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Fracking Permit

Northshore fracking venture gains permit approval


The Department of Natural Resources has announced that the drilling permit from Helis Oil has been approved. The announcement would permit fracking on parts of the Northshore.  Read more...
 
Housing Deal

Deal reached over unfair housing in St. Bernard


A settlement has been reached in a long legal fight over St. Bernard Parish housing policies that allegedly restricted black people from renting in the parish as it rebuilt after the flooding of Hurricane Katrina.  Read more...
 
Prayer Rally

Rally organizer says Jindal event is about prayer


The Mississippi-based organization hosting a January prayer rally featuring Gov. Bobby Jindal says the event's sole purpose is religious.  Read more...
 
Insurance Deal

Jindal, insurance program reach deal over records


Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has agreed to archive all the state employee health insurance program's records with the Secretary of State's office. The agreement comes after the administration refused for months to follow the state's archiving requirements.  Read more...
 
Rape Kits

New Orleans police face backlog of 400 rape kits


New Orleans police say they're working through a backlog of more than 400 untested rape kits. The kits are important elements in an investigation, especially when a victim is attacked by a stranger and DNA is essential.  Read more...
 
Unemployment

Surge in workers keeps pushing up state jobless rate


New employment numbers are out and Louisiana's civilian labor force grew to a record number in November according to seasonally adjusted data released by the federal bureau of labor statistics.  Read more...
 
Child Porn

Feds: Ponchatoula man had large collection of child porn


Federal prosecutors say a 52-year-old Ponchatoula man faces 15 to 40 years in prison for downloading more than half a million images of child pornography, one of the largest collections ever found in the state.  Read more...
 
Jindal Poll

58% disapprove of Governor Jindal's job performance


A new Southern Media and Opinion Research poll shows 58-percent of Louisianians disapprove of Governor Bobby Jindal's job performance as he heads into his final year in office. Read more...
Super Saturday

Super Saturday expected to be as busy as Black Friday in 2014


The last Saturday before Christmas could be as big a shopping day as Black Friday especially if you're still looking for TVs, appliances or clothes according to experts.  Read more...

An average fall shrimping season ends Monday


The fall shrimping season comes to a close on some state waters Monday and some are calling this an average season for fishermen. Daren Martin, owner of Martin's Fresh Shrimp in Chauvin, says this was a fair season for shrimpers.  Read more...
 
Vitter Leads

Vitter with a double-digit lead in 2015 governor's race


A new poll on the 2015 governor's race shows republican senator David Vitter with a solid lead over three other opponents. Southern Media and Opinion Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Vitter benefits from high name recognition... Read more
Cheap Gas

Low gas prices over the holiday period


Gas prices are about 75-cents lower than a year ago as we head into what should be a busy two weeks of traveling during this holiday period. Gregg Laskoski, with gasbuddy.com, says with the statewide average at about $2.30 a gallon... Read more
Cajuns-Pack

New Orleans celebrates kick off of college bowl season


New Orleans has the honor of ushering in the college football bowl season this weekend. The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl kicks off in the Superdome Saturday morning, but the  celebration begins Friday night.  Read more...
 
Smoking Ban?

La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls


Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking.  Read more...
Budget Deficit

Lawmakers back Jindal plan to close $170M deficit


Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million.  Read more...
 
Medicaid Deals

Louisiana Medicaid contract extended, after other deal cancelled


Lawmakers have agreed to extend the state's multimillion-dollar Medicaid claims processing contract by another year. A criminal investigation is ongoing into the award of the now-cancelled $200 million contract to CNSI.  Read more...
Sex Crimes

Justice committee seeks progress from NOPD on sex crimes


The New Orleans Police Department is promising to do better to protect women and children. That's what the department's leaders promised members of the New Orleans City Council at a meeting today. Read more...
Embezzlement

Former New Orleans nonprofit head sentenced for embezzlement


Federal prosecutors say the former head of a New Orleans nonprofit organization who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars in public grant money has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.  Read more...
 
Medicare Fraud

Louisiana Medicare fraud scheme mastermind, doctor plead guilty


The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and a doctor have entered guilty pleas to health care fraud charges in federal court in New Orleans.  Read more...
 
Smoking Ban

LA State Police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls


Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. Read more...
Jindal on Cuba

Jindal critical of president's Cuba ambitions


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he's glad American prisoner Alan Gross has been allowed to return home from Cuba, but he believes he should have been released without conditions. Read more...
Prayer Rally

Jindal defends plans to attend prayer rally


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has defended his plans to headline a prayer rally next month on the campus of LSU.  Although students protesters are up in arms over the event, it seems Jindal will use his appearance to shore up his presidential aspirations. Read more...
1 Week Left

One week away from Christmas, last minute gifts?


It's approaching at rapid speed. Today we are exactly 7 days away from Christmas. We checked on last minute Christmas shoppers downtown to find out how much shopping they have left.  "I have gotten a few things done," said a man downtown.  Read more...
Plant Down

Nucor plant shutdown to last into 2015


The equipment failure that shut down Nucor Steel Louisiana's plant in Convent won't be remedied until late in the first quarter. Production at the direct reduced iron plant stopped on Nov. 2, when the process gas heater failed. Read more...
Holiday Stress

One week till Christmas: Try to keep your cool


Christmas is one week from today and many people would call the next 7 days the most stressful of the year. LSU AgCenter Life specialist Diane Sasser says it's a good idea to get plenty of rest and if you're too tired -- slow down.  Read more...
 
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Playoffs?!?

Saints playoff possibilities... how the Saints get in or out


If the Saints beat the Falcons Sunday AND the Browns beat the Panthers, the Saints win the NFC South and host a playoff game.  Click here to see the other ways the Saints get in or miss the playoffs...
 

Saints-Falcons Preview


Although their records may be lousy, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons control their playoff destinies. Hoping to represent the downtrodden NFC South in the postseason, these sub-.500 teams meet Sunday at the Superdome.  Read more...

Brees pleased by diversity of Saints' attack


As Drew Brees examined the box score from New Orleans' latest victory, he was struck by how equitably the Saints distributed the ball among players at various skill positions. For a quarterback trying to lead his team through a late-season playoff push, it was a re-assuring sign... Read more

New Orleans celebrates kick off of college bowl season


New Orleans has the honor of ushering in the college football bowl season this weekend. The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl kicks off in the Superdome Saturday morning, but the  celebration begins Friday night.  Read more...
 

Steve: Know Your Enemy, week 16 - Atlanta (Episode 2: A New Hope)


The Black and Gold rebellion has been surrounded by turmoil this season, but their primary mission of earning the division crown is still within grasp.  All that is needed is 2 more wins to close out the regular season and the NFC South is back under New Orleans reign... Read more

QB to QB: Drew Brees excited about Saints and Falcons


"It's an exciting position to be in," Saints QB Drew Brees had his weekly chat with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia.  Drew talked about the Saints 31-15 win over the Bears, and set up this weekend's big home game against the Atlanta Falcons.  Read more and listen to Brees...

Kristian: Saints vs Falcons "It's a war"


Falcons week:  The fans from these two teams feel the rivalry, and so do the players.  Defensive back Keenan Lewis described this Sunday's match up with Atlanta, “It's a war; they know what time it is, we know what time it is.  Read more...

Goodell's seat grows hotter?


Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and staff pursued the Ray Rice case. Read more...

Falcons coach facing uncertain future as he prepares for Saints


Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field.  Read more...

Miles informs LSU athletics staff he's not leaving


 Les Miles has informed LSU athletic officials that he hasn't been contacted by Michigan about the Wolverines' coaching vacancy and has no intention of leaving the Tigers. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says Miles sought to make his status with LSU clear... Read more
 
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