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Coastal Desk
9:29 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 2: Plaquemines Parish

Braithwaite, Louisiana, a town on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson

  For the first 50 years of his life Donald Stokes lived happily in Braithwaite, a town of a few hundred residents in Plaquemines Parish. In 2006 he and his wife decided to leave. Stokes says it was such a painful departure that it took him two years to actually complete the move.  “Slowly but surely I put stuff on a trailer, came back, put stuff on a trailer, came back. It wasn't easy. It felt like I was uprooting my life.”

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Coastal Desk
9:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 1: Staten Island

A Hurricane Sandy damaged house in Staten Island scheduled for demolition.
Credit Elizabeth Rush

Low lying coastal areas are the front lines for sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and destructive storms at sea. Hurricane Sandy proved it’s not just the South or the Gulf Coast at risk. Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs, saw heavy flooding after Hurricane Sandy, which hit two years ago this month. 

The way Eddie Perez tells it, the night of October 29th, 2012, played out like one of those movies about the apocalypse. "About 7:55 I was watching the news and they said at 8 o’clock it was coming"

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NPR's Michele Norris and Kenny Leon Discuss World Premiere of 'Water,' October 25

Courtesy NPR

NPR's Michele Norris says Hurricane Katrina was a line of demarcation for her. Reporting from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the storm and floods, she found herself compelled to work with emotion in her journalism in a new way. In an interview with WWNO, Norris calls the melding of journalism with theatrical storytelling in Water +/_: Stories of Change an extension of that process that began post-Katrina.

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Latest News
4:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Groups Claim New Orleans Schools Discourage Immigrant Enrollment

More than half of New Orleans public schools require registration forms that could discourage undocumented students from enrolling. That's according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and VAYLA New Orleans.

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Food
4:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Where Y’Eat: When Food Trucks Serve More Than Quick Meals

The Crepes a la Cart food truck is among the vendors taking part in the new St. Claude Food Truck Park.
Ian McNulty

A new food truck park offering an offbeat supper option and a glimpse of what’s in store for St. Claude Avenue.

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Latest News
4:18 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NOPD Conducting Sobriety Checkpoints On Thursday Night

The New Orleans Police Department’s Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday evening, the department said in a press release.

The checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location somewhere in Orleans Parish. The NOPD is required by the Louisiana Supreme Court to announce the existence of checkpoints ahead of time, but not their exact location.

Drivers should only experience minimal delays, according to police, and should have proper documentation on them, including proof of insurance and a driver’s license.
 

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Out To Lunch: French Market Film Market

Jolene Pinder and Jon Smith.

When you're the CEO of a company you're principally required to make money. Then there's a whole other kind of business leadership, where things aren't quite so black and white.

Peter's guests on this episode of Out to Lunch inhabit a business world where they're supposed to make money and juggle often conflicting demands of politics, the local and tourist economy, the public good, urban history, and entertainment.

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Latest News
7:44 am
Thu October 16, 2014

State School Panel Approves Emergency Procedures To Handle Ebola

Questions and worries about Ebola have prompted the state's top school board to approve emergency rules.

Local superintendents now have sweeping new authority to close public schools and send students home if they sense a threat.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education panel acted yesterday as a precaution.

Under the new rules, a local superintendent can dismiss schools due to an emergency that now includes "any actual or imminent threat to public health or safety, which may result in loss of life, disease or injury."

Latest News
7:40 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Mayor's 2015 Budget Proposes More Police Officers

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has presented a budget that includes a 5 percent pay raise for police – the first in eight years.

Landrieu says the city is collecting more money that’s owed, and attracting more retail business – so revenue is up.

The mayor has held community meetings to establish budget priorities throughout the city on how that money should be spent.

He says public safety remains the top concern.

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WWNO
11:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

90.5 KTLN Temporarily Off The Air

90.5 KTLN, WWNO's translator station serving the Houma/Thibodaux region, is temporarily off the air.

Our engineers are working to restore service. Robert Carroll, our chief engineer, says the shutdown was due to "high reflected power" at the transmitter site — which can be caused by many things, including rain and lightning as that experienced during the Monday night storms.

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