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SNAP workforce initiative begins today

Beginning today, able-bodied food stamp recipients without dependents will be required to participate in job-training if they do not work or go to school. DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary, Sammy Guillory, ... Read more

Trooper Hit

'Thoughts and prayers needed' for trooper hit by vehicle

A Louisiana State Police trooper has been hit by a vehicle. Officials posted the Louisiana State Police Facebook page, "Trooper struck while assisting disabled vehicle. Thoughts and prayers needed." It happened... Read more
TOPS Future

Edwards allows front-loading of TOPS payments, doesn't veto

Though he called it bad policy, Gov. John Bel Edwards upheld the front-loaded approach to the TOPS program that aims to give college students full tuition funding for the fall semester and only 42 percent financing for the spring. Read more...

$415 Million!

Tonight's Mega Millions lottery in the top ten of U.S. lottery jackpots

It's a top ten lottery jackpot in the U.S.: tonight's Mega Millions drawing worth an estimated $415 million. Read more...
No Charges

Mom arrested for whipping children won't be prosecuted

According to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office, a Baton Rouge mother who was arrested on child cruelty charges after disciplining her children will not be prosecuted. 30-year-old Schaquana Spears was arrested in June.   Read more...
Tammany Murder

St. Tammany reports first homicide of 2016

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies are investigating a Friday morning murder. Investigators say the body of a 33-year-old woman was found off Highway 41 in the Pearl River area. It's believed the woman was shot to death as the result of a domestic dispute.  Read more...
Money Owed

Louisiana gets $2.4 million from foreclosure settlement

State Treasurer John Kennedy says more than 4,000 borrowers in Louisiana are owed money from a settlement with mortgage servicers stemming from the 2008 housing bubble burst.
Kennedy is urging residents to check the department's Unclaimed Property ...Read more
Shrimp Season

Spring shrimp season to close for inshore waters Sunday

The spring inshore shrimp season, marked by low prices this year, will close at 6 p.m. Sunday in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday inshore shrimping will end from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line ...Read more
Guilty Plea

Scrapyard co-owner pleads guilty in auto theft case

The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says a scrapyard owner has pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with a parish auto theft ring.  In a news release, District Attorney Paul Connick's office says 48-year-old Harry Sorrell ...Read more
3rd Suspect

Third suspect arrested & identified in Raising Cane's robbery

Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser announced that a third suspect has been arrested in the armed robbery of the Raising Cane's on Williams Boulevard in Kenner.  The third suspect is identified as 18 year-old Gregory Donald of Kenner.   Read more...

Gator Tips

LDWF gives tips for alligator encounters

Summer is upon us and many people will be out enjoying the water, so the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving out some tips on what to do in the event of an alligator encounter.  Read more...

Louisiana Medicaid expansion goes into effect today

The state’s newly expanded Medicaid program goes into effect today, and the Louisiana Department of Health says some people may be able to see a doctor for the first time in their lives. Secretary Rebekah Gee says the expansion will... Read more
Food Stamps

Job training requirements starting for 52,000 on food stamps

New job training requirements are kicking in for thousands of non-working, childless adults in Louisiana who receive food stamps. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the executive order in April. The requirements begin Friday. The Department of Children and Family Services says... Read more
Suspect Shot

Trooper shoots suspect in New Orleans

A Louisiana State trooper shot a suspect in New Orleans Thursday night after police say the suspect shot at officers. "North Villere and Arts Streets. A male  subject was struck to an unknown part of the body.... Read more
4th Fun

Metairie and the Mississippi River, scenes of area's biggest 4th events

Independence Day celebrations in the metro area get off to an early start this year, and continue through July 4th. There'll be fireworks in the area tonight through Monday. Covington kicks things off Friday night with Sparks in the Park along with celebrations and fireworks in... Read more
Cop in Shooting

Officer-involved shooting in the St. Roch neighborhood

State Police were called to an area near the intersection of North Villere and Arts Streets about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. An officer was originally reported to be in danger at that area.  Read more...
Date Death

Sheriff: Social media date led to Slidell man's death

Authorities say a Slidell man who arranged for a date on social media wound up dead, the victim of a criminal scheme. The body of 25-year-old Cordaryle Robert was found Wednesday in a ditch in the Harvey area of Jefferson Parish. He had been missing since last Friday.  Read more...
Child Desertion

Assumption deputies find diaper-clad 2-year-old on highway

Sheriff's deputies say a 2-year-old wearing only a diaper was found standing alone in the middle of a state highway in Assumption Parish after leaving a home without being noticed. Sheriff Leland Falcon said in a statement that deputies arrested 41-year-old Ivone Pina.  Read more...
Budget Woes

Lawmakers finalize next fiscal year's budget: problems remain

The Revenue Estimating Conference learned Thursday that lawmakers raised $371 million dollars in revenue that can be used in the budget year that begins Friday. But Ron Henson with the State Treasurer's Office says there are still concerns that Louisiana won't be able to pay its bills.  Read more...

Louisiana 1st state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program. More than 233,000 people, largely the working poor, have been enrolled so far in the government-financed insurance coverage.  Read more...
Oil Spill Money

$200M oil spill damage payment expected Friday in Louisiana

Louisiana is expecting Friday to receive $200 million from BP, the first portion of the state's settlement for economic damages associated with the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne updated state officials Thursday about the payment.  Read more...

Colleague of suspended Louisiana judges reacts

The state's highest court has suspended two 18th District judges without pay, due to misconduct. Judge Robin Free and Judge James Best's region covers Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.  Read more...
2 Arrested

Two arrested in death of missing Slidell man

According to sources, two people have been arrested in the case of a missing Slidell man, Cordaryle Robert.  His body was found yesterday in a drainage ditch in Harvey near Boomtown Casino.  Read more...

La. Income

La. income estimates tweaked to add taxes, ahead of new year

Louisiana's income forecasts have been updated to reflect tax changes backed by lawmakers, adjustments needed to keep the budget that begins Friday in balance.  But other money problems loom, ...Read more
Stabbed 8x

Cops: Woman stabbed 8 times during robbery at Raising Cane's

Kenner Police today gave a chilling description of the murder of 21-year-old Taylor Friloux at Raising Cane's.  "She had a total of eight stab wounds," Chief Michael Glaser explained. "One of them went through and through her aorta, which was probably the one that... Read more
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Champion Chanticleers: Coastal Carolina defeats Arizona 4-3

Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers won their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday.  Read more...

Steve: Saints Coach Payton drops in NFL Network rankings

NFL Network analyst Elliot Harrison has come out with his annual coach power rankings.  The Saints' Sean Payton comes in at #9, falling 4 spots from his 2015 ranking.  Read More

Defense lawyers say Will Smith trial should be moved from football season

The defense lawyers for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of fatally shooting Saints player Will Smith, do not want the trial to take place during football season, according to an article in The Advocate. Currently, the trial is set to begin September 20th.  Read more... 

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
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