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7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Jail Funding Battle Heads To Federal Court

A federal judge will hear arguments over the consent decree designed to reform the New Orleans jail.

The New Orleans criminal justice system will be center stage at federal court proceedings set to begin this week. The city argues it can’t pay for fixing the police department and jail at the same time.

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WRKF
5:52 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Suit Over Teacher Tenure Changes Kicked Back To District Court

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 3:46 pm

The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a Baton Rouge district judge to review his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws – called Act 1.

Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled that the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

State Appeals Court Panel Hearing Post-Katrina School Firings Case

A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005.

A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal panel Thursday that the Orleans Parish School Board and the state violated the rights of teachers and school workers fired after the storm. She urged the panel to uphold last year's ruling by Judge Ethel Simms Julien.

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WRKF
11:36 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Course Choice Scaled Back After Court Ruling

State Superintendent John White wants to scrape the Department of Education's administrative budget to pay for public school students to take individual courses from private providers.

The Course Choice program had been included in the formula that supports public schools. But the same state Supreme Court ruling that shuttled the planned financing for vouchers, said those funds couldn't go to the new classes either.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Local Leaders, Environmental Groups Call For Maximum BP Fines

Plaquemines Parish President Bill Nungesser says the BP spill is still causing problems.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Environmental groups and community leaders gathered outside the Federal Building in New Orleans to mark the upcoming third anniversary of the BP oil spill. They want the oil company to pay maximum fines.

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Orleans Parish Prison
6:41 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

City Files For Receivership Of Orleans Parish Prison

The City of New Orleans formally petitioned the U.S. District Court in New Orleans to place a federal receiver in charge of the Orleans Parish Prison complex and related facilities, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced Tuesday evening.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Spars With Mayor Landrieu Over Jail Conditions

Sheriff Marlin Gusman holds a news conference at the jail that's under construction.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Sheriff Gusman blasts critics at a news conference.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman spent six hours testifying at the federal court hearing over a consent decree to reform his jail. He then took aim at his critics at a news conference.

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Consent Decree
6:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Fires Back At Jail Critics

Sheriff Gusman's news conference on conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison.

The sheriff in charge of the overcrowded and violent New Orleans jail is firing back at critics. Sheriff Marlin Gusman favors a federal consent decree, while Mayor Mitch Landrieu says a federal receiver should be in charge.

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Orleans Parish Prison
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New Orleans Jail Violence Detailed in Federal Court Hearings

Consent decree hearing begins in federal court.

Problems at the New Orleans jail are being revealed in graphic testimony under way in federal court. A judge is hearing what’s wrong with jail management, and what’s the solution.

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WRKF
10:36 am
Thu March 28, 2013

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, Pro Bono Attorneys Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo, Author Marina Adshade

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:10 am

Jim talks with Baton Rouge area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp about IBM's plans to build a service center in Baton Rouge; employing 800 people. Adam also talks about other economic development news.

Attorney's Emily Ziober and Ken Mayo discuss the importance of doing pro bono legal work for those that erstwhile could not afford representation. 

Economist Marina Adshade talks about her latest book, "Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love".


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