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State reports huge spike in oil found on coast; city cutting back employees

Many homeowners who got slammed by Superstorm Sandy are finding their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large enough to cover their repairs, and consumer advocates put some of the blame on errors by the multitude of adjusters who were hired in a hurry after the disaster.

Local bail bondsmen went before the New Orleans City Council on Friday to blast the city’s 18-month-old “pre-trial services” program, in what has become an annual scrap over an initiative to rid the Orleans Parish jail system of non-violent offenders who some say don’t need to stay locked up while awaiting trial.

Few on the council seemed persuaded that the program, which is run by the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, poses a threat to taxpayers or public safety.

For more, The Lens’ document page has the city’s 2013 cooperative endeavor agreement with the Vera Institute of Justice.

“If the football team is in shambles, we can only imagine the state of classrooms, the infrastructure on campus, and the treatment of university workers on the Grambling campus.  What is happening with the football team is a window into, not only the broader struggles at Grambling State University and in Louisiana, but nationwide.”

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.