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Latest News
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hundreds Pack Mandeville Fracking Hearing

Several hundred people packed the gym at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville Wednesday night for a meeting about a hydraulic fracturing well proposed about a mile away.

The Helis Oil and Gas project is designed to use a process known as fracking, and is strongly opposed by some residents. They’re worried about the underground well contaminating the community water supply. And they say it’s an inappropriate use of the land.

Helis wants to tap into shale with a 13,000-foot well on 960 acres near the high school.

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Latest News
5:50 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Louisiana Hasn't Cut Incarceration Rates In The Last Five Years

Louisiana is one of the only states that has not cut down on incarceration rates over the last five years, a new Pew report shows.
Michael Coghlan Flickr

Louisiana is one of the only states that has not cut down on incarceration rates over the last five years, the Times-Picayune reports.

A new Pew report says that most states have managed to cut their imprisonment and crime rates in that time, but that's not true of Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate of any state.

Overall, the U.S. imprisonment rate has gone down 6 percent since 2008, but Louisiana's has stayed flat during that time period.

Latest News
6:54 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Grief Counselors At School Where 3 Students Killed In House Fire

Grief counselors are on hand as students return to the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in Broadmoor today. 

Three of the school's students died in a fire early yesterday that killed five people. They were in their home that’s just steps from the school.

The victims included 12-year-old Jade Anderson, 11-year-old Jason Anderson and 7-year-old Jala Anderson. The adults were 77-year-old Martha Anderson and 33-year-old Christina Squire.

The school is also working on a fundraising drive for the family. Information is available on the school website.

Community Impact
8:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Helping Businesses Make More Money With Positive Environmental Choices

Chris Vizzini of Progressive Waste Management, along with Liz Shephard from LifeCity, looking through the dumpsters at Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries to assess waste.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

Life City enables city governments and regional economic development organizations to spur economic growth through social and environmental impact. They help make businesses more socially and environmentally impactful while also earning more revenue.

Let me introduce you to a business owner.

“My name Renee Landrieu. I’m the owner of Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries.”

Picture huge piles of sand and gravel. Also, those big trucks with revolving drums.

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Education
3:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Deborah Richardson

After three decades running the cosmetology program at John McDonogh High School, Deborah Richardson packed up her classroom and teaching salon last spring. Among the supplies: mannequin heads with human hair.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Orleans Veterans Launch Business Startup Program

The VetLaunch website.

As the nation plans events to honor veterans on Tuesday, a New Orleans nonprofit is kicking off a program aimed at helping them establish their own businesses. Five will be selected in December.

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Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

New Orleans Names Chief Resiliency Officer

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has named the city’s head of the redevelopment authority to be the new Chief Resiliency Officer. The new position is part of a program involving 100 cities across the country that is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Listening Post NOLA
1:10 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Are You Going To Vote?

The Listening Post wanted to know:

  • Are you going to vote? Why or why not?
  • When was the last time you voted?
  • What issues are most important to you this election?

As usual we sent out a text message with our questions. Here's what we heard back:

“Yes, because it is my civic duty.”

"Yes, it is a basic right to vote for representatives in our Democracy!”

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Community Impact
6:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Goodwill Industries Helps Ex-Offenders Reenter Workforce

Ezimbalist Pollard visits with his Goodwill Industries family.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Goodwill Industries provides a wide range of training, placement and workforce development services to help veterans, people with disabilities or a lack of education, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce develop the skills needed to find jobs. 

After serving two stints in local jails, Ezimbalist Pollard wasn’t an ideal candidate for a job.

“I was never a bad person,” explains Pollard, “but when you make bad choices, people look at you as a bad person.”

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Coastal Desk
8:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

How To Learn To Love The Disaster Industry

Cities and states hire private companies to help handle the workload after disasters, but homeowners still face long delays and other problems.
Edward Dai/Epoch Times

Disasters are causing more and more damage, and the federal government is spending more and more money to rebuild afterwards.

But before the construction crew can begin repairs, homeowners face months-long delays and poor customer service in the preliminary stages of the application process. Some homeowners even complain that the rebuilding process has become as traumatic as the storm itself.

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