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Houser Timeline

Timeline of theater gunman John Russell Houser's life

This timeline of the life of John Russell Houser is based on police statements, court records and Associated Press interviews. Police say Houser killed two people and wounded nine others inside a Lafayette, ...Read more

Police return theater to owners after shooting

A spokesman for the Lafayette police says The Grand 16 movie theater where two people were killed during a shooting last week has been returned to the owners.  Corporal Paul Mouton says the theater was returned to the company Monday ...Read more
Statewide Races

Republicans draw in more money for top La. statewide races

Republicans are handily outraising Democrats in Louisiana's top two statewide races on the Oct. 24 ballot, for governor and lieutenant governor.  Reports outlining campaign donations and spending for the latest quarter were due to the state ethics board Monday. Read more...

Man Killed

Man shot, killed by police in Houma

State Police say a man was killed this morning in Houma, in a shooting involving officers from three local law enforcement agencies.  The man, who has not yet been identified, was killed on Woodlawn Ranch Road, Troop C spokesman Evan Harrell said.  Read more...

Water Pressure

New Orleans water officials regret inconvenience

The director of New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board says he's sorry for the inconvenience of the boil advisory lasted into Saturday afternoon, but insists changes are already underway that would help prevent this from happening again. Read more...
BP Settlement

Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. Read more...
Drug Bust

'Operation Fish Net' smacks heroin on the North Shore

Authorities from several law enforcement agencies today announced a major heroin bust with many arrests in both the  St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. Read more...
Movie Threat

Deputies: Woman threatened to 'shoot' at Baton Rouge theater

Authorities say a woman has been arrested at a Baton Rouge movie theater after threatening to shoot someone inside. Read more...
TOPS Future

Future of TOPS to be dealt with by next gov

Should TOPS students continue to have their tuition fully paid for by the state of Louisiana? It's a question that the next governor will have to answer. Read more...

Vandals damage police memorial at New Orleans cemetery

Vandals have damaged the eternal flame honoring fallen officers at New Orleans cemetery. Read more...
Body Found

Body found in Mississippi River near Chalmette Battlefield

St. Bernard Parish authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play evident on the remains of a decomposing body recovered from the Mississippi River. Read more...
Woman Stabs

Woman stabs and robs man in French Quarter

New Orleans Police are looking for a woman they say stabbed and robbed a man in the French Quarter. Officers were called to the 800 block of  Toulouse around 2:00am today. "Victim was approached by... Read more
Protest Threats

Governor Jindal threatens church group with arrest

Funeral services are today for 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson, the victims in last week's shooting at The Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Read more...
Gun Control

Lafayette shooting spurs gun control debate

The Lafayette theater shooting is sparking arguments over gun control once again and whether more laws are needed to prevent such tragedies. Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarman says we need stronger gun laws... Read more
Funerals Today

Funerals today for theater shooting victims, a popular student and outgoing arti

Funerals for the two women shot and killed while watching a movie in Lafayette are scheduled for today. One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities.  Read more...
Bad Tags

Bad brake tags

The state Office of Motor Vehicles has received a bad batch of brake tags from a vendor. Many motorists in the metro area are seeing their inspections stickers falling off their windshields. The adhesive on those tags has not been adhering...apparently because of the heat.  Read more...

Sanders visits Kenner, talks civil rights, gun control

Sen. Bernie Sanders wrapped up a weekend campaign swing in Louisiana with a typically fiery speech railing against income inequality and touching on issues of racism and criminal justice during a rally that drew close to 4,000 people in Kenner Sunday night.  Read more...

Four Shot

Four people shot in Ninth Ward

New Orleans Police are investigating a quadruple shooting that has left one man in critical condition in the Ninth Ward.  According to the NOPD, around 6:20 p.m. a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds near the intersection of Piety and Treasure Streets. Read more...
Closing Down

Capital One Bank closes 5 branches in SE Louisiana

Spokesman Steven Thorpe says Capital One Bank is closing five southeast Louisiana branches.  It’s reported they are the Columbia Street drive-up in Bogalusa, the Driftwood branch in Kenner, ...Read more
Cop Suspended

Officer crashes unmarked vehicle, suspended after DWI arrest

New Orleans police say a homicide officer has been suspended after crashing an unmarked police vehicle and testing over the legal limit for alcohol.

A news release says 31-year-old Officer Thomas Ripp was off-duty when he lost control of the vehicle, which ran over a curb and hit a cement light pole.

It was not immediately clear whether the eight-year veteran has an attorney who could
Body Found

Body recovered from river near Chalmette Battlefield

St. Bernard Parish deputies recovered a body from the Mississippi River early Sunday. The body was found near the Chalmette Battlefield about 9 a.m.  Read more...

Gun Control

Governor Jindal talks gun control on CBS' Face the Nation

Governor Bobby Jindal, who refused to answer questions about gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Lafayette theater shootings, did address the issue Sunday morning on CBS's Face the Nation.  Read more...
Mental Health

Theater shooting spurs call to address mental health issues

Louisiana Attorney General Bubby Caldwell wants to assemble a team of health professionals to help identify unstable and violent persons and communicate that information with law enforcement.  Read more...
Fatal Shooting

Fatal police shooting began as domestic dispute

New Orleans Police say Saturday's fatal shooting of a man by a police officer started with a domestic dispute. A homicide detective shot and killed the man about 9 a.m. Saturday in the Lower Ninth Ward.  Read more...

Gunman's Rage

Louisiana gunman's rage dates back decades

For decades before he opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater and killed two people, John Russell "Rusty" Houser was known as a man prone to anger, a loudmouth provocateur never afraid to share his opinion.  Read more...
With Junior Galette now off the team; how will this affect the pass rush with the current Saints roster?
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Roster Moves

Saints officially release Galette, sign two others

On the Monday afternoon before they begin training camp in West Virginia, the Saints officially released Junior Galette and also signed TE Kevin Brock and G Cole Manhart and waived injured center Michael Brewster. Read More

Analyst anticipates a good year for LSU Football

College football analyst Phil Steele believes the LSU Tigers will be one the surprise teams in the upcoming season. Steele says LSU's defense will be fast and one of the best in the country and he likes the offensive line. Read more...

Kristian: Releasing Galette right move for Saints

The Saints obviously mean business releasing their top pass rusher less than a year after naming him a defensive captain and signing him to a huge extension last season. Galette made a series of poor decisions this off-season, involved in a domestic dispute and of course there is the video alleging Galette's involvement in a beach brawl. Read More

Deke: 4 very important factors in 2015 Saints training camp

I know - every year is the so called "most important year" for particular teams, coaches and players. We hear it all the time.  But to those who follow the Black and Gold, the 2015 Saints training camp could very well be the most important - and in several different ways. Read More

Three Saints rookies have non-football injuries

WWL Saints insider Kristian Garic reports that the Saints placed three rookies on the non-football injury (NFI) list today: Offensive lineman Antonio Johnson, linebacker Davis Tull, and running back Marcus Murphy. Read More

​Steve: Pelicans adding Kendrick Perkins

The Pelicans and unrestricted free agent Kendrick Perkins are in the process of finalizing a contract, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. Stein adds it will be a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. Read More

Kristian: Five concerns as Saints head into training camp

Last week I wrote about five things I liked about the Saints, positive things the Saints have in their favor headed into training camp. Here are some questions that remain unanswered at the moment. Read More

Mark: Hopkins, Hocker battle for Saints kicking vacancy

For all the ways the team has found to light up the scoreboard under Payton, one play continues without fail to make the Who Dat Nation wear out the edges of their seats and bite their nails down to the bone. Read More

Steve: Les Miles says eight wins is certainly not enough

The Bayou Bengals finished 2014 with an 8-5 record, while going 4-4 in the SEC, and in the final contest of the year, lost to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Miles knows it wasn't good enough. Read More

Deke: Payton looks to reset Saints' tone at Greenbrier

The Saints can't relax. The Saints need that feeling that someone is after their job.  And the Saints need that sense of urgency that time is ticking and this team has to get it right this season - or else! Read More
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