A tentative agreement has been reached in a 2010 federal lawsuit that claimed New Orleans schools failed to fulfill obligations to students with a variety of disabilities — including autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder.
U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said in an order made public yesterday that an "agreement in principle" had been reached in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of 10 students.
Settlement efforts had been going on for months.
Attorneys involved declined comment because the agreement is not yet final.
A new levee board created to build flood protection projects in St. Tammany Parish is meeting for the first time today.
The nine commissioners of the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District will meet in Mandeville.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the board is made up of gubernatorial appointees from communities throughout the parish.
The board was set up by the Legislature this year. It will work as other levee boards do in Louisiana — looking after the parish's flood control needs. As a political subdivision of the state, it has taxing authority.
Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is returning to Washington to begin preparations for his transition to the Senate.
Cassidy has a meeting later Tuesday with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They are expected to discuss upcoming committee assignments.
He knows he's getting on the energy committee. That's a promise McConnell made to Cassidy to help undercut Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu touting her committee position as essential to Louisiana.
Cassidy posted a 12-point victory in Saturday's runoff over Landrieu.
Voters in St. Bernard Parish rejected several tax measures to pay for a number of public services.
It’s seen a sign of growing frustration over the cost of rebuilding their parish since Hurricane Katrina.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports that most tax renewals pass in most elections. But the rejection of several financial matters in Saturday’s election could show the discontent in a parish that’s much smaller post-Katrina.
Voters also recently rejected a proposed new tax for their parish hospital.
Causeway police are cracking down on speeders, careless drivers and other offenders on the 24-mile bridge crossing Lake Pontchartrain in the wake of two recent fatal accidents in which vehicles went off the bridge and into the water.
The bridge's general manager tells The Times-Picayune that enforcement has really been ratcheted up.
A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with damage claims from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Prosecutors said English worked as a claims adjuster for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. In September 2010, he began providing fraudulent documentation for people who made phony claims for loss of fishing income. The claims resulted in more than $257,000 in illegal payouts.