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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...
Man Accused

Man accused of child sex trafficking in New Orleans


A Gentilly man has been accused of child sex trafficking in New Orleans.  It's reported that 26-year-old Eugene Forrest III was arrested Friday on human trafficking charges after authorities say he dropped off a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman ...Read more
 
Cleanup Added

Cleanup being added after New Orleans tornado


New Orleans East is getting another round of cleanup following a powerful tornado that tore through the area.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu provided residents with an update on the cleanup during a session at a church on Tuesday night. Read more...
Branches Close

Whitney Bank to close 10 branches


The Whitney Bank will reportedly close ten branches across South Louisiana.  The move is primarily to eliminate some overlapping locations.  Whitney Bank recently acquired nine branches from New Orleans-based First NBC. Read more...

 
Picking Spots

People begin to trickle onto Orleans Ave. neutral ground for Endymion


Seven days of parades begins today, with no end in sight until Fat Tuesday. People are already gathering for parades that won't start for days.  Of course, we are talking about Endymion. Many of the folks now setting up on the neutral ground ...Read more
Smoking Charge

State workers who smoke could face $50 surcharge


The state Office of Group Benefits is considering a $50 a month surcharge on health insurance premiums for state employees who use tobacco products.  OGB chief executive officer Tommy Teague says individuals who receive health insurance through the state ...Read more
$403 Million

Powerball jackpot grows to more than $400 million


Tonight’s Powerball jackpot has reached a whopping $403 million, with a cash value of $244 million. Louisiana Lottery Spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says this is the 10th largest Powerball jackpot ever. She says this drawing is the 19th in the current run. Read more...
Session End

Uncertainty surrounds final day of special session


It’s the final day of the special session of the Louisiana Legislature, and the major sticking point is how much of the rainy day fund to tap to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. Governor Edwards and the Senate proposes using $99 million from the state’s savings account, but... Read more
Budget

Louisiana budget deal negotiated, but will it pass in House?


With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers Tuesday moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place. But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain in a special session that must end Wednesday. Read more...
Salons

Judge refuses to toss bias claims over salon inspections


A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. Read more...
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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...

Pelicans send Tyreke back to Sacramento in multi-player deal


The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer. Read More

AD breaks Wilt's record, West wins 192-182


Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 on Sunday night.  Davis broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.  Read more...

 

LSU over Air Force 10-3 to complete weekend sweep


Opening day was all about the veterans for LSU, with the ‘Fab Four’ and Alex Lange playing starring roles during an emotional double-header sweep of Army. On Sunday, it was predominantly the new guys who took their turns in the spotlight for the first time.  Read more...

 
 
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