BP: Too little oil washing ashore to justify patrols; Gusman renovated House of Detention just before closing it

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State Superintendent John White said Friday that there was no basis to a press release by the Louisiana House Democrat Caucus saying his department told district officials to pay out one-time teacher bonuses according to results on the new, controversial Compass teacher evaluation system.

Just weeks before he shut down the controversial House of Detention in April 2012, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman sank hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars into renovations to the jail facility, with much of the money going to a newly minted company with links to John Sens, the former purchasing director for the Sheriff’s Office who has since pleaded guilty to unrelated bribery and bid-rigging charges.

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