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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."

A Matter of Black Lives

"Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing."

How doctors want to die is different than most people

"A Stanford University study shows almost 90 percent of doctors would forgo resuscitation and aggressive treatment if facing a terminal illness."

ATMs are becoming fatter targets for bad guys

"The number of attacks on debit cards used at ATMs recently reached at least a 20-year high..."

Lawsuit: Officer handcuffed mentally disabled kids as punishment

"Two northern Kentucky women have sued a county sheriff and one of his school resource officers for placing their two disabled elementary school children in handcuffs."

Cincinnati prosecutor has released the body-cam video of a police shooting

""This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make," Deters said at a news conference."

Rick Perry: Let us take our guns to the movies

"He believes people should be able to take their firearms to the movies."

Video: Bullets flying at Bienville and Basin

"New Orleans Police are looking for tips that can lead them to the suspects in a midday barrage of bullets just outside the French Quarter."

Paula Deen Posts Photo of Her Son in Brownface

"Two years after accusations of racism nearly tore down her empire, Paula Deen (and her team) appear to have learned exactly nothing."

He spent $12,000 on helium and had the time of his life

"The man...attached 120 large helium balloons to a $20 lawn chair and flew high above the city on Sunday evening..."

Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms sparks debate

"Catholic leaders are criticizing the Milwaukee Art Museum's decision to display "Eggs Benedict," a portrait of Benedict made by weaving the condoms through a mesh grating."

Obama to expand overtime pay for millions of workers

"The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime..."

Ku Klux Klan planning South Carolina Statehouse rally over Confederate flag

"The Ku Klux Klan has reserved the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia next month for a rally opposing the removal of the Confederate flag."

Taliban Attack Afghan Parliament in Kabul

"Afghan officials said security forces repelled a Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s parliament building on Monday..."

Pentagon 'lily pad' strategy could increase U.S. troops in Iraq

"Officials are considering sending up to 1,000 troops to the area, according to the Associated Press."

Family served arrest warrants for 'disturbing the peace' at graduation

"Four people who cheered...for their loved ones at a high school graduation ceremony...say they've now been slapped with an excessive punishment."

Arlington denies burial of guardsman killed in helicopter crash

"Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guard member who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico can't be buried at the hallowed grounds..."

Will Americans vote for a bachelor president?

"American voters haven't elected an unmarried president since 1885"

5 easy ways to avoid getting hacked at ATMs

"Scammers are having a heyday. Here’s how to stay safe."

Joe Horn slams Roger Goodell

"I just don’t like him. And I don’t like that on draft day these kids don’t know that they’re hugging the devil..."

Boy Scouts president: Lift ban on gay adults

"Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called for the organization to end its ban on gay adults..."

The Real Story Behind the Holiday

"Here is a brief look at the history behind the holiday"

OBJ Says NFL Players Should Get Paid More Because Of Game's Inherent Violence

"Out of the gate I feel as if there could be more money up front for the players..."

NFL moves extra point to 15-yard line for 2015 season

"The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line."

Which diet plans really pay off?

"But before sinking serious money into a weight-loss program that may involve spending hundreds of dollars on packaged meals, nutrition shakes, or counseling sessions, it pays to see which ones are most effective in the long run."

Dash-cam video captures plane crash

"A dashcam video captured the moment the plane hurtled out of control"

Does it cost more to keep unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. - or deport them?

"With the new GOP-controlled Congress in session, the battle over immigration is once again in the spotlight."

Huckabee Shocked To Learn Women Curse At Work

"Potential GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) criticized women who curse in the workplace as being 'just trashy'"

This Is How Much Exercise Experts Really Think You Need

"Do your eyes glaze over when you hear how much exercise you should get each week?"

Activists to Send DVDs of 'The Interview' to North Korea by Balloon

"Human rights activists have announced that they plan to smuggle copies of controversial U.S. comedy The Interview into North Korea using hydrogen balloons"

What's so bad about a 5-11 NFC South team making the playoffs?

" It’s not perfect, but it rarely comes up, makes for great drama and maintains the integrity of divisions, which baseball and hockey have ignored in the last few decades. Plus, sometimes these awful teams rally in the playoffs. Aren’t the differences between a 7-9 and 9-7 team negligible anyway?"

Cop cleared in chokehold death of Eric Garner

"The blockbuster decision capped weeks of investigation by the special grand jury, which was empaneled in September specifically to review evidence in Garner’s racially charged death."

Questioned by police for having hands in pocket?

"In the wake of police-citizen racial tensions that surfaced nationally after the exoneration of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, a black teen, in August, an interaction between a black man in Pontiac and a white Oakland County sheriff's deputy Thursday has received increased scrutiny."
Tommy's Recent Interviews
Tommy's Blog
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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Tommy: Troop reductions will "cut into bone" of the US Army
I was amazed when I saw the news that the Army was planning on cutting 40,000 soldiers… right when the Obama administration is ramping up efforts against ISIS in the Middle East. I don’t get this.  So I talked to our friend,...
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Tommy: Is ISIS turning Iraq into another Vietnam?
What is going on with the US and Iraq?  The President recently announced the US is sending an additional 450 troops to Iraq to help combat ISIS, and apparently there’s the possibility that up to 1,000 more could be sent. Gen. Martin...
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Tommy: Is the American Dream still alive?
According to a new CBS/New York Times poll, a lot of Americans may not feel that way.  61% of people think only those at the very top have opportunities to succeed.  Two-thirds of people think wealth should be more evenly distributed....
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Tommy: Do you need church to be close to God?
A new survey from Pew Research shows that more Americans continue to move away from specific religions.  People who identify as Christians still make up a vast majority of the population at 70%, but that’s down from 78%.   What’s...
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Love Dis/Hate Dat

LOVE DAT:World's fastest ref outruns football players on touchdown

"This is the fastest ref in the world. Hands-down, no doubt -- give him the title"

HATE DAT: Saints would do well to cut Brandon Browner

"The Saints 34-28 overtime loss to the Titans is certainly disappointing, but the behavior of defensive back Brandon Browner after the game in a verbal altercation with Lyons Yellin of WWL-TV is disgusting."

Arkansas girl, 4, requests CVS themed birthday party

"An Arkansas girl's fourth birthday party featured a CVS theme complete with prescription bottles filled with mints, her mother said."

Gunfight re-enactment goes awry in Tombstone, Arizona

"Two people were hit with bullets Sunday during a gunfight re-enactment in the Old West town of Tombstone that was supposed to involve blanks."

Baby born at 30,000 feet

"A woman gave birth at 30,000 feet on a flight between Taiwan and Los Angeles"

High school grammar lesson with JFK, Stalin, and strippers?

"A drawing of JFK, Stalin and two strippers has sparked outrage among some parents at a Texas high school after a teacher used it in class to illustrate the importance of the Oxford comma..."

Referee chases ducks away from soccer field in Austria

"A referee at a soccer game between Russian and Bulgarian teams in Austria had to escort a family of ducks from the field after they repeatedly disrupted play."

Florida motorist accidentally jumped drawbridge

"Cameras mounted on a Florida drawbridge captured the moment a distracted driver jumped the gap as the bridge was rising."

California surfers set world record when 66 ride one board

"An ambitious group of California surfers have set the world record for most people riding one surfboard."

Police: Fake name used by suspect was a wanted man

"A New Zealand man accused of giving police a fake name was arrested when officers discovered the name belongs to a wanted man."
Tommy Cares

An Evening of Giving Hope

"Hope is never complete in our lives. It grows every day. By bringing businesses and community members together we endeavor to inspire people and help them find courage to face the future."

Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of 9/11/2001.

Stop 22 Veteran Suicides A Day

"There are 22 Veteran Suicides Every Day.  And that’s just the official number."

Hearts for Holidays

"1 in 6 families in Louisiana are at risk of hunger.  That’s our neighbors, co-workers, seniors, even veterans and their families who are too proud to ask for help.  Let’s do something about it."
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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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