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4:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jindal Administration Won't Scrap Hospital Privatization Model

Jindal administration won't reverse course on the privatization of state-owned hospitals that care for the uninsured.
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Governor Bobby Jindal's chief budget adviser says the administration won't reverse course on the privatization of state-owned hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.

Federal officials have rejected the financing plans to pay for most of the privatization contracts. But Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers today that the denial won't force an adjustment in the health care model.

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3:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Iconic New Orleans Snoball Stand Honored With A James Beard Award

Hansens Sno-Bliz is being recognized as an "American Classic" by the James Beard Foundation.
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An iconic New Orleans snoball stand — Hansen's Sno-Bliz — will be recognized as an "American classic” at the James Beard Awards on Monday night in New York.
 
The American Classics award is given to long-running establishments with local character and quality food.

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4:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Special Legislative Election Called To Replace Rep. Jared Brossett

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.
Tom Arthur

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley is calling a special election in November to fill a vacant state House seat representing part of New Orleans.

Rep. Jared Brossett, a Democrat from New Orleans, resigned from the House of Representatives this week to take an elected seat on the New Orleans City Council.

Kleckley set the special election to fill the House District 97 seat to coincide with the Nov. 4 congressional elections being held around Louisiana. A runoff, if needed, will be held Dec. 6.

Qualifying for candidates is set for Aug. 20 through Aug. 22.

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6:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Sterling Farms Grocery Store In Marrero Closing

The Sterling Farms grocery store opened last year with great fanfare, with one of its goals to bring fresh produce to New Orleans' food deserts.
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The Sterling Farms grocery store in Marrero co-owned by actor Wendell Pierce is closing just one year after opening, the Times-Picayune reports.

Best-known for his roles in the cable TV series The Wire and Treme, Pierce has said that one of his most important goals with opening the market was to place fresh produce in urban “food deserts” where it was not otherwise available.

First Lady Michelle Obama had visited the store last July after making an address in New Orleans on nutrition and obesity.

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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.
Janaya Williams WWNO

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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