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With the legislature in regular session, officials in New Orleans are closely watching bills they support – and those they do not. City Hall is working with the state delegation representing New Orleans on how the funding will be shared.

The Orleans Parish School Board considered a controversial new funding formula last night.

The school board meeting was unusually packed with students, parents, teachers and charter CEOs. Many wore lime green T-shirts that said: families and schools for fair funding. To them "fair" means new system that gives schools more money for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students who are overage or several years behind. But it gives less for gifted and talented students.

The annual meeting of the Greater New Orleans, Incorporated business development group is normally a chance to reflect on success stories and progress. This year’s gathering had a twist, coming by chance on the day after a disappointing budget special session by the state legislature.

The New Orleans Inspector General says in a new report that about half of the Sewerage and Water Board accounts are delinquent. The overdue accounts amount to more than $10 million.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump topped the ballots in the Louisiana primary over the weekend, but local elections were also decided.

C. Reynold Verret attended a special Holy Mass at Xavier University on Thursday evening, ahead of his investiture on Friday.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Xavier University in New Orleans has a new president. C. Reynold Verret took the position last summer, but the formal inauguration is this week.

Pink, oily sludge passed beneath a bridge over. the 17th Street Canal on Tuesday.
John Lopez / Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Local, state and national agencies are responding to an oil-related incident in Jefferson Parish over the weekend.

Pink sludge was found in the 17th Street Canal and it’s not yet public knowledge how it got there.

The Coast Guard is overseeing the cleanup, which is ongoing. It says 900 gallons of waste lubricant came from Delta Petroleum. The company’s website says it blends and packs lubricants and oils.

A company spokesman says it notified state police, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the East Jefferson Levee District on Sunday.

Students on the steps of the Louisiana state capitol.
Mallory Falk / WWNO

College students from across Louisiana gathered at the state capitol on Wednesday to protest budget cuts, as the legislature met to discuss the state's budget shortfall.

Classes at public universities have been canceled or over-enrolled. Favorite professors have been laid off. And now, predictions of severe cuts to the state's scholarship program, TOPS.

Keiyanu Mattocks is supposed to start classes at LSU Alexandria this summer.

State offices and most schools in the New Orleans region closed early Tuesday as forecasters warned of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.

So far, the most heavily hit areas have primarily been north and east of New Orleans, with tornado touchdowns on the Northshore and around Baton Rouge. Meteorologist Andrew Ansorge with the National Weather Service in Slidell says it’s a little rare to have this strong of a storm this early in the year.

French Ambassador Gerard Araud at the French American Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans.
Baylee Badawy

The French Ambassador to the United States has made his first visit to New Orleans. He met with city leaders and other groups to explore future business and cultural exchanges.

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