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Louisiana schools show little interest in free internet plan


A plan to provide high-speed internet access to Louisiana's public school districts at no cost to them has died because local educators showed too little interest.  Louisiana's Board of Regents offered to make the upgrade happen for free for the school districts, ...Read more
Funding TOPS

Lawmaker proposes funding TOPS with gambling funds


A bill filed for the regular session seeks to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program with gambling franchise fees. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his bill dedicates part of the funds from riverboat gambling to TOPS ...Read more
The Municipal

City to beef up security at Katrina-damaged venue


New Orleans officials are planning to increase security at the city's long-closed Municipal Auditorium, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Residents near the auditorium have long complained about squatters breaking into the building.  Read more...
TOPS Survey

Survey: Public does not support lowering TOPS awards to save money


Most Louisianans oppose reducing the amount of the TOPS scholarship award to cut costs, according to a recent survey from LSU. State leaders have proposed several means of making TOPS more affordable, including limiting the amount each student receives. Read more...
Jazz Fest 2017

Jazz Fest announces schedule today, unveils posters


Jazz Fest officials today will announce stages and times for this year's performers. The lineup this year includes some artists making up for last year's rain-out, including Stevie Wonder. The schedule this year also includes Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5, Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr... Read more
Cause of Death

Update: Man found dead in Lafourche did drown


Cops now say a man found dead in the water in Lafourche Parish did drown after suffering a cardiac issue. Police initially reported that 74-year-old Ronald Blanchard died of natural causes.  Lieutenant Brennan Matherne now says, "The Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office has since... Read more
Big Pension

Retired Louisiana police leader to get $128K annual pension


The former leader of the Louisiana State Police will take home more than $128,000 annually in retirement benefits for life. Read more...
Drug Deaths

Coroner says more died from drug deaths than homicides in 2016


The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office reports more people died from accidental drug related deaths last year than homicides.  Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish Coroner ran down the numbers and said in 2015 there were 92 drug related deaths. Read more...

 
Tax Support

Poll: Louisiana public supports some tax increases


A statewide survey finds a majority of Louisiana residents support higher taxes if the tax revenues go towards public schools, colleges, health care and roads. But Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Michael Henderson, says their poll doesn’t mean taxpayers are completely fine with just higher taxes to fund government. Read more...
Oil Tax

Lawmaker brings back old idea of oil processing tax


Over a decade ago, legislators discussed placing an oil processing tax on Louisiana refineries. Amite Representative Robby Carter has filed that bill for the upcoming legislative session and knows it will face fierce opposition from the oil and gas industry.  Read more...

Body of missing man found


The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said the body of a missing 74-year-old man has been found.  Sheriff Craig Webre said Ronald Blanchard, went missing March 3 while out on his boat.  Read more...

 
Tour to JP

Warped Tour coming to Metairie


A national music tour is coming to the New Orleans area this summer. Officials made the announcement today in Metairie that the Warped Tour is coming to the Shrine on Airline, home of the Babycakes. "There are over 60 bands on seven stages that all take... Read more
Delayed

Release of Edwards' tax proposals delayed until Wednesday


Gov. John Bel Edwards has delayed the release of his tax rewrite proposal. He's taking an extra two days to pull together the centerpiece of his legislative agenda amid questions about a new business tax he's backing.  Read more...
 
 
Shooting

Police investigating shooting of man at park in New Orleans


Police are investigating a shooting of a man at a park in New Orleans.  New Orleans police say the shooting occurred at Pontchartrain Park on Sunday evening. Police say the location of the man's injuries is unknown.  Read more...

 
Teen Convicted

Teen sentenced to prison for breaking into trooper's home


Court records show a teenager has been convicted for breaking into a Louisiana State Police trooper's home.  It's reported that St. Charles Parish court records state 19-year-old Dillyn Austin pleaded guilty and will serve about 11 months in prison. Read more...
Business Tax

Governor wants to change the way Louisiana taxes business


With two weeks left before the Louisiana legislative session, we are waiting for Governor John Bel Edwards to announce his tax reform plans. LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says many were surprised when they recently learned the governor is moving away from... Read more
Be Careful

Home improvement expert says 'Do it yourself, but do it right'


A lot of homeowners take on do-it-yourself projects this time of year. Home Depot has hired hundreds of workers in New Orleans to help handle the amateurs packing their stores. A do-it-yourself project can mean saving a lot of money. And, a lot of TV shows make it look... Read more
Direct Flight

New Orleans now has direct flights to London


British Airways begins service between London and New Orleans today. The first flight lands tonight around 7:30, and takes off for London at 9:40 p.m. The British Airways 787 Dreamliner will be stopping at Armstrong International much of the week. Read more...
Runoffs

Runoff for Orleans Civil Court, Westwego Mayor, and other election results


A few of Saturday's elections will be decided in a runoff next month.Suzy Montero and Rachel Johnson will vye for a vacant spot on the bench at Orleans Civil District Court. Read more...
MSY Ride Fees

Kenner ordinance would set ride-booking fees for airport passengers


An ordinance being debated in Kenner could have a major impact on fees charged by customers who use Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services. Ride-sharing drivers are concerned about additional fees to fares, but taxi drivers say they support the proposed ordinance.  Read more...
False Alarms

A crackdown on false alarms in New Orleans


New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police time. A city news release says an ordinance taking effect May 1 will result in a warning to a property owner after one false alarm, and a $75 fine after the second.  Read more...
Vote Results

Get election results


Polls have closed in elections in 37 parishes across Louisiana. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said the majority of the elections were local. He says weather may have depressed turnout. Read more...
 
Murder Suspect

Man sought in shooting death of ex-wife's new boyfriend


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a man believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife's new boyfriend. Sheriff Newell Normand says an arrest warrant has bee issued for 55-year-old Dionicio Ibarra. Ibarra is being sought for second-degree murder.  Read more...
Justice System

State DAs concerned about criminal justice reform proposals


District Attorneys across the state have a serious problem with some of the Governor's proposals to reduce Louisiana's incarceration rate. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says what began as a reform for nonviolent offenders has led to less time served for violent offenders.  Read more.
Employment

February lifts Louisiana labor market as payrolls rise


Louisiana's unemployment rate fell and payrolls rose in February, signaling improvements in the state's labor market. Read more...
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Steve: Saints rework Armstead's deal...Butler signing coming?


The Saints have freed up some space under the salary cap by restructuring left tackle Terron Armstead's contract. Read more...

NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas


Invoking his father Al's name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland. NFL owners approved the Raiders' move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter.  Read more...

Jazz sink Pelicans 108-100 behind Gobert, hot shooting


Repeated slow starts and lackluster finishes compelled Rudy Gobert to question the competitive spirit of some Utah Jazz teammates. They responded with the fire expected from an NBA playoff team on Monday night. Gobert had 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to lead the... Read more

UNO Coach Mark Slessinger stops by Sports Talk to discuss the Final Four


Coach Mark Slessinger of the UNO Privateers swings by Sports Talk with Deuce & Deke to talk about this year's Final Four and the rise of the UNO basketball program. . .Read More & Listen 

Minus Cousins, Pelicans top Nuggets 115-90 behind Davis' 31


A rousing defensive effort helped the New Orleans Pelicans boost their flickering playoff hopes.
Anthony Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, helping to compensate for the absence of injured DeMarcus Cousins, ...Read more

East vs. West set in Final Four next weekend


The Final Four is set. And in an unusual bit of geography, it'll be schools from neighboring states out west (Oregon, Gonzaga) against schools from neighboring states in the east (North Carolina, South Carolina).  Read more...

 

LSU's bats bust out of slump with a 6-run 8th to beat Florida


Florida was on the verge of sweeping LSU on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, then the Bayou Bengals erupted for six runs in the 8th inning for a 10-6 win over the Gators.
LSU scored 3 runs for the series heading into 8th ...Read more

Florida baseball defeats LSU 8-1


The Florida Gators beat the LSU Fighting Tigers 8-1 on the baseball diamond today, taking the best-of-three weekend series. Read more...

Harden's 38 points lead Rockets over Pelicans 117-107


After winning just 41 games in last year's disappointing season, the Houston Rockets acknowledged their 50th win on Friday night. However, they weren't celebrating it. "Sixty would be nice," coach Mike D'Antoni said smiling. "We may celebrate that one. But not 50."  Read more...

LSU Baseball falls to Florida 1 - 0


LSU Baseball dropped the series opener with Florida Friday night.  The Tigers lost to the Gators one to nothing. Ace pitcher Alex Lange went the distance, only allowing a single run.  The LSU offense, however, could not produce a single run.  Read more...
 
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