investigations http://wwno.org en Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants http://wwno.org/post/big-fees-big-easys-poorest-defendants In the next installment of an <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/313986316/guilty-and-charged">NPR investigation</a>, Joseph Shapiro goes to New Orleans to look at the ways poor people are charged for their public defender in court. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Big+Fees+For+The+Big+Easy%27s+Poorest+Defendants&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyOTk4OTc0MDEyNzcxNDIzMTZjM2E3Zg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 61061 at http://wwno.org Residents Raise Questions About Uptown Streets Marked 'Private' http://wwno.org/post/residents-raise-questions-about-uptown-streets-marked-private <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Jack Hopke & Charles Maldonado 54283 at http://wwno.org Exclusive First Read: 'Five Days At Memorial,' By Sheri Fink http://wwno.org/post/exclusive-first-read-five-days-memorial-sheri-fink <em>As the floodwaters rose in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend in 2005, hundreds of people were left stranded at Memorial Medical Center, <em>in triple-digit temperatures</em>, without power or running water. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:42:11 +0000 Sheri Fink 43151 at http://wwno.org Playgrounds For Everyone: Help Build A National Database Of ADA-Compliant Playgrounds http://wwno.org/post/playgrounds-everyone-help-build-national-database-ada-compliant-playgrounds <p>NPR has launched <a href="http://apps.npr.org/playgrounds/" target="_blank">a new project</a> examining whether public playgrounds nationwide are adhering to new requirements under the <a href="http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/recreation-facilities/guides/play-areas" target="_blank">Americans with Disabilities Act</a> mandating they be accessible to kids with special needs.</p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:48:30 +0000 WWNO Staff 43041 at http://wwno.org ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error http://wwno.org/post/propublica-fema-flood-maps-fraught-error <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/ht_texas_drycreek_map_630x420_130718.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.<p><a href="http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/sen_landrieu_and_rep_richmond.html" target="_blank">Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping </a>over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.<p>Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.<p>And, as <a href="http://www.propublica.org" target="_blank">ProPublica</a> reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/080913_TheoMeyerFEMAFloodMaps_AJ2way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><strong>Read the ProPublica article: <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/using-outdated-data-fema-is-wrongly-placing-homeowners-in-flood-zones" target="_blank">Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones</a></strong><p><strong>Share your story: <a href="http://www.propublica.org/getinvolved/item/do-you-know-about-problems-with-femas-flood-mapping" target="_blank">Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live</a></strong><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 41380 at http://wwno.org 'OFW': In the Philippines, Working Overseas is Big http://wwno.org/post/being-overseas-filipino-worker-way-life-many In the Philippines, if you&#39;re <em>not</em> an OFW -- Overseas Filipino Worker -- it&#39;s like you&#39;re missing out. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 38254 at http://wwno.org 'The Lens' Takes A Closer Look At NOLA For Life Fund Recipients http://wwno.org/post/lens-takes-closer-look-nola-life-fund-recipients <p><a href="http://thelensnola.org/" target="_blank">The Lens</a>, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom, has been following up on money distributed by the <a href="http://www.nolaforlife.org/" target="_blank">Nola for Life Fund</a>. That’s the grant-making arm of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s hallmark campaign against violence, launched last year.</p><p>Charles Maldonado reports on government transparency for The Lens. He sat down with WWNO’s Eve Troeh to talk about his investigation into one nonprofit that received Nola 4 Life funds: It’s called Family Center of Hope.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:42:15 +0000 Eve Troeh & Charles Maldonado 37316 at http://wwno.org Charter School Group May Owe More Than $250K For Student Meals http://wwno.org/post/charter-school-group-may-owe-more-250k-student-meals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a </span><a href="http://thelensnola.org/2013/05/16/rsd-says-renew-owes-more-than-250000-for-school-meals-due-to-paperwork-problems/" style="line-height: 1.5;">report over at The Lens today</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Charter School Reporting Corps member Della </span>Hasselle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> digs into a conflict between the state's Recovery School District and </span><a href="http://www.renewschools.org/" target="_blank">ReNEW</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.renewschools.org/" target="_blank"> Schools</a>, a Thu, 16 May 2013 20:24:54 +0000 Eve Troeh & Steve Myers & Della Hasselle 35487 at http://wwno.org The Lens Reporting: Riverfront Development Proposals http://wwno.org/post/lens-reporting-riverfront-development-proposals <p></p><p>This week state lawmakers and New Orleans city officials got a look at some proposals for riverfront development.</p><p>Tyler Bridges over at The Lens has been following the issue, which involves decisions about what to do with the World Trade Center, at the foot of Canal Street.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Eve Troeh 33881 at http://wwno.org State Public Service Commission Considers Lowering "Sinful" Prison Phone Rates http://wwno.org/post/state-public-service-commission-considers-lowering-sinful-prison-phone-rates <p></p><p></p><p>When a prisoner calls home to talk to his mother, son, or daughter, that call costs his family about 15 times more than it would if the same number were dialed outside the prison walls.&nbsp; These costs vary from one jail to the next, but every Louisiana prison receives a hefty kickback from the collect phone calls inmates make simply to stay in touch with their friends and families.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:49:29 +0000 Eve Abrams 23500 at http://wwno.org