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11:59 am
Thu April 16, 2015

New Orleans Pelicans Headed To Playoffs For First Time Since 2011

A tornado warning and heavy rains kept Smoothie King Center workers busy before the doors opened on Wednesday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd in the Smoothie King Center, and are headed to the playoffs.

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the New Orleans Pelicans. The young team struggled with injuries and inconsistent play over a grueling 82-game regular season.

The Pelicans needed every one of those games. They were locked in a neck-and-neck struggle with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But now, for the first time since 2011, they are in the playoffs.

Superstar power forward Anthony Davis:

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Education
4:14 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

New Superintendent Lays Out Vision For New Orleans Schools

Last month Henderson Lewis Jr. took the helm as superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board. Today he laid out his plan for his first six months — and his vision for the future.

Henderson Lewis Jr. has a clear vision: "To reunite the school district," he says. "Right now we have a fragmented school system. We have some schools that are part of the Orleans Parish School Board. We have other schools that are part of the Recovery School District."

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Coastal Desk
4:28 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Heavy Rains Mean Flash Floods For New Orleans

Mother and toddler daughter walking in the rain in New Orleans.
Credit Bart Everson / Wikimedia Commons

There have been flash flood warnings for Southeast Louisiana this week. And while areas around town flood, the city of New Orleans is poised to pass a new zoning ordinance that will help with some of that water. But not all of it. 

Between 2-4 inches of rain are expected to fall over the next few days, and that makes it hard to do some basic things. Like get in your car.   

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Latest News
7:16 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Deficit Looms Over State Budget Session

The Louisiana Legislature gets back in session Monday. The number one problem facing lawmakers is how to come up with $1.6 billion to balance the budget.

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New Orleans Pelicans
11:45 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Pelicans Come Away With Convincing 90-75 Win Over Visiting Phoenix Suns

Pelicans owner Tom Benson visited the team locker room after Friday night's win. His golf cart got caught in the corridor.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans, clinging to the final Western Conference playoff berth, knocked down the Phoenix Suns Friday night in a 90-75 win at the Smoothie King Center.

New Orleans (43-36) remains in a neck-and-neck race with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff slot. The teams have identical win-loss records (the Thunder beat the woeful Sacramento Kings on Friday night), but New Orleans took the season series over OKC three games to one, giving the Pels the tiebreaker.

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4:12 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

OneApp Sends Out School Placements

Many New Orleans students are finding out where they'll go to school this fall. OneApp placements went out in the mail and through email on Thursday.

Lashunda Dean was at work when she got the email from OneApp.

"My first reaction was like 'yay! Oh my God! Yeah!'" she says. "And then I opened the email and I was like 'oh, okay, well.'"

Her son William, a fifth-grader, got his second choice. Dean was disappointed but not surprised.

"I knew it was gonna be a slim chance of getting in," she says. Because their top choice had very few open seats.

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1:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Durst Indicted On Weapons Charges By Orleans Parish Grand Jury

Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst will remain in New Orleans for a while. He’s been indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges.

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7:47 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Loyola Law Students Offering Tax Help

Federal taxes are due next week. Loyola University law students are helping people make that filing deadline.

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Coastal Desk
5:31 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Pearl River On 'Top 10' List Of Most Endangered Rivers

The Pearl River by Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, LA.
Credit Gulf Restoration Network

American Rivers came out with its 2015 list of top 10 most endangered rivers. The Pearl River that runs through Louisiana and Mississippi is included on this national list.

Each of the ten rivers are called "endangered" because they face some kind of big change on the horizon. In the case of Pearl River, it’s whether a new dam will be built in Jackson, Mississippi.

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10:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Maritime Traffic Resuming After Collision On Mississippi River

Maritime traffic along the Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting back to normal after three ships collided about 60 miles west of New Orleans. The Coast Guard is escorting ships between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

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