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US Rig Count

Louisiana leads week's rig loss

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 421, snapping three weeks of gains after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid depressed energy prices.  Read more...
College Tuition

No tuition hikes planned for Louisiana community, technical colleges

Louisiana's community and technical colleges won't be raising tuition rates on students this fall, after lawmakers largely shielded the schools from budget cuts. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors announced the decision Friday.  Read more...
Jobless Claims

Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 18 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,822 from the previous week's total.  Read more...
School Board

Committee approves researching Lafourche school board reduction

A revived effort to shrink the size of the Lafourche Parish School Board from 15 members to nine has passed its first hurdle. The Lafourche Parish Finance Committee has sent a proposal to the full board to determine whether the board can legally reduce the number of its members.  Read more...
Big Prize

Jackpot nearing $400 million

Nobody got all of the numbers right in the Megamillions drawing Friday night, so the jackpot grows to an estimated $390 million. The numbers drawn were  11, 14, 54, 57, 63 and Megaball 11.  It’s the biggest prize offered in the game since... Read more
Captain Charged

Former Terrebonne Capt. Dawn Foret charged with theft

A former captain in the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office is facing a federal theft charge. Federal court records show 38-year-old Dawn Foret was charged Friday in a bill of information that alleges she stole at least $1,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Read more...
Murder Details

JP Sheriff gives chilling account of deputy's murder

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said at a press conference Friday that, as Detective David Michel lay on the ground, trying to crawl away after being shot Wednesday, a witness saw the suspected gunman grab him fire two more shots into his back.  Read more...

Luxury riverboat to cruise from Gretna

City leaders in Gretna are excited about the announcement of a new luxury riverboat coming to town. 'The Louisiane' used to be the Columbia Queen in Oregon.  It's going to be docked at the Gretna ferry terminal and will create a nearly a hundred new jobs.  Read more...
Medical Pot

LSU Board of Supervisors okays the growing of medical marijuana

The LSU Board of Supervisors gives the school’s ag center the green light to begin the process of growing medical marijuana that would be dispensed to eligible Louisiana patients. LSU Ag Center Chancellor Doctor Bill Richardson says they plan to grow medical weed ...Read more

US jury deciding racketeering case against convicted killer

Jurors are deliberating federal charges against a New Orleans crime figure already serving a life sentence on a state murder charge.  Telly Hankton and three other defendants awaited a verdict Friday in the federal racketeering trial that opened June 6.  Read more...
Child Abuse?

Agencies at odds over mom who whipped her kids over alleged burglary

State and local agencies are apparently not in agreement on what to do in the case of a mother who harshly disciplined her sons... who she says committed a crime.  The punishment for the 10, 12 and 13 year old boys is generating emotional debate. Read more...

LSU President doesn't like the idea of front loading TOPS

Lawmakers failed to raise enough revenue in the special session to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program. However, in the final minutes, an amendment was added that means TOPS students would get all of their tuition paid in the fall semester, ...Read more
Boil Water

Covington issues 'precautionary boil water advisory'

Residents of Covington are being advised that it is possible a portion of the water system could have become contaminated. The city has issued a boil water advisory as a precaution after officials say a section of new water line was not fully tested before a faulty valve allowed... Read more
Guilty Of Rape

Jury finds Slidell man guilty of raping carnival worker

A St. Tammany Parish jury found 56 year-end Alvin Davis, of Slidell, guilty Thursday of raping a 21-year-end woman who was part of a traveling carnival in 2014.  Davis, a candidate for sentencing under the state’s habitual offender law, ...Read more
Larkin Resigns

Grambling State President Willie Larkin resigns

Grambling State University President Willie Larkin has resigned at the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston.  Thursday's announcement came following an executive session ...Read more
Federal Charge

Man charged in school board scandal

A New Orleans man faces a federal criminal charge in connection with a scandal that resulted in a school board member's resignation and guilty plea.  U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says in a Thursday news release that 68-year-old Lester Mornay ...Read more
Medical Pot

LSU Board of Supervisors to vote on growing medical marijuana

The LSU Board of Supervisors will vote today on whether or not their AgCenter will grow medical marijuana that would be sold to patients who receive a prescription for the drug. Spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter Frankie Gould ...Read more
Opens Today

Another Louisiana shot film is released today but production is slowing

The Louisiana filmed movie, Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey comes out in theaters today. Executive Director of Celtic Studios Patrick Mulhearn says the movie revolves around a Mississippi farmer who tries to secede from the Confederacy. Read more...
Zika Concerns

Do you need private mosquito control at your home?

A lot of people are apparently considering private mosquito control companies because of Zika concerns.  That may add a certain level of protection...but it's not the most effective way to combat the bugs.  Read more...


TOPS fully funded for fall, not spring

Just before midnight, the Louisiana legislature gave final approval to a spending bill that calls for the TOPS scholarship program to be fully funded for the fall semester. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says it’s the right thing to do. "We made a promise to our kids... Read more
Tax Session

After 19 weeks, Louisiana lawmakers ending third session

Louisiana lawmakers worked into the final hours of their special session on taxes Thursday to divvy up the $260 million more they raised for the state's operating budget. The House and Senate fell far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards,  Read more...
Gator Sightings

Alligator sightings have Louisiana residents on edge

After an alligator pulled a 2-year-old into the water last week in Orlando, Florida, Louisiana authorities are asking folk to become more vigilant in reporting sightings of the reptiles. Police are warning Louisiana parents to be on the lookout for alligators. Read more...
Michel Funeral

Funeral arrangements for Detective David Michel, Jr.

The New Orleans Police Department announced Thursday that funeral arrangements have been finalized for Detective David F. Michel, Jr. The celebration of life services for Detective Michel will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Believer's Life Family Church.  Read more...
Assault Law

New law expands felony for assault on police officers

A new law goes into effect on August 1 that expands the felony for assaults on police officers. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says under the previous law, assaulting an officer with anything other than a gun was a misdemeanor.  Read more...
Crushing Death

Marrero man killed in industrial accident

A worker at Pellerin Milnor Corporation in Kenner has been killed in an industrial accident. Kenner Police, in a news release, said the 58-year-old victim became trapped and crushed inside an automatic rotating tool machine, with a turning lathe.  Read more...
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NBA Champs!

Cleveland upsets G.S. 93-89 to win NBA Championship

The Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Golden State Warriors 93 to 89 in game 7 to win the NBA Championship.  Read more...


The Latest: Flooding closes historic Greenbrier resort where Saints hold camp

A historic West Virginia resort located in one of the hardest-hit areas of flooding has closed to guests until further notice. The 710-room Greenbrier resort sustained damage from the flooding and was using backup generators Friday, according to a post on its Facebook page.  Read more...

Saints tweak roster, sign DT CJ Wilson

The Saints announced today they've placed CB Kyle Wilson on reserve/Injured list and have signed DT C.J. Wilson. Read More

Kristian: Which Saints player is in a make-or-break season?

This question is easy to answer. If Player X doesn't perform, he's likely out of New Orleans following the season.  Player X would be Safety Jairus Bryd. Read More

Simmons goes #1, Pelicans pick Hield

As expected former LSU star Ben Simmons was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. He's the second player from LSU to be taken with the top pick. Read more...

Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

 The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. Read More 


Voting starts today on Zephyrs final choices for new name

By this time next year, the Zephyrs baseball team will have a new name.  It could be Crawfish or Baby Cakes.  The franchise is rebranding the minor league baseball team in order to be "more New Orleans."  The ballclub's current nickname actually comes from... Read more

Simmons hopes to be NBA draft top pick

Ben Simmons has the sneaker deal and the TV show, so off the court he already has the look of a star.  The only questions seem to be about what he can do on the floor.  Assuming the Philadelphia 76ers are satisfied, ...Read more

McIlroy out of Rio Olympics over Zika concerns

Rory McIlroy says he will not be competing in the golf tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus. In a statement released by his management company on Wednesday, the four-time major winner says ``I've come to realize that... Read more

Steve: LSU's Ben Simmons to go 1st in NBA Draft; but is he ready?

Not a big surprise here, but former LSU power forward Ben Simmons will be selected 1st overall by the Philadlephia 76ers. Read More
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