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Budget Deficit

Lawmakers back Jindal plan to close $170M deficit


Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million.  Read more...
 
Medicaid Deals

Louisiana Medicaid contract extended, after other deal cancelled


Lawmakers have agreed to extend the state's multimillion-dollar Medicaid claims processing contract by another year. A criminal investigation is ongoing into the award of the now-cancelled $200 million contract to CNSI.  Read more...
Sex Crimes

Justice committee seeks progress from NOPD on sex crimes


The New Orleans Police Department is promising to do better to protect women and children. That's what the department's leaders promised members of the New Orleans City Council at a meeting today. Read more...
Embezzlement

Former New Orleans nonprofit head sentenced for embezzlement


Federal prosecutors say the former head of a New Orleans nonprofit organization who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars in public grant money has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.  Read more...
 
Medicare Fraud

Louisiana Medicare fraud scheme mastermind, doctor plead guilty


The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and a doctor have entered guilty pleas to health care fraud charges in federal court in New Orleans.  Read more...
 
Smoking Ban

LA State Police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls


Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. Read more...
Jindal on Cuba

Jindal critical of president's Cuba ambitions


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he's glad American prisoner Alan Gross has been allowed to return home from Cuba, but he believes he should have been released without conditions. Read more...
Prayer Rally

Jindal defends plans to attend prayer rally


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has defended his plans to headline a prayer rally next month on the campus of LSU.  Although students protesters are up in arms over the event, it seems Jindal will use his appearance to shore up his presidential aspirations. Read more...
1 Week Left

One week away from Christmas, last minute gifts?


It's approaching at rapid speed. Today we are exactly 7 days away from Christmas. We checked on last minute Christmas shoppers downtown to find out how much shopping they have left.  "I have gotten a few things done," said a man downtown.  Read more...
Plant Down

Nucor plant shutdown to last into 2015


The equipment failure that shut down Nucor Steel Louisiana's plant in Convent won't be remedied until late in the first quarter. Production at the direct reduced iron plant stopped on Nov. 2, when the process gas heater failed. Read more...
Holiday Stress

One week till Christmas: Try to keep your cool


Christmas is one week from today and many people would call the next 7 days the most stressful of the year. LSU AgCenter Life specialist Diane Sasser says it's a good idea to get plenty of rest and if you're too tired -- slow down.  Read more...
 
Auto Sales Up

As gas prices fall, car sales go up


The car companies have been reporting sales increases in the final months of the year, and the reason for the upswing is no further away than your corner gas station. Read more...
Jobs To N.O.

Video game developer to open studio in New Orleans


Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a video game developer plans on opening a studio in New Orleans that will employ 80 people.  High Voltage Software Inc. says it will open a studio in the city's Central Business District ... Read more
Cuba Relations

Cuban native in New Orleans blasts Obama Cuban policies


A native of Cuba, who lives in New Orleans, blasts President Obama for restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.  George Fowler, Vice Chairman of the Cuban-American National Foundation, feels that... Read more
Anti-Gay?

Prayer rally at PMAC expected to draw protests


Many people on LSU's campus are not happy the Pete Maravich Assembly Center will be the site for a prayer rally featuring Governor Jindal next month. Read more...
NOLA-Cuba

Port officials: Cuba and New Orleans could be great partners


New Orleans has always had close ties to Cuba, but a complete normalization of relations could really expand trade. Read more...
Deadly Shooting

Woman killed, man wounded in Terrytown shooting


Jefferson Parish deputies are investigating a deadly shooting in Terrytown.  Col. John Fortunato said officers were called to the 2100 block of Esplanade Place shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of multiple gunshots. Read more ...
E-cigs & Teens

Teens now using e-cigs more than regular cigs


Electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity over the past few years, and according to a national survey, they are now more commonly used than tobacco cigarettes among U.S. teenagers. Read more...
Hollywood S.

Be on the lookout for the A-Listers


Can it get any better for New Orleans when it comes to Hollywood South?  Big name actors and actresses are in town for a number of feature films and TV series.  For Hollywood South the year ends with a flurry of movies and TV series, pilots and productions lined up for next year.  Read more...
Deer Drowned

Man cited for drowning deer in Mississippi River


A Mississippi man has been cited for allegedly drowning a deer in the Mississippi River in Concordia Parish. Sgt. Trey Mason, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division, says 40-year-old David Hayes, of Natchez, Mississippi, was cited... Read more
Midday Shooting

Mid City midday shooting


New Orleans Police shut down part of Canal Street today in the search for the shooters in a daylight barrage of bullets that left one man wounded. Officer Hilal Williams says it all started a few blocks away.  Read more...
Teacher Arrest

Teacher accused of sending pornographic pictures to students


A teacher at Sophie B. Wright Charter School in New Orleans has been arrested on charges of sending pornographic images to students' phones.  New Orleans Police say Damon M. Williams, 32, was arrested Monday at the school.  Read more ...
Homicide Arrest

One dead, two in jail in Terrebonne shooting


Two men are in jail and more arrests could come after a man was shot to death in Terrebonne Parish last night. Read more...
Porn Arrest

New Orleans teacher booked on porn charge


A teacher from Sophie B. Wright school in New Orleans is charged with distributing pornography to children. Read more...
Gusman Reforms

Sheriff wants voters to reconsider property tax


Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will ask voters a second time to approve a ballot proposition that would allow the Sheriff's Office to use money from an existing property tax to pay for a series of expensive reforms at Orleans Parish Prison.  Read more ...

 
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Playoffs?!?

Saints playoff possibilities... how the Saints get in or out


If the Saints beat the Falcons Sunday AND the Browns beat the Panthers, the Saints win the NFC South and host a playoff game.  Click here to see the other ways the Saints get in or miss the playoffs...
 

Steve: Know Your Enemy, week 16 - Atlanta (Episode 2: A New Hope)


The Black and Gold rebellion has been surrounded by turmoil this season, but their primary mission of earning the division crown is still within grasp.  All that is needed is 2 more wins to close out the regular season and the NFC South is back under New Orleans reign... Read more

QB to QB: Drew Brees excited about Saints and Falcons


"It's an exciting position to be in," Saints QB Drew Brees had his weekly chat with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia.  Drew talked about the Saints 31-15 win over the Bears, and set up this weekend's big home game against the Atlanta Falcons.  Read more and listen to Brees...

Kristian: Saints vs Falcons "It's a war"


Falcons week:  The fans from these two teams feel the rivalry, and so do the players.  Defensive back Keenan Lewis described this Sunday's match up with Atlanta, “It's a war; they know what time it is, we know what time it is.  Read more...

Goodell's seat grows hotter?


Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and staff pursued the Ray Rice case. Read more...

Falcons coach facing uncertain future as he prepares for Saints


Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field.  Read more...

Miles informs LSU athletics staff he's not leaving


 Les Miles has informed LSU athletic officials that he hasn't been contacted by Michigan about the Wolverines' coaching vacancy and has no intention of leaving the Tigers. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says Miles sought to make his status with LSU clear... Read more

WWL NFL Podcast with T-Bob and Seth, week 16


The boys discuss quarterbacks. Why do teams overpay for them?  Whose fault is it that Jay Cutler got paid?  What would you do if you were a GM? Read More

Brees: We showed resolve against Bears


The hallmark of a Sean Payton/Drew Brees team has always been how they handle a tough loss, or a tough stretch of games. But the Saints of 2014 haven’t been good in handling big wins or setbacks. Read More
 

Deke: NFL Top Ten, week sixteen


Oh man some teams have already been ousted from the playoff race and there is still three weeks left!  The three time NFC Title Game rep in the 49ers are not going to the party this season and there is a log jam atop of the NFC right now and could get even trickier! Read More
 
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