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Louisiana Considered: LaPlace residents weigh options after Hurricane Ida

Shalina Chatlani
Gulf States Newsroom
Melvin Ceaser, 82, said his father planted the live oak tree behind him, which crushed a neighbor’s trailer back when he was a child. His home was damaged too, and it’s been in his family for generations.
  • Patrick Madden hosted this episode of Louisiana Considered.
  • In a story originally aired Friday on NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Sarah McCammon and Gulf States Newsroom reporter Shalina Chatlani talk with residents of LaPlace about why they choose to remain in the city despite repeatedly being subjected to extreme tropical weather conditions.
  • In another story by Sarah McCammon aired last Thursday, she reports on the impact of Texas’ 6-week abortion ban in Louisiana. Unable to find a clinic in their state, many Texas residents seeking abortions traveled to Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport. Louisiana’s abortion laws are only marginally less restrictive than those in Texas, but the clinic became became the nearest option for many people to get a safe abortion.
Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Aubry is a reporter, producer and operations assistant in Baton Rouge.