Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 6:15 pm
A giant algae bloom is still making the waters in the western part of Lake Erie look like a thick, green pea soup. Toxins in that muck seeped into the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, last weekend, forcing officials to ban nearly half a million people from using tap water. A big cause of the algae proliferation isn't a mystery — it's crop runoff. And local farmers are on the defensive.
Six miles from Lake Erie is Ron Schimming's 400-acre soybean and corn farm.
Baton Rouge area voters will pick the next state Supreme Court justice in a runoff election Saturday.
John Pierre, professor and vice chancellor at the Southern University Law Center, says the new justice will likely help decide the biggest battles of the past legislative session. The fight over private school vouchers is just one of them.