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4:04 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

2015 Predicted To Be A Below-Normal Hurricane Season

Tracks of all known Atlantic tropical cyclones from 1851 to 2012.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its Atlantic hurricane outlook during a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday. The report predicted a below-normal storm season. The 2015 forecast looks mild, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu reminded the crowd it only takes one major hurricane. And even though NOAA is generally on par with their predictions, "nobody can guarantee you what’s gonna happen," the mayor says.

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7:07 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Tulane Researcher Sees No Epidemic Threat From Lassa Fever In West Africa

A Tulane University researcher recently back from Sierra Leone in West Africa says health care workers treating patients with Lassa Fever are taking precautions similar to those used in the Ebola outbreak. But the risk of a Lassa epidemic is much less than the dangers posed by Ebola cases in that region.

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7:17 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Federal Scientists Link Dolphin Die-offs To BP Spill

Map of dolphin and other cetacean strandings in the Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA

Federal scientists have linked a spike in deaths of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. Environmental groups are calling on BP to stop fighting the findings and reach an agreement for restoration.

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Latest News
9:15 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

New Orleans Police Department detectives hunting a serial tire thief

NOPD says this suspect stole a tire off this Jeep Wrangler in under a minute.
Credit YouTube

New Orleans Police Department detectives are hunting a serial tire thief in Algiers.

In a surveillance video posted to one of the department’s YouTube channels, the suspect pulls up to 3504 Kabel Drive in what they believe to be an older model Geo Tracker.

He maneuvers behind a parked Jeep Wrangler, steals the rear-mounted spare, and is on his way out of the parking lot in under one minute.

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7:29 am
Tue May 19, 2015

The Termite Swarms Are Back

Formosan termites.
masuti Shutterstock.com

For the next few weeks, Formosan termites can be seen swarming around street lights, business lights — even headlights. The annual mating season is under way.

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8:50 am
Mon May 18, 2015

State Legislature Passes Half-Way Mark In Session

It’s past the half-way mark in this year’s session of the state Legislature. One political expert sees a change in tone on the way.

So far the legislative action has been in House committees. Jeremy Alford, publisher of LA Politics Weekly, says the second half is being controlled by Senate lawmakers in a much different political situation than their colleagues chairing major House panels.

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7:18 am
Fri May 15, 2015

New Orleans City Council Approves Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

The New Orleans City Council has approved a major revamp of the city’s zoning plan. The vote came after four years of meetings and several hours of last-minute debate.

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7:42 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Tulane Survey Shows Progress In New Orleans Public Education

New Orleans residents are feeling better about their public schools. A Tulane University report shows 59 percent of those surveyed found the city network of charter schools has improved public education.

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7:06 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Appeals Court Sends Dead Zone Ruling Back To Federal Judge

2014 Gulf of Mexico hypoxia readings.
Credit NOAA

A federal judge has been ordered to review his decision on the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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5:16 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

More New Orleans High School Graduates Heading To College

Champions Square was jammed with high school seniors celebrating their college plans.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Hundreds of graduating high school seniors gathered at Champions Square Friday morning to celebrate their academic success. Officials at the second annual Senior Shout Out hailed the graduation rate of 73 percent – up from 54 percent 10 years ago.

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