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Session Opens

Gov. Edwards' special session on budget, taxes opens


Valentine's Day didn't arrive with flowers or candy for Louisiana's lawmakers, but with bleak budget discussions and tax talk.  The state House and Senate on Sunday opened a special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards ...Read more
Even Deeper

Budget shortfall figures keep going up, up, up


How deep is this year's budget gap? Depends on what you want to include.  As lawmakers returned Sunday to the Louisiana Capitol to decide how to rebalance this year's budget, Gov. John Bel Edwards is pegging the shortfall in the $25 billion ...Read more
Session Begins

Governor's special session on budget opens


Valentine's Day isn't arriving with flowers or candy for Louisiana's lawmakers, but with bleak budget discussions and tax talk. The House and Senate on Sunday afternoon are opening a special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards.  Read more...
 
 
Party Shooting

Four shot at teen birthday party in Marrero


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a quadruple shooting at a Saturday night birthday party. Colonel John Fortunato says officers were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. to reports of victims shot at the Chitchat Rental Hall in Marrero.  Read more... 

 

Suspect in Baton Rouge shootout dies


Baton Rouge Police say a man suspected of shooting two police officers Saturday in Baton Rouge has died. Police issued a statement Sunday saying that 22-year-old Calvin Smith, of Baton Rouge, died late Saturday at an area hospital.  Read more...

 
Streetcar Work

Esplanade/North Rampart intersection to close


The RTA says all vehicular traffic on Esplanade Avenue will be detoured at the intersection of North Rampart Street beginning Monday, February 15, while rail for the North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar Project is installed.  Read more...
 
Railway Fire

Rail bridge fire out, Amtrak service disrupted


A train trestle fire west of New Orleans, just off the Bonnet Carre Spillway, has been extinguished. Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse the blaze in a swampy area west of the city.  Read more...
 
 
Pearl Flooding

Tammany wildlife areas close as Pearl River crests


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish because of flooding.  Read more...
 
Police Shot

Baton Rouge police say 2 officers, 1 suspect shot


A Baton Rouge neighborhood was awakened before dawn Saturday by a barrage of gunfire, with police saying two officers were wounded as they traded shots with a man they had been chasing. Read more...
State Budget

Edwards' 'doomsday scenario' budget unveiled


On Saturday, the governor's chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne unveiled what next year's budget would look like if Louisiana has to cut more than $2 billion in state financing to close a budget gap, rather than raise taxes.  Read more...
 
Railway Fire

Amtrak travel to New Orleans disrupted by track fire near Spillway


Louisiana State Police say a marsh fire spread to a railroad bridge just off the Bonnet Carre Spillway of Interstate 10 Saturday morning. The fire closed the rails west of New Orleans.  Read more...
 

Two Baton Rouge police officers shot


Two Baton Rouge police officers were shot early Saturday morning and are in stable condition at an area hospital. Baton Rouge Police spokesman, Sgt. Don Coppola, says the shooting happened around 6 a.m., in the 5600 block of Fairfield.  Read more...
 
Jobless Claims

Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise


First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 6 increased from the previous week's total.  Read more...
 
TOPS Money

Edwards: TOPS students will not have to pay tuition this year


Governor John Bel Edwards says TOPS students will not get a tuition bill this semester, despite money troubles with the popular taxpayer funded program. Edwards says if the state is unable to pay a TOPS recipient’s tuition, colleges will absorb... Read more
Threat Response

Kennedy calls WWL regarding Edwards' football threat


Gov. Edwards outlined dire consequences to Louisiana residents Thursday night, urging them to support tax hikes to close a massive budget gap. In his address, the governor warned of the possibility of no football season for the LSU Tigers this fall.  Read more...
Gulf Revenues

Edwards to Obama: Scrap offshore drilling money proposal


Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Barack Obama to drop his attempt to take offshore drilling money away from the Gulf Coast.  Read more...
 
Coast Suits

Latest suit over coastal damage adds to oil company woes


Cameron Parish in southwestern Louisiana has joined the list of those suing the oil and gas industry over damage to the state's badly eroding coast.  Read more...
 
Budget Battle

Dardenne: 2016-2017 fiscal year budget not pretty


The Governor's Executive Budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be presented to lawmakers Saturday...projected at around $2 billion dollars. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says they don't plan to sugarcoat the facts.  Read more...
 
TOPS Restored

Edwards says TOPS students will not have to pay tuition this year


Governor John Bel Edwards says TOPS students will not get a tuition bill this semester, despite money troubles with the popular taxpayer funded program.  Read more...
 
Tax Poll

Poll shows opposition to Governor Edwards' tax proposals


Americans for Prosperity has released a poll that shows a majority of Louisiana residents oppose Governor John Bel Edwards' proposals to increase sales and personal income taxes to address the state's budget deficit.  Read more...
 
No Football?

Could LSU football be cancelled next fall?


In a special televised address Governor John Bel Edwards said there is a possibility there will be no LSU football next fall unless legislators resolve the state’s budget deficit. Read more...
Two Sides

Governor Edwards makes the case for higher taxes; Republicans disagree


Governor John Bel Edwards says colleges and hospitals will close and critical healthcare services will be eliminated if the state legislature does not approve higher taxes to help close a $940 million budget deficit this fiscal year.  Read more...
Slow Flu Year

Louisiana flu season is slow this year


Louisiana is experiencing one of its slowest flu seasons in several years. That’s according to Dr. Frank Welch, an influenza expert with the state department of health and hospitals. Welch says doctors are seeing very few flu cases.  Read more...

 
N.O. To Destin

Airline to begin flight service between New Orleans, Destin


A public charter airline will add a seasonal nonstop service from New Orleans to Destin, Florida.
New outlets report that GLO Airlines announced Thursday that the service from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport ...Read more
Home Costs

Metro area housing costs climb in the last 12 months


Housing costs in the New Orleans metro area have increased steadily since Hurricane Katrina. But, the past year has seen the largest gains since 2005. That's according to the latest analysis by Wade Ragas, President of Real Property Associates, Inc.  Read more...
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Tigers Win

Tigers help NCAA Tournament hopes with win over Texas A&M


Four players scored in double figures for the LSU Tigers, who defended their home court by beating Texas A&M 76-71. Ben Simmons had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but it was Craig Victor's play in the 2nd half that really sparked the Tigers.  Read more...
 

LSU names Jabbar Juluke Running Backs Coach


Jabbar Juluke, a coach with strong ties to New Orleans and a reputation of developing record-setting running backs, has been named running backs coach at LSU, head coach Les Miles announced on Saturday.  Read more...

 

Could LSU football be cancelled next fall?


In a special televised address Governor John Bel Edwards said there is a possibility there will be no LSU football next fall unless legislators resolve the state’s budget deficit. Read more...

Thunder beat Pelicans; teams mourn Ingrid Williams' death


Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double, and the Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 121-95 on Thursday night, a day after Thunder assistant and former Pelicans head coach Monty Williams' wife died.  Read more...

 

Saints restructure LB Dannell Ellerbe's contract


​The Saints continue moving money around ahead of the start of the league year on March 9th.  The Saints restructured LB Dannell Ellerbe's contract, dropping his base salary to $1.8 million dollars this season, according to a league source. Read More

Pete Maravich statue to be erected on LSU campus


A statue honoring the late Pete Maravich has been approved by the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. The legendary athlete is still college basketball's all-time leading scorer at 3,667 points.  Read more...

Saints release Jahri Evans; Hawthorne and Humber too


According to a league source, the Saints have released veteran offensive lineman Jahri Evans, LB's David Hawthorne, and Ramon Humber. Read More

Broncos D dominates Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win


Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver's two touchdowns and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.  Read more...

 

Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Pelicans 99-84


Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, LeBron James added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from two straight losses with a 99-84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Read more...

Steve: Saints bid farewell to Brandon Browner


Many Saints fans Mardi Gras just got even better as it appears that cornerback Brandon Browner has been released by the Saints. Read More
 
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