Legislation stripping levee districts of autonomy raise questions about flood protection taxes, emergency response | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Officials say pending legislation to strip local levee boards of their independence may be unconstitutional, and if passed would complicate how local tax money is used for flood protection.
4 years after spill questions remain about health impacts | The Advocate – Physicians and scientists are only beginning to understand the long-term effects of the BP oil disaster on the 200,000 people who helped to clean up the coast.
Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf : NPR – The Lens’ Bob Marshall reports on a volunteer effort to patrol waterways for oil spills.
The Coastal Index: The Problem and Possibility of Our Coast | The Data Center – South Louisiana’s profound coastal loss and vulnerability to storm surge can become an economic opportunity, according to a new report from The Data Center (formerly the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center). Water management will be the key.
Mississippi River will carry enough sand needed to build new Louisiana wetlands for at least 600 years, new study says | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
The lower Mississippi River should carry enough sand during the next six centuries to supply the needs of sediment-capturing diversions proposed for Louisiana to rebuild wetlands, according to a scientific letter published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience.
Gulf oil spill restoration projects include hotel, ferries, boat docks | Tampa Bay Times – Some Gulf Coast states are using BP funds for tourism and recreational facilities, rather than rehabilitating damaged ecosystems.
Keith Hardie to appear at Breakfast with the Newsmakers | The Lens – Lens co-founder Karen Gadbois will interview Hardie, who played a key role in the defeat of the Audubon property tax proposal and the removal of the fence that blocked Newcomb Boulevard. The event starts at 8 a.m. on Thursday, but come early for conversation and a danish.
Clarkson asks agency to look into Algiers streetcar line | The Advocate
Outgoing New Orleans City Council President Jackie Clarkson has asked the Regional Planning Commission to study what it would take to put a streetcar line along General de Gaulle Drive in Algiers.
Bill to lessen crime of marijuana possession supported by liberals, libertarians | The Lens – The bill faces strong opposition from law enforcement. A committee will hear the bill Tuesday.
Murder rate still sliding in New Orleans | The New Orleans Advocate – A Tulane University public health professor thinks that “New Orleans could be on the cusp of a profound and sustainable decline in our murder rate.”
Commission would better address Louisiana’s domestic violence problems, improve safety net for victims | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Louisiana leads the nation in domestic homicides. Lawmakers Helena Moreno and Jared Brossett, D-New Orleans, have proposed a new state commission that “would collect domestic violence data, report findings to the Legislature every February, recommend legislation and aid public and private preventative and intervention programs across the state.”
How Teens’ Outlook on Life Impacts Crime | The Crime Report – A study shows that teens who don’t expect to live a long life commit more serious crimes and offend at higher rates than other teens.
War of wills goes on over standards | The News Star – Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White find themselves on opposite sides of the Common Core debate, which is becoming a wedge issue in national politics.
Some N.O. charters begin exploring teachers unions | The New Orleans Advocate – The debate about charter schools and teachers unions is no longer an either-or proposition in New Orleans.
Government & Politics
Live blog: Civil Service Commission considers overhaul of hiring, promotion rules | The Lens – The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. Several employee groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police and the New Orleans Fire Fighters Association, oppose the changes.