The Lens has reported on a parallel situation in Louisiana, where a death row inmate is scheduled to be executed in February. It is unclear whether the state has the necessary drug, or if the state will have to experiment with a new combination of lethal drugs.

Councilwomen Stacy Head and Kristin Gisleson Palmer issued a statement citing “much public consternation over the perceived intent and impact of the ordinance, and fear that the hard work and recommendations of the many constituency groups … were not followed.”

To allay those fears, they said they will withdraw the proposed ordinance and work on a new one focusing only on sections of the French Quarter zoned for entertainment, such as Bourbon Street. They said the first draft of that measure will be ready for discussion Jan. 27.

If Drew Ward, a military veteran, non-profit leader, and candidate for New Orleans Council District A, is to make history as the first openly gay Republican elected to public office in the American South, it will be without the support and endorsement of the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee.

Dawn Laborie, vice president of audit and assurance for LaPorte, told the board’s finance committee that her analysts have “a sense that the policies and procedures are being improved as best as they can. That gives us a sense of peace.”

The U.S. Senate gave final approval Thursday to an omnibus federal budget bill that also would delay flood insurance rate hikes until 2015 for some Louisiana homeowners. The legislation will head to the desk of President Barack Obama, who already has announced his support.

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...