Coal and petroleum waste leak into the Mississippi River from the United Bulk Terminal facility in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 18. A consortium of environmental groups sued the facility Tuesday morning.
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A lawsuit filed Tuesday morning by a coalition of environmental groups says the United Bulk Terminal, a coal export plant in Plaquemines Parish, is polluting the Mississippi River and threatening communities, and wetlands, nearby.
With a number of new coal plants scheduled to come online in the next few years, the lawsuit seeks to bring the plant into compliance with the law, and up to the standards of other states.
Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana who served eight years in federal prison for corruption is now running for Congress. The 86-year-old Edwards wants to represent the Louisiana 6th District in the House of Representatives.
Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 8:27 pm
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When state Superintendent John White was playing sports in high school, he says the poverty of the kids who lived a mile or two away from him came into view.
"I think there was something always, in a way, powerful, about being in a low-income community’s home court. Because, when you come in with your nice uniforms and, you know, you practice everyday in a nice gym or on a nice field, and you play guys whose uniforms don’t quite look the way they should, or the gym’s in bad shape, and the field is also a soccer, also a baseball, also a something else field, you get a very material view of what inequity looks like."
White found the disparity was something he couldn’t turn his back on.
He now oversees the education of Louisiana’s roughly 700,000 public school students. But he started his career teaching English in a high-poverty high school in Jersey City, NJ.
He says he never considered a career in private education, even though he went to an elite all-boys school — St. Albans in Washington, D.C. — from elementary school all the way through 12th grade. And he loved it.
Each session, lawmakers file appropriations bills, trying to get the state to pay what courts have ruled is owed to plaintiffs.
This session, one of the 26 “Appropriations/Judgment” bills is authored by Crowley Representative Jack Montoucet, on behalf of the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association. The amount due that group is $3,722,315.00.
The annual assessment by the economic development group Greater New Orleans, Inc. comes as one of its priority projects — reforming flood insurance — sailed through the U.S. Senate. The organization is also celebrating what it sees as a glowing economic climate for southeast Louisiana.
UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak reviews the runoffs on Saturday's ballot.
Voters in New Orleans are heading to the polls Saturday to decide several citywide offices. Runoffs will decide two council seats, the sheriff, the coroner and a request for funds from the Audubon Nature Institute.