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Deputy Arrested

Deputy accused of smuggling cellphones into jail


A deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested on three counts of malfeasance and three counts of introduction of contraband to a penal institution.  Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported in a news release that the investigation began on Nov. 30  ...Read more
B.R. Visit

Trump visits BR to support Kennedy in Senate race


President-elect Donald Trump will be in Baton Rouge today to support Republican John Kennedy in the US Senate race. The visit comes after Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence endorsed the State Treasurer.  Read more...
Life Expectancy

Life expectancy decreases for first time since 1993


Life expectancy has decreased in the US for the first time in more than 20 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The report found that overall life expectancy dropped by one month from 2014 to 2015.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Timeline of events in the shooting death of Will Smith


New Orleans resident Cardell Hayes is on trial in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, whose death earlier this year shocked the country. Here's a look at the timeline of events related to the case:  Read more...

 
McKnight Case

Sheriff Normand talks about McKnight case, public response


Although the authorities in Jefferson Parish have arrested Ronald Gasser in the death of Joe McKnight, the investigation into the fatal shooting continues. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newel Normand says they're still hunting down pieces of information pertinent to... Read more
Weekend Events

Holiday events warm the cold weekend


The first bonfire of the season along the Mississippi River takes place tonight. You're invited to celebrate Christmas with a little Cajun flavor this weekend at the Festival of the Bonfires in Lutcher. "We start off this weekend at the festival with 77 pots of gumbo... Read more
Trump Visit

Trump mobilizing Louisiana Republicans in final Senate race


Tending to party politics, President-elect Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Louisiana on Friday ahead of the state's Senate runoff election, aiming to pad the Republican majority he will inherit.  Read more...
Coldest Yet

Coldest weather this season


Arctic air has blasted into Louisiana.  We started the day with morning temps in the 30s and 40s feeling like 20s and 30s.  It won't warm up much today. "The cold blast is here!" WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said. "Get ready for a blustery day across... Read more
UNO Senate Poll

UNO Poll shows Kennedy with comfortable lead in Senate Race


The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has released the results of a poll about the runoff for the open Louisiana seat in the U.S. Senate. The poll finds that Republican candidate John Kennedy has a comfortable lead.  Read more...
Election Change

Schedler would like to see December elections end in Louisiana


Secretary of State Tom Schedler says based on the likelihood of low turnout on Saturday's elections, he would like to have a conversations with the legislature about ending December elections.  Read more...
Housing Expo

Affordable Housing Expo for flood victims this weekend


An Affordable Housing Expo will be held in Baton Rouge this weekend for flood victims. Mike Steele with GOHSEP says there are people at different stages of recovery, so there will be a variety of housing options on display.  Read more...
Tax Rewrite

Gov. Edwards says tax rewrite should be fair and predictable


Gov. John Bel Edwards looked ahead Thursday to next year's legislative session, saying Louisiana needs to enact a tax structure that is fair, predictable and "sufficient" to pay for state services. Read more...
Will Smith Case

Defendant's pal: Will Smith attacked my friend after crash


Anger and anguish were evident in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday as a friend of the man on trial for killing retired Saints star Will Smith repeatedly insisted that Smith and his friends were the aggressors following an April 9 traffic crash that was followed by gunshots. Read more...
Sued by Embryos

Actress Sofia Vergara sued in Jefferson Parish by her frozen embryos


In what may be the most unlikely headline you'll see today, "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara is facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of frozen fertilized eggs she made with her ex-partner, Nick Loeb. Read more...
Arctic Blast

Cold arctic air blasting our area for the next few days


The next couple of days we will see chilly temperatures from the cold arctic air coming down as we approach the weekend.  WWL TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo says tonight will be windy and cold with our overnight temperatures dropping down into the mid 30s, ...Read more
Will Smith Case

Witness, prosecutor clash over who was aggressor in Will Smith case


The Latest on the trial of Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith:  Read more...

 
Will Smith Case

Defense angrily demands mistrial in Will Smith case, judge says no


A defense lawyer Thursday angrily demanded a mistrial in reaction to a prosecutor's remarks in the trial of the man who fatally shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.  Read more... 

 
Funeral Set

Funeral arrangements for Joe McKnight announced


Former NFL player and John Curtis standout Joe Mcknight who was shot and killed in a road rage incident last week will be laid to rest on Monday, according to the funeral home.  Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at the New Home Ministries in New Orleans.  ...Read more
PETA Honors

PETA honors GOP strategist and NOLA resident Mary Matalin as 'Person of the Year


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals today announced Mary Matalin as the animal rights group's "Person of the Year." Read more...
Hayes Trial

Defendant's pal: I tried to restrain Will Smith after crash


A friend of the driver on trial for killing former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith told a jury he tried to restrain Smith in the heated exchange of words following an April 9 crash.  Kevin O'Neal was a passenger in the Hummer driven by Cardell Hayes.  Read more...
JP Crime

Murder up, all other crime down in Jefferson Parish


Every crime category in Jefferson Parish is down for 2016, except one.  Murder has jumped more than 77 percent. The sheriff's office says there were 39 murders in the first eleven months of the year, compared to 22 over the same time last year.  Read more...
Winter Weather

Winter weather heading towards Louisiana


Cold temperatures are on the way to the Bayou State. That’s according to state climatologist Barry Keim, who says it’s time for Louisianans to break out the winter gear.  “We have a large dome of Canadian air that’s about to settle in ...Read more
Holiday Party

Company Christmas party advice


Tis the season for holiday parties, and that means your company Christmas party too. Tulane business professor Dr. Mark Rosa says now that we’re out of the recession, he expects most companies will throw parties this year.  Read more...

 
Key Figures

Key figures in the Will Smith Case


Trial is underway for Cardell Hayes, 29, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the April shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. A look at some of the key figures in the case:  Read more...

 
Holiday Spirit

Do we get more in the holiday spirit as it gets colder?


With much colder weather coming today, heading into the weekend, will folks in New Orleans begin to get into the holiday spirit?  Does a good cold blast like we are about to get, set us off on that shopping spree to buy those gifts for Christmas?  Read more...
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Kiffin to LSU?

Kiffin still in play for LSU? Cougars go after Applewhite


Everyone jumped on the Lane train to Houston yesterday, but the Cougars have named Major Applewhite their new head coach.  He was promoted after serving as offensive coordinator under Tom Herman who left for the Texas Longhorns gig. That means Lane Kiffin is... Read more

Geller: Saints look to steal Buccaneers booty


I’m still not really sure what the heck happened last week against the Lions, but it sure did prove to me that not a whole lot has changed around here. It’s S.O.S. - same ole Saints. They’re up and down play has resulted in a 5-7 record, but for some reason we want to... Read more 

Pels fall to Philly, 99-88


Ersan Ilyasova scored 23 points, Sergio Rodriguez added 16, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a franchise record-tying 23-game road losing streak, beating the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 99-88 on Thursday night.  Read more...
 

LSU releases details on new deal for defensive coordinator


LSU releases the details on defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s new three-year contract extension that also makes him the associate head coach. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says he’s earned the distinction of being the highest paid assistant in college football. Read more...

LSU has sold nearly half of its alloted tickets for the Citrus Bowl


Some LSU fans are gearing up to head to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl later this month, but so far ticket sales are lagging a bit. That’s according to LSU ticket manager, Brian Broussard, who says so far only about 4,000 tickets have been sold ...Read more

Gasol, Grizzlies outlast Pelicans, 110-108 in double OT


Marc Gasol had 28 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation, to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 110-108 in double overtime on Monday night. Read more...

LSU RB Leonard Fournette to enter the NFL draft


LSU star RB Leonard Fournette made it official by announcing he will enter the 2017 NFL draft after the Tigers’ bowl game on December 31st.  Fournette made the announcement on Twitter and said he plans to play in the Citrus Bowl, despite a nagging ankle injury.  Read more...

 

Fournette to forego his senior season at LSU


LSU running back Leonard Fournette announced he will skip his senior season at LSU and be eligible for the NFL Draft next spring.  Read more...

Fournette - Leonard scoring photo (credit by WWL's Joe Marino)

Time to look to the future, Who Dats?


Is it time to start thinking about next year, Saints fans? While there are some hopeful citizens of the Who Dat Nation -- chief among them, WWL's Bobby Hebert -- that the Saints can finish strong and get the help they need to keep playing into January, one expert sees hope in 2017. Read more...

Brees: Saints loss to Lions was "our own fault"


What a difference a week makes.  The Saints were feeling pretty good a week ago at this time after crushing the Los Angeles Rams 49-21 in the Superdome, Sunday not so much. The Detroit Lions entered the Superdome and stymied the Saints high flying offense en route to... Read more
 
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