4:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

All Things New Orleans: Public Safety And The 2013 Mother's Day Shooting

The Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club was determined to overcome the violence of last year's shooting. It drew a peaceful, dancing crowd, even with rain.
Jesse Hardman

A year ago this week, the City of New Orleans was reeling — at a second line, on Mother’s Day, shots were fired into the crowd, striking 19 people. Another was trampled in the chaos.

Today on All Things New Orleans, we explore some issues brought about by the Mother’s Day shooting. We hear from one person shot at the second line, and his thoughts on any type of justice that might come from such an event.

New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro explains a new approach to prosecuting violent crime.

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Code Switch
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

New Orleans police investigate a shooting in February. Though the city's murder rate is down for a second straight year, it's still high compared with other cities.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:25 am

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

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BP Oil Spill
2:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan talks with oil cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. Seilhan has settled with SEC regulators who say he avoided $100,000 in stock and options losses by trading on inside information related to the spill.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:59 pm

A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

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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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3:02 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Crime Against Nature' Repeal Effort Advances

Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:18 am

Not every bill a legislator files is to make new law. Sometimes a bill is needed to repeal an old law. Such was the case Tuesday in the House Criminal Justice committee.

“No matter what you might think about the language, it is unconstitutional,” said Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, in reference to the state’s sodomy law, also known as “crime against nature”, and her bill to repeal it.

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3:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Do Heroin, Do Time

LSP Commander Col. Mike Edmondson testifies on behalf of bill to impose mandatory jail time for heroin.

While state lawmakers will be considering moves toward decriminalizing marijuana later in this session, they’re heading the other direction when it comes to heroin. Law enforcement officials say that drug has become a lethal epidemic.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mayors Meet To Find Ways Of Reducing Crime In African American Communities

Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayors' meeting coincides with President Obama's initiative to help young men of color.

Representatives from more than two dozen U.S. cities are wrapping a conference in New Orleans this week aimed at reducing violence among young African American men and boys. It coincides with President Obama reaching out to foundations and businesses to help young men of color reach their full potential.

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Latest News
11:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

19 Violations Found At St. Tammany Work-Release Facility

Louisiana Department of Corrections officials have conducted a shakedown raid at a Covington work-release facility that houses state inmates.

The facility's director said 19 inmates were sent back to St. Tammany Parish Jail for violating state regulations.

Director Lester Mitchell said Sunday morning's shakedown was the second at the facility in the last two weeks.

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10:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Nagin Sentencing Set For June

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Franklin Reyes AP

Former Mayor Ray Nagin set to return to court.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be on home detention for several weeks. The federal court set June 11 for his sentencing for public corruption.

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Latest News
6:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former Mayor Ray Nagin Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin leaving the federal courthouse today after a jury found him guilty of 20 counts of corruption.
Credit Clint Durrett /

Guilty on 20 of 21 counts of corruption.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has become the first mayor in the city’s history to be convicted of corruption. A jury of six men and six women found him guilty of 20 of 21 charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.

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