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Hurricane Matthew heads toward central Caribbean Sea

People in the Dutch Caribbean islands reinforced their homes and stocked up on emergency supplies Thursday as Hurricane Matthew took a rare turn through the southern Caribbean ahead of an expected shift to the north.  Read more...
Job Growth

Louisiana Economic Outlook shows low oil prices continue to hamper job growth

The Louisiana Economic Outlook shows the state will lose 17,000 jobs this year because of low oil prices. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott released the report and says the state has been in a recession since August 2015.  Read more...
Cop Hits Cab

New Orleans police patrol car hits cab at intersection

New Orleans police say a police patrol car hit a cab at an intersection, knocking the cab into a hotel and a parked vehicle. Officer Dawne Massey, a police spokeswoman, says Officer Joseph Deutsch was on duty when the crash occurred early Thursday.  Read more...
Creepy Clowns!

St. James deputies locate 'creepy clown'

The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office says it has located one of the so-called "creepy clowns" that appeared in a store earlier this week. Read more...
Burglary Arrest

Cops catch suspect wanted for breaking into home on State Street

A police hunt for a burglary suspect today led to a lockdown at Isidore Newman School in Uptown this afternoon, that ended a little less than an hour later when New Orleans Police found their man. Read more...
Cops Charged

Two NOPD officers, one sheriff's deputy charged in cigarette-selling scheme

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans today announced the indictment of six men, including three law enforcement officers, in an alleged scheme to sell cigarettes on the black market. "(The) defendants would illegally receive, possess, and purchase contraband cigarettes and cigars."  Read more...

October oil spill milestone: $520 million in seafood claims

The administrator of economic loss claims resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill says he expects about $520 million in seafood industry claims to be paid in the Gulf of Mexico states as early as next month. Read more...
Flood Money

President signs short-term bill to fund government, LA flood recovery

President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Read more...
Senate Race

Fleming hits GOP opponents, says acting like in junior high

After lagging in polls, Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming thinks he's found his path to the runoff in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, positioning himself as the grown-up among the major GOP candidates. In his latest TV ad released statewide this week, Fleming hits the two leading Republicans.  Read more...
Recovery Aid

Flood victims waiting for answers about recovery aid

Congress has approved $400 million for flood recovery efforts in Louisiana, but when that money will be available to flood victims is still up in the air. Lafayette City-Parish president Joel Robideaux says people are looking for answers, and that's something local officials can't give them.  Read more...

UPDATE: Lockdown at Newman lifted as suspect has been taken into custody

UPDATE: NOPD reports the suspect has been caught and the precautionary lockdown at Newman has been lifted. Read more...
Tax Study

Second deadline to be missed by Louisiana tax study group

A study group aimed at recommending changes to state tax and budget policy will miss its second deadline for pulling together its suggestions. Legislative leaders have agreed to give the task force, created by state lawmakers, until Nov. 1 to turn in its recommendations.  Read more...

Hurricane Matthew to make hard right, threaten U.S. East Coast

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Matthew continues its march westward in the Caribbean Sea. Storm warning have been posted for the "ABC" islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Read more...
La. Tax Study

Second deadline to be missed by Louisiana tax study group

A study group aimed at recommending changes to state tax and budget policy will miss its second deadline for pulling together its suggestions.  Legislative leaders have agreed to give the task force, created by state lawmakers, until Nov. 1 ...Read more
$500M In Aid

Congress approves legislation that contains $500 million in federal disaster aid

Congress approves legislation that contains $500 million in federal disaster assistance. About $400 million will go to Louisiana for flood relief. Republican Senator David Vitter says this is just a start, more federal aid is expected in December.   Read more...
Cold Front

Cooler air pushing into New Orleans area

A cold front is finally making an impact on the Southeast Louisiana weather, especially on the Northshore. "The drier and less humid air has arrived! "  WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said.  "It will stick around through the weekend too as... Read more
Dementia Link

Hearing loss or Alzheimer's?

Are you concerned about an older relative developing Alzheimer's? It might just be a hearing problem. Dr. Moises Arriaga, Director of Ear Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans, says there's very strong data showing that untreated hearing loss is an independent risk factor for dementia... Read more
Most Murder

FBI: Louisiana leads US in murder rate

Louisiana leads the nation in another of the wrong categories. The latest Uniform Crime Report from the FBI finds Louisiana last year had the highest murder rate of any state in the nation: a little more ten people out of every hundred thousand in Louisiana were murdered in 2015. Read more...
Higher Tolls?

St. Tammany Republicans reject plan for Causeway improvements

Some Northshore Republicans want to see the effort to raise the tolls on the Causeway derailed.  One group has voted to urge officials to reject the funding for safety improvements.
The St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee voted to ask the Parish Council... Read more
Video Shown

Graphic video released of La. boy's shooting by police

After a police body camera captured two deputy city marshals firing on a car and killing a 6-year-old boy, the head of the Louisiana State Police said the video was the most disturbing thing he's seen.  Read more...

St James Parish president indicted for malfeasance

St. James Parish President Timothy Roussel has been indicted on six counts of malfeasance.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday's indictment in a news release. Roussel's director of operations,  Read more...
Cops Suspended

4 suspensions, 1 reprimand over New Orleans sex crime cases

Four members of the New Orleans Police Department were suspended and another was reprimanded for allegedly mishandling hundreds of rape investigations. Read more...
Jail Lawsuit

Sheriff files suit against builders of New Orleans jail

The man under fire for his management of the new jail in New Orleans has filed a lawsuit against the general contractors who built the facility. Sheriff Marlin Gusman's suit seeks approximately $3 million for missed deadlines that delayed the jail's opening for months.  Read more...
Statue Fight

New Orleans tells court it can remove Confederate statues

New Orleans has the right to remove Confederate monuments that are the center of a heated debate, the city's attorneys told an appeals court Wednesday, but opponents who want a delay said removing them could cause irreparable harm.  Read more...

$500M Passes

Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $500M in flood relief

The Senate has passed a bill to keep the government running through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.  It also includes $500 million for rebuilding assistance to flood-ravaged Louisiana.  Read more...
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Leading Saints receiver Snead envisions bright future in Big Easy

The Saints Players Show welcomed in some star power Thursday night as receiver Willie Snead joined Deke Bellavia at Hooters in Metairie. Despite missing a game, Snead leads the Saints in receiving yards in 2016 with 226. Read More

Kristian: James Laurinaitis added to Saints injury report

The Saints injury report remains the same as yesterday ahead of this week's match up with the San Diego Chargers with the addition of LB James Laurinaitis with a quad injury. He was limited in practice today. Read More

Fantasy Football: Time to sell high on Latavius Murray

The Lions are lousy against TEs - In 2015 the Detroit Lions allowed the 5th most fantasy point to TEs. That trend has rolled over to 2016 as they are now the worst team defending the position giving up 17.9 fantasy points per game. Read More

Prep Football Preview: St Thomas More @ Hahnville

This week’s game of the week on WWL.com features two teams looking to get back on track, as we head to Boutte, LA, where the St. Thomas More Cougars invade Tiger Stadium to take on the Hahnville Tigers. Read More

Steve: Will the Saints survive a shoot-out in San Diego?

San Diego lost on the road to the Chiefs and Colts, but lit up the Jaguars in their home opener for a victory. We constantly hear coaches and players talk about having a balanced offensive attack - well San Diego has found that groove. Read More

Korte: Saints O-Line graded out pretty well against average Atlanta

I was concerned coming into this week for a couple of reasons - first, no Terron Armstead at left tackle is cause enough for concern, secondly, the musical chairs along the front, however necessary, means we haven't found a secure spot for anyone yet on the left side. Read More

Orgeron: Godchaux's reinstated, Fournette a "game-time decision"

Starting defensive end Davon Godchaux has been reinstated to the team and will return to practice Wednesday, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed on Wednesday. Godchaux was suspended from the team indefinitely following an arrest Monday morning stemming from... Read more

Brees: Saints have a "great challenge before us"

With his Saints sitting at 0-3 for a second straight year, Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert for his weekly “QB To QB” segment on WWL Radio. Brees started by talking about the team’s third straight disappointing loss. Read More

Deke's SEC football rankings, week five

Alabama has one more easier one before a very tough stretch, the Vols have passed the first of four big tests, Texas A&M says don’t mess with Texas - A&M that is!  Ole Miss is still relevant and LSU has one of their own in charge of some desperate Tigers!  Read More

"Go For Two" Episode 4: The Rise of the Eagles and Vikings

The NFC has been turned upside down with the Eagles and Vikings on top of the conference at 3-0.  Can their success continue?  Plus, should preseason favorites Arizona and Carolina be concerned? Read More
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