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Dave Cohen - Bio

Our webmaster asked me to write something for my bio page, and I struggled with what I should say about myself. 

My first thought was to write something like… Dave Cohen is a dedicated, award winning, veteran broadcaster and family man. Dave joined the WWL team in 1997. He is a proud father of four children and the husband of a wonderful, loving wife.
Then I wondered if that was what people clicking on my bio page really wanted to read. ‘What do they want to know about me?’ I wondered. I started thinking about who clicks on bio pages, and why they do that.
Bio pages on websites usually talk about how great someone is and almost read to me like an obituary. I am not ready to be dead, so didn’t really want that. I also don’t especially like to brag about myself. I love talking about my kids’ accomplishments, but not so much about my own. I prefer to let my actions speak for themselves.
Who am I? I’m a guy who loves his family, his work and his community. I enjoy going to work each day because I feel that I am doing important work at one of the best radio stations in America. I am honored to help inform and entertain people every day. I am humbled to get to play such an important role in the lives of so many thousands of listeners. 
As much as I love my work, I also love leaving the office each day because it means I am going home to my family. Like nearly every family, we have our challenges, but there is no feeling better than walking through the door and seeing the people I love the most on earth. We eat dinner together as a family almost every night. I cherish that time.
I guess I should also mention that I grew up in suburban Chicago, attended New Trier High School and then went to journalism school at the University of Missouri. After graduation I moved to Longview, Texas and worked there before taking a position in Alexandria, Louisiana. After moving to greater New Orleans, I immediately fell in love with this community. This place has so much personality! There are thousands of boring places you can live around this country; New Orleans is NOT one of them. You could never describe this community as dull. That makes it a fantastic place to live. It also means it’s an unbelievable place to work in the media. I think the passion for New Orleans comes across in my work. People often tell me they are surprised to find out I didn’t grow up here.
My bonds to this region were made even tighter by “the storm.” I stayed here through everything Katrina had to offer. I witnessed and reported to the world what happened here. I saw the worst nature and human nature could deliver. I also watched humans at their best. While there was death, destruction and repugnant behavior all around; there were also angels on earth selflessly giving of themselves to try and make things better and help their fellow humans (even those acting like animals). I could have easily left after Katrina, but refused to go anywhere. I wanted to be a part of and a witness to the revival of such a wonderful place. 
I hope if you came here looking to learn more about me, you got the info you wanted. If not, email me at dave@wwl.com and ask whatever questions you have.
 
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Body in Vent

Sheriff: Would-be burglar found dead in oven vent


Authorities say a business owner arrived at work to find the legs of dead man dangling from an oven vent in the building's kitchen. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the discovery was made Saturday morning by the owner of Greg's Food Mart in Marrero.  Read more...
Fewer Murders

Fewer New Orleans murders so far in 2014


Data compiled by a New Orleans newspaper shows the city's 2014 murder count was 38 as of Friday. The figure is a 21 percent decrease from the 48 murders in the city by the same point last year.  Read more...
New Laws?

Where things stand in the La. legislative session


Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:  Read more...
Export Bieber

White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment


The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment. Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card. Read more...
Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest tickets on sale Monday


Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office.  The box office is located at the Superdome's Gate A on the ground level and is open for extended hours... Read more
Kissing Scandal

Post scandal poll on the kissing Congressman video


How much has the video of Congressman Vance McAllister kissing a married staffer hurt his popularity with voters. 51-percent of those polled in the 5th congressional district, say they will not vote for the U.S. Representative this fall. Read more...
Less Soda

Soda consumption going down


According to a leading beverage industry newsletter, there has been a big decline in soda consumption in the United States and it continues to drop. Denise Holston-West is a dietitian with the LSU Ag Center. She says the Beverage Digest report found...  Read more
Molesation Case

Northshore cops: More molestation charges expected against teacher


Washington Parish investigators today are asking for help finding any additional molestation victims after the arrest of a teacher. "A Junior High Special Education teacher at Mt. Hermon, was arrested April 16 by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators... Read more
Free Concerts

Free concerts start tonight in Lafreniere Park


The Lafreniere Live concert series kicks off tonight in Metairie. The Bucktown All-Stars play at the Al Copeland Meadow Concert Stage in Lafreniere Park "at sunset." Admission is free.  Read more...
Son-Wife Killed

Cops: Man kills son and wife, says he is jumping off bridge


Cops say a man shot and killed his wife and 12-year-old son in Gonzales this morning and then said he was about to jump into the Mississippi River. "We have a horrible tragedy," Ascension Parish Deputy Tony Bacala said.  Read more...
Easter Treats

Elmer's Easter candy sales hopping right along!


A popular treat for Louisiana Easter baskets is a candy that's been around over 160 years and is manufactured in Ponchatoula -- Elmer's Chocolate's. President Rob Nelson says the Easter Bunny has been filling baskets with Gold Brick Eggs since 1936... Read more
Pricey Meat

New Orleans area restaurants battle burgeoning beef prices


Local restaurants are finding it tough to put prime beef on their plates without it eating into their profits.  The price of beef is at its highest level since 1987. "And, that's due to a dwindling number of cattle and growing export demands from the Asian markets... Read more
Season Over

Pelicans end season with 2 game winning streak


Tyreke Evans' sore right knee - and long-term contract - gave him every reason to sit out the final two games of a losing season with the Pelicans. Yet even as coaches and trainers encouraged him to rest, Evans was having none of it.  Read more...
911 Fail?

Officials investigate response time in 911 killing


Authorities are investigating whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot nearly 15 minutes into a 911 call about her husband, who she said was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him.  Read more...
Bus Suicide

Cops: Woman kills self by jumping in front of bus full of kids


Police say a woman committed suicide by jumping in front of a school bus full of children in Terrebonne Parish. "The pedestrian who intentionally jumped in front of a Terrebonne Parish school bus Tuesday afternoon has died as a result of the injuries from the incident... Read more
Gas $

Gas prices inching upward for Easter


Gas prices in Louisiana are on the rise according to Don Redman with AAA. Redman says, "The main driving factor right now for the increases in prices has everything to do with the expected increase in demand for the Easter Holidays... Read more
Cop Kills

Tangipahoa deputy kills man allegedly attacking mother


A Northshore cop has killed a suspect.  State Police are investigating after a Tangipahoa deputy shot the man in Hammond.  Trooper Greg Marchand says it started as a domestic call on Deborah Drive.  Read more...
Deadline Day

Final day to file with the feds if you owe


There is no shortage of last minute filers. Some people haven't even started. "We wait until the last day... because its exciting," one man insisted. "I love it!" His wife said she doesn't find it exciting to wait until just hours before the filing deadline. "My heart's in my throat... Read more
Medical Pot

Doctor weighs medical marijuana ahead of debate in the Louisiana Capitol


It's sure to be a hot topic in Baton Rouge when it comes up this week: medicinal marijuana. Advocates of the drug say the herb could treat ailments and conditions such as chronic pain, glaucoma, seizure disorders and more. Read more...
Spring Chill

Cold front brings 2 days of chill to Louisiana


Chilly weather is back in Louisiana today as a result of that strong cold front that produced severe weather across the state yesterday. State Climatologist Barry Keim says highs will only be in the low 60s today.  Read more...
No Deadline?

For most Americans today is not really a tax deadline


The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Don't fret. If you're due a refund, April 15 isn't much of a deadline at all.  Read more...
Cyclist Killed

Man charged with killing triathlete in crash


Cops have made an arrest in the death of a triathlete. New Orleans Police say 34-year-old Howard Vidrine is booked with negligent homicide after a fatal wreck with a cyclist on Chef Menteur Friday afternoon. The crash left a 36-year-old man dead... Read more
DCFS Audit

Auditor questions state child protection services


An audit finds the state agency charged with protecting children in abuse and neglect situations has fewer workers, more cases and has failed to follow its own policies. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released the report today.  Read more...
Bad Weather

Severe weather threat this afternoon and tonight


A cold front is bringing the threat of severe weather to Southeast Louisiana tonight into early tomorrow morning. Channel 4 Meteorologist Laura Buchtel says it comes with "some strong storms and heavy rain."  Read more...
Fat Cycle

Louisiana's chubby children becoming obese adults


Researchers say America's children are still struggling with obesity and there has been no decline in the epidemic among young people. Recent findings published in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association, hit hard in Louisiana... Read more
Poll Results

LSU polls residents on pot and gay marriage


LSU has completed a survey on two social issues that are gaining a lot of attention, the legalization of marijuana and same sex marriages. Amy Reynolds, director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public affairs says they found the support for legalizing marijuana... Read more
Crawfish Time

Crawfish in better supply and prices dropping for Holy Week


Louisiana crawfishermen and the merchants who sell the crustacean to retail customers say the supply should be enough to satisfy appetites during Holy Week and Easter weekend.  Read more...
Bigger Ship

New Orleans gets an even bigger cruise ship


The largest passenger load cruise ship ever to be docked at the Port of New Orleans arrived today. The 3,600 passenger Carnival Dream begin year round, Caribbean departures starting at 4 o'clock this afternoon.  Read more...
Kidnapped Child

Abita Springs child kidnapped, locked in bathroom


Nortshore cops say a man kidnapped a six-year-old boy in Abita Springs. Detectives say the mom called after the child disappeared from the yard. "Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, the mother of a 6-year-old Abita Springs boy called 911 to report her son was missing... Read more
Unlawful?

Expert: JPSO appears to violate suspect's Constitutional rights


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is defending a deputy's action seen in a video posted to social media.  In the video a man being arrested begs to know why he is going to jail and pleads with the deputy not to shoot him.  A law professor says it appears his rights were violated.  Read more and see the video...
Married Heart

LSU cardiologist agrees: Marriage is good for your heart


Here's one more reason to tie the knot. Apparently, marriage is good for the heart. A study just released by New York University's Langone Medical Center found married people have fewer heart problems than those who are single, widowed or divorced.  Read more...
Jazz Fest Times

Jazz Fest Schedule


Jazz Fest organizers have released the "cubes" that show the times each of the artists will play at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  Click here for links to each day...
 
St. Pat's

St. Patrick's Fun


Partying for St. Patrick's Day in Metairie.  Check out the pictures of people at the parade...
Work Sick?

Sick workers not a workplace threat?


A local health official is taking issue with a recent report that says way too many Americans go to work sick. According to that report, more than one in four American workers recently surveyed said they show up to work while ill, even though they could sicken their colleagues.  Read more...
Election Results

Williams, Ramsey, Gusman win, full results


New Orleans voters Saturday elected a sheriff, a pair of councilmembers and a coroner.  They also decided several issues. In the race for City Council At Large, Jason Williams defeated Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. Nadine Ramsey won the Council District C race.  Read more...
Escapee

Cops: Nortshore escapee kidnaps woman, eludes cops


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff’s office is currently searching for 35 year old (w/m) Christopher Ricker.  Ricker allegedly escaped from the St. Tammany Work Release Program early this morning.  Read more...
Sproles Traded

Saints trade Sproles to Eagles


The Saints have traded running back Darren Sproles to the Eagles. WWL Saints Sideline reporter Kristian Garic says a league source confirms that a deal has been worked out.
Sproles played the past three season with the Saints.  Read more...
Poles Greased

VIDEO: The poles get greased


Scantily clad dancers grabbed handfuls of Vaseline today and spread it on balcony supports in the French Quarter.  New Orleans native Bryan Batt from "Mad Men," "12 Years a Slave" and much more was the master of ceremonies for the fun at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Read more and see video...
Body Found

Missing woman's body found on Northshore


Nortshore cops have found the body of a missing Alabama woman. Officials says the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office discovered the dead woman during a foot search for her near Madisonville.  Read more...
Big Cuts?

Louisiana lawmaker opposes proposed Pentagon cuts


The Pentagon has released a proposal that would reduce forces in the United States Army to numbers not seen since before the buildup during World War II. US Representative John Fleming of Minden, Louisiana strongly opposes a shrinking of the nation's military. Read more...

Parading in the Rain


Rolling in the rain!  Crowds braved the downpours to see the Sunday parades in New Orleans.  Here are some pictures of the wet fun...
Insane

Father found not guilty by reason of insanity after decapitating son


The man from Thibodaux who was charged with the murder and decapitation of his 7-year-old son in 2011 has been found not guilty by reason of  insanity.   Read more...
FQ Fest

Dr. John headlines French Quarter Festival 2014


The list of performer is out for the 31st Annual French Quarter Festival. Organizers say it will feature Dr. John's first performance the Festival in 24 years. "Dr. John embodies the best of New Orleans' rich musical heritage, and in 2014, he returns to French Quarter Festival... Read more
New Name?

Smoothie King Arena?


The New Orleans Arena could soon have a new name. The Pelicans have reportedly called a news conference for Thursday to announce a naming rights sponsor for the arena.  Read more...
Electric chair?

Jindal: Louisiana looking at other options to carry out executions


With Louisiana having a difficult time finding drugs to perform a lethal injection against a convicted child killer, Governor Bobby Jindal confirms the state is examining other alternatives. Jindal says expect to see legislation in the upcoming session, addressing this issue. Read More
Tarantino

Tarantino to ride in Orpheus


One of Hollywood's top writers and directors is serving as Mardi Gras royalty. "Oscar-winning screenwriter, director, producer, actor... Quentin Tarantino will reign as the Krewe of Orpheus' 2014 Celebrity Monarch... Read more
Wintery Mix

Conditions forecast to worsen through the day


The National Weather Service warns that "significant amounts of wintry precipitation" will impact Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi today through early Wednesday morning. The Winter Weather Warning says, "Arctic air continues to push southward... Read more
Icy Roads

Crews work to keep roads open


The Louisiana Department of Transportation is taking precautions on the roads for the wintery weather coming up. Snow, sleet and rain are expected for Louisiana until Wednesday making unsafe conditions.  Read more...
Flurries?

Hard freeze with flurries possible in S.E. Louisiana


A cold front will drop us into the 20's on both sides of the lake for early Friday morning. There is a chance of snow flurries or sleet mostly north and west of Lake Pontchartrain.  Read more...
Cop Kills

Kenner cop kills suspect as car crashes


Kenner Police say what started as a drug bust on Airline Drive ended with one suspect dead, another suspect injured and a cop hurt too.  Police Chief Steve Caraway says officers approached a car with two men inside and tried to remove the suspects.  Read more...
Free Concerts

Family Gras announces lineup


Officials today unveiled the annual Family Gras free concert lineup at the new Mardi Gras Plaza in Metairie.

Performers include Wilson Phillips; one of the former lead singers of Journey, Steve Augeri; U.K. pop start Cher Lloyd; Cowboy Mouth; Amanda Shaw; Electric Light Orchestra - ELO with members from ELO 1 and 2; Blood, Sweat & Tears with American Idol finalist Bo Bice; CMT's Next
2014 Lineup

Jazz Fest lineup for 2014: Clapton and Springsteen among headliners


Organizers of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival have released the lineup for the annual Jazz Fest. The list includes: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish, Santana, Arcade Fire, Robin Thicke... Read more
Injury Report

Thomas sits out, Lewis participates fully at Saints practice


Only one player on the New Orleans Saints roster missed practice today, running back Pierre Thomas did participate with an injury to his chest. Cornerback Keenan Lewis returned to the practice field ... Read more
14th Ranked

LSU finishes season ranked #14


The LSU football team has finished the season in the top 15 in both the AP and USA Today football polls.  The final surveys of the season were released today after last night's BCS National Championship. Read more...
Saints-Seahawks

Payton encouraged as Saints prepare for Seattle


With a trip to Seattle looming, the New Orleans Saints gained more confidence from the first road playoff win in franchise history than Saturday's 26-24 margin at Philadelphia indicated.  Read more...
Saints Win

Saints beat Eagles, head to Seattle


It's another trip to Seattle for the Saints.  The Black the Gold will play the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs after beating the Eagles. The Saints were trailing by one point with just under five minutes to play in the game.  Read more...
Playoff Weather

Saints - Eagles weather: Cold, no snow during game


The weather in Philadelphia Saturday will be cold. The day starts with a low of just 5 degrees.  The National Weather Service expects temps to warm up to right at freezing Saturday afternoon.  Read more...
Wildcard

Saints and Eagles expect tough game


 Nick Foles grew up idolizing Drew Brees and followed in his footsteps when he played quarterback at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.  Brees has already won a Super Bowl, but Foles will be playing in his first playoff game Saturday night... Read more
Hit & Run

70-year-old arrested in deadly hit-and-run


A 70-year-old Chalmette man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on Sunday. Louisiana State Police say in a news release that Harold Barrett turned himself in at the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office... Read more
Killing Spree

Cops: Man kills wife, boss and ex-in law... wounds others


Cops in Lafourche Parish say a man went on a shooting rampage in a post-Christmas rage.  He killed his wife, his ex-mother in law and his boss. Investigators say Ben Freeman (above) also wounded his ex-sister in law, bosses wife and his ex-father in law... Read more
Brees Okay

Brees back full, along with 8 other Saints on injury report


Drew Brees was a full participant at Thursday's practice after being limited on Wednesday. "I'm totally fine.  Kinda doctors orders, swelling in the knee, just had to get it down.  No big deal.  I was totally fine today," Brees told WWL Saints Sideline Reporter Kristian Garic.  Read more...
Vaccaro Out

Vaccaro to have surgery


Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will not be back until next season. WWL Saints Sideline Reporter Kristian Garic reports that the team today said that Vaccaro is having surgery to repair a fractured ankle.  Read more...
Injury Report

Saints get a safety back for Carolina


Saints safety Roman Harper is ready to play Sunday.  The team didn't even list him as injured on the Friday report. Harper has been sidelined in recent weeks with a hip injury, but is no longer needing treatment and returned to full participation in practice.  Read more...
Super Saturday

Last minute shopping to draw big crowds Saturday


Time is rapidly running out to finish your holiday gift buying. Tomorrow is known in retail circles as "Super Saturday." It is the last big weekend shopping day before Christmas.  Read more...
Child Charged

Northshore 12-year-old charged with trying to murder niece


Deputies in Washington Parish have arrested a 12-year-old girl for the attempted murder. They say she tried to kill her 8-month-old niece. The Sheriff's Office says they responded to a call from the Department of Children & Family Services... Read more
Jindal Reacts

JIndal responds to A&E suspending Duck Dynasty star


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal  has released a statement in response to A&E suspending Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson.  A&E put Robertson on indefinite hiatus after he told GQ that gays are sinners.  Click here to see the news release from Jindal's office...
Gay Comments

Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments


 "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network said. A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays... Read more
Not Religious

Christmas is more cultural than religious for many


A new survey gives credence to those who say that the religious meaning of Christmas is being lost.  A poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center found only half of Americans consider the holiday religious... Read more
Rookie Test

Saints call on rookie LT to protect Brees in biggest game yet this year


I can't remember Saints coach Sean Payton calling an early morning news conference until today. So, I had a feeling something pretty important was going to be announced.  Read more...
Teens & Drugs

Survey: Kids backing off synthetic drugs, okay with real pot


Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.  Read more...
Insurance Rates

Flood insurance fix held up by one vote


U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu fears there may be no fix for what she says is flawed flood insurance reform law before the year's end. The Biggerts-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act will mean huge premium hikes for many residents in Louisiana and other states.  Read more...
Big Jackpot

Mega Millions Numbers


Here are the numbers drawn Tuesday night, 12/17/13:  8  14  17  20  39  Mega Ball  7
Read more...

Saints cut Hartley


Saints sideline reporter Kristian Garic confirms that the Saints have cut kicker Garrett Hartley.
Hartley was 22 of 30 on field goals for the year and had two field goal attempts go awry in the Saints’ loss to the Rams on Sunday.  Read more...
Drunk Elf

Drunken elf arrested


A man dressed as a elf found himself behind bars in Southwest Louisiana. Cops say they stopped Brandon Touchet for speeding and found he was drunk too. "As the result of traffic stop the individual exited the vehicle and showed signs of being impaired and intoxicated... Read more
Tasing Arrests

Alleged tasing suspects caught in Houma


The Houma Police Department says two arrests have been made in the tasing, beating and robbery of a disabled man. Chief Todd Duplantis says they caught the November 11th crime being committed on a surveillance camera showing two suspects shocking and beating the victim... Read more
Jackpot!

Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?


It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck - really extraordinary luck - you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island. Read more...
Record Prize?

$656 Million?


Strong weekend Mega Millions ticket sales easily could push Tuesday's jackpot above last year's record $656 million prize, a lottery official said.  Read more...
We Learned...

5 reasons why the Rams beat the Saints


QUINN FACTOR: Rams defensive end Robert Quinn had two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hits, a tackle for loss and was disruptive enough to cause two penalties.  Read more...
No Excuses

Brees: No excuses after ugly loss


Too bad the New Orleans Saints can't play 'em all at home. They're a 7-0 juggernaut in the Superdome but just 3-4 on the road after spotting St. Louis a three-touchdown lead in the first half of the Rams' 27-16 victory on Sunday.  Read more...
Saints Lose

Rams delay Saints' postseason plans with 27-16 win


Drew Brees threw interceptions that led to touchdowns on the first two possessions and the St. Louis Rams got big days from Zac Stacy, Robert Quinn and on special teams to top the New Orleans Saints 27-16 on Sunday.  Read more...
Rodrigue Dies

George Rodrigue dies


WWL TV reports that famed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue has died. The man best known for his Blue Dog paintings was 69.  Read more...
Trap Game?

Kristian Quick Hits: Trap Game? NO


Too often the media and the fans look at a schedule and see a sub .500 record late in the season and start asking the question: "Is this is a trap game?"  Several fans have asked me that very question this week... Read more

Saints favored by 6 over Rams, release injury report


The New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams have issued their final injury reports ahead of Sunday's game. The Saints list six players as questionable, including Brodrick Bunkley and Rafael Bush.  Read more...
Dynamic Duo

Galette, Jordan emerging as top sack tandem


Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette lived with an aunt in Haiti until age 10 before reuniting with his parents in a New York suburb, and in his own words, "came from nothing." Cameron Jordon was practically born into the NFL - a child of privilege whose father played... Read more
Road Test

Saints look to better road record in St. Louis


If the New Orleans Saints are to clinch a playoff berth this weekend on their own, they must improve their recent play on the road. The Saints hope to accomplish both Sunday while trying to send the St. Louis Rams to a seventh consecutive losing season... Read more
Light Fight

''The Finger'' Christmas lights display is back


The woman who last year won the case regarding her first amendment right to display a middle finger in Christmas lights on the roof of her Denham Springs home is back at it again this year.  Read more...
Not Guilty

Former cop not guilty in post-Katrina killing


Jurors in New Orleans Federal Court today returned not guilty verdicts in the case of a former NOPD officer charged with killing an unarmed man in the Katrina aftermath.  Read more...
Bad Memories

Deke Bellavia - LSU vs Iowa - the last time they played!


When the LSU Tigers and the Iowa Hawkeyes meet New Year's Day in the 2014 Outback Bowl, it will mark just the second time ever the two schools battle.  The first meeting is one I'll always remember. Iowa stunned LSU with a last second win.  Read more...
Hollywood South

Another winning year for movie making in New Orleans


The lights have shone bright again in Hollywood South. 2013 has been another big year for TV and movie making in New Orleans and Louisiana. "Another banner year for our state," says Chris Stelly, with the Office of Entertainment Industry Development. Read more...
Person of Year

Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year


Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.  Read more...
Saban to TX?

Is Brown out at Texas? Will Saban make the move?


Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown. Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end.  Read more...
Election Time

Landrieu for Mayor and Governor?


Today, we will start learning who's going to try and earn the top jobs in the city of New Orleans, from the mayor's office and the city council to Orleans Parish Sheriff and more.  Qualifying starts today.  Read more...
What We Learned

5 things learned from Saints demolition of the Panthers


MOVING ON: The Saints proved they could put a bad game to bed quickly and regroup. Last Monday night, they were pounded 34-7 in Seattle then had a flight delay, further compressing their preparations for Carolina.  Read more...
Saints Win

Saints make it look easy in win over Carolina


Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome. Sometimes even the best defenses don't stand a chance. Carolina's didn't on Sunday night, when the Saints rolled to a 31-13 triumph... Read more
Saints-Panthers

Saints defense seeks improvement vs. Newton


 Malcolm Jenkins doesn't envision New Orleans' defense crumbling for a second-straight week, no matter how similar the challenges of stopping Russell Wilson and Cam Newton may be. Jenkins can point to the Saints' No. 8 ranking in total defense as the basis for his rationale. Read more...
Mandella Dies

Mandela dead at age 95


South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."  Read more...
Sunday Night

Panthers riding high, Saints coming off low


The Carolina Panthers can become the second team in the NFL to win nine straight games this season. Doing so will require them to hand the New Orleans Saints their first home loss of 2013 on Sunday night, with the winner taking control of the NFC South.  Read more...
Fast Food $

Fast food strikes in 100 cities


Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay. The actions are intended to build on a campaign that began about a year ago... Read more
Low Wages?

A few New Orleans' fast food workers join national strike


Service may be a little slow at a few fast food restaurants in the New Orleans today. A handful New Orleans area fast food workers are expected to take part in a national protest over low wages.  Read more...
No Strief

Saints - Panthers injury report: Strief not ready to go


The Saints took an extra day off today and did not practice.  The team did, however, issue an injury report showing which players likely would have sat out if they had taken the field.  Read more...
Vitter for Gov?

Vitter to decide on governor's race soon


After months of dodging the talk, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter said Tuesday that he is considering a run for governor in 2015 and plans to decide by next month.  Read more...
Saints Struggle

Kristian: Which Saints team was that?


Seattle leads the nation in depression.  It's a wonder, because their football team is reason alone to celebrate in the Pacific Northwest.  The Seahawks methodically dismantled the Saints on Monday night football 34-7.   Read more...
Child Killed

Cops: Mom crashes car, young daughter dies


Cops say a child is dead after she was not properly belted into a car seat, and her mother crashed their car head on into another vehicle. "The crash resulted in three people being seriously injured, and one 4-year-old child dying as a result of not being properly restrained... Read more
Saggy Pants

Thibodaux considering saggy pants ban


The City Council in Thibodaux is expected to vote on the saggy pants ban tonight after they hear comments from the public. The Lafourche Parish Council passed a similar ordinance in 2007, but it doesn't apply in Thibodaux.  Read more...
Monday Night

5 things to watch: Saints - Seahawks


KNOCK OFF THE RUST: The last time Seattle was on the field, it had its offensive line fully intact for the first time since the first quarter of Week 2 with the returns of Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini and Max Unger from injuries.   Read more...
Dead at 40

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker dies in car crash


A publicist for actor Paul Walker says the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40.  Read more...
Saints Honors

Manning, Jackson, Roaf to be Saints first 'Ring of Honor' inductees Sunday


The New Orleans Saints today announced who will be the first inductees into the Saints "ring of honor."  And it should come as no surprise that the first three players to be so honored are two Pro Football Hall of Famers and the Saints' first star player.  Read more...
Too Real?

Deadly Halloween display too realistic for some


One man lies on his stomach on the driveway. Blood is splattered along the garage door that smashed his head and presumably killed him. Another man lies a few feet away, run over by a truck. Read more and see pictures of the display...

NH clerk: I was fired for pulling gun on robber


Red Light Cams

Video promotes New Orleans red light cameras


A new promotional video touts the controversial red light and speeding cameras in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans and American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs the camera system produced the video that is out today.  Read more...
Syria Plan

US says Syrian chemical attack killed 1,429


Edging toward a retaliatory strike, the Obama administration bluntly accused the Syrian government Friday of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,429 people — far more than previous estimates — including more than 400 children.  Read more...
8 Years Later

8 years after Katrina, New Orleans called ''The comeback city''


Eight years ago today Hurricane Katrina was making landfall with an immense storm surge, high winds and torrential rainfall.  "It was a catastrophic day for all of us, and everybody that was involved in it has done an unbelievable job of struggling back," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.  Read more...
Truck Explodes

Truck explodes at Westbank chemical facility


A truck exploded this morning at a facility where the Harvey Canal meets the Mississippi River. Officials say the truck was loading a chemical when it caught fire and blew up at the Kinder Morgan Chemical plant. Read more...
Dogs vs. Humans

A new study finds humans have great empathy for dogs


Do you ever wonder why there are so many posts of dogs on Facebook? Well, a new study seems to confirm we really do have more empathy for canines than for adult humans.  Read more...
Back on Team

LSU RB Jeremy Hill back on the team


Hours after a judge decided not to send LSU running back Jeremy Hill back to jail, his teammates voted to allow the suspended star running back to rejoin the team.  Read more...

Video: Man arrested after going onto field at Saints practice


A man has been arrested at Saints training camp after kicking a barricade and going onto the field, apparently to tell the team what they have to do to win. Another fan, Roy Griffin, says he saw it all happen. "He just said, 'I'm tired of them losing, I'm going in there to talk to somebody,' "  Read more and see video...
Hollywood S.

Hollywood South brings explosions and gunfire to New Orleans CBD


You may hear or see thing blowing up and getting shot in downtown New Orleans today and tomorrow. "On Thursday, July 25th through Friday, July 26th, a production company will be filming scenes near Gravier Street and Picayune Alley and near Gravier Street and Camp Street,"  Read more...
Arrested

Suspect in Ahlittia North murder arrested


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says they have arrested Matthew Flugence, the man wanted in the murder of a Harvey 6-year-old.  Read more...
New Biz

Renaissance of Carrollton Avenue is nearly complete


The renaissance of Carrollton Avenue includes much more than the new Costco, which is scheduled to open at the end of the summer, and some of the new chains that have been opening enmasse in Covington, Elmwood and Metairie are now showing up in the city.   Read more...
Child Raped

Cops: Man living in the woods rapes child in Thibodaux


Thibodaux police say they have arrested a homeless man who allegedly raped a child on two occasions, one of them happened in the woods. Police spokesman David Melancon says 49-year-old Brian Stickel was friendly towards the victim's family and last week he took the pre-teen child hunting.  Read more...
Retire?!?

Is retirement an outdated concept?


A new study on retirement by Martiz Research shows the farther you are from the traditional retirement age the less confident you are about your ability to retire. Those who are already retired are much more confident about their financial security, and 60% now believe retirement is an outdated concept.   Read more...
Robberies

Cooter Brown's and Domino's robbed at closing time


New Orleans Police are warning workers to be careful after a pair of robberies as local businesses were closing. "The victims were closing the store for the day when they were approached by two unknown males holding handguns," police Spokeswoman Remi Braden said in a news release.  Read more...
TS Barry

TS Barry develops in the southern Gulf


The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico with top winds of 40 miles per hour.  Barry is expected to hit central Mexico tomorrow and is no threat to the United States.
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Blast Impact

Video: Gas explosion incinerated large area


Louisiana State Police provided video showing how the natural gas pipeline explosion in Washington Parish left only baked ground where trees and other vegetation had been growing... Click here to see the video

New Orleans cops become TV stars


The highly-acclaimed, A&E TV show 'The First 48' is following the work of the NOPD's Homicide detectives and their mission to solve murders. The New Orleans Police Department has been chosen to star in the documentary-style series that tracks the first 48 hours after a homicide is committed.  Read more...
Kidnapping&Rape

Suspect arrested in kidnapping and rape of Metairie girl


Cops have arrested a man they say kidnapped and raped a little girl in Metairie. "Sheriff Newell Normand announces the arrest of Steven David Carter...Carter will be booked with one count of Aggravated Kidnapping of a Child along with one count of Aggravated Rape," Colonel John Fortunato said... Read more
DWI Arrest

Saints WR Morgan arrested, charged with DWI


Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.  Read more...
BBQ!

The backyard barbecue isn't just dogs and burgers anymore


Here on Memorial Day millions of Americans will be firing up the grill, but today that means a whole lot more than the traditional hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks.  A lot more of us are acting like gourmet chefs in the backyard, grilling everything from pizza to dessert... Read more
Weekend Fun

Weekend events include music, food, fishing and more


The weekend comes with plenty of festivals featuring music and food.  Bayou Country Superfest runs Saturday and Sunday in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.  "Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown , Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker," Produce Quint Davis rattled off some of the headliners.  Read more and see other events...
Cops Killed

Suspect in St. John deputy ambush pleads guilty


A third of the suspects charged in the deadly ambush last August that claimed the lives of two St. John Parish sheriff's deputies and the wounding of two others has pleaded guilty.  Read more...

Crews dig through night after deadly Okla. twister


Search and rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood.   Read more...
Termite Time

Termite time, the swarms are starting in S.E. Louisiana


We saw some parts of Southeast Louisiana filled with swarming termites the last couple of nights.  People complained about the pests in their hair and even flying into their mouths. Experts say if you want the flying bugs to stay away from you home, turn off the lights or get the right bulbs.  Read more...
Mayor: Wake Up

Landrieu tells judges to 'wake up' and lays blame for shooting suspect being fre


Why was a teenager accused in the Mother's Day Second Line shooting on the street to allegedly attack again despite a long arrest record?  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is blaming the court. "I expect the judges at criminal district court to wake up!" Read more...
Suspect

Cops ID suspect in 2nd line shooting


Police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the Mother's Day Second Line Shooting. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas says several witnesses identified 19-year-old Akein Scott as a shooter.  Read more...
2nd Line Shots

12 shot at Mother's Day second line


A mother's day second line went horribly wrong in New Orleans 7th ward.  Police say as ten police officers escorted the three or four hundred celebrants, at least two people started shooting. A dozen victims were hurt. The youngest victim is a ten year old child.  Read more...
Film Shoot

Big movie shoot in New Orleans


A huge movie shoot is going to impact traffic in New Orleans CBD and Lower Garden District.  The closures start this weekend.  A news release from the city says it's for "filming of the major motion picture Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."  Click here to read more and see street closures...
Phone for Poor?

Free phones program under fire


U.S. Sentor David Vitter of Louisiana is looking for a way to quickly kill a government program that pays for cell phones for low income Americans. Vitter has introduced legislation to end the program that some call "Obama Phones."  Read more...
Big Movies

Here come the summer blockbusters


Iron Man 3 today kicks the summer blockbuster season into high gear.  Thousands of fans saw the movie at midnight in New Orleans area theaters, and some spent all day at the theater watching the first two Iron Man movies and the Avengers in a Marathon before seeing Iron Man 3.  Read more...

Rain and more rain


The wet pattern for Southeast Louisiana is not over.  "More rain on the way," forecasts WWL TV Meteorologist Laura Buchtel. "A few of those showers are going to be heavy."  Read more...

Dave's way to remember how many days in each month


After this morning's discussion about how I remember which months have 31 days and which do not, I said I would try to explain it with pictures on our website... so here goes.  Read more...
 
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