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Chalmette man sets fire to rental home of his estranged wife after an argument

A Chalmette man set fire and heavily damaged the rental home of his estranged wife on Tuesday afternoon following an argument the night before in which he threatened to do so, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.  Read more...

Wrap It Up

5th Circuit tells courts to issue same-sex marriage rulings

A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
The order Wednesday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...Read more
Jindal Signs

Jindal agrees to new housing protections for abuse victims

Victims of domestic violence are receiving new housing protections in state law.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor has signed the bill by Baton Rouge Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, ...Read more
Up For Auction

French Quarter gay club for sale at bankruptcy auction

Oz, which calls itself ``New Orleans (hash)1 gay dance club,'' will be sold at a July 22 auction in bankruptcy court.   The auction comes after the club owners failed to pay off millions of dollars of debt. Read more...
New Shelter

New Orleans considers new downtown homeless shelter

A coalition is developing plans for raising $7 million to build a homeless shelter in downtown New Orleans. The group is led by the Downtown Development District.  Read more...
Tax Suit

Lawsuit challenges utility tax change used to balance budget

The Louisiana Chemical Association has filed a lawsuit challenging one of the tax changes recently enacted by state lawmakers to balance the state's budget.  Read more...
Numbers Up

Jindal's poll numbers get a bounce

Bobby Jindal's popularity has risen since he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.  The survey, conducted between June 26 and June 28, shows the governor going from one-percent to two-percent.  Read more...
Sex Trafficking

Former New Orleans motel owner admits benefiting from sex-trafficking

Federal authorities say the former owner of a New Orleans motel has pleaded guilty in connection with a sex-trafficking scheme.  Read more...

Louisiana Justice of the Peace resigning because of gay marriage

A Justice of the Peace in central Louisiana has resigned because her religion does not believe same-sex couples should be married. Read more...
License Holdout

Northwest Louisiana parish may be last same-sex marriage license holdout

A northwest Louisiana parish may be the last one not granting marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Red River Parish Clerk of Court Stuart Shaw says in an emailed statement that he's waiting for final word on a federal appeals court ruling in a Louisiana case.  Read more...

Police: Mandeville man found naked, committing lewd act in public

A Mandeville man faces charges of obscenity, after police say he was reported naked and committing a lewd act in the heart of the Mandeville lakefront. Read more...
Summer Travel

Time to save some money on your summer vacation

Prices can go up pretty quickly when planning your summer vacation. There are ways to save. Read more...
Cig Taxes

Cigarette taxes go up today

A pack of cigarettes will cost smokers an extra 50 cents, starting today. Louisiana's new tax of cigarettes goes into effect. Read more...

New laws taking effect this week impact Louisiana drivers

Drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record. Read more...

Jindal Twitter event gets attention, snark

Social media can be a great way for public figures to connect with a broad audience, but it can also be a double-edged sword. Case in point: any time someone with any degree of controversy attached to them tries a Twitter hashtag topic. Read more...
Lines Changing

Gay marriage licenses almost everywhere in La on Tuesday

Louisiana is changing the lines labeled ``bride'' and "groom'' on its marriage licenses to "bride/spouse'' and "groom/spouse'' to accommodate same-sex marriages. But same-sex couples don't have to choose who is bride or groom.  Read more...
Lic. Renewal

New laws taking effect this week impact Louisiana drivers

Drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.   Those changes are among the new state laws that take effect ...Read more
Homeowner Fires

Man shot by homeowner on front portch steps

A 45-year-old homeowner shot a 40-year-old man on the front steps of his home.
It happened near Louisiana Avenue and Loyola around noon Tuesday.  Police say, officers responded to find an injured man lying on the front steps ...Read more
Northshore WX

Strong storms moving north of the lake

Strong storms with lighning are moving across the northshore this afternoon. Those isolated storms are moving east.  Channel 4 meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says there will still be a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms ...Read more
Jindal Signs

Governor Jindal signs legislation reducing simple marijuana possession penalties

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law legislation that reduces the penalties for simple marijuana possession.  New Orleans State Representative Austin Badon is thrilled his measure was signed into law. Read more...

New Trial

Appeals court: Former BP engineer should get new trial

A federal appeals court says a former BP engineer is entitled to a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.   The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ...Read more

Jindal sued for 'marriage & conscience' executive order

The Forum for Equality Louisiana, Louisiana ACLU, and six individual plaintiffs today sued Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, challenging his "Marriage and Conscience" executive order issued after a legislative committee rejected a bill by the same name. Read more...

Slidell Wal-Mart says making ISIS cake was a mistake

Wal-Mart has apologized for making a cake at its Slidell store with the ISIS flag on it, after denying a man's request to design one with the Confederate flag. Read more...
Losing Sleep

Our devices are causing us to lose sleep at night

How close to bedtime are you on your electronic devices?  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 95 percent of us use some kind of electronic device - TV, a computer, a phone or a tablet - within an hour of bedtime.  Read more...

Couch Potatoes

Louisiana ranks 5th in country for couch potatoes

According to a study by the real estate web site Estately.com, Louisiana has the fifth highest rate of "couch potatoes." Read more...
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Ajinca Deal

Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension.  Read more...

AD agrees to max deal

NBA free agency opened and 11:01 p.m. Tuesday night and the Pelicans wasted no time in locking up Anthony Davis to a five year, $145 million extension that begins in the 2016-17 season. Read more...

Team USA in the Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup. Read more...

UNO hires former LSU standout Dean as baseball coach

The University of New Orleans has named Blake Dean as the Privateers' baseball coach. Dean, a former standout player for LSU, takes over for Ron Maestri, who retired at the end of the 2015 season. Read more...

LSU defensive tackle dismissed from team

LSU today announced that  head football coach Les Miles has dismissed defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao after an off-campus incident two weeks ago. Read more...

Pelicans make no additions to the nest in NBA Draft

The Pelicans did not possess a 1st round selection in last night's NBA Draft, and wound up trading away their 2nd round pick. New Orleans drafted Michigan State forward Branden Dawson with the 56th overall pick, but shipped his draft rights off to the LA Clippers for cash considerations. Read More

Delhomme, Faulk highlight Louisiana Sports HOF class

Former NFL stars headline the 2015 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class that will be inducted this weekend in Natchitoches. Former Saints and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is part of the eight member class.  Read more...

LSU's Martin goes to Grizzlies in first round of NBA Draft

Jarell Martin is the first LSU Tiger off the board in the 2015 NBA Draft. Martin was selected by Memphis with the No. 25 pick.  Read more...

Pooping birds targeted at LSU's Alex Box Stadium

The days of bird droppings raining down on LSU baseball fans are over. Crews are attaching netting to the bottom side of the Alex Box Stadium grandstands overhang, a four monthlong project that's expected to keep the birds away.  Read more...

LSU's Alex Bregman strikes a deal with the Houston Astros

Former LSU shortstop and No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft Alex Bregman has agreed to a deal with the Astros, MLB.com and other media outlets are reporting. According to the Houston Chronicle, Bregman will sign Thursday for $6 million... Read more
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