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8:19 am
Wed July 2, 2014

National Program To Help Minority Entrepreneurs Will Debut At Essence Fest

This year’s Essence Festival will be enhancing the empowerment component of the event that’s become known as the “party with a purpose.” The 20th annual Essence Festival includes the kickoff of a national drive to help minority entrepreneurs succeed.

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Latest News
7:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Asks For Help From State Troopers And Regular Citizens

Footage from the EarthCam camera on Bourbon Street captured the shooting and the aftermath.
EarthCam

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on last weekend's Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people wounded.

Landrieu says he asked Governor Bobby Jindal to send 100 state troopers to New Orleans to patrol on a permanent basis, and the mayor called on citizens to work with police to help find those responsible for the shooting.

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Essence Festival
6:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Let's Go Crazy: Prince Fans Wild With Excitement Over His Return To Essence Fest

DJ Soul Sister saluting Prince with a dedicated set. The artist plays the 2014 Essence Festival on July 4.
Credit Lindsey Patton

Dearly beloved, we will gather at Essence Music Festival on July 4th to get down with this man named Prince. Electric word “Prince” — it means “genius” and that’s a mighty big title, but I’m here to tell you: nothing compares to the Purple One.

“I don’t have a favorite era. It’s like saying ‘Which is your favorite child.’ Different eras, different songs fit different parts of your life, so I can’t say I have a favorite.”

That’s Lisa Heisser, a true Prince superfan.

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Community Impact
2:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Louisiana Children's Museum Helps Kids Develop Emotional Literacy Through 'Play Power' Program

Christen plays the Lorax.
Eve Abrams

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is more than just a place to visit. One of the Museum’s traveling outreach programs is Play Power, which visits schools and NORD camps in areas of New Orleans deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Play Power encourages children to enjoy learning through emphasis on free expression and laughter. The Louisiana Children’s Museum believes a focus on early education instills in children the skills vital to success not just in school, but in a lifelong journey of learning.

 

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Terry McMillan, Carter Hooper And Mark Yakich

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale), whose Who Asked You? is out in paperback. She’s coming to town for the Essence Music Festival.

We’ll also hear from Carter Hooper, about a very special digital book project, Larry's List: My Dad's Reading List from 1984-2005, and Mark Yakich, editor of the New Orleans Review.

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Latest News
4:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In New Orleans, Surveillance Cameras Help Catch Criminals

Police investigating Sunday morning's shooting on Bourbon Street could be assisted by camera footage in the area.
JBrazito Flickr

Ten people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. One of the victims remains in critical condition, four others are hospitalized in stable condition.

A high-definition, robotic camera on the balcony of a popular karaoke bar called the Cat’s Meow caught it all on tape: First, total chaos, then bystanders rushing in to help the victims.

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Coastal Desk
1:55 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom

LeBlanc Marine offloads concrete artificial oyster reef materials in a St. Bernard Parish marsh.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.

Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.

Deep in St. Bernard Parish’s Lake Athanasio, a construction crew is hard at work. Ben Leblanc is standing on a floating barge, overseeing his troops who are knee deep in marsh, battling enormous horse flies.

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Latest News
7:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

McAllister May Not Be Leaving Office After All

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister.
Credit Vance McAllister's Congressional Office

Republican Congressman Vance McAllister may be having second thoughts about keeping his job.

He’s holding what his staff is calling a “special press conference” later this morning in Monroe. McAllister was in his eighth month in office when he was caught on video kissing a staff member.

He announced that he would not seek re-election.

McAllister was serving the final year of the two-year congressional term of Rodney Alexander, who abruptly announced his resignation in August 2013.

Republicans, including Governor Bobby Jindal, called on McAllister to resign.

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Latest News
7:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Suspects Remain At Large

New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. 

The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.

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Latest News
6:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Leaves Nine Injured

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured nine people, two critically. Two men opened fire, injuring bystanders.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says three officers were patrolling the area when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning.

He says it started with two men arguing, then opening fire. He says eyewitnesses are being interviewed and video surveillance tapes are being reviewed. The shooting was only a few blocks from Jackson Square and among several popular bars on the crowded street.

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