Proposed bill would give governor freer hand in picking levee board members | The New Orleans Advocate
Senate Bill 79 by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, would give the governor the ability to reject nominees to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authorities on both the east and west banks and would require the nominating committee that chooses those nominees to send him a wider field for approval.
BP to meet with feds on parameters of oil spill penalty trials | Fuel Fix
Legal experts have said it appears unlikely BP and the U.S. government will settle the multibillion-dollar dispute before U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier begins issuing a series of rulings connected to two earlier phases in the trial. … Those rulings will trigger the penalty phase, in which Barbier must decide on another series of questions to set BP’s fines under the Clean Water Act. The fines could cost BP up to $18 billion.
Government & Politics
Zurik: City trashing a gold mine in dumpster fees | FOX 8 WVUE – It appears that hundreds of residents are not paying the city fees on large dumpsters that crowd the streets.
Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage | Louisiana Budget Project – The left-leaning non-profit’s latest study shows that raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour would bring large benefits to the state by stimulating the economy and adding jobs.
International intrigue comes to Louisiana as CIA contractor Computer Sciences Corp. picks location near Barksdale AFB | Louisiana Voice – A CIA contractor linked to illegal rendition flights is now the new anchor tenant in a Bossier City technology park.
Live blog Thursday: Hammond’s holds forum on school bus safety | The Lens – A week after a New Orleans City Council forum on school transportation safety, one of the city’s busing companies is holding its own public meeting on the same topic. The Hammond’s Transportation forum will take place at KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy, 2300 St. Claude Ave., at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Lens’ Jessica Williams will live-blog the meeting.
UNO provost resigns; up to 30 staff layoffs expected | The New Orleans Advocate – “The high-profile resignation made waves as UNO employees await word on who will be affected by the layoffs. As many as 30 staff members are expected to be let go, with an announcement expected next week, UNO spokesman Adam Norris said Wednesday.”
Convicted councilman is set to ask former colleagues for a 9th Ward zoning favor | The Lens – Disgraced former City Councilman Jon Johnson plans a return today to the other side of the council chamber dais to beg for special after-the-fact permission from his former colleagues to build a three-plex.
Jean-Paul Villere: Your 2014 Mardi Gras survival guide — new laws and my Top 20 parade-etiquette rules | Uptown Messenger – One example of Villere’s Carnival rules: “Whatever NOPD asks you to do, the answer is always ‘Yes, officer.’ Bear in mind meter maids and cops are two very different entities.”
Post-Nagin, New Orleans Is On Way To Becoming A Model City | New Geography – This highly imperfect piece — which mistakenly calls Katrina a “natural disaster” and offers no evidence for the claim that the metro area suffered job losses due to the 2010 drilling moratorium — says New Orleans must focus on its economic bread and butter: trade and petrochemicals.
State wants source of new lethal injection drugs to be kept secret from public | The Lens – Prison officials agree to give information to federal judge, but they want to protect pharmacies involved.
Freedom, perks dispensed to some work-release inmates | The New Orleans Advocate
Work-release programs are meant to give inmates near the end of their incarceration a chance to earn money and learn skills at private jobs — while reducing recidivism by increasing the chances that inmates will adjust to life outside jail. But the programs can also be a business opportunity for their operators. In St. Tammany Parish, the two work-release programs are privately run by people with ties to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain. Marlin Peachey, one of the owners of Northshore Workforce Solutions, is Strain’s campaign treasurer and former warden of the jail.
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