Complaining of more staff losses at a shrinking office that he says the city has refused to fully fund, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Clerk Arthur Morrell announced Friday that he is shutting down the court’s evidence room two days a week.

The reduction, which Morrell said began this week, means prosecutors will not be able to retrieve evidence for trials or hearings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Government & Politics

Medical marijuana could become an option for some glaucoma, epilepsy or cancer patients if a bill by Louisiana State Senator Fred Mills (R-Parks) comes to fruition.

Essentially, Mills’ SB541 would address how medical marijuana would be distributed, grown, regulated and prescribed by physicians, as medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1991, it just has not been obtainable by patients.

For all practical purposes, hotel occupancy has become equated with whether or not we judge an event successful. But it’s deceptive to assert that occupied rooms translate into direct benefit to anyone other than the hoteliers themselves.  Keep in mind, the great majority of revenue generated by the hotel/motel occupancy tax goes to right back into supporting tourism related entities.

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...