Janaya Williams


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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.
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The National Endowment for the Arts awards 5 million dollars 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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Science & Health
9:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood

Fishermen, seafood processers and retailers use the Gulf Seafood Trace software package to compile data on wild-caught seafood.
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Some studies have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.

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6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Women Stage Protest At Hobby Lobby In Elmwood

Over the weekend, locals staged a protest at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood.
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  Over the weekend, locals staged a protest at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood in reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision. The court upheld the company's right to refuse to cover certain forms of birth control.

The group of about 50 protesters stood on Clearview Parkway for hours on Saturday passing out leaflets supporting the right of women to have access to health insurance that includes certain forms of birth control. They held up signs saying “The Bible is not a health care plan” and “Honk if you have ovaries”.

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4:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Feds End Jefferson Parish School Discrimination Probe

Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners.
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Jefferson Parish public schools have agreed to make changes to end a federal investigation into discrimination against English-language learners. The U.S. Department of Justice brokered the agreement, along with the Department of Education. 

Jessica Williams is an education reporter at NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. She says the agreement requires that Jefferson parish make a number of changes.

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5:34 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans?

A flood gauge on the Mississippi River from the Louisiana side. Flooding in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois has closed roads and bridges in recent days.
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Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?

Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the National Weather Service, says that scenario is unlikely.

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Latest News
5:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisiana Flag-Maker Doubles Its Workforce

Allied Materials & Equipment in Bogalusa manufactures US flags for government agencies.
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Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, a Bogalusa facility that manufactures US flags announced that it will double its workforce.

Workers at Allied Materials & Equipment make the field of 50 stars for the flags, which are assembled at another facility in Missouri and sold to federal agencies.

According to the governor’s office, the company received an incentive package from the state, including an Enterprise Zone tax exemption.

Allied’s Bogalusa facility can produce up to 13,000 fields of stars per week.

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7:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Asks For Help From State Troopers And Regular Citizens

Footage from the EarthCam camera on Bourbon Street captured the shooting and the aftermath.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on last weekend's Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people wounded.

Landrieu says he asked Governor Bobby Jindal to send 100 state troopers to New Orleans to patrol on a permanent basis, and the mayor called on citizens to work with police to help find those responsible for the shooting.

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4:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In New Orleans, Surveillance Cameras Help Catch Criminals

Police investigating Sunday morning's shooting on Bourbon Street could be assisted by camera footage in the area.
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Ten people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. One of the victims remains in critical condition, four others are hospitalized in stable condition.

A high-definition, robotic camera on the balcony of a popular karaoke bar called the Cat’s Meow caught it all on tape: First, total chaos, then bystanders rushing in to help the victims.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking

In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.

About a half-dozen Mandeville residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against fracking. But no one from Helis Oil and Gas was there.

Helis is a New Orleans company. They’re seeking permits to drill a well just north of Interstate 12 and use the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method to extract oil and gas.

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10:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NOLA For Life Program Helps Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched the NOLA for Life homicide reduction strategy in 2012.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched another pillar of his NOLA for LIFE homicide reduction plan on Wednesday: helping ex-offenders leaving prison get jobs and homes.

Mayor Landrieu said the challenge of stopping violence in the city is everyone’s responsibility, including private companies who hold jobs. He said that people leaving prison have to be given an opportunity to make better choices.

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