New Orleans police now say that only about half of more than 400 untested rape kits may need testing.
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said over the weekend that the department is storing 220 of 429 kits. Most of the stored kits are from people who got tested by medical personnel but declined to press charges.
The untested rape kits were disclosed during a New Orleans City Council hearing last week on failings in the department's handling of rape and child abuse cases.
The closure of the master's program in romance languages at the University of New Orleans has been postponed, NOLA.com reports.
At a meeting of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors last week, faculty and staff in the foreign languages department questioned the low enrollment numbers used in a report about restructuring the programs.
The Biloxi City Council is considering an ordinance, based on a similar ordinance used in New Orleans, that would protect people riding on floats and marching in parades from throw-backs by spectators.
The Sun Herald reports a first reading of an ordinance came Tuesday without comment. Council President Kenny Glavan later said that he's had a couple of krewes ask for the protection.
The ordinance says people sometimes throw beads and other items back on the floats where participants are occupied, potentially injuring them.
It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after levee failures during the 2005 storm led to inundation of the city.
Tulane University economic professor Douglas Harris explains the research project.
Tulane University has announced a comprehensive study on public education reform that’s taken hold in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The plan is to share what has been learned in the radically overhauled school system.
The Orleans Parish School Board came one step closer to choosing a new superintendent last night. The board voted unanimously to bring back two of three possible candidates for another round of interviews.
Henderson Lewis Jr. is superintendent of East Feliciania Parish and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. Debbra Lindo served as a superintendent in northern California.
The search for a new superintendent has lasted nearly two and a half years. Board member Ira Thomas says that search may be coming to a close.