Judge: LSU board could face jail if search records not released | The Advocate
Saying daily $500 fines have not grabbed its attention, an unyielding state judge warned the LSU Board of Supervisors on Monday that it now faces additional sanctions, including possible jail time, if it does not immediately comply with her more than four-month-old order to make public the records of its secret presidential search.
This morning the judge ordered the East Baton Rouge sheriff to retrieve the records.
In newspaper ad, retired Gen. Russel Honore backs lawsuit against oil and gas companies | Associated Press – Gen. Russel Honore claims that oil companies need to clean up their mess. In this case, the mess is Louisiana’s collapsing coast, sliced by oil pipelines and canals. “I don’t do politics,” Honore says, “but I do believe in environmental justice.” Despite the demurer, Honore’s high-profile comment will prompt political observers to wonder whether one of Katrina’s few federal heroes plans to run for office.
Seven months after she left EPA, Lisa Jackson still getting GOP questions | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
“Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by David Vitter, R-La., released a report Monday charging that the EPA, under Jackson, went to serious efforts to avoid transparency. That included a private email for Jackson, under the name Richard Windsor, which she used for some communications — frustrating FOIA checks, according to the report.”
BP Texas Refinery Neighbors Seek Billions at Toxin Trial | Bloomberg — Texas City residents are suing BP for toxic chemical releases of benzene in 2010. They seek $10 billion in punitive damages, which the plaintiffs will donate to charity. I recently summarized the awful history of BP’s Texas City refinery, because in my view it’s a prime example of the company’s pursuit of profits over safety.
No contradiction to CDC complaint on Big Charity | The Louisiana Weekly – Judicial opposition effectively tables Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s proposal to convert part of Big Charity into a courthouse, according to reporter Christopher Tidmore. The spacing on Charity’s foundational columns is one issue cited by judges, who believe there is not enough open space between columns for a proper court room.
Zoning Lords Smile Upon Marigny Theatre, Uptown Firehouse | Curbed NOLA – This article includes helpful links that add context to decisions made at the Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting this morning. Lens reporter Karen Gadbois live-tweeted it.
Grave Need | NOLA DEFENDER – Historic sexton cottages at Lafayette cemeteries No. 1 and No. 2 will be renovated through a combination of funding from the city and FEMA. For earlier Lens coverage click here.
Government & Politics
Analysis: DOJ lawsuit gives Jindal new attention | Associated Press – The Department of Justice’s opposition to the state’s school voucher program provides political opportunity for Jindal to raise his national profile without seeming to neglect issues relevant to Louisiana.
Where will LABI’s new leader take the business group? | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – According to columnist John Maginnis, “Sources say that Jindal supporters vigorously lobbied the [Louisiana Association of Business and Industry] search committee and the 100-member board to pick the governor’s former top aide.”
Why Prisoner Education Is Key to Reducing Crime | The Atlantic Cities – According to a RAND study, inmates correctional education programs made inmates 43 percent less likely to become repeat offenders.