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After more than 4 decades in prison, Gary Tyler finally free


After almost 42 years at Louisiana's maximum security prison, Gary Tyler is a free man. Tyler had been jailed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary since he was 16, convicted of first-degree murder for the 1974 slaying of a fellow Destrehan High School student.  Read more...
Jobless Claims

Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall


First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,684 from the previous week's total of 2,791.  Read more...
Shaken Baby

JPSO arrests man in suspected child abuse death


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Friday said it has arrested a 27-year-old Marrero man in the death of 2-year-old Hayden Umbenhower. Read more...
Jazz Fest!

Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket close out Friday's Jazz Fest


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is entering its second weekend. The seven-day festival, taking place over two weekends, draws thousands of people to the city in a celebration of Louisiana music, food and culture. Read more...
Age Check

Judge sides with bookstores, blocks 'age verification' law


A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of a Louisiana criminal law that requires online booksellers, publishers and other website owners to electronically verify customers' ages before providing access to material that could be deemed harmful to children. Read more...
Rig Count Low

US rig count drops 11 to 420, another all-time low


The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 11 this week to 420, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 905 rigs were active.  Read more...
Budget Target

Governor sets May 15 for tax study target


Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps. A report from the task force, created by state lawmakers, is due in September.  Read more...
Canal Sinkhole

Major sinkhole forms on Canal Street


A tunnel under Canal Street that had begun to buckle has now formed a major sinkhole. Part of Canal Street has caved in at that spot. The large hole has formed near the foot of Canal Street, between Harrah's and Canal Place.  Read more...

 
New Police

New Orleans police tout graduation of 28 recruits


New Orleans officials say 28 recruits are the latest to graduate from the city's police academy. Friday's graduation marks the end of 26 weeks of training for the recruits. The city says the class includes 12 women. Read more...
Weather Radar

Boustany introduces bill to improve tornado detection in south Louisiana


Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany has introduced legislation that he believes will help lead to better detection of tornadoes in south Louisiana. Boustany's bill would require a Doppler weather radar site to be built near Baton Rouge.  Read more...
Pre-K Overhaul

Report suggests revisions to Louisiana's pre-K overhaul


A new report says Louisiana's push to improve pre-K classes would benefit from an expanded rating system and new rules for classroom observations.  The 32-page study released Friday was done by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, a non-profit group.  Read more...

 
Drier Today

Sunnier skies for New Orleans' music festival


Music fans going to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival should have sunnier skies.
This Friday is the fifth day of the seven-day music festival that draws thousands of people to New Orleans over two weekends.  Read more...

 
Shooting

Individuals identified in Raceland shooting


Sheriff Craig Webre announced the victim of Friday morning’s shooting incident in Raceland has been identified as 33-year-old Chelsi Eschette.  Her husband, 32-year-old Josh Eschette, is the suspect in the shooting.  Read more...
Double Shooting

Deputies on the scene of a double shooting in Raceland


Sheriff Craig Webre reports police are on the scene of a residence in Raceland in the 4100 block of LA 1 following a shooting incident.  A female victim has been pronounced dead at the scene. Read more...

 
Child For Sex

Sex offender arrested for attempted rape


A Grand Isle man was arrested Thursday after he was allegedly attempting to buy a child for sex, according to Louisiana State Police.  30 year old Wade Perkins was arrested on a charge of attempt and conspiracy to commit first degree rape.  Read more...
House Rentals

Jazz Fest puts short-term rentals back in spotlight


Short term housing rentals have become a hot topic again during Jazz Fest. A collection of short-term rental owners actually want to be taxed and they're pushing for regulation from the New Orleans City Council.  Read more...   

 
 
Making Threats

Police: Hammond teen arrested for making threat at school


Authorities say a 15-year-old Hammond High Magnet School student has been arrested for writing a threat on a desk.  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto reports that the girl was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.  Read more...

 
Priority #1

Edwards says some policy matters remain on back burner until budget crisis is so


Governor John Bel Edwards says priority number one for him right now is stabilizing the budget, because we must focus on moving Louisiana forward. He says the vision that he put forth when he was running for governor has not changed, ...Read more
Sex Offenders

House votes to ban sex offenders as door-to-door salesmen


Convicted sex offenders would be barred from working as door-to-door salesmen in Louisiana under a proposal that sailed through the House.  State representatives voted 86-0 Thursday to send the measure to the Senate.  Read more...

 
Lightning

Coroner: Slidell man killed by lightning


The St. Tammany Parish coroner says a 36-year-old man working on a Slidell-area construction site died after being struck by lightning.  Dr. Charles Preston said in a news release Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago was working Wednesday when he was struck. Read more...
Poll In Favor

Poll finds 72% of Louisianans support medical marijuana


A poll paid for by the Louisiana Cannabis Association finds that 72% of Louisiana voters support legalizing medical marijuana as a treatment for more diseases. Jesse McCormick is glad to see a majority of voters support the use of medical cannabis ...Read more
Rain

Start of 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest soaked by rain


The start of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was marked with thunderstorms, but the music played on to crowds that were thinned by the bad weather. Read more...
Pro-Life Bills

House approves two moree pro-life measures


The House has approved two more pro-life measures. One of the bills, authored by Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds, prohibits women from getting abortions just because a child will have a genetic disorder.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Man indicted in fatal shooting of ex-Saints player


A business owner and semiprofessional football player was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints' defensive end Will Smith. Read more...
Saints Pick

Saints pick DT Rankins


With their first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. Read more...
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Payton Speaks

Payton: Saints love Michael Thomas' skillset


“He’s big, competitive, I love his hands in traffic and I think he has a very unique skillset. He has real strong hands and has some good runs after the catch. You watch him workout and you watch him compete.”  Read More

LSU evens its series with Ole Miss with 6-3 win


The 8th ranked LSU Baseball Tigers evened their series up with 9th ranked Ole Miss by beating the Rebels 6-3 Friday night. Jordan Romero had another big night with two hits, including his team leading 7th home run of the season.  Read more...

Lovemark, Vegas top Zurich Classic leaderboard


Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas shared the Zurich Classic lead at 11 under Friday when second-round play was suspended because of darkness. Lovemark had a 27-hole day at hot and humid TPC Louisiana.  Read more...

Saints WR Willie Snead excited about new teammates


Saints WR Willie Snead joined the radio huddle Friday night just moments after the Black and Gold selected WR Michael Thomas in the second round and then traded up with the Patriots to grab S Vonn Bell. Read More

Deuce: Bell has the tools to be an elite safety for the Saints


As far as Vonn Bell is concerned Deuce immediately jumped to his athleticism.  This is a player that was a five star athlete coming out of high school just three years ago and it is easy to see why. Read More

Saints trade with Patriots, grab Ohio State S Vonn Bell


Aggressive moves have been a hallmark of a Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis drafts in the past. The Saints traded back into the second round to grab Ohio State safety Vonn Bell with the 61st pick acquired from the New England Patriots. Read More

Deuce: Michael Thomas can contribute immediately


"I like the pick because you had to address this position because you let Marques Colston go,” former Saints running back Deuce McAllister explained. Read More

Bobby and Mike: Saints set to use Thomas to replace Colston


With the 16th selection in the second round, the Saints grabbed Ohio State WR Michael Thomas. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier and Bobby Hebert both like the pick, though neither predicted the Black and Gold would take him. Read More

Saints draft Ohio State receiver Thomas with 2nd-round pick


The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night. Read More

Saints pick WR Thomas in 2nd round


 
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