Janaya Williams http://wwno.org en New Orleans Youth Hold Annual Press Conference http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-youth-hold-annual-press-conference <p>The nonprofit <a href="http://www.therethinkers.org/">Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools</a> has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city.&nbsp; The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.</p><p>Thursday, for the first time, the annual press conference will be accompanied by a citywide day of action.&nbsp;</p><p>Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:18:28 +0000 Janaya Williams 65196 at http://wwno.org Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant For Youth Design Program http://wwno.org/post/arts-council-new-orleans-receives-nea-grant-youth-design-program <p>The <a href="http://arts.gov/">National Endowment for the Arts</a> awards $5 million of “Our Town” grants each year to organizations across 38 states that drive community development with the arts.<br /><br />This year’s local recipient of $150,000 is the The <a href="http://www.artscouncilneworleans.org/">Arts Council of New Orleans</a>, to support the Youth Solutions design program. Artists and designers teach design skills to local teenagers, who then work on improving their neighborhoods. They can design anything — from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:48:58 +0000 Janaya Williams 65125 at http://wwno.org Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood http://wwno.org/post/fishermen-and-retailers-go-high-tech-authentic-gulf-seafood <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/21/172589997/one-in-three-fish-sold-at-restaurants-and-grocery-stores-is-mislabeled">Some studies</a> have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:59:28 +0000 Janaya Williams 64731 at http://wwno.org Women Stage Protest At Hobby Lobby In Elmwood http://wwno.org/post/women-stage-protest-hobby-lobby-elmwood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, locals staged a protest at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood in reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision. The court upheld the company's right to refuse to cover certain forms of birth control.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Janaya Williams 64362 at http://wwno.org 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