State failed to turn over key public records about execution drugs | The Lens – The Lens tried unsuccessfully for a year to determine when the state’s lethal-injection drugs were due to expire, but prison officials repeatedly said they had no public records that showed such a date. Recently acquired documents show the state in fact had emails, letters and other records that reveal that information and more.
Execution of child-killer delayed six months after botched lethal injections elsewhere | The Lens – The stay of execution is related to a delay in a trial on the constitutionality of the state’s lethal-injection method.
Charles Lane: Reaching a verdict on the era of ‘mass incarceration’ | The Washington Post – Recent statistics show that new prison admissions have fallen every year since 2005. Columnist Charles Lane says the “era of ever-increasing ‘mass incarceration’ is ending.”
The Day Our Daughter Got Hit | Narratively – A local parent describes being investigated after his daughter came home from school with mysterious bruises. I wrote a column on the new laws requiring mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse. More reporting will likely reduce abuse, but it won’t be comfortable.
Louisiana Senate will consider dramatic changes to TOPS, public tuition | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Bills to tighten requirements for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) have cleared hurdles. The proposals “could increase the amount of money Louisiana residents pay to attend a public university.”
Government & Politics
Rick Gallot, Herbert Dixon, Joe Lopinto, 3 other lawmakers kept money that belonged to campaigns, records show | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – According to the analysis by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and Fox 8 News, the legislators “billed their campaigns and the Legislature for office equipment, hotels in Washington D.C., Panama City, in Panama, and other locations, cell phone use and more.”
UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak said the growing number of lawmakers involved in the practice “is evidence of a systemic culture of double dipping” in the Legislature.
Jindal’s Refusal To Expand Medicaid Directly Attributable to Hundreds of Deaths | CenLamar – Blogger Lamar White contrasts the governor’s support for the expensive practice of capital punishment against his refusal to expand Medicaid.
First day of the rest of them | Library Chronicles – Blogger Jeffrey Bostick picks apart Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s inaugural speech and looks at the gentrification and real estate trends that may become key issues during the mayor’s second term.
New Orleans street music curfew won’t be enforced, Landrieu administration says | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The Landrieu administration says it will ignore the curfew despite a French Quarter advocacy group that supports it.
French Quarter T-shirt shop crackdown hits women’s boutique, owner claims | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Souvenir store owners say the city isn’t fairly enforcing laws targeting T-shirt shops, which is damaging businesses who are complying.
Sen. Bret Allain’s backdoor tactic | Acadiana Business – Despite recent legislative maneuvering to retroactively scuttle a lawsuit against oil and gas companies for coastal damages, author and lawsuit-supporter John Barry isn’t dissuaded. He says: “Everybody knows we’re right. It’s stricly the political power of the governor and the industry inside the Legislature that is the problem.”
Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors | Fuel Fix
Maritime and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.
My recent opinion column encourages the public to stay vigilant on offshore safety issues.
How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness | The Atlantic Cities – An earthquake-prone neighborhood in San Francisco takes notes from New Orleans’ recent experience with disaster evacuation.
El Niño Chances Jump To Near 80%. Add In Global Warming And We Face Record Heat. | ThinkProgress – Warm waters will likely reverse Pacific trade winds and lead to an El Niño weather phenomenon that could lead to disruptive weather events like in 1997 and 1998.