Janaya Williams http://wwno.org en Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe http://wwno.org/post/feds-end-jefferson-parish-school-discrimination-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jessica Williams is an education reporter at NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:50:52 +0000 Janaya Williams 64235 at http://wwno.org Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans? http://wwno.org/post/will-mississippi-river-flooding-reach-new-orleans <p>Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.<br /><br />But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?<br /><br />Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a>, says that scenario is unlikely.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:34:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 64032 at http://wwno.org Louisiana Flag-Maker Doubles Its Workforce http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-flag-maker-doubles-its-workforce <p>Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, a Bogalusa facility that manufactures US flags announced that it will double its workforce.</p><p>Workers at Allied Materials &amp; Equipment make the field of 50 stars for the flags, which are assembled at another facility in Missouri and sold to federal agencies.</p><p>According to the governor’s office, the company received an incentive package from the state, including an Enterprise Zone tax exemption.</p><p>Allied’s Bogalusa facility can produce up to 13,000 fields of stars per week.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:47:43 +0000 Janaya Williams 63846 at http://wwno.org Mayor Landrieu Asks For Help From State Troopers And Regular Citizens http://wwno.org/post/mayor-landrieu-asks-help-state-troopers-and-regular-citizens <p>New Orleans&nbsp;Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on last weekend's Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people wounded.</p><p>Landrieu says he asked Governor Bobby Jindal to send 100 state troopers to New Orleans to patrol on a permanent basis, and the mayor called on citizens to work with police to help find those responsible for the shooting.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:06:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 63716 at http://wwno.org In New Orleans, Surveillance Cameras Help Catch Criminals http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-surveillance-cameras-help-catch-criminals <p>Ten people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. One of the victims remains in critical condition, four others are hospitalized in stable condition.<br /><br />A high-definition, robotic camera on the balcony of a popular karaoke bar called the Cat’s Meow caught it all on tape: First, total chaos, then bystanders rushing in to help the victims.<br /> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:26:39 +0000 Janaya Williams 63566 at http://wwno.org Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking http://wwno.org/post/mandeville-city-council-delays-vote-fracking <p>In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a half-dozen </span>Mandeville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But no one from </span>Helis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oil and Gas was there.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:40:43 +0000 Janaya Williams 64102 at http://wwno.org NOLA For Life Program Helps Ex-Offenders Get Jobs http://wwno.org/post/nola-life-program-helps-ex-offenders-get-jobs <p>New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched another pillar of his <a href="http://www.nolaforlife.org/" target="_blank">NOLA for LIFE</a> homicide reduction plan on Wednesday: helping ex-offenders leaving prison get jobs and homes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor </span>Landrieu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the challenge of stopping violence in the city is everyone’s responsibility, including private companies who hold jobs. He said that people leaving prison have to be given an opportunity to make better choices.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:11:41 +0000 Janaya Williams 63405 at http://wwno.org Louisiana Gets Its First World Heritage Site http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-gets-its-first-world-heritage-site <p>Louisiana gained its first World Heritage Site on Sunday. The ancient earthworks of Poverty Point, LA were designated by UNESCO as the 22nd world heritage site in the U.S.,&nbsp; alongside landmarks like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.</p><p>It was one of seven sites around the world to be given the designation by the United Nations at a meeting in Qatar. The others are in Botswana, France, Israel, Italy and two locations in Turkey.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:32:29 +0000 Janaya Williams 63108 at http://wwno.org UNO Will Discontinue Some Degree Programs http://wwno.org/post/uno-will-discontinue-some-degree-programs <p>The University of New Orleans announced Friday that it will begin assessing all of the school’s degree programs to determine which programs should be dropped in an effort to streamline resources and cut costs, <a href="http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/9449869-171/uno-to-evaluate-degree-programs">the Advocate reports</a>.</p><p>UNO currently has 84 degree programs. A working group made up of of the deans of the five academic colleges and other university leaders will evaluate the programs to decide which to keep and which to cut.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:18:35 +0000 Janaya Williams 62467 at http://wwno.org Another Roadblock For Uber's Expansion Into New Orleans http://wwno.org/post/another-roadblock-ubers-expansion-new-orleans <p>The smartphone-based car service <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a> has encountered a barrier to its expansion into New Orleans in the form of high minimum fare requirements, the New Orleans CityBusiness&nbsp;reports.</p><p>The city council introduced legislation last week that would establish a minimum fare of at least $25 for an Uber sedan ride. Uber officials were expecting a minimum fare requirement of about $10 to $15 dollars. A $25 minimum fare would be one of the more expensive minimums in more than 70 cities where the service operates.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:05:47 +0000 Janaya Williams 62465 at http://wwno.org