announced last week that it will receive $8.6 million in FEMA funding to repair damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The announcement marks another milestone in the park's post-storm recovery. The FEMA money is in addition to more than $6 million that Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu helped secure from the state Bond Commission to restore the park's golf complex. The park, which was placed under the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism last year, also has raised $9 million in private donations.
Jennifer Williams and Suzanne Buras,
teachers at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and Lake Harbor Middle School in Mandeville, respectively, have won the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — the nation's highest honor for teaching in those fields. They were the only winners from Louisiana, and they are among only 93 winners nationwide. Williams teaches science, and Buras teaches mathematics.
Sen. Don Hines,
the president of the Louisiana Senate, has authored a bill to dilute the power of the state treasurer — in what many see as payback for Treasurer John Kennedy's opposition to a state-financed sugar syrup mill in Hines' district. Kennedy, who by law chairs the state Bond Commission, led the fight to scrap the mill for the past year. Hines' bill, which passed a Senate committee last week, would rotate chairmanship of the commission among the treasurer, the Senate president and the House speaker.