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Short-Term Rental Ordinance Heads To New Orleans City Council

The New Orleans City Council is preparing for a long and emotional debate October 20 on how to deal with short-term rentals. An ordinance is on the table that's designed to regulate the industry that many credit for letting them make enough money to stay in their homes. Others argue that an abundance of visitors staying in neighborhoods throughout the city is ruining their quality of life.

New Orleans Struggling To Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Love them or hate them, short-term rentals are booming in New Orleans. On October, the City Council is expected to make its first vote on regulating short-term rentals. It's considering rules proposed by the City Planning Commission. One of the biggest points of contention is whole-house rentals. Many locals say that when short-term visitors rent whole homes, it changes neighborhoods.

Recent Floods Lend New Weight To Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

On this eleventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, officials gathered to remember the dead. As WWNO's Tegan Wendland reports, they held a prayer service and wreath-laying ceremony. This year's memorial feels especially poignant, as parishes across southern Louisiana reel from devastating floods. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and several city council members were flanked by brass musicians and drummers in a somber procession placed colorful floral wreaths at the base of the mausoleums at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. It's in the Historic Charity Hospital Cemetery in Mid City, and opened in 2008, when 98 unidentified bodies were finally laid to rest. Officials honored them, and the nearly 2,000 others, who died because of that storm. City coroner, Jeffrey Rouse, described the shared memories of that day, "Do you remember the ungodly howl of that wind? The pit in your stomach when you saw that water rising on your street? The chill when you heard the levees were breached?" Families across

Louisiana Ignored Dire Forecasts And Flash Flood Warnings

Tens of thousands in Louisiana were surprised by floods last week. In a changing climate, what more can be done to warn communities that the weather can do things they aren't used to? RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The devastating floods in Louisiana stretch over 20 parishes. And the Red Cross has said it's the biggest natural disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy. At least 13 people have died. Tens of thousands of residents of south Louisiana were caught off guard by the water, in spite of dire forecasts and flash flood warnings. Reporter Ryan Kailath of member station WWNO tried to figure out if anything more could have been done to get people to safety. RYAN KAILATH, BYLINE: The night before heavy floods inundated Baton Rouge, Linda Smith saw forecasts calling for up to 15 inches of rain, and she got a flash flood warning. But Smith's neighbors had told her that in 40 years here, their homes had never flooded. So the next day, Smith sat on her porch to watch the rain come down. LINDA

With Flooded Homes, Louisianans Wonder Where They'll End Up

The cleanup continues after record floods devastated Louisiana. Relief organizations are on the ground in, trying to help thousands of victims of the floods that devastated Baton Rouge. But some in a downtown shelter say it is not enough. Mallory Falk of WWNO found out that many are renters, and some would like to leave the area altogether.

Mourners Gather In Baton Rouge To Remember Alton Sterling

WWNO is covering the funeral of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Events open to the public begin 8 a.m. Friday, July 15, with the funeral expected to begin at 11 a.m. Expected guests include Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans). The proceedings are being held at the F.G. Clark Center on the campus of Southern University.

WWNO Reporter Describes Arrest While Covering Baton Rouge Protests

WWNO's Ryan Kailath was arrested Saturday while covering a protest near Baton Rouge police headquarters. The event drew members of the New Black Panther Party. Police in riot gear engaged in a standoff with the group, during which Kailath was one of many arrested and charged with simple obstruction of a highway. WWNO's Eve Troeh spoke with him about what happened.

Baton Rouge Convulsed By Another Night Of Protests, Scores Arrested

This story is being continuously updated. Protests continued in Baton Rouge Sunday evening, six days after the shooting death of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge police officer. Large crowds of protestors collected in several different areas of the city, met by police in riot gear. At least 50 people were arrested. With reporting from Baton Rouge by Jesse Hardman, Tegan Wendland and Bryan Tarnowski.

Baton Rouge Gathering For Alton Sterling Remains Peaceful

Protests continued in Baton Rouge last night over the police killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling. WWNO's Ryan Kailath was there.

Brexit Effect May Hit New Orleans Region

The international markets are reopening today after Friday's announcement that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. One economic development expert considers how New Orleans will handle what's ahead.

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