community en New Orleans Youth Hold Annual Press Conference <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 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 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 NOPD Recruitment Focusing On 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 Putting a Life-Saving Drug in More Hands - Legal or Not <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="A Baton Rouge EMS paramedic holds a single dose pre-filled syringe of Nalaxone, otherwise known as Narcan. Baton Rouge paramedics have been carrying the drug for years." data-attribution="Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish spiked last year - the Coroner's office recorded 35 fatalities. Only Jefferson and Orleans Parish had as many.</span><p>To try to stop the deaths, a new law will allow not just paramedics, but all first responders to carry the drug Narcan - which can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose within seconds.<p>But some activists say the law doesn't go far enough. They say they'll keep distributing Narcan themselves directly to drug users illegally.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 64375 at Women Stage Protest At Hobby Lobby In 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 City Council Votes To Strengthen Enforcement Of Short-Term Rental Law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday the New Orleans City Council voted to change the definition of transient vacation rentals. Proponents say the change will make it easier to enforce the existing laws that prohibit short-term vacation rentals.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:51:04 +0000 Nina Feldman 64266 at