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
8:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy

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Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

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Latest News
9:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

New Trial Granted For Former BP Engineer

Archive photo of the Hale Boggs Federal Courthouse in New Orleans.
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A federal judge in New Orleans is ordering a new trial for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It stems from comments the jury forewoman overheard in a courthouse elevator.

BP engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of deleting messages he exchanged with his supervisor. Prosecutors allege he was trying to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Defense attorneys interviewed jurors after the verdict.

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7:24 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Business And Political Leaders Gather For Flood Insurance Meeting

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Business and political leaders are meeting in New Orleans Friday to discuss ways of providing affordable flood insurance.

FEMA Administrator David Miller will be explaining how it's assembling maps that are used for setting flood insurance premiums.

The meeting was arranged by GNO, Inc. The business development group led a drive to revamp legislation that could have resulted in some premiums rising from less than $1,000 to tens of thousands of dollars.

GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht says it may be time to review the overall process for getting flood insurance.

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Politics
10:49 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Congressman Scalise Running For House Whip

Congressman Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is seeking the number three leadership position in the House majority reorganization.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Scalise will be running for the post of House majority whip.

It comes as Republicans handle the fall-out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing his Virginia seat to tea party candidate David Brat.

Scalise has served in the House since 2008. He’s facing opposition for the whip job from an Ohio congressman.

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Latest News
10:37 am
Thu June 12, 2014

City Drops Charity Hospital Renovation

The old Charity Hospital has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.
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The plan to renovate Charity Hospital appears to be dead.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the soaring construction estimate along with a lack of state money caused him to abandon the concept.

He says the city can’t afford the project.

In a statement, the mayor said he could not “in good faith” ask the city to assume a $200 million debt when that money could be used for long-overdue street repairs.

He says he will now invest FEMA and capital funding into City Hall and the Civil District Court buildings to make them more efficient and safe.

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Latest News
7:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UNO Receives Grant To Improve Device Protecting Sea Turtles

The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to improve a device used aboard shrimp boats intended to protect sea turtles.
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The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to protect sea turtles.

The project is aimed at improving a device used on shrimp boats.

That device is called an “excluder.”

It allows a captured sea turtle to escape when it’s caught up in a net.

Since 1978, all sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters have been classified as either threatened or endangered.

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Latest News
7:59 am
Fri June 6, 2014

WWII Museum Marks 70th Anniversay Of D-Day

The National World War II Museum is packed with veterans, historians and visitors this weekend.  

Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The National World War II Museum — which opened as the National D-Day Museum in 2000 — is planning events throughout the day to remember the events that unfolded along the beaches of Normandy.

Among those attending are some of the veterans of that battle.

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Latest News
7:40 am
Thu June 5, 2014

WW II Museum Plans D-Day Anniversary Events

Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The National World War Two Museum – which opened as the National D-Day Museum in 2000 – is planning events throughout the day to remember the events that unfolded along the beaches of Normandy.

Among those attending will be some of the veterans of that battle.

A museum spokesman underscores how important the D-Day mission was – because if Nazi forces succeeded in pushing Allied troops back into the English Channel – there was no Plan B.

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Latest News
7:20 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hollywood South Expanding Clean Energy Options

Hollywood Trucks Ecoluxe trailer is now available for production locations.
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Hollywood South is expanding in a new direction. A new eco-friendly trailer just unveiled in New Orleans is available for A-listers and others involved in the film industry.

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Latest News
7:19 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Jindal Delays Signing Bill Blocking Big Oil Lawsuit

Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Governor Bobby Jindal has not yet signed legislation he supports that blocks a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry.

He’s waiting for a review by the state Attorney General, who wanted some time to review the bill.

At issue is whether it could affect lawsuits filed over the BP oil spill four years ago.

The bill blocks a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board wanted to force the industry to repair wetlands damaged by production.

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