was awarded a $1.2 million grant for its re-entry program for Orleans Parish Prison inmates. The three-year federal grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration will create a program to expand substance abuse treatment and recovery services as well as workforce and community re-entry. CADA counselors provide case management and support during addiction treatment.
was honored March 12 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, which recognized her 37-year career at WWL-TV. Roberts joined the station in 1977 as a reporter and has served as co-anchor for Eyewitness Morning News for more than 20 years. She also co-founded the youth mentorship program Each One Save One.
Turn the Page Literacy Campaign
earned the Guinness World Record for "largest reading lesson" for a Jan. 22 event with 451 children at the New Orleans Public Library and a multi-parish campaign hosted by Irvin Mayfield and Wendell Pierce. According to Central Connecticut State University, New Orleans is ranked the 19th most literate city among 75 cities with 250,000 people or more. In 2013, it was ranked 25th.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
did not properly monitor businesses serving alcohol from 2011 to 2013, according to a Louisiana Legislative audit released March 17. New Orleans had the most uninspected businesses — of the city's 1,233, more than 500 were not inspected. In the office's response, Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert wrote that he agreed with the recommendations for approval.