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Both sides rest in Will Smith case; closing arguments Sunday

The defense has rested in the murder trial of Cardell Hayes, accused of murdering former Saints star Will Smith. After rebuttal testimony from the prosecution, the stage is set for closing arguments and the beginning of jury deliberations Sunday. Read more...
Will Smith Case

Defendant in murder trial insists drunken Will Smith had gun

The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith insisted Saturday that he did so only after a drunken, irate Smith retrieved a gun from his damaged SUV following an April 9 car crash. "I knew for a fact that I was going to get shot," said Cardell Hayes.  Read more...
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Cardell Hayes testifies in Will Smith death trial

The man who fatally shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in April has told a jury he did so only after Smith struck him several times and grabbed a gun following a traffic crash. Prosecutors say Smith was unarmed, but Cardell Hayes Saturday insisted otherwise.  Read more...
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Shooter of Will Smith takes the stand

The man who shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has taken the witness stand at his second-degree murder trial. Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes is expected to make the case Saturday that he killed Smith because he feared for his life.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Will Smith shooter's trial resumes in New Orleans

The trial of the man who shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has resumed in New Orleans. Among the spectators Saturday was Saints coach Sean Payton. The defense began by calling Brian Cain, the latest in a string of witnesses.  Read more... 
Insurance Shift

State-run insurer shifts 10K policies to private companies

Louisiana's state-run property insurance company of last resort is planning to shed more than 10,000 policies, shifting the coverage to private insurers. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced this week that eight companies have agreed to take over 10,304 residential policies.  Read more... 
City Trees

New Orleans adding 240 trees to neighborhood landscapes

The city of New Orleans is adding 240 trees to neighborhoods around the city this month, restoring greenery lost to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Isaac in 2012. The city says New Orleans lost nearly 20 percent of its urban forests to the three storms.  Read more...
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Trump in BR

Trump stumps Kennedy, while Campbell says he should be next US Senator

President-elect Donald Trump was in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon to support Republican John Kennedy in the US Senate race. Mr. Trump says Kennedy has worked hard for Louisianans over the years.  Mr. Trump encouraged everyone to hit the polls on Election Day.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Murder trial of Will Smith's killer enters Day 6

Lawyers for the man who shot former Saints star Will Smith were set to continue building a self-defense case Saturday, the sixth day of his second-degree murder trial. Attorneys for Cardell Hayes say he shot Smith in fear after their cars collided in New Orleans.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Prosecution rests on Day 5 of Will Smith death trial

A car crash expert told a jury in New Orleans on Friday that he believes a driver intentionally crashed his Hummer into the vehicle driven by ex-football star Will Smith on the night of April 9. Read more...

Grand jury indicts Mandeville elderly-care rape suspect

A St. Tammany Parish Grand Jury has issued first degree rape charges against 58-year-old Jerry J. Kan. Read more...
Cold Night

Colder night on the way

The coldest weather we've had so far this season continues tonight when lows get into the 20s and 30s! Read more...

Edwards meets with Trump, talks Louisiana flood recovery

Gov. John Bel Edwards met privately with Donald Trump while the president-elect was in Baton Rouge to rally for the Republican candidate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. The Democratic governor said he congratulated Trump on his victory and updated him on Louisiana's recovery.  Read more...
Child Sex Ring

New Orleans residents arrested for sex trafficking children

Three New Orleans area residents have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged child sex-trafficking ring that was apparently operating in the New Orleans area. All three have been booked into the Orleans Parish Lock-Up.  Read more...
Trump In B.R.

Trump urges voters to elect Louisiana Republican

President-elect Donald Trump is implored Louisiana Republicans to turn out in Saturday's final U.S. Senate election, urging them to back John Kennedy.  Trump said at a rally in Baton Rouge, ``We need John in Washington.'' Kennedy is the state treasurer.  Read more...
Low Interest

Candidates rally support for La. runoff drawing low interest

Louisiana's candidates are trying to stir up enthusiasm for Saturday's election, seeking to persuade people to cast ballots in a runoff expected to draw less than a third of registered voters. Remaining to be decided are an open U.S. Senate seat and two open U.S. House seats.  Read more...
On the Ballot

Issues on ballots in metro New Orleans Saturday

The runoff for U.S. Senate in Louisiana between Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy is the top of the ballot in the December 10 runoff, but it isn't the only thing voters will have to consider. Read more...
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Trump still campaigning, hopes to boost GOP in Louisiana

Tending to party politics, President-elect Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Louisiana on Friday ahead of the state's Senate runoff election, aiming to pad the Republican majority he will inherit. Trump was campaigning for Republican John Kennedy in Baton Rouge.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Medical examiner: Will Smith had 3 times legal limit of alcohol

The pathologist who did the autopsy on the body of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith testified today that Smith's blood-alcohol was three times over the legal limit. Read more...

FEMA refuses to lessen Louisiana's cost for March flooding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. John Bel Edwards' request to lessen Louisiana's share of disaster response costs after March flooding that inundated north and central Louisiana.  Read more...

Senate Runoff

Could the runoff for U.S. Senate be tighter?

From ho-hum to more interesting and maybe even exciting?  That's how one political analyst sees the runoff election for U.S. Senate between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell. Read more...
Deputy Arrested

Deputy accused of smuggling cellphones into jail

A deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested on three counts of malfeasance and three counts of introduction of contraband to a penal institution.  Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported in a news release that the investigation began on Nov. 30  ...Read more
B.R. Visit

Trump visits BR to support Kennedy in Senate race

President-elect Donald Trump will be in Baton Rouge today to support Republican John Kennedy in the US Senate race. The visit comes after Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence endorsed the State Treasurer.  Read more...
Life Expectancy

Life expectancy decreases for first time since 1993

Life expectancy has decreased in the US for the first time in more than 20 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The report found that overall life expectancy dropped by one month from 2014 to 2015.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Timeline of events in the shooting death of Will Smith

New Orleans resident Cardell Hayes is on trial in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, whose death earlier this year shocked the country. Here's a look at the timeline of events related to the case:  Read more...

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T-Bob: Leonard Fournette Legacy: What will it be?

To no one’s surprise Leonard Fournette declared for the NFL draft a few days ago.  It makes sense that he would be proactive in doing so, in order to keep the decision from being a distraction during the run up to LSU's New Year’s Eve clash with Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals. Read More 

NFC South race heats up for Buccaneers, Saints down stretch

Welcome to the NFC South, where two games over .500 gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a share of first place, and two under has the New Orleans Saints in position to make up ground in a hurry.  Read more...

Deke: Saints season on the line against the Bucs

Here we are again!  For the third straight season the New Orleans Saints are in an uncomfortable position of being on the outside of the playoff chase.   Read More 

"Go For Two" Episode 13: The Return of the King: January Joe Flacco prepares to

Sorry for being tardy to the party, but the boys are back with a brand new WWL Go For Two NFL Podcast.  On this week's show they discuss the continued rise of the Cowboys as Dallas appears to stand alone at the top of the NFC following the Seahawks loss of Earl The Pearl Thomas.  Plus, T-Bob gives Seth stock market tips and tricks when discussing how to treat the free falling stock

Kristian: Vaccaro suspended rest of regular season with the Saints

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will begin serving a four game suspension for violating the leagues performance enhancing drug policy. Read More 


Kiffin still in play for LSU? Cougars go after Applewhite

Everyone jumped on the Lane train to Houston yesterday, but the Cougars have named Major Applewhite their new head coach.  He was promoted after serving as offensive coordinator under Tom Herman who left for the Texas Longhorns gig. That means Lane Kiffin is... Read more

Geller: Saints look to steal Buccaneers booty

I’m still not really sure what the heck happened last week against the Lions, but it sure did prove to me that not a whole lot has changed around here. It’s S.O.S. - same ole Saints. They’re up and down play has resulted in a 5-7 record, but for some reason we want to... Read more 

Pels fall to Philly, 99-88

Ersan Ilyasova scored 23 points, Sergio Rodriguez added 16, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a franchise record-tying 23-game road losing streak, beating the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 99-88 on Thursday night.  Read more...

LSU releases details on new deal for defensive coordinator

LSU releases the details on defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s new three-year contract extension that also makes him the associate head coach. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says he’s earned the distinction of being the highest paid assistant in college football. Read more...

LSU has sold nearly half of its alloted tickets for the Citrus Bowl

Some LSU fans are gearing up to head to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl later this month, but so far ticket sales are lagging a bit. That’s according to LSU ticket manager, Brian Broussard, who says so far only about 4,000 tickets have been sold ...Read more
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