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Education
3:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Deborah Richardson

After three decades running the cosmetology program at John McDonogh High School, Deborah Richardson packed up her classroom and teaching salon last spring. Among the supplies: mannequin heads with human hair.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.

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Latest News
8:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Orleans Veterans Launch Business Startup Program

The VetLaunch website.

As the nation plans events to honor veterans on Tuesday, a New Orleans nonprofit is kicking off a program aimed at helping them establish their own businesses. Five will be selected in December.

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Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

New Orleans Names Chief Resiliency Officer

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has named the city’s head of the redevelopment authority to be the new Chief Resiliency Officer. The new position is part of a program involving 100 cities across the country that is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Listening Post NOLA
1:10 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Are You Going To Vote?

The Listening Post wanted to know:

  • Are you going to vote? Why or why not?
  • When was the last time you voted?
  • What issues are most important to you this election?

As usual we sent out a text message with our questions. Here's what we heard back:

“Yes, because it is my civic duty.”

"Yes, it is a basic right to vote for representatives in our Democracy!”

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Community Impact
6:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Goodwill Industries Helps Ex-Offenders Reenter Workforce

Ezimbalist Pollard visits with his Goodwill Industries family.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Goodwill Industries provides a wide range of training, placement and workforce development services to help veterans, people with disabilities or a lack of education, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce develop the skills needed to find jobs. 

After serving two stints in local jails, Ezimbalist Pollard wasn’t an ideal candidate for a job.

“I was never a bad person,” explains Pollard, “but when you make bad choices, people look at you as a bad person.”

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Coastal Desk
8:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

How To Learn To Love The Disaster Industry

Cities and states hire private companies to help handle the workload after disasters, but homeowners still face long delays and other problems.
Edward Dai/Epoch Times

Disasters are causing more and more damage, and the federal government is spending more and more money to rebuild afterwards.

But before the construction crew can begin repairs, homeowners face months-long delays and poor customer service in the preliminary stages of the application process. Some homeowners even complain that the rebuilding process has become as traumatic as the storm itself.

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Latest News
5:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Tammany Trace Celebrates 20 Years With A Two-Day Festival

Twentieth anniversary celebrations for the Tammany Trace recreation path begin Saturday morning in Covington.
David Schexnaydre Flickr

The Tammany Trace — the popular paved cycling and hiking path that follows a narrow, asphalt ribbon through St. Tammany Parish — will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend with a two-day festival.

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Community Impact
3:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Orleans Women's Shelter Gives Families A Home

Ciara models her princess dress and her new tiara.
Eve Abrams WWNO

The New Orleans Women’s Shelter doesn’t just provide a roof, a warm bed and a meal. They work with clients and residents to address their individual and family needs, equipping them with the tools they need to move into independent living in their own homes.

The New Orleans Women’s Shelter doesn’t just provide a roof, a warm bed and a meal. They work with clients and residents to address their individual and family needs, equipping them with the tools they need to move into independent living in their own homes.

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Education
4:17 am
Sun October 26, 2014

A New Orleans Family's Lives Changed In An Instant

Five-year-old Kyle Romain sits on the lap of his grandmother, Barbara Romain, at a football game. Kyle lost his sight when he was hit by a stray bullet two months ago.
Eric Westervelt/NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 8:27 am

NPR Ed is reporting this year on the extraordinary changes in the New Orleans schools.

I was in New Orleans to report on how the city's nearly all-charter school system is handling children with disabilities and special needs.

An old friend, a veteran New Orleans reporter, told me about a family — a mother and her two youngest sons — who'd been badly wounded in a drive-by shooting just days into the new school year.

I met up with Alanna Romain at a recreation league football game at City Park. She has five children. Her oldest boy plays football.

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Technology
2:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Innovator Profile: Community Plates of New Orleans

Community Plates of New Orleans uses technology and local volunteers to deliver food to the hungry.
Billy Brown Flickr

As New Orleans continues to build its reputation as a hub for innovation and new technologies, WWNO’s Technology Desk seeks to highlight innovators who are finding novel solutions to some of the city’s most important issues.

Innovations Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Lauren Rudzis of Community Plates, a nonprofit that is tapping into the resources of the food and restaurant community in New Orleans to find a new system to deliver food to the hungry.

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