Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to announce this morning plans for a world-class research facility called the Water Campus that will establish south Louisiana as an international hub for research in coastal restoration and sustainability, while simultaneously transforming the downtown Baton Rouge riverfront.

Between the Water Institute of the Gulf and this new Water Campus announcement, Baton Rouge has laid claim to being the headquarters for Gulf Coast restoration and water management projects.  

S&WB President pro-tem Ray Manning said Grant’s background in the military and city government and his familiarity with the S&WB and federal agencies elevated him to run an agency overseeing an infrastructure in desperate need of dire repairs.

New Orleans joined a growing list of cities to “ban the box” when the Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Monday [Dec. 16] to eliminate the requirement that anyone applying for a city job disclose prior felony convictions, typically by checking a box on the application.

In a city where one in seven black men are in prison or on parole or probation, and 50 percent of working age black men are unemployed, it is imperative to remove as many roadblocks to employment as possible, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in announcing the new policy.

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...