[Aaron] Bennett, who was convicted of bribing former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle in 2011, is still awaiting sentencing as he prepares to testify about how he gave freebies to former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and introduced him to Frank Fradella, another businessman who has pleaded guilty to bribing Nagin.
Feds to collect info on ‘near misses’ offshore | Fuel Fix – A new confidential reporting system to track near-miss incidents could “fill a major gap in overseeing the safety of offshore oil and gas development,” according to the article. I heartily agree. Both environmental and occupational safety would benefit.
“Whatever plans are brewing for a possible nuclear waste facility, I think now is the time to send a clear message: No nuclear waste in Mississippi. Not now, not ever,” Palazzo said in a statement. “Nuclear storage wouldn’t even be an issue had the Obama administration not shuttered plans to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.”
With evidence on the harmful health impacts of vehicle emissions increasing, the EPA will begin monitoring pollution levels adjacent to freeways in Los Angeles and more than 100 of America’s biggest cities. Experts say the action is long overdue.
Dardenne offers loan repayment plan | The New Orleans Advocate – The state loaned New Orleans $400 million after Katrina, to help the flooded city get back on its feet. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office said the loan should be forgiven, but Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne proposes repaying the loan into a fund dedicated to attracting big sporting events, such as the 2018 Super Bowl.
In a legal filing earlier this month, the federal government made a case that allowing families to choose their school through the voucher program may produce more racially homogenous schools if not properly supervised by a federal judge.
The Justice Department cites two cases in particular, one in which a number of black students used vouchers to leave a majority white school, and another in which a group of white students used vouchers to leave a majority black school. Each of those schools already had a racial balance that was out of whack with the rest of their district.
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...
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