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.
In case you missed this weekend story: Woman involved in FBI probe into former St. Charles DA found dead —NOLA.com | “A woman who might have played a key role in an ongoing federal investigation into former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel was found dead Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after a story about the Morel probe was published by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. “
JUNEAU: The Lesser Known Tax Reform Proposals — The Hayride | Political analyst lauds two of Gov. Jindal’s (presumed) tax plan proposals that have received little attention thus far. The first is for a single state and local sales tax commission which would streamline the collection process and provide the taxpayer “with one collection interface.” The other administrative tax reform proposal is for an “independent tax court” that would add consistency and uniformity on state tax cases.
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.
delanceyplace.com – the great urban renaissance | The website excerpts a quote from Alan Ehrenhalt’s 2012 book, “The Great Inversion.” Here’s a taste: “We are living at a moment in which the massive outward [suburban] migration of the affluent that characterized the second half of the twentieth century is coming to an end. And we need to adjust our perceptions of cities, suburbs, and urban mobility as a result.”
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...
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