Newcomb Boulevard fence comes down | The Lens – Newcomb Boulevard will be open to traffic, though a proposal is pending to make it one-way.
French Quarter T-shirt shop vote delayed one month by zoning board | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
The board had been poised to either grandfather in 13 so-called novelty stores and absolve them of any fines or penalties, or allow the city to continue to crack down on their operations. The board delayed a vote to allow an attorney for several shops to collect records he says will show his clients had operated as T-shirt shops for years without any interference from code enforcement officers.
Doing the bus stop | Gambit – Today an advocacy group will protest the lack of shelter, seats and signage at the busiest public transit hub in metro New Orleans, at the intersection of Elk Place and Canal Street.
Freret bus line sacrificed to prop up new Loyola Avenue streetcar numbers | Uptown Messenger – Owen Courreges isn’t thrilled by the cost overruns and the inflated numbers for the new streetcar line in the CBD. “The bottom line is that RTA guaranteed decent ridership figures for the Loyola [streetcar] line by decimating the convenience and functionality of two separate bus lines.”
Secret Drugs, Agonizing Deaths | The New York Times – Secrecy laws hide the suppliers of lethal drugs to death penalty penalty states. “These laws hide the information necessary to determine if the drugs will work as intended and cause death in a humane manner.”
Suspected gang members attend city’s 6th ‘Call-In’ | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The initiative, part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s “NOLA for Life” violence reduction program, involves a direct appeal from law enforcement leaders to suspected gang members. “The men — who range in age from about 16 to 25 — also heard from Patrina Peters, a woman who lost her son, Damond, to gun violence in 2010 and has spoken at prior call-ins. ‘Your mothers will be destroyed,’ Peters reportedly told the group, referencing the harrowing impact that gang violence has on communities.”
Bobby Jindal says he will get Louisiana out of Common Core test group, if Legislature won’t | NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – Some legislators are certainly with the governor. The Dead Pelican reports LEGISLATORS CALL ON JINDAL TO OPT-OUT OF PARCC TESTING.
Some Factual Reasons to Oppose Common Core | Crazy Crawfish’s Blog – Blogger Jason France, who is running for the BESE board, makes his case against the new standards. He writes that Common Core is “only community and technical college ready, not 4 year or advanced college ready. The curriculum is not STEM ready; no calculus or advanced math.”
Bills aim to short-circuit judicial system | The New Orleans Advocate – Columnist Stephanie Grace argues that pending bills that would retroactively scuttle a lawsuit against Big Oil would actually create more legal uncertainty, as well as less accountability.
Letter: Anti-lawsuit columnist confused on coastal case | The New Orleans Advocate – Former levee board member and coastal lawsuit proponent John Barry fashions a point-by-point rebuttal to a recent piece by columnist Quin Hillyer.
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Louisiana House committee approves $725 million budget for 2015 coastal plan, over protests from St. Bernard, Plaquemines | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – “The annual plan acts as the budget for the state’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, which is a $50 billion, 50-year plan for hurricane protection and coastal restoration efforts.”
Mississippi Basin Water Quality Declining Despite Conservation | National Geographic – Agriculture and urban infrastructure are cited as culprits.
Government & Politics
Landrieu looking for three tax increases to pay for consent decrees, pensions | The Lens – Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pushing legislative efforts to increase revenues, rather than making cuts to city services.
Auditor questions state child protection services | The Advocate – Heavy caseloads and staff cuts are blamed. “The audit, released Monday by the Legislative Auditor’s Office, offered a rare window into a tight-lipped agency that has suffered a series of budget cuts in recent years and has been the target of frequent criticism in the wake of high-profile child deaths.”