Latest News
8:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract

Detail of the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, produced at Bollinger Shipyards.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the funding brings the total number of the boats under contract with Lockport-based Bollinger to 30.

The contract's total value so far is more than $1.3 billion.

Democratic U-S Senator Mary Landrieu says the latest funding is part almost $9 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the Department of Homeland Security's budget for fiscal year 2014.

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Bring Your Own
6:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Something Fishy'

Laine on the eve before her surgery.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Latest News
6:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Orleans Youth Call For A Citywide Day Of Action

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools holds an annual press conference to address young people's issues. This year, it is accompanied by a citywide day of action.
Karen Marshall Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

The nonprofit Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools has held a youth-led press conference every summer since 2006. Middle- and high-school students talk about their concerns and priorities for the city.  The group's mission is training young people to be thoughtful and capable leaders by transforming the education system.

Thursday, for the first time, the students of Rethink will call for a citywide youth day of action. 

Karen Marshall is the group’s Executive Director.

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Latest News
4:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. on July 24.

The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday, department spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a press release. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation with them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

Drivers who encounter the checkpoint should experience minimal delays, according to Williams.

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Inside the Arts
10:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: Chesapeake Tackles Arts Funding, Gisela's Bathtub And Blue Bayou Salutes Ronstadt

Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

This week on Inside the Arts, we tickle your funny bone as art and politics collide in playwright Lee Blessings' Chesapeake, a parody on the funding of public art.

Then, the laughs continue as opera comes alive in the powder room, of all places, with the American premiere of Gisela in Her Bathtub. It is one of two one-act operas, with selections by Samuel Barber presented by the Marigny Opera House and the 9th Ward Opera Company.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Funeral Services Set For Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos

Lionel Ferbos.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

Funeral services are planned for Lionel Ferbos — the 103-year-old New Orleans jazz trumpeter and tinsmith who died July 19.

Ferbos will be buried August 2 — the same weekend the Satchmo Summerfest celebrates the legacy of another New Orleans trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.

Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home will host a wake for Ferbos on August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 2 at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside over a funeral Mass at Corpus Christi.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Street Repair Plan Springs From 'Fix Our Streets' Movement

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association President Ann LeBlanc.

Hundreds of people attended a meeting in Lakeview last night to find a way to repair the city’s crumbling streets. The discussion drew residents from neighborhoods across the city.

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Latest News
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Arts Council Of New Orleans Receives NEA Grant For Youth Design Program

In the Arts Council Of New Orleans' Youth Solutions design program, artists teach design skills to local teens, who then work on improving the neighborhood. They can design anything – from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.
Jennifer Rensel Flickr

The National Endowment for the Arts awards $5 million of “Our Town” grants each year to organizations across 38 states that drive community development with the arts.

This year’s local recipient of $150,000 is the The Arts Council of New Orleans, to support the Youth Solutions design program. Artists and designers teach design skills to local teenagers, who then work on improving their neighborhoods. They can design anything — from bike racks to benches to rain gardens.

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Latest News
4:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

National WWII Museum Welcomes 4 Millionth Visitor

Visitation at The National WWII Museum for fiscal year 2014 exceeded 483,000.
Janaya Williams WWNO

The National WWII Museum has capped a record-breaking fiscal year with another milestone: welcoming its four-millionth visitor since its founding in 2000.

Officials say visitation for fiscal year 2014 had exceeded 483,000, beating its previous best attendance year, fiscal year 2013, by more than 85,000 visitors.

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Latest News
4:18 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

United Houma Nation Gets Support For Federal Recognition

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.
Jonathan McIntosh / Rainforest Action Network Flickr

The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed a resolution in support of the United Houma Nation receiving federal recognition.

The Courier reports the council also asked the administrations of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the Pointe-au-Chien tribes to submit necessary documents to receive similar council measures of support.

Potential policy shifts in the federal Department of the Interior may open the door for area Native American tribes to achieve federal recognition.

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