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4:50 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lagniappe Academies Future In Question Amid Charges Of Special Education Violations

A New Orleans charter school violated the rights of special education students, then covered up those violations. That's according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Education. Now the school's future is in question.

The report claims leaders at Lagniappe Academies didn't provide services to students with special needs, then arranged a cover up when the state came to investigate.

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3:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO President Addresses Impact Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

UNO President Peter Fos addressed the Governor’s executive budget Friday afternoon on campus.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Governor Jindal announced his proposal Friday afternoon to close a $1.6 billion shortfall for the budget year that begins July 1, 2015. The University of New Orleans was originally expecting a $17 million budget cut. 

Proposed cuts at UNO are now supposed to be around $10 million, less than expected. Still, nobody’s happy about it.

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11:08 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Researchers In Baton Rouge Discover Crucial Links Between Genetics And Obesity

Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge have helped to identify 97 new genetic factors that contribute to obesity and 49 genetic markers that determine where fat is stored in the body.
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Researchers in Baton Rouge were part of a major discovery last week concerning genetics and obesity.

Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center have helped to identify 97 new genetic factors that contribute to obesity and 49 genetic markers that determine where fat is stored in the body. With more than  125 studies conducted  around the world — involving about 300,000 participants in all — it was the biggest study of the genetics of obesity that has ever been conducted.

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5:21 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Police Chief Says Parade Shooting Suspect Confesses

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says the suspect in last night’s shooting at the Muses parade has confessed. 

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8:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Study Finds Crowding Jails Fails To Substantially Reduce Crime

A new study shows Louisiana remains number one in the world for the amount of people per capita it sends to prison. Experts find it’s an expensive and relatively ineffective way to reduce crime.

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7:51 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Planned Parenthood Appealing Decision Blocking Abortion Services At New Orleans Clinic

Planned Parenthood is appealing a state decision blocking abortion services at a New Orleans clinic under construction. The process could ultimately land in court.

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4:03 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

EnrollNOLA Releases First School Enrollment Report

Back in 2011, New Orleans created a centralized school enrollment system. Today the team behind that system — EnrollNOLA — released its first annual report.

According to the report, more than 10,000 students applied for school last year during the main enrollment round. 82 percent were matched with a school on their list.

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7:06 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Former NOPD Officers May Return As Reserves

New Orleans Police Department officers on Bourbon Street.
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New Orleans police started accepting applications Monday from former officers interested in working in the reserve unit. The move is aimed at backing up the department while it adds more full-time officers to the force depleted since Hurricane Katrina.

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7:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Oil Companies Told To Stay United

The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has been told that oil companies need to stick together to survive.

Gregory Hill is president and chief operating officer of the Hess Corporation. He told the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans that there is now uncertainty in the short-term cycle.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Hill says the Obama Administration’s plan to possibly offer areas on the Atlantic Coast for drilling doesn’t go far enough.

Hill outlined a glut in the world oil market that’s driven prices down 60 percent in six months.

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7:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mayor Landrieu Set To Sign Smoking Ban

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be signing an ordinance today that will ban smoking in city bars and casinos.

Nola.com reports his signature means the ban will take effect in 90 days.

The law also includes electronic cigarettes. The City Council had been asked by several speakers at public hearings not to treat the vapor cigarettes the same as regular tobacco. But others argued there isn’t enough information yet about the health effects of e-cigarettes.

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