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Community Impact
7:55 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Lower 9th Ward Center For Sustainable Engagement & Development Advocates For Healthier Neighborhood

Arthur Johnson stands inside the new barge board house.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Since its formation in 2006, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development has worked hard to advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Lower 9th Ward.

“We are in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana,” declares Arthur Johnson, CEO of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. “This is on the Holy Cross side. The river is right on my right. I can see the tall ships from here.  That’s how close we are to the river.

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Listening Post NOLA
9:02 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Do You Worry About Coastal Erosion?

Saltwater intrusion has killed many cypress trees in the swamps of southeast Louisiana.
Listening Post

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 joins forces with WWNO's Coastal Desk to present the Listening Coast. How do residents of southeast Louisiana feel about and plan for their uncertain future? 

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Animal Life
7:08 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Animal Life: What Happened To The Manx Cat's Tail?

Manx cats have no tails, but they get along just fine.
David Rush

 

Have you ever seen a cat without a tail? It was probably a Manx cat

This breed originated centuries ago on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England. The missing tail is actually a genetic mutation that appeared on the island at some point. The mutation thrived in the isolated location, eventually producing its own distinct breed of cat. 

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Community
8:55 am
Thu March 26, 2015

NOPD Task Forces Diminished, Consolidated

Mounted police in the French Quarter
wikimedia.org

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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