A judge has tossed out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but has upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws.
Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Tuesday that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards violated the state constitution because it didn't fit into the stated objective of the bill.
A New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer, has agreed to plead guilty in the case.
Robert Toale, one of Steven Earl Hardrick's attorneys, said his client has a plea agreement with prosecutors but wouldn't elaborate on specifics of the plea. Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday.
In October 2007, Hardrick and others allegedly broke into the home of New Orleans Police Detective Thelonius Dukes and demanded money and cocaine before shooting him. Dukes died later.
The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies. It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during Hurricane Isaac.
Robert Hagmann, personnel administrator for the Department of Civil Service, made a preliminary recommendation to the commission on Monday to eliminate overtime pay for city officials earning more than $100,000 a year.