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CenturyLink is cutting around 55 jobs from its Louisiana workforce as part of a companywide layoff plan.

Spokesperson Annemarie Sartor did not indicate what positions were part of the reduction.  The telecommunications company employs about 2,500 people at its headquarters in Ouachita Parish.

Earlier this month, CenturyLink announced a reduction of 1,000 jobs companywide.  They employ approximately 44,000 workers around the world.

The layoffs come following disappointing second quarter earnings that were reported in late July.

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Activists from across the country have converged in New Orleans for a week of activism and organizing.

Hundreds of people from about 30 activist groups are gathering at Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park this week to draw attention to their belief that the city has not bounced back from the social and structural damage that resulted from Hurricane Katrina.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

St. Bernard Parish officials want to raise awareness of how the parish was affected by Hurricane Katrina ten years ago. The parish is holding its own Katrina 10 events this week, featuring art displays, public banners indicating the level of water the area took, parish first response offices, and visits to Army Corps of Engineers flood protection projects.

This week is filled with events marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Among them: a conference on the current state of Black New Orleans.

The three-day conference — hosted by the Urban League — kicked off with a town hall and panels focused on education.

It's back to school season. And in New Orleans, it truly is a season — spanning late July to late August. The city has many school start dates and calendars.

Residents of the Lower 9th Ward attend an unveiling a plaque marking the location of the levee break.
Jesse Hardman

  

The catastrophic flooding of the Lower 9th Ward now has a commemorative marker.

A plaque was erected last night by Levees.org. 

It’s at the site where a floodwall protecting the neighborhood collapsed, unleashing a wall of water 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

School is back in session. And there's a new option for students with severe mental and behavioral health needs: the New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program. The program recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

New Orleans is expanding the scope of how sexual assault investigations are conducted. Police will get extra training and help from other groups.

Another undercover video was released by the Center for Medical Progress Tuesday, showing Melissa Farrell, research director with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in Houston.

“We’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact, and some that will not be,” Farrell says in the tape, referring to fetal tissue removed during an abortion.

Governor Bobby Jindal spoke with Fox News about “This woman, talking in barbaric, just brutal terms about these unborn children and their organs. I’m hopeful that folks will wake up and say, ‘Enough’s enough’.”

Student performance has improved in the years since Hurricane Katrina, according to researchers at Tulane University. The Education Research Alliance released new findings on Tuesday.

The report looks at student performance on state tests. It finds a typical student's scores rose 8 to 15 points.

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