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Education
3:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Settlement Puts Supports In Place For New Orleans Students With Disabilities

Credit Jesse Kunerth / Shutterstock

 

Last month the Southern Poverty Law Center, Louisiana Department of Education, State School Board, and Orleans Parish School Board reached a settlement on a four-year-old lawsuit. The suit claimed New Orleans schools weren't effectively serving students with disabilities — something that's harder to monitor and track in the charter school landscape.

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Latest News
8:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Community Frustrated With Slow Speed Of NOPD Reforms

Frustration was the general message at a Central City meeting with residents and federal monitors reviewing reforms at the New Orleans Police Department. Most of the speakers say the process is too slow.

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Features
5:22 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Center In Slidell Reaches Out To Men

Mark McVille stands in front of his cubicle at the Miramon Men's Center in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Homelessness is a big issue in the New Orleans region, one that extends to the Northshore. Winter is particularly hard — shelters fill up, it is cold, and there is often nowhere to go. It can be especially hard for single men, and one organization is Slidell is trying to help.

Mark McVille has been homeless for two years. He has worked as a tugboat captain and construction worker, and was in the army for a while. He always had a pretty good job and had no problem supporting his kids.

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Coastal Desk
4:11 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

BP Compensation To Gulf Coast Fishermen Enters Second Payout Phase

Sandy Nguyen of Coastal Communities Consulting
Credit Jesse Hardman

Gulf Coast fishermen have a second round of money coming from the 2010 BP oil spill.

Over the next six months commercial fishermen, boat owners, and other water-based seafood workers can apply for a pool of $500 million.

Claimants received more than $1 billion in the first payout phase. Sandy Nguyen, executive director of local non-profit Coastal Communities Consulting, sat down with WWNO Coastal Reporter Jesse Hardman to talk about helping more than 100 local seafood workers file claims.

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Red River Radio
9:25 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Activists petition Louisiana environmental regulators to be transparent about M6 disposal method

Frances Kelley, an organizer with Louisiana Progress Action, delivered a petition yesterday with 3,600 signatures gathered over two weeks.

Activists calling for an immediate safe disposal of M6 explosives at Camp Minden in Webster Parish lodged an official complaint with the state Wednesday.

A group delivered more than 3,600 signatures to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s Northwest Regional office in Shreveport. They also delivered copies to the local offices of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Thousands of people in New Orleans seek refuge at shelters like the New Orleans Mission.
Jesse Hardman WWNO

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post explores homelessness in New Orleans. Where did you sleep last night?

Last June, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. 

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Politics
7:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Orleans Coalition Forms To Fight Citizens United Campaign Spending Ruling

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case that allowed corporations to greatly increase their political spending. A grassroots movement is forming in New Orleans to reverse the decision.

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Features
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Event Connects Kids And Cops With Dump Trucks

Rodney Keys of Madisonville demonstrates how his dump truck works at the annual Touch A Truck event.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

An organization in Covington is doing what it can to help families of children with disabilities.

Northshore Families Helping Families is a family-driven resource center that provides information and referrals for families along the Northshore. One of their key events is called “Touch a Truck.” It’s a fundraiser for the organization, but also an opportunity for kids to interact with law enforcement and have fun.

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Sheena Reed

Sheena Reed

This month, as high school seniors apply for financial aid, we focus our Voices of Educators series on a college counselor.

Sheena Reed is Director of College Counseling at Sci Academy. She draws on her own experiences - as a first generation college student and college admissions officer — to guide her students.

Do you know a great teacher to include in our Voices of Educators series? Send us an email: comments@wwno.org

Support for Voices of Educators and education news on WWNO comes from Entergy Corporation.

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Coastal Desk
5:03 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Rally In Uptown New Orleans Urges Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone 30-inch pipeline (phase 1) near Swanton, Nebraska (2009)
Credit shannonpatrick17 / Wikimedia Commons

Activists are gathering on Freret Street Tuesday night as part of a national day of action against the creation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 350 Louisiana, the Sierra Club, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and other groups are coming together to ask President Obama to keep his promise to veto the pipeline.

The event is called a "projector action." Organizers will project images of Keystone and its consequences against the sides of buildings on Freret and Cadiz streets starting at 7:30 p.m.

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