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Storms knock out power


A line of thunderstorms and lightening dumped rain on the New Orleans area Monday night.
The lightning strikes and gusts of winds helped knock out power to more than 15,000 customers across the region.  Read more...
Camp in WV

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
Agreement

Louisiana judge to stop jailing defendants over fees


A Louisiana judge and a civil rights group that accused him of running a debtors prison have reached a temporary agreement under which the judge will stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and stop assessing certain costs on defendants.  Read more...
 
Settlement

Settlement ends trial in deadly 2012 oil platform fire


A settlement Monday brought an abrupt end to a complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012.  The accident off the Louisiana coast killed three workers ...Read more
Saved Money

Audit: Privatization of state insurance program saved $10M


A new audit says former Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana's self-insurance program saved the state money, though less than projected.  Read more...

 
Getting Credit

Cleco customers to get bill credits, no July payments


Cleco customers will get a break on their July electricity bills thanks to a one-time $475 credit kicking in this summer.  It's reported that the credit is one of several incentives state regulators approved as part of a buyout offer for the utility. Read more...
Industrial Tax

Gov. Edwards makes changes to industrial tax program


Governor John Bel Edwards has made changes to a program that gives manufactures significant tax exemptions. His executive order lets local governing bodies have a say in how the exemptions are handed out, ...Read more
Home Sentence

Ex-police sergeant can serve cover-up sentence at home


A former New Orleans police sergeant convicted in the cover-up of deadly shootings following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 will be allowed to serve what's left of his three-year sentence at home. Read more...
 
 
LA Abortion Law

Analysis: TX abortion case spells the end of similar LA law


The U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting the Texas law that require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals means Louisiana's similar law will likely soon meet a similar fate, according to Loyola School of Law professor Dane Ciolino. Read more...
Missing

Slidell Police looking for missing man, vehicle found burned in Lafourche


The Slidell Police Department is looking for a 25-year-old man missing since Friday, and they believe foul play may be involved. Read more...
Tax Reform

Next year's fiscal session could see real budget reform


Two special sessions later, Louisiana’s budget is still not in good shape. Barry Erwin with the Council for a Better Louisiana says he’s optimistic that in the 2017 fiscal session lawmakers can start looking at long term budget reform. He says otherwise they will... Read more
Ed. Board Chair

Gov. Edwards elected chair of regional education board


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been elected chair of the Southern Regional Education Board. The Office of the Governor of Louisiana says in a news release that Gov. Edwards was elected chair Sunday at the organization's annual meeting in... Read more
Funeral

Funeral for slain Jefferson Parish deputy today


The Funeral is today for Jefferson Parish Detective David Michel Jr. He was shot and killed in Harvey last week. The procession this morning is moving from Mothes Funeral Home at 1300 Vallette St. in Algiers to Believer's Life Church at 501 Lapalco Blvd... Read more
Casting Call

New TV show casting in Louisiana


A major cable television network is looking for Louisiana folks to take part in a new TV show to air this October. "We are currently casting Louisiana locals who would love to share their superstitions, beliefs, and practices with a celebrity comedian in a... Read more
Improving

Metairie man improving after shooting in Orlando


Family members of the man shot in the Pulse nightclub shooting report he is slowly improving. 
Leonel Melendez had been in a coma until this week.  Melendez was shot in the head and leg two weeks ago while at the Pulse nightclub ...Read more
Questions

Analysis: Budget questions marks remain after session's end


After 19 weeks of work, Louisiana's lawmakers have gone home, but it will take months to figure out what they've done and how it impacts the state's finances.  The more than $26 billion state operating budget crafted by the House and Senate ...Read more
Miss Louisiana

Justine Ker of Choudrant crowned Miss Louisiana


A 22-year-old classical piano player from Choudrant has been named Miss Louisiana. Justine Ker won the crown during the Saturday finals held at the Monroe Civic Center. Ker is a student at Vanderbilt University.  Read more...
Student Shot

Tulane: Med student shot, wounded in Haiti armed robbery


Tulane University says one of its medical students is recovering after being shot and wounded during an armed robbery in Haiti. Marc Kahn from the university's medical school said in a statement that the student was shot in the hand and chest in Port au Prince on Thursday.  Read more...  

 
Unemployment

Louisiana payrolls fall again in May, as jobless rate flat


Louisiana employer payrolls fell again in May, with the state's unemployment rate holding steady at 6.3 percent, the third-highest rate among the states. Payrolls, used by many economists as their top labor market indicator, have been falling since 2014's end.  Read more...
Deputies Shot

2 teens arrested for lying about deputy shooting


Two teenagers have been arrested for lying about the location of a man that investigators say shot two Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office deputies. The sheriff's office arrested two 17-year-olds, Domonique L. Dean and Rodricus T. Shaw, on accessory-after-the-fact charges.  Read more...
Burned Bodies

2 Lafayette men jailed after pair found dead in burned cars


Two Lafayette men have been arrested for the murder of two people found dead Tuesday in separate burned cars. Joshua Willis, 31, was arrested Saturday on two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted sexual battery.  Read more...
Murder Update

Police: Dead educator was pregnant with accused man's child


Police say a school administrator found dead on the edge of a sugar cane field was pregnant with the child of a former co-worker, who has been accused in the killing. Baton Rouge Police cited crime lab findings. Lyntell Washington's decomposed body was... Read more
Water Safe

Boil water advisory lifted for Covington


The City of Covington says the water is safte to drink. "The boil advisory issued on 6/24/2016 has been LIFTED!" city officials posted on the Covington website. The advisory was issued after crews said... Read more
Mother Praised

Louisiana officials praise mother arrested for whipping sons


A Baton Rouge mother arrested for whipping her three boys after she found out they had burglarized a neighbor's house has found herself in the national spotlight and is being held up as a model parent by high-ranking state officials.  Read more...
Theft Charge

Ex-Terrebonne detective charged with taking federal cash


A former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's detective faces a federal criminal charge that she stole federal money. A one-count criminal charge against 38-year-old Dawn C. Foret of Houma was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.  Read more...
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Camp in WV

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

PGA's Greenbrier off due to floods, no word on Saints camp


The PGA Tour announced Saturday that the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia. The tournament had been scheduled for July 7-10 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, which was... Read more

Flooding closes historic Greenbrier resort where Saints hold camp


A historic West Virginia resort located in one of the hardest-hit areas of flooding remains closed to guests until further notice. The 710-room Greenbrier resort sustained damage from the flooding and was using backup generators, according to a post on its Facebook page.  Read more...

Saints tweak roster, sign DT CJ Wilson


The Saints announced today they've placed CB Kyle Wilson on reserve/Injured list and have signed DT C.J. Wilson. Read More

Kristian: Which Saints player is in a make-or-break season?


This question is easy to answer. If Player X doesn't perform, he's likely out of New Orleans following the season.  Player X would be Safety Jairus Bryd. Read More

Simmons goes #1, Pelicans pick Hield


As expected former LSU star Ben Simmons was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. He's the second player from LSU to be taken with the top pick. Read more...
 
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