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Jindal urges board to allow Common Core test alternatives

Gov. Bobby Jindal urged Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday to allow alternate tests for Louisiana public school students whose parents want them to "opt out" of standardized exams aligned with Common Core achievement benchmarks.  Read more...


Goodell says Benson in control

According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Saints owner Tom Benson is in complete control over what he is doing.  Goodell addressed the situation regarding the turmoil over the future leadership of the NFL team ...Read more
NOPD Reserves

NOPD reserve recruiting prompts 'tremendous response'

New Orleans Police this week put out a call to former cops -- join the NOPD's volunteer reserve. Reserve commander Louis Dabdoub says since that announcement, they've received a lot of interest. Read more...

Esplanade Ave. shooting appears to be self defense, cops say

New Orleans Police say it looks like a shooting on the edge of the French Quarter this morning was an act of self-defense. The shooting happened in the 500-block of Esplanade Avenue. Read more...

111 arrested for guns, drugs in the east

The NOPD and DEA announced over 100 people were arrested in an operation targeting drugs and guns in New Orleans East.  It was billed as a massive roundup of heroin and cocaine suspects, and part of a sweep of violent drug trafficking suspects.  Read more...

Duke Run?

David Duke considers run against Scalise

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he may run for Congress against the No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise recently apologized for a speech he gave in 2002 to a white supremacist group founded by Duke.  Read more...
Common Core

Special BESE meeting sought on Common Core

A member of Louisiana's top school board says she and three other panel members want a special meeting to discuss upcoming Common Core tests, including students who skip the exams.  Read more...
Child Actors

New Orleans film company seeking child actors for new film

Film crews are once again scouring the bayous of rural southeast Louisiana in search of talented unknown children to fill lead and supporting roles in an upcoming movie.  Read more...
Stabbing Trial

Trial date set for Walker man accused of stabbing pregnant wife

Authorities say a Walker man accused of carving a fetus out of his pregnant wife's body will stand trial in Livingston Parish on Sept. 21.  Read more...
Murder Arrest

Suspect in Algiers shotgun slaying captured in St. Martin Parish

A 62-year-old man wanted for shooting a woman to death in Algiers is in custody in St. Martin Parish. Louisiana State Police arrested Abbie Head early this morning. Read more...
Drug Ban

Three more synthetic marijuana compounds banned

After more Louisianians have been hospitalized and even died as a result of synthetic marijuana, Governor Bobby Jindal has announced the ban of multiple new synthetic marijuana compounds.
The new banned compounds are called "PX 1", PX 2", and "MDMB-CHMICA".  Read more...
Big Jackpot

$298 million Powerball

The Louisiana Lottery says we've now hit the biggest Powerball jackpot of 2015 with tomorrow's drawing worth a whopping $298 million dollars. Spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says the current jackpot has been running since the end of November.  Read more...
Super Flu

Tulane study: Cities with teams in Super Bowl see more flu deaths

A Tulane University study discovers that cities who have teams in the Super Bowl see a spike in flu deaths. Researcher Charles Stoecker, says based on county-level statistics, there was an 18-percent increase in flu deaths... Read more
Bad Teachers?

Louisiana ranks 3rd for inappropriate teacher-student relationships

A new study ranks Louisiana third nationally for the rate of inappropriate teacher-student relationships. Read more...

Child obesity reduction plan

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center has launched a new initiative aimed at helping reduce obesity in children. The center on Thursday launched its new Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit... Read more
New Attractions

Major changes coming to Woldenberg Park and the zoo

Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO, Ron Forman, says there'll be plenty of new attractions to see in New Orleans in the coming months. "The great thing for 2015 is that almost every month, something new will be opening at the zoo."  Read more...
Three Guilty

Defendants guilty in Central City murder of 5-year-old girl

All three suspects in the Central City killing a 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman in a 2012 drive-by shooting were found guilty Thursday.  Read more...
Urged To Rule

Louisiana Supreme Court urged to rule in same-sex marriage

Lawyers on both sides of a same-sex marriage case urged Louisiana's Supreme Court on Thursday to rule soon on the matter even though the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to do so by late June.  Read more...

Cop Recall

NOPD calls on retired officers to help fight crime

In its fight against crime, New Orleans is calling on former police officers to join the police department as unpaid reserve officers. At a news conference Thursday, police Superintendent Michael Harrison announced the initiative.  Read more...

A happy day for Carnival

Tons of  beads and carnival throws hung up in a West Coast labor dispute are finally coming on down! Read more...

Whitney Bank ATM skimmers hit St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain is urging anyone that used ATMs at banks in Covington or Slidell last week to check their accounts. Read more...
Abortion Rules

Louisiana regulations become latest flashpoint over abortion

Abortion rights supporters say a rewrite of Louisiana's abortion clinic regulations is aimed at forcing clinics to close, as leaders in conservative Southern states continue to add new limitations to the procedure.  Read more...
Budget Delay

Deficit-closing plan from Gov. Jindal delayed until Feb. 20

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pushed back to mid-February the release of its proposal to close a $103 million budget deficit.  Read more...
Goat Beheaded

Goat beheaded in Brechtel Park

Someone beheaded a baby goat in Brechtel Park in Algiers. The goat was part of a herd placed in Brechtel Park to keep vegetation from growing out of control.  Read more...
Limited Space

Hotels mostly booked for Mardi Gras _ tent sites, too

If you want to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras and don't have hotel reservations, you may need a tent. But you might not even be able to find tent space for the 10th Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina flooded the city.  Read more...

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Manning still considering his future with Broncos

Peyton Manning is still mulling his future in the NFL. At a breakfast Friday to receive the Bart Starr Award, the five-time MVP said he still hasn't made a decision about whether he'll return to the Denver Broncos next season.  Read more...

Belichick, Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles

Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information. Pete Carroll is more like a Lifetime movie. Or, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett puts it, "He has that Benjamin Button effect on everyone."  Read more...

Super Bowl preview

It's been a decade since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick guided the New England Patriots to back-to-back Super Bowl victories. Now, the NFL's winningest quarterback-coach tandem tries to prevent the Seattle Seahawks from becoming the next team to accomplish that feat. Read more...

Benson legal drama likely to take a year or more

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson says he feels fine. He made remarks during last night's Pelicans game, to the entire arena. The legal process of determining whether he's fine, however, could take months to a year. Read more...

Belichick and The Beast talk but don't say much at Media Day

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn't mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn't. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing... Read more

Split high school playoffs are up for discussion

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association's annual convention begins today and the main agenda item is the current split of the football playoffs. There is a proposal to expand the postseason split of public and private schools to other sports.  Read more...

Bensons' attorneys fire back regarding lawsuit from family members

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson on Tuesday responded, through his attorneys, to the attempt by his daughter and grandchildren to get him declared mentally incapacitated. Read more...


Davis' dunks aplenty lead Pels past 76ers, 99-74

Anthony Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans stretched their season-long winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Read More

Steve: Patriots locker room attendant under investigation

Can’t get enough of Deflategate? Well, Fox Sports is reporting that the NFL is focusing on a New England Patriots employee in connection with the underinflated football controversy. Read More

Super Bowl bad guys don't take long to circle the wagons

Those bad guys from New England finally made it out West, and it didn't take long for them to begin circling the wagons. An angry Robert Kraft led the way on a rainy Monday night in the desert, reading from a defiant speech crafted at 35,000 feet on the way out. Read more...
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