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.

Latest News
5:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Complaint Filed Against Pro-Vitter Super PAC

Campaign finance reform groups are questioning the operations of a super PAC formed by supporters of Senator David Vitter
United States Congress

Two groups that advocate for campaign finance reform are raising questions about the operations of a super PAC formed by backers of Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter.

The Advocate reports the groups — Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, — have asked the Federal Elections Commission to look into the possible solicitation of illegal campaign contributions.

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Science & Health
2:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Colon Health Fair At WJMC Focused On Education And Prevention

Kelly McDermott, GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center, guided visitors through an interactive colon cancer exhibit on Monday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

A giant inflatable colon took over a conference room at West Jefferson Medical Center on Monday, the centerpiece of the hospital’s annual Colon Health Fair — an event dedicated to providing information on the risks and causes of, and treatments for, colon cancer.

Kelly McDermott, a GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jeff for 27 years, guided me through the mockup, which detailed the various stages of a healthy colon’s progression into full-blown cancer.

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Education
8:35 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Services For Non-English Speaking Families Often Lacking In New Orleans Schools

Karen Gadbois Flickr

For decades, New Orleans’ largest bilingual community has been Vietnamese-American. Now, since Katrina, the number of Spanish-speaking families has been growing rapidly.

Reporter Katy Reckdahl has been looking at services for both of those growing communities in New Orleans’ public schools. She found the charter system and One App programs can make language services more complicated.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Wilson Charter School Embraces Students New To English

Sister Juanita Wood reads with a group of Spanish speaking kindergardeners.
Eve Abrams

When Logan Crowe became Principal of Andrew H. Wilson Charter School three years ago, the school had fewer than 10 non-English-speaking students.

Crowe actively recruited native Spanish speakers from New Orleans' swelling Latino population, and this year Wilson has 61 English as a Second Language students enrolled... but no funds to hire a full time ESL teacher.

Sister Juanita Wood, a bilingual nun near retirement, volunteered for the task and is paid a part-time stipend.

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KTLN
6:36 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

90.5 KTLN Experiencing Technical Difficulties

KTLN 90.5 FM, the New Orleans Public Radio signal for Houma and Thibodeaux, is experiencing technical difficulties and is currently off the air while our engineers make repairs.

We appreciate your patience! Listeners in Houma, Thibodeaux and around the world can tune in to all our programming on our website, or on 89.9 FM in the New Orleans area.

Le Show
1:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Le Show For March 23, 2014

Harry Shearer

On this edition of Le Show, Harry Shearer brings you AC370, News of AfPAC, Just Say So, News of the Olympic Movement, What the Frack?, News from Outside the Bubble, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, and more!

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Come Celebrate Women's History Month With Innovators In Food

Women gather together in the name of food in 1917. The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911 and has become a month-long historical appreciation.
Credit U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

March is Women's History Month in the United States and the United Kingdom. To honor the month-long event, this week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with some of our favorite ladies in the Louisiana food scene.

Julia Reed joins us for a reflection on her life in the Mississippi Delta and why New Orleans is so dear to her heart. We'll also speak with the co-founder of the Red Stick Market in Baton Rouge and hear how Linda Green helped unit a Korean soup with a New Orleans cultural celebration.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

More BP Oil Washes Ashore As Trial Date Set In Federal Court

A soiled Grand Isle beach weeks after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Jason Saul WWNO

BP oil discovered on Mississippi barrier islands.

Oil continues to wash up on Gulf of Mexico shorelines from BP’s underwater well explosion almost four years ago. The find comes as a key trial date is set in federal court in New Orleans.

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Mardi Gras Indians
4:17 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Super Sunday Postponed Again

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians parade on Super Sunday.
Tulane University Public Relations

Feathers and water don't mix — Mardi Gras Indian feathers, that is.

Super Sunday was originally scheduled for March 16, rescheduled to March 23 due to a forecast of rain, and now the threat of rain has moved the festivities to yet another date: Sunday, March 30, according to the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council.

The 2014 Super Sunday festival starts at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park, at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. The parade starts at 1 p.m.

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