Under review: After one of his top aides resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, Gov. John Bel Edwards is creating a seven-member study group to review Louisiana’s policies for handling sexual misconduct claims. The governor’s executive order, released Wednesday, requires all executive branch agencies to review their own sexual harassment and workplace discrimination policies and submit a report on them by Jan. 1. Task force members will then comb through the policies, evaluating their effectiveness while suggesting changes to make them both stronger and uniform across the administration. Recommendations are due Edwards by March 1. Read more.
Unpaid: A group of subcontractors allege they haven’t been paid roughly $262,000 for their work on Shreveport’s new aquarium, The Shreveport Times reports. Seven liens were filed in October and November, ranging from work done on the building’s fire and sprinkler system to general construction. The largest individual lien, as of Dec. 5, was filed by Rimmer Electric for $91,233. The liens are filed against both Planet Aqua Group/Shreveport Aquarium and Wieland-Davco, the project’s general contractor. A city spokesperson has acknowledged the liens and says Planet Aqua Group is required to pay them. Read more.
On the up and up: Bitcoin rocketed above $15,000 for the first time ever this morning, up more than 10% on the day. This after adding more than $2,000 to its price in fewer than 12 hours, Reuters reports. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, has seen a more than fifteen-fold surge in its value since the start of the year. The launch this weekend of bitcoin futures by CBOE, one of the biggest global derivatives exchanges, was helping drive up the price on expectations it would draw more investors to the market, market watchers say. Read more.
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