Eileen Fleming

Eileen is WWNOâ

Workers in New Orleans have removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments this morning.

More than 1,400 local, state and federal officials from around the country are in New Orleans this week to focus on hurricane response. Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the group that good communication is vital.
 
Mayor Landrieu said there have been dramatic improvements in disaster response since the days after Hurricane Katrina.
 
“I’m a FEMA fan now. FEMA’s gotten a lot better,” he said.
 
He said people working on hurricane preparedness, response and rebuilding often coordinate with other agencies.

Justice advocates are recommending changes at New Orleans Criminal Court. One suggestion is not locking up victims who refuse to testify. The annual report from CourtWatch NOLA says prosecutors should consider that victims can be afraid of retaliation if they appear in court.

Louisiana homeowners with damage from last year's devastating floods are being asked to take a survey.

Abita Springs is going green.

A coalition of several advocacy groups for foreign-born residents is demanding that local, state and federal lawmakers fight President Trump’s travel ban. More than 100 rallied outside City Hall.  

New Orleans had more protests of President Trump’s executive orders. Hundreds gathered outside City Hall, angered by an order banning citizens from seven mostly Muslim nations.

New Orleans Mitch Landrieu and city councilmembers are asking Washington leaders to block any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

More than 200 people attended a Christmas program in Central City hosted by a ministry for children whose mothers are incarcerated.  

Blood shortages can be triggered by major accidents or disasters. But demand can also be linked to rare medical conditions. The Blood Center says it has only half the supply that’s needed.

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