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Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now

A federal district judge says Louisiana must let same-sex couples marry and file joint income-tax returns, and must put both parents' names on their children's birth certificates.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman was among a few federal judges who had upheld a state law against gay marriage.
His order Thursday comes less than a day after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of
Not Enough?

Mixed reaction to the big settlement with BP

Louisiana's share from the big settlement with BP over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is around $6.8 billion dollars. Read more...

Essence Fest traffic reminders

The City of New Orleans has issued some traffic reminders for this weekend's Essence festival.  Police will be on duty to provide traffic assistance.  They're asking the public to be patient and be prepared for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic ...Read more
$18.7 Billion

Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

Officials in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read more...
4th Food!

What food is most American for the 4th of July?

Picnics, swimming in the pool, hanging out with friends and family, fireworks, it's all part of the 4th of July celebration.  And food plays a major role in our holiday.  Read more...
Cuban Cruise?

New Orleans expects to be prime port for Cuban cruises

The Port of New Orleans feels it's in great shape to host cruises to Cuba, once travel there by Americans is allowed. Read more...
BP Disaster

Announcement coming in BP case?

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has scheduled a morning news conference, at the same time that his counterparts in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida will be holding similar events. Read more...
Wrap It Up

5th Circuit tells courts to issue same-sex marriage rulings

A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
The order Wednesday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...Read more
Jindal Signs

Jindal agrees to new housing protections for abuse victims

Victims of domestic violence are receiving new housing protections in state law.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor has signed the bill by Baton Rouge Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, ...Read more
Up For Auction

French Quarter gay club for sale at bankruptcy auction

Oz, which calls itself ``New Orleans (hash)1 gay dance club,'' will be sold at a July 22 auction in bankruptcy court.   The auction comes after the club owners failed to pay off millions of dollars of debt. Read more...

Chalmette man sets fire to rental home of his estranged wife after an argument

A Chalmette man set fire and heavily damaged the rental home of his estranged wife on Tuesday afternoon following an argument the night before in which he threatened to do so, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.  Read more...

New Shelter

New Orleans considers new downtown homeless shelter

A coalition is developing plans for raising $7 million to build a homeless shelter in downtown New Orleans. The group is led by the Downtown Development District.  Read more...
Tax Suit

Lawsuit challenges utility tax change used to balance budget

The Louisiana Chemical Association has filed a lawsuit challenging one of the tax changes recently enacted by state lawmakers to balance the state's budget.  Read more...
Numbers Up

Jindal's poll numbers get a bounce

Bobby Jindal's popularity has risen since he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.  The survey, conducted between June 26 and June 28, shows the governor going from one-percent to two-percent.  Read more...
Sex Trafficking

Former New Orleans motel owner admits benefiting from sex-trafficking

Federal authorities say the former owner of a New Orleans motel has pleaded guilty in connection with a sex-trafficking scheme.  Read more...

Louisiana Justice of the Peace resigning because of gay marriage

A Justice of the Peace in central Louisiana has resigned because her religion does not believe same-sex couples should be married. Read more...
License Holdout

Northwest Louisiana parish may be last same-sex marriage license holdout

A northwest Louisiana parish may be the last one not granting marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Red River Parish Clerk of Court Stuart Shaw says in an emailed statement that he's waiting for final word on a federal appeals court ruling in a Louisiana case.  Read more...

Police: Mandeville man found naked, committing lewd act in public

A Mandeville man faces charges of obscenity, after police say he was reported naked and committing a lewd act in the heart of the Mandeville lakefront. Read more...
Summer Travel

Time to save some money on your summer vacation

Prices can go up pretty quickly when planning your summer vacation. There are ways to save. Read more...
Cig Taxes

Cigarette taxes go up today

A pack of cigarettes will cost smokers an extra 50 cents, starting today. Louisiana's new tax of cigarettes goes into effect. Read more...

New laws taking effect this week impact Louisiana drivers

Drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record. Read more...

Jindal Twitter event gets attention, snark

Social media can be a great way for public figures to connect with a broad audience, but it can also be a double-edged sword. Case in point: any time someone with any degree of controversy attached to them tries a Twitter hashtag topic. Read more...
Lines Changing

Gay marriage licenses almost everywhere in La on Tuesday

Louisiana is changing the lines labeled ``bride'' and "groom'' on its marriage licenses to "bride/spouse'' and "groom/spouse'' to accommodate same-sex marriages. But same-sex couples don't have to choose who is bride or groom.  Read more...
Lic. Renewal

New laws taking effect this week impact Louisiana drivers

Drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.   Those changes are among the new state laws that take effect ...Read more
Homeowner Fires

Man shot by homeowner on front portch steps

A 45-year-old homeowner shot a 40-year-old man on the front steps of his home.
It happened near Louisiana Avenue and Loyola around noon Tuesday.  Police say, officers responded to find an injured man lying on the front steps ...Read more
BP will pay $18.7 billion to 5 states to settle oil spill claims; $6.8 billion to Louisiana. Do you think that will fix the damage done now & in the future?
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Ajinca Deal

Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension.  Read more...

AD agrees to max deal

NBA free agency opened and 11:01 p.m. Tuesday night and the Pelicans wasted no time in locking up Anthony Davis to a five year, $145 million extension that begins in the 2016-17 season. Read more...

Team USA in the Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup. Read more...

UNO hires former LSU standout Dean as baseball coach

The University of New Orleans has named Blake Dean as the Privateers' baseball coach. Dean, a former standout player for LSU, takes over for Ron Maestri, who retired at the end of the 2015 season. Read more...

LSU defensive tackle dismissed from team

LSU today announced that  head football coach Les Miles has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao after an off-campus incident two weeks ago. Read more...

Pelicans make no additions to the nest in NBA Draft

The Pelicans did not possess a 1st round selection in last night's NBA Draft, and wound up trading away their 2nd round pick. New Orleans drafted Michigan State forward Branden Dawson with the 56th overall pick, but shipped his draft rights off to the LA Clippers for cash considerations. Read More

Delhomme, Faulk highlight Louisiana Sports HOF class

Former NFL stars headline the 2015 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class that will be inducted this weekend in Natchitoches. Former Saints and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is part of the eight member class.  Read more...

LSU's Martin goes to Grizzlies in first round of NBA Draft

Jarell Martin is the first LSU Tiger off the board in the 2015 NBA Draft. Martin was selected by Memphis with the No. 25 pick.  Read more...

Steve: Pelicans introduce new head coach

With change comes excitement about the unknown - and also hope. For the Pelicans, their new head coach brings a fresh new perspective, coming off an NBA Championship victory with the Warriors.Read More

Kristian: Saints are in a tough spot with Junior Galette

If it is Galette in that video hitting a woman with a belt, the Saints can’t keep him around no matter what the NFL deems as appropriate punishment.  The cap hit would be painful, but not having him around would be worth any price. Read More
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