The powers that be in Iberia Parish — a group of elected officials refusing to listen to the voices of its constituents combined with higher-ups at the local paper — are pulling out all the stops as they continue their foolhardy push to use already dedicated tax revenues for a questionable levee project.
Speaking in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency officials said states in the river's watershed need to accelerate efforts to cut pollution from farm field runoff and discharges from sewage treatment plants.
The rate hikes, which go into effect on Oct. 1, are due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which removed federal subsidies from properties in flood zones.
State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Shoot-em-up, likes him some guns-n-ammo and the right to bear arms, and today he hosted a “Guns and Coffee” event to protest Starbucks’ asking customers last week to refrain from bringing firearms into its cafés.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department said the state has agreed to provide information to the federal government on the program. The Obama administration says the voucher initiative has hurt desegregation efforts.
Jindal's office says the governor is leaving the decision to the Department of Education. And education department spokeswoman Anna Gatlin said Tuesday that Superintendent of Education John White hadn't yet decided whether to apply.
A Jefferson Parish lawmaker urged Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called the Common Core.
Project organizers say volunteers will plant more than 12,000 plugs of dune grass which helps stabilize the beach along Grand Isle, the state's only inhabited barrier island.
Troy Hebert, the commissioner of the state Alcohol & Tobacco Control agency, presided over a three-plus hour hearing Monday morning in the City-Parish Council auditorium at City Hall concerning downtown nightclub Karma, the subject of numerous complaints and much attention from law enforcement over the last few years.