Eileen Fleming http://wwno.org en Drive To Ban Smoking Kicks Off In New Orleans http://wwno.org/post/drive-ban-smoking-kicks-new-orleans <p>A drive kicks off this week to ban smoking in New Orleans bars.</p><p>Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is backing the idea. She says the change would benefit local businesses.</p><p>“This has been going on across the country for over a decade now," she said. "And so we have real facts that it is not a negative impact on our businesses. Actually revenues increase. And it’s cheaper to maintain a bar or lounge that is smoke free than one that is not.” &nbsp;</p><p>Cantrell says the effort will begin at various venues this week that are now voluntarily smoke-free.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:06:17 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65019 at http://wwno.org Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies At 103 http://wwno.org/post/jazz-musician-lionel-ferbos-dies-103 <p>New Orleans has lost one of its oldest jazz musicians. Lionel Ferbos&nbsp;passed away Saturday — two days after he turned 103 years old.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65015 at http://wwno.org China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant http://wwno.org/post/china-company-investing-almost-2-billion-chemical-plant <p>A Chinese company has announced plans to build a methanol manufacturing plant in St. James Parish. It’s the first major investment project by a Chinese company in Louisiana.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64743 at http://wwno.org Road Home Program Repayment Demands Still Unresolved http://wwno.org/post/road-home-program-repayment-demands-still-unresolved <p>The Road Home program created after Hurricane Katrina is still causing paperwork headaches nine years after the storm.</p><p>The nearly $10 billion program was designed to help residents rebuild so they could return.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But 32,000 people remain in legal limbo.</span></p><p>Last year the state sent almost 50,000 letters to homeowners demanding they repay some of their grants.</p><p>About 100 people attended a New Orleans City Council committee meeting this week, saying they are caught in a paperwork nightmare.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64680 at http://wwno.org New Orleans Ranked 10th Best City In The World http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-ranked-10th-best-city-world <p>Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have ranked New Orleans as the 10<sup>th</sup> best city in the world.</p><p>It’s the first time since 1996 that New Orleans has made the Top 10 list.</p><p>More than 17,000 readers participated in the survey.</p><p>The New Orleans Advocate reports the Crescent City was one of two US cities to make the list.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charleston, South Carolina, was ranked second. Kyoto, Japan, was number one.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64681 at http://wwno.org NOPD Recruitment Focusing On Churches And Military Vets http://wwno.org/post/nopd-recruitment-focusing-churches-and-military-vets <p>New Orleans is beginning another round of recruiting police officers. Officials are hoping the efforts will bring the ranks up from under 1,200 to 1,600.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police Superintendent </span>Ronal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Serpas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Mayor Mitch </span>Landrieu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced the next recruitment drive will be aimed at military veterans and faith-based groups.</span></p><p>Serpas says the department has the funding and will search nationwide for new recruits.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:34:17 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64510 at http://wwno.org Debris Found In 17th Street Canal Levee http://wwno.org/post/debris-found-17th-street-canal-levee <p>The US Army Corps of Engineers says there is no major threat from debris found inside the 17<sup>th</sup> Street Canal levee.</p><p>Corps critics aren’t so sure.</p><p>Chunks of concrete, bricks and glass were discovered during work to install sheet piling.</p><p>The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District—East has been assured by the Corps that the material is being removed.</p><p>Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org after the catastrophic levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:21:22 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64257 at http://wwno.org Former Mayor Nagin's Case Reflects City's Move Toward Reform http://wwno.org/post/former-mayor-nagins-case-reflects-citys-move-toward-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray </span>Nagin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:57:57 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64190 at http://wwno.org Former Mayor Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption http://wwno.org/post/former-mayor-nagin-gets-10-years-corruption <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray </span>Nagin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:06:39 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64159 at http://wwno.org Former Mayor Nagin Faces Sentencing Today http://wwno.org/post/former-mayor-nagin-faces-sentencing-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:56:05 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64119 at http://wwno.org