Issues likely to remain in the news include the state’s cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry, fair treatment of gay and lesbian residents, Common Core educational standards, higher-ed funding, overly generous tax breaks and long-term financial stability of the newly privatized LSU hospital network.

Under the plan, law students may select from four “Practice Tracks” in criminal, civil litigation, social justice or transactional practice that will partner them with an experienced attorney who they will observe and learn from. …

Christine Cerniglia Brown, leader of the College of Law’s office of skills and experiential learning, said the changes will make students more marketable and more engaged in their legal education.

Nationwide, law school enrollment has declined 24 percent in the past three years.

Food truck permit registration is now through the city’s “one-stop shop” for business permits and licenses (but not available online). There are 100 mobile food vendor permits available, thanks to legislation that passed last July allowing for trucks and fewer operating restrictions.

Texas Brine Co. says it will build a new protective barrier along the southern side of the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole amid rising concerns about rapid sinking under part of the levee holding back the hole’s briny and oily contents.

In the interim, Texas Brine is moving to repair and raise the existing levee section that sank.

[The nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research] took legal action this week, filing a lawsuit against a committee led by state Sen. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans. The lawsuit claims Murray’s committee, set up by the Louisiana Supreme Court at the request of the Legislature in 2011, is violating state “sunshine” laws by refusing to release records of its work or open its meetings to the public.

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...