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6:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollments Surge In The Final Six Weeks

Louisiana's enrollments in the Affordable Care Act surged by 55,000 in the final six weeks of enrollment.
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More than 55,000 Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the last six weeks of the enrollment process. That brings the total to almost 102,000, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.

Federal officials had set a goal of 94,000 enrollees for Louisiana.

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4:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Negotiations Over World Trade Center Development Fall Apart

Negotiations between the city of New Orleans and Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the former World Trade Center have collapsed.
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Negotiations between the city of New Orleans and Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the former World Trade Center have collapsed.

According to a statement released Wednesday by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, the city rejected the developer's final offer to turn the long-derelict high-rise into a W Hotel with rental apartments on the top floor.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the city notified Gatehouse that it was terminating talks in a letter dated April 17.

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4:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Tulane Report About Poverty And Education In New Orleans Defies Expectations

A new Cowen Institute report says that school performance scores have risen since Katrina, despite a rise in poverty during the same time period.
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Tulane University’s Cowen Institute released a report Wednesday about poverty and educational outcomes in New Orleans, with some unexpected results.

Eighty-four percent of students in New Orleans are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty. And that number has grown by 9 percent since Katrina.

And yet, the average school performance score in New Orleans rose 41 percent during that same period.

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7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bill Aimed At Protecting Domestic Violence Victims' Housing Rights

Senate Bill 233 would include domestic violence victims in groups protected against housing discrimination.

Fair housing advocates in New Orleans are supporting legislation that would protect domestic violence victims from eviction. Apartment management groups want to make sure the rules are clear.

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1:23 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Louisiana Workers Push For An Increase In The Federal Minimum Wage

Louisiana workers who support raising the federal minimum wage rally in front of Senator Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office on Monday.
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A statewide bill to increase the minimum wage failed in Baton Rouge last week. Now, Louisiana workers are taking the issue to the federal level.

A group of mostly restaurant workers gathered in front of the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu on Monday to deliver a simple message: Minimum wage earners work hard, but often struggle to make ends meet.

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4:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Charter School Group Charges Mostly Low-Income Parents For Kids' Detention

In the Algiers Charter School Association, Saturday detention costs parents $25.
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What would happen if parents had to pay a fee for a child's misbehavior in school? 

Parents in the Algiers Charter School Association pay $25 when their kids get Saturday detention.

Anna Brimmer’s seventh-grader got one when he cursed at school. Brimmer had to stay with her son at Saturday school and pay the $25 when it was over. She says she’s never heard of that.

But Algiers officials say paying for detention is common in other places. Jefferson Parish does it, but they charge families even more — $75.

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3:46 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

OneApp Data Reveals The City's Most Popular Public Schools

McMain High School was one of the more popular choices in OneApp this year.
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New Orleans public schools have announced the results of OneApp, the city’s universal application process.

One App asks families to rank up to eight schools they’d like to attend. If you don’t get into your first choice, you get assigned to your second, and down the line. About 80 percent of kids were accepted to one of their top three schools.

The high-performing Benjamin Franklin Elementary, located Uptown, was the most desired elementary school. And Edna Karr High School in Algiers took the top spot for the most popular high school.

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6:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Bill To Ban Discrimination Against Gay People Withdrawn

An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session.

Rep. Karen St. Germain, a Democrat from Pierre Part, told the House civil law committee today that she wouldn't push the bill because she doesn't have the votes for passage.

Before pulling the bill, the committee heard from supporters of the proposal who argued it would make people want to stay in Louisiana and with their employers. They say people shouldn't be fired for being gay.

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6:21 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Lafourche Parish Considers Requiring Special Permits For Pit Bull Owners

Lafourche Parish considers requiring special permits for pitbull owners.
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The Lafourche Parish Council is taking up a measure aimed at regulating the ownership of pit bulls in the parish.

The Courier reports the measure would require pit bull owners to have special permits. The council will consider the measure today and will take a vote on May 13.

Councilman John Arnold is authoring the legislation and said he wants owners to agree to nurture their dog in a "responsible" manner.

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6:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Louisiana Ranks Near The Bottom When It Comes To Personal Finance

Louisiana residents rank near the bottom when it comes to overall personal finance.

Louisiana residents are not very good at managing money, according to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based finance website WalletHub.

Data compiled by the website on shopping and saving habits across the country show that Louisiana ranks 48th in the country for overall financial literacy — among the bottom of the pack.

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