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Community
8:20 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Community Impact Series: Up2Us

The national nonprofit Up2Us recently expanded to New Orleans, bringing more youth sports coaches and a mentoring program that gives students a boost that can extend far from the court or playing field.

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Community
4:11 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Get Down to Business with Capital One

Capital One Bank is accepting applications now through Wednesday, March 20, for their Getting Down To Business program. This is a free, eight month curriculum that offers small business owners the opportunity to grow their businesses, and includes a matched savings component of up to $2,000.

Mark Boucray, Vice President of Capital One Community Development Banking, tells us more about the program and the benefit it provides to the entrepreneurs and community stakeholders alike.

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Crescent City Connection
7:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

YLC Rallies Online Drive to Resume Crescent City Connection Bridge Lighting

YLC launches Facebook campaign to save the decorative lights on the Crescent City Connection.

A New Orleans non-profit that led the drive to illuminate the Crescent City Connection back in the 1980s is gathering support for getting the decorative lights turned back on. The Young Leadership Council is turning to Facebook for help.

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WRKF
5:27 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Commentary: From Private School to Public, a Family Leaps

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:53 pm

All but a handful of East Baton Rouge Parish public schools are labeled as poor performers by the state. That’s prompted exodus—individual students leaving the district through the private school voucher program; and a group in southeast Baton Rouge is trying to form a new breakaway district, taking with it some of the newer school buildings and a big chunk of the tax base.

But Commentator Carlos Thomas and his family are putting their faith in the parish school system.

To share your commentary, email news@wrkf.org.

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Community
9:51 am
Wed March 13, 2013

New Orleans Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize

The Fit NOLA program strives to make New Orleans one of the fittest cities in America by its 300th anniversary in 2018.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

New Orleans is one of six cities in the United States to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Road Maps to Health Prize, a $25,000 award dedicated to improving health at the population level.

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SpeakEasy
3:14 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

A Night With WWNO: Our First SpeakEasy

Panel members Paul Maassen, Ian McNulty, Nick Spitzer and Edward Anderson.
Chris Nausley

WWNO’s “SpeakEasy” series kicked off this past Thursday with a conversation that meandered through tourism, politics, and the future of New Orleans under the red stage lights at Chickie Wah Wah.

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Community
8:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

People vs. Pets? Plans For City Dog Parks Draw Growls From Some Owners

Dogs tussle at Mickey Markey Park
Katy Reckdahl

If you own a dog in New Orleans, there are two places where your dog can legally run around off-leash: your yard and City Bark, the private dog park in City Park.

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission wants to change that. NORD-C has selected two off-leash dog-runs for each district, but with city money tight there’s no telling when they’ll be built.

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Food
7:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

USDA Local-Food Initiative Announced At Hollygrove Farm

Chef Paul Prudhomme melts some butter to use with local produce and spices.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

USDA announces "food hubs" program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing a new shopping method called “food hubs” to get more local produce to market. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan made the announcement at the Hollygrove Market and Farm in New Orleans.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Announces Return of Midnight Basketball League

Mayor Landrieu makes the announcement at the gym of KIPP Central City High School.
Tyler A. Gamble Mayor's Office

Announcement at KIPP Central City High School.

Basketball is once again part of a plan to reduce violence in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the third season of the city’s midnight basketball league, this time to be held in Central City.

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Community
7:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Lower Ninth Ward Releases Plan For Getting Fresh Food

A community effort to establish a fresh-food market in the Lower Ninth Ward is taking shape. The first step is in a new plan written by residents.

Residents discuss plan to get fresh food establishment in the neighborhood.

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