community en Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate <p>On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.</p><p>In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:19:28 +0000 Marcia Kavanaugh 65350 at New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:50 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65275 at Checking In With Revitalization In The Lower 9th Ward <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you’ve ever driven through the Lower 9th Ward, you know that there is lots </span><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">of land out there.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 63736 at Vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' Will Have to Wait <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Barrington Neil, who spoke of experiencing discrimination for being in an interracial marriage, listens to the hearing on the &quot;Fairness Ordinance&quot; at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, July 23, 2014. " data-attribution="Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baton Rouge Metro Council heard hours of public comment Wednesday on an anti-discrimination ordinance. But&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the meeting time expired before the council could vote.&#160;</span><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 65200 at New Orleans Youth Call For A Citywide Day Of Action <p>The nonprofit <a href="">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 students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth 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 Street Repair Plan Springs From 'Fix Our Streets' Movement <p>Hundreds of people attended a meeting in Lakeview last night to find a way to repair the city’s crumbling streets. The discussion drew residents from neighborhoods across the city.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 65150 at Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant For Youth Design Program <p>The <a href="">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="">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 United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition <p>The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the <a href="">United Houma Nation</a> receiving federal recognition.<br /><br />The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.<br /><br />Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:18:59 +0000 Associated Press 65123 at Short-Term Rental Stakeholders All Agree On One Thing: Current Law Inadequate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unlicensed, short-term rentals are illegal in New Orleans, but there aren’t a lot of people getting busted for renting out their house on websites like </span><a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span><a href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. That’s because the law that bans vacation rentals is almost impossible for the city to enforce.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:48:34 +0000 Nina Feldman 64853 at 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