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Mom: Gunman would 'pretty much lose it' on police shootings


The mother of the man who shot and killed three law-enforcement officers in Baton Rouge said her son would "pretty much lose it" when he heard about a black man being shot by police in what he considered an unlawful manner.  Read more...
Health Data

Louisiana's health department puts 2001-2010 data online


The Louisiana health department has a new website where people can look at tables, graphs and maps with health, environmental, population and other information. For instance, "health outcomes'' covers nine conditions including adult obesity, asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart attacks.  Read more...
NOLA Favored

With Charlotte out, New Orleans favored for NBA All-Star Game


As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy.  Read more...
River Diversion

Miss. River diversion report outlines land-building strategy


Scientists have released a report on how to divert Mississippi River sediment to build as much land as possible while protecting the environment and local communities. A key recommendation is that diversions should mimic the natural flood cycle of the river.  Read more...
School Control

Orleans school board uses surplus to pay for schools' return


The Orleans Parish School Board has voted to use $1.5 million of its $62.5 million surplus to begin the massive effort of returning most New Orleans public schools to local control. Officials say the $1.5 million the board approved will be used to hire staff to work on the transition.  Read more...
Duke Comeback?

Ex-KKK leader Duke tries political comeback in US Senate run


A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has joined a wide open field seeking a U.S. Senate seat. On Friday, he declared "the climate of this country has moved in my direction.''   Read more...
Crowded Field

Record 24 candidates on U.S. Senate ballot


A record 24 candidates will appear on the November ballot for the US Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says State Treasurer John Kennedy is leading in the early polls. But, Kennedy is going up against some big names.  Read more...
Oil Spill Fraud

New Orleans man pleads guilty to Gulf oil spill fraud


A 26-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to engaging in mail fraud for his role in submitting a fraudulent application for disaster assistance money in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Read more...
Casino Revenue

Louisiana casino revenue down 2.6 percent


Louisiana's 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah's New Orleans brought in $202.7 million in June, a 2.6 percent decrease from June 2015's $208.2 million. The 13,160 video poker machines across the state brought in $45.4 million.  Read more...
Jobless Claims

Louisiana payrolls rise as jobless rate ticks down in June


Louisiana employer payrolls rose in June, as the state's unemployment rate ticked down to 6.2 percent. The state's jobless rate fell from 6.3 percent in May, but was level with the 6.2 percent recorded in June 2015. It remained tied for third-highest among the states.  Read more...
$390 Million

Powerball drawing worth $390 million


The Powerball jackpot has been growing and growing. The estimated prize to a single winner in Saturday night's drawing is $390 million.  Read more...
Come Together!

At slain officer's funeral, calls for respect and unity


When protests erupted here over a black man's killing during a struggle with two white police officers, Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald made a promise to an old friend who urged him to be careful.  "I'm going to do what I got to do to... Read more
Signup Ends

Louisiana's election signup period has ended


The registration period for Louisiana's Nov. 8 election has ended. After the three-day qualifying period ended Friday, 24 candidates had signed up to run for the U.S. Senate seat that is open because Republican incumbent David Vitter isn't running for re-election.  Read more...
Abortion Laws

Louisiana won't enforce new abortion restrictions, for now


Louisiana officials have agreed not to enforce several new restrictions on abortion pending a judge's decision on whether to block the laws. The restrictions include a requirement for a 72-hour waiting period for many women, and a ban on a common second-trimester procedure.  Read more...
Sex Charges

Mandeville snowball stand owner arrested on sex related charges


The owner of a Mandeville snowball stand has been arrested for inappropriate sexual behavior with some of his juvenile employees. Captain Gerald Sticker with the Mandeville Police Department says 56-year-old Anthony Fortune, was receiving sexual favors.  Read more...
Gerald Funeral

Tearful goodbye for fallen Baton Rouge Officer Matthew Gerald


A tearful goodbye was given today to the first of three law enforcement officers killed on Sunday's police ambush. Thousands attended the funeral service of Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said it's time for the community to come together.  Read more...
Residency Rule

Baton Rouge council to consider police residency requirement


The three law enforcement officers killed in a shooting rampage Sunday lived in Livingston Parish, east of Baton Rouge, among the suburban communities many officers call home. A measure on the city-parish's Metro Council agenda prohibit officers from living outside of city limits.  Read more...
GOP Reaction

Louisiana GOP reacts to David Duke Senate candidacy


The Republican Party of Louisiana is condemning former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who says he will run for the U.S. Senate. Read More
Duke Signs Up

Ex-KKK leader Duke signs up to run for Senate


Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has officially signed up to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.  Duke registered Friday, the final day of Louisiana's qualifying period. A registered Republican, he is seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter.  Read more...

 
Smith Case

Judge won't kick DA off Will Smith case


A judge has refused to remove the New Orleans district attorney's office from the prosecution of a man who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith.  Read more...
22 Signed Up

Louisiana US Senate race draws 22 candidates _ and counting


Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness has become the 22nd candidate to register for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.  The Republican, who was the third-place finisher in the 2014 Senate competition, signed up Friday on the final day of the three-day qualifying period, ...Read more
Sex Charges

Local snowball stand owner arrested on sex related charges


Police in Mandeville have arrested an owner of a snowball stand on inappropriate sexual behavior with some of his juvenile employees.  56 year-old Anthony Barton Fortune, owner of the Shiver Shack Snowball Stand, ...Read more
Reward Upped

ATF increases reward in Slidell church arson


State and federal investigators searching for leads in two arson fires at the same Slidell church during the past year have increased the reward for information to $10,000.  The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a news release ...Read more
Robocalls

New Orleans area slammed with 18 million robocalls in June


New Orleans ranked as the 7th Most Robocalled Area Code Per Capita in the U.S last month.  The New Orleans area code (504) received more than 18 million robocalls in June, according to the latest National Robocall Index™.  Read more...

 
Car in Canal

Deadly crash into canal


One person is dead after a vehicle went into a canal this morning in New Orleans East. "We are working a traffic fatality at Newcastle Street and Morrison Road," Officer Juan Barnes said in an email.  "(It) occurred around 5:51 a.m."  Police got the call just before... Read more
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NOLA Favored

With Charlotte out, New Orleans favored for NBA All-Star Game


As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy.  Read more...

Deke: Six NFL teams that could surprise us in 2016


I’ve given you all my Top 10 pre-season poll of what I think are the top teams in the NFL entering training camp, now it’s time to take a peek at a handful of teams that I think are prime to become surprises that could make a run this season. Read More

NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law


New Orleans appears in line to host next year's NBA All-Star weekend. The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.  Read more...

Reports say New Orleans could get 2017 NBA All-Star Game


New Orleans appears in line to host next year's NBA All-Star weekend. The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.  Read more...

Deke: Top ten NFL teams, pre-season edition


OK the start of training camp is near, and all 32 teams have the same goal - win the Super Bowl!  But as most of us really know, not all 32 teams have the same shot at getting there - you will notice that my list does not feature any teams from the NFC East or AFC South. Read More

Steve: Hump Day is reporting day for Saints rookies!


Folks, not only are we halfway through the week, but today Saints rookies have reported for training camp. The rest of the squad will join the newbies in seven more days. Read More

Keenan Lewis promises Saints will have top defense this year


The Saints are coming off back to back 7 and 9 seasons, with one of the worst defensive performance in league history last season.  2015 was a particularly rough season for Lewis, who missed 10 games with a hip and groin injuries that ultimately landed him on season-ending Injured Reserve. Read More

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"Dumpster Fire;" LHSAA's Executive Committee calls for special meeting


The LHSAA recently called a special meeting of the executive committee to be held on Monday, July 25 to review executive director Eddie Bonine’s NFHS report. In that report, Bonine referred to the LHSAA as “a proverbial dumpster fire.” Read More

Steve: Pass rush remains Saints biggest concern heading into camp


Saints football is really just around the corner as training camp starts NEXT WEEK! The team is looking to resurrect itself from consecutive 7-9 finishes, and in order for that to happen they need to revive the defense. Read More

Murray beats Raonic in 3 sets for 2nd Wimbledon championship


After Britain famously endured a 77-year wait between Wimbledon men's champions, Andy Murray has given the host country a pair of titles in quick succession. Murray dulled booming serves with quick-reflex returns, and played impressively mistake-free tennis.  Read more...
 
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