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Fed: Nearly 60 New Orleans police recruits had risk factors


Close to 60 recent recruits were accepted into New Orleans Police Department training academy classes despite red flags for several "risk factors," including possible drug use, unpaid child support and domestic abuse, federal monitors said.  Read more...
 
Budget Plan

Alexandria Rep plan to close budget gaps without special session


The leader of Louisiana's House Republican delegation offered his proposal Thursday for slashing $304 million in state spending, to close a midyear deficit without needing the special legislative session Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to call.  Read more...
 
Gulf Gas Leak

Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico


Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to the leak.  Read more...
LA Budget

Health dept says $147M cut would damage services


The health department says cuts proposed by the leader of Louisiana's House Republicans could devastate programs for the poor and uninsured, the mentally ill and people with disabilities. Read more...
Sex Abuse

Sheriff: Do abuse allegations against LA man span 5 states?


Authorities want to know if a man accused of abusing a girl in a New Orleans suburb in the early 2000s may have had more recent victims in other states. St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann says 54-year-old Timothy Gemelli of Slidell has been arrested.  Read more...
Mike VII

LSU plans to have Mike VII in before football season


LSU announces a timeline for finding a new live mascot and the plan is to have a new tiger before the start of football season. Ginger Guttner with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine says they are searching rescue facilities and sanctuaries for a young, male tiger to become Mike VII.  Read more...
Weight Loss

Pennington finds behavioral counseling could help with weight loss


Struggling to be successful with your New Year’s fitness resolution? Dr. Steven Heymsfield with LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center says if cutting calories is not working for you, undergoing behavioral counseling could help with weight loss.  Read more...

 
Fake Cards

N. Shore deputies arrest alleged credit card counterfeiters


The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office says a Slidell couple used credit card skimmers, pre-paid gift cards, and stolen identities to make fake credit cards, then used the bogus cards to purchase tens of thousands of dollars of high-end shoes. Read more...
Budget Plan

House Republican leader offers plan for $304M in cuts


The leader of Louisiana's House Republican delegation is offering his proposal for closing a $304 million midyear deficit without needing a special legislative session. Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris' plan would levy the deepest reduction, $147 million, on the health department.  Read more... 
Lineup

Fifth Harmony and Lee Brice headline Family Gras 2017


Family Gras organizers have announced the lineup for the 10th year of the celebration along the Mardi Gras parade route in Metairie. "Multiplatinum award winning pop group Fifth Harmony, country-music chart topper Lee Brice, iconic entertainer Tony Orlando, and... Read more
Critical Report

NOPD hiring process is flawed says federal watchdog


Federal watchdogs have issued a critical report on the NOPD's hiring and recruitment practices. It comes a day after a top official's resignation from the department was made public.  The federal police monitor states that roughly one-third of the applicants ...Read more
Rainy Day Fund

Education officials urge lawmakers to tap into Rainy Day Fund


Higher education officials urge lawmakers to tap into Rainy Day Fund to offset budget deficit.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the budget deficit for fiscal year 2017 is $304 million, so how will this shortfall impact higher education?  Read more...
Edwards-Pope

Gov Edwards receives blessing from the Pope to combat human trafficking


During his trip to Italy, Governor John Bel Edwards met with Pope Francis, who blessed the state’s project to support human trafficking victims. Edwards told Vatican Radio that Louisiana is a hotbed for sex trafficking along I-10.  Read more...
Chinese Visits

Louisiana, New Orleans officials eye Chinese tourism


A joint effort by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Louisiana Office of Tourism is aimed at bringing more Chinese tourists to Louisiana.  The two agencies on Wednesday announced the hiring ...Read more
Nasty Weather

Strong storms headed for SE Louisiana


After another foggy start to the day in some areas, Southeast Louisiana is bracing for some storms that could be strong and dump a bunch of rain on the region. "The rain and thunderstorms will become more widespread this afternoon and evening... Read more
LA GOP to DC

Hundreds of Louisiana Republicans to attend Trump swearing-in


Louisiana Republicans are flocking to Washington, D.C. ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere says he's excited to see it. "It's a peaceful change of power in the most powerful country in the world," Read more...
Boom?

Will President Trump help Louisiana?


President elect Donald Trump seems to be spending much of his time trying to convince major companies to hire and invest in America. Read more...
Critical?

Schedler not happy with federal designation regarding elections


Secretary of State Tom Schedler is asking President-elect Donald Trump to undo President Obama’s designation that all 50 states’ election systems to be considered “critical infrastructure.” Read more...
Record Hot 2016

Earth's warmest year yet


The World Meteorological Organization announced 2016 was officially the warmest on Earth since 1880, when record keeping began. Read more...
Snapper Rules

Court upholds rule dividing Gulf red snapper season


A federal fishing rule resulting in significantly longer recreational red snapper seasons for charter boat services than for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico has been upheld by a federal appeals court. Read more...
Crime Drops

Normand: 2016 is the lowest crime rate year in Jeff. Parish since 1974


Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand talked crime stats in the Parish at an afternoon news conference.  "We are pleased to announce that 2016 is the lowest crime rate year in Jefferson Parish since 1974," Normand announced. Read more...

 
More Gates

New Orleans expanding plans for new airport terminal


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is expanding plans for a terminal being built to replace the international airport's current one, built in 1959.  He says increased flights and passengers prompted the change in plans from 30 gates to 35. Read more...
 
 
Killed & Cut Up

Search for more body parts in Kenner murder


Authorities say the probe of a gruesome murder case in Kenner is far from over.  Investigators believe the suspect killed and cut apart the man after the victim started sleeping with the murder's ex-girlfriend. Some of the victim's body parts have been... Read more
Hit & Run

1 jailed in Chauvin hit-and-run fatality


State police say they've made an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run accident that happened in Chauvin. The pedestrian killed in the early morning accident was identified as 39-year-old Taylor Thibodeaux of Chauvin. He was struck by a car shortly before 12:30 a.m.  Read more...

 
Adding Years

Hot peppers could add years to your life, according to a study


Researchers at the University of Vermont believe eating hot peppers could help you live longer, which is good news for Louisianans who love their spicy foods.  Dr. Benjamin Littenberg with the Larner College of Medicine says their study ...Read more
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Pelican's Davis to start in NBA All-Star Game


New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will start for the Western Conference when the NBA All-Star Game tips of in New Orleans next month. Read more...

Jordan: LSU players could hear name early in the draft


LSU hasn’t had a player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2014, but the two year drought will likely come to an end this year. Read More

Auburn hold off LSU for 78-74 victory


The Auburn Tigers gave coach Bruce Pearl his 500th win, but it didn't come easily. T.J. Dunans scored 12 points, including a jump shot with 38 seconds left, and Auburn held off LSU 78-74 Wednesday night to make sure the celebration didn't have to be... Read more

Steve: 5 players Saints could have eyes on at Senior Bowl


Some of college football's top prospects will be in Mobile, Alabama next week for this year's event, and here are five players I think could grab the Black & Gold's attention. Read More

Anthony Davis' 21 points lead Pelicans past Magic 118-98


Anthony Davis had 21 points and 15 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans cruised past the road-weary, short-handed Orlando Magic 118-98 on Wednesday night.  Terrence Jones and Langston Galloway added 18 points each for the Pelicans, ...Read more

QB to QB: Brees talks Falcons, Chargers, social media in locker room


With the field of possible Super Bowl participants dwindling to just four teams, Drew Brees stepped into the WWL Radio huddle for his weekly “QB To QB” chat with Bobby Hebert, and he talked about the Saints’ fiercest rival, the Atlanta Falcons, having a shot at an NFC crown. Read More

Court upholds rule dividing Gulf red snapper season


A federal fishing rule resulting in significantly longer recreational red snapper seasons for charter boat services than for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico has been upheld by a federal appeals court. Read more...

Kristian: Who's ready for some LSU baseball?


Me, me, me! Love it or hate it, I'll admit I'm a college baseball junkie, and can't wait for LSU's 2017 season.  You should be excited too. Read More

Worsham: Johnny Jones under fire amid LSU's losing skid


Joe Alleva took in LSU’s 81-66 loss to Alabama on Saturday from the bleachers a few rows up from the Tigers’ bench.  Like the rest of those in attendance with LSU allegiances, he can’t have liked what he saw.  Read more...

 

Is another coaching change coming at LSU?


LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva fired football coach Les Miles in mid-season, could it happen again? The Tigers men’s basketball team is 1-4 in the SEC. They’ve lost three in a row and all three defeats have been by double digits. Read more...
 
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