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TOPS tumbles to only 48 percent funded


As state lawmakers wrangle with the budget, a once sacred cow is being cut down to a size nobody seems to like. Read more...
Toll Roads

Transportation Secretary: Louisiana may need more tolls


State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says Louisiana may need to consider tolls as way to pay for major highway construction projects. He says the state cannot rely on federal money to cover the costs for big ticket items.  Read more...

 
Over The Limit

Sources: Will Smith's blood alcohol level was way over the legal limit


Sources are reporting that former Saints defensive star Will Smith's blood alcohol content was three times over the legal limit when he was fatally shot in the uptown area on April 9th. Read More
Medicaid

Enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion opens Wed.


People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana's new Medicaid expansion can begin signing up Wednesday.  Residents can apply online at www.healthy.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-342-6207. Read more...
Drivers Texting

Lawmakers vote to boost penalties for texting while driving


Penalties could grow for disobeying state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers, under a bill heading to the governor.  Read more...
 
 
Fiery Crash

Louisiana State Police: 4 dead in fiery head-on crash


Louisiana State police say four people died, including a 1-year-old, in a fiery head-on Memorial Day crash.  The accident happened late Monday night on Louisiana Highway 67 in East Feliciana Parish north of Baton Rouge.  Read more...

 
Feral Hogs

LSU AgCenter hosts feral hog meeting in Alexandria


Feral hogs are a big problem in Louisiana, so the LSU AgCenter is hosting a meeting today at their Dean Lee Research Center in Alexandria to give updates on latest research and new regulations that are being implemented.  Read more...
Restaurant Fire

Boutte restaurant catches fire, damaged


Authorities are investigating what caused a fire at a well-known seafood restaurant in Boutte. 
Local media outlets report Zydeco's Cajun caught fire Monday afternoon. Fire officials say the restaurant was closed for Memorial Day when the blaze started around 4 p.m.  Read more...
 
 
Budget Proposal

Senate Finance Committee makes major changes to budget proposal


The Senate Finance Committee has made their changes to the proposed budget for next fiscal year and sent it to the Senate floor. Amendments made to the budget only fund 48% of the TOPS scholarship program.  Read more...
Released

Former St. Tammany coroner Galvan released from prison


Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan left has been released from prison. It's reported that Galvan was released early Monday from David Wade Correctional Center in Homer.  Read more...
 
 
Treatment

Big CAT scan: LSU mascot Mike the Tiger in cancer treatment


Louisiana State University's live tiger mascot was sedated this past weekend and brought to a human cancer center near campus where he'll be treated for a rare cancer.  At the hospital, Mike VI received a CT scan and a radiation simulation. Read more...
Ban The Box

Ban the Box bill waits for governor's signature


The "Ban the Box" bill, which would remove the requirement that applicants for state jobs disclose criminal history, is awaiting a signature from the governor to become law.  US Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris ...Read more
Ban The Box

Ban the Box bill waits for governor's signature


The "Ban the Box" bill, which would remove the requirement that applicants for state jobs disclose criminal history, is awaiting a signature from the governor to become law.  Read more...
Budget Plan

Senators unveil their version of Louisiana operating budget


Louisiana's senators prioritized home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled Monday as they crafted their version of next year's state operating budget, which would leave the TOPS college tuition program and safety net hospitals short.  Read more...
 
REAL ID

REAL ID driver's license bill sent to the governor's desk


Louisiana lawmakers have decided the state's drivers should get to choose whether they want a driver's license that complies with the federal REAL ID security law. Read more...
TOPS Cuts

If TOPS takes a cut, lawmakers want it evenly distributed


If cuts fall on the TOPS college tuition program, lawmakers want every student eligible for the award to get some money from the state. Read more...
Blue Lives

Opposition to 'Blue Lives Matters' law


Louisiana is about to become the first state in the nation to approve a new law that makes attacking a first responder a hate crime. Read more...
Violent Weekend

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison addresses the violent weekend


Eight holdups, four carjackings, two stabbings and a gunpoint burglary made for an unusually high-crime night in New Orleans.  NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says his officers are working on every case. Read more...

 
2 Shot Dead

NOPD: Two shot dead on Memorial day


The violent weekend continued on this Memorial Day when 2 men were shot to death in the Broadmoor neighborhood.  The two men were shot several times and killed in the 3300 block of General Taylor shortly after 11 a.m, according to the NOPD.  Read more...

 
Oil Spill Money

Latest Edwards, Landry skirmish: Oil spill recovery money


Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry are clashing over how to handle millions in BP settlement money from the massive Gulf oil spill, the latest skirmish between the statewide elected officials.  Read more...

 
Earmarked

Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill


Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor.  But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep because deep-sea ...Read more
Special Session

Lawmakers to begin 2nd special session next week


On Monday June 6th, the regular legislative session will come to a close at the State Capitol and on that same day, legislators will begin a special session. With the state looking at a 600-million dollar revenue shortfall, ...Read more
LSU Beer

LSU fans can help choose the official LSU beer


LSU fans will help choose the taste of the official beer of LSU. Cofounder of Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge, William McGehee, says people age 21 and over can go to TinRoofBeer.com to register to be part of a tasting panel that will select the new LSU brew ...Read more
Memorial Day

Governor and VA Secretary to speak at Memorial Day events


In honor of Memorial Day, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Joey Strickland encourages families to honor those who have died in war. He says many brave Louisianans have fought for our freedom.  Read more...

 
Summer Tourism

Lt. Governor Nungesser hopes for increased tourism over the summer


Summer is known as a slow season for Louisiana travel, but Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser hopes that's not the case this year.  He says there are hundreds of festivals during the summer months that showcase our food music, culture, and our people.  Read more...

 
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Tigers draw Utah Valley Friday in Baton Rouge Regional opener


The road to Omaha will run through Alex Box Stadium — so long as the Tigers keep on winning.  LSU received the No. 8 national seed during the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday morning, meaning, ...Read more

LSU will host baseball regional


The NCAA has awarded LSU and Baton Rouge a baseball Regional host site for the fifth straight year.  The Tigers had a pretty solid run in the regular season and won three games in SEC tournament before getting eliminated on Saturday by Florida 1-0.   Read More

Pelican's Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment


New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter's first birthday after he mistakenly went to the wrong apartment in Dallas. The man in that apartment shot Dejean-Jones when he began kicking at the bedroom door early Saturday.  Read more...

Tigers lose SEC Tournament to Florida


The rally possum must have taken the Memorial Day weekend off. He was no where to be found on Saturday in Hoover, Alabama, as four Florida pitchers struck out 11 LSU hitters in a 1-0 blanking of the Tigers. Read more...

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones dead from gunshot wound


The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that.23-year-old Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has died. Dejean-Jones suffered a gunshot to the abdomen and bled to death, according to Yahoo Sports.  Read more...
 

Pelicans release statement on death of guard Bryce DeJean-Jones


Bryce DeJean-Jones, described as a "promising" player for the New Orleans Pelicans, was shot dead in Dallas last night, according to multiple reports. Read more...

Oklahoma defeats Louisiana-Lafayette in NCAA Super Regional


No. 3 seeded Oklahoma held off a late rally by No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette to defeat the Ragin' Cajuns 7-6 in the NCAA softball Norman Super Regional. OU wins the best-of-three regional two-games-to-none and advances to the Women's College World Series.  Read more...

LSU to retire Todd Walker's jersey


The LSU Hall of Fame committee has unanimously approved retiring all-America second baseman Todd Walker's jersey. The university said Friday that Walker's jersey will be retired in a ceremony prior to a Tigers' game during the 2017 baseball season.  Read more...

LSU to face Florida for a trip to the SEC title game


LSU will face Florida in the SEC Baseball Tournament semifinals Saturday for a trip the championship.  The Gators advanced Friday night after beating Mississippi State 12 to 2.
The winner of the LSU - Florida game will face the winner of... Read more

Steve: Rob Ryan not to blame for poor Saints defense?


It’s no surprise that Rob Ryan has opened his mouth, the only real shocker is that it took this long. He told the MMQB that the last two years in New Orleans, those weren’t his defenses. Read More
 
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