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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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Pop Culture Podcast

The NOLA.com / New Orleans Public Radio Pop Culture Podcast is an engaging, freewheeling conversation on the places, people and events that make New Orleans and South Louisiana unique.

We bring together reporters, critics and community personalities into a casual space, and let them do what they do best: have smart, entertaining, personality-driven discussions in a way that formal newspaper articles or polished radio stories just can’t do. Opinions and anecdotes spark conversation organically — as they would at a dinner party or an afternoon at a coffee shop that you’d like to be invited to.

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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Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

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