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Listening Post NOLA
7:38 am
Thu March 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Have You Cut Out Of Your Budget?

Governor Jindal recently announced his budget recommendations for the next fiscal year.
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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 the Listening Post examines Governor Bobby Jindal's recently released budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year

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Community
5:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Child Poverty Rates Same, Even As New Orleans' Economy Improves

Dr. Vicki Mack, Senior Researcher, The Data Center

A new report from the Data Center shows New Orleans’ rate of child poverty is still just as high as it was at the time of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, almost ten years ago. Senior Researcher Dr. Vicki Mack tells us about how New Orleans ranks nationally in child poverty, and some of the far-reaching consequences.

Mack notes that about 39 percent of children in New Orleans live in poverty. That puts New Orleans about ninth nationally, next to cities likes Cleveland and Toledo, even though the metro area's overall economy is better than those cities.

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Animal Life
4:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Animal Life: Pocket Pets

Cezar the dwarf hamster, adopted in 2013.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Animal shelters see a lot more than just dogs and cats. At the Louisiana SPCA we get hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits and a variety of birds. We call these types of animals “pocket pets.”

Pocket pets are a great option for people who love animals, but don’t have room for a cat or dog. They’re also a great way to teach kids about responsibly caring for a pet. 

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Community
1:55 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cityscapes: When Soil Subsidence Hits Home, Suburban Houses Explode

A 1975 explosion in Metairie, caused by broken gas lines due to soil subsidence.
G. E. Arnold, NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune archive

In this month's Cityscapes column at Nola.com, Tulane Professor of Geography Richard Campanella explores some very real consequences of draining urban wetlands for building.

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Animal Life
9:42 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Animal Life: Cat Vs. Couch

Some cats leave unwanted presents all around the house.
Mark Richardson

If there’s one thing in the world that can make you love your cat a little less, it’s a ruined couch. Some cats seem determined to pee everywhere in the house except their litter boxes. If this sounds familiar, here are a few tips.

First and foremost, make sure your cat is spayed or neutered. Cat mating rituals involve spraying and marking — definitely not something you want in your house. 

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Listening Post NOLA
7:11 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Are You Giving Up After Carnival?

Many in New Orleans attend Ash Wednesday services the day after Mardi Gras.
Jesse Hardman

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 the Listening Post atones for the excess of Mardi Gras by asking people what they plan to give up for Lent. 

If you’re religious and a Catholic, you might observe the 40 days of Lent, which starts the day after Mardi Gras. Gregory Aymond is Archbishop of New Orleans. He's seen his fair share of bleary-eyed Ash Wednesday service attendees. 

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Community
7:15 am
Fri February 13, 2015

When Cars And Bicycles Fail To Get Along: Look Out For Bike Lash

Bike Easy leads workshops on cyclist safety for all ages.
Bike Easy

Bike lanes and the number of cyclists are growing steadily around New Orleans, and that means the chance for bike-related accidents is growing, too. Crashes, injuries and fatalities remain high. Lots of drivers aren’t used to so many bikers on the road, and many bikers don’t obey the laws.

There’s a name for this type of confusion and the frustration it causes: Bike Lash.

Nina Feldman has the story on why there's confusion about sharing the road in New Orleans, and what to do about it.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Thousands of people in New Orleans seek refuge at shelters like the New Orleans Mission.
Jesse Hardman WWNO

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 the Listening Post explores homelessness in New Orleans. Where did you sleep last night?

Last June, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. 

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Community
6:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

National World War II Museum volunteers confront war memories, find solace, every day

Thomas Blakey, a 94-year-old veteran, volunteered at the National World War II Museum every day.
Credit National World War II Museum

Thomas Blakey, the 94-year-old veteran who volunteered at the National World War II Museum for 15 years, passed away at his New Orleans home on Jan. 15.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is many things to many people. For the hundreds of school kids and other visitors who pass through, the museum is where they learn about an incomprehensible scene from world history. And for the World War II veterans who volunteer each day, the museum is where they confront war memories in a variety of different ways.

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Animal Life
2:52 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Animal Life: Taking Refuge At Animal Sanctuaries

Snowy egrets nest in "Bird City" on Avery Island
Mary Ehret

 

Life is stressful. Luckily, Louisiana is home to several animal sanctuaries where you yourself can go to take refuge. 

Take Avery Island — it’s more than just Tabasco! Each spring, thousands of Snowy Egrets nest in the island’s bird sanctuary. The egrets settle on piers in a pond nicknamed “Bird City.” 

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