to “transform the flea market into a place known more for art made in New Orleans and Louisiana than a dumping ground for cheap products largely made overseas.”
Live chat Thursday: Talk to Pres Kabacoff about downtown redevelopment | The Lens – Thursday at noon CDT, Lens readers can talk to Kabacoff about his redevelopment vision for New Orleans’ urban core.