recovery

Education
7:08 am
Fri December 27, 2013

What's The Role Of The Recovery School District After Schools Recover?

All schools eligibe to leave the RSD this year decided to stay, instead of returning to city school board control.
mahlness Creative Commons

The state-run Recovery School District took over nearly all New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina. Soon, it won't run any. It will, however, oversee dozens of charter schools, including 17 local schools which recently decided they wanted to stay in the state system instead of returning to the local school board.

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Education
3:29 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

New Orleans' Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

A rat forages for food in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina. Blighted buildings and fewer people led to an increase in the city's rat population.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:30 am

Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

"The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned," Thompson says.

The structure, built in 1898, was sagging and leaky and missing entire window panes. Inside, students were underperforming academically.

And then, there were the rats. Thompson and his two children didn't even finish unpacking his office before they discovered that problem.

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Community Impact
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Crescent City Community Land Trust Helps Mid-City Create Affordable Rental Units

A rendering of 2739 Palmyra, Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative's future affordable rental units.

In Mid-City, land trusts are expanding the range of affordable housing options.

“We’re walking up Jane Place, which is this two-block street, walking toward JPNSI Community Garden.”

JPNSI stands for Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and leading me up the street is Shana Griffin, one of JPNSI’s cofounders.

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BP Oil Spill
3:20 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Deepwater Horizon Trial Enters Second Phase

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 5:50 pm

Transcript

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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And I'm Melissa Block.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Rebuilding Together And EPA Helping Algiers Family

Energy-efficient appliances and simple home repairs will help an Algiers family on a fixed income.

An Algiers family will be getting free high-end energy-efficient appliances installed tomorrow by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together. The project managed to sidestep a government shutdown and Tropical Storm Karen.

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Lakefront Airport
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lakefront Airport Restored To Art Deco Glory Days

Lakefront Airport's restored terminal building.
Credit Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Agency

Ceremony marks restoration of Lakefront Airport terminal.

Lakefront Airport has been restored to its Art Deco glory days. A $20 million restoration has left the terminal looking as Huey Long once left it.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Groundbreaking Set For Ninth Ward Football Facility

Construction is set for a new football field, track and stadium facilities for Carver High School.

New Orleans leaders are gathering Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for what’s been called the Field of Dreams. It’s become another landmark to Hurricane Katrina recovery.

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BP Oil Spill
4:20 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

BP Wants To Halt Deepwater Horizon Claims Process

Crude oil that leaked from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sits on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:21 pm

BP is fighting the settlement it agreed to last summer that let the oil company avoid thousands of potential lawsuits over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Just after the spill, when oil was still gushing into the Gulf, BP touted the $20 billion it set aside for claims. But now it says the claim process is corrupt and is hoping a court will overturn the settlement that established the claims fund.

Ending the claims would mean stopping a well-oiled machine.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Comebacks

Josef Wright and Greg Ensslen.
Elizabeth Hudson It's New Orleans

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street roaring back from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrollton Avenue.

Plus, we hit the swamps with Lost Lands.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Gentilly Family Home Finally Repaired 8 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Vanessa Ross cuts the ribbon to her family's renovated Gentilly home.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The Ross family is finally able to be home, eight years after their home flooded in Hurricane Katrina.

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, John and Vanessa Ross are finally able to return to their Gentilly home. It’s the 500th homecoming party provided through the St. Bernard Project since the storm.

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