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Stories and interviews from across the state.

The Orleans Parish School Board came one step closer to choosing a new superintendent last night. The board voted unanimously to bring back two of three possible candidates for another round of interviews.

Changeworks: Arts And Wellness Center

Dec 16, 2014

These days, when you drive or walk the length of General Pershing from Broad Street toward South Claiborne, you can tell something is growing there.

There in Broadmoor, in the heart of New Orleans, a community is rebuilding itself.

On what was the largest concentration of blight in the neighborhood, construction is underway for an 11,500-square-foot Arts and Wellness Center, a space that will provide quality arts enrichment and improved vitality to over 350 community members daily.

Back in September, we told you about the Piano Lab at Winbourne Elementary. It was an experiment. O’Neill’s Music House arranged to get a bunch of cutting edge electronic keyboards to the high poverty school in North Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the pianos were rolled out of the lab and into the auditorium for the students’ first recital.

Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.

Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp's ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition, like human hypothermia, can be fatal.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans says it received 27 of the turtles on Monday. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies director Moby Solangi says 32 are in Gulfport.

This week on The Reading Life: Rachel Breunlin and Bruce Sunpie Barnes, co-editors of Talk That Music Talk: Passing on Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way.

And Candice Huber of Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop has some recommendations for the science fiction and fantasy lover in your life.

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A Northwestern State University psychology professor arrived in Nepal this week to distribute hundreds of scholarships to young girls. It guarantees they get an education in their village and decreases the likelihood that they’ll fall prey to human trafficking.

Patrice Moulton is a volunteer with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation. She’ll trek the Annapurna Circuit of Nepal with yaks delivering backpacks to girls who show educational promise. The backpacks are their ticket to one year of school.

Next time you open up your wallet or reach inside of your purse, chances are you’ll come into contact with bits and pieces of things that make up who you are. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why these remnants of life matter.

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  The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana'slong list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget.

Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money away from the state treasury just like road projects, health care services and other items included in the state's annual budget.

Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest in Louisiana, serving over 200,000 people each year. Three quarters of clients at the pantries Second Harvest supplies say they regularly rely on the food they get there to make ends meet. In the same survey, over a third of pantry clients say they have a family member with diabetes. So Second Harvest is starting to pay closer attention to the nutrition of the food they distribute.


Health Matters: Surviving the Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

Airs Thursday, December 18 at 6 pm. This week on Health Matters Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and  Licensed Counselor Shelly Visconte provided tips on surviving the holidays and answered your questions.