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Nuke dump in Mississippi? Feds see school vouchers skewing racial balance

[Aaron] Bennett, who was convicted of bribing former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle in 2011, is still awaiting sentencing as he prepares to testify about how he gave freebies to former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and introduced him to Frank Fradella, another businessman who has pleaded guilty to bribing Nagin.

“Whatever plans are brewing for a possible nuclear waste facility, I think now is the time to send a clear message: No nuclear waste in Mississippi. Not now, not ever,” Palazzo said in a statement. “Nuclear storage wouldn’t even be an issue had the Obama administration not shuttered plans to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.”

With evidence on the harmful health impacts of vehicle emissions increasing, the EPA will begin monitoring pollution levels adjacent to freeways in Los Angeles and more than 100 of America’s biggest cities. Experts say the action is long overdue.

In a legal filing earlier this month, the federal government made a case that allowing families to choose their school through the voucher program may produce more racially homogenous schools if not properly supervised by a federal judge.

The Justice Department cites two cases in particular, one in which a number of black students used vouchers to leave a majority white school, and another in which a group of white students used vouchers to leave a majority black school. Each of those schools already had a racial balance that was out of whack with the rest of their district.

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.