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Politics
8:02 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Doubts Surface On Jindal's Optimistic Assessment Of State Economy

Governor Bobby Jindal is telling the nation that the state economy is better than ever. But one political expert is seeing some local astonishment over that assessment.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Lagniappe Academies Families Fight To Keep School Open

Lagniappe Academies parents, grandparents and students rally to keep the school open.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

Last week the state school board voted to close Lagniappe Academies after a report outlined special education violations at the Tremé charter school. On Monday night, families held a rally to fight that decision.

Harold Bailey Sr. was one of three parents and grandparents to speak out against the school closure. He says the state should get rid of the administrators but keep the school open.

"This isn't choice," he said. "We don't want this. And this is not what children need. They need stability."

Parent Anthony Parker expressed similar feelings.

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Latest News
6:32 am
Tue March 10, 2015

New Orleans Schools Receive Extra Funds To Support English Language Learners

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The number of New Orleans public school students learning English rose dramatically this year — by 35 percent. That's because of an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Now some schools will receive extra funds to support those students.

The Recovery School District announced Monday it is giving out more than $160,000 to support English Language Learners. Those funds are divided among 16 charter operators and will pay for supports like technology, teacher training, and translated materials.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Curbing Fraud in Film Tax Credit Programs

Louisiana’s budget problems have many criticizing the tax incentives for the entertainment industry, which cost the state about $250-million last year. A legislative task force has been looking into ways to curb fraud in the film program. They met last week, to discuss the thrust of bills they may file in the upcoming legislative session.

“These are various common-sense measures that we think can be taken to perhaps make it a little bit less easy to steal from these programs,” Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street said, as he prepared to give the panel suggestions based on his experiences investigating problems with the programs.

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Latest News
5:15 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Orleans School Board Member Indicted In Federal Corruption Scheme

A New Orleans school board member faces a federal charge in an alleged bribery scheme.

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Latest News
7:16 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NEA Conference Meeting In New Orleans

The National Education Association is meeting in New Orleans this weekend to help thousands of school workers who contribute to a child’s school experience. They include bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teaching assistants and others classified as Education Support Professionals.

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Business & Technology
5:04 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Survey: For Women In Tech, New Orleans Tops Silicon Valley

A survey by the group SmartAsset lists New Orleans among the top ten best cities for women working in the technology field.
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Slate magazine recently reported on a survey by the group SmartAsset, listing the best cities for women working in the technology field.

Some of the surprising findings: Cities in Silicon Valley ranked far below some others with less well-known tech communities – including New Orleans. The survey ranked New Orleans number seven overall on the list of best American cities for women in tech.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Sending Out an S-O-S for Voting Machines

Voting machines stored in a Louisiana warehouse

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 7:57 am

Addressing the House and Governmental Affairs committee Wednesday, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler sent out an S-O-S on the condition of the state’s stock of voting machines.

“I just will tell you that it’s getting a little scary out there,” Schedler said, reminding lawmakers, “Voting machine equipment is all 15-20 years, plus.”

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New Orleans Pelicans
10:47 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Pelicans' Anthony Davis Returns From Injury, Leads 88-85 Win Over Detroit Pistons

What shoulder injury?

Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ seemingly unstoppable phenom who puts the power in power forward, returned to the floor of the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night and put the visiting Detroit Pistons away with 39 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks.

Davis had missed the previous five games with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder (defined as an injury to the connective tissue between the clavicle and shoulder blade), suffered during a collision with Miami’s Hassan Whiteside on Feb. 21.

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Latest News
4:50 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lagniappe Academies Future In Question Amid Charges Of Special Education Violations

A New Orleans charter school violated the rights of special education students, then covered up those violations. That's according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Education. Now the school's future is in question.

The report claims leaders at Lagniappe Academies didn't provide services to students with special needs, then arranged a cover up when the state came to investigate.

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