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Trump: 'No, I'm not flip-flopping' on immigration


"Donald Trump on Monday insisted his immigration policy is not changing..."

The Mind of Donald Trump


"A psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency."

Trump: "Second Amendment people" could do something about Clinton judge choices


"Donald Trump suggested at a rally Tuesday afternoon that the "Second Amendment people" could do something about Hillary Clinton choosing judges if she is elected president, a comment some took to mean he was implying violence against the Democratic nominee."

A Kinder, Gentler, Trump?


"After a week of brutal self-inflicted wounds, Trump moved to get back on track Monday amid mounting questions about his character and suitability for the presidency."

HATE DAT: Horror at Beijing Safari World as tigers attack women who exited car


"A woman is dead, and another severely injured after a tiger attack at Beijing Badaling Safari World. Part of the attack was captured in a surveillance video..."

Florida police shoot black man lying down with arms in air


"Video shows therapist moments before he was wounded by police officer while trying to get his autistic patient to comply with officers..."

Issues, framing, elections, and Trump's speech


"Trump will try to "frame" the election in terms of issues that he thinks will be favorable to him and the Republican Party.  Specifically, crime and terrorism, which he connects to the broader level of security..."

Police break up scuffles between protesters blocks from RNC


"Police broke up a couple of skirmishes between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as large crowds gathered Tuesday afternoon."

Did Melania Trump plagiarize from Michelle Obama?


"But then, on Twitter, @JarrettHill first noticed a striking similarity between Trump's speech and speeches that First Lady Michelle Obama delivered on her husband's behalf in 2008 and 2012."

Implicit Bias Tests


"The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet."

Investigators try to decipher Dallas gunman's bloody note


"Police believe the gunman who killed five Dallas police officers had plans for a larger attack, but acted in response to two deadly police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana last week."

With 'free the delegates' rallying cry, upstarts seek to block Trump nomination


"As Republicans move closer to their convention in Cleveland next month, a growing faction of delegates is campaigning to block Donald Trump from securing the presidential nomination."

Donald Trump: U.S. must "start thinking about" racial profiling


"Donald Trump said Sunday that in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, it's time for the United States to start looking at racial profiling as a preventative tactic."

Philadelphia becomes first major U.S. city with soda tax


"Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday..."

Did FBI miss signs in past investigations of Orlando killer?


"The FBI will conduct a review to determine if mistakes were made in their past investigations of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen."

Stories of heroism emerge from Orlando nightclub massacre


"Mixed amid the chaos and confusion in the Orlando shootings were stories of heroism and heart."

DCFS warns parents about leaving their child in hot vehicles


"The warning is in response to Baton Rouge Police arresting a 31-year-end father whose 8-month-old daughter died after he accidentally left her in the car for two hours Wednesday."

Ronald Reagan?s Son: I?m Not Voting For Trump And Neither Would My Dad


"Michael Reagan said Trump is the first GOP presidential candidate his father wouldn’t support."

Obama's Ramadan statement includes veiled swipe at Trump


"President Obama issued a statement Sunday evening extending best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world at the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan."

Battle over payday loan industry begins


"Battling over a proposed new rule on payday loans began Thursday, with supporters saying it would protect needy borrowers and opponents warning it would cut access to credit and threatening a lawsuit..."

Hillary Clinton: Trump is 'temperamentally unfit' to be president


"Hillary Clinton unleashed blistering criticism of Donald Trump Thursday in a fiery foreign policy address that cast the presumptive Republican nominee as an unstable lightweight "temperamentally unfit" to be president."

Trump would talk to North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord


"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program..."

Zika: Is the U.S. ready for the fight?


"In the United States, mosquito control is done by a patchwork of hundreds of separate authorities, many of them in coastal and Western states."

5 ways Donald Trump's tax returns could spook voters


"Donald Trump's undisclosed tax returns roared back this week as a hot campaign topic. If the presumptive Republican presidential nominee ever does release his tax filings, opponents say, the results might be politically embarrassing for him."

The South?s Confederate-monument problem is not going away


"Supporters of the statue saw it, and continue to see it, as a historic symbol of heritage that acknowledged a painful past. The statue’s detractors saw it, and continue to see it, as deeply offensive, honoring an institution that had honored slavery."

Indiana primary analysis: Welcome to the 2016 general election


"Welcome to the 2016 general election."

"Enemy fire" kills U.S. troop in northern Iraq


"U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Tuesday that an American service member was killed in Iraq..."

Trump, Clinton emerge from Northeast primaries as presumptive nominees


"After resounding victories across the Northeast on Tuesday, both Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton demonstrated that they're ready to turn their focus squarely to the general election."

Trump attacks new cooperation between Cruz and Kasich


"It's a crooked game," Trump said at an airport hangar in Hagerstown, Maryland. "Folks, it's a rigged system, believe me..."

Curt Schilling defends himself after posting anti-transgender meme


"ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling may be in hot water once again after sharing another of his political opinions..."

"Playing with fire"? Russia defends close fly-by of U.S. warship


"Russia says its warplanes respected all safety rules when they buzzed a United States Navy destroyerin the Baltic Sea."

More arrests in Belgium add to evidence of widespread terror network


"At least three more men have been charged with terrorist activities in weekend raids..."

What's going to happen to Marco Rubio's delegates?


It's complicated.

Campaign 2016: Five things to watch on Tuesday


"With more than 1,000 delegates at stake (358 for Republicans and 691 for Democrats) in five states, the voters in Tuesday's primaries have the chance to dramatically impact the Republican and Democratic races."

How does a contested convention work?


"How would that actually work, and how likely it is? CBS News has the answers to some of your biggest questions about the scenario that's every political junkie's dream:"

Mitt Romney: Donald Trump "a phony, a fraud"


"Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive 2016 GOP White House sweepstakes Thursday with a harsh takedown of front-runner Donald Trump..."

Super Tuesday: Five things to watch for


"After a contentious primary season with huge surprises in both the Democratic and Republican races, Super Tuesday could bring some clarity to the 2016 election."

Everything you need to know about Super Tuesday


“Super Tuesday,” which is scheduled for March 1, refers to the day when a dozen states (and one territory) will hold their nominating contests

The Wildcatters: March Madness and the SEC Primary


"The Republican and Democratic presidential nominating campaigns are moving toward the SEC primary on March 1."

FBI head defends agency's stand in battle with Apple


"The FBI owes it to the victims of the San Bernardino terror attack to do what it can to gain access to the locked cellphone used by one of the gunmen, FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night."

Apple fighting order in San Bernardino shootings probe


"Tim Cook says his company will resist a federal magistrate's order to hack its own users in connection with the investigation of the December shootings in San Bernardino, California."

Who are the top SCOTUS candidates to replace Scalia?


"'I plan to fulfill my Constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,' the president said..."

How the Iowa caucuses work


"Here's a primer on what to expect"

Cam Newton: 'I'm an African-American QB that may scare a lot of people'


"Cam Newton knows he has plenty of detractors outside the Carolinas. In fact, he might be more criticized than any other player in today’s NFL."

Trump: I could 'shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters'


"Donald Trump boasted Saturday that support for his presidential campaign would not decline even if he shot someone in the middle of a crowded street."

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders hold solid leads in Iowa


"Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in Iowa as Sen. Bernie Sanders takes control of the Democratic race in the critical first-in-the-nation voting state..."

Antwaan Randle El Makes A Compelling Case For Kids To Play Baseball Over Footbal


"Antwaan Randle El is the latest former professional football player to express regret about playing in the NFL."

The states where teachers still beat kids


"A new study published today finds that seven Southern states account for 80 percent of in-school corporal punishment in the U.S"

The 2016 Oscar Nominations: From Mad Max to Room


"A modestly odd year in film has begotten an odder-still awards season."

New Orleans monuments controversy moves to federal court


"Today at federal court in New Orleans, a judge will hear arguments on the long-argued-over issue of confederate monuments in the Crescent City."

Obama acknowledges he can't shake partisan politics


"President Obama issued a warning to the American public: The Union is strong and full of promise, but it risks being dragged down by partisan rancor and divisiveness."

West Virginia allows painkiller addicts to sue prescribing doctors


"About two million Americans are hooked on prescription painkillers. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written -- that's one bottle for every American adult."

Controversy flares ahead of Obama's gun moves


"President Obama is unveiling a series of executive actions Tuesday meant to curb gun violence."

Do Christians And Muslims Worship The Same God?


"The case also raises some big questions of theology."

Man shames panhandlers who refused his job offer


Standing next to two panhandlers in Iowa, one man held a sign that read, "Don't give money."

The New York Daily News?s provocative front page on the San Bernardino shooting


"Here's the New York Daily News front page for Thursday"

COP21 climate change summit: 'Never have the stakes been so high'


"World leaders opened pivotal climate talks Monday in Paris saying the stakes are too high to end the conference without achieving a binding agreement to help slow the pace of global climate change."

4 Things To Know About The Vetting Process For Syrian Refugees


"Here are four things you should know about the current vetting process and concerns over security:"

Among flood of refugees, a trickle brave Central American smuggling routes


"And a trickle are now appearing on the western side of the Atlantic, having decided that a trip across a foreign continent at Central American smugglers’ hands is their best bet for starting a new life."

Trump on rally protester: ?Maybe he should have been roughed up?


"Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at a convention center here on Saturday morning was 'so obnoxious and so loud' that 'maybe he should have been roughed up.'"

Tumbles the two-legged puppy gets new pair of wheels


"A two-legged puppy named Tumbles is living up to his name."

More states say no to Syrian refugees after Paris attacks


"Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states
..."

Richard Branson leaked this UN document to make a point about the drug war


"The outspoken billionaire serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an independent think tank thank formed in 2011 that is critical of the global War on Drugs..."

New firestorm for Vitter in 'spying' controversy


"Sen. David Vitter had just changed strategy and openly acknowledged his 15-year-old prostitution scandal in an effort to put it behind him as the campaign for governor winds down."

T-Bob: LSU didn't lose because of their game plan


"Another year and another disappointing loss for the LSU Tigers at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide."

ACC suspends officials from Miami-Duke game; TD should not have counted


"The Atlantic Coast Conference acknowledged Sunday that Miami’s kickoff return touchdown to beat Duke 30-27 should not have counted and that officials made four major errors during the last play."

Fed govt ordered a HS to give transgender student access to girls' locker rooms


"The U.S. government on Monday found that a Chicago suburban high school district discriminated against a transgender student..."

Principal body-slammed in student fight; 3 arrested


"A Northern California high school principal was body-slammed and three students arrested in a wild cafeteria fight that was filmed and posted online..."

In GOP debate, Marco Rubio plays nice while Kasich and Bush throw elbows


"There are those ready to throw some elbows on the GOP debate stage, and those who prefer to focus their attacks on Democrats."

Students describe what led up to S.C. classroom incident


"The Justice Department is investigating whether Deputy Ben Fields...violated the civil rights of a female high school senior during a violent arrest."

Chris Christie: Black Lives Matter 'create' call to kill officers


"The Black Lives Matter movement is creating an environment that can put police officers at risk, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said..."

Tourist paralyzed after attack in Marigny


"An apparent road-rage incident in the Marigny has left a California retiree paralyzed and authorities searching for the man’s attacker..."

Benghazi chair struggles to explain gains from marathon session


"Hillary Clinton's testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi promised to be a marathon, and it was."

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony: A viewer's guide


"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Capitol Hill Thursday to testify about the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya..."

Justice Scalia: "Wouldn't surprise me" if death penalty struck down


"Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the nation's highest court invalidates the death penalty."

Survey Details America?s Biggest Fears


"Among other issues, we’re worried about bioterrorism, global warming, and…zombies?"

White House: More U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan


"After an "extensive, months-long review," President Obama has decided to slow the pace of the planned 2016 U.S. troop drawdown from Afghanistan"

Army officer recommends no jail time for Bowe Bergdahl


"An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time..."

$310M Powerball jackpot winner: Take this job and...


"A supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory who won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot said Tuesday that she immediately quit her "nasty, dirty" job"

CEO lowering price of $750 AIDS drug Daraprim


"Pharmaceutical company Turing increased the price of a drug called Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill and its CEO, Martin Shkreli, quickly became the focus of public anger."

Ben Carson: U.S. shouldn't elect a Muslim president


"Ben Carson says the United States should not elect a Muslim president."

Spygate to Deflategate: Inside what split the NFL and Patriots apart


"Just before he finished speaking, Goodell looked his bosses in the eye and, with dead certainty, said that from then on, cheaters would be dealt with forcefully."

New report could put speed cameras on fast track


"A new report could put speed cameras on the fast track."

Kentucky Clerk Denies Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Defying Court


"A county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds denied licenses to gay couples on Tuesday, saying she was acting “under God’s authority..."

Internet divided on mom who left baby in shopping cart


"Support is building this morning for a woman who left her baby strapped to a shopping cart in a parking lot."
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Tommy: I was so lucky to have known Pete Fountain
One of the MANY cool things about working for WWL is working on Mardi Gras day. As a guy who was born here and has constantly jockeyed for position to see the parades, I am lucky enough to have the best place in the entire city to see Zulu, Rex and all...
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Tommy: Never thought I'd say it, but I support legal marijuana
A recent poll by Quinnipiac University says that 89% of Americans support cannabis for medical use, while 54% said they think cannabis should be available for recreational use. You may notice I used the word “cannabis” instead of...
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Tommy: Weather-related updates from area Parish officials
A busy morning today on "WWL First News," as we tried to get crucial information to our listeners in the midst of rescues and evacuations all over Southeast Louisiana.  Click each link to hear my interview with officials in your...
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Tommy: Reflecting on Ingrid Williams... you never know
I’m reasonably sure when Monty and Ingrid Williams last saw each other, neither thought that would be the last time they saw each other.   But it was.  You never know.   As you probably know by now Ingrid Williams, the wife of...
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Tommy: Do we do enough for America's veterans?
Do we do enough for our veterans?  I feel like we send them into dangerous situations, but we aren’t giving them the resources they need. I spoke with a friend of ours, Shad Meshad, the President and Founder of the National Veterans...
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Tommy: Processed meat said to increase cancer risk- what doesn't?!
WHO knows what's best for us to eat. No, there shouldn’t be a question mark at the end of that sentence, because it’s a declarative statement. You see the World Health Organization a.k.a. WHO has determined that processed meat can,...
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Tommy: Who's causing more problems, cars or bikes?
Cycling is a hot button topic here in New Orleans.  Whenever we talk about it, the phones light up with people on both sides of the issue weighing in.  We hear a lot of complaints from bike riders, accusing of drivers of being reckless and...
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Tommy: Lakeview man arrested for shooting possum; really?!
A Lakeview man was arrested… for shooting and killing a possum outside his business. The police come out and charged him for discharging a firearm within the city limits.  They’ve got bullets flying around this City like doubloons...
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Tommy: Archbishop's prayer before Katrina most sobering moment of my life
“One thing I noticed when a firefight was about to happen in Vietnam was the quiet…the stillness.  It seemed as though the birds and insects knew something bad was about to happen so they left.  I notice that same quiet...
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Tommy: Are Saints CB Browner's Seattle comments a bad omen?
Oh boy. Saints training camp hasn’t even started, and I’ve got my first worry of the season already. New Saints cornerback Brandon Browner was in Seattle for Richard Sherman’s charity softball game and made some comments that...
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LOVE DIS: Mongolian wrestling coaches go nuts, strip after unfavorable decision


"Two Mongolian wrestling coaches, head coach Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar and assistant coach Byambarenchin Bayaraa, stripped their clothes off in protest..."

LOVE DIS: U.S. Olympic swimmer beats Russian she called "drug cheating"


"Lilly King of the United States won her showdown with Yulia Efimova after plenty of the bad blood between the two over the Russian's doping record."

LOVE DIS: Police Officer Picks Up Tab for Couple That Refused to Sit Next to Him


"A Pennsylvania police officer picked up the tab for a couple that refused to sit next to him and his fellow officers at a local diner..."

LOVE DIS: Deaf 10-year-old girl teaches hearing impaired puppy sign language


"A 10-year-old girl is sharpening her sign language skills with an unusual student -- her 7-month-old puppy named Walter."

HATE DAT: 'I'm gonna die': Mother lived Orlando shooting though son's texts


"Mina Justice was sound asleep when she received the first text from her son, Eddie Justice, who was in a gay nightclub when a gunman opened fire, leaving 50 dead and more than 50 wounded."

LOVE DIS: 6-year-old calls 911 on dad for running red light


"A 6-year-old boy from Quincy, Massachusetts, called 911 on his father, who he said ran through a red light..."

HATE DAT: Baby bison euthanized after 'misguided' rescue attempt


"Bison are seriously protective of their young. But if you remove a calf from its mother, mama bison will sometimes reject it."

LOVE DIS: Couch Commander


Escalator malfunction creates frightening scene at Flyers game


"A Wells Fargo Center escalator malfunctioned after Saturday’s Flyers game, hurling fans on top of one another..."

LOVE DIS: Grinning British hostage poses for photo with EgyptAir hijacker


"A British man who posed for a photo with the hijacker of his EgyptAir flight said he wanted "a closer look" at the hijacker's supposed explosives belt."
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Captain Black is an anti-crime activist in the New Orleans community and founder of the UrbanSafetyism blog.

Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking


"The Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit aiming to alleviate human trafficking in Louisiana through community and government agency awareness, organization partnerships and victim rehabilitation at the Free Indeed Home."

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Tommy Tucker's bio


Who the heck is Tommy Tucker, anyway?

How do you describe a cloud formation? Or that perfect bite of soufflé ?  I don’t know…but I DO know this.  I’m a Leo and the ladies dig me.  So do puppies and postal workers.  Wait…what?

Now that I have your attention let’s get on with this biography assignment.  I’m a native Algerine…a Wanker.  For ya’ll that don’t know what that means I grew up on the Westbank - on Lauradale Drive in Algiers.  It’s near Behrman Stadium and O. Perry Walker High School.  I didn’t go there, however.  I attended Archbishop Shaw, also on the Westbank, but decided to go away for college…across the river to UNO.  Other than moving to Las Vegas, which is WAAAAAAY across the river, I’ve never lived anywhere but the Westbank.  Las Vegas was great but it wasn’t home.  Wanna hear a true story?  It was while watching the movie “Blaze” in a Vegas theatre…and seeing those beautiful shots of Louisiana…and realizing HOW MUCH I missed this amazing area that I decided to come home after 9 months.  I’ve never regretted it. 

I got my B.A. some 13 years after graduating from Shaw.  I’m not THAT dumb, I just picked up a minor in life along the way.  Some of the “classes” I took included construction at the rebuild of the Continental Grain elevator, purchasing materials for the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, service management for Firestone and an insurance sales career that lasted for about 48 hours. The problem was that “siren song” of radio.  It was always beckoning and I had to answer its call.

Morning shows and music radio had been my forte’ until that day in August 2005 when a hurricane named Katrina would change all of our lives forever.  It sent me to WWL where I had the fortune to work closely with Garland Robinette, watch the master and work and absorb as much as I could.  I had always been a fan of WWL, first falling in love with morning radio listening to Bob Ruby and Maury Magill while driving to UNO in the mid 70’s and attempting to delude myself into an accounting major.  That love affair with the Big 870 continued throughout the years with the many great stars that have graced the airwaves…names like Eric Tracy, Rob Aubert and, of course, David Tyree.  I cannot begin to express how humbling it can be to walk into the studio and know that I now get to share that same microphone.  

I’m glad that I took the “road less traveled” and spent that time bouncing around from job to job...ah…that is… I mean …gaining valuable life experience.  That experience has been as helpful as my degree when it comes to my job here at WWL.  Having knowledge of the practical along with the theoretical often helps me separate fact from fiction and perception from reality.  That, simply put, is my goal when I tackle and try to make sense of so many of the complicated issues that we all face today.

I'm a PROUD daddy, frustrated in general, BIIIIIG fan of smawt, funny people. Single and ready to mingle. BTW, I'm broke.

 
 
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