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The National Weather Service says the rivers in the Baton Rouge area have started to fall, but still remain above flood stage setting record levels over the weekend.

The weather service office in Slidell says the rivers and streams north of Interstate 12 have crested and have started to drop, while those south of the interstate continue to rise.

Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s critical to remain vigilant.

“Obviously this remains a very serious event, historic flooding, and it remains ongoing," he said.

Officials are asking people to stay out of flood areas in south Louisiana while they help people escape unprecedented flooding. 

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has News of the Olympic Movement, Clintonsomething, Your Brain on the War on DrugsNews of the Warm, What the FrackOur Freedom-Loving Friends, Apologies of the Week, and more!

This Continuum program is devoted to the music of the Ars Subtilior (subtle art), an early musical style characterized by rhythmic and notational complexity, centered in Paris, Avignon in southern France, also in northern Spain at the end of the fourteenth century and in southern France in the 14th century. Often the term is used in contrast with Ars Nova, which applies to the musical style of the preceding period from about 1310 to about 1370.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy rain and widespread flooding in Louisiana lead the governor to declare a state of emergency on Friday, with more rain expected over the state through Saturday.

Numerous rivers in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi were overflowing their banks and threatening widespread flooding after extreme rainfall, the National Weather Service reported.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said state officials are in constant contact with local officials, and assistance is already on the move to affected parishes.

Host Poppy Tooker and French Truck Coffee owner Geoffrey Meeker
Reggie Morris

 

On this week’s show, we’re taking a look at the coffee and tea scene across Louisiana.

 

We begin with Geoffrey Meeker, owner of French Truck Coffee. It took only one cup of coffee from San Francisco to inspire him to become a New Orleans coffee purveyor. Now, Geoffrey and his team are at the vanguard of what many are calling the third wave coffee movement.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

Over 90% of New Orleans public school students attend charters. But there are still six traditional public schools, run directly by the Orleans Parish School Board. They came together at McDonogh 35 Senior High School to kick off the school year.

Like any good New Orleans event, the OPSB convocation started out with a second line. Each school had a turn parading down McDonogh's gleaming front hall. Teachers shook bells, waved umbrellas and performed school cheers.

OPSB oversees 28 schools, but it only directly runs six. Those are the ones here today.

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
American Routes

This week American Routes Shortcuts brings you country music’s most beloved and unconventional couple. Marty Stuart grew up in Philadelphia MS learning old time country music. He’d mastered mandolin by age 12. As a kid, he loved listening to the well-respected Connie Smith sing at the Grand Ole Opry. Marty and Connie told host Nick Spitzer how they first met.

Watermelnon is a symbol of the summer season and relief from it, all under one rind.
Ian McNulty

A nice thick cut of watermelon is a symbol of summer and relief from it, all under one rind. Picture a bowl of watermelon glistening at the end of a picnic buffet or whole melons stacked along a roadside vendor’s dented tailgate, all green like gators and nearly as big. Conjure an image of kids spitting seeds into shaggy summer grass or of paper towels blushing pink with juice. Think about your first bite into the tip of a triangle of watermelon after you’ve worked up a thirst. It’s the look, smell and taste of simple summer pleasure.

There may be no way to improve on it. But that doesn't mean it isn’t fun to try, and this summer New Orleans has presented an abundant melon patch of examples.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

According to the reputable Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, right around twenty percent of the population of the United States is under 15. That’s a sizeable market. You don’t have to look very far to see the marketers of stuff that kids like trying to sell it to them. Mostly food and toys. Which demonstrates that we don’t change all that much as we grow older.

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