One Execution Botched, Oklahoma Delays the Next | The New York Times – Early indications are that the administration of the drugs, not the chemicals themselves was the cause of an inmate gasping and calling out after being declared unconscious. He died 43 minutes after the procedure began. “It was a chaotic and disastrous step in Oklahoma’s long effort to execute the two men, overcoming their objections that the state would not disclose the source of the drugs being used in a newly tried combination.” See prior Lens coverage concerning secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
Let’s Stop Pretending the Death Penalty Is a Medical Procedure [Editorial] | Scientific American – Opinion piece argues that a theatrical veneer is placed over lethal injection procedures to make them appear less barbarous.
Government & Politics
Some one-time state money being budgeted more judiciously for 2015 | The Lens – Fiscal Hawks — conservative legislators dismayed by Gov. Jindal’s budgetary smoke and mirrors — are flying below radar this year, but their efforts from last year are coming home to roost.
Senate rejects payday loan bill | The Advocate – “‘Citizens lose. Lobbyists win. The voice of the people was silenced by campaign contributions,’ the Rev. Lee Wesley, of Baton Rouge, said afterward.”
Save the public libraries | Uptown Messenger – Columnist Jewel Bush contends that the library system has run out of reserves and will need millions in new funding to sustain current operations.
Mayor’s ‘Race and Reconciliation’ effort met with some hope and some skepticism | Uptown Messenger – A multi-year, multi-neighborhood project will attempt to bridge divides across race, gender, age and income.
Separate Indiana education standards may be costly | Lafayette Journal & Courier – “Indiana schools are bracing to spend as much as $125 million to train teachers on proposed new education standards in the wake of the state’s rejection of national Common Core benchmarks.”
Elizabeth Warren, Howard Dean, and the Progressive Case for Education Reform | Students First – Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren supports an “all-voucher” public school system. Gov. Howard Dean touts charters after visit to New Orleans to see his son, who is a Teach For America alum.
Decades-old pollution loophole still burns people of color and the poor | Grist – Special state laws allow petrochemical companies to exceed air pollution limits.
FEMA expected to rule on plan to build school on toxic soil | The Louisiana Weekly
The public comment period ends April 30 as the Recovery School District (RSD) awaits final approval from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for their plan to remediate the toxic soil under the Booker T. Washington High School site.
Lil Wayne skatepark failure a setback for Lower Ninth Ward community center | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The Lower Ninth Ward community center, site of the closed Lil Wayne skatepark, faces foreclosure.
LA Racing Commission attempts Fair Grounds improvements – FOX 8 WVUE – The Commission extended Churchill Downs’ license to operate the track but put numerous conditions on the renewal in order to address turf conditions and other complaints.