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.
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.
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."
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.
St. Bernard Project credits AmeriCorps for its success in returning 800 homes to families.
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.
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.