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7:30 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Panel Deciding Levee Board Nominees May Determine Lawsuit Against Oil And Gas

A little-known state panel could have a big effect on the future of a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry last year by a south Louisiana flood board.

The nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is set today to nominate applicants for two people on the board whose terms have expired.

One is Paul Kemp, who supports the flood board's lawsuit seeking to hold oil and gas companies accountable for coastal damage.

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7:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Sailor Taken From African Vessel Diagnosed With Malaria, Not Ebola

An ailing sailor taken from a vessel docked in New Orleans that stopped in West Africa has been diagnosed with malaria.

The Centers for Disease Control said the ship had stopped in a region where a few cases of the Ebola virus have been reported.

The crew member was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center for treatment.

Nola.com is reporting that one of the ship's crew members fell ill and disembarked in the Bahamas two days ago.

The CDC says he was diagnosed with malaria and later died.

An Ebola test reportedly came back negative.

Nola Life Stories
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

John Mecom Jr., Original Owner Of The Saints, Says Professional Football Is No Place For A Romantic

John Mecom Jr. was actively involved in the sports industry. Apart from the Saints he owned Mecom Racing Team, which managed several Formula One racing teams and drivers.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

When New Orleans was awarded its NFL franchise in 1966, the first person to own the team was John Mecom Jr. – a 26-year-old Houstonian whose father made a fortune in the oil industry. An avid sports fan, John helped shape the team’s identity: he picked out their colors and logos, and even helped move them to the Superdome. 

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Latest News
5:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Two New Minors For Loyola University Students

Loyola University has launched two new minors — social media and environmental communication.
Infrogmation of New Orleans Flickr

The Loyola University School of Mass Communication has launched two new minors — social media and environmental communication.

Courses in the social media minor include social media strategies, communications writing, digital communications, photography and videography.

The environmental minor is intended for students studying hard sciences, due to an increasing demand for scientists who can clearly communicate complex issues to the public.

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5:19 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Mississippi River Mayors Announce New Development Fund

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa was one of 25 mayors in New Orleans Wednesday to announce a new fund of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.
Brian Mensching Flickr

The mayor of Dubuque, Iowa, says a new fund will help with seed money for sustainable waterfront development in cities and towns along the Mississippi River.

Roy Buol spoke Wednesday as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative: mayors of 65 riverfront cities and towns in 10 states. Twenty-five of them are meeting in New Orleans.

American Water, of Voorhees, New Jersey, gave $15,000 to start the fund.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

This Weekend: DerpyCon South, A Convention Of New Orleans 'Bronies'

Brendan Moore, a New Orleans brony, shows off some of his art inspired by his fandom of My Little Pony.
Credit Jeanie Riess / The Gambit

Jeanie Riess, feature writer for the Gambit, tells us all about the world of Bronies, a subgroup of fans, largely male, who will be celebrating the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic this weekend at the Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Convention Center.

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Latest News
7:31 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Congress Looking At Overbudget VA Hospital Construction

Congress is taking a look at veterans hospitals under construction — including the one taking shape in New Orleans.

It comes after a report found some medical centers are taking longer and costing more than estimated.

The House has passed a bill to increase oversight.

The report found some medical centers are taking three years longer to complete than estimated, and costing an extra $366 million per project.

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Coastal Desk
7:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

New Orleans Adding Water Management To Zoning Regulations

A group of New Orleans based developers, city planners, landscape architects and community members gathered at the Propeller business incubator offices last night to discuss potential changes in city standards for water management.

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Education, charter, teachers
5:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Urban Schools Change Their Vocabulary

The Albert Wicker School is now Success Preparatory Academy.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

It used to be that most kids went to places called schools to get their education, and in those schools, kids were called students. But in recent years, the vocabulary around schooling — especially in urban areas, and especially when it comes to charter schools — is changing. In New Orleans, where all schools receiving public funding are now charters, we investigate what’s behind this new school language.

I started off with a little experiment. I asked a bunch of adults: where did you go to school?

“I went to Newton Elementary School, Newton High School.”

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Inside the Arts
7:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Inside The Arts: Fab Four Beatles Tribute, Green Salvations, Two Trains Running

This week on Inside the Arts, we "Twist and Shout" as WYES-TV presents a Beatles Tribute featuring a live concert with the Fab Four Band in City Park. The tribute band performs 50 years to the day of the original Beatles concert in New Orleans in 1964. 

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