Demolition Without Due Process | HuffPost – Lens contributor Roberta Gratz column quotes lawyers who question the state’s use of “quick take” authority to expropriate Dixie Brewery for the Mid-City hospital site. Owners of the defunct brewery are in court today, arguing to keep their property.
7th Ward Residents Await The Return Of The Circle Food Store | WWNO – Closed since Katrina, the historic grocery is holding on-site job interviews on Thursdays and is scheduled to open at the of the month.
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You want local, elected school boards? Charter-based elections might be the answer | The Lens – Other states are pioneering different ways of bringing electoral control to charter school management. Would they work here?
Task force recommends changes in state school aid | The Advocate – The panel recommended increasing unrestricted aid to schools by $70 million.
In another area, state Superintendent John White praised how a controversial program called Course Choice would be funded under the panel’s plan.
Course Choice offers students hard-to-get courses through private providers.
The state Supreme Court struck down initial plans to pay for the $3 million program using the same source that finances public schools — the Minimum Foundation Program. …
The panel suggested that local school districts apply for a 90 percent state subsidy and retain authority over what classes are offered and who can take them.
Audit flags alternative school for employee documentation | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune — “A school administrator said the report, released Monday, is misleading and that all the proper documentation had been turned over to auditors.”
Murder case of last imprisoned member of Angola 3 again headed to 5th Circuit | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether Angola 3 member Albert Woodfox deserves a third trial for his role in the 1972 stabbing of a prison guard. Woodfox’s attorneys argue that discrimination occurred in his previous convictions by all-white juries. Woodfox has been locked in solitary confinement for 42 years.
Despite Scandals, Nation’s Crime Labs Have Seen Little Change | NPR – After a huge scandal at a forensic lab in Massachusetts, questions have been raised about the lack of uniform standards in forensic labs throughout the country. Forensic consultant Brent Turvey warns: “The forensic science community is not like any other community. It’s not beholden to anyone other than the police and prosecutors.”
Government & Politics
David vs. Goliath | Gambit – Author, Lens contributor and former Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East vice-chairman John Barry — who initiated a coastal restoration lawsuit against Big Oil — was selected a Gambit’s 2013 New Orleanian of the year, along with former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason.
22-year-old Tulane student wins seat in Mississippi Legislature | The Louisiana Weekly – Amazing: “Jeramey Anderson is a senior at Tulane University’s campus in Biloxi, Miss., where he studies public relations and homeland security, and he won a seat in the state House of Representatives during a November special election.”
Zounds and zowie! Jindal awards $34 million contract to firm that dropped the ObamaCare web page rollout ball! | Louisiana Voice – At his blog, journalist Tom Aswell reports that “a company holding two state contracts worth $32.8 million was the lead IT contractor of the ill-fated Affordable Health Care enrollment web page rollout late last year.”
More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety | Facing South — “Evidence is mounting that the industry’s oft-repeated assertion that fracking presents no threat to groundwater is false.”
HUD Audit Questions Mississippi’s Use of Katrina Recovery Monies | Gulf Restoration Network – The audit questions appraisal methods and population growth projections used to justify the need for 67 sewer utility facilities.