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Investor group pays $3.4B for power company Cleco


An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets is buying the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion. The group will pay $55.37 in cash for each share of Cleco, which owns the regulated electric utility Cleco Power.  Read more...
Well Being?

Louisiana quality of life misunderstood and misrepresented?


Another report on quality of life has come out. And, once again, Louisiana and the South take a beating. But, there's a southerner at the source of the story who wants to set the record straight.  Read more...
Fatal Hit-&-Run

Woman killed in French Quarter hit-and-run


New Orleans Police say a hit and run in the French Quarter involving a drunk driver has left one woman dead.  Read more...
 
Money Owed

Louisiana on hook for $522M as feds nix Road Home relief


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says New Orleans must return hundreds of millions of dollars paid in home elevation grants after Hurricane Katrina.  Read more...
 
State Budget

Lawmakers wait to hear from auditors on surplus


Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.  Read more...
 
Trial Delay

Delay granted in trial related to Mother's Day shooting


The trial date in a federal drug trafficking case related to a 2013 Mother's Day parade shooting in New Orleans has been pushed back from November to March.  Read more...
 
Retraction

Tulane think tank withdraws 'vulnerable students' study


An education think tank at Tulane University has retracted a report that indicated New Orleans' public high schools appear to be exceeding expectations at educating students who suffer from various disadvantages.  Read more...
 
Quarter Patrol

Unarmed French Quarter patrols delayed


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan to use voluntary hotel taxes to fund an unarmed, civilian patrol in the French Quarter has hit a snag.  Read more...  

 

Student data wasn't wiped from auctioned computers


At least two computers from a defunct charter school organization in New Orleans that were sold at auction a week ago  contained names, birth dates and social security numbers for 210 students.  Read more...
 
LSU Insurance

LSU flagship campus gets insurance-buying autonomy


Lawmakers have given LSU the authority to leave the state-run insurance program and buy its own coverage in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for a Louisiana college.  Read more...
 
West Nile

Two new West Nile cases in Louisiana


Louisiana's health department says two new cases of West Nile virus infections were reported in the state this week. One case was in Caddo Parish; the other, in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Read more...
 
Jobless Claims

Initial Louisiana unemployment claims rise


The state labor department said first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 11 increased to 2,473 from the previous week's total of 2,081.  Read more...
 
Prison Suit

$600,000 settlement in Orleans prison death suit


A federal lawsuit stemming from the 2009 death of a woman who was jailed at the Orleans Parish Prison has been settled for $600,000. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman agreed to the sum to end the wrongful death lawsuit.  Read more...
 
Jail Sentance

5 years, $475000 for New Orleans nonprofit's ex-director


A federal judge has sentenced a nonprofit agency's former director to five years in prison and nearly $475,000 in restitution and fines for a kickback scheme with house-gutting contractors after Hurricane Katrina.  Read more...
 
Sex Charges

Sex allegations involving a handicapped victim


Having sex with someone who is mentally handicapped is a serious crime and in Terrebonne Parish cops have arrested two men in just such a case. Read more...
Threats

Cops: Man charged after threatening DA's son


A Houma man is facing charges after allegedly threatening to kill the district attorney's son. "Troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested a Houma man for threats... Read more
Ebola Calls

Louisiana 911 operators to screen callers for Ebola


A new protocol has been implemented to 911 operators in Louisiana which has them screen callers for Ebola symptoms. Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin Davis says the caller will be asked a series of questions... Read more
Hooked?

Survey: we use smartphones 1,500 times a week


How often do you look at your phone?  How about 1,500 times a week? Read more...
Back in Action

Have the Saints regained their winning mojo?


The Saints have had a week off for players to rest up and coaches to reexamine the game-plan. Do citizens of the Who Dat Nation believe the Saints have done enough to start winning again? Read more...
Life Sentence

Man sentenced to death in deadly heroin case


Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say a Los Angeles gang member has been sentenced to life in prison on charges related to heroin trafficking and the death of a federal witness.  Read more...
Teacher Sex

Teacher allegedly had sexual interaction with three teens


There's been another allegation of sexual student/teacher interaction in Louisiana. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's office says a woman who teaches at Crowley High is under arrest for allegedly being inappropriately involved with three of her students.  Read more...
Weekend Fun

Fall festivals continue to fill the weekend calendar


It's another major fall festival weekend in Southeastern Louisiana. The featured flavors range from 'down home' to international, from surf to turf. Three of them get underway Friday.  Read more and see the schedule...
Teen Sex

21-year-old Raceland man arrested for sex with teen


Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a 21-year-old Raceland man Thursday who was wanted for allegedly having sex with a minor.  Read more...
 
Crisis or Not?

Needless fear over Ebola scare


State and National health care leaders are doing more damage control today, basically telling the public to ''chill out'' when it comes to the threat of Ebola. Read more...
Ebola Concern

LSU worker to stay off campus after trip to Africa


Louisiana State University says an employee who trained Liberian police officers to use protective clothing has been asked to stay off campus for three weeks — the period during which Ebola virus symptoms could show up.  Read more...
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Deke: SEC rankings, week seven


Hail State!  Hotty Toddy!  Man oh man what a weekend it was in North Mississippi.  First the Bulldogs beat the Aggies into submission, and then over in Oxford the Rebels saved their best for last in a huge win over the Tide.  Now two more huge games take place this week for the Rebs and Dogs.  Read More

Bobby: I don't know how to sugarcoat this


The Saints snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, losing to the Detroit Lions 24-23 and falling to 2-4 on the season. Up 23-10 late in the 4th quarter, the Black and Gold collapsed and gave up two touchdowns. It is an awful, painful loss for the Who Dat Nation, and Bobby Hebert was bummed just like everybody. Read More

Saints fall to Lions 24-23


Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining, and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Read More

Deke: Saints must balance offense to beat Lions


Simply put the Saints will have to play their best football of the season in order to come home with a win.  If the Saints could come out early in the game and rush the football with success that allows Coach Payton the opportunity to open up his playbook. Read More

Hot Takes with T-Bob: LSU dictates Kentucky game start to finish


The LSU Tigers surprised me once again with a dominating 41-3 win over the Kentucky Wildcats.  I predicted that the game would come down to the last minute and once again I was WAY OFF.  Read More

LSU dominates Kentucky 41-3


Terrence Magee amassed 220 all-purpose yards and rushed for two touchdowns, Tre'Davious White scored on a 67-yard punt return and LSU routed Kentucky 41-3 on Saturday night. Read More

Kristian: Saints release TE Tom Crabtree


The Saints have termintated their contract with TE Tom Crabtree and signed ILB Todd Davis to the active roster. Read More

Kristian: Saints will win in a close one against hobbled Lions


I'm hesitant to pick the Saints because of their very real road struggles, their inability to bring a defense to speak of and overall inconsistent play.  However, this game just has a Sean Payton and Drew Brees "don't count us out" signature on it. Read More

Jordan's Boot Report: Week eight in Louisiana college football


No team from the Boot plays another Louisiana team this weekend. With plenty of teams at or near .500, this weekend gives plenty of Louisiana schools the chance to take a step forward; but the threat of falling back is there as well. Read More

Mark: Top ten prep football rivalries renewed all over Louisiana


This weekend marks the return to prominence for a Lafayette-area rivalry dating back nearly 40 years. For seven seasons starting in 1975, Teurlings Catholic engaged in yearly battles with the now-defunct Cathedral High. Cathedral won every one of those meetings. Then in 1982, Cathedral merged with another school, Fatima, and formed St. Thomas More. Read More
 
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