economy

WRKF
3:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage

Workers await their time to testify on minimum wage bills.

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 4:01 pm

The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

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Latest News
4:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Study: Funding Master Plan Would Create Jobs

According to a new study, funding Louisiana's master plan for the coast will bring jobs and other economic benefits.
Arthur Belala Wikimedia Commons

A study commissioned by an environmental group says funding the state's multi-billion-dollar, 50-year plan for coastal protection and restoration would create anywhere from 109,000 to 212,000 permanent jobs while spurring the economy with billions in spending related to the projects.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

GNO, Inc. Celebrates Flood Insurance Changes And Overall Economic Outlook

GNO Inc.'s annual review

The annual assessment by the economic development group Greater New Orleans, Inc. comes as one of its priority projects — reforming flood insurance — sailed through the U.S. Senate. The organization is also celebrating what it sees as a glowing economic climate for southeast Louisiana.

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Take Five
5:25 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hollywood South Casting Finds Local Talent, Anywhere

A 'casting composite'.
Credit Allen Murabayashi

Thanks to today’s technology, we can now do many things without leaving the comfort of our homes.  That now includes becoming a movie star. Casting director James Bearb, founder and CEO of Hollywood South Casting discusses this evolving facet of the film industry.  

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Port President Predicts Strong Business Outlook

Port President Gary LaGrange delivers the annual State of the Port address.
Credit Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans is in its third consecutive record-breaking year.

A week after telling President Obama what the Port of New Orleans needs to succeed, Port President Gary LaGrange told maritime interests that its future is bright. The port is zeroing in on the White House direction to boost exports.

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Red River Radio
9:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Southern University at Shreveport's EPA program is pipeline to jobs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's job training program got underway Monday at the Shreveport Fire and Police Academy. The program includes 125 hours of instruction.

More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

President Obama Visiting Port Of New Orleans

Cranes at the Port of New Orleans
Jason Saul WWNO

Local officials are hoping for a word with President Obama during his visit to the Port of New Orleans.

President Obama is heading to New Orleans this morning. He selected the port of New Orleans as the backdrop for a speech on the importance of exports. And others are hoping for moment to discuss other economic issues.

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Education
12:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

UNO Children's Center Closing

The UNO Children's Center has operated since 1992
Save the UNO Children's Center

This month the University of New Orleans sent out a notice, saying its child daycare facility would close December 20. The reason given? It loses money, at a time when the university is facing severe budget cuts. That leaves 81 children in need of new child care options.

At dusk, parents descend on the UNO lakefront campus to collect their little ones from daycare. But a few weeks ago, they lingered — to browse brochures for different child care. Word was out, the UNO Children’s Center was closing.

“It breaks our hearts, you know?”

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Face Of Poverty In New Orleans Increasingly Suburban

The number of poor families who live in suburbs is increasing, according to research from the Brookings Institution and Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.
Brookings Institution

There’s a new picture of poverty in America. It’s a shifting geography that may come as a surprise. Suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities in major metropolitan areas.

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Data Visualization
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Do You Stack Up? Find Out With Marketplace's Income Upshot

Income Upshot, from Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty Desk, is a data visualization tool that tracks the relationship between what we make and how we live, work and play. It uses data from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau, marketing firms and academic researchers to explore how much someone’s income says about their lifestyle and consumer behavior.

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