We know about the scheme to pay people to show up at meetings to support a new natural gas plant in New Orleans. But that was just a fraction of more than a million dollars the utility spent to burnish Entergy’s reputation, script support and monitor opponents.
Nationwide, millions of lead tests kits were recalled since last year due to the risk of falsely low results. Children's Hospital of New Orleans used the faulty kits, possibly affecting hundreds of kids. The problem affects children whose tests showed a low or slightly elevated level.
Brady LaFleur, who has autism and Down syndrome, has spent much of the last year learning one-on-one in a special room in the old McDonogh 35 building. Now the building is being gutted. Brady needs a new space to accommodate him, and the school district isn’t going to find it for him.
Documents released to the city council cast doubt on Entergy’s contention that it didn’t know supporters would be paid to show up at public meetings to promote the power plant. An Entergy employee was told of allegations three times, as early as October. Documents also contradict the PR firm’s contention that it didn’t know, either.
The Jefferson Parish DA's turned over 92 "DA subpoenas" in response to a public records request from The Lens. The documents date from 2016 and 2017, before DA Paul Connick ended the practice.
Personalized learning is transforming schools in the Crescent City, but what does that mean for students? Some educators support the philosophy but worry it’s causing kids to spend too much time learning alone in front of a screen.
Dozens of people in orange shirts showed up at meetings to support Entergy's new power plant. But for many of them, it was just an acting gig. They were paid to show up and speak on the company's behalf. The Lens interviewed a few of them and reviewed messages outlining the astroturfing effort.
With friends in high places, the Rev. Charles Southall evaded seizure and auction of the property, which he claimed he would rehabilitate through tax breaks and government grants for affordable housing.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soon will hand over permanent pumping stations at the mouths of New Orleans' three primary drainage canals. The temporary pumps, which were beset with corrosion for years, will go offline.
The city council has called for a study on the effects of the short-term rental law, which has been in effect for a year. The Lens has mapped each license application and talked to residents in affected areas.