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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Know About Coastal Erosion?

Every year 25 square miles of wetlands disappear from Louisiana's coast.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is coastal erosion.

Louisiana has 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands. A combination of man-made and environmental factors are causing more than 25 square miles of that area to disappear annually.

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Storyville
5:11 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Storyville: 'A Moveable Race'

Cartoon, The Mascot, New Orleans, 27 July 1891. Scenes and Incidents — A Lady Bicyclist Creates a Sensation on St. Charles Avenue.
Credit Wikimedia commons

 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse's Lessons From The Campaign Trail

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse is New Orleans' new coroner. He's only the second person to hold that seat since 1974.
Credit Jeffrey Rouse/rouseforcoroner.com

Click here to listen to this week's Notes.

Of all the people running in the most recent Orleans Parish elections, only one of the winners was a true newbie. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the new coroner, about his first personal encounter with the facts of political life.

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Latest News
5:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawmakers Reject Tweaks To TOPS Tuition Program

Lissandra Melo Shutterstock

The House Education Committee shot down a bill that would change eligibility for Louisiana's TOPS program and require repayment of the free college tuition if students lose their awards.

Napoleonville Representative Joe Harrison was pushing the TOPS changes as a way to cut costs for a program expected to cost about $235 million next year.

Several lawmakers said they were worried about the long-term financial stability of the program, but that didn't generate enough votes for Harrison's proposal to put limits on the popular program.

Environment
10:08 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Leeville Arts And Heritage Festival Draws Attention To Disappearing Town

Leeville Arts and Heritage Festival

Leeville, Louisiana is at the southern tip of Bayou Lafourche, along Louisiana state Highway 1. Recent decades have seen the town all but wash away, due to coastal erosion.

This Saturday, March 29, marks the first ever Leeville Arts and Heritage Festival. Janet Rhodus is the executive director of Launch Leeville, a nonprofit founded to promote the town. The Baton Rouge resident described her first trip to Leeville.

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Latest News
5:18 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Construction Begins On Lafitte Greenway

Hiking the Lafitte Greenway.
Bart Everson

Crews broke ground on the multimillion-dollar Lafitte Greenway Bike and Pedestrian path Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half mile bike and jogging trail is built along an old shipping canal and and connects six historic communities from the French Quarter to City Park. New athletic fields and a tree canopy will line the 12-foot-wide pedestrian trail.

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Inside the Arts
4:59 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Inside The Arts: Joffrey's Back, Red Linen Twist, And Intergalactic Adventure

Victoria Jaini & Fabrice Calmels
Credit Herbert Migdoll

This week on Inside the Arts the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet returns to New Orleans with a program of seldom-seen works by award winning choreographers Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) and Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out).

Then, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center gears up for Redd Linen Night — A Visual Art Show with a Twist. And the touring Intergalactic Nemesis lands in the Crescent City.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Reading Life With Nevada Barr And Sally Asher

Nevada Barr

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling mystery novelist Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel,  and Sally Asher, author of Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names.

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Jazz Fest 2014
12:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

2014 Jazz Fest Schedule Announced

The full 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival schedule was released today.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell

The full schedule for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell — commonly referred to as "the cubes" — was released Tuesday morning.

Highlights of this year's Jazz Fest include Eric Clapton, Phish, Arcade Fire, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty and many, many more:

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Latest News
5:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

No Ban On Cellphones For Louisiana Drivers

A proposal to prevent drivers from using handheld cellphones stalled in the House.
Ed Brown

Louisiana drivers will not face new restrictions on using handheld cellphones while driving. An effort to require drivers to use hands-free devices stalled Monday in the House Transportation Committee.

Republican Rep. Mike Huval of Breaux Bridge voluntarily shelved his proposal after criticism that the cellphone ban was too broad.

Louisiana has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. Reducing the risk of accidents by limiting cellphone use while driving could help to lower those costs.

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