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False Alarms

A crackdown on false alarms in New Orleans


New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police time. A city news release says an ordinance taking effect May 1 will result in a warning to a property owner after one false alarm, and a $75 fine after the second.  Read more...
Vote Results

Get election results


Polls have closed in elections in 37 parishes across Louisiana. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said the majority of the elections were local. He says weather may have depressed turnout. Read more...
 
Murder Suspect

Man sought in shooting death of ex-wife's new boyfriend


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a man believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife's new boyfriend. Sheriff Newell Normand says an arrest warrant has bee issued for 55-year-old Dionicio Ibarra. Ibarra is being sought for second-degree murder.  Read more...
Justice System

State DAs concerned about criminal justice reform proposals


District Attorneys across the state have a serious problem with some of the Governor's proposals to reduce Louisiana's incarceration rate. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says what began as a reform for nonviolent offenders has led to less time served for violent offenders.  Read more.
Employment

February lifts Louisiana labor market as payrolls rise


Louisiana's unemployment rate fell and payrolls rose in February, signaling improvements in the state's labor market. Read more...
Health Bill

Cassidy: Despite failure in House, GOP must offer Obamacare alternative


Despite Republicans in the U.S. House abruptly pulling President Donald Trump's health care overhaul bill because they didn't have the votes, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he has a plan to meet the county's health care needs in a way that is fiscally conservative. Read more...
Tourism Boom

Study: New Orleans tourism records: 10.45M tourists, $7.4B


A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.  Read more...
Election Day

Election day across Louisiana


Today is Election Day in 37 parishes across Louisiana, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging voters to get out and cast their ballots. Schedler says the majority of the elections are local. He says weather could affect voter turnout.  Read more and see a sample ballot...
Cop Convicted

Cop found guilty of manslaughter


A 12-person jury in Avoyelles Parish has found law enforcement officer Derrick Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the shooting death of a 6-year-old autistic boy. His father, Christopher Few, was also... Read more
Low Risk

Severe weather threat low for today, with more of the showers on the Northshore


While there could still be a few heavy rain cells and the slight risk of a severe storm, the fears of really nasty weather for our Saturday have mostly dissipated south of the lake.  There is still a bit of a greater risk on the Northshore. Read more...
Cop Guilty

Cop convicted of killing autistic child


Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy. Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges.  Read more...
Child Murdered

New Orleans man wanted in infant's death


New Orleans police are asking for the public's help in finding a local man they believe murdered a child. Police are searching for  Jeffery Edward Coleman, age 49. Read more...
Cop Trial

Murder trial: Officer testifies about autistic boy's death


A Louisiana law enforcement officer testified Friday at his murder trial that he was trying to save a fellow officer when he opened fire on a car, killing a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounding his father.  Read more...
Sentencing

Louisiana D.A.s voicing concerns about sentencing reform


District Attorneys across the state have a serious problem with some of the Governor’s proposals to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rate. Read more...
Solar Energy

Abita Springs commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030


Abita Springs becomes the first Louisiana city to commit to 100 percent renewable energy. Mayor Greg Lemons says renewable energy, in particular solar energy, just makes sense from an economic and environmental standpoint.  Read more...

 
Health Care

Kennedy says Obamacare will be voted out


U.S. Senator John Kennedy predicted today that the GOP health care bill will eventually pass because the current law is a costly failure. Read more...

Ordinance would set ride-booking fees for airport passengers


An ordinance being debated in Kenner could have a major impact on fees charged by customers who use Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services. Ride-sharing drivers are concerned the proposed ordinance that would add additional fees to fares, ...Read more
Tree Drop

Christmas trees dropped in wildlife refuge to deter erosion


Thousands of used Christmas trees have been dropped into a wildlife refuge in New Orleans as part of a decades-long coastal restoration effort.  It's reported that National Guard helicopters lowered the nearly 5,000 trees collected after Christmas ...Read more
Gulf Drilling

Companies showing more interest in Gulf oil drilling


Companies are showing more interest in oil drilling in the Gulf, as evidenced by an uptick in high land bidding. The lease sale in New Orleans that closed this week drew 163 bids from 28 companies. Read more...
Older Moms

Do older mothers make better moms?


Do older mother make better mothers when it comes to raising their kids?  There is a study out of Denmark that suggests, yes. Older mothers are less likely to punish and scold their children while raising them, ...Read more
Doctor Shortage

Worsening doctor shortage looms for U.S, Louisiana


A new reports says getting an appointment with a doctor could become increasingly difficult -- the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts we could have 34,600 - 88,000 fewer doctors by 2025. For one thing, the ratio of patients to doctors is growing... Read more
Stormy Sat.?

Slight risk of severe storms Saturday


Southeast Louisiana Saturday with strong to severe storms. "Today will be a transition day between the pleasant weather we've had and some stormy weather that will arrive on Saturday," WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said.  "A squall line of thunderstorms will form... Read more
Weekend Fun

Bourbon, brunch and mudbugs on the weekend festival menu


The first weekend of spring means the arrival of festival season in the metro area. And, New Orleans finally has a festival named after its most famous street. The first ever New Orleans Bourbon Festival is underway through Sunday. Festival founder Tracy Napolitano says... Read more
Marriage Law

Judge blocks Louisiana law keeping refugee from marrying


A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage. Vo is 32. He's been a Louisiana resident since he was a baby.  Read more...
Newborn Death

Newborn Killed


New Orleans Police are investigating a homicide in the 4700 block of Lafaye Street. At around 12:15 a.m., NOPD officers responded to an unclassified death of a newborn baby at that location in Gentilly.  Read more...
 
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Armstead Deal

Steve: Saints rework Armstead's deal...Butler signing coming?


The Saints have freed up some space under the salary cap by restructuring left tackle Terron Armstead's contract. Read more...

Florida baseball defeats LSU 8-1


The Florida Gators beat the LSU Fighting Tigers 8-1 on the baseball diamond today, taking the best-of-three weekend series. Read more...

Harden's 38 points lead Rockets over Pelicans 117-107


After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night. However, they weren't celebrating it. "Sixty would be nice," coach Mike D'Antoni said smiling. "We may celebrate that one. But not 50."  Read more...

LSU Baseball falls to Florida 1 - 0


LSU Baseball dropped the series opener with Florida Friday night.  The Tigers lost to the Gators one to nothing. Ace pitcher Alex Lange went the distance, only allowing a single run.  The LSU offense, however, could not produce a single run.  Read more...

LSU closes out home stand with 8-2 win over Southeastern


Greg Deichmann made sure to not take an 11-day homer-less drought on the road with him.
Deichmann belted a three-run home run, his eighth of the season and first since March 11, and Josh Smith went 4-for-4 with a career-high four RBI ...Read more

New LSU hoops coach lays out plans to turn program around


LSU has officially introduced its new basketball coach, Will Wade. The 34-year-old got a crowd at the student union on campus fired up when he said he knows LSU can have a successful basketball program. "But it's going to be a total team effort from everybody," said Wade.  Read more...

Saints OL Tim Lelito headed to Nashville


Saints offensive lineman Tim Lelito is now a Tennessee Titan, according to the Twitter page of the sports agency Element Sports Group. Read more...

Watch Live: LSU introduces new basketball coach


LSU today holds a news conference with new men's basketball coach Will Wade.  He takes over the struggling program after the firing or Johnny Jones. Watch the noon news conference by clicking here...

LSU names 34-year-old Will Wade as men's basketball coach


LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva said he wanted to hire a men's basketball coach that was a proven winner. After a search that lasted a week and a half, Alleva has determined that VCU's Will Wade is that man. Read more...

LSU Hires Will Wade as 22nd men's basketball coach


LSU and Will Wade reached an agreement for the 34-year-old to become the Tigers’ 22nd basketball coach, a source confirmed to Tiger Rag Monday night, following reports from CBS and ESPN.  Read more...
 
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