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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Politics
7:35 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cassidy Victory Signals Longtime Shift In Louisiana Politics

The defeat of incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu after 18 years in office could indicate a major shift in Louisiana politics. One expert sees Republicans taking charge for at least a generation.

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7:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Disability Activist Jonah Bascle Dies At 28

Disability advocate, mayoral candidate and comedian Jonah Bascle has died.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Bascle died of heart failure on Tuesday.

He was 28.

Bascle made headlines in 2010 when he ran for New Orleans mayor. He joked that he lost in a close race — by more than 68,000 votes.

Bascle lead a drive to make the St. Charles streetcars wheelchair accessible. The historic landmark is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act and remains inaccessible.

He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 12 years old.

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7:46 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Inspector General Says Electronic Monitoring Program A Waste Of Money

The New Orleans Inspector General says the electronic monitoring program is a waste of money.

A report released this morning finds the ankle monitors are not properly supervised.

The inspector general’s office reviewed all 281 active program participants from April 1st, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

It found 79 percent of the records contained mistakes. The ankle monitors blocked only 2 of 37 defendants with “stay away” orders from actually staying away from their victims.

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7:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Civil Rights Trial Set For Mardi Gras Scuffle Involving State Troopers

A trial date has been set for a civil rights case against state police who tackled two young African American men during last year’s Mardi Gras.

The federal case drew claims of excessive force and criticism of the troopers involved.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the incident was captured on surveillance video two days before Mardi Gras.

It prompted an internal State Police investigation that cleared all the officers involved.

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7:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Tense US Senate Debate Ahead Of Saturday Runoff

The final debate has been held in the race for the US Senate seat for Louisiana. Both candidates fired strong shots at each other.

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Jane Chu, Chair Of The National Endowment For The Arts, Visits New Orleans

Jane Chu, NEA Chairman.
Credit Kauffman Center for the Arts

Jane Chu became the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in June. She spent a few days in New Orleans recently to discuss the NEA, how it's working in New Orleans and what the city can teach the country about cultivating culture.

We spoke with Chu at the Lyons Recreation Center.

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7:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Continue Over Ferguson Decision

About 100 people marched through parts of New Orleans Tuesday night to protest the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports no one was arrested.

The crowd marched from Lafayette Square though Uptown. Police blocked protesters from stopping traffic on Interstate 10.

Officers blocked access to on-ramps.

In Baton Rouge, the Advocate reports about 200 people protested at the LSU campus — without incident.

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7:55 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Second Audit Supports Accuracy Of BP Claims Process

A second audit into BP damage claims over its Gulf oil spill says the process is correct 99.5 percent of the time.

Nola.com reports the third-party audit was released by claims administrator Patrick Juneau.

It was requested by BP after the first report found last year that the program was running properly.

And a separate court-ordered check found only isolated claims of fraud.

No comment yet from BP.

The oil company has been battling to remove Juneau as claims administrator. It says settlements are tainted by fraud and mistakes.

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7:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NOPD To Investigate Inmate Death

New Orleans police will lead the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Orleans Parish jail.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble says state police could play a supporting role in the investigation.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Sheriff Marlin Gusman spoke with police Superintendent Michael Harrison yesterday, and agreed the NOPD will take the lead.

The case centers on the death of inmate Willie Lee.

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse determined Lee died in March of a heart attack after a fight. He classified the death as a homicide.

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7:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Orleans Has Peaceful Protest Over Ferguson Decision

More than 50 people gathered in New Orleans to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

It was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports more than 50 people protested the decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The New Orleans group entered the police station on Rampart Street, and then moved on to the entrance to Armstrong Park.

Plans are reportedly being made for upcoming protests.

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