community

Latest News
7:33 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Louisiana Gay Marriage Laws Head To Federal Court In New Orleans

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether Louisiana must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

This morning's hearing before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman deals with lawsuits filed earlier this year by gay married couples. Those couples say Louisiana violates their rights to equal protection and due process by refusing to give them the rights of opposite-sex married couples.

The state and opponents of gay marriage want Feldman to reject the suits. They argue that each state has the right to define marriage in its own way.

Community Impact
7:38 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Helps Women, Men And Young People Lead Healthy Lives

Planned Parenthood has a robust sexual health education program
Eve Abrams

The mission of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education and advocacy. 

 

“This is the minimum things that happen when a woman comes in to a Planned Parenthood clinic for a family planning visit,” begins Sharon Howard, a consultant for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast who worked in the state Office of Public Health for 30 years.

Read more
WRKF
11:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Land, Air, Water, Wildlife: Why Does it Matter to You?

Earth

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:45 pm

Saturday June 21, 2014 is the first day of summer; the season for play-time, vacations and - if you can take the heat - enjoying the great outdoors.

Back in April, we set up our recording booth at the Earth Day Festival in downtown Baton Rouge and we heard from people about their love for the environment.

They told us about things like growing up with recycling parents and watching the Louisiana coastline recede when we asked a simple question: Land, Air, Water, Wildlife - Why does it matter to you?

That was Freda Yarborough Dunne, Bob Williamson, Lindsey Short, Ramesh Subramanian, Amy Canada, Marifer Manns, Antoine Mitchell, Kyle Hymell, and kids Ethan Ferguson and Christa Bartholomew.

They stepped into the WRKF Recording Booth at the Earth Day Festival in April to tell us why the environment matters.

Look for the WRKF Recording Booth at events near you in the year to come.

Read more
Listening Post NOLA
6:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Mark Richardson

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is food and nutrition.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. Around 34% of adults in the state are overweight.

Healthy food options are increasing around New Orleans, but many residents still struggle to access them.

Read more
Community
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Department, Short On Officers, Holds Job Fair

NOPD held a recruiting event to inform potential applicants about the variety of jobs available in the department.
Kate Richardson

Federal officials and citizens alike have been calling on the New Orleans Police Department to hire more officers and rethink its approach to handling 911 calls for service. In response, city officials have lifted some restrictions on residency and former drug use to join NOPD. Right now the department has about 1,150 officers, and hopes to add at least a hundred more by year's end.

NOPD is also actively recruiting potential candidates with events like a recent job fair at Langston Hughes Academy.

Read more
Latest News
8:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

Read more
Community Impact
7:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Neighborhood Partnerships Network Helps Communities Build Capacity

Crista Rock

The Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) works to make all of New Orleans’ neighborhoods great places to live. NPN facilitates neighborhood collaboration, increase access to government and information, and strengthen the voices of individuals and communities across New Orleans.

 

On the Neighborhood Partnerships Network’s homepage, you’re one click away from finding out the meeting times and locations of dozens of different neighborhood organizations all over New Orleans.

Read more
Community Impact
7:46 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ora Estuaries Contributes To An Oyster Habitat Restoration Project In St. Bernard Parish

Concrete rings are lowered into the water off the Biloxi Marsh.
Eve Abrams

The Water Challenge seeks to spur innovation in creative water management solutions for the Greater New Orleans region by awarding $50,000 annually through a competitive process. Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Water Challenge is part of The Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

 

 

“This is the southern extent of the Biloxi Marshes,” points Tyler Ortego. “We’re right next to the southern extension of MRGO, less than a mile away. If you see higher vegetation that’s it. The other side of this lake you get out into Breton Sound.”

Read more
Five Views On The Future Of New Orleans' Wetlands
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue?: James Stram

James Stram.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a “ghost swamp”. Until the 1960s, it was a full of cypress trees, part of the central wetlands system that ran from the Lower 9th Ward all the way to Lake Borgne. But destructive forces — from levee and canal construction to invasive species — turned this freshwater swamp into a saltwater marsh, killing all the cypress trees in the process. You see their dead trunks like scarecrows in the water, and don’t see much else.

Read more
Five Views On The Future Of New Orleans' Wetlands
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue?: George Barisich

George Barisich.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a “ghost swamp”. Until the 1960s, it was a full of cypress trees, part of the central wetlands system that ran from the Lower 9th Ward all the way to Lake Borgne. But destructive forces — from levee and canal construction to invasive species — turned this freshwater swamp into a saltwater marsh, killing all the cypress trees in the process. You see their dead trunks like scarecrows in the water, and don’t see much else.

Read more

Pages