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7:38 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NOLA PATROL May Use Civilian Officers In French Quarter To Assist Police

New Orleans is planning to use civilian officers to patrol the French Quarter.

It’s part of a security plan called NOLA PATROL.

The unarmed civilians would handle non-emergency matters. The plan aims to give regular officers the time and ability to better handle serious crimes.

Funding comes from a hotel tax. The plan needs City Council approval.

State police have temporarily assigned 50 officers to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny and Bywater in response to the Bourbon Street shooting.

The agency is planning to withdraw them after Labor Day.

9:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Vanishing Points In Terrebonne Parish

Provost Cemetery in Dulac, Louisiana.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed South, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What a map can’t express are the histories, hopes and desires of communities along the bayous of the Gulf Coast.

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Red River Radio
9:20 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Nacogdoches group builds grassroots support for local parks

The Parks Advocacy League of Nacogdoches held a cleanup day at Pecan Acres Park on July 19. It's next event is set for Sept. 5.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:16 am

A group of Nacogdoches residents wants to improve the condition of parks in the city and get more people to use them.

The Nacogdoches Parks Advocacy League or PAL is a new community-action group. It’s organizing a series of meet-ups called “PAL in the Parks,” a monthly play date for families.

Beginning in September, “PAL in the Parks” will rotate through every one of the 12 parks in Nacogdoches, according to PAL president Mary Turner.

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1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

New Orleans Makes Big Push To Get More Cops On The Streets

After a hiring freeze caused by a budget crisis, New Orleans is now struggling to replace the roughly 100 officers a year it loses to retirements and officers quitting.
Rusty Costanza Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:08 pm

New Orleans is still reeling from another spate of violence last weekend, when five people were killed by gunfire and 11 wounded, including two toddlers. The city has launched high-profile campaigns to address gun violence, but a big part of the problem is an acute shortage of police.

Karen Rogers lives in the lower 9th Ward, where a recent drive-by shooting left two people dead and several more wounded. Police say it was drug-related.

"This is not the first time [I've heard gunshots]," says Rogers. "This is the first time to actually see people murdered and shot."

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7:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Interim Police Chief Optimistic Reforms Will Continue

Commander Michael Harrison was sworn in as interim Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department immediately following the Serpas retirement announcement Monday.
Credit Tyler Gamble / NOPD

The new leader — at least for a while — of the New Orleans Police Department is pledging to continue reforms.

Lt. Michael Harrison is now the interim superintendent, replacing Ronal Serpas, who is retiring to teach at Loyola University.

Harrison told reporters at the new conference announcing his appointment that he’s optimistic the department will continue getting better.

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New Orleans Police Department
4:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Superintendent Resigns; Interim Chief Appointed

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, announcing his retirement Monday morning.
Credit Danny Monteverde / New Orleans Advocate

This story has been updated.

Ronal Serpas, the Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department brought in by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2010 as part of a series of sweeping changes to city government in the post-Katrina and post-Nagin eras, announced his retirement at a packed press conference Monday morning.

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9:43 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Nutrition on Wheels truck to bring cooking demos to rural Cenla

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana will be cooking up ratatouille for its first demonstration in the Nutrition on Wheels or N.O.W. truck that is set to roll into the town of Oberlin in Allen parish on Wednesday.

The grant-funded N.O.W. truck is equipped with a full kitchen. It will park in small central Louisiana towns this fall with staff demonstrating healthy cooking techniques, according to Food Bank of Central Louisiana executive director Jayne Wright-Velez.

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8:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

March Held In New Orleans Over Michael Brown Shooting In Missouri

More than 50 people marched two miles from Washington Square Park in the Marigny to a police station in protest of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Missouri police. Times-Picayune reports yesterday's march was organized on social media by the New Orleans Anarchist Bookfair.

New Orleans police dispatched three officers on horseback. They stayed about a block away from marchers approaching the police station at North Robertson Street and North Claiborne Avenue.

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7:52 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Orleans Vigil Highlights Ferguson Police Shooting

Protestors in Lafayette Square on Wednesday.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

About 100 people demonstrated in New Orleans on Thursday as part of a national movement centering on the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot to death by police.

Some gathered in New Orleans at Lafayette Square with candles and ribbons on their wrists. Participants observed a moment of silence before organizer Chanelle Batiste read a list of other victims’ names. She says the event is about increasing awareness.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Experience With Violence In New Orleans?

Family members and neighbors of the victims have put up a memorial in front of the house where the shooting took place.
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, once again, violence in New Orleans.

On August 10, 2014, two people were killed and five were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward. Two children were severely wounded in the incident

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