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Louisiana House votes down sales tax hike for road work

Lawmakers in the Louisiana House refused a 1-cent sales-tax hike Thursday that would help pay for a $12 billion backlog of needed improvements to the state's crumbling roads and bridges.
Shortly after the proposal was shot down, ...Read more
House Support

$3.7B school funding formula wins unanimous support in House

Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a nearly $3.7 billion financing formula for public schools that would boost funding $85 million next year.  Nearly half of the increase, about $41 million, is because more students are expected to attend public schools ...Read more
State of N.O.

Landrieu: New Orleans is on a roll, but must keep improving

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today touted gains and recognized challenges facing the city. Landrieu presented a vision for "a stronger more resilient city, in fact a city for the ages."
In his annual State of the City Address, Landrieu said, "We are making incredible progress, but... Read more

Convention Center looks to build new riverfront neighborhood

Developers have proposed expansion plans that could drastically change the face of riverfront property adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Convention Center is looking to build what amounts to a new riverfront neighborhood.  Read more...
Tourism Boom

BP now credited with Gulf Coast tourism boom

Years after the infamous BP oil spill soiled Gulf Coast beaches, the oil giant is now being credited with increased tourism in the region.  Read more...
Puppy Theft

Cops arrest alleged puppy thief

Northshore authorities say they have nabbed a puppy thief. "The apprehension was made following a traffic stop initiated by Sergeant Cliff Laigast for an unrelated traffic offense... Read more
Pill Mill

New Orleans doctor, nurse accused of running 'pill mill'

Federal authorities have arrested a New Orleans doctor and nurse accused of operating a "pill mill" at a pain management clinic that accepted only cash and doled out prescription painkillers to patients without conducting medical exams.  Read more...
Woman Coach

1st female high school football coach in Louisiana

Louisiana has its first female head football coach in history and she'll be coaching a deaf squad.
Susan Gremillion will be taking over the team at the Louisiana School for the Deaf from her husband Darren. She says she's extremely excited... Read more
Abused Child

Police: Abused 5-year-old boy is in medically induced coma

New Orleans police say a 5-year-old boy is in a medically-induced coma with injuries investigators say indicate long-term abuse. The boy was hospitalized Monday after he had an apparent seizure at his home in Central City.  Read more...
State of City?

What is the state of the City of New Orleans?

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will present his State of the City address today at the Historic Carver Theater. We got some opinions from New Orleanians on what they feel is the state of  the city.  "How can you not love New Orleans?" one lady replied. Read more...
Sailing Through

Compromise Common Core bills sailing through Capitol

Two bills that are key components to a Common Core compromise made it off the House Floor Wednesday. The votes were nearly unanimous and Governor Bobby Jindal is also backing the proposals. Read more...

Political pundit believes Governor Jindal violated state Constitution

Political blogger CB Forgotston says Governor Bobby Jindal violated the state constitution with a press release through the governor's office that criticizes presidential candidate Rand Paul. Jindal's statement, which is on letterhead used by the governor's office, ...Read more
Couple Jailed

Navy Reserve seaman and wife accused of killing infant girl

Plaquemines Parish prosecutors are accusing a Navy Reserve seaman and his wife of killing their 3 1/2-month-old daughter and abusing their other children.   It's reported that the couple was indicted and arrested Wednesday.  Read more...
Weather Update

Thursday weather threat diminished for the New Orleans area

The threat of severe weather moving into the New Orleans area from the west has largely diminished.  "The worst of the weather has gone through," says Channel 4 Chief Meteorologist Carl Aredondo.  Read more...

Teen Shoots Man

Police: Teen accidentally shoots 18-year-old male with gun

A Baton Rouge teenager has been arrested after she allegedly shot another teen on accident while playing with a handgun and then lied to investigators about what happened.  It was reported that Baton Rouge police arrested Mekiyah Davis, ...Read more
Clears Hurdle

Medical marijuana legislation clears another legislative hurdle

Legislation that allows medical marijuana to be dispensed in Louisiana moves a step closer to final legislative passage. The Senate-approved bill, received approval from a House committee today.  Read more...
Below Average

Another below average hurricane season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today issued its initial outlook for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Officials gathered with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the announcement in the city's emergency operations center.  Read more...
Tracking Kids

Should parents be tracking their kids on social media

As our teens spend much of their time on their phones, and laptops, sending messages, photos and posting on social media, what can parents do to make sure their children don't get themselves in trouble?  Read more...

Revenge Porn

Senate takes aim at outlawing 'revenge porn' in Louisiana

The Louisiana Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would make revenge pornography a crime. Under the measure, anyone who shares a nude or partially-nude picture without permission could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Read more...
Garth Back

Garth Brooks to play in New Orleans

One of country music's biggest stars ever is coming to New Orleans.  Garth Brooks will play his first concerts in the state in nearly two decades. "Garth Brooks makes his first appearance in the state of Louisiana in 18 years... Read more
Med Marijuana

House committee to hear medical marijuana bill today

State Senator Fred Mills will present his medical marijuana bill before the House Health and Welfare Committee in Baton Rouge today. The measure cleared the full Senate on a 22-13 vote. Read more...
Strong Storms

More strong storms possible today as line moves in

A line of strong storms is once again moving across Louisiana. "Lots of heavy rain, lighting and thunder... as it moves toward us," WWL TV Meteorologist Alexandra Cranford described. "I think by midday we'll see it really knocking on our door... Read more
Tropics Outlook

Officials to release hurricane season forecast

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release the forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season today. Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through Nov. 30. But this season's first storm, Tropical Storm Ana, came ashore... Read more
Player Charged

Details of domestic abuse allegations against LSU OT

A football player for LSU is booked with felony domestic abuse for allegedly choking his fiance in the presence of children.  East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says the victim claims she and 22-year-old Jevonte Domond got into... Read more
Big Bids

N.O. bids to host College Football Championship same years as Super Bowl

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Allstate Sugar Bowl have put in a bid to host the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2019 or 2020. New Orleans is already competing to host the Super Bowls in those same years.  Read more...
Is gentrification in New Orleans good, if it means blight goes away and integration returns, or bad because we may sacrifice our culture for what some see as real progress?
  it's a good thing
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Saints "compete" in OTA, will share Greenbrier with Patriots

Sean Payton has used baseball bats, cartoons, gas cans, and other items to send messages to his football team.   Payton used a clever tool this week as the Saints opened organized team activities, deciding to post a sign right outside the locker room visible to the players as they take the practice field. Read More

WWL Resident Pros sound off on Saints OTA

The New Orleans Saints had another Organized Team Activity this morning at their facility on Airline Drive.  This morning’s OTA was the first of three sessions that the media is able to attend. Read More

Chicago Bulls fire coach Tom Thibodeau

The Chicago Bulls have fired coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau led the Bulls to a 255-139 record and playoff appearances in each of his five seasons. But friction with management led to the change.  Read more...

Warriors end 40-year Finals drought, face LeBron's Cavs

After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball's biggest stage again. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals... Read more

1st female high school football coach in Louisiana

Louisiana has its first female head football coach in history and she'll be coaching a deaf squad.
Susan Gremillion will be taking over the team at the Louisiana School for the Deaf from her husband Darren. She says she's extremely excited... Read more

LSU Softball seeking first national championship

The LSU softball team faces SEC rival Auburn on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Women's College World Series. It's the fourth WCWS appearance for LSU. Coach Beth Torina says her team has been on a mission to get to this point.  Read more...

Soccer officials arrested; World Cup votes probed

Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted... Read more

Keenan Lewis: "This is one of the best Saints groups"

Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis has become one of the Saints top players since arriving prior to the 2013 season.  He now enters his seventh season in the National Football League and Lewis is excited about what he sees. Read More

LSU OL Jevonte Domond arrested for domestic abuse

Multiple sources are reporting that LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond has been arrested on felony charges of domestic abuse with strangulation.  According to records, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office booked the 22 year old Domond, on Monday afternoon. Read more...

LSU, UL Lafayette and Tulane in the NCAA Baseball Tournament

For a fourth straight season, LSU is a national seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, which will get underway when the Tigers host Lehigh University on Friday. The Tigers received the number two national seed, despite being ranked number one by most of the polls... Read more
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