Former St. Bernard President Parish Craig Taffaro has paid $12,500 to settle a failed defamation lawsuit that he filed in 2012 against current Parish President Dave Peralta and several other parish employees.
In that suit, Taffaro claimed that Peralta and others had engaged in "creating bogus accusations which were leaked to print and broadcast media ... and repeatedly providing Taffaro's employer, the Jindal Administration, with false and bogus accusations of wrongdoings."
A federal judge in May dismissed Taffaro's suit, stating in part that while the suit characterized the animosity between him and Peralta, it failed to demonstrate how Peralta and others violated Taffaro's rights.
A Ruston private school eliminated from Louisiana's vouchers program is suing the state Department of Education and Superintendent John White, alleging that the defendants are guilty of racial discrimination, according to a report in the Advertiser.
Vouchers, officially called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, allow low-income students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense. Participants must come from C, D or F schools or be entering kindergarten. Schools may not charge voucher students more than other students.
The state eliminated New Living Word from the program in June after an audit revealed the school charged the state $6,300 for voucher students but less than $2,000 for families that paid on their own.