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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Reading Life With James A. Cobb, Jr. And Ramon Antonio Vargas

This week on The Reading Life: Lawyer James A. Cobb, Jr., author of Flood of Lies: The St. Rita’s Nursing Home Tragedy. We’ll also hear from Ramon Antonio Vargas, author of Fight, Grin and Squarely Play the Game: The 1945 Loyola New Orleans Basketball Championship and Legacy. And Susan has a few thoughts on the Katrina books this season.

Books featured:

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WRKF
10:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Lt. General Russel Honore

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:14 am

Jim chats with Lt. General Russel Honore (U.S. Army ret.), about the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina later this week. The General was placed in charge of the response to the storm and the flood disaster in New Orleans that followed. He also talks about the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington.


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Love NOLA
8:43 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Love NOLA: Coming Home From Katrina

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

You know, sometimes I think we're only here, in this crazy love affair we call "life," to find our way home.

Not just that place we go to bed each night. But that space where we belong. Where we can be ourselves. Where we can live our truth. 

It’s not always an easy journey. Just ask Miles.

He’s a man I met early one June morning at a corner store in Tremé. Both of us were hungry — he for pancakes, me for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. As we waited for the cook to work his magic, we did what you do in New Orleans. We started talking.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Hurricane Katrina Report: Economic Ups And Downs 8 Years Later

The front page of "The New Orleans Index at Eight", a report on New Orleans' recovery eight years after Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath.

Community Data Center Chief Demographer Allison Plyer reviews the latest report.

It’s been eight years this month since Hurricane Katrina. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center has been measuring data to see how far the recovery has come, and where the city is heading.

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Community
2:11 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The Lens: $11.8 Million In Federal Home Elevation Grants Under Review

Home elevation has been a big topic — and a big headache — since the post-Katrina floods of 2005. It’s often an expensive process, but our partners at The Lens found a home elevation grant program that seems to have a particularly big price tag: $11.8 million dollars to raise 48 to 55 homes. That’s about a quarter million per house, on average.

Reporter Charles Maldonado at The Lens looked deeper into this budget item. He talked to WWNO News Director Eve Troeh about the situation.

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9th Ward
7:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Solar Power Flourishing In Lower Ninth Ward

The Global Green project in the Lower Ninth Ward's Holy Cross neighborhood kicked off a solar power trend.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Lower Ninth Ward resident and Sierra Club spokesman discuss solar power use.

The Lower Ninth Ward tops the list of city neighborhoods using solar power. Environmental groups say solar panels are going up on all sorts of homes.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Recent College Graduate Jalisa Roberts Builds Youth Empowerment Program

Swarthmore College graduate Jalisa Roberts received a grant from her alma mater to lead a dancing program in New Orleans East.

Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.

It’s coming up on eight years since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath changed so much about this city. And while the population has grown back to almost 80 percent of its 2005 numbers, according to Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, there are still large areas of the city that continue to struggle with recovery.

On this week's Notes From New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with one young college graduate who’s returning home to try to change that.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

BP Appealing Claim Process

A legal expert says BP has a tough fight to have a federal court ruling overturned.

A federal appeals court is deciding if BP can back away from its damage-claim process set up last year. At issue are methods used by businesses claiming losses from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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Features
9:31 am
Fri July 5, 2013

La. 'House Jackers' Work To Save Homes From The Next Sandy

Greg Patterson shovels dirt near the foundation of a home that he and his father are elevating eight feet. (Tracey Samuelson/WHYY)

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 5:02 pm

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest times of the year on the Jersey Shore. Of course this year, many communities are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Determined to be prepared for the next big storm, some property owners are lifting their homes and businesses higher above sea level.

The people who do this work are called “house jackers.” And they are in high demand these days.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Discovered Off La. Coast

Oil boom and bags of soiled sand lay on a Grand Isle beach in June 2010.
Jason Saul WWNO

A 20-ton tar mat has been discovered off the coast of the Grand Terre barrier island, CNN is reporting.

The 40,000-pound mix of oil, sand, shells and seawater was dug out of the shallows by workers off Grand Terre over the last few weeks, according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Murphy told CNN the tar mat was approximately 165 feet long and stretched about 65 feet wide, though only about 15% of the total weight was oil.

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