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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Ever Called 911 In New Orleans?

Emergency response in New Orleans was the focus at a recent meeting of the city’s Criminal Justice Committee.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project 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.

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Latest News
4:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Recovered Guns Become Art In New Orleans

Artists choose guns to use in their art from a selection of weapons in NOPD's gun buy-back program.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans.

City officials and artists gathered Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

On the floor of the gallery were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets of New Orleans through the police department's gun buyback program.

Artist Skylar Fein said that in his eyes, the guns are already art.

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Part One
1:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Along Saint Claude: What's In A Name?

Dan Eaglin.
Credit Jonathan Traviesa

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 they’re like now, how they’ve changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices became the makings of this seven-part radio documentary: Along Saint Claude.

Part 1: What's in a Name

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Latest News
11:13 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Charter School Group Accused Of Violating Students' Civil Rights

A civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against New Orleans charter school managers Collegiate Academies alleges harsh discipline that violates federal laws.
Eric E Castro Flickr

This story has been updated.

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.

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Community Impact
7:19 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Music And Culture Coalition Of New Orleans A Force For Democratic Process

Musicians protested changes to a noise ordiance in front of City Hall.
Kate Gegenheimer

The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans serves as a platform and voice for issues concerning culture in New Orleans.

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Latest News
4:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

New Orleans Public School Acceptance Letters Are In The Mail

Public school acceptance letters were mailed out this week.
Marie Flickr

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.

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Listening Post NOLA
8:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Should Sex Education Be Required In Louisiana Public Schools?

Louisiana has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.
Credit Chloe Walters-Wallace

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project 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.  

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The Lens
8:35 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Battle Brewing In Holy Cross Over Proposed Highrises

Vanessa Gueringer and Kim Ford of the Holy Cross neighborhood association discuss the proposed high-rise development in Holy Cross.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

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 flooded 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 aren’t a lot of parks in the Lower 9. So the levee is used for exercise, picnicking and relaxing.

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Red River Radio
10:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Downtown Shreveport aims to fill empty storefronts with Pop UPs

Business partners Lydell Smith (left) and Jonathan Burks have submitted their application to be part of downtown Shreveport's Pop UP Project.

The city of Shreveport and the Downtown Development Authority have organized the city’s first Pop UP Project. It aims to give regional businesses a two-week opportunity to have free, storefront real estate in downtown Shreveport. 

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Community
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Groups Working To Connect 9th Ward Split By Industrial Canal

Historic photo of the St. Claude Ave. bridge. Community activists are pushing for a dedicated lane on the bridge to help residents without cars traverse the Industrial Canal.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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.

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