The state attorney general has asked St. Charles Parish Judge Michele Morel to recuse herself from a case in her courtroom with connections to an FBI probe into her father, former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel. Sources have said Harry Morel is under federal investigation for allegedly trading leniency for accused criminals for sexual favors while in office.

Tuesday night, the Orleans Parish School Board voted to revise its contract with interim superintendent Stan Smith, but failed to approve a motion to cancel its contract with deputy superintendent Kathleen Padian, the system’s top charter school administrator.

On the 200th day of their mandatory evacuation, Assumption Parish residents asked legislators for help Tuesday in persuading Texas Brine Co. LLC to buy homes affected by an 8.6-acre sinkhole. Bayou Corne homeowner Candy Blanchard said she will never again feel safe in the house she built six years ago. “Texas Brine has taught me more about purgatory and limbo, and I went to Catholic school, than the nuns could,” Blanchard said. In response, legislators pressed Texas Brine officials for their position on buyouts. The company said it is in conversations with its insurance carrier.

Alameda County [in California] isn’t the only place where drones have encountered a backlash. Earlier this month, the Seattle Police Department grounded two drones it had purchased in response to privacy concerns, and Charlottesville, Virginia, became the first American city to ban drone flights within city limits. California and 19 other states are considering legislation that would set standards for drone use. And last week, federal lawmakers introduced legislation that would prohibit domestic drones from being armed.

Previously, The Lens reported that City Hall officials desire a drone and the NOPD previously attempted to purchase a drone with federal grant money.

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...