News roundup: Woman's Hospital sets new date for campus move … Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment … Several area teachers named Louisiana Teacher of the Year finalists
New delivery date: Woman's Hospital today announced that it has set a new date to relocate to its new campus at the corner of Airline Highway and Pecue Lane. The hospital will move in on Aug. 5, roughly two months after an originally announced move date of June 3. "The additional time allows Woman's team to fully prepare the new campus for the caliber of care expected at Woman's," says Woman's President and CEO Teri Fontenot. The move date was revised because the building was not complete enough in April to allow adequate time to train staff for their new work environment and ensure that all clinical systems are fully tested.
Taboo language: The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest U.S. region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws. In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas. A senior administration official, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, says Armendariz has received death threats. His resignation was effective today. Read the full story here.
At the top: Of the 24 Louisiana teachers named today as candidates for the regional Teacher of the Year award and of the 15 principals who are up for the Louisiana Principal of the Year award, a half dozen are from schools in the Capital Region. All finalists will be honored at a celebration in July, at which the teachers and principals of the year will be announced. As in previous years, Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge will award the Teacher of the Year a one-year lease to a brand-new car. Other principal and teacher winners and regional finalists will be awarded cash prizes, along with other donated prizes. See the complete list of finalists here.
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