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Sharon Litwin.
NolaVie.com

A driving force behind the arts and cultural communities in New Orleans has passed away. 


The general manager of a major international travel show said this week’s convention in New Orleans was a hit. It drew about 6,000 attendees from 73 countries.

Morris Jeff Community School was the first New Orleans charter to form a union, in 2013. But its teachers operated without a contract. Until now.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The US Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander of the New Orleans District. 

A coalition formed by clergy and public interest groups wants the state to re-examine the tax breaks it’s granting industry.  The group says local property taxes are being unfairly diverted from schools and law enforcement.

When it comes to child well-being in the U.S., Louisiana ranks near the bottom: 48th. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The results of the annual report are, sadly, not shocking. "We have historically always ranked at least in the bottom five states in overall child well-being, so unfortunately that wasn't a big surprise," says Teresa Falgoust. She's with Agenda for Children, which contributed local data to the national report. It looks at trends in data between 2008 and 2014.

Erin Krall / WWNO

New Orleans police are cutting back on night hours at district stations. Officials are also setting up community outreach meetings for feedback on department operations.

New Orleans Mayor's Office

Security is beefing up ahead of the New Orleans gay pride celebrations this weekend. The popular LGBT event in the French Quarter comes a week after the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub popular with that community.  Officials are asking the public to help police protect the crowds.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The forecast for this year’s dead zone off the Louisiana coast is about the size of Connecticut. The lead scientist tracking the annual formation says that is much too big.

Mission outreach coordinator Daniel Watts hands out snacks for homeless still living under the Pontchartrain Expressway recently cleared to make way for more downtown parking.
Eileen Fleming / WWNO

  

As New Orleans makes way for more downtown parking, police and health workers conducted another sweep under the Pontchartrain Expressway in March of homeless people living in makeshift encampments of tents and bedding.  Eileen Fleming has this report on where they went, how they’re adapting and what the city is planning.

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