Every weekÂ WWNO'sÂ Listening Post projectÂ asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is emergency response time in Orleans Parish.
In March, more than one in 10 calls to 911 went unanswered within 40 seconds.
Over the course of 2013, I interviewed dozens and dozens of folks who live, or once lived, in the neighborhoods along both sides of St. Claude Avenue, roughly from St. Bernard to Poland Avenue. I asked them to share stories of their neighborhoods, what theyâ€™re like now, how theyâ€™ve changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices became the makings of this seven-part radio documentary:Â Along Saint Claude.
A group of lawyers, students and parents have filed a civil rights complaint against three local charter schools. They're asking state and federal officials to investigate the discipline policies at Carver Preparatory, Carver Collegiate Academy and Sci Academy, all operated by Collegiate Academies. These schools have the highest suspension rates in the city.
The common enrollment process for New Orleans public schools, OneApp, mailed home the last acceptance letters on Friday.
OneApp lets families rank up to eight school choices, and assigns families to their school of choice, if spots are open. If seats are full at one school, the system will place a child at their next choice, and so on.
Every weekÂ WWNO'sÂ Listening Post projectÂ asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is sexual health education.Â Â
The Holy Cross neighborhood is tucked against the levee in the Lower 9th Ward. It takes its name from the historic Holy Cross School, which floodedÂ after Katrina and re-opened in Gentilly, leaving behind a 13-acre campus of rolling fields reaching to the levees, and a vacant administration building with graceful, wrought-iron balconies.
There arenâ€™t a lot of parks in the Lower 9. So the levee is used for exercise, picnicking and relaxing.
The city of Shreveport and the Downtown Development Authority have organized the cityâ€™s first Pop UP Project. It aims to give regional businesses a two-week opportunity to have free, storefront real estate in downtown Shreveport.Â
The lack of a dedicated bike lane is highlighted in effort to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward over the Industrial Canal.
Several environmental and advocacy groups are working to unite the 9th Ward by improving ways to cross the Industrial Canal. A weekend bike ride highlighted the problem of getting from one side to another with no dedicated bike path.