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3:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 11:23 am

In the next installment of an NPR investigation, Joseph Shapiro goes to New Orleans to look at the ways poor people are charged for their public defender in court.

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The Lens
4:45 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Residents Raise Questions About Uptown Streets Marked 'Private'

Richmond Place is one of three Uptown streets that are posted as private, but haven't been taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams is investigating whether the streets are indeed private.
Charles Maldonado The Lens

 

There has been a battle brewing over the fence on Newcomb Boulevard, which residents installed to block traffic from Freret Street. A group of residents and community associations responded with a lawsuit objecting to the gated closure of a public street.

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First Reads
5:42 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Five Days At Memorial,' By Sheri Fink

An airboat pulls up to the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005.
AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:18 am

As the floodwaters rose in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend in 2005, hundreds of people were left stranded at Memorial Medical Center, in triple-digit temperatures, without power or running water. Not all of them made it out alive — and in the aftermath, several medical professionals were arrested and charged with hastening the deaths of some of the sickest patients.

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Community
4:48 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Playgrounds For Everyone: Help Build A National Database Of ADA-Compliant Playgrounds

NPR has launched a new project examining whether public playgrounds nationwide are adhering to new requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act mandating they be accessible to kids with special needs.

WRKF
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:33 am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.

Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.

Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.

And, as ProPublica reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.

Read the ProPublica article: Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Share your story: Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live

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WRKF
5:10 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'OFW': In the Philippines, Working Overseas is Big

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:19 pm

In the Philippines, if you're not an OFW -- Overseas Filipino Worker -- it's like you're missing out.

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Community
7:42 am
Wed June 12, 2013

'The Lens' Takes A Closer Look At NOLA For Life Fund Recipients

A community center to be run by Family Center of Hope is well behind schedule.
Steve Myers The Lens

The Lens, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom, has been following up on money distributed by the Nola for Life Fund. That’s the grant-making arm of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s hallmark campaign against violence, launched last year.

Charles Maldonado reports on government transparency for The Lens. He sat down with WWNO’s Eve Troeh to talk about his investigation into one nonprofit that received Nola 4 Life funds: It’s called Family Center of Hope.

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Education
3:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Charter School Group May Owe More Than $250K For Student Meals

Flickr, creativecommons.org

In a report over at The Lens today, Charter School Reporting Corps member Della Hasselle digs into a conflict between the state's Recovery School District and ReNEW Schools, a charter school group which oversees several Orleans Parish schools.

Hasselle and Steve Myers, Managing Editor of The Lens, came to WWNO to discuss the story.

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Development
4:55 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Lens Reporting: Riverfront Development Proposals

A presentation by the Convention Center depicts a giant sculpture on the site of the World Trade Center. It appears to be what Mayor Mitch Landrieu referred to when he told The Lens that one possibility for the site would be to create a monumental attraction, on par with the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Credit Ernest N. Morial Convention Center via The Lens

This week state lawmakers and New Orleans city officials got a look at some proposals for riverfront development.

Tyler Bridges over at The Lens has been following the issue, which involves decisions about what to do with the World Trade Center, at the foot of Canal Street.

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Features
5:49 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Public Service Commission Considers Lowering "Sinful" Prison Phone Rates

Louisiana prisons receive kickbacks from collect phone calls made by prisoners to their families.
Eve Abrams WWNO

When a prisoner calls home to talk to his mother, son, or daughter, that call costs his family about 15 times more than it would if the same number were dialed outside the prison walls.  These costs vary from one jail to the next, but every Louisiana prison receives a hefty kickback from the collect phone calls inmates make simply to stay in touch with their friends and families.

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