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Hurricane Fraud

Napoleonville woman pleads guilty to lying to federal agent


Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say a Napoleonville woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a claim filed following Hurricane Gustav. 33-year-old Cherkissa Jackson entered the plea to an indictment charging her with one count of false statements.  Read more...
Young Drinkers

Bill would end possible jail time for underage drinkers


Lawmakers don't think underage drinkers should face jail time. A bill sent to the governor's desk this week would remove the possibility that someone under the age of 21 could be jailed up to six months if caught in possession of an alcoholic beverage.  Read more...
Grilling Tips

Outdoor grilling tips for the holiday weekend


The Memorial Day weekend means backyard barbecues for a lot of folks. Whether it's hot dogs and burgers, chicken or steaks, it can be a real treat. It can also be a challenge to do it right and avoid mistakes.  Read more...
Highway Safety

Highway safety chief urges caution, patience during holiday


The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reminds highway users to exercise caution and patience during the Memorial Day holiday, which could see near-record numbers of travelers on the road.  Read more...
LSU Board

Edwards names 3 to LSU Board of Supervisors


Gov. John Bel Edwards has named two new faces to the LSU Board of Supervisors who will replace members appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal and reappointed another.  Read more...
Jobless Claims

Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise


First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 21 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims rose to 3,165 from the previous week's total of 2,969.  Read more...
Juvenile Sex

Pregnant Thibodaux woman arrested for having sex with juvenile


A pregnant Thibodaux woman has been arrested after having a sexual relationship with a juvenile. Thibodaux Police Cpl. David Melancon says 24-year-old Alison Thibodaux had an inappropriate relationship with a teenager, which ended last December.  Read more...
Terrebonne Cuts

Terrebonne Parish slashes spending to retain balanced budget


Terrebonne Parish departments have slashed almost $6 million in budgeted expenditures in a precautionary move to keep the budget balance amid uncertain economic times. Parish President Gordy Dove says the exact total in proposed cuts totals is in the region of $5.8 million.  Read more...
Wildlife Cash

Louisiana Operation Game Thief issues $9,600 in rewards


Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc., a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, has awarded $9,600 to citizens statewide who helped state agents thwart wildlife and fisheries violators. The group this month reviewed 20 cases that included tips from public informants.  Read more...
Budget Hearing

Emotional budget hearing as people plead for health services


Parents of children with developmental disabilities chastised state lawmakers, describing it as unconscionable they have to return year after year to plead for financing for children's health services.  The comments Friday came in an emotional day of public testimony.  Read more...
Special Session

Governor officially calls June special session on taxes


Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially called his second special session on taxes, aimed at bailing out the budget, to begin June 6 and run for less than three weeks. The Democratic governor has talked for months about his plans to bring lawmakers back to Baton Rouge.  Read more...
Common Core

No fireworks in hearing on Common Core standards rewrite


Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards has provoked passionate arguments and lengthy hearings in recent years. But revisions to those English and math standards sparked nothing similar Friday.  Read more...
Jail Reforms

Judge in New Orleans jail case criticizes communication gaps


The judge overseeing a hearing on whether the New Orleans sheriff should be stripped of control of the city's jail has criticized the lack of communication between various government agencies.  Read more... 
Sentence Limit

House halts bid to create 3-year mandatory minimum sentences


Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have rejected a proposal to require a minimum three-year prison sentence in certain criminal cases, saying it would take too much power away from local judges. Only 33 House members voted for the proposal.  Read more...
Cheaper Beef

Lots of beef available for the Memorial Day holiday


Grillers are in luck as there is plenty of beef to cook up this Memorial Day weekend. CEO of the Cattle Producers of Louisiana Dave Foster says beef was sold to retailers at a lower price compared to previous years ...Read more
Drug Arrest

Baton Rouge man accused of making young boys smoke marijuana


Police say a 29-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of making his 8- and 10-year-old relatives smoke marijuana faces cruelty charges.  Police reported that the Jason Louis Taylor rolled marijuana blunts and provided them to the young boys on several occasions, ...Read more
More Storms

Increased tropical activity forecast


Federal forecasters expect increased hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin this hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released predictions today.
"We could be in for more activity than we've seen in... Read more
Death By Bees

Allen Parish man dies after being stung by 1,000 bees


A Louisiana man has died after being stung by more than a thousand bees in a park in Arizona. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy Joaquin Enriquez says 23-year-end Alex Bestler of Elton and a friend were hiking ...Read more
Task Force

Port of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish to join forces


The Port of New Orleans' board of commissioners has agreed to establish a task force dedicated to increasing commerce along the Mississippi River in Jefferson Parish.  The move comes after complaints that the port had been neglecting the parish.  Read more...
 
 
Budget Changes

Edwards administration urges Senate to reject House changes to the budget


The Edwards administration is urging the Senate to reject the House amendments that were made to the proposed budget for next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the Senate Finance committee ...Read more
Special Session

Report: Call for next special session coming soon


Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue the call for another special session any day now, according to Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com. Edwards has said a second session is needed to raise revenues to address a $600 million budget deficit for next fiscal year.  Read more...
Strorm Forecast

NOAA to release hurricane season forecast


NOAA will issue its outlook for the 2016 hurricane season today. State climatologist Barry Keim expects the federal forecasters will predict an average season. He says there are two factors working against each other, cooler than normal sea surface temperature, which is... Read more
Big Stars

Country music takes over Baton Rouge this weekend


Country music fans descend on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the Memorial Day weekend to hear some of the hottest performers in the genre including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church as part of the 2016 Bayou County Superfest. Read more...
Inaccurate?

Is your heart-rate monitor steering you wrong?


Those wearable heart-rate monitors have become all the rage, but are they really giving their users useful info? New studies have cast some doubt on their accuracy. Some brands of wearable monitors were off by as much as 20 heartbeats per second after... Read more
Opa!

Toga time! It's New Orleans' Annual Greek Festival


You're invited to get your Greek on this weekend. New Orleans' Annual Greek Festival begins this afternoon at the Hellenic Cultural Center on Bayou St. John. The 43rd annual event is three days of great Greek food, live music and entertainment.  It's the next best thing to... Read more
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SemiFinal

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

LSU tops Mississippi State, 6-2, to earn bye into SEC Tourney semifinals


After two dramatic comebacks in as many days, Jared Poche’ set out to give the now-famous rally possum an evening off. The fruits of his labor earned LSU a well-deserved Friday off in Hoover and a 6-2 victory over top-seeded Mississippi State in the SEC tourney.  Read more...

Pelicans' Davis not named All-NBA, loses $24 million


New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is out about $24 million after not being named to the All-NBA first, second or third team. Now his five-year extension is worth $121 million instead of $145 million.  Read more...

Bobby: Very competitive practice from Saints today


The media got their first offseason glance at the Black and Gold today and Bobby said that early on in practice the Saints offense took control, but the defense would finish up strong. Read More

Steve: Rookie receiver Mike Thomas looks legit at Saints OTA


With Brandin Cooks out of today's Saints organized team activities, rookie receiver Mike Thomas got a ton of reps in the offense. Read More

Saints OTA Highlights: If Peat starts, who's the odd man out?


Zach Strief is one of only two players remaining from the Saints Super Bowl-winning team back in February of 2010.  And after hearing what Sean Payton had to say, he could be in for a good battle this training camp. Read More

Brees: Contract with Saints is a non-issue; talks concussion fight


Regardless of what goes down this off-season, Brees said it won’t effect his approach to the work. “I’m playing year to year in terms of what I have to prove,” he said. Read More

Kristian: LSU Baseball has the "it" factor - the possum factor?


Sometimes teams tend to believe and sometimes teams just win. LSU baseball has both.  The Tigers just win, in any way possible. Read More

Tigers beat Florida in 14 innings


LSU has had many dramatic victories at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, but none took as long as Wednesday night-Thursday morning's 5-3 win over Florida.  Jordan Romero snapped an 0-for-18 stretch with a single into right field to snap a 3-3 tie in the top of the 14th.  Read more...
 
 
 
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