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Dead Inmate

Inmate dies at OPP


An inmate is dead, and investigators are working to determine what happened in the Orleans Parish Prison. Police say a cell mate reported the 23-year-old man was unresponsive last night.  He was later pronounced dead.  Read more...
Angry Crowd

Cassidy faces angry crowd during Metairie town hall


Angry demonstrators jeered, waved signs and turned their backs on Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy during a raucous town hall Wednesday outside of New Orleans. Republicans around the country have been faced with similar scenarios.  Read more...
Budget Deal

Louisiana's deficit-closing session ends with budget deal


Louisiana's deficit-closing special session ended Wednesday with lawmakers passing a deal to erase a $304 million budget gap without the deep and damaging cuts some had worried would fall across the final four months of the financial year.  Read more...
 
Teacher Tenure

Report: Tenure protection changes cause more teachers to leave


A study out of Tulane finds 1,700 public school teachers have left their jobs in Louisiana because of a tougher tenure law that took effect two years ago. That’s a three-percent loss of the state’s teacher workforce.  Read more...
 
Session Ends

Special session ends with cuts to health care, but education mostly spared


Louisiana's lawmakers are heading home, having ended their budget-rebalancing special session with a deal to close the $304 million deficit. Read more...
7 Days

Non-stop parade time again


The brief lull is over: starting Wednesday night, New Orleans kicked off seven straight days of non-stop Mardi Gras parades. Read more...
Anonymous Gifts

Tulane: $10 million in anonymous gifts to recruit faculty


Tulane University in New Orleans says it has received two anonymous gifts of $5 million each to recruit faculty members.  The university says in a Tuesday news release that the gifts will establish two presidential chairs.  Read more...
Man Accused

Man accused of child sex trafficking in New Orleans


A Gentilly man has been accused of child sex trafficking in New Orleans.  It's reported that 26-year-old Eugene Forrest III was arrested Friday on human trafficking charges after authorities say he dropped off a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman ...Read more
 
Cleanup Added

Cleanup being added after New Orleans tornado


New Orleans East is getting another round of cleanup following a powerful tornado that tore through the area.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu provided residents with an update on the cleanup during a session at a church on Tuesday night. Read more...
Branches Close

Whitney Bank to close 10 branches


The Whitney Bank will reportedly close ten branches across South Louisiana.  The move is primarily to eliminate some overlapping locations.  Whitney Bank recently acquired nine branches from New Orleans-based First NBC. Read more...

 
Picking Spots

People begin to trickle onto Orleans Ave. neutral ground for Endymion


Seven days of parades begins today, with no end in sight until Fat Tuesday. People are already gathering for parades that won't start for days.  Of course, we are talking about Endymion. Many of the folks now setting up on the neutral ground ...Read more
Smoking Charge

State workers who smoke could face $50 surcharge


The state Office of Group Benefits is considering a $50 a month surcharge on health insurance premiums for state employees who use tobacco products.  OGB chief executive officer Tommy Teague says individuals who receive health insurance through the state ...Read more
$403 Million

Powerball jackpot grows to more than $400 million


Tonight’s Powerball jackpot has reached a whopping $403 million, with a cash value of $244 million. Louisiana Lottery Spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says this is the 10th largest Powerball jackpot ever. She says this drawing is the 19th in the current run. Read more...
Session End

Uncertainty surrounds final day of special session


It’s the final day of the special session of the Louisiana Legislature, and the major sticking point is how much of the rainy day fund to tap to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. Governor Edwards and the Senate proposes using $99 million from the state’s savings account, but... Read more
Budget

Louisiana budget deal negotiated, but will it pass in House?


With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers Tuesday moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place. But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain in a special session that must end Wednesday. Read more...
Salons

Judge refuses to toss bias claims over salon inspections


A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. Read more...
Troopers' Trip

Governor Edwards orders full investigation into troopers' side trips


Governor John Bel Edwards is ordering a full investigation into trips made by State Police officers, amid a report four troopers took side excursions to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon on the taxpayers' dime during a business trip to San Diego. Read more...
Sunny Outlook

Local business optimism is soaring


Despite the drag of tough times in the oil patch, a new report from JP Morgan Chase finds optimism is soaring among Louisiana business executives compared to just a year ago. Read more...
Epps Arrested

"The Hangover' actor Mike Epps arrested after altercation at Harrah's


Actor and comedian Mike Epps, known for his role in The Hangover,"the actor and comedian perhaps best known for his role in “The Hangover” was arrested along with another man after police say he attacked a tourist at Harrah's Casino in New Orleans.  Read more...

 
Endymion Route

City crews remove rope, tape from Endymion route


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu warned folks that the city wouldn't let them use caution tape or rope or any other physical barriers to try and reserve spots to watch Mardi Gras, and today, city crews made good on that. Read more...
Money Stolen

Jefferson Parish audit again finds school employee theft


Officials say employees stole from Jefferson Parish public schools for the third year in a row.  
It's reported that an audit released Monday found that an elementary school account clerk took about $2,100 in student activity funds ...Read more
Shot To Death

Victim in New Orleans killing identified as Mississippi man


Authorities have identified a man shot to death on Canal Street in New Orleans as 37-year-old Kentri Harper of Jackson, Mississippi.  New Orleans police say the gunfire early Sunday morning left Harper dead and another man wounded.  Read more...

 
Music Is A Drug

Our favorite songs act as a drug, according to researchers


When we hear that favorite song it can make us happy and ease the pain much like a drug can, according to research at McGill University in Canada.  Those songs can act as medicine or a drug on what we're feeling at that moment.  Read more...  

 
Man Killed

Police investigating murder near Hammond


The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said a 22-year-old man was shot and killed at an apartment complex early this morning.  The incident happened at a complex on Woodlands Drive just after midnight.  Read more...

 
Fast Food Sale

Burger King, parent company to buy Popeyes for $1.8B


Restaurant Brands International says it's buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, bringing the chicken chain under the same corporate umbrella as Burger King and Tim Hortons.  The move fits with Restaurant Brands' approach of taking over well-known fast-food chains ...Read more
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UNO beats LSU

LSU bullpen implodes in 11-8 loss to UNO


Three key cogs in the LSU bullpen imploded in the Crescent City on Tuesday night. Handed a five-run lead to begin the fifth inning, a trio of LSU relievers collectively allowed 10 runs while recording just four outs between them to turn a 6-1 lead into a 11-6 deficit in the span of... Read more

Johnson, Auburn drop LSU to 14th straight loss, 98-75


Ronnie Johnson scored 17 points and Auburn snapped a three-game skid with a 98-75 victory over reeling LSU on Tuesday night. Read more...

Deke: The most important 24 hours in New Orleans basketball


In a 24 hour span the New Orleans Pelicans went from maybe-could-be to legit future contenders without even playing a single game. Read More

Steve: 5 games in 6 days for LSU baseball


Baseball season for LSU is off and running.  The Tigers went 3-0 opening weekend and don't get to ease into things as they must now must deal with 5 games in the next 6 days. Read More

LSU Basketball can tie a 50 year record tonight... for losses


LSU is on the verge of history heading into Tuesday night’s 6 p.m. tipoff against Auburn. Unfortunately for the hosts, it’s the wrong side of history. Johnny Jones’ Tigers (9-17, 1-13 SEC) have dropped 13 in a row, one short of tying the school record set 50 years ago. Read more...

Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal


DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento - and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena. Read more...

Pelicans send Tyreke back to Sacramento in multi-player deal


The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer. Read More

AD breaks Wilt's record, West wins 192-182


Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 on Sunday night.  Davis broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.  Read more...

 

LSU over Air Force 10-3 to complete weekend sweep


Opening day was all about the veterans for LSU, with the ‘Fab Four’ and Alex Lange playing starring roles during an emotional double-header sweep of Army. On Sunday, it was predominantly the new guys who took their turns in the spotlight for the first time.  Read more...

 

Poché logs seven-inning no-hitter in 6-0 LSU win over Army


By his own nature Jared Poché is a grinder. Without overpowering stuff, his aim is to be steady on the mound, not dominant. Read more...
 
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