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Sierra Club signals lawsuit over New Orleans school rebuilding

Monday, 03 August 2015 19:37 Written by
The Sierra Club and an alumni group put New Orleans' two public school systems on notice Monday (Aug. 3) that they may sue over rebuilding Booker T. Washington High School on a toxic waste site. The notice is a necessary procedural step in filing a citizens' lawsuit in federal court, attorney Monique Harden said. The Louisiana Recovery School District is rebuilding the school on its original site, part of the Silver City dump next to
New Laws in Louisiana
Monday, 03 August 2015 16:26 Written by
Over the weekend hundreds of new laws passed in the most recent legislative session went into effect in Louisiana. Here are a few of the newest laws on the books: Drivers beware, using a hand-held cell phone in a school zone is now against the law if the school district has a sign posted stating that such use is prohibited. Inspection stations can now conduct inspections in the rain. Another bill passed extends the length…
Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' set to shoot in Louisiana this fall
Monday, 03 August 2015 16:19 Written by
Tom Cruise appears to be coming back to New Orleans this fall for "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," a follow-up to 2012's "Jack Reacher," inspired by the title character from the Lee Child novels. Production on the Edward Zwick-directed thriller is set to start Oct. 26 and continue through Feb. 6, 2016, according to paperwork filed with the state. Studio parent Paramount Pictures did not respond to a request for comment, although the production has
Speaker Toni Atkins Gives Legislative Update
Monday, 03 August 2015 16:01 Written by
Assembly Speaker ToniAtkins to Headline Dem Meeting Party in the ParkCalled a Huge Success La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will host the Speaker ofthe California State Assembly Toni Atkins atour special August 5 meeting. TheSpeaker will cover a wide range of topics including a legislative update andhow San Diegans can and will be affected by the new state budget. And a new California Law sponsored by SpeakerAtkins mandating that Residential Care Facilities carry liability insurancewill
CROSS-WISE: Failing the Test
Monday, 03 August 2015 12:45 Written by
Don’t be fooled by a scorecard that aims to intimidate legislators rather than inform the public. Americans for Prosperity’s website asks provocatively, “On the important issues, where does your state legislator stand?” Curious to know, I scrolled down the page to find that one of my legislators, Rep. Nancy Landry, had “voted against taxpayers” at least once, while the other, Sen. Page Cortez, had “voted against taxpayers” on two occasions. Outraged by
Little-claimed Citizens insurance rebate lowered
Monday, 03 August 2015 11:02 Written by
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Everyone in Louisiana who buys property insurance will lose 28 percent of a tax credit they can get for covering the debt of the state's property insurer of last resort. In addition, the reduction is retroactive, meaning those who failed to file for the tax credit over the last four years are also out 28 percent of the rebate. As a result, Insurance Commissioner Jim
Louisiana Citizens Insurance Rebate Lowered
Monday, 03 August 2015 07:36 Written by
As a result, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the state can immediately grab about $60 million of the unclaimed rebates. The Advocate report the cut was part of a package of tax credit reductions passed by the Legislature. As a result of the new law, the average homeowner's rebate from the annual assessment tied to Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance… This article is available to INNsider Pro subscribers only.Sign in or register to be an INNsider
Records: Louisiana lags behind other states in releasing information about child abuse, neglect
Monday, 03 August 2015 07:01 Written by
When a Louisiana child dies or is critically injured by abuse and neglect, the state Department of Child and Family Services typically releases very limited information about what happened, even in cases where the agency itself might have failed to protect a child. DCFS officials over the years have emphasized that this is required by state and federal law, saying they are prohibited from making public more details by broad confidentiality regulations. But
Rebate for purchasing Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance cut by 28 percent
Monday, 03 August 2015 06:10 Written by
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Everyone in Louisiana who buys property insurance will lose 28 percent of a tax credit they can get for covering the debt of the state's property insurer of last resort. In addition, the reduction is retroactive, meaning those who failed to file for the tax credit over the last four years are also out 28 percent of the rebate. As a result, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the state can immediately…
Ken de la Bastide column: City budget talks could be contentious
Sunday, 02 August 2015 09:47 Written by
Ken de la Bastide Posted: Sunday, August 2, 2015 10:30 am Ken de la Bastide column: City budget talks could be contentiousBy Ken de la Bastide | The Herald BulletinHerald Bulletin Since the implementation of property tax caps by the Indiana General Assembly, preparing and approving budgets by local units of government has become an
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