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Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, the organization that runs Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary, has assumed management at Interim LSU Public Hospital, which will assume control of the massive new facility when it is completed in 2015. …

Under the terms of the agreement, Louisiana Children’s Medical Center pays the state $24.1 million to lease the current Interim LSU Public Hospital. The first year-lease for the new facility when it opens will come to $63.6 million …

The current hospital employs 2,000 people — about 98 percent of whom stayed on with the organization after Louisiana Children’s Medical Center took over … The new facility is expected to employ 3,000.

“We do not believe the state has a legal basis to file suit,” Assistant Attorney General Ryan Seidemann told the State Mineral Board Wednesday, summarizing 17 months of research on whether the state can get out of oil leases that date back to the Huey Long days. 

The Orleans Parish School Board voted Thursday to accept the final piece of a property insurance settlement after a seven-year legal battle. The amount remains confidential but is estimated to be in the $100 million to $200 million range.

But the good news was overshadowed by evidence of school construction conflicts, including projects coming to a halt over minority contractor participation, and a power struggle between the district’s directors of facilities and minority contracts.

Another oddity of the report is the fact that it uses the Census Bureau’s Core Based Statistical Area to determine the racial makeup of the area in which a school resides. For New Orleans, the CBSA is known as the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner CBSA. It includes not only the communities named in its title but also several suburban parishes. We all know how racial makeup flips when you cross parish lines, so averaging them all into one number against which to compare the ethnic composition of a particular school is beyond silly.

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