Last year, Claitor led an effort to bring more transparency to a similar scholarship program at LSU.

Violent crime in neighborhoods, economic development and opportunity, balancing the city budget and even gay marriage and marijuana legalization were all discussed Tuesday night by Democratic candidates in the New Orleans city elections, many appearing on the same stage for the first time a mere three weeks before the Feb. 1 election day.

Of the mayoral candidates, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that his administration helped the city avert fiscal disaster. Mayoral candidate Michael Bagneris stressed “his apparent City Hall bona fides as a former counsel to Mayor Dutch Morial … .” He also ribbed the mayor “for his apparent tendency to make unilateral decisions without building a consensus first.”

The Revenue Estimating Conference meets Jan. 10, but [state Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro,] doesn’t expect the state’s economic forecast will change much from previous estimates, which has the state short $547 million.

The state will spend about $19 million to build 125 interconnected weather stations that would provide real-time data on air, wind, soil and radiation conditions, allowing the state to anticipate storms and flooding better.

The family that ran the Dixie Brewery from the mid-1980s until Hurricane Katrina has lost another court battle as it tries to save the original building from the wrecking ball.

Civil District Judge Paulette Irons on Tuesday dismissed the Bruno family’s latest request for an injunction, possibly paving the way for contractors with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and LSU to begin to remove asbestos and demolish at least part of the 107-year-old building.

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...