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Cigarette taxes go up today

A pack of cigarettes will cost smokers an extra 50 cents, starting today. Louisiana's new tax of cigarettes goes into effect. Read more...

New laws taking effect this week impact Louisiana drivers

Drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record. Read more...

Jindal Twitter event gets attention, snark

Social media can be a great way for public figures to connect with a broad audience, but it can also be a double-edged sword. Case in point: any time someone with any degree of controversy attached to them tries a Twitter hashtag topic. Read more...
Lines Changing

Gay marriage licenses almost everywhere in La on Tuesday

Louisiana is changing the lines labeled ``bride'' and "groom'' on its marriage licenses to "bride/spouse'' and "groom/spouse'' to accommodate same-sex marriages. But same-sex couples don't have to choose who is bride or groom.  Read more...
Lic. Renewal

New laws taking effect this week impact Louisiana drivers

Drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.   Those changes are among the new state laws that take effect ...Read more
Homeowner Fires

Man shot by homeowner on front portch steps

A 45-year-old homeowner shot a 40-year-old man on the front steps of his home.
It happened near Louisiana Avenue and Loyola around noon Tuesday.  Police say, officers responded to find an injured man lying on the front steps ...Read more
Northshore WX

Strong storms moving north of the lake

Strong storms with lighning are moving across the northshore this afternoon. Those isolated storms are moving east.  Channel 4 meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says there will still be a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms ...Read more
Jindal Signs

Governor Jindal signs legislation reducing simple marijuana possession penalties

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law legislation that reduces the penalties for simple marijuana possession.  New Orleans State Representative Austin Badon is thrilled his measure was signed into law. Read more...

New Trial

Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

A federal appeals court says a former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.   The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ...Read more

Jindal sued for 'marriage & conscience' executive order

The Forum for Equality Louisiana, Louisiana ACLU, and six individual plaintiffs today sued Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, challenging his "Marriage and Conscience" executive order issued after a legislative committee rejected a bill by the same name. Read more...

Slidell Wal-Mart says making ISIS cake was a mistake

Wal-Mart has apologized for making a cake at its Slidell store with the ISIS flag on it, after denying a man's request to design one with the Confederate flag. Read more...
Losing Sleep

Our devices are causing us to lose sleep at night

How close to bedtime are you on your electronic devices?  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 95 percent of us use some kind of electronic device - TV, a computer, a phone or a tablet - within an hour of bedtime.  Read more...

Couch Potatoes

Louisiana ranks 5th in country for couch potatoes

According to a study by the real estate web site Estately.com, Louisiana has the fifth highest rate of "couch potatoes." Read more...
Medical Pot

Medical pot still years away in Louisiana

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that establishes a framework for the legal dispensing of medical marijuana. However, it could be up to two years before products reach dispensaries. Read more...
Death Penalty

New Orleans D.A. to seek death penalty in officer's murder

Orleans Parish District Attorney is seeking the death penalty for a man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a New Orleans police officer. Read more...

Are women at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's?

Women appear to be at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease than men, with women making up almost two-thirds of Americans with the deadly disease. The reason why isn't clearly known. Read more...
More Lawsuits?

Will marriage equality ruling lead to more lawsuits?

How far does the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling go? Some worry the decision that legalized gay marriage in the United States could potentially lead to lawsuits against churches. Read more...
Medical Pot

Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties

Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered. Read more...
Shooting Death

NOPD investigating shootin death on General Ogden

The NOPD is investigating the shooting death of a 37-year-old male.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.  The incident took place Monday, on the front porch of a home located at 1622 General Ogden Street.  Read more...            


NOPD changes arrest procedures after officer's murder

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison today announced changes in how officers will handle running suspects in for booking. The changes come in the wake of the murder of Officer Daryle Holloway earlier this month. Read more...
Married In La.

Same-sex couple marries in New Orleans, seemingly 1st in La.

Two men who have been together for nearly 14 years are apparently the first same-sex couple to get married in Louisiana.  Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Paula Brown told 41-year-old Michael Robinson ...Read more

Louisiana near the top for lightning strikes

Louisiana has more lightning strikes every year than any other state with the exception of  Florida. Read more...
Spray Painted

Graffiti spray painted on Beauregard Statue

Someone spray painted the message "Black Lives Matter" on the P.G.T. Beauregard monument in City Park.  The monument, located at the Esplanade and City Park avenues intersection, is dedicated to the Confederate general who served during the Civil War.  Read more...

Gay Marriage

Jefferson Parish issuing marriage licenses to all couples

The Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court office is issuing marriage licenses to all couples. Read more...
Gay Marriage

LA marriage equality advocates ready to sue parish clerks

The Forum for Equality Louisiana has sent a letter to the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association informing the group that its members are at risk of being sued if they continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read more...
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AD agrees to max deal

NBA free agency opened and 11:01 p.m. Tuesday night and the Pelicans wasted no time in locking up Anthony Davis to a five year, $145 million extension that begins in the 2016-17 season. Read more...

Team USA in the Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup. Read more...

UNO hires former LSU standout Dean as baseball coach

The University of New Orleans has named Blake Dean as the Privateers' baseball coach. Dean, a former standout player for LSU, takes over for Ron Maestri, who retired at the end of the 2015 season. Read more...

LSU defensive tackle dismissed from team

LSU today announced that  head football coach Les Miles has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao after an off-campus incident two weeks ago. Read more...

Pelicans make no additions to the nest in NBA Draft

The Pelicans did not possess a 1st round selection in last night's NBA Draft, and wound up trading away their 2nd round pick. New Orleans drafted Michigan State forward Branden Dawson with the 56th overall pick, but shipped his draft rights off to the LA Clippers for cash considerations. Read More

Delhomme, Faulk highlight Louisiana Sports HOF class

Former NFL stars headline the 2015 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class that will be inducted this weekend in Natchitoches. Former Saints and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is part of the eight member class.  Read more...

LSU's Martin goes to Grizzlies in first round of NBA Draft

Jarell Martin is the first LSU Tiger off the board in the 2015 NBA Draft. Martin was selected by Memphis with the No. 25 pick.  Read more...

Pooping birds targeted at LSU's Alex Box Stadium

The days of bird droppings raining down on LSU baseball fans are over. Crews are attaching netting to the bottom side of the Alex Box Stadium grandstands overhang, a four monthlong project that's expected to keep the birds away.  Read more...

LSU's Alex Bregman strikes a deal with the Houston Astros

Former LSU shortstop and No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft Alex Bregman has agreed to a deal with the Astros, MLB.com and other media outlets are reporting. According to the Houston Chronicle, Bregman will sign Thursday for $6 million... Read more

Benson's heirs file appeal in mental competency case

Tom Benson's ousted heirs have filed an appeal in the interdiction for control of their father's and grandfather's estate.  Read more...
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