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Obamacare premiums could skyrocket in 2018 Affordable Care Act uncertainty

Obamacare premiums could skyrocket in 2018 Affordable Care Act uncertainty

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WASHINGTON – The Tribune News Service reports that early rate filings by Obamacare insurers suggest consumers will face significantly higher premiums for […]

Sessions issues sweeping new criminal charging policy

Sessions issues sweeping new criminal charging policy

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that he has directed his federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible, including mandatory minimum sentences, in his first step toward a return to the war on drugs of the 1980s and 1990s that resulted in long sentences for many minority […]

Who will run Louisiana’s investigation into the Alton Sterling shooting?

Who will run Louisiana’s investigation into the Alton Sterling shooting?

 

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Julia O’Donoghue reports that for 10 months, it’s been known that Attorney General Jeff Landry would lead any state inquiry into the […]

Former New Orleans police chief Richard Pennington dies

Former New Orleans police chief Richard Pennington dies

 

 

Laura McKnight reports that Richard Pennington, the former New Orleans police superintendent widely credited with reforming the department and reining in violent crime in the late 1990s, has died. He was 69 (NOLA.com).

 

State Sen. Troy Carter, a former New Orleans City Council member, said one of Pennington’s close […]

By |May 5th, 2017|Legal News, Martin's Blog|0 Comments

TOPS up, mental health services down in House-approved Louisiana state budget

TOPS up, mental health services down in House-approved Louisiana state budget

 

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The Louisiana House of Representatives on Thursday (May 4) approved its version of the state budget, with spending $237 million less […]

New Orleans’ Master Plan: Proposed Changes

New Orleans’ Master Plan: Proposed Changes

 

Katherine Sayre of the Times-Picayune writes that the City Planning Commission on Tuesday (Feb. 7) will consider a wide range of proposed changes to the city’s five-year-old master plan with a goal of refocusing the vision for New Orleans on the longer-term future and away from Hurricane Katrina recovery (NOLA.com).

The […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Martin's Blog|0 Comments

Resisting Arrest and Blue Lives Matter

Resisting Arrest and Blue Lives Matter

Opinion by Jarvis DeBerry of the Times-Picayune:

A person who attacked a police officer could already expect to suffer a harsher punishment than a person who attacked a civilian; however, in 2016 the Louisiana Legislature decided that the state needed a so-called Blue Lives Matter law.  That law adds law enforcement […]

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|Martin's Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Opioid epidemic is getting worse according to CDC

Opioid epidemic is getting worse according to CDC

According to CNN, the number of deaths from overdoses of illicit opioids rose sharply again in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday (CNN).

“The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “Prescription opioid misuse and use of […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Martin's Blog, Uncategorized|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|Martin's Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments