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Normand: Gasser arrested for mansaughter for killing McKnight


Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand today announced the arrest of Ronald Gasser for the shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight. He says Gasser is charged with manslaughter. "We've done the right thing for the right reasons," Normand insisted in... Read more
Adopt

Record year for Louisiana adoption


It's a merrier Christmas this year for 735 Louisiana children: they now have families! That's how many kids were adopted out of state foster care from October 2015 to September 2016. Read more...
Will Smith Case

Will Smith's widow: 'He didn't have to do that to my baby'


The widow of NFL star Will Smith took the stand Tuesday at the murder trial of her husband's killer, disputing the defense claim that Smith was the aggressor and telling the jury, "He didn't have to do that to my baby." Read more...
Arrested

Man arrested in ex-NFL player's death; sheriff defends probe


The Louisiana man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute was jailed on a manslaughter charge as a sheriff angrily defended the investigation Tuesday, saying authorities "strategically" waited for days to make the arrest because they needed to find independent witnesses. Read more...
Will Smith Case

Will Smith's widow: 'You didn't have to do that to my baby'


The widow of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has confronted her husband's killer, telling him as a jury looked on that ``You didn't have to do that to my baby.'' Read more...
What Next?

What's next in the case against Gasser


What happens next in the case against Ronald Gasser?  Legal analyst Tim Meche says it still has a long way to go and a lot will depend on what District Attorney Paul Connick decides to do. Read more...
Will Smith Case

'Stand your ground' tested in trial over NFL star's death


The man who shot former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith is a raging killer, a prosecutor declared Tuesday. Cardell Hayes' defense lawyer countered that he fired in self-defense. Read more...
Bleak Picture

Dardenne paints grim fiscal picture for lawmakers


Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne paints a bleak fiscal picture to lawmakers during a budget hearing this morning at the State Capitol. Dardenne says not only does the state have to address a $313 million deficit for this fiscal year,  ...Read more
Will Smith Case

Defense: client feared Will Smith


A defense lawyer says the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith last April did so in self-defense, fearing that an angry Smith was fetching a gun from his SUV's glove box during a heated argument after a traffic accident. Read more...
Katrina Fraud

Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm


A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Sisters Cori and Kerry Rigsby filed the fraud lawsuit on behalf of the government after they said they witnessed State Farm shifting Mississippi claims to federal flood insurance that should have been paid by private wind insurance. Read more...
Will Smith Case

Prosecutor says Saints defensive star died defenseless


A prosecutor says the irony of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith's death is that the retired NFL defensive leader "died defenseless." Read more...
N.O. Featured

N.O. to be featured on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve


New Orleans will now be featured as part of the 2017 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Local Representative for Dick Clark Productions Gary Solomon says this is the first time in the show’s history ...Read more
La.-Trump

Can we see Louisianans involved in Trump's administration?


We can expect to see some Louisiana leaders working in the Trump Administration either in the cabinet or administrative positions, according to Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta, who led the Trump campaign in Louisiana.  Read more...
Shooter Charged

McKnight shooter charged with manslaughter


WWL TV reports Ronald Gasser has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the killing of Joe McKnight. Joe McKnight's family wants justice after the former NFL player was shot and killed in a road rage incident in Terry Town.  However, they also want calm.  Read more...
Fatal Crash

Driver cited in Slidell wreck that killed woman, injured 4


A driver has been cited for a crash that killed a woman and injured four others. Louisiana State Police say the incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Sunday when 24-year-old Kilian Webster was driving a Pontiac Grand Am westbound on I-10 in heavy rain.  Read more...

Trial Begins

Opening statements expected in trial over Saints star death


After a jury selection process that lasted well into the previous night, opening statements were expected Tuesday in the trial of the man charged with murder after he shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.  Read more...
Jury Seated

Jury picked in Will Smith killing trial


The jury is set to hear the case against the man who shot and killed former Saints player Will Smith. Jurors were seated Monday night. Lawyers said the trial could last seven to 10 days. Questions to potential jurors made clear that... Read more
Trial Starting

Jury selection previews possible 'stand-your-ground' defense


Questions to potential jurors Monday in the Will Smith shooting death trial make clear that Louisiana's "stand your ground" law will be at issue when testimony begins.  Read more...
Farewell Speech

US Sen. Vitter bids farewell, says he was 'blessed' to serve


U.S. Sen. David Vitter called his tenure in Congress ``the greatest honor of my professional life,'' as he gave a farewell speech ahead of the end to his 12-year tenure in the Senate.
The Republican incumbent didn't run for a third term,  ...Read more

Man arrested after forcibly fondling a preteen victim


Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of 34-year-old Dean Keller of Thibodaux for alleged sexual battery (forcible fondling).  On Friday, November 25th, 2016, Dean Keller is accused of fondling the preteen victim under the victim’s clothing ...Read more
Possible Jurors

Jury selection begins in Saints star's death


Attorneys in the Will Smith shooting-death case are gauging potential jurors' attitudes on when it's appropriate to flee an aggressor and when it's appropriate to use lethal self-defense under Louisiana's ``stand your ground'' law.  Read more...
 
 
Next Year?

Time to look to the future, Who Dats?


Is it time to start thinking about next year, Saints fans? While there are some hopeful citizens of the Who Dat Nation -- chief among them, WWL's Bobby Hebert -- that the Saints can finish strong and get the help they need to keep playing into January, one expert sees hope in 2017. Read more...
Low Interest

Low early voting turnout for Louisiana's Saturday election


Early voting was sluggish in advance of this weekend's runoff election, with fewer than 6 percent of Louisiana's 3 million registered voters casting ballots.  About 171,000 voters cast ballots early for the Saturday election that will decide an open U.S. Senate seat and... Read more
Wanted Pimp

Cops searching for pimp wanted for human trafficking


"The NOPD is looking for a suspect wanted for human trafficking and aggravated assault," according to a news release. Investigators say that the victim reported the suspect kidnapped her and made her have sex for money. Read more...
Weather

Parts of the south from LA to GA could see stormy weather today


It will be a stormy day over portions of the Deep South from southeast Louisiana to southwest Georgia. Read more...
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Pels Lose

Gasol, Grizzlies outlast Pelicans, 110-108 in double OT


Marc Gasol had 28 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation, to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 110-108 in double overtime on Monday night. Read more...

LSU RB Leonard Fournette to enter the NFL draft


LSU star RB Leonard Fournette made it official by announcing he will enter the 2017 NFL draft after the Tigers’ bowl game on December 31st.  Fournette made the announcement on Twitter and said he plans to play in the Citrus Bowl, despite a nagging ankle injury.  Read more...

 

Fournette to forego his senior season at LSU


LSU running back Leonard Fournette announced he will skip his senior season at LSU and be eligible for the NFL Draft next spring.  Read more...

Fournette - Leonard scoring photo (credit by WWL's Joe Marino)

Time to look to the future, Who Dats?


Is it time to start thinking about next year, Saints fans? While there are some hopeful citizens of the Who Dat Nation -- chief among them, WWL's Bobby Hebert -- that the Saints can finish strong and get the help they need to keep playing into January, one expert sees hope in 2017. Read more...

Brees: Saints lose to Lions was "our own fault"


What a difference a week makes.  The Saints were feeling pretty good a week ago at this time after crushing the Los Angeles Rams 49-21 in the Superdome, Sunday not so much. The Detroit Lions entered the Superdome and stymied the Saints high flying offense en route to... Read more

LSU headed to Citrus Bowl to play Louisville


The 20th ranked LSU Tigers will get a chance to spend the final week of 2016 in sunny Florida where they'll play 13th ranked Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31st. It will be an early start on New Year's eve day as the game will kickoff at... Read more

New Orleans Bowl set


Southern Mississippi will face Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 17. The Golden Eagles and Ragin' Cajuns are familiar foes, facing each for the 52nd time.  Read more...

LSU goes bowling in Orlando on New Year's Eve


The LSU Tigers are headed to Orlando for a bowl game. "LSU will play Louisville in the Citrus Bowl!" the Tigers posted. "Game time is December 31st at 10am. See you in Orlando."  Read more...
 

Trial set Monday for suspect in ex-Saint Will Smith's death


The trial for the man charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith begins this week. Jury selection starts Monday in the trial of Cardell Hayes, accused of killing Smith in a road-rage incident.  Read more...

Tigers up 2 spots in week 15 AP poll


LSU ends a tumultuous season as a Top 20 team, moving up two slots in the last AP poll of the 2016 regular season. The Tigers started their season ranked #5, but quickly fell from grace after early losses that resulted in the firing of coach Les Miles. However, LSU made steady progress...Read more...
 
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