Eileen Fleming

News Reporter

Eileen is WWNO’s news reporter. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

Her prior experience includes five years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she freelanced stories for U.S. publications. She also worked as a part-time reporter for the Belfast Telegraph during the Clinton-era peace process.

Eileen grew up in the Boston area, and then moved to California where she worked at newspapers throughout the state. Eileen received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University.

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Latest News
8:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Coastal Restoration Council To Start Accepting Proposals Next Month

Gulf Restoration Network spokesman Steve Murchie.

The start of some major funding for coastal restoration begins next month. It’s part of the Restore Act fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill. Some are concerned there’s no details yet on how the affected communities will get their say on how it’s spent.

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7:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Orleans Zoning Revisions Near Completion

The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance process winding down.

New Orleans is nearing the end of a four-year process to update the master plan for zoning. The new comprehensive plan will update one that has been in place for more than 40 years.

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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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7:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Drive To Ban Smoking Kicks Off In New Orleans

A drive kicks off this week to ban smoking in New Orleans bars.

Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is backing the idea. She says the change would benefit local businesses.

“This has been going on across the country for over a decade now," she said. "And so we have real facts that it is not a negative impact on our businesses. Actually revenues increase. And it’s cheaper to maintain a bar or lounge that is smoke free than one that is not.”  

Cantrell says the effort will begin at various venues this week that are now voluntarily smoke-free. 

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6:04 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies At 103

Lionel Ferbos, performing at the Satchmo Summerfest in 2010.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

New Orleans has lost one of its oldest jazz musicians. Lionel Ferbos passed away Saturday — two days after he turned 103 years old.

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7:06 am
Fri July 18, 2014

China Company Investing Almost $2 Billion In Chemical Plant

Officials at the plant announcement.
Credit GNO, Inc.

A Chinese company has announced plans to build a methanol manufacturing plant in St. James Parish. It’s the first major investment project by a Chinese company in Louisiana.

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8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Road Home Program Repayment Demands Still Unresolved

The Road Home program created after Hurricane Katrina is still causing paperwork headaches nine years after the storm.

The nearly $10 billion program was designed to help residents rebuild so they could return. But 32,000 people remain in legal limbo.

Last year the state sent almost 50,000 letters to homeowners demanding they repay some of their grants.

About 100 people attended a New Orleans City Council committee meeting this week, saying they are caught in a paperwork nightmare.

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8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

New Orleans Ranked 10th Best City In The World

Credit multisanti / Flickr

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have ranked New Orleans as the 10th best city in the world.

It’s the first time since 1996 that New Orleans has made the Top 10 list.

More than 17,000 readers participated in the survey.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the Crescent City was one of two US cities to make the list. Charleston, South Carolina, was ranked second. Kyoto, Japan, was number one.

New Orleans was ranked 6th among US cities in 2013. It vaulted this year to Number 2 nationally — past San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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9:34 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NOPD Recruitment Focusing On Churches And Military Vets

New Orleans is beginning another round of recruiting police officers. Officials are hoping the efforts will bring the ranks up from under 1,200 to 1,600.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the next recruitment drive will be aimed at military veterans and faith-based groups.

Serpas says the department has the funding and will search nationwide for new recruits.

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7:21 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Debris Found In 17th Street Canal Levee

Workers pump cement slurry into the foundation of the 17th Street Canal in March 2011.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers says there is no major threat from debris found inside the 17th Street Canal levee.

Corps critics aren’t so sure.

Chunks of concrete, bricks and glass were discovered during work to install sheet piling.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District—East has been assured by the Corps that the material is being removed.

Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org after the catastrophic levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.

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