Interestingly, the figures from the analysis — $50 billion over 30 years — is nearly aligned with the state’s Master Plan to restore the coast by 2050, which would cost approximately $50 billion. (In a previous Lens opinion piece, I shared my thoughts on the royalty plan.)

The Louisiana health department this week issued an emergency rule requiring most water systems in the state to maintain a higher disinfectant level, the first change in required chlorine levels in almost two decades as officials respond to a rare brain-eating amoeba found in two water systems in recent months.

Scores of taxi drivers in the audience broke into applause Thursday afternoon as the New Orleans City Council voted 4-3 to delay for one year a new age limit for cabs, but the cheers almost certainly were premature.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu immediately vetoed the ordinance, and it takes five council votes to override a veto — one vote more than proponents of the change can muster.

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...