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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

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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Food
4:28 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Where Y'Eat: The Same, But Different — Revived Restaurants After Katrina

The historic Mandina's Restaurant saw significant changes after Katrina.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans witnessed a magnitude of change overnight that it might otherwise have taken an entire generation to work upon our touchstones of home. Restaurants that seemed timeless, and maybe even permanently fixed in their ways, were part of that as well.

As we mark another Katrina anniversary, some of them vividly illustrate a dynamic we can sum up as "the same, but different."


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Hurricane Katrina
3:03 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Orleans Remembers Katrina, 8 Years Later

Two men paddle in high water after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, August 31, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (PRNewsFoto/PBS)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:16 pm

More than 1,800 people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods eight years ago.

New Orleans was one of the hardest-hit places, particularly its Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, where some of the city’s poorest residents live. It’s still struggling to recover.

But business leaders proudly point to how New Orleans has recently been designated a top boomtown and “aspirational” city in the U.S.

Journalist James O’Byrne says New Orleanians are more optimistic about their city now than they’ve ever been.

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Hurricane Katrina
2:34 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering

Ronald Lewis, a resident of the Lower 9th Ward, says eight years after Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding his neighborhood is a story still in progress.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:44 am

It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whom Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Recovery Plan Set For Release

The federal Commerce Secretary is presiding at a meeting in New Orleans Wednesday afternoon on how to spend billions of dollars to fix damage caused by the BP oil spill. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be opening the forum.

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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.

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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