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Hankton Guilty

Jury finds Hankton, others guilty in vast murder, drug case

A New Orleans crime figure already serving a life sentence on a state murder charge now stands convicted in federal court in a vast murder and drug conspiracy that dates back to the mid-1990s.  Read more...


More abortion restrictions coming for La. women, doctors

While Louisiana's law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges may be jeopardized by this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, more limitations on the procedure are planned in the state.  Read more...

Under Review

State Police say video of trooper body slamming suspect is under review

A video showing a Louisiana State Police trooper body slamming a suspect on Bourbon Street has gone viral and is now under review. "The video is currently under review by supervisors and training academy staff... Read more and see the video
Big Jackpot

You could win $390 million tonight

The Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing. An estimated $390 million jackpot is up for grabs tonight. That ties the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history. A single winner could take the $265 million cash option.  Read more...
Strip Bars

Too many New Orleans strip clubs?

The New Orleans City Planning Commission today is discussing how to cut down on the number of strip clubs operating in the French Quarter. Read more...
6 Amendments

6 constitutional changes passed by lawmakers for Nov. ballot

Louisiana voters this fall will decide whether college systems can boost their own tuition rates, whether to sock away money from oil price booms into savings and whether to rewrite the state's corporate tax laws.  Read more...
Best Snowballs?

What to Eat Tuesday... Snowballs!

Where are the best snow balls in the New Orleans area, and what is your favorite flavor? That's what we asked WWL listeners on this week's What to Eat Tuesday from 5:00am to 6:00am on the Early Edition of WWL First News. Often we tell you names of places that got... Read more

Louisiana's 1st rescued and released dolphin doing well

The first Louisiana dolphin to be released after rescue is doing well in Barataria Bay, the Audubon Nature Institute says. The young dolphin stranded on Grand Isle in October, and was released in April after blood tests and other exams showed he was healthy.  Read more...
Body Slam

Video: Trooper body slams man during arrest

The video of a Louisiana State Police Trooper making an arrest by body slamming a suspect on Bourbon Street has gone viral on Facebook.  The recording is barely a minute long, and it's not really clear what is happening. You see the trooper... Read more

Be careful of the Enterococcus bacteria in areas of the Gulf of Mexico

Heading to the beach this holiday weekend?  Health officials have posted beach advisories that advise people to stay out of the water at certain locations due to high levels of a harmful bacteria. Read more...
Power Out

Storms knock out power

A line of thunderstorms and lightening dumped rain on the New Orleans area Monday night.
The lightning strikes and gusts of winds helped knock out power to more than 15,000 customers across the region.  Read more...
Camp in WV

Saints: Training camp to start as planned in West Virginia

Despite devastating flooding, the New Orleans Saints say the team plans to stick with the plan to hold training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia at the end of July. "We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp... Read more

Louisiana judge to stop jailing defendants over fees

A Louisiana judge and a civil rights group that accused him of running a debtors prison have reached a temporary agreement under which the judge will stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and stop assessing certain costs on defendants.  Read more...

Settlement ends trial in deadly 2012 oil platform fire

A settlement Monday brought an abrupt end to a complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012.  The accident off the Louisiana coast killed three workers ...Read more
Saved Money

Audit: Privatization of state insurance program saved $10M

A new audit says former Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana's self-insurance program saved the state money, though less than projected.  Read more...

Getting Credit

Cleco customers to get bill credits, no July payments

Cleco customers will get a break on their July electricity bills thanks to a one-time $475 credit kicking in this summer.  It's reported that the credit is one of several incentives state regulators approved as part of a buyout offer for the utility. Read more...
Industrial Tax

Gov. Edwards makes changes to industrial tax program

Governor John Bel Edwards has made changes to a program that gives manufactures significant tax exemptions. His executive order lets local governing bodies have a say in how the exemptions are handed out, ...Read more
Home Sentence

Ex-police sergeant can serve cover-up sentence at home

A former New Orleans police sergeant convicted in the cover-up of deadly shootings following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 will be allowed to serve what's left of his three-year sentence at home. Read more...
LA Abortion Law

Analysis: TX abortion case spells the end of similar LA law

The U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting the Texas law that require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals means Louisiana's similar law will likely soon meet a similar fate, according to Loyola School of Law professor Dane Ciolino. Read more...

Slidell Police looking for missing man, vehicle found burned in Lafourche

The Slidell Police Department is looking for a 25-year-old man missing since Friday, and they believe foul play may be involved. Read more...
Tax Reform

Next year's fiscal session could see real budget reform

Two special sessions later, Louisiana’s budget is still not in good shape. Barry Erwin with the Council for a Better Louisiana says he’s optimistic that in the 2017 fiscal session lawmakers can start looking at long term budget reform. He says otherwise they will... Read more
Ed. Board Chair

Gov. Edwards elected chair of regional education board

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been elected chair of the Southern Regional Education Board. The Office of the Governor of Louisiana says in a news release that Gov. Edwards was elected chair Sunday at the organization's annual meeting in... Read more

Funeral for slain Jefferson Parish deputy today

The Funeral is today for Jefferson Parish Detective David Michel Jr. He was shot and killed in Harvey last week. The procession this morning is moving from Mothes Funeral Home at 1300 Vallette St. in Algiers to Believer's Life Church at 501 Lapalco Blvd... Read more
Casting Call

New TV show casting in Louisiana

A major cable television network is looking for Louisiana folks to take part in a new TV show to air this October. "We are currently casting Louisiana locals who would love to share their superstitions, beliefs, and practices with a celebrity comedian in a... Read more

Metairie man improving after shooting in Orlando

Family members of the man shot in the Pulse nightclub shooting report he is slowly improving. 
Leonel Melendez had been in a coma until this week.  Melendez was shot in the head and leg two weeks ago while at the Pulse nightclub ...Read more
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Deke Blog

Deke: 2009 was the gold standard for Saints turnovers

We all know that seasons in which titles are won are hard to duplicate without a title to compare to.  And when it comes to Saints history, the 2009 season was historic on many fronts. Read More

Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82

Buddy Ryan took a back seat to no one. Neither did his fierce defenses that won two Super Bowls.  The pugnacious coach and defensive mastermind whose twin sons have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82.  Read more...

Saints: Training camp to start as planned in West Virginia

Despite devastating flooding, the New Orleans Saints say the team plans to stick with the plan to hold training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia at the end of July. "We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp... Read more

Conflicting reports about Saints training camp in Metairie

After deadly floods smashed through West Virginia and shuttered the Greenbrier resort where the Saints planned on holding training camp later this summer, there has been widespread speculation that the Black and Gold will be forced to stay on Airline Drive this year. Read More

Big Chief's Super 6 College Football Poll

Football season is never over.  As I look back at my notes from last season, thumb through several pre-season publications and surf the net, I've come up with what I think are the best six teams to start the season.  So here's what I think as the final month of the year without football arrives! Read More

Saints camp one month away, but flooding creates questions

The New Orleans Saints open training camp one month from today, but devastating flooding in West Virginia is raising serious questions. The Greenbrier has canceled all reservations at the historic facility and instead is sheltering storm victims.  Over the weekend it was announced... Read more

Kristian: Status of Saints training camp still unknown admist floods

West Virginia, in particular Greenbrier valley, and White Sulphur Springs has suffered from significant flooding at the Greenbrier resort and surrounding communities.  “America’s Resort” is closed until further notice, and 60 roads in the area are still closed.  Read More

PGA's Greenbrier off due to floods, no word on Saints camp

The PGA Tour announced Saturday that the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia. The tournament had been scheduled for July 7-10 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, which was... Read more

Flooding closes historic Greenbrier resort where Saints hold camp

A historic West Virginia resort located in one of the hardest-hit areas of flooding remains closed to guests until further notice. The 710-room Greenbrier resort sustained damage from the flooding and was using backup generators, according to a post on its Facebook page.  Read more...

Saints tweak roster, sign DT CJ Wilson

The Saints announced today they've placed CB Kyle Wilson on reserve/Injured list and have signed DT C.J. Wilson. Read More
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