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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and local leaders at funeral for Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.
Jason Saul / WWNO

WWNO is covering the funeral of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Events open to the public begin 8 a.m. Friday, July 15, with the funeral expected to begin at 11 a.m. Expected guests include Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans). The proceedings are being held at the F.G. Clark Center on the campus of Southern University.

Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Ryan Kailath was arrested Saturday while covering a protest near Baton Rouge police headquarters. The event drew members of the New Black Panther Party. Police in riot gear engaged in a standoff with the group, during which Kailath was one of many arrested and charged with simple obstruction of a highway. WWNO's Eve Troeh spoke with him about what happened.

Ending The Reign Of Burl Cain: An In-Depth Interview

Jan 1, 2016
Blake Nelson Boyd

In January, 1995 Burl Cain became warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In his 20 years on the job, Cain became practically synonymous with the infamous prison plantation, known both for sweeping reforms based in a Christian ministry at the prison, and for frequent controversies over business deals involving inmate labor, goods and services.

Monuments Vote: A Path To More Change?

Dec 16, 2015
PaulScrawl

New Orleans City Council votes Thursday on an ordinance to remove four Confederate monuments. The mayor introduced it after nine black churchgoers were shot by a white gunman in Charleston, South Carolina over the summer. Hundreds of New Orleanians and many out-of-towners spoke before the council last week at a public hearing.

For the Louisiana Governors Project, Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine interviewed past governors about their approaches to the office, from staffing to media, and for their advice to the future governor.

Mike Foster served as Louisiana's governor from 1996 to 2004. He entered politics at 57 years old, after years in the private sector. He ran for state senate, he says, "because my state senator wouldn't answer my phone calls."

Katy Reckdahl/Juvenile Justice Information Project

At age 17, Henry Montgomery went to jail for killing a deputy in Baton Rouge. He's been in jail ever since, serving a life sentence in Angola penitentiary with no possibility for parole.

On Tuesday the Supreme Court hears a case bearing his name: Montgomery v. Louisiana. Lawyers will make their arguments before the court about mandatory life sentencing for juveniles, specifically who should get a chance at freedom.

Two shows take stage at Strauss Youth Academy For The Arts.  Little Women and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown are set to open next week.

"We're switching out sets at the youth theatre to present these two wonderful shows," says Little Women director Cathy Airhart-Webb.  

School performances of Little Women begin Tuesday, September 8.  You're A Good Man Charlie Brown starts Thursday, September 10.  Public shows are scheduled for next weekend.  

The new president of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia says fall enrollment is on track to be the highest ever in the university’s 106-year history. 

State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says customers served by North Monroe Water System should use precaution in light of the prescence of Naegleria fowleri, referred to as the brain-eating amoeba.

Testing results announced Tuesday showed the amoeba was found in a water sample from the Guthrie Street site in Sterlington.  About 8,400 residents are served by the North Monroe Water System in the area.  North Monroe Water is owned by Greater Ouachita Water System.

Using the "N" Word to Campaign

Sep 3, 2015
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