New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched another pillar of his NOLA for LIFE homicide reduction plan on Wednesday: helping ex-offenders leaving prison get jobs and homes.
Mayor Landrieu said the challenge of stopping violence in the city is everyone’s responsibility, including private companies who hold jobs. He said that people leaving prison have to be given an opportunity to make better choices.
A group of environmentalists are walking100 miles from Grand Isle to Baton Rouge, along Louisiana Highway 1. They’re protesting Governor Jindal’s signing of Senate Bill 469, which blocked a New Orleans levee board lawsuit against oil and gas companies.
The members hail from around Louisiana. They want Gulf residents to be more aware of decisions made in Baton Rouge that impact their coastal communities.
More Louisiana high school students are earning college-ready ACT scores.
The Department of Education said today that more than 23,000 students scored an 18 or higher this year. That’s almost 1,500 more students than last year who scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.
The number of graduates who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state TOPS program also increased by more than 1,000 students.
A New Orleans City council committee has approved a resolution to hike the rates by 31 percent over the next four years. The council’s utility advisers reached an agreement in principle with officials of Entergy Louisiana.
The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the deal also directs the company to transfer Algiers service to Entergy New Orleans.
Entergy Louisiana serves about 22,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Algiers.
The New Orleans Police department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, the department announced in a press release.
The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of June 26, and last until about 5 a.m. the nest morning. NOPD is required to disclose the existence of checkpoints ahead of time, but not their location.
Drivers are advised to have proper documentation on them, such as a driver's license and proof of insurance, but should only experience minimal delays.
A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.
This morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights to equal protection and due process by refusing to give them the rights of opposite-sex married couples.
The state and opponents of gay marriage want Feldman to reject the suits. They argue that each state has the right to define marriage in its own way.
Life support is now required in Louisiana to keep pregnant women alive until after the birth of the child.
A new bill takes effect for those women who do not have a living will. Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Monday.
It was written by Democratic state Representative Austin Badon of New Orleans, and it takes effect immediately.
The bill requires doctors to use life-sustaining measures if the woman has been pregnant for 20 weeks or more. Also, an obstetrician must determine the woman's life "can reasonably be maintained" to permit the birth.