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Drug Deaths

Coroner says more died from drug deaths than homicides in 2016


The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office reports more people died from accidental drug related deaths last year than homicides.  Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish Coroner ran down the numbers and said in 2015 there were 92 drug related deaths. Read more...

 
Tax Support

Poll: Louisiana public supports some tax increases


A statewide survey finds a majority of Louisiana residents support higher taxes if the tax revenues go towards public schools, colleges, health care and roads. But Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Michael Henderson, says their poll doesn’t mean taxpayers are completely fine with just higher taxes to fund government. Read more...
Oil Tax

Lawmaker brings back old idea of oil processing tax


Over a decade ago, legislators discussed placing an oil processing tax on Louisiana refineries. Amite Representative Robby Carter has filed that bill for the upcoming legislative session and knows it will face fierce opposition from the oil and gas industry.  Read more...

Body of missing man found


The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said the body of a missing 74-year-old man has been found.  Sheriff Craig Webre said Ronald Blanchard, went missing March 3 while out on his boat.  Read more...

 
Tour to JP

Warped Tour coming to Metairie


A national music tour is coming to the New Orleans area this summer. Officials made the announcement today in Metairie that the Warped Tour is coming to the Shrine on Airline, home of the Babycakes. "There are over 60 bands on seven stages that all take... Read more
Delayed

Release of Edwards' tax proposals delayed until Wednesday


Gov. John Bel Edwards has delayed the release of his tax rewrite proposal. He's taking an extra two days to pull together the centerpiece of his legislative agenda amid questions about a new business tax he's backing.  Read more...
 
 
Shooting

Police investigating shooting of man at park in New Orleans


Police are investigating a shooting of a man at a park in New Orleans.  New Orleans police say the shooting occurred at Pontchartrain Park on Sunday evening. Police say the location of the man's injuries is unknown.  Read more...

 
Teen Convicted

Teen sentenced to prison for breaking into trooper's home


Court records show a teenager has been convicted for breaking into a Louisiana State Police trooper's home.  It's reported that St. Charles Parish court records state 19-year-old Dillyn Austin pleaded guilty and will serve about 11 months in prison. Read more...
Business Tax

Governor wants to change the way Louisiana taxes business


With two weeks left before the Louisiana legislative session, we are waiting for Governor John Bel Edwards to announce his tax reform plans. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says many were surprised when they recently learned the governor is moving away from... Read more
Be Careful

Home improvement expert says 'Do it yourself, but do it right'


A lot of homeowners take on do-it-yourself projects this time of year. Home Depot has hired hundreds of workers in New Orleans to help handle the amateurs packing their stores. A do-it-yourself project can mean saving a lot of money. And, a lot of TV shows make it look... Read more
Direct Flight

New Orleans now has direct flights to London


British Airways begins service between London and New Orleans today. The first flight lands tonight around 7:30, and takes off for London at 9:40 p.m. The British Airways 787 Dreamliner will be stopping at Armstrong International much of the week. Read more...
Runoffs

Runoff for Orleans Civil Court, Westwego Mayor, and other election results


A few of Saturday's elections will be decided in a runoff next month.Suzy Montero and Rachel Johnson will vye for a vacant spot on the bench at Orleans Civil District Court. Read more...
MSY Ride Fees

Kenner ordinance would set ride-booking fees for airport passengers


An ordinance being debated in Kenner could have a major impact on fees charged by customers who use Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services. Ride-sharing drivers are concerned about additional fees to fares, but taxi drivers say they support the proposed ordinance.  Read more...
False Alarms

A crackdown on false alarms in New Orleans


New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police time. A city news release says an ordinance taking effect May 1 will result in a warning to a property owner after one false alarm, and a $75 fine after the second.  Read more...
Vote Results

Get election results


Polls have closed in elections in 37 parishes across Louisiana. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said the majority of the elections were local. He says weather may have depressed turnout. Read more...
 
Murder Suspect

Man sought in shooting death of ex-wife's new boyfriend


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a man believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife's new boyfriend. Sheriff Newell Normand says an arrest warrant has bee issued for 55-year-old Dionicio Ibarra. Ibarra is being sought for second-degree murder.  Read more...
Justice System

State DAs concerned about criminal justice reform proposals


District Attorneys across the state have a serious problem with some of the Governor's proposals to reduce Louisiana's incarceration rate. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says what began as a reform for nonviolent offenders has led to less time served for violent offenders.  Read more.
Employment

February lifts Louisiana labor market as payrolls rise


Louisiana's unemployment rate fell and payrolls rose in February, signaling improvements in the state's labor market. Read more...
Health Bill

Cassidy: Despite failure in House, GOP must offer Obamacare alternative


Despite Republicans in the U.S. House abruptly pulling President Donald Trump's health care overhaul bill because they didn't have the votes, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he has a plan to meet the county's health care needs in a way that is fiscally conservative. Read more...
Tourism Boom

Study: New Orleans tourism records: 10.45M tourists, $7.4B


A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.  Read more...
Election Day

Election day across Louisiana


Today is Election Day in 37 parishes across Louisiana, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging voters to get out and cast their ballots. Schedler says the majority of the elections are local. He says weather could affect voter turnout.  Read more and see a sample ballot...
Cop Convicted

Cop found guilty of manslaughter


A 12-person jury in Avoyelles Parish has found law enforcement officer Derrick Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the shooting death of a 6-year-old autistic boy. His father, Christopher Few, was also... Read more
Low Risk

Severe weather threat low for today, with more of the showers on the Northshore


While there could still be a few heavy rain cells and the slight risk of a severe storm, the fears of really nasty weather for our Saturday have mostly dissipated south of the lake.  There is still a bit of a greater risk on the Northshore. Read more...
Cop Guilty

Cop convicted of killing autistic child


Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy. Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges.  Read more...
Child Murdered

New Orleans man wanted in infant's death


New Orleans police are asking for the public's help in finding a local man they believe murdered a child. Police are searching for  Jeffery Edward Coleman, age 49. Read more...
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Armstead Deal

Steve: Saints rework Armstead's deal...Butler signing coming?


The Saints have freed up some space under the salary cap by restructuring left tackle Terron Armstead's contract. Read more...

Minus Cousins, Pelicans top Nuggets 115-90 behind Davis' 31


A rousing defensive effort helped the New Orleans Pelicans boost their flickering playoff hopes.
Anthony Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, helping to compensate for the absence of injured DeMarcus Cousins, ...Read more

East vs. West set in Final Four next weekend


The Final Four is set. And in an unusual bit of geography, it'll be schools from neighboring states out west (Oregon, Gonzaga) against schools from neighboring states in the east (North Carolina, South Carolina).  Read more...

 

LSU's bats bust out of slump with a 6-run 8th to beat Florida


Florida was on the verge of sweeping LSU on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, then the Bayou Bengals erupted for six runs in the 8th inning for a 10-6 win over the Gators.
LSU scored 3 runs for the series heading into 8th ...Read more

Florida baseball defeats LSU 8-1


The Florida Gators beat the LSU Fighting Tigers 8-1 on the baseball diamond today, taking the best-of-three weekend series. Read more...

Harden's 38 points lead Rockets over Pelicans 117-107


After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night. However, they weren't celebrating it. "Sixty would be nice," coach Mike D'Antoni said smiling. "We may celebrate that one. But not 50."  Read more...

LSU Baseball falls to Florida 1 - 0


LSU Baseball dropped the series opener with Florida Friday night.  The Tigers lost to the Gators one to nothing. Ace pitcher Alex Lange went the distance, only allowing a single run.  The LSU offense, however, could not produce a single run.  Read more...

LSU closes out home stand with 8-2 win over Southeastern


Greg Deichmann made sure to not take an 11-day homer-less drought on the road with him.
Deichmann belted a three-run home run, his eighth of the season and first since March 11, and Josh Smith went 4-for-4 with a career-high four RBI ...Read more

New LSU hoops coach lays out plans to turn program around


LSU has officially introduced its new basketball coach, Will Wade. The 34-year-old got a crowd at the student union on campus fired up when he said he knows LSU can have a successful basketball program. "But it's going to be a total team effort from everybody," said Wade.  Read more...

Saints OL Tim Lelito headed to Nashville


Saints offensive lineman Tim Lelito is now a Tennessee Titan, according to the Twitter page of the sports agency Element Sports Group. Read more...
 
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