Official: At least 30 taken to hospitals after explosion – FOX 8 WVUE | Breaking news: “State police say a reported explosion has touched off a fire, injuring at least 30 people at a petrochemical plant about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.”
Cuba looks to undo decades of poorly planned coastal development, fend off rising seas – Associated Press | “After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island’s 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn’t share the results with the public to avoid causing panic.”
Sen. Landrieu Sinks McCain’s Foreign Catfish Campaign — NOLA DEFENDER | Farm Bill politics is always a good show. This article details the twists and turns in Arizona Sen. John McCain’s opposition to protections for domestic catfish.
Developer of former Free School, Uptown neighbors disagree on number of apartments planned for building — Uptown Messenger | Residents think 25 apartments are too many for the surrounding neighborhood.
This Bike Path Also Helps Prevent Flooded Sewers – Sarah Goodyear – The Atlantic Cities | This article introduces us to the term “green infrastructure.”
Some of the tools used by green infrastructure designers include porous pavements, stormwater planters, green roofs, and bioswales, which slow the flow of rainwater and trap pollutants at the surface before they can enter the water treatment system.
Freret neighborhood awarded city grant for security cameras — Uptown Messenger | The cameras will be installed at homes “near crime and drug hotspots in the neighborhood.”
Criminal justice bills signed by Jindal extend more rights to inmates, ex-cons — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two criminal justice bills into law Tuesday. One will expand the program that allows some offenders to seek early release based on good behavior while the second will extend certain rights to former inmates looking to adopt children in the state.
Victory! Sex Workers Removed From Louisiana Sex Offender Registry — Justice Roars | Blogger Jordan Flaherty prints news from a recent press release:
Last night, in a federal class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, a settlement with Louisiana was finalized that will remove from the sex offender registry approximately 700 individuals who had been required to register solely because of a Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) conviction.
Live blog: Committee to pick company to monitor NOPD consent decree — The Lens | Councilwoman Stacy Head says the city should use funds from a new hotel surcharge to pay costs associated with the NOPD consent decree. The Lens will live-blog Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. meeting of a joint city and Justice Department committee to pick a company to monitor the city’s compliance.
Government & Politics
St. Tammany Coroner Peter Galvan sues state over bill stripping him of financial control — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | Do we file this under guts or chutzpah? His office is under state and federal investigation, a recall effort is underway, and Galvan decides to sue the state for passing a law that shifts financial control to the parish.
U.S. Attorney Donald Cazayoux Jr. resigning | The Advocate | Not sure what to make of this unexpected departure, other than to note it seems abrupt. Cazayoux will leave office July 1.
Lycée charter school pays attorneys thousands to deal with public records requests — The Lens | “Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans racked up $8,440 in legal fees over the course of one month — all for lawyers to respond to public records requests. “
Louisiana ranks 49th in number of adults with college degrees, a new study shows — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | Louisiana is essentially tied with West Virginia for the fewest number of adults with college degrees.