BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's education superintendent has again received a positive job evaluation from the state's top school board, which didn't address criticism about the current contracting arrangement. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education reviewed John White's performance in a four-hour, closed-door session Wednesday. White announced he received a 3-point evaluation on a 4-point scale, what he described as an "effective: proficient rating."
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to broaden Louisiana's flood aid program to include more homeowners with flood insurance and to boost grant amounts. The proposed changes to the $1.3 billion homeowner rebuilding program will go to the state recovery board for approval Friday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana taxpayers have weeks to claim their state income tax refunds, or they'll be turned over to the state treasurer's office as unclaimed property. The Louisiana Department of Revenue says $8.6 million in tax refunds remain unclaimed, to be transferred to the treasurer's office after Sept. 6, as required by law.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane researchers have a $104,000 grant to study whether lead in polluted neighborhoods is making mockingbirds more aggressive than those in other neighborhoods. The university says Jordan Karubian and Renata Ribeiro have shown that mockingbirds in neighborhoods with high levels of lead in the dirt have more lead in their blood _ and tend to be more aggressive _ than those in other neighborhoods. Ribeiro says they need more work to see if other factors may cause that increased aggression.
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