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6:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Temporary Agreement Reached For Orleans Parish Prison

Orleans Parish Prison must be upgraded, according to a federal consent decree.
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Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman have reached an agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city’s violent jail.

The sheriff’s office is under federal court order to improve conditions at the jail.

Today’s agreement covers about one-quarter of nearly $1.9 million provided last year for extra security, medical workers and pay raises for staff at the current jail.

The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, like plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

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11:13 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Charter School Group Accused Of Violating Students' Civil Rights

A civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against New Orleans charter school managers Collegiate Academies alleges harsh discipline that violates federal laws.
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This story has been updated.

A group of lawyers, students and parents have filed a civil rights complaint against three local charter schools. They're asking state and federal officials to investigate the discipline policies at Carver Preparatory, Carver Collegiate Academy and Sci Academy, all operated by Collegiate Academies. These schools have the highest suspension rates in the city.

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Latest News
5:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal Judge Rules On Off-Duty NOPD Details

A federal judge dealt New Orleans police officer groups a stiff blow in their bid to undo the new city-run system for managing paid details.
Dickelbers Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new system of police off-duty paid details, siding with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.

The new policy is a major piece of a wide-ranging consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, aimed at overhauling the police department.

WRKF
3:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tort Reform Bill Advances to House

LABI president Stephen Waguespack testifies in favor of tort reform

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:49 pm

A bill that would change how civil lawsuits are handled in state courts is headed to the House floor. The tort reform bill removes the threshold for having a civil case heard by a jury, instead of only by a judge. Current state law allows a jury trial only if the amount involved exceeds $50,000.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

More BP Oil Washes Ashore As Trial Date Set In Federal Court

A soiled Grand Isle beach weeks after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Jason Saul WWNO

BP oil discovered on Mississippi barrier islands.

Oil continues to wash up on Gulf of Mexico shorelines from BP’s underwater well explosion almost four years ago. The find comes as a key trial date is set in federal court in New Orleans.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue Plaquemines Coal Terminal For Violating Clean Water Act

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.
Credit Scott Eustis / Healthygulf.org and SouthWings.org

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.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Getting That Settlement Paid Could Take an Act of the Legislature

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:44 am

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.

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Latest News
12:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Death Row Inmate Released From Angola

The entrance to Angola Prison, where Glenn Ford spent decades on death row for a crime he did not commit.
msppmoore Flickr

Glenn Ford released from Angola Prison.

A Louisiana man has been released from death row after serving almost 30 years behind bars. New information shows he was not involved in the murder of a Shreveport jeweler in 1983.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

BP Loses Appeal Of Payment Process

A Grand Isle beach soiled with oil after the BP spill.
Jason Saul WWNO

Federal appeals panel backs lower court ruling.

BP has lost an appeal of how much it has to pay in damages caused by its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A split decision by a three-judge panel could restart a payment process that has been on hold while the appeal was pending.

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1:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cooling Plan In Store For Louisiana Death Row

The entrance to Angola Prison, where death row inmates are housed.
msppmoore Flickr

The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. He demanded a plan to cool the cells so the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.

Windows and fans are currently the primary sources of ventilation on death row.

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