economy

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7:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Port President Predicts Strong Business Outlook

Port President Gary LaGrange delivers the annual State of the Port address.
Credit Port of New Orleans

A week after telling President Obama what the Port of New Orleans needs to succeed, Port President Gary LaGrange told maritime interests that its future is bright. The port is zeroing in on the White House direction to boost exports.

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Red River Radio
9:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Southern University at Shreveport's EPA program is pipeline to jobs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's job training program got underway Monday at the Shreveport Fire and Police Academy. The program includes 125 hours of instruction.

More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

President Obama Visiting Port Of New Orleans

Cranes at the Port of New Orleans
Jason Saul WWNO

President Obama is heading to New Orleans this morning. He selected the port of New Orleans as the backdrop for a speech on the importance of exports. And others are hoping for moment to discuss other economic issues.

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Education
12:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

UNO Children's Center Closing

The UNO Children's Center has operated since 1992
Save the UNO Children's Center

This month the University of New Orleans sent out a notice, saying its child daycare facility would close December 20. The reason given? It loses money, at a time when the university is facing severe budget cuts. That leaves 81 children in need of new child care options.

At dusk, parents descend on the UNO lakefront campus to collect their little ones from daycare. But a few weeks ago, they lingered — to browse brochures for different child care. Word was out, the UNO Children’s Center was closing.

“It breaks our hearts, you know?”

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Face Of Poverty In New Orleans Increasingly Suburban

The number of poor families who live in suburbs is increasing, according to research from the Brookings Institution and Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.
Brookings Institution

There’s a new picture of poverty in America. It’s a shifting geography that may come as a surprise. Suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities in major metropolitan areas.

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Data Visualization
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Do You Stack Up? Find Out With Marketplace's Income Upshot

Income Upshot, from Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty Desk, is a data visualization tool that tracks the relationship between what we make and how we live, work and play. It uses data from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau, marketing firms and academic researchers to explore how much someone’s income says about their lifestyle and consumer behavior.

WRKF
3:38 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Chemicals Industry Makes Baton Rouge No. 1 Most Export-Intensive Metro

Brookings Institution

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:59 am

In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama launched the National Export Initiative. As the country was emerging from the Great Recession, the President said he wanted the U.S. to double exports by 2014.

Only four of the top 100 metro areas in the country are on track to meet that goal. Baton Rouge is one. New Orleans is another. That's according to the Brookings Institution's latest "Export Nation" report, which was released earlier this week.


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WRKF
6:02 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Report: Wages Stagnant, Unemployment on the Rise in La.

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:26 am

A recent study by the Louisiana Budget Project gives a snapshot of the state’s economy from the perspective of the workers themselves.

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Business
1:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Commerce Secretary Touts Power Of Small Businesses In Idea Village Visit

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker engaged with local entrepreneurs at the Idea Village.
Credit The Idea Village

Penny Pritzker, the newly appointed Secretary of Commerce, dropped in on meetings with small business owners at the Idea Village as part of a countrywide listening tour.

Pritzker also brought a big check with her — money destined to help the entrepreneurs the Idea Village serves.

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Hurricane Katrina
3:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Orleans Remembers Katrina, 8 Years Later

Two men paddle in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, August 31, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PRNewsFoto/PBS)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:16 pm

More than 1,800 people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods eight years ago.

New Orleans was one of the hardest-hit places, particularly its Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, where some of the city’s poorest residents live. It’s still struggling to recover.

But business leaders proudly point to how New Orleans has recently been designated a top boomtown and “aspirational” city in the U.S.

Journalist James O’Byrne says New Orleanians are more optimistic about their city now than they’ve ever been.

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