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Tax Suspension

Kennedy urges legislators to suspend tax increase for flood victims


State Treasurer John Kennedy told lawmakers today that they should consider suspending the one cent sales tax increase for flood victims rebuilding their homes. He said the state should not reap a financial windfall from people's tragedy.  Read more...
Flood Housing

State lawmaker criticizes FEMA for not getting flood victims into homes quickly


State lawmakers grilled a FEMA administrator today in the House Homeland Security Committee meeting, asking why it’s taking so long to get assistance to flood victims. FEMA Coordinating Officer Gerard Stolar says there are 2,300 FEMA personnel working on this disaster.  Read more...
TS Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine forms in the Gulf


Hurricane Hunters have found that Tropical Storm Hermine has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. "Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts," Senior Hurricane Specialist Dr. Richard Pasch said. The storm is in the Central Gulf of Mexico and... Read more
Rape Arrest

Memory care facility worker arrested for first degree rape


Mandeville police say a memory care facility worker has been arrested in the alleged rape of a 78 year old female resident.  Authorities say the incident happened inside the resident's room at Beau Provence Memory Care Facility in Mandeville.  Read more...

 
Counseling

Free counseling for children struggling after the flood


The state Department of Health is partnering with FEMA to offer free counseling to children and youth struggling with depression and anxiety after the recent floods. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health, Dr. Jim Hussey, ...Read more
Less Students

Fewer students enrolled in Louisiana's public colleges


Enrollment in Louisiana's public higher education system has dropped by about 4.4 percent in a five-year span.  It's reported that enrollment has dropped by about 10,000 students in five years — from roughly 225,000 in 2010 to 215,000 in 2015.  Read more...

 
Flood Money

Are flood victims getting the maximum amount from FEMA?


Some lawmakers believe victims of the recent floods aren't getting the maximum amount of money FEMA reported they would be handing out and lawmakers want to know why those affected are getting much less than that.  Read more...

 
Rate Hike?

Entergy today asks PSC for rate hike to build $869M plant


Entergy wants to build a new natural-gas power plant in St. Charles parish -- and they want their customers to pay for it. The company goes to the Public Service Commission today seeking permission.  Read more...
Gulf Storm

Tropical Storm Hermine expected in the Gulf today


The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Nine is on the verge of becoming Tropical Storm Hermine in the Gulf of Mexico.  "A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Gulf coast of Florida from... Read more
Homicide

JPSO investigates Metairie killing


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a man is dead afer a shooting in Metairie. It happened around 8:30 Tuesday night in the 400 block of North Laurel Street. Read more...
Air Service

Allegiant Air adds nonstop service from New Orleans-Concord


Allegiant Air is adding a new year-round nonstop service between New Orleans and Concord, North Carolina. Read more....
Waiver

IRS to allow flood victims access to funds


The Internal Revenue Service says it's granting a regulatory waiver requested by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy to allow those impacted by August floods in Louisiana early access to retirement funds without penalty. Read more...
Schools

Board set to take next step in regaining control of New Orleans schools


New Orleans' school board is preparing to decide on a plan that will eventually put it back in control of all public schools in the city. Read more...
TD #9

Tropical Depression 9 could become tropical storm by tonight


Tropical Depression 9 in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine by this evening or tomorrow morning. Read more...
Mosquitoes

LDH confirms more cases of mosquito-borne illness


The state Department of Health has confirmed more mosquito-borne illnesses in Louisiana, including Zika and West Nile Virus. Louisiana Medical Director for the Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch,  ...Read more
Plane Crash

Plane crash ordeal ends in Lake Pontchartrain


The Cessna 172 aircraft that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain last weekend was brought up from the murky water this morning. Along with the recovering the wreckage, crews also brought about the end of the mystery of what happened to the pilot and a passenger who had been missing since the crash Saturday night. Read more...
Money Borrowed

Louisiana borrows $187M for state-financed construction work


Louisiana is borrowing $187 million to keep money flowing to construction work, with continued financial uncertainties raising questions about which projects will proceed.  The Bond Commission approved the general obligation bond sale Tuesday,...Read more
Best Burgers

What to Eat Tuesday... Burgers!


The search for the perfect burger never ends.  On this What to Eat Tuesday, we put the question to our listeners.  Where can you get the best burger in town? Text messages to 870870 during the Early Edition of WWL First News provided a long list of... Read more, see the list
Bodies Found

Bodies found in small plane pulled from La. lake


The New Orleans Fire Department says two bodies have been found in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain just north of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.   
Spokesman Gregory Davis said the Cessna was pulled from the water ...Read more
US Senate Race

Senate race taking backseat to flooding


Between a police ambush and historic flooding, the US Senate race has taken a backseat. But Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says the campaign should start to ramp up soon and one of the front-runners, Republican Charles Boustany is already running ads.  Read more...

 
Plane Debris

Small plane pulled from Louisiana lake


A small plane that crash into Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana is now out of the water and sitting on a barge.  Recovery workers used a crane to lift the plane onto the barge Tuesday morning. 
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Tax-Friendly

Kiplinger: Louisiana is sixth most tax-friendly state


According to the personal finance website Kiplinger, Louisiana is the sixth most tax-friendly state in the US. Sandra Block with Kiplinger says Louisiana’s property taxes are the third lowest in the country, and the state also did well in other categories.  Read more...

 

Streets task force meets after report grades two-thirds of streets "poor"


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A task force attempting to find ways to pay for New Orleans street improvements meets today, for the first time since the release of a report that finds two-thirds of the city's streets in poor condition.
The city has $2 billion from FEMA to fix damaged streets, but it's not enough. A two-year, city-wide survey finds to being New Orleans streets to
Kidnapping

Children found in Louisiana, couple charged with abduction & molestati


Louisiana state police say four children listed as missing in California have been found and two adults have been arrested, including a man wanted for alleged lewd acts with a child. State police say in a news release troopers found the man, woman and children in... Read more
FEMA $

Thousands apply for state's new flood housing program


Thousands of southern Louisiana residents have already applied to take part in the state's new "Shelter at Home" program. More than 5,400 people applied for the program on Monday, the first day applications were accepted. Through Shelter at Home, homeowners can get... Read more
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Swann Out

Saints defensive back out for the season


The Saints will place CB Damian Swann on injured reserve this week. Swann joined the team as a 5th round draft pick in 2015.  He played a vital role in his rookie year, but suffered 3 concussions last season.  Read more...

Steve: Saints sign veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger


Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed yesterday that the team was hosting veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger for a visit and this morning Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the team must have liked what they saw. Read More

McCain, Barnes join Saints, who also cut 14 players


Newly acquired offensive lineman Khalif Barnes and defensive end Chris McCain practiced for the first time Tuesday with the New Orleans Saints, who also cut 14 players as the NFL lowered maximum rosters from 90 players to 75 for the remainder of the preseason. Read more...

LSU-Wisconsin preview


The first indication of what kind of impact new LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is having will come against his former team. Aranda joined the Tigers in the offseason after an impressive three-year stint as the Badgers defensive coordinator.  Read more...

Saints Cut Roster to 75 Players, Place Kikaha on PUP List


The Saints have made their roster cuts as required by the NFL. Teams all across the league had to cut their rosters down from 90 to 75 players today. Read More 

Steve: Could Drew Brees see some snaps Thursday?


The 2016 preseason hasn't been pretty for the Saints. The offense isn't cooking in its usual flow, and doesn't look comfortable together yet. The defense's first two outings had a number of positives. Read More

Kristian: Saints moving Peat to left guard?


The Saints have played musical chairs with Andrus Peat since they drafted him 13th overall in 2015 out of Stanford.  The Saints orginally planned for Peat to be the eventual successor to Zach Strief at right tackle. Read More

Kristian: Saints moving Peat to left guard?


The Saints have played musical chairs with Andrus Peat since they drafted him 13th overall in 2015 out of Stanford.  The Saints orginally planned for Peat to be the eventual successor to Zach Strief at right tackle. Read More

Steve: Saints' film review leaves little to be desired for Coach Payton


After each game, Coach Sean Payton wants to check out the tape before coming to any judgment on how his team performed. During his teleconference with the local media this morning, what he saw was exactly what we did. Read More

Kristian: Lessons from Saints 2016 preseason are alarming


Who says preseason games don’t matter? I think it’s very fair and safe to say the Saints offensive line is going to be a real problem this year. Read More
 
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