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Some prisoners are forced to pay for incarceration

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge inmates “pay to stay” fees, according

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La. lacks affordable housing for low-wage workers

By Christopher Tidmore Contributing Writer “There is no state in the union where a full-time, minimum-wage worker can afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment for

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How the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti – and built six homes
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica,and Laura Sullivan, NPR The neighborhood of Campeche sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a ...
Ernest Gaines Literary Award deadline nears
The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is Aug. 15. Sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, the Gaines Award honors outstanding fiction —novels ...
Black graduates face a tough job market
By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) — College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still ...
City council revisits OIG sex crimes report
Last week, the New Orleans City Council revisited a scathing report form 2014 that alleged that five NOPD detectives in the NOPD’s Special Victims Section failed to follow up on ...
State Senate Cmte. says its ‘okay’ to build school on former hazardous waste disposal site
By Kari Dequine Harden Contributing Writer Aimed to prevent the construction of schools on land that was formerly used for hazardous waste disposal, House Bill 180 failed to move past the Senate ...
Sections of new, best-ever levee system are sinking and are likely to be raised
By Bob Marshall and Thomas Thoren The Lens The new $14.5 billion levee system encircling New Orleans includes some of the latest engineering advances and has been deemed the city’s best ever. But, ...
Chicago cops Jerome Finnigan (l) and Timothy McDermott (r) pose police station with an unidentified Black man wearing deer antlers as though they killed a wild animal.
The mentality of some cops and how they think of Blacks
By Frederick H. Lowe Contributing Writer (Special from NorthStar News Today) — A Cook County, Ill., judge has released a photo of two Chicago cops kneeling next to a Black man with ...
Summit on youth in N.O. says ‘change the narrative’
By Kari Dequine Harden Contributing Writer ‘The lion’s story will never be told as long as the hunter is the one who tells it.’ A group of psychology experts, educators, and community leaders gathered ...

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