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Morris Jeff Community School was the first New Orleans charter to form a union, in 2013. But its teachers operated without a contract. Until now.

Calvin Manny Hills and his oldest sister, Johnnie Mae Hills Sylve, get together for a Father's Day party.
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In nearly every state, prison populations have exploded -- in large part, because of drug laws and the people, like Manny Hills, who are arrested and incarcerated for those laws. Over the last 25 years, Manny, an addict, has been convicted several times for drug possession and other petty crimes. His story is pretty typical of the people who fill up our nation's prisons.

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The US Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander of the New Orleans District. 

Since every generation uses new buzz words, you might wonder what goes on at Tulane’s Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Luckily, Sharon Litwin got an explanation from their founding director, Ken Schwartz. 

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown is on to the 2016 ESSENCE  Festival opening July 4th weekend. ESSENCE Magazine Editor in Chief, Vanessa De Luca joins us.

 Then, a tweet from birds along the Poydras Street neutral ground as Avian Avatars nest in the sculpture corridor's Mid-City expansion. And, we round out with two Broadway veterans with local ties who are bringing cabaret theater to a downtown saloon. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on The Reading Life:  Historian Nigel Hamilton talks about Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill, 1943. Nigel divides his time between Boston and New Orleans. And Susan reviews two historical novels, The Noise of Time, by novelist Julian Barnes, about composer Dimitri Shostakovich, and The Summer Guest, by novelist and translator Alison Anderson, an homage to Anton Chekhov, for beach book reading.

A coalition formed by clergy and public interest groups wants the state to re-examine the tax breaks it’s granting industry.  The group says local property taxes are being unfairly diverted from schools and law enforcement.

When it comes to child well-being in the U.S., Louisiana ranks near the bottom: 48th. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The results of the annual report are, sadly, not shocking. "We have historically always ranked at least in the bottom five states in overall child well-being, so unfortunately that wasn't a big surprise," says Teresa Falgoust. She's with Agenda for Children, which contributed local data to the national report. It looks at trends in data between 2008 and 2014.

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Join WWNO and Christwood Retirement Community in Covington on Saturday, June 25 for a live listening and video party of Garrison Keillor's second-to-last episode hosting A Prairie Home Companion, from Tanglewood.

It's hard to believe that Garrison's final show as host of A Prairie Home Companion is now less than a month away — and it's true what they say about time flying!

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New Orleans police are cutting back on night hours at district stations. Officials are also setting up community outreach meetings for feedback on department operations.

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