Eileen Fleming

News Reporter

Eileen is WWNO’s news reporter. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

Her prior experience includes five years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she freelanced stories for U.S. publications. She also worked as a part-time reporter for the Belfast Telegraph during the Clinton-era peace process.

Eileen grew up in the Boston area, and then moved to California where she worked at newspapers throughout the state. Eileen received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University.

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Latest News
7:17 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Scalise Wins House Leadership Election For Whip

Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is the new House Whip.

He won the post in an election yesterday, when Kevin McCarthy — his California colleague — was selected as the new House Majority Leader.

The 48-year-old Scalise has been in the House since 2008, and is considered a conservative leader.

He said on his website that he will be the 27th Majority Whip and the first Republican Majority Whip from Louisiana in the history of the House of Representatives.

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6:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Brookings Report Finds New Orleans Lagging In Foreign Investment

New Orleans lost jobs over past two decades with drop in foreign investments.

A new report finds New Orleans lagging behind in attracting foreign investment. It says the region is losing jobs and the wider financial benefits that come along with international money.

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8:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Levee Board Meeting On Lawsuit To Force Wetlands Repair

The levee board suing 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force repairs of wetlands damaged over the years by production will be discussing the lawsuit Thursday.

It comes after Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation that blocks the board from pursuing that plan.

He says the lawsuit runs counter to the state’s master plan for coastal restoration.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will have a closed-door session to discuss the lawsuit.

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7:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

GOP House Members Voting Today On Scalise For Whip

Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson will be finding out later today if he’ll take over the number-three spot in House GOP leadership.

He’s asking his colleagues to elect him House Whip.

In that position, he’d be in charge of wrangling votes from fellow Republicans on legislation the party supports.

Two other Congressmen are running for the post — one from Illinois, the other from Indiana.

The shakeup comes after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia seat earlier this month to a Tea Party challenger.

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8:07 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Opponents Continue Fight Against St. Tammany Parish Fracking Proposal

While critics of a proposed hydraulic fracturing project in Mandeville appeared at a state hearing in Baton Rouge, a lawsuit was filed in a nearby courtroom to stop the plan.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that the state Department of Natural Resources is considering a permit requested by Helis Oil and Gas. The hearing focused on whether the 960-acre parcel north of Interstate 12 is large enough to handle the process known as fracking.

The St. Tammany Parish Council is filing a lawsuit claiming the project can’t be done on land zoned for residential use.

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8:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Sentencing Delayed Again For Former Mayor Nagin

C. Ray Nagin.
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There’s been another delay in the sentencing of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The federal court is now scheduled to decide the case  July 9.

Former Mayor Nagin could be facing at least 20 years for the 20 guilty verdicts he received on corruption charges.

They include bribery, fraud and money laundering that occurred during his two terms in office. It’s the second delay in the sentencing.

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8:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy

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Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

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9:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

New Trial Granted For Former BP Engineer

Archive photo of the Hale Boggs Federal Courthouse in New Orleans.
Credit U.S. General Services Administration

A federal judge in New Orleans is ordering a new trial for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It stems from comments the jury forewoman overheard in a courthouse elevator.

BP engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of deleting messages he exchanged with his supervisor. Prosecutors allege he was trying to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Defense attorneys interviewed jurors after the verdict.

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7:24 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Business And Political Leaders Gather For Flood Insurance Meeting

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Business and political leaders are meeting in New Orleans Friday to discuss ways of providing affordable flood insurance.

FEMA Administrator David Miller will be explaining how it's assembling maps that are used for setting flood insurance premiums.

The meeting was arranged by GNO, Inc. The business development group led a drive to revamp legislation that could have resulted in some premiums rising from less than $1,000 to tens of thousands of dollars.

GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht says it may be time to review the overall process for getting flood insurance.

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Politics
10:49 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Congressman Scalise Running For House Whip

Congressman Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is seeking the number three leadership position in the House majority reorganization.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Scalise will be running for the post of House majority whip.

It comes as Republicans handle the fall-out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing his Virginia seat to tea party candidate David Brat.

Scalise has served in the House since 2008. He’s facing opposition for the whip job from an Ohio congressman.

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