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State health department seeks restoration of public health funding


Louisiana's health department leaders are asking senators to restore $26 million to public health programs next year. Without it, they say they would have to shutter safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks.  Read more...
 
Abuse On Bus

Molestation allegations on a JP school bus


A 13-year-old Marrero teenager has been arrested on two counts of simple battery in connection with an alleged sexual abuse incident that took place on a school bus, according to Jefferson Parish Police Office.  Read more...

 
Body In River

Body with skull tattoo pulled from river identified


Authorities have identified a body with a skull tattoo found floating in the Mississippi River two weeks ago as a 27-year-old man from Houma.  Multiple news outlets report Anthony Ferguson's body was recovered after a lengthy effort May 12 near Port Sulphur. Read more...
Case Closed

Benson family feud case remains closed to the public


A New Orleans judge on Friday denied open access to the media for the Tom Benson family feud case. Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Kern Reese refused to open his courtroom to the public.  Read more...
 
Sharper Guilty

Sharper pleads guilty to drug and rape charges in federal court


Former Saints safety Darren Sharper has entered another guilty plea to charges he drugged and raped women. This time he admitted in New Orleans Federal Court that he used the drugs to make the women unconscious, and then sexually assaulted them.  Read more...
Tax Holiday

Sales tax holiday for hurricane prep this weekend


There is a Louisiana sales tax holiday Saturday and Sunday to help people get ready for hurricane season. "Louisiana residents can purchase flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies, free of the 4 percent state sales tax... Read more
Snowball Time!

Summer time in New Orleans means snowball time


Snowball stands have been open across the metro area for some time already. But, they really don't get busy until the weather warms up and the kids get out of school. Both are happening now.  Read more...  


 
13th Best?

New Orleans a top spot for 'staycations' - but 12 are better?


The social media research company, WalletHub, says there's no reason folks in the New Orleans area need to spend a lot of money on a summer vacation. Their findings show that New Orleans is a great place for a 'stay at home' vacation.  Read more...
Sharper-Rape

Sharper set for change-of-plea in sex assault case


Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states. Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape... Read more
Poll Numbers

Jindal not concerned about low poll numbers


A recent poll shows Governor Bobby Jindal is less popular than President Barack Obama in Louisiana. But Jindal says that's because he's made some tough choices, which includes cutting state government spending and implementing important reforms.  Read more...
 
Equal Pay

House committee kills Senate-backed equal pay proposal


For the third time in recent weeks, a House committee voted down a proposal requiring employees to be compensated equally if they do the same work, no matter their gender.  Read more...
 
Driver Fees

Proposals would boost fees on Louisiana drivers, car buyers


Louisiana's motorists could be hit with hefty fee hikes, if budget-balancing proposals under consideration by state legislators become law.  Read more...
 
Medical Pot

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'd sign medical marijuana bill


Gov. Bobby Jindal says he has ``no concerns'' about a medical marijuana bill nearing final legislative passage and would sign it into law if it reaches his desk.  A proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Republican from Parks, ...Read more
Stealing Money

LaFourche Parish woman admits to stealing over $12,000 from youth baseball leagu


Cops in the LaFourche Parish town of Golden Meadow say they've arrested a woman accused of stealing over $12,000 from a non-profit children's baseball league. Chief Reggie Pitre says they received a complaint from the league's board of directors ...Read more
No Tax Hike

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
Expansion

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...
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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

Kristian: Saints kicking it with two unproven kickers


Several positions on the Saints roster received a makeover this off-season, and the kicking position ended up being no different.  Shayne Graham was released last week after two seasons with the team.  The Saints liked what they saw in Zach Hocker and Dustin Hopkins enough to par ways with Graham. Read More

LSU Softball advances in the Women's College World Series


The LSU softball team returns to the field today, taking on the Florida Gators at 6pm in the World Series. Hitting at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Field for the first time since June of 2012, the No. 8 LSU softball team made its return to Oklahoma City for the opening game of... Read more

Cartwright begins LSU pitching parade in Regional opener


Turns out a baseball coach on the hunt for information about an unfamiliar foe goes to the same place you’d visit to search for a recipe or to figure out who sings that song that’s stuck in your head. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said... Read more

Baton Rouge Regional: Who are Wilmington and Lehigh?


The local folks know who LSU and Tulane are, but what about the other two teams participating in the 2015 Baton Rouge Regional?  UNC Wilmington and Lehigh are the other two schools in the mix, so let’s get a little background information on the teams schools that we are not as familiar with. Read More

Saints' Vaccaro played entire 2014 season with torn hamstring


Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro had a bad sophomore season in 2014, after a solid rookie campaign in 2013.  Vaccaro was caught out of position at times and missed several tackles.  He even saw his snap count reduced later in the season, in what he and coach Payton failed to term as a demotion when it was clearly just that. Read More

LSU softball beats Auburn in opening round of the WCWS


The LSU softball team is off to a good start at the Women's College World Series as the Tigers defeated Auburn 6-1 on Thursday afternoon. Bianka Bell and Kellsi Kloss each hit home runs, while Emily Griggs had 3 hits.  Read more...
 

Angela - gentification


Ten years after the storm, we know New Orleans is changing, growing with new people and with those who lived here once and continue to come home. There is a great sense of progress post-Katrina, but is that progress taking a little bit away from what mak

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...
 
 
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