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School performance scores remain steady across New Orleans area

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- Tiana Nobile teaches her first grade class at Morris Jeff Community School  in New Orleans.

School performance scores — a measure of public school quality that combines test results and dropout rates — remained relatively steady across the New Orleans area this year, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. In part, that’s by design. The latest results come as Louisiana is making a controversial transition to… Continue reading →

Peralta threatens veto of measure limiting his authority

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta

With little fanfare beyond a quick reading of the proposed language, the St. Bernard Parish Council on Tuesday took steps to limit the authority of Parish President David Peralta, drawing a strong rebuke from the embattled parish leader, who in a surprise threatened to veto one of the two measures. The council, by a 4-1 vote,… Continue reading →

UNO panel releases scorecard on how academic programs are doing

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Students Ray Shall, Barrett Gale and Benjamin Pridgen visit on the quad between classes at the University of New Orleans.

A working group of faculty and staff at the University of New Orleans has released an initial scorecard that evaluates the school’s 80 degree programs on criteria including student demand, size, graduation rate, tuition revenue from students and whether it’s an area central to UNO’s core mission. Programs that receive top marks include undergraduate programs in… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Only office I’d seek is presidency

Associated Press photo by JUSTIN HAYWORTH -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fall fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in September

Gov. Bobby Jindal would not respond Tuesday to the flurry of GOP congressional candidates grading his governorship, often with below-average marks, repeating what he called his accomplishments and saying the only accurate grade was “incomplete.” Jindal also told a news conference that he was not interested in any other future office but president of the United States.… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu looks to seniors in tight race

Facing a tight re-election bid, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is ramping up efforts to court seniors, hoping older voters will help push her over the edge to win a fourth term. Landrieu on Tuesday made several stops across the state to tout an endorsement from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a Washington-based… Continue reading →

St. John water employees suspended after being charged with faking tests

DO NOT RUN DO NOT RUN DO NOT RUN  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday, May 31, 2013 holds a press conference at the Port of New Orleans headquarters for the first day of hurricane season to talk about the protection system. Also included were the parish presidents whose parishes are included within that greater New Orleans system. Natalie Robottom President of St. John The Baptist Parish. MAGS  OUT / INTERNET  OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/  MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/ELIOT KAMENITZ

Two St. John the Baptist Parish employees accused of faking chlorine-level tests, which would have found the presence of a potentially dangerous amoeba in the parish water supply, have been suspended without pay following their indictment Monday on charges of malfeasance in office and maintaining false public records. Meanwhile, parish officials, with the help… Continue reading →

New Orleans police investigating 2 murders Tuesday morning

New Orleans police are working two fatal shootings Tuesday morning, one in the 800 block of North Roman Street in Treme and the other in the 3500 block of Piety Street in the Desire area. Little information was immediately available about either shooting. The victim in the North Roman shooting was a woman, police said, but they… Continue reading →

Secretary of State Tom Schedler eyes voter turnout

Louisiana election turnout could be low for Nov. 4 statewide balloting based on historical data, Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Tuesday. Schedler said past history in recent federal elections indicates a potential 45 to 50 percent voter participation rate. “I hope I’m wrong,” Schedler said. “This election should draw 70 percent because of the magnitude… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu: Republicans using Ebola outbreak to intentionally ‘create fear’

In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu speaks in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Republicans are intentionally drumming up fear about Ebola. GOP officials say the Democratic senator isn’t putting enough pressure on the Obama administration to address the public health concerns. Landrieu said Tuesday that while Ebola is a very serious situation, Republicans are using the virus outbreak in West Africa to “create fear” here… Continue reading →

New rules on banks’ risk in mortgage bonds eased

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. satellite office in Arlington, Va.

WASHINGTON (AP) — New U.S. rules aimed at getting banks to take on more of the risk when they package and sell mortgage securities are being relaxed with an eye to spurring broader home lending. Federal regulators have dropped a key requirement: a 20 percent down payment from the borrower if a bank didn’t hold at least… Continue reading →

Stocks rise, helped by Chinese data, Apple results

In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, a man walks to work on Wall Street, near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening higher Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after several big companies reported results that pleased investors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks were solidly higher in early trading Tuesday, the market’s fourth straight day of advances, following an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly earnings from Apple and other big companies. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 102 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,502 as of 10:52… Continue reading →

State: 28% of schools get D or F

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White is shown speaking in the cafeteria of the W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center in Lafayette on Oct. 6, 2014. White was visiting schools around Lafayette Parish as part of his Louisiana Believes tour.

Shielded from any nosedives, public school letter grades were largely unchanged for the 2013-14 school year, with 28 percent of schools receiving a D or F, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. However, state Superintendent of Education John White said schools will have to show improvements to meet higher expectations starting with the 2015-16 school year.… Continue reading →

Cadaver dog sniffs out human remains

Where’s a body buried? Buster’s nose can often tell you. He’s a cadaver dog, specially trained to find human remains and increasingly being used by law enforcement and accepted in courts. These dogs are helping solve even decades-old mysteries.… Continue reading →

On visit home, Obama looks backward and forward

Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., center, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., second from right, watch as President Barack Obama delivers doughnuts and pastries to Democratic campaign volunteers on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. Obama is in Chicago campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CHICAGO (AP) — A lesson from President Barack Obama’s brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What’s past is prologue. While his trip to Chicago offered a sweet taste of nostalgia, it also offered reminders that his efforts in the first six years of his presidency have set the stage for immense challenges in his final two… Continue reading →

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

This Sept. 11, 2012, file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs. At the end of the show, the… Continue reading →