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Spending Plan

Edwards' budget would leave TOPS short, trim most agencies

Fresh off a special session to close a deficit, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday released his budget recommendations for next year, a plan that would leave the TOPS college program unable to cover full tuition costs and would trim most agencies' spending.  Read more...

$9.5 million in penalties in deadly 2012 Gulf platform blast

An oil industry services company has been ordered to pay $9.5 million in penalties in cases arising from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Read more...
JP Council

Gov. Edwards appoints Jack Rizzuto to Jefferson Parish council

Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Jack Rizzuto to fill a vacant seat on the Jefferson Parish Council. Read more...
Guilty Pleas

Parents of toddler buried under bridge plead guilty

The parents of a toddler whose body was found buried in a plastic garbage bag under a bridge have pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Read more...
Three Shot

NOPD investigates deadly Gert Town triple shooting

One person is dead and two others injured in a Gert Town shooting. Shortly before 4:00 p.m., New Orleans Police reported the shooting at Earhart Blvd. and Dante Street. Read more...
Rowdy Crowds

Analyst: More rowdy protesters at town hall meetings are likely

Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy faced a rowdy crowd at a town hall meeting in Metairie yesterday as many upset residents screamed at him about healthcare, the travel ban, and public education. This is a trend around the country at town hall meetings with Republicans.  Read more...
Boogie Night

Ticket sales surge for Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans made big news this week, and it appears the excitement has carried over to a rush on ticket sales. Read more...
Spending Plan

Edwards' spending plan does not fully fund TOPS

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.  Read more... 
Trooper Travel

Gov Edwards discusses investigation into LSP travel scandal

Governor John Bel Edwards expressed a serious tone when asked about the travel scandal involving four members of the State Police who took side trips to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon while attending a law enforcement conference in San Diego.  Read more...

Gov. Edwards statement on FY18 budget presentation

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement regarding the release of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Executive Budget.  In keeping with his commitment to honest budgeting, Gov. Edwards’ budget proposal does not include one-time money ...Read more
Fighting ISIS

Dunford: Counter-IS plan will have global scope

The nation's top military officer says a Pentagon-led review of strategy for defeating the Islamic State group will present President Donald Trump with options not just to speed up the fight against IS but also to combat al-Qaida ...Read more
Dog Killed

Dog dead, house destroyed after car crash

A dog died today in a fire caused by a car crash. The two-car collision knocked down of a power pole this morning on a busy Metairie road.  The pole also landed on a home causing a fire.  The human occupants of the house were able to escape unharmed, but...Read more

The Next Dean

Landrieu named Loyola law school dean

A state appellate court judge will be the next dean of the College of Law at Loyola University in New Orleans.  Judge Madeleine Landrieu is currently on the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, based in New Orleans. Read more...
Saving Refunds

Survey finds 48% of consumers plan to save their tax refund

A survey from the National Retail Federation finds many consumers plan to put their tax refunds into savings rather than spend. Denham Springs financial planner Matt Kennedy says we’ve seen this trend over the past eight years ...Read more
Lighted Throws

'Throw me something, lighted, mister!'

One of the best parts of going to a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans is to catch the throws, and it's a trend that has changed in the last few years.  Kids and adults alike love to catch throws from riders and it appears these days, ...Read more
Tax Reform

With special session over, discussion shifts to structural Louisiana tax reform

Now that the special session of the Louisiana Legislature is over, attention turns to the fiscal session that begins in April. The Louisiana Budget Project has released its tax reform blueprint. Senior Policy Analyst Nick Albares says we need a tax system that is fair, adequate... Read more
Bad Shot?

Flu shot less effective this season

The flu vaccine is only about 48 percent effective this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Normally, flu vaccines are about 60 percent effective, according to the CDC. Not this year.  Read more...
Winner in IN

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Indiana

The winning Powerball numbers have been drawn for the jackpot that's climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months. The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. The game's website says one winning ticket was sold in Indiana. Read more...
Dead Inmate

Inmate dies at OPP

An inmate is dead, and investigators are working to determine what happened in the Orleans Parish Prison. Police say a cell mate reported the 23-year-old man was unresponsive last night.  He was later pronounced dead.  Read more...
Angry Crowd

Cassidy faces angry crowd during Metairie town hall

Angry demonstrators jeered, waved signs and turned their backs on Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy during a raucous town hall Wednesday outside of New Orleans. Republicans around the country have been faced with similar scenarios.  Read more...
Budget Deal

Louisiana's deficit-closing session ends with budget deal

Louisiana's deficit-closing special session ended Wednesday with lawmakers passing a deal to erase a $304 million budget gap without the deep and damaging cuts some had worried would fall across the final four months of the financial year.  Read more...
Teacher Tenure

Report: Tenure protection changes cause more teachers to leave

A study out of Tulane finds 1,700 public school teachers have left their jobs in Louisiana because of a tougher tenure law that took effect two years ago. That’s a three-percent loss of the state’s teacher workforce.  Read more...
Session Ends

Special session ends with cuts to health care, but education mostly spared

Louisiana's lawmakers are heading home, having ended their budget-rebalancing special session with a deal to close the $304 million deficit. Read more...
7 Days

Non-stop parade time again

The brief lull is over: starting Wednesday night, New Orleans kicked off seven straight days of non-stop Mardi Gras parades. Read more...
Anonymous Gifts

Tulane: $10 million in anonymous gifts to recruit faculty

Tulane University in New Orleans says it has received two anonymous gifts of $5 million each to recruit faculty members.  The university says in a Tuesday news release that the gifts will establish two presidential chairs.  Read more...
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Cousins' Debut

Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut

The Boogie-and-Brow era in New Orleans is off to a highly inauspicious start. The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night.  Read more...

Mark: Cousins' debut with Pelicans could be a night to remember

Mark it down, Pelicans fans.
February 23, 2017, could be the day the Pelicans franchise accelerates to another gear, the night it truly “takes flight,” if you will. Tonight marks the debut of recently-acquired center DeMarcus Cousins in a Pelicans uniform. Cousins comes to the franchise having developed and matured into the NBA’s best center during his seven years

Ticket sales surge for Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans made big news this week, and it appears the excitement has carried over to a rush on ticket sales. Read more...

Steve: What will it take for Pelicans to make the playoffs?

They're baaaaack! The All-Star break is OVAH and the Pelicans return to action to host the Houston Rockets.  It’s been quite some time since there has been this much excitement over the Pels playing. Read More

LSU bullpen implodes in 11-8 loss to UNO

Three key cogs in the LSU bullpen imploded in the Crescent City on Tuesday night. Handed a five-run lead to begin the fifth inning, a trio of LSU relievers collectively allowed 10 runs while recording just four outs between them to turn a 6-1 lead into a 11-6 deficit in the span of... Read more

Johnson, Auburn drop LSU to 14th straight loss, 98-75

Ronnie Johnson scored 17 points and Auburn snapped a three-game skid with a 98-75 victory over reeling LSU on Tuesday night. Read more...

Deke: The most important 24 hours in New Orleans basketball

In a 24 hour span the New Orleans Pelicans went from maybe-could-be to legit future contenders without even playing a single game. Read More

Steve: 5 games in 6 days for LSU baseball

Baseball season for LSU is off and running.  The Tigers went 3-0 opening weekend and don't get to ease into things as they must now must deal with 5 games in the next 6 days. Read More

LSU Basketball can tie a 50 year record tonight... for losses

LSU is on the verge of history heading into Tuesday night’s 6 p.m. tipoff against Auburn. Unfortunately for the hosts, it’s the wrong side of history. Johnny Jones’ Tigers (9-17, 1-13 SEC) have dropped 13 in a row, one short of tying the school record set 50 years ago. Read more...

Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento - and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena. Read more...
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