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.”
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.