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5:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

NOPD Seeks New Spokesperson With Social Media Skills

The New Orleans Police Department
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The New Orleans Police Department is looking for a new official spokesperson. As it looks for a new mouthpiece, there’s something the NOPD realizes it’s been missing out on: Twitter.

Danny Monteverde is the police reporter for the New Orleans Advocate. He says the NOPD wants someone who knows how to send a message in under 140 characters.

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Inside the Arts
11:15 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Inside The Arts: Dirty Linen's Beastly Delights, Hammond's Everyday People, And Varisco's Photos

Credit Jane Talton

This week on Inside the Arts, an arts stroll in the French Quarter billed as one hot ticket, Dirty Linen Night, gets underway this weekend. We catch up with artist Jane Talton as she talks about her exhibit, Beastly Delights, at The Foundation Gallery.

And, across town the St. Claude Arts District is in full swing. We catch up with Sharla Hammond, an up and coming muralist from Houston, who will be making her New Orleans debut on a rather large scale. Hammond joins bassist James Singleton for an art experience at LA46.

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Latest News
7:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Tulane Report Sees Progress In New Orleans Public Schools

A Tulane University think tank has issued its annual report on public education in New Orleans, noting strides made in performance since the state assumed authority over most of the city's schools, but also citing the need for numerous improvements.

The Cowen Institute's report, released Wednesday, comes as fewer New Orleans public schools are deemed to be failing and more students are achieving at least basic, grade-level performance. But only 19 percent of New Orleans public school students have shown mastery of subject matter.

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Music
9:40 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

What's Your Saints Playlist? Share It With Us

Twitter user @hungrytermite has just one thing to say to WWNO listeners...
Credit @hungrytermite / Twitter

This post will be continuously updated with new Tweets, emails and Instagrams as you send them.

It's just about that time: New Orleans is getting ready for yet another historic Super Bowl victory.

All we need to do is win all these games first. No problem.

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Latest News
5:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Teen Tries To Sell Sneakers On Instagram, Gets Robbed

Air Jordan Retro 3s.
Credit Joseph Quicho / flickr.com

A teenager from Gretna attempted to use the photo-sharing service Instagram to sell pairs of Air Jordan athletic shoes, and was robbed at gunpoint by his would-be buyers.

Kenner Police Sergeant Brian McGregor said today the 17-year-old victim advertised the sneakers for $160 on Instagram and on Kik, an instant messaging application for smartphones. When the victim showed up to meet a potential buyer Saturday, five people showed up.

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The Reading Life
1:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Reading Life With John Wirt And Leyla McCalla

This week on The Reading Life: Music writer John Wirt, whose new book is Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.

We’ll also hear from the wonderful musician Leyla McCalla, whose new CD Vari-Colored Songs, A Tribute to Langston Hughes, is inspired by the work of her favorite poet.

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Education
10:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Encore Academy Values The Arts Alongside Academics

A class of pre-kindergarteners learn tap dancing.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?

The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.

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Latest News
8:16 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Environmental Groups Seeking More Air Quality Monitoring

About 30 people have traveled from New Orleans to Texas to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on air quality.

They want increased air quality monitoring at oil and gas refineries.

Beverly Wright is director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans. She says monitoring is now sporadic.

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Latest News
8:11 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gulf Dead Zone Remains The Size of Connecticut

The area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico, commonly known as the "Dead Zone," measured 5,052 square miles as of Aug. 1, 2014.
Credit Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

A scientist who has studied the low-oxygen dead zone off the Louisiana coast for 30 years says it’s still about the size of Connecticut.

Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium says it covers just over 5,000 square miles.

That’s triple the goal set by federal officials for next year. 

“The average size is now three times larger than the goal," she said. "And the goal was to reach that size by 2015, and it’s 2014. So that should tell us something about progress.”  

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The Lens
5:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

More Than 1,000 Undocumented Migrant Youth Harbored In Louisiana Homes Awaiting Trial

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A new investigation from the Lens looks at the case of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central American countries who are facing court proceedings in New Orleans. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 1,000 of these immigrant children have been placed in Louisiana homes. 

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