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Bucket of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million stolen from truck


"A man stole an aluminum bucket full of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million from the back of an unattended truck in midtown Manhattan on September 29..."

Veterans protest Hampshire College decision to stop flying U.S. flag


"Veterans protested Sunday at a western Massachusetts college facing criticism from around the country for its decision to stop flying U.S. flags after students allegedly burned a flag in protest of Donald Trump’s presidential election."

Court blocks overtime pay expansion for millions of workers


"A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration..."

Donald Trump offers national security adviser job to Michael Flynn


"Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.) has been offered the position of national security adviser by President-elect Donald Trump, CBS News’ Major Garrett confirmed Thursday."

Trump team seeks top-secret security clearances for Trump's children


"President-elect Donald Trump is potentially seeking top secret security clearances for his children..."

LOVE DIS: Entire stadium does the mannequin challenge


President-elect Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes


"What can we expect from a Trump presidency? 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl finds some of his campaign issues were not meant to be taken literally, but as opening bids for negotiation."

State of the race the day before Election Day


"With just one day left in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton holds a four-point lead over Donald Trump nationally, 45 percent - 41 percent -- similar to last week..."

Clinton, Trump strategize for battleground states in the campaign's final days


"The long presidential campaign is down to the final six days, and the candidates are preparing their final strategies."

Iraq's military has pushed inside Mosul's city limits


"Iraq’s military said Tuesday that its special forces have pushed inside the city limits of Mosul for the first time in two years."

Vatican issues guidelines on cremation, says no to scattering ashes


"The Vatican announced Tuesday that Catholics may be cremated but should not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home."

Donald Trump doubles down on "rigged election" claim


Over the weekend, the GOP presidential nominee accused the “Clinton machine” and the media of engaging in a “conspiracy” to keep him out of the White House.

The Press Buries Hillary Clinton?s Sins


"As reporters focus on Trump, they miss new details on Clinton’s rotten record."

6049 102 318 Survey reveals what Americans fear the most


"People are scared of a lot of things, ranging from terror attacks to identity theft and deaths within the family, according to the third annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears."

More allegations, questionable Trump comments on women surface


"As Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign tries to move past a recently released 2005 tape of his lewd remarks about women, more video of similar comments made by Trump is surfacing."

Donald Trump talks about "the shackles that have been taken off me"


"The shackles are some of the establishment people that are weak and ineffective people within the Republican party..."

WikiLeaks posts more John Podesta emails


"WikiLeaks Monday morning posted an additional 2,000 emails that appear to be from the account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman..."

Paul Ryan tells Republicans he won't defend Donald Trump


"House Speaker Paul Ryan told members of the House Republican Conference Monday morning that he won’t defend Donald Trump anymore..."

Top takeaways from the vice presidential debate


"Mike Pence and Tim Kaine got one shot on the big stage to make the case for their tickets. Were they effective? Will it matter?"

The vice presidential debate 2016: 5 things to watch


"The two vice presidential nominees, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine, are headed toward their first and only debate showdown of the general election Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Va..."

Top memorable moments from past VP debate face-offs


"After the showdown that was the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last Monday night, the prospect of this week’s vice presidential debate seems positively sedate by comparison."

California officer fatally shoots African-American man


"A black man has died after police shot him in El Cajon, California, sparking protests in the suburb northeast of San Diego."

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison on Police Interaction


"NOPD Chief Michael Harrison discusses how his officers are trained to interact with citizens during both traffic and pedestrian stops, as well as what citizens and NOPD officers can expect from each other in such instances."

Donald Trump Jr. compares Syrian refugees to Skittles


"“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?” the graphic asked. “That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

Trump campaign, but not Trump, says Obama was born in the US


"Donald Trump's campaign says the billionaire now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States -- but the Republican nominee still can't bring himself to say it out loud and in public."

Colin Powell rips Clinton, Trump in leaked emails


"Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is suddenly at the center of the presidential campaign because of a batch of stolen emails from his Gmail account..."

Trump wants apology for Clinton 'deplorables' remark


"Donald Trump pounced Monday on Hillary Clinton for calling half of his supporters a "basket of deplorables" late last week, launching a new attack ad and arguing on the stump that the remark disqualifies Clinton from the presidency."

How Russian hackers could disrupt the U.S. election


"As U.S. officials explore whether Russia is trying to tamper with the presidential election, states are grappling with how to secure their systems and prevent cyberattacks between now and Election Day."

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."
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Tommy: Did you see the fireballs in the sky this morning?
We got a TON of calls Wednesday morning over some mysterious flashes in the sky.  People reported seeing bluish-green fireballs around 6:45am this morning.  The audience weighed in with their thoughts on what it might be, and many shared their...
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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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LOVE DIS: Air Force veteran, service dog beloved by customers


"Some customers at a Lowe’s store in Texas are getting tag-team assistance from a military veteran and his service dog after both were hired to work at the store..."

LOVE DIS: High school students sing while sheltering for tornado warning


"Students at a high school in Haralson County found a way to stay entertained as a tornado moved through the county on Wednesday."

HATE DIS: Snake on a plane - reptile panics passengers on flight


"Plane gets priority landing after large serpent appears on ceiling of the cabin before dropping to the floor..."

HATE DAT: Judge who gave Montana man no prison for rape conviction under fire


"An online petition with more than 14,000 signatures calling for the impeachment of a Montana judge over the sentencing of a 40-year-old man to 60 days in jail in an incest case involving a 12-year-old girl has been sent to the state’s governor and other officials."

LOVE DIS: Red sweater guy Ken Bone is internet sensation after the debate


The real winner of the second Presidential debate

HATE DAT: Brawl at Florida Chuck E. Cheese's shows adults acting like kids


Jimenez told the Miami Herald the fight started "because one person was looking at [another] and instigating a problem when they went up to them, and their families got involved."

LOVE DIS: Radio Call Of The MNF Idiot On The Field Is the Greatest


"The Idiot On The Field during tonight’s Monday Night Football game didn’t get much TV airtime, but Westwood One radio announcer Kevin Harlan gave the incident a treatment you absolutely MUST hear."

HATE DAT: 9/11 memorial on Southern California college campus vandalized


"The club wrote on its Facebook page that the vandals had “crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.”

HATE DAT: Reports of creepy clowns luring kids expand into second state


"Claims of creepy clowns trying to lure kids have expanded into a second state."

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..."
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United Way Southeast Louisiana Flood Relief


Here are some ways you can help flood victims out, whether with donations or volunteering.

Captain Black, anti-crime activist


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's Bio

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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