New Orleans, La. – Governor Jindal says the transfer will be a better match for U-N-O to work alongside similar research facilities instead of under the flagship Louisiana State University. It comes after he failed to persuade lawmakers to merge UNO with Southern University of New Orleans, which was loudly opposed by that school's faculty and students. After the signing ceremony, Jindal said he still expects SUNO to improve its student retention and graduation rates.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu and U-S Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced that New Orleans will be getting full-time, high-level federal staff to live in the city and help coordinate how tax dollars are spent.
New Orleans, La. – Five homeowners and housing advocates sued the government over the way Road Home funds were distributed. They claimed the formula discriminated against blacks by calculating grants on the home's value before the storm. Many blacks lived in neighborhoods with depressed values. Plaintiffs argued that it was unfair to use a pre-storm value, and not the higher price tag of rebuilding. Secretary Donovan says the federal money will help revitalize blighted communities.