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7:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Limited English Skills Hurting New Orleans Regional Economy

A new report finds one in 10 adults working in the United States is not proficient in English. New Orleans ranks above the midway point on a list of 89 of the most populous metro areas.

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8:37 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Host Of TV Show 'Hoarders' Holds Workshop In Metairie

Photo by andidigress via Flickr Creative Commons

As the US population ages, a disorder known as "hoarding" is becoming more of a problem. Up to 15 million Americans deal with a person in their lives who can't stop gathering stuff, and the house fills with what seems like tons of useless junk.

Matt Paxton is host of the television show "Hoarders," and he holds workshops on the subject, including one on Tuesday in New Orleans.

Paxton helps clean the extremely cluttered and dirty homes of hoarders. He says careful communication is needed to help those afflicted with the disease.

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Latest News
6:52 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Louisiana State Judge: Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A state judge in Lafayette has ruled that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

It was Judge Edward Rubin's second ruling that Angela Costanza of Broussard may adopt partner Chasity Brewer's son and be listed as a parent on his birth certificate. The two were married in California, and the suit says that marriage should be recognized.

Rubin's ruling in February was overturned by a state appeal court.

Brewer says she's been told Monday's ruling will be released after it's rewritten to remove the child's name.

Coastal Desk
6:50 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Louisiana Is Represented At Climate Change Protests In New York

Hundreds of demonstrators marched on Wall Street Monday morning in the second day of climate change protests in New York City.

Sunday’s event drew more than 300,000 marchers.

The fate of the Gulf Coast ecosystem was on the mind of some of those gathered at the event. Mike Jonak carried a sign that read, “Gulf Coast Resistance - Stop Tar Sands”

Jonak is from Minnesota, but wanted to show solidarity with people further down his favorite river.

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Latest News
7:31 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Circle Food Store Okayed For WIC Program

The Circle Food Store.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

The owner of the reopened Circle Food Store in New Orleans has cut what he hopes is last strip of red tape blocking his business.

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The Listening Post
9:37 am
Mon September 15, 2014

A Public Radio Station Tunes In To A City’s Innermost Thoughts

Two residents offer their thoughts on violence in New Orleans at City Park.
Credit Bryan Tarnowski / Internews

The Listening Post — a partnership between Internews and WWNO focused on starting conversations about topics important to New Orleanians, especially in communities often ignored by the media — was featured in a story by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

"It’s a way to cover news that isn’t news, but is actually the most important news," says Eve Troeh, a fellow co-founder and the news director at WWNO. "It’s something that transcends a daily news peg and allows us to have conversations."

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Latest News
4:57 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

City's Homeless Encampment Under Eviction Order

Inhabitants of a tent city in New Orleans have been given a 72-hour notice to remove all tents and furniture from the area.
Bart Everson Flickr

Inhabitants of a tent city at Calliope and Camp streets have been given a 72-hour notice to remove all tents and furniture from the area, The Advocate is reporting.

The action comes one week after the New Orleans City Council passed new rules strengthening the city’s ability to disperse homeless encampments.

The notifications were posted at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, according to people living in the camp.

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8:46 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Child Migrants Settle Uneasily In The Big Easy

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:05 am

Last June, 13-year-old Yashua Cantillano and his 11-year-old brother, Alinhoel, left their uncle's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a change of clothes in plastic bags, some snacks, water and their mother's phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.

Their guide and protector? Seventeen-year-old Sulmi Cantillano, their step-sister.

With the help of a smuggler, or coyote, Sulmi says, they got to the Mexican border city of Reynosa about 11 miles south of McAllen, Texas. They crossed the Rio Grande and turned themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Latest News
7:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

St. Bernard Project Marks AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary With 24-Hour Builds

The St. Bernard Project began after Hurricane Katrina, and has since grown to help other communities rebuild after natural disasters.
Credit St. Bernard Project

A New Orleans-area non-profit is marking the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps volunteer program with all-night rebuilding projects. The events are planned at disaster-recovery zones from the Gulf Coast to New York City.

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4:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City Holds 'Bootcamp' Training For Jobs In Film And TV Production

Bootcamp participants wire themselves for walkie-talkie training.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Since 2002 Louisiana has provided incentives for the film and TV industry. Under the program, the state reimburses 30 percent of production expenses in the form of tax credits.

The city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes run workforce training sessions called Production Assistant Bootcamps. These help ensure that locals get jobs in the entertainment industry. This year's bootcamp took place at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

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