Government & Politics
Live chat Thursday: Rep. Cameron Henry discusses state budget, Common Core | The Lens – Henry will take questions from Lens readers at 1 p.m.
As river slowly gives up its secrets, planning diversions gets more complex | The Lens – Metrics and computer models fill in a still sketchy picture of what the Mississippi River can contribute to fight coastal loss.
U.S. Army Corps eases up on its stance against trees on levees | The Sacramento Bee – Localities won’t be automatically disqualified from receiving federal funding if they allow trees atop their levees. Previously, the Corps held that trees were too much of a threat to a levee’s structural integrity.
Is A Super El Niño Coming That Will Shatter Extreme Weather And Global Temperature Records? | ThinkProgress –
Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far.
Oil Spill Threatens Galveston Bay’s Fishing Industry | The Texas Tribune – Scientists are concerned that a recent fuel spill will have long-term effects on one of the Gulf’s more productive fisheries.
Trio of pending bills addresses Louisiana’s welter of early-childhood programs | The Lens – A separate bill would cover the cost of pre-K programming for all Louisiana 4-year-olds.
Colonizing the Black Natives: Reflections from a former NOLA Charter School Dean of Students | Cloaking Inequity – Ramon Griffin, former dean of students at Samuel J. Green Charter, looks back on his experience through a postcolonial viewpoint. The analysis implies that charters, like colonists, “delegitimize the knowledge, experience, and cultures of the colonized.” Via Crazy Crawfish.
Understaffing blamed for high number of unanswered 911 calls in New Orleans | The Lens – New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the problem isn’t related to cops checking in for off-duty work. Yesterday’s NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune story noted that:
Serpas said he is able to siphon some money to 911 hires from his 2014 recruitment budget because attracting enough police candidates has been less than successful so far. The pending class has 19 recruits so far, but 30 are needed to trigger training.
Judge orders Times-Picayune to turn over information on two commenters | The New Orleans Advocate
Overruling objections from the newspaper, a federal judge Wednesday ordered The Times-Picayune to provide a magistrate judge with information about two users of the newspaper’s website who posted critical pseudonymous comments about former New Orleans Affordable Homeownership Director Stacey Jackson.
Judge orders reporters, FBI agents to testify at Telly Hankton hearing | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune –
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said defense attorneys for Hankton and his co-defendants made credible claims that grand jury secrecy rules were violated and that the testimony is necessary to get to the bottom of the argument.
Oklahoma judge tosses state execution law | Associated Press – “An Oklahoma judge ruled the state’s execution law unconstitutional Wednesday because its privacy provision is so strict that it that prevents inmates from finding out the source of drugs used in executions, even through the courts.” The same issues have been raised in Louisiana court challenges.
So what if Holy Cross towers defy the zoning code — it’s only the Lower Ninth | The Lens – Even cut back to 60 feet, the towers would be 50 percent higher than current zoning allows.
BioDistrict looking to Business Alliance for salvation | The New Orleans Advocate
The BioDistrict New Orleans, a state-created but unfunded economic development district, is broke, facing a possible lawsuit from its former president and lacking even an office to call its own.
But the agency — created by the Legislature in 2005 to advance the bioinnovation sector in New Orleans — is counting on a new partnership with the New Orleans Business Alliance to drag it from the doldrums.