Live blog: Lawyers suing oil & gas industry to appear before state coastal authority | The Lens – Given the coastal authority’s opposition to the suit, Wednesday’s meeting could be contentious.
New Orleans’ Industrial Canal re-opens after 11-day closure for repairs | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
“This has had a major impact on the nation’s economy,” said Vic Landry, the Corps’ operations manager for the GIWW. He estimated the total impact at over $1 million per day.
“A lot of valuable and essential commodities were log-jammed,” Landry said. “Without a steady supply of petrochemicals, many refineries and chemical plants can’t perform their daily operations.”
Saving the Bayou | National Review Online – A very complimentary profile of Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Garret Graves. “The truth is, Graves is perhaps the most powerful unelected public official in Louisiana, whose leadership will shape the southern half of the state for generations to come.”
Widespread graffiti on public structures reads like city tolerates lawlessness | The Lens – Professor and Bywater resident S. Frederick Starr argues that “graffiti remediation appears nowhere in the city’s budget or staffing list, nor, it seems, does it fall within Mayor Landrieu’s field of vision.”
Agency calls for new proposals for Six Flags site | The New Orleans Advocate
There were the Nickelodeon theme park and the sports complex and the water park/resort. All were offered as potential replacements for the shuttered Six Flags amusement park in eastern New Orleans. All were considered by city officials. All came to nothing.
Now, with the latest plan for the site — an upscale outlet mall — also dead, the city is taking another stab at returning the property to commerce.
Pics Of The $130 Million Hospital Under Construction in New Orleans East | Canal Street Beat (Via Nola.Curbed) — Years of promises give way to actual progress.
Lawyers for acquitted ex-cop seek to recoup fees | Associated Press
In a document they filed under seal last Friday, [former New Orleans Police officer David] Warren’s lawyers claimed prosecutors engaged in a “systematic, deliberate pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in an effort to buttress a non-existent case in order to secure a conviction.” The defense attorneys accused prosecutors of pressuring witnesses, ignoring evidence favorable to Warren and using “prejudicial and inflammatory” evidence to warp jurors’ perceptions of Warren.
Incumbent, newcomer spar in race for Orleans criminal court clerk | The New Orleans Advocate – The New Orleans Advocate profiles the race for Orleans Parish Criminal Court Clerk. Challenger Robbie Keen, who worked to modernize the evidence-storage system for incumbent Arthur Morrell, says the office is in disarray, pointing to a lost rape kit in 2012.
According to logs of the system from 2012, which Keen provided to The New Orleans Advocate, Morrell’s staff had never bothered to check the new computer system. Keen said her staff then visited a warehouse, where a dusty log book contained an evidence card on the Diggins [rape] case. A copy of the card, provided by Keen, contains a handwritten notation showing the evidence was in the courthouse attic, where one of her staff then found it tucked away on a shelf.
Government & Politics
Council recommends ban on roping off neutral ground during Mardi Gras parades | Uptown Messenger – “Other elements of the ordinance include a requirement that ladders be kept six feet back from the curb, and not fastened together in any way. No personal property can be in intersections, and no “snap pops” can be sold during parades.”
Bill Would Set Trigger for Obamacare Repeal if Number of Uninsured Increases | The PJ Tatler
Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Health Insurance Accountability Act provides for the “repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if it is determined that the Act has resulted in increasing the number of uninsured individuals.”
LABI outlines plan to address La. skilled worker shortage | Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a paper saying it will address anticipated workforce problems by pushing for higher standards in Louisiana schools, supporting efforts to enhance technical and skills training, partnering with higher education institutions, and working with lawmakers to “enhance the state’s workforce delivery system.”
Policy wonks love, hate Louisiana’s school reforms | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Two groups — Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and the Brookings Institution — recently gave the state’s education system high marks for accountability and parent choice. A third, the Fordham Institute praised Louisiana’s controversial voucher program on Tuesday.
But on the same day, Louisiana education changes received an honor of a more dubious sort: the Colorado-based National Education Policy Center’s Bunkum Awards. They recognize, as the center’s website says, “divine purveyors of weak data, shoddy analyses, and overblown recommendations.”
This Year’s Best Reporting on Education | ProPublica – A roundup of last year’s most important accountability stories in education.