The FBI says it is investigating two St. Landry Parish School Board members.
While FBI spokesman Kyle Hanrahan wouldn't provide details of the investigation, The Advocate reports the sheriff's office released a report Tuesday about an FBI agent looking into allegations that John Miller and Quincy Richard were allegedly trying to extort money in exchange for their votes for a new school superintendent.
The report was apparently written to officially detail why FBI agent Jeff Goins visited the parish.
Landowners interested in selling property to help Louisiana and federal coastal forest conservation efforts have until Friday to apply for part of the $7.4 million available in the second round of applications.
Bren Haase, deputy chief of planning with the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, tells The Advocate the Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative's goal is to protect coastal forest areas not only for the habitat they provide but also for their ability to hamper storm surge from tropical storms.
Tangipahoa Parish School Board members have recommended $220,000 in repairs to school buildings damaged by Hurricane Isaac.
The Advocate reports Loranger High School's gym and the main building at Chesbrough Elementary in Kentwood both require new roofs, at projected costs of $145,000 and $74,000, respectively.
The repairs to Loranger High's gym roof will have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the parish's 47-year-old desegregation case. A standing order in the suit requires court approval for all non-priority repair costs over $125,000.
The school days for most Central, La. students will be extended by several minutes, and other adjustments are planned to make up for the four days of school lost when Hurricane Isaac blew through Louisiana in late August.
The Advocate reports the Central Community School Board on Monday agreed on how to make up the 1,500 minutes of lost instruction due to the hurricane.
In an explanatory letter to the board, Superintendent Michael Faulk said Central schools had different issues and legal requirements and, as a result, will have different makeup schedules.
Louisiana lawmakers are heading into classrooms starting this week, as part of the national Legislators Back to School Program.
Started in 1999, the program encourages lawmakers to spend a day visiting classrooms to tell students what it's like to be an elected official. The program is an initiative of the National Conference of State Legislators.
The Times-Picayune reports that lawmakers will begin stopping by classrooms this week and continue to participate in the program throughout the year.