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4:12 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

OneApp Sends Out School Placements

Many New Orleans students are finding out where they'll go to school this fall. OneApp placements went out in the mail and through email on Thursday.

Lashunda Dean was at work when she got the email from OneApp.

"My first reaction was like 'yay! Oh my God! Yeah!'" she says. "And then I opened the email and I was like 'oh, okay, well.'"

Her son William, a fifth-grader, got his second choice. Dean was disappointed but not surprised.

"I knew it was gonna be a slim chance of getting in," she says. Because their top choice had very few open seats.

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1:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Durst Indicted On Weapons Charges By Orleans Parish Grand Jury

Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst will remain in New Orleans for a while. He’s been indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges.

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7:47 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Loyola Law Students Offering Tax Help

Federal taxes are due next week. Loyola University law students are helping people make that filing deadline.

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Coastal Desk
5:31 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Pearl River On 'Top 10' List Of Most Endangered Rivers

The Pearl River by Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, LA.
Credit Gulf Restoration Network

American Rivers came out with its 2015 list of top 10 most endangered rivers. The Pearl River that runs through Louisiana and Mississippi is included on this national list.

Each of the ten rivers are called "endangered" because they face some kind of big change on the horizon. In the case of Pearl River, it’s whether a new dam will be built in Jackson, Mississippi.

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10:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Maritime Traffic Resuming After Collision On Mississippi River

Maritime traffic along the Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting back to normal after three ships collided about 60 miles west of New Orleans. The Coast Guard is escorting ships between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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7:47 am
Tue April 7, 2015

School Loses Charter And Administrators, So Teachers And Staff Take Helm

Teachers and staff fill Lagniappe Academies' April board meeting.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Last month, Lagniappe Academies lost its charter due to allegations that it wasn't serving students with disabilities. The school will close this spring. Its leaders have stepped down — including the CEO and acting principal. Now a group of teachers and staff will take the helm.

About a dozen teachers and staff attended the school's board meeting last night and made a proposal: allow them to run Lagniappe. They laid out a detailed plan for closing out the year and closing down the school.

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Education
6:15 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

More Louisiana Public School Graduates Enrolling In College

Credit Sean Locke Photography / Shutterstock

The number of Louisiana students entering college has risen, according to new data from the State Department of Education.

More than 22,000 public school students across the state enrolled in two- and four-year colleges last fall. That's an all-time high, and an increase of six percent from the year before.

Looking at New Orleans alone, the increase in college-bound students was even higher — a 15 percent jump from the previous year.

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8:45 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Environmental Defense Fund To Monitor Restore Act Projects

As the five-year anniversary approaches later this month of the BP oil spill, the Environmental  Defense Fund is gearing up for monitoring how restoration money is used to repair damage.

The Restore Act sets aside 80 percent of the still-undetermined billions of dollars in fines BP will be ordered to pay in Clean Water Act fines.

Some projects are already drawing critics. The Gulf Restoration Network is suing to block the money from being used for an Alabama convention center.

Natalie Peyronnin is director of science policy for the Environmental Defense Fund.

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2:28 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

La. State Police Spent $2.2 Million On Gov. Jindal's Travel

Expenses for the governor's state police security detail have gone up under Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he travels across the country raising his profile for a possible presidential campaign.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of the Louisiana State Police, says his agency spent $2.2 million on travel expenses related to Jindal's protective detail this year.

He says that level has stayed consistent in recent years. But it's up from $1.5 million for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and $1 million for former Gov. Mike Foster.

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7:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Affordable Housing Still Challenging Nearly 10 Years Since Katrina

As the 10-year anniversary approaches marking Hurricane Katrina, community experts are assessing the progress and challenges of recovery. Housing was one topic reviewed at a daylong forum at the University of New Orleans.

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