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Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

The controversy continues over actors who were paid to attend public meetings and speak in support of a new Entergy power plant in New Orleans East.

An air quality alert is in effect today for much of the listening area. Ozone levels are forecast to rise to potentially unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. Officials say children and elderly adults should avoid prolonged outdoor activities.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, at a press conference in 2015.
Thomas Walsh / WWNO

It’s Mitch Landrieu’s last week as mayor. Latoya Cantrell takes the office on Monday.

Landrieu came into office eight years ago facing a huge budget deficit and the challenge of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. In the past year he’s drawn national attention for removing confederate monuments and publishing a book about the experience.

Tall Ships Arrive In New Orleans

Apr 20, 2018
Natalie Yahr / WWNO

Kicking off a weekend of tricentennial events, New Orleans welcomed unusual guests to her shores Thursday - six historic sailing ships. 

Join WWNO on Tuesday evening, March 27, at the 2018 "Chop Top Challenge," a road rally in which drivers from around the country chop the tops off their cars and drive their home-made convertibles from Chicago to New Orleans. Why are we interested? Many of these drivers are planning to donate their vehicles to WWNO after they arrive!

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

This weekend is Super Sunday — when Mardi Gras Indians come out to show their costumes to the world. We caught up with Edward Buckner at his home in the 8th Ward — where he and his youth Indian tribe have worked all year on their costumes.  


Today marks the start of the 10th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, with speakers scheduled throughout the city. One expert sees New Orleans enhancing its reputation as a place embracing change.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The New Orleans City Council has approved an Entergy power plant in New Orleans East. The six-to-one vote came after more than six hours of passionate arguments on both sides.

City officials released a report on economic disparity yesterday. It shows that minority- and women-owned businesses are doing better, but the city still has a long way to go.  

Tom Ashbrook will not return to On Point

Feb 14, 2018

Tom Ashbrook, host of the WBUR / NPR news call-in program On Point, will no longer host the show nor return to WBUR.  Boston University, which operates WBUR, announced this decision today after an independent review concluded that his behavior had created a dysfunctional workplace. A parallel review by the University concluded that Ashbrook’s behavior was not sexual in nature and did not constitute sexual harassment.