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3:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Students Push for Tastier School Lunches

Ruston High student Madison Wooley's "selfie" with Sen. Rick Gallot

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:37 am

“The food is not very tasty, at all.”

“The food’s so disgusting.”

“The cafeteria food is nasty.”

These students from Ruston and Central high schools aren’t just bellyaching about their school lunches, they’re testifying before Louisiana’s Senate Agriculture Committee. They’re hoping to advance a resolution they initiated.

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6:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Temporary Agreement Reached For Orleans Parish Prison

Orleans Parish Prison must be upgraded, according to a federal consent decree.
Bart Everson Flickr

Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman have reached an agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city’s violent jail.

The sheriff’s office is under federal court order to improve conditions at the jail.

Today’s agreement covers about one-quarter of nearly $1.9 million provided last year for extra security, medical workers and pay raises for staff at the current jail.

The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, like plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

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5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama And Governor Jindal To Deliver Commencement Addresses

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement at Dillard University. Gov. Jindal will deliver a keynote at Liberty University in Virginia.
Jason Bache Flickr

First Lady Michelle Obama will address graduating students and their families at Dillard University’s 2014 commencement ceremony in May.

In a news release Thursday, the White House said that Dillard University was chosen because of "its legacy as one of America’s top historically black universities."

On the same day — May 10 — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will also deliver a commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty is a private Christian college founded by the late Reverend Jerry Falwell.

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5:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New Orleans Children's Hospital Says Fungus Did Not Cause Any Deaths

The New Orleans Childrens' Hospital said Thursday that a deadly fungus was not the cause of death for five child patients at the facility.
UMHealthSystem Flickr

Doctors and officials at New Orleans Children’s Hospital held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address questions related to the deaths of five children who died after contracting a deadly fungus transferred to them through contaminated linens.

The Medical Director for Children's Hospital, Dr. John Heaton, acknowledged that a fungal outbreak was detected at the hospital in 2008 and 2009, and he said “an alarm went off” when lesions were detected on at least two of the young patients who later died.

BP Oil Spill
2:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan talks with oil cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. Seilhan has settled with SEC regulators who say he avoided $100,000 in stock and options losses by trading on inside information related to the spill.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:59 pm

A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Voucher Eligibility: “C” is for “Choice”

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:54 pm

  A bill that would take students attending “C” rated public schools out of eligibility for the voucher program failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday.

“Either ‘C’ schools are failing schools, or they’re not,” stated Amite Representative John Bel Edwards, explaining the proposed program change as simple logic. “This program was premised upon giving choices to parents whose kids were trapped in failing schools. A ‘C’ school is not a failing school. It’s just that simple.”

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New Orleans Pelicans
9:25 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Injury-Plagued Pelicans Close Out Season With 105-100 Win Over Houston Rockets

The New Orleans Pelicans closed out the season Wednesday night with a 105-100 win over the the playoff-bound Houston Rockets in front of a raucous home crowd.

The end of the season couldn’t have come soon enough.

This inaugural season of the rebranded New Orleans Pelicans will be remembered — but more for the team’s many hiccups than the very real successes of New Orleans’ here-to-stay NBA franchise.

For every Smoothie King naming-rights deal and All-Star Game selection there was yet another season-ending injury. Or a Pierre the Pelican.

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4:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Annual Concert Series Kicks Off In Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park's fifth season of Jazz In The Park starts Thursday.
Gwen Harlow Flickr

People United for Armstrong Park is an organization with the mission of "establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts."

Toward that end, a few years ago they established an annual jazz concert series, which opens its 2014 season on Thursday.

Mary Steele of People United for Armstrong Park says there is a lot to look forward to this year.

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4:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Recovered Guns Become Art In New Orleans

Artists choose guns to use in their art from a selection of weapons in NOPD's gun buy-back program.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans.

City officials and artists gathered Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

On the floor of the gallery were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets of New Orleans through the police department's gun buyback program.

Artist Skylar Fein said that in his eyes, the guns are already art.

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DWI Checkpoint
2:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's traffic division will conduct a Thursday night sobriety checkpoint in Orleans Parish, the department said in a press release.

The NOPD checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of Thursday, April 17. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation, including a driver's license and proof of insurance, and should expect only minimal delays, according to the police department.

The checkpoint will conclude at approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning.

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