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Stories and interviews from across the state.

I often get emails from the Texas Real Estate Inspectors Association offering various continuing education courses at convenient locations. They serve as a reminder of my ill-fated attempt to change careers in late middle age, when it looked like this newspaper gig wasn’t panning out anymore.

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was unemployed and loath to move from Longview, since my wife had a good job as a professor and our daughter was happy in school. We bought a lovely house, and I set about figuring out how to make a living.

More Trouble At NOPD Sex Crimes Unit

Dec 19, 2014

The embattled New Orleans Police Department sex crimes unit is facing more criticism.

The unit commander tells a city council committee that more than 400 rape kits remain untested.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the announcement comes from Commander Paul Noel. He had been praised in the past for clearing a backlog of 800 kits gathering dust in the evidence room.

But he left that job in 2011. He says the backlog has grown in his absence.

What to do with all the billions in Clean Water Act fines to be paid by BP and its contractors for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

Officially, it’s up to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, made up of governors from the five affected states and heads of several federal agencies, to decide.

A coalition of environmental groups has come up with their own ideas for how the first millions can best be spent to restore the coast.

Kathryn Parker has been at the helm of the Crescent City Farmers Market for just one year. Taking over from the organization's original leader, Richard McCarthy, who went on to become the Executive Director of Slow Food America, Kate says it’s been a year that has flown by so quickly, one with a never-ending learning curve.

WWNO's 2014 Holiday Schedule

Dec 19, 2014

Stay tuned to 89.9 WWNO all this season for a holiday soundscape you won't find anywhere else.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Paul Winter Solstice — 10:00pm - Midnight

Monday, Dec. 22

Joy to the World — 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community.

Derek Bridges / Flickr.com

Governor Bobby Jindal is defending his headlining a prayer rally on Louisiana State University's campus next month that has drawn the ire of student protesters who say the group hosting the event promotes discrimination and an anti-gay agenda.

The January 24 prayer rally is expected to draw thousands of people to LSU's campus for what Jindal, a Roman Catholic, describes in an invitation as "a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance."

The Shreveport Historic Preservation Society has produced a one-hour DVD about the 1954 Wallace Lake plane crash that killed 12 Shreveport businessmen who were returning from a south Louisiana duck hunt.

The DVD features Shreveport historian Ernie Roberson concludes in presentation by reading the transcripts of ground control at Shreveport Regional Airport attempting to establish connection with the pilot of a Grumman G-73 Mallard that crashed on the north shore of Wallace Lake in 1954.

“49 Nectar, this is Shreveport Tower, 49 Nectar do you read?”

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his joy over a recent trip to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.