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Interview
2:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Todd Simmons And "The Barber Of Seville"

WWNO's Farrar Hudkins talks with Todd Simmons, Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association, about the company's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" this weekend.

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New Orleans Police
12:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NOPD’s Decision To Drop Pepper Spray In Favor Of Tasers Raises Questions About Use Of Force

The NOPD plans to expand its use of Tasers and ban pepper spray. Although the police department considers both “intermediate” uses of force, Tasers have been linked to more deaths. The department says it’s easier to track their use.

The New Orleans Police Department is expanding its use of Tasers and dropping pepper spray from its arsenal as part of a consent decree addressing complaints over police brutality, training and civil rights violations.

The department says it’s dropping pepper spray because its cops hardly ever use it — just eight times so far in 2012, compared to 140 Taser discharges. The department prefers Tasers in part because it’s easier to track their use; the devices count how many times they’re discharged and onboard cameras provide video of incidents.

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In Memoriam
10:12 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Jazz Musician Bob French Dies At 74

Bob French at Snug Harbor in 2008, with the Charmaine Neville band.
Dan Lang Flickr

Bob French was one of the legends of New Orleans' jazz. French was a drummer and singer, and bandleader of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. He died Monday of complications from diabetes. He was 74.

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Super Bowl XLVII
3:27 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

New Orleans Preparing For Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans is preparing for the Super Bowl.

New Orleans is scrambling to get the city in top shape for the upcoming Super Bowl. A new streetcar line is finishing up near the Superdome where the big game will be held February 3.

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Veterans Day
6:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

New Orleans VFW Marking Veterans Day With Expanding Services

Marshall Hevron speaks at the October meeting of the Alfred E. Flynn VFW post in New Orleans. Flynn was a resident of the Uptown neighborhood where the post is located and died in World War II.
Erin Krall WWNO

New Orleans VFW members and leaders discuss the growing post on Lyons St.

The nation is marking Veterans Day with parades and ceremonies to honor those who served in the U.S. military. In New Orleans, a growing post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is taking on projects with more and more members.

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New Orleans Saints
6:55 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Saints Sink High-Flying Falcons 31-27 At Home

Jimmy Graham dunks the football over the goalpost after a touchdown during the Saints 31-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon.
Michael C. Hebert New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints handed the Atlanta Falcons their first loss of the 2012 season Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome by a margin of 31-27.

The Falcons started the season on a roll, traveling to New Orleans with an unblemished 8-0 record. But, despite Atlanta’s successes, the Saints always seem to slow the Falcons down.

In their last 13 meetings, the Saints have now defeated the Falcons eleven times, and four straight overall.

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Hornets 107 — Bobcats 99
1:35 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Hornets Score Season-High 107 Points To Defeat Bobcats

The Hornets beat out the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night at the New Orleans Arena, 107-99, led by Anthony Davis, who captured his first regular season double-double (23 points and 11 rebounds).

Both Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis returned to their starting positions last night as they faced off against a Charlotte defense that gives up more points than any other team in the NBA. Davis, drafted this year as the first pick overall, also met up with his former teammate from Kentucky, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was picked second.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Federal Judge Reviewing BP Settlement

BP claims under review

A federal judge in New Orleans is considering a proposed class-action settlement with BP over its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP says it will pay close to $8 billion, but it could be higher.

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interview
7:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

WWNO's Farrar Hudkins talks with New Orleans Friends of Music Board President Margaret Shields about Monday night's concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Piano Trio.

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Recovery
9:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill.

The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau is part of a proposed settlement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys.

The deal calls for BP to fund a total of $57 million in tourism and seafood promotion grants.

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