A new study released at the Port of New Orleans says sediment in the Mississippi River is building up at rates that could severely clog commerce. Eileen Fleming reports maritime interests say more dredging is essential to the U.S. economy.
Today, on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the much-anticipated new book from award-winning New Orleans writer John Barry, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty.
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A non-profit civil rights group is organizing young men to test the city's new 8 p.m. curfew for those 16 years old or younger. Eileen Fleming reports the effort is aimed at challenging the new restriction.
The Louisiana Justice Institute is sending what attorney Tracie Washington says are testers of the 8 p.m. curfew.
This week on The Reading Life, we'll be talking with John Barry, whose new book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. We'll also hear Fred Kasten's Sound of Books interview with Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore de Balzac.
Giselle Nakhid leads a community dance class early one evening at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. The class is called Sistas Making a Change, and as the name suggests, the ladies who participate in this free, weekly gathering get more than a few dance moves. They hear from experts on health topics, they share a healthy meal and they bask in a sense of togetherness.
Football will be taking over New Orleans in the next few days. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others are asking the public to plan for heavy traffic and massive crowds.
The Saints are getting ready for tomorrow's first-round playoff game with the Detroit Lions, while crowds continue celebrating ahead of Monday's BCS Championship. Mayor Landrieu says residents must be prepared to accommodate the quarter-million visitors.
Tulane University is getting a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help universities in areas prone to disasters establish education and development programs.
Ky Luu is executive director of Tulane's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. He says New Orleans has experience dealing in natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and man-made ones, including the BP oil spill. That experience will be shared with centers in Thailand and another in east Africa.