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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7:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Dead Zone Forecast: Will Remain 'Average' Size In 2014

Researchers are expecting the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico to remain about the same size.

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium forecast calls for the dead zone to be about 5,700 square miles.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dead zone could be smaller — possibly as low as 4,600 square miles this summer.

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8:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Grocery Store Takes Shape In Central City

New Orleans officials have gotten a look at a new grocery store coming in Central City.

A celebration marked the final roof bracket being installed at the former Myrtle Banks School on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

The first and second floors are being renovated to become the Jack and Jake’s Public Market. The third floor will have offices for non-profits and small businesses involving creative industries.

The building constructed in 1910 was originally the McDonogh 38 school. It closed in 2002 and then was damaged by a fire in 2008.

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8:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Law Requires Life Support For Pregnant Women Without Living Wills

Life support is now required in Louisiana to keep pregnant women alive until after the birth of the child.

A new bill takes effect for those women who do not have a living will. Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Monday.

It was written by Democratic state Representative Austin Badon of New Orleans, and it takes effect immediately.

The bill requires doctors to use life-sustaining measures if the woman has been pregnant for 20 weeks or more. Also, an obstetrician must determine the woman's life "can reasonably be maintained" to permit the birth.

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7:28 am
Mon June 23, 2014

State Reviews Shrinking RSD Budget

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be reviewing the shrinking budget for New Orleans schools.

The board is meeting Tuesday to start talks about the Recovery School District.

The Lens is reporting that the RSD operating budget has plunged from $304 million in 2009-2010 to $20 million for next year.

The reduction is not surprising. New Orleans is the country’s first all-charter school district, and the per-pupil funding that went to the RSD will now go to charter organizations.

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7:17 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Scalise Wins House Leadership Election For Whip

Steve Scalise.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is the new House Whip.

He won the post in an election yesterday, when Kevin McCarthy — his California colleague — was selected as the new House Majority Leader.

The 48-year-old Scalise has been in the House since 2008, and is considered a conservative leader.

He said on his website that he will be the 27th Majority Whip and the first Republican Majority Whip from Louisiana in the history of the House of Representatives.

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6:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Brookings Report Finds New Orleans Lagging In Foreign Investment

New Orleans lost jobs over past two decades with drop in foreign investments.

A new report finds New Orleans lagging behind in attracting foreign investment. It says the region is losing jobs and the wider financial benefits that come along with international money.

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Latest News
8:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Levee Board Meeting On Lawsuit To Force Wetlands Repair

The levee board suing 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force repairs of wetlands damaged over the years by production will be discussing the lawsuit Thursday.

It comes after Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation that blocks the board from pursuing that plan.

He says the lawsuit runs counter to the state’s master plan for coastal restoration.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will have a closed-door session to discuss the lawsuit.

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7:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

GOP House Members Voting Today On Scalise For Whip

Steve Scalise.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson will be finding out later today if he’ll take over the number-three spot in House GOP leadership.

He’s asking his colleagues to elect him House Whip.

In that position, he’d be in charge of wrangling votes from fellow Republicans on legislation the party supports.

Two other Congressmen are running for the post — one from Illinois, the other from Indiana.

The shakeup comes after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia seat earlier this month to a Tea Party challenger.

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8:07 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Opponents Continue Fight Against St. Tammany Parish Fracking Proposal

While critics of a proposed hydraulic fracturing project in Mandeville appeared at a state hearing in Baton Rouge, a lawsuit was filed in a nearby courtroom to stop the plan.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that the state Department of Natural Resources is considering a permit requested by Helis Oil and Gas. The hearing focused on whether the 960-acre parcel north of Interstate 12 is large enough to handle the process known as fracking.

The St. Tammany Parish Council is filing a lawsuit claiming the project can’t be done on land zoned for residential use.

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8:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Sentencing Delayed Again For Former Mayor Nagin

C. Ray Nagin.
Credit Franklin Reyes / AP

There’s been another delay in the sentencing of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The federal court is now scheduled to decide the case  July 9.

Former Mayor Nagin could be facing at least 20 years for the 20 guilty verdicts he received on corruption charges.

They include bribery, fraud and money laundering that occurred during his two terms in office. It’s the second delay in the sentencing.

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