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Own Autopsy

Independent autopsies a good idea in most cases, says expert


The Joe McKnight investigation continues even as his accused killer faces manslaughter charges. The family of the former NFL player and John Curtis star paid for an independent autopsy. Why would the deceased's family want its own autopsy? Read more...
Much Colder

Arctic air blasting into Louisiana


"A strong cold front arrives today with some Arctic air behind it," WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said. "We will be cloudy with a slight chance for some rain during the day." He says after mid 50s this morning the temperatures will slowly fall to the... Read more
Guilty Plea

Defense attorney pleads guilty to tax evasion charge


A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge.  The Justice Department says 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of evading the payment of federal income and employment taxes ...Read more
Schramm Resigns

Schramm resigns as director of French Quarter Festival


French Quarter Festivals Inc., the nonprofit group that produces the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Summerfest and Christmas New Orleans Style, is looking for a new executive director.  Read more...

 
Will Smith Case

Former Saints running back describes Will Smith shooting


Former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas told a jury Wednesday that he thought a heated argument between retired Saints star Will Smith and an irate driver had cooled — but then he heard gunshots and turned to see his friend being gunned down. Read more...
McKnight Case

JP Coroner disputes '3rd autopsy' report in McKnight case


Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich today downplayed reports his office was performing a third autopsy on the body of football player Joe McKnight. Read more..
Will Smith Case

Ex-Saint Thomas describes Smith shooting


Former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is telling jurors about the night he saw former Saints defensive captain Will Smith shot to death following an argument over traffic. Read more...
Mr. Grinch?

NOPD captures Grinchy attempted burglary suspect


New Orleans police today arrested a 20-year-old man on attempted burglary and other charges. Police say Jaymalias Falls was caught in the act last week on security video -- that showed him wearing a t-shirt bearing a likeness of Dr. Seuss' Grinch. Read more...
3rd Autopsy

3rd Autopsy on McKnight after family finally found expert to perform 2nd exam


Joe McKnight's body will be examined again.  For a third time, a pathologist will try to conclusively determine what happened when Ronald Gasser shot and killed the former NFL player in Terrytown last week. Read more...
Will Smith Case

Former Saint Pierre Thomas takes stand in Will Smith case


Former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas took the witness stand for the prosecution today, in the trial of Cardell Hayes, accused of murder in the shooting death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. Read more...
Testimony

Witness: 'I hear shots fired. I see Will's body jolt'


The Latest on the trial of Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local):  
A witness to the April killing of former New Orleans Saints player ...Read more
Trump to BR

Trump to visit Louisiana Friday


Donald Trump is coming to Louisiana. "President Elect Donald J. Trump will be in Baton Rouge on Friday to headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Louisiana Republican candidates ahead of Saturday's elections," according to a news release from... Read more
3rd Autopsy

Report: McKnight's body to receive third autopsy


The body of professional football player Joe McKnight will undergo a third autopsy, according to a report by WWL-TV's David Hammer. Read more...
Gasser Case

Legal analyst discusses key factors in Ronald Gasser case


Ronald Gasser, the man accused of fatally shooting former NFL player and John Curtis star Joe McKnight last week, has been charged with manslaughter, so what will be the key factors in a likely trial? Legal analyst Tim Meche says Gasser’s testimony ...Read more
Extras Needed

Extras, interns needed for work on film


Movie extras and interns are needed to work on a low-budget film directed by Ethan Hawke and being filmed in the Baton Rouge area.  Read more...
Drowsy Driving

AAA warns against drowsy driving this holiday season


With people getting ready to hit the road for holiday travels, AAA warns drivers to avoid drowsy driving. According to the AAA Foundation report, you double the chances of getting into a wreck if you only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep, and the risk increases by... Read more
Will Smith Case

Emotions raw on witness stand at Will Smith death trial


Early testimony in the trial of the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith sometimes dealt more with the emotional effects of Smith's slaying than with facts. The first witness called was Deuce McAllister, a fan favorite during nine seasons as... 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...
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Bowl Tickets

LSU has sold nearly half of its alloted tickets for the Citrus Bowl


Some LSU fans are gearing up to head to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl later this month, but so far ticket sales are lagging a bit. That’s according to LSU ticket manager, Brian Broussard, who says so far only about 4,000 tickets have been sold ...Read more

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 loss 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...
 
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