Louisiana Minimum Wage Remains Stagnant, While Neighboring States Vote For Increases

Louisiana is one of five states in the nation that doesn’t have a minimum wage law of its own. Instead, it sets the same rate as the federal government, $7.25 an hour. That rate hasn’t changed since 2009. And while democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to set and raise the minimum wage in Louisiana, all efforts have failed.

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The New Orleans Sniper Incident: An Oral History

In the decade following the civil rights movement, social tensions in American cities were far from resolved, and New Orleans was no exception. Many of these tensions came to a tragic head in 1973. Mark James Essex was an African American Navy veteran who mounted a sniper attack at the Howard Johnson Hotel, killing nine people. John Calico was an NOPD officer deployed to the Howard Johnson, and he lived to tell the tale. As a content warning, this edition of NOLA Life Stories includes...

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Pelosi's Democratic Opponents Go Public, But Still Lack Challenger

Updated at 5:27 p.m. ET The Democrats organizing an effort to block Nancy Pelosi from retaking the House speaker's gavel have finally gone public. Eleven House Democrats and five incoming freshmen have signed a letter promising to vote against Pelosi in Democrats' internal caucus leadership vote as well as on the House floor in January. It's a smaller number of signatures than the letter's organizers had indicated. The letter was initially supposed to be released last week. "That number is...

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New Orleans – Grammy-winning New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard's new CD "Choices" - his first disc recorded in New Orleans - is set for release August 18, 2009 by Concord Jazz. New Orleans audiences will get a preview of "Choices" with a pair of concert performances of the music on the CD by the Terence Blanchard group this Friday night at the Ogden Museum. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...

New Orleans, LA – Andre Perry discusses his personal experience of discrimination as an uppity African-American professor.

New Orleans, LA – Okra

Stewed Okra


* 4 tablespoons oil
* 4 pounds fresh okra, cut into rings
* 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
* 4 tablespoons bacon drippings
* 4 tablespoons flour
* 1 onion, chopped
* 3 stalks celery, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 bell pepper, chopped
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 teaspoons thyme
* 1 1-pound can tomatoes
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
* salt and pepper


Cecile Tebo talks about NOAH closure

Jul 24, 2009

State lawmakers had earmarked $14.2 million for the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital during the recent Legislative Session, but the funding was voided due to a line item veto by Governor Bobby Jindal. Cecile Tebo of NOPD's Mental Health Crisis Unit discusses the issue with contributor Hal Clark.


New Orleans – The University of New Orleans has released its second-quarter "Metropolitan Report," with forecasts of the local economy through the first quarter of 2011. UNO's Professor Janet Speyrer spoke to WWNO's Ed Seyler about the report.

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This is a tale of two Charlie's - that is, two restaurants named Charlie's. One is Charlie's Steakhouse in Uptown New Orleans. The other is Charlie's Seafood in the old upriver suburb of Harahan.


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Le Show For The Week Of November 18, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us We’re Not #1, News of the Atom, News of NiceCorps, News of Microplastics, It’s a Smart World After All, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, a peek into Melania Trump’s Voice Mail, original music and more.

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The Reading Life with Patricia Austin Becker and Randy Fertel

This week on The Reading Life: Patricia Austin Becker, author of “Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and Her Circle at Melrose Plantation.” And Randy Fertel previews the upcoming conference, “ Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the Modern World .” Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Barbara Trevigne will discuss “The Creoles of Color” at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is part of the regularly scheduled meeting...

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Sticky Wicket is a new mini series out of WWNO and WRKF that takes on four historic clashes between Louisiana politicians and the media, one at a time.


Where Y’Eat: When Dining Out on the Holidays Go With Who You Know

The questions started rolling in a few weeks ago, all seeking the same annual advice. Hey, you’re a food writer, what restaurant should I pick for Thanksgiving dinner? My response: it should be a restaurant you know well and, ideally, where they know you too.

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Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.