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Red River Radio
10:06 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Shreveport-based blood bank establishes its first endowment

LifeShare Blood Centers development director Daphne Young announced the creation of its legacy fund Wednesday in honor of the late Vivian Dell Holder.

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

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Battle of New Orleans
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Fazendeville, the town razed to make way for the Chalmette National Monument

The sesquecentennial of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1965, with the remnants of Fazendeville visible in the background.
Credit National Park Service

When Eldgridge Cager was growing up in Fazendeville in the 1950s, he and his friends would look for cannonballs, broken muskets and swords on the other side of the Mississippi River levee — just a few blocks from his house in the all-black community. They’d bring the rusty treasures to “Old Man” Linch, the Park Superintendent of the Chalmette Monument, a tall white obelisk towering over the cow pasture across from Fazendeville.

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Latest News
7:40 am
Thu January 8, 2015

New Orleans Houses Its Homeless Veterans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city has completed a pledge to house its homeless veterans. He says it’s the first major city to reach the goal set by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Latest News
5:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Fight Brewing In New Orleans Pits Developers Against Neighborhood Residents

Neighborhood groups came out strongly on Tuesday against a massive overhaul of the comprehensive zoning ordinance in New Orleans.
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Neighborhood groups came out strongly on Tuesday against a massive overhaul of the codes governing new development in New Orleans, setting the stage for fights over new condominiums along the Mississippi River, the spread of live music into quiet neighborhoods and the delicate balance between economic growth and residents' wishes.

The groups paid for a new billboard near City Hall calling on city leaders to "Fix the CZO!," a reference to the new 600-plus page comprehensive zoning ordinance under review. The City Council is expected to adopt the new codes this year.

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Features
3:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Boxing Gym Helps At-Risk Youth In Slidell

Dupre and Shedee Strickland offer programs for at-risk youth at their boxing gym in Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Anointed Hands Boxing Gym on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell is a modest facility, filled with loud music and kids. It is kind of like a community center — the coach taught a group of kids how to hit the boxing bags while others played on gym equipment and parents joked at the front desk.
 

 It is not necessarily what you would expect at a boxing gym. That could be because the owners, Dupre and Shedee Strickland, aim to do more than offer training for aspiring boxers — they want to help.

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Community Impact
3:39 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance Working To Create Affordable Housing

Credit Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative formed by the non-profit housing builders and community development corporations who are working diligently to rebuild the city of New Orleans.

“The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative of non-profit, for-profit, builders and advocates of affordable housing here in the metro area,” says Andreanecia Morris. “We have been working together to create more affordable housing in New Orleans as we rebuild the city.”

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Community Impact
11:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

YAYA Empowers Creative Young People To Become Successful Adults

Amaya Cannon makes a sculpture inspired by Picasso
Eve Abrams

The mission of YAYA is to empower creative young people to become successful adults through educational opportunities and entrepreneurship. 

Charity Poskitt runs the glass studio where the youth arts organization YAYA currently houses its out of school programs. Poskitt normally works with glass, but today she’s teaching ceramics. The assignment? To play.

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Features
7:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger In New Orleans

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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NolaVie
6:33 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Changeworks: Arts And Wellness Center

Emily Wolff: connecting school and community.
Credit Propellor.org via NolaVie.com

These days, when you drive or walk the length of General Pershing from Broad Street toward South Claiborne, you can tell something is growing there.

There in Broadmoor, in the heart of New Orleans, a community is rebuilding itself.

On what was the largest concentration of blight in the neighborhood, construction is underway for an 11,500-square-foot Arts and Wellness Center, a space that will provide quality arts enrichment and improved vitality to over 350 community members daily.

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WRKF
4:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Food Bank Asks: On a Scale of 1-to-3, How Nutritious is that Donation?

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:58 am

Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest in Louisiana, serving over 200,000 people each year. Three quarters of clients at the pantries Second Harvest supplies say they regularly rely on the food they get there to make ends meet. In the same survey, over a third of pantry clients say they have a family member with diabetes. So Second Harvest is starting to pay closer attention to the nutrition of the food they distribute.

 


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