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Criminal Justice
8:19 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate

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On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.

In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.

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Latest News
7:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion

The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance process winding down.

New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Checking In With Revitalization In The Lower 9th Ward

The Backyard Gardeners Network in the Lower 9th Ward helps turn vacant lots into community gardens.
Hanna Rasanen

If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots of land out there.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin catches up with Lower Nine gardener Jenga Mwendo of the Backyard Gardeners Network about putting vacant lots to use and what’s been happening in her neighborhood since the last time the two of them talked.  

To read more about the Backyard Gardeners Network, visit NolaVie.com.

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WRKF
5:38 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait

Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the "Fairness Ordinance" at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:56 am

The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But the meeting time expired before the council could vote. 


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Latest News
6:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Orleans Youth Call For A Citywide Day Of Action

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools holds an annual press conference to address young people's issues. This year, it is accompanied by a citywide day of action.
Karen Marshall Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city.  The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.

Thursday, for the first time, the students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth day of action. 

Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Street Repair Plan Springs From 'Fix Our Streets' Movement

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association President Ann LeBlanc.

Hundreds of people attended a meeting in Lakeview last night to find a way to repair the city’s crumbling streets. The discussion drew residents from neighborhoods across the city.

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Latest News
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant For Youth Design Program

In the Arts Council Of New Orleans' Youth Solutions design program, artists teach design skills to local teens, who then work on improving the neighborhood. They can design anything – from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.
Jennifer Rensel Flickr

The National Endowment for the Arts awards $5 million of “Our Town” grants each year to organizations across 38 states that drive community development with the arts.

This year’s local recipient of $150,000 is the The Arts Council of New Orleans, to support the Youth Solutions design program. Artists and designers teach design skills to local teenagers, who then work on improving their neighborhoods. They can design anything — from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.

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Latest News
4:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
Jonathan McIntosh / Rainforest Action Network Flickr

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

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Business
2:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Short-Term Rental Stakeholders All Agree On One Thing: Current Law Inadequate

A screenshot of the Airbnb website shows over a thousand available short-term rentals in New Orleans, which are illegal under current city law.
Credit Airbnb

Unlicensed, short-term rentals are illegal in New Orleans, but there aren’t a lot of people getting busted for renting out their house on websites like Airbnb or VRBO. That’s because the law that bans vacation rentals is almost impossible for the city to enforce.

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Latest News
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Road Home Program Repayment Demands Still Unresolved

The Road Home program created after Hurricane Katrina is still causing paperwork headaches nine years after the storm.

The nearly $10 billion program was designed to help residents rebuild so they could return. But 32,000 people remain in legal limbo.

Last year the state sent almost 50,000 letters to homeowners demanding they repay some of their grants.

About 100 people attended a New Orleans City Council committee meeting this week, saying they are caught in a paperwork nightmare.

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