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2 from Louisiana benefit in latest Obama commutations

Among convicts granted sentence commutations Thursday by President Barack Obama are two from Louisiana. A White House press release says men from LaPlace and Hahnville each saw their drug-related sentences cut. Read more...
Fatal Fire

Girl, 6, dies in fire; mother accused of negligent homicide

Louisiana authorities say an early-morning fire killed a 6-year-old girl in a camper trailer with bootlegged electricity, while her mother was away. Read more...

$135M boost going to LSU hospital managers under new deals

The private operators of LSU's charity hospitals are in line for a $135 million boost in their payments as part of new deals struck by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration. Read more...
Sharper Case

Sharper sentenced in Nevada attempted sex assault case

A judge in Las Vegas has sentenced former NFL star Darren Sharper to as many as eight years in prison for attempted sexual assault as part of a four-state plea deal.  Read more...
Budget Cuts

State agencies, colleges asked to draw up budget cut plans

Louisiana's state agencies and colleges are being asked to prepare for budget cuts of as much as 10 percent of their state financing because of a deficit from last year that could reach $300 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration notified departments this week of the possible cuts.  Read more...
More Cameras?

More opposition to New Orleans' red light cameras

Fierce opposition is mounting to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan to expand photo-traffic enforcement by adding another 55 red light and speeding cameras. Read more...
Death Penalty

Prosecutors want accused killer to die for murder at Cane's

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick announced today that a grand jury has returned an indictment for first-degree murder against Joshua Every for the killing of Raising Canes manager Taylor Friloux in Kenner.  "After meeting with Ms. Friloux's family... Read more
Traffic Cameras

New Orleans officials question plan to add traffic cameras

New Orleans City Council members have voiced skepticism about a plan to nearly double the number of traffic cameras in the city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration says the cameras are designed to prevent speeding.  Read more...
Family Sues

Boy's family sues town over his fatal shooting by deputies

Relatives of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop last year are suing the central Louisiana town where two deputy city marshals opened fire on his father's car.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court ...Read more
Early Voting

Early voting runs through Nov. 1

Louisiana voters can cast early ballots for the November 8th election each day through November 1st, except Sunday.  "You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on Election Day," according to... Read more
Bridge Standoff

Police: Armed driver shoots self, closes Causeway southbound

Officials have closed the southbound Causeway from the Northshore to the Southshore because of a reported armed standoff.  "I was just told by police that we have an individual with a weapon on the bridge, and I know that we have a bunch of police cars out there... Read more
Music Classes

Free music classes offered for first-time learners

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation announces a major expansion of its music education programs to include free classes for kids who have never studied music and who don't own instruments. Read more...   
Fatal Shooting

Woman, 21, fatally shot inside vehicle in New Orleans

Police in New Orleans are investigating after a 21-year-old woman was shot to death while sitting in a vehicle with four other people, including a 2-year-old child.  News outlets report police say Kyrisha Armstrong died from injuries ...Read more
Jail Rape

Transgender inmate's rape lawsuit against jail set for trial

A lawsuit in which a transgender inmate says she was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail is expected to go to trial in June.
A federal judge set a June 19 date in a Wednesday order.  Read more...

No Gun Soldier

Armed with faith: Movie shows WWII exploits of unarmed medic

When Desmond Doss climbed up Hacksaw Ridge — a 400-foot high escarpment on the island of Okinawa with a wall of dug in Japanese soldiers at the top — he carried his Bible, his combat medic supplies and the weight of his moral convictions but no weapon. When the wounded... Read more
More Seafood

We are eating more seafood

The government says the average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic Wednesday along with its annual Fisheries of the United States report. It says... Read more
Good Rating

Edwards popular according to new poll

A new poll from Southern Media and Opinion Research shows six in ten voters give Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards a favorable rating. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the survey found that Edwards’ approval rating is at 60%. But Pinsonat says one elected official beat out ... Read more
LA Poll

Despite 53 percent disapproval, Trump beating Clinton in LA by 16 points

Louisiana voters don't like Donald Trump. In the results of a new Southern Media and Opinion Research Poll, Trump's negatives outweigh his positives. So why is Trump winning by 16 points in Louisiana, with a 53 percent disapproval rating? Read more...
Opening Loss

Pelicans lose season opener to the Nuggets 107-102

Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points, Will Barton added 22, and the Denver Nuggets survived a dominant performance by Anthony Davis to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-102 in both teams' regular season opener Wednesday night.  Read more...

Water Tests

Flooded homeowners: Free well water testing kits for science

Virginia Tech and LSU Health New Orleans are offering free well water tests to Louisiana homeowners affected by the August floods.  They're studying how the floods affected private wells and whether the wells were effectively disinfected.  Read more...


Suspect arrested in deadly Bayou Blue triple shooting

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says it has arrested 34-year-old Rhubin Scott Jr. for the murder of a 17-year-old boy and shooting of two women in Bayou Blue. Read more...

NOPD investigates Poydras St. shooting

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a mid-day homicide. It happened in the 2600 block of Poydras Street. Read more...
Coastal Plan

Official stresses urgency of rebuilding coastal wetlands

Louisiana's senior coastal official has called the 2017 rewrite of the state's master plan for coastal restoration and storm surge protection "the issue of a lifetime," arguing that major restoration projects are urgently needed. Read more...
New Poll

New poll finds Kennedy and Campbell still in lead

The latest Southern Media and Opinion Research poll shows Republican John Kennedy continuing to lead the field in the US Senate race with 22%, followed by Democrat Foster Campbell at 16%.  Read more...
Teen Killed

Teen killed, 2 women injured in Bayou Blue shooting

Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say a 17-year-old boy died and two women suffered injured in a shooting in Bayou Blue.  Maj. Malcolm Wolfe said in a news release David Trahan Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday night.  Read more...
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Kristian: Armstead returns to Saints practice today

Good news for the Saints; Left Tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice today in a limited capacity.  Armstead missed practice yesterday, and was in and out of the ballgame last week against Kansas City, clearly not 100% recovered from an unspecified knee injury. Read More

Fantasy Football: Devontae Booker is fantasy gold down the stretch

The writing has been on the wall for weeks now. On First Take, Devontae Booker was my pick to be a super star for owners over the second half of the season. Read More

T-Bob: Anthony Davis makes history in Pelicans opener

Anthony Davis put up a truly singular stat line in the Pelicans season opener last night.  Quite literally, since the NBA started recording steals in 73-74, no player in league history has had a line like that of Davis. Read More

Steve: Can Saints snap 3 game losing streak against Seattle?

The Saints will try and get back on track in week 8 after falling to 2-4 against the Chiefs in Kansas City. My biggest positive from that game was that the run game at least had a pulse, putting up 104 yards. You better believe if you want to beat Seattle, you have to hand it off to keep ‘em honest. Read More

Deke's SEC Rankings, week 9

Tide and Tigers are off, while those other Tigers roll on! Oh and yes it’s cocktail time again in the SEC! Two decent games headline this week’s action in Oxford and Jacksonville.  So here’s this week’s SEC Rankings. Read More

Prep Preview: St. Augustine vs Holy Cross

This week’s WWL.com game of the week features two Catholic League foes as the St. Augustine Purple Knights (4-4) invade Zephyr Field to take on the Holy Cross Tigers (2-6). Read More

Thomas: LSU will 'dominate' top-ranked Alabama

Dwayne Thomas isn’t shy about his feelings regarding the Alabama Crimson Tide. The veteran defensive back is part of a senior class that gets one last chance to beat its hated rival, and he told reporters Wednesday that LSU isn’t just going to win the top-20 showdown... Read more

Brees: Saints must be "ultra-efficient" against Seahawks

With his Saints preparing to welcome the NFC West’s top team into the Superdome, Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert for their weekly “QB To QB” segment Wednesday night on WWL. Read More

Cubs awaken, even the series at 1

Jake Arrieta made a teasing run at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.  Read more...


Pelicans lose season opener to the Nuggets 107-102

Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points, Will Barton added 22, and the Denver Nuggets survived a dominant performance by Anthony Davis to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-102 in both teams' regular season opener Wednesday night.  Read more...

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