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8:55 am
Thu March 26, 2015

NOPD Task Forces Diminished, Consolidated

Mounted police in the French Quarter
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The City of New Orleans has announced new efforts to improve safety in the French Quarter, including deploying half of the NOPD’s special task force – eight officers – to that neighborhood each day. Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger recently reported for the Gambit on the status of NOPD task force work city-wide.

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Listening Post NOLA
2:05 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Where Do You Spend Time Outdoors In New Orleans?

We asked you to text us a picture of your favorite outdoor spot in New Orleans. Here's what you sent!

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 gets some fresh air. What do people do outdoors in New Orleans? Where would you add a park in the city?

It’s spring, and a lot of New Orleanians are headed to City Park, including the overgrown area that used to be a golf course before Hurricane Katrina.

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Animal Life
11:02 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Animal Life: Dog Obedience

Positive reinforcemnt is the most effective form of obedience training.
Gianna Stadelmyer/Shutterstock

All dogs are born cute. But most of them aren’t born obedient. Basic obedience training is easy and important. You don’t want your dog getting a bad reputation.

The key element of the most successful obedience training is positive reinforcement, not punishment. The idea is simple: every time your dog obeys a command during training, he gets a treat. This method is much more effective than yelling or swatting your dog with a newspaper.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:38 am
Thu March 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Have You Cut Out Of Your Budget?

Governor Jindal recently announced his budget recommendations for the next fiscal year.
http://doa.louisiana.gov/

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 examines Governor Bobby Jindal's recently released budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year

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Community
5:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Child Poverty Rates Same, Even As New Orleans' Economy Improves

Dr. Vicki Mack, Senior Researcher, The Data Center

A new report from the Data Center shows New Orleans’ rate of child poverty is still just as high as it was at the time of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, almost ten years ago. Senior Researcher Dr. Vicki Mack tells us about how New Orleans ranks nationally in child poverty, and some of the far-reaching consequences.

Mack notes that about 39 percent of children in New Orleans live in poverty. That puts New Orleans about ninth nationally, next to cities likes Cleveland and Toledo, even though the metro area's overall economy is better than those cities.

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Animal Life
4:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Animal Life: Pocket Pets

Cezar the dwarf hamster, adopted in 2013.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Animal shelters see a lot more than just dogs and cats. At the Louisiana SPCA we get hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits and a variety of birds. We call these types of animals “pocket pets.”

Pocket pets are a great option for people who love animals, but don’t have room for a cat or dog. They’re also a great way to teach kids about responsibly caring for a pet. 

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Community
1:55 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cityscapes: When Soil Subsidence Hits Home, Suburban Houses Explode

A 1975 explosion in Metairie, caused by broken gas lines due to soil subsidence.
G. E. Arnold, NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune archive

In this month's Cityscapes column at Nola.com, Tulane Professor of Geography Richard Campanella explores some very real consequences of draining urban wetlands for building.

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Animal Life
9:42 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Animal Life: Cat Vs. Couch

Some cats leave unwanted presents all around the house.
Mark Richardson

If there’s one thing in the world that can make you love your cat a little less, it’s a ruined couch. Some cats seem determined to pee everywhere in the house except their litter boxes. If this sounds familiar, here are a few tips.

First and foremost, make sure your cat is spayed or neutered. Cat mating rituals involve spraying and marking — definitely not something you want in your house. 

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Listening Post NOLA
7:11 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Are You Giving Up After Carnival?

Many in New Orleans attend Ash Wednesday services the day after Mardi Gras.
Jesse Hardman

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 atones for the excess of Mardi Gras by asking people what they plan to give up for Lent. 

If you’re religious and a Catholic, you might observe the 40 days of Lent, which starts the day after Mardi Gras. Gregory Aymond is Archbishop of New Orleans. He's seen his fair share of bleary-eyed Ash Wednesday service attendees. 

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Community
7:15 am
Fri February 13, 2015

When Cars And Bicycles Fail To Get Along: Look Out For Bike Lash

Bike Easy leads workshops on cyclist safety for all ages.
Bike Easy

Bike lanes and the number of cyclists are growing steadily around New Orleans, and that means the chance for bike-related accidents is growing, too. Crashes, injuries and fatalities remain high. Lots of drivers aren’t used to so many bikers on the road, and many bikers don’t obey the laws.

There’s a name for this type of confusion and the frustration it causes: Bike Lash.

Nina Feldman has the story on why there's confusion about sharing the road in New Orleans, and what to do about it.

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