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What We Know About That Tropical Depression In The Gulf

The disturbance brewing in the Gulf of Mexico is now a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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Hurricane Season Collides With Pandemic As Communities Plan For Dual Emergencies

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates. Rokobauer lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon. Her mother is 93. "She's got to have flushing toilets," Rokobauer says of her mother. "She's got to have fresh water. She's just got some physical needs that require that." But this year Rokobauer is thinking hard about her hurricane plan. She is 65, and like her mother,...

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As more and more states are loosening social distancing measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that the state will enter the second phase of reopening on Friday.

The disturbance brewing in the Gulf of Mexico is now a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Activist group Take 'Em Down NOLA has organized a week's worth of protests in New Orleans in response to the killing of George Floyd, as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Modesto Reyes, Tony McDade and others killed by police.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell is looking into re-opening Lincoln Beach, the long-shuttered African American beach in New Orleans East.

New Orleans Public Radio talked about it with historian Andrew Kahrl, author of the book "The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South."

Last summer the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries flooded for months, causing more than $20 billion dollars in damage. Climate change is bringing more heavy and frequent rainstorms, a threat many flood protection systems were not built for. Rivers creep over levees or burst them. There’s nowhere for the water to go.

The Krewe of Red Beans has expanded its Feed the Frontlines program beyond hospitals to help the city’s cultural cornerstones.

Louisiana is scheduled to enter Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening as early as next week. But even if that happens, there’s no guarantee that New Orleans will as well.

About 50 people gathered at Claiborne and Esplanade avenues in New Orleans late Friday morning to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and police violence toward black people around the country.

As of noon, the protest was growing and ongoing.

The co-founders of Cash Money Records are donating $225,000 to help cover the rent payments for hundreds of public housing residents.

The letter arrived in December, nearly two years into a new program aimed at tackling the high rate of women in Louisiana who die from pregnancy.

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