Monthly Archives: December 2016

Russian hacking continues unabated

Russian hacking continues unabated

(CNN) Russian cyberhacking activity has continued largely unabated since the November election, including against US political organizations, US officials briefed on the investigation told CNN on Thursday

Among the attempted cyber breaches are phishing attempts targeting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, one official says. The attempt to breach the Clinton campaign was […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Internal audit shows NOPD body camera usage on the rise

 

Jed Lipinski of the Times-Picayune reports that an internal audit by the New Orleans Police Department has found that officers turned their body-worn cameras on during citizen encounters nearly every time they were required to in 2016. The compliance rate, estimated to be 97-99 percent, marks a substantial improvement from the 80 percent compliance the […]

By |December 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Federal Reserve raises interest rate

Federal Reserve raises interest rate

Bill Chappell of NPR reports that America’s central bank is nudging its benchmark interest rate higher, announcing a move from the current 0.25-0.50 percent to a range of 0.50 and 0.75 percent. The decision emerged from a session of the Federal Open Market Committee Wednesday (NPR).

Analysts had widely expected the hike […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

St. Tammany gets $3.7 million from FEMA

St. Tammany gets $3.7 million from FEMA

FEMA has awarded St. Tammany Parish government $3.7 million to protect people and property from natural disasters. The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hazard mitigation grant program comes as result of the spring 2016 flooding.

Parish officials said they will evaluate existing risks and vulnerabilities and use St. […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Donald Trump faces 3 possible conflicts if he keeps business, say ethics experts

Donald Trump faces 3 possible conflicts if he keeps business, say ethics experts

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he’s in office — but he’s not going to sell it off. If he follows through, he will shatter a presidential precedent on conflicts, and ethics […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Jefferson Parish tax for drainage renewal: what it is

Jefferson Parish tax for drainage renewal: what it is

Jefferson Parish voters will decide Saturday (Dec. 10) whether to continue paying what is now a $15.4 million property tax to operate and maintain the drainage system. Keith Conley, chief operating officer of Parish President Mike Yenni’s administration, said Wednesday (Nov. 30) that flood protection is an […]

By |December 9th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Jeff Landry asks court to throw out transgender protections in John Bel Edwards’ order

Jeff Landry asks court to throw out transgender protections in John Bel Edwards’ order

Julia O’Donoghue of the Times Picayune reports that Attorney General Jeff Landry’s legal team is asking a Baton Rouge court to throw out workplace protections for transgender employees in state government, but not necessarily the same protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. 

The […]

By |December 9th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Short-term rentals: Here’s what the City Council votes on Thursday

Short-term rentals: Here’s what the City Council votes on Thursday

Kevin Litten of the Times-Picayune reports that the New Orleans City Council on Thursday (Dec. 1) is set to take what could be a historic vote on short-term rentals, establishing a regulatory framework for taxing and enforcing the practice of renting out rooms and houses to […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

John Bel Edwards, Jeff Landry debate whether transgender state workers should be protected

John Bel Edwards, Jeff Landry debate whether transgender state workers should be protected

Before the end of December, a Baton Rouge judge is expected to decide whether the Louisiana government will continue to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and contractors in the workplace (NOLA.com).

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry’s legal teams spent hours Tuesday […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

President Obama Offers Cubans ‘Hand of Friendship’ After Fidel Castro’s Death

President Obama Offers Cubans ‘Hand of Friendship’ After Fidel Castro’s Death

 

Daniel Marans of the Huffington Post writes that President Barack Obama focused on healing U.S.-Cuban relations in a statement on the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

 

“At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people,” Obama […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments