National Weather Service

Severe Weather Moves Through South Louisiana

Spring storms are bringing heavy rain and strong winds to much of central and southern Louisiana today. A tornado watch has been issued for most of central and south Louisiana through 7 o’clock, including East Baton Rouge, Orleans, and Terrebonne parishes. Some areas could see quarter-sized hail and wind gusts could reach up to 75 miles per hour.
A wind advisory is in effect until 10 o’clock for most of the state. The Sewerage and Water Board is preparing to handle the deluge. The...

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Tomi Lunsford and Gwen Thompkins at Tomi's home in Nashville
Jason Rhein

Music Inside Out: Tomi Lunsford

Like so many other musicians who have made a home in Nashville, singer Tomi Lunsford has spent her life immersed in country music. A native of Asheville, NC, she played in a family band from a young age. Her father, Jim Lunsford, was a journeyman fiddler who played with superstars of classic country and bluegrass such as Roy Acuff, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Reno and Smiley, Bob Wills, and Marty Robbins. Her great-uncle, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, was a lawyer and famed collector of folk songs...

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Trump Administration Announces Measures Against Cuba, Venezuela And Nicaragua

The Trump administration has announced new sanctions and penalties against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua aimed at both ending the rule of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and weakening Cuba's communist regime. One of the measures will allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating on property in Cuba that was seized from U.S. citizens during the Cuban revolution — a reversal of more than 20 years of U.S. policy. Announcing the crackdown in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday, national...

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New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin won reelection over the weekend. Now he's planning to meet with key advisors to develop a 100-day plan. That 100 days will include the start of another hurricane season.

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And I'm Michele Norris.

It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder if we political types focus on the wrong thing.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in a tight runoff race with the state's current lieutenant governor to keep his post, vowed the city will be ready for the coming hurricane season and rebuffed claims in a recently published book that he was an ineffective leader as the storm ravaged the city last August.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and other officials lay out new evacuation plans for the city, nearly nine months after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. With the revamped strategy focused on helping those without transportation leave, Nagin reassured residents that looting would be prevented.

Nagin, who faces a runoff election for his post on May 20, says the detailed plan for a total evacuation in the event of a huge storm was worked out over several months, with the help of the federal government. The plan would use buses and trains to get people out of the city.

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A new campaign for mayor is underway in New Orleans after Saturday's first round made an election runoff necessary.

New Orleans Mayoral Race Down to Two

Apr 23, 2006

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Taking Exception to Nagin Speaking for God

Feb 1, 2006

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Le Show For The Week of April 14, 2019

This week on Le Show Harry brings us News of America's Longest War, News of the Warm, News of the Godly, the Apresidentice, Apologies of the Week, and more!

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The Reading Life with Auseklis Ozols, John Kemp and Bill Lavender

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Auseklis Ozols, founder of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, and writer John Kemp about their new book, “Auseklis Ozols: The Romantic Realism of an Artist and Teacher.” We’ll also hear from Bill Lavender about the upcoming New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Book Fair, April 19-21.

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The Lenten fish fry is a sign of the season in south Louisiana that brings more than flavor to the table.
Ian McNulty

Where Y’Eat: At Lenten Fish Fries, A Humble Dish Finds New Power

In Louisiana we have the food seasons that nature gives us, the harvests so prodigious that clearly the only logical response is a feast, a fest or at least a party.

Then there are the food seasons that we make ourselves, through tradition, through custom that becomes ritual.

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*TriPod: New Orleans at 300* is WWNO’s FRESH radio history of New Orleans, released in weekly segments as our city approaches its Tricentennial in 2018.
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.