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Inside the Arts
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Inside The Arts: Essence Festival Kicks Off Independence Weekend, Elisa Fiorello Dease, Jason Mott

This week on Inside the Arts, the 20th Essence Festival kicks off Independence weekend. We catch up with Prince protégé, singer Elisa Fiorillo Dease, who will perform with the pop icon in the Superdome.

The party with a purpose, Essence, continues with activities in the Morial Convention Center. We talk with author Jason Mott. His bestseller, The Returned, is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, Resurrection.

And, we round out with a song that takes a look at the World Cup through the eyes of the players.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Out To Lunch: New Orleans In Orbit

Jay Monroe, Bobby Savoie and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Sure, New Orleans business is doing better than it has in decades (if not ever)... but in your wildest imaginings it's unlikely you've had any idea that "the sky's the limit" has, in the last few years, gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many are still evoking the New Orleans credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Cat Trap Fever: LA/SPCA Program Seeks To Reduce Feral Cat Population

Heather Rigney from the Louisiana SPCA sets a feral cat trap in a back yard.
Credit Kate Richardson / WWNO

With its warm climate and raised houses, New Orleans is the perfect environment for feral cats. Europeans brought the first domestic cats to North America several centuries ago, and they've been an invasive species ever since.

In order to control the population, the Louisiana SPCA offers a low cost service to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their neighborhoods.

Helen Southard keeps feral cats.

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Latest News
5:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

One Victim Of Bourbon Street Shootings Dies

One of the 10 victims of a weekend shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street has died.

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson asked for a moment of silence after announcing the death Wednesday of the 21-year-old woman from Hammond.

Edmonson spoke at a news conference to discuss Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request for a permanent contingent of troopers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans.

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Latest News
1:23 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

20-Year-Old Justin Odom Sought In Connection With Bourbon Street Shooting

20-year-old Justin Odom has been identified by New Orleans Police as a person of interest in the Sunday night Bourbon Street shooting that injured 10 people.
Credit NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department has identified 20-year-old Justin Odom as a person of interest in last Sunday's shooting on Bourbon Street that injured 10 people.

Update: Brittany Thomas, a 21-year-old who had been in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital since being struck Sunday, has died. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

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Louisiana Eats!
10:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

How Hansen's Sno-Bliz Became An 'American Classic'

Combining fluffy ice and homemade syrups, Hansen's Sno-Bliz continues to create their sno-balls from the original machine invented and patented by Ernest Hansen in 1939.
Credit Scott Gold

Every year, the James Beard Foundation recognizes cherished local food businesses distinguished by their timeless appeal. This year, the America's Classic honor was awarded to Hansen's Sno-Bliz, the place where the unique style of the New Orleans sno-ball was invented.

Click here to listen to Scott Gold's take on the iconic Sno-Bliz.

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Arts & Culture
8:36 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Pop Culture Podcast: The 2014 Essence Festival

Prince, one of the headliners at the 20th annual Essence Festival.
Credit Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

Longtime NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune music writer Keith Spera has been at all 20 Essence Festivals. WWNO's Jason Saul hasn't been to any.

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Latest News
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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