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This weekend the Lusher Charter School board rejected a petition to recognize a teachers union and start a collective bargaining process.

The vote came after hours of public comment from over 50 people, mostly teachers but also parents and community members. Many spoke in support of the union.

Two members of families shattered in the Danziger Bridge shooting 11 years ago say they can live with seeing police officers who opened fire that day have their sentences cut by decades.  The prison terms were cut Wednesday by the same federal judge who sentenced them – and later ordered new trials for prosecutors’ misconduct. Relatives say it was more important that the officers admit what they did.

Governor John Bel Edwards released a new budget proposal on Wednesday, and it includes major cuts to Louisiana's college scholarship program.

The proposed budget - which would go into effect July 1 - slashes TOPS scholarship funding by over 60 percent. It provides only about a third of the nearly $300 million needed to fund the program.

The University of New Orleans quality of life survey shows Orleans Parish residents aren’t as optimistic as they had been about the city’s future. Jefferson Parish respondents remain much more satisfied with their community.

New Orleans officials say the police department has shortened response times by reorganizing shifts and putting experienced officers back on the streets. They say the department could be even better – if it gets more money.

A new national report finds Louisiana with the biggest lifetime wage gap for women in the United States. The National Women’s Law Center based findings on projections of women’s wages spanning 40 years on the job.

A national bipartisan group working on criminal justice reform is backing three House bills in the Louisiana Legislature. They’re aimed at making it easier for people leaving prison to re-enter the community.

The Honoré Center for Undergraduate Achievement hosts an open house tonight. The program gives black male students full scholarships to Southern University at New Orleans — if they agree to work as teachers for two years after college.

In a sixth grade class at Langston Hughes Academy, students quietly fill out a worksheet on renewable energy. Donovan Woods approaches the ones that seem stumped or distracted, and helps them with their work.

St. Tammany Parish is hosting two meetings this week to help flooded homeowners with paperwork for home elevation funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first meeting is 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Mandeville, at the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive.

 

The second meeting is 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Slidell, on the fifth floor of the Towers Administration Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail.

 

Housing advocates have been holding an all-night vigil in front of offices of the Housing Authority of New Orleans. It’s designed to press the authority for more reforms than are planned for review later today.

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