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LDWF gives tips for alligator encounters

Summer is upon us and many people will be out enjoying the water, so the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving out some tips on what to do in the event of an alligator encounter.  Read more...

Louisiana Medicaid expansion goes into effect today

The state’s newly expanded Medicaid program goes into effect today, and the Louisiana Department of Health says some people may be able to see a doctor for the first time in their lives. Secretary Rebekah Gee says the expansion will... Read more
Food Stamps

Job training requirements starting for 52,000 on food stamps

New job training requirements are kicking in for thousands of non-working, childless adults in Louisiana who receive food stamps. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the executive order in April. The requirements begin Friday. The Department of Children and Family Services says... Read more
Suspect Shot

Trooper shoots suspect in New Orleans

A Louisiana State trooper shot a suspect in New Orleans Thursday night after police say the suspect shot at officers. "We are working a shooting near the intersection of Louisa Street and Florida Avenue, occurred around 9:55 p.m... Read more
4th Fun

Metairie and the Mississippi River, scenes of area's biggest 4th events

Independence Day celebrations in the metro area get off to an early start this year, and continue through July 4th. There'll be fireworks in the area tonight through Monday. Covington kicks things off Friday night with Sparks in the Park along with celebrations and fireworks in... Read more
Cop in Shooting

Officer-involved shooting in the St. Roch neighborhood

State Police were called to an area near the intersection of North Villere and Arts Streets about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. An officer was originally reported to be in danger at that area.  Read more...
Date Death

Sheriff: Social media date led to Slidell man's death

Authorities say a Slidell man who arranged for a date on social media wound up dead, the victim of a criminal scheme. The body of 25-year-old Cordaryle Robert was found Wednesday in a ditch in the Harvey area of Jefferson Parish. He had been missing since last Friday.  Read more...
Child Desertion

Assumption deputies find diaper-clad 2-year-old on highway

Sheriff's deputies say a 2-year-old wearing only a diaper was found standing alone in the middle of a state highway in Assumption Parish after leaving a home without being noticed. Sheriff Leland Falcon said in a statement that deputies arrested 41-year-old Ivone Pina.  Read more...
Budget Woes

Lawmakers finalize next fiscal year's budget: problems remain

The Revenue Estimating Conference learned Thursday that lawmakers raised $371 million dollars in revenue that can be used in the budget year that begins Friday. But Ron Henson with the State Treasurer's Office says there are still concerns that Louisiana won't be able to pay its bills.  Read more...

Louisiana 1st state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program. More than 233,000 people, largely the working poor, have been enrolled so far in the government-financed insurance coverage.  Read more...
Oil Spill Money

$200M oil spill damage payment expected Friday in Louisiana

Louisiana is expecting Friday to receive $200 million from BP, the first portion of the state's settlement for economic damages associated with the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne updated state officials Thursday about the payment.  Read more...

Colleague of suspended Louisiana judges reacts

The state's highest court has suspended two 18th District judges without pay, due to misconduct. Judge Robin Free and Judge James Best's region covers Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.  Read more...
2 Arrested

Two arrested in death of missing Slidell man

According to sources, two people have been arrested in the case of a missing Slidell man, Cordaryle Robert.  His body was found yesterday in a drainage ditch in Harvey near Boomtown Casino.  Read more...

La. Income

La. income estimates tweaked to add taxes, ahead of new year

Louisiana's income forecasts have been updated to reflect tax changes backed by lawmakers, adjustments needed to keep the budget that begins Friday in balance.  But other money problems loom, ...Read more
Stabbed 8x

Cops: Woman stabbed 8 times during robbery at Raising Cane's

Kenner Police today gave a chilling description of the murder of 21-year-old Taylor Friloux at Raising Cane's.  "She had a total of eight stab wounds," Chief Michael Glaser explained. "One of them went through and through her aorta, which was probably the one that... Read more
Holiday Travel

More people than ever traveling for the Independence Day weekend

Starting today through Monday, more Americans than ever are expected to be hitting the road for the 4th of July weekend.  AAA's Don Redman says close to 43 million people will be traveling over the holiday, which is five million more than Memorial Day.  Read more...

Drive Sober

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins today

A statewide campaign begins today that seeks to reduce drunk driving this Fourth of July weekend. Jessica Bedwell with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign ...Read more
Turning 60

Louisiana Interstate Highway System turns 60

This week the Louisiana Interstate Highway System turns 60 years old and the Department of Transportation has released a state of the interstate report.  DOTD Secretary Sean Wilson says our system is very valuable, effective but sometimes over capacity.  Read more...
School Changes

Public school changes will be topic of statewide forums

State education leaders say they will be holding public forums across Louisiana to come up with revised school policies that comply with a new federal law. The revisions have to meet the guidelines of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced... Read more
Happy at Work

Greater New Orleans ranks highly for happy workers

Greater New Orleans ranks 12th in the nation for providing great opportunities and keeping employees happy. That's according to job search and salary comparison site, Glassdoor, which recently released its 2016 list of The Top 25 Cities For Employee Satisfaction.  Read more...
Party w/Purpose

New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest

Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.  Fans will get to hear from first-timers Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy and Jeremih as well as from festival veterans... Read more
More Arrests

More arrests in the murder at Cane's in Kenner

Kenner Police today say they have made additional arrests in the murder of a 21-year-old woman, the shift manager at Raising Cane's on Williams Blvd. The police chief says he will announce details at a news conference today.  Read more...

18th District judges suspended: 1 for 1 year, 1 for 15 days

The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended two 18th District judges without pay — Judge Robin Free for a year and Judge James Best for 15 days.  The 18th District handles cases in Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.  Read more...

Internet Tax

Internet sales tax proposal opposed by GOP Senate candidates

Three of the main Republican contenders for Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat said Wednesday they oppose proposed federal legislation to require companies to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.  Read more...

Smith Trial

Defense lawyers say Will Smith trial should be moved from football season

The defense lawyers for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of fatally shooting Saints player Will Smith, do not want the trial to take place during football season, according to an article in The Advocate. Currently, the trial is set to begin September 20th.  Read more... 
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Champion Chanticleers: Coastal Carolina defeats Arizona 4-3

Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers won their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday.  Read more...

Steve: Saints Coach Payton drops in NFL Network rankings

NFL Network analyst Elliot Harrison has come out with his annual coach power rankings.  The Saints' Sean Payton comes in at #9, falling 4 spots from his 2015 ranking.  Read More

Defense lawyers say Will Smith trial should be moved from football season

The defense lawyers for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of fatally shooting Saints player Will Smith, do not want the trial to take place during football season, according to an article in The Advocate. Currently, the trial is set to begin September 20th.  Read more... 

Deke: 2009 was the gold standard for Saints turnovers

We all know that seasons in which titles are won are hard to duplicate without a title to compare to.  And when it comes to Saints history, the 2009 season was historic on many fronts. Read More

Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82

Buddy Ryan took a back seat to no one. Neither did his fierce defenses that won two Super Bowls.  The pugnacious coach and defensive mastermind whose twin sons have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82.  Read more...

Saints: Training camp to start as planned in West Virginia

Despite devastating flooding, the New Orleans Saints say the team plans to stick with the plan to hold training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia at the end of July. "We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp... Read more

Conflicting reports about Saints training camp in Metairie

After deadly floods smashed through West Virginia and shuttered the Greenbrier resort where the Saints planned on holding training camp later this summer, there has been widespread speculation that the Black and Gold will be forced to stay on Airline Drive this year. Read More

Big Chief's Super 6 College Football Poll

Football season is never over.  As I look back at my notes from last season, thumb through several pre-season publications and surf the net, I've come up with what I think are the best six teams to start the season.  So here's what I think as the final month of the year without football arrives! Read More

Saints camp one month away, but flooding creates questions

The New Orleans Saints open training camp one month from today, but devastating flooding in West Virginia is raising serious questions. The Greenbrier has canceled all reservations at the historic facility and instead is sheltering storm victims.  Over the weekend it was announced... Read more

Kristian: Status of Saints training camp still unknown admist floods

West Virginia, in particular Greenbrier valley, and White Sulphur Springs has suffered from significant flooding at the Greenbrier resort and surrounding communities.  “America’s Resort” is closed until further notice, and 60 roads in the area are still closed.  Read More
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