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BRPD ‘Brave Cave’; efforts to report labor violations; relocating residents in flood-prone areas

New construction at Audubon Estates, a resettlement site with the Watershed Initiative for residents who had been living in flood-prone areas
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New construction at Audubon Estates, a resettlement site with the Watershed Initiative for residents who had been living in flood-prone areas

The Baton Rouge Police Department is under scrutiny after news broke of its so-called “Brave Cave,” a BRPD warehouse at police that was allegedly used as an unmonitored interrogation room. One BRPD officer resigned shortly after the facility’s existence was reported Tuesday.

Lara Nicholson has been covering this story for the Baton Rouge Advocate and she joins us for more.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Workplace Justice Project in New Orleans signed a memorandum supporting workers who are paid low wages in Louisiana. The organizations will now partner to train workers to identify and report labor violations.

Luz Molina, director and clinical professor for the Workplace Justice Project, and Troy Mouton, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s New Orleans office, join us for more information on this new initiative.

Even though we’re in a drought, many Louisianans are still preparing for floods. For those who live along the coast and in floodplains, they’re asking the same old questions: ‘Do I stay or go?’ ‘Raise my home or find a place out of harm’s way?’

The Louisiana Watershed Initiative is not only encouraging residents in flood-prone areas to relocate, but actually helping them do so through home demolition and rebuilding projects. Pat Forbes, executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, tells us more.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Bob Pavlovich. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman. 

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A New Orleans native and host for WWNO since 1996, Bob is an actor, teacher, voice-over artist, director, producer, writer and broadcaster. Bob has appeared in over 60 regional, New Orleans and Cincinnati theatrical productions. He has won consecutive "Best Actor" Big Easy Awards for his performances in New Orleans and CEA Awards for his work in Cincinnati. In an earlier life, Bob was a reporter/anchor for the UPI Radio Network in New York City and Washington DC. He also held the position of reporter/anchor at WWL News Radio 870 in New Orleans.Bob has been a part of the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music's Dramatic Performance faculty since 1999. Bob went to Archbishop Rummel High School, then received his B.A. Communications fromLoyola University of the South and later his M.S. Telecommunications Management/Broadcast News fromSyracuse University Newhouse School.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.