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Vitter Leads

Vitter with a double-digit lead in 2015 governor's race


A new poll on the 2015 governor's race shows republican senator David Vitter with a solid lead over three other opponents. Southern Media and Opinion Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Vitter benefits from high name recognition... Read more
Cheap Gas

Low gas prices over the holiday period


Gas prices are about 75-cents lower than a year ago as we head into what should be a busy two weeks of traveling during this holiday period. Gregg Laskoski, with gasbuddy.com, says with the statewide average at about $2.30 a gallon... Read more
Cajuns-Pack

New Orleans celebrates kick off of college bowl season


New Orleans has the honor of ushering in the college football bowl season this weekend. The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl kicks off in the Superdome Saturday morning, but the  celebration begins Friday night.  Read more...
 
Smoking Ban?

La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls


Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking.  Read more...
Budget Deficit

Lawmakers back Jindal plan to close $170M deficit


Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million.  Read more...
 
Medicaid Deals

Louisiana Medicaid contract extended, after other deal cancelled


Lawmakers have agreed to extend the state's multimillion-dollar Medicaid claims processing contract by another year. A criminal investigation is ongoing into the award of the now-cancelled $200 million contract to CNSI.  Read more...
Sex Crimes

Justice committee seeks progress from NOPD on sex crimes


The New Orleans Police Department is promising to do better to protect women and children. That's what the department's leaders promised members of the New Orleans City Council at a meeting today. Read more...
Embezzlement

Former New Orleans nonprofit head sentenced for embezzlement


Federal prosecutors say the former head of a New Orleans nonprofit organization who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars in public grant money has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.  Read more...
 
Medicare Fraud

Louisiana Medicare fraud scheme mastermind, doctor plead guilty


The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and a doctor have entered guilty pleas to health care fraud charges in federal court in New Orleans.  Read more...
 
Smoking Ban

LA State Police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls


Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. Read more...
Jindal on Cuba

Jindal critical of president's Cuba ambitions


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he's glad American prisoner Alan Gross has been allowed to return home from Cuba, but he believes he should have been released without conditions. Read more...
Prayer Rally

Jindal defends plans to attend prayer rally


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has defended his plans to headline a prayer rally next month on the campus of LSU.  Although students protesters are up in arms over the event, it seems Jindal will use his appearance to shore up his presidential aspirations. Read more...
1 Week Left

One week away from Christmas, last minute gifts?


It's approaching at rapid speed. Today we are exactly 7 days away from Christmas. We checked on last minute Christmas shoppers downtown to find out how much shopping they have left.  "I have gotten a few things done," said a man downtown.  Read more...
Plant Down

Nucor plant shutdown to last into 2015


The equipment failure that shut down Nucor Steel Louisiana's plant in Convent won't be remedied until late in the first quarter. Production at the direct reduced iron plant stopped on Nov. 2, when the process gas heater failed. Read more...
Holiday Stress

One week till Christmas: Try to keep your cool


Christmas is one week from today and many people would call the next 7 days the most stressful of the year. LSU AgCenter Life specialist Diane Sasser says it's a good idea to get plenty of rest and if you're too tired -- slow down.  Read more...
 
Auto Sales Up

As gas prices fall, car sales go up


The car companies have been reporting sales increases in the final months of the year, and the reason for the upswing is no further away than your corner gas station. Read more...
Jobs To N.O.

Video game developer to open studio in New Orleans


Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a video game developer plans on opening a studio in New Orleans that will employ 80 people.  High Voltage Software Inc. says it will open a studio in the city's Central Business District ... Read more
Cuba Relations

Cuban native in New Orleans blasts Obama Cuban policies


A native of Cuba, who lives in New Orleans, blasts President Obama for restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.  George Fowler, Vice Chairman of the Cuban-American National Foundation, feels that... Read more
Anti-Gay?

Prayer rally at PMAC expected to draw protests


Many people on LSU's campus are not happy the Pete Maravich Assembly Center will be the site for a prayer rally featuring Governor Jindal next month. Read more...
NOLA-Cuba

Port officials: Cuba and New Orleans could be great partners


New Orleans has always had close ties to Cuba, but a complete normalization of relations could really expand trade. Read more...
Deadly Shooting

Woman killed, man wounded in Terrytown shooting


Jefferson Parish deputies are investigating a deadly shooting in Terrytown.  Col. John Fortunato said officers were called to the 2100 block of Esplanade Place shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of multiple gunshots. Read more ...
E-cigs & Teens

Teens now using e-cigs more than regular cigs


Electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity over the past few years, and according to a national survey, they are now more commonly used than tobacco cigarettes among U.S. teenagers. Read more...
Hollywood S.

Be on the lookout for the A-Listers


Can it get any better for New Orleans when it comes to Hollywood South?  Big name actors and actresses are in town for a number of feature films and TV series.  For Hollywood South the year ends with a flurry of movies and TV series, pilots and productions lined up for next year.  Read more...
Deer Drowned

Man cited for drowning deer in Mississippi River


A Mississippi man has been cited for allegedly drowning a deer in the Mississippi River in Concordia Parish. Sgt. Trey Mason, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division, says 40-year-old David Hayes, of Natchez, Mississippi, was cited... Read more
Midday Shooting

Mid City midday shooting


New Orleans Police shut down part of Canal Street today in the search for the shooters in a daylight barrage of bullets that left one man wounded. Officer Hilal Williams says it all started a few blocks away.  Read more...
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Playoffs?!?

Saints playoff possibilities... how the Saints get in or out


If the Saints beat the Falcons Sunday AND the Browns beat the Panthers, the Saints win the NFC South and host a playoff game.  Click here to see the other ways the Saints get in or miss the playoffs...
 

Saints-Falcons Preview


Although their records may be lousy, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons control their playoff destinies. Hoping to represent the downtrodden NFC South in the postseason, these sub-.500 teams meet Sunday at the Superdome.  Read more...

Brees pleased by diversity of Saints' attack


As Drew Brees examined the box score from New Orleans' latest victory, he was struck by how equitably the Saints distributed the ball among players at various skill positions. For a quarterback trying to lead his team through a late-season playoff push, it was a re-assuring sign... Read more

New Orleans celebrates kick off of college bowl season


New Orleans has the honor of ushering in the college football bowl season this weekend. The R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl kicks off in the Superdome Saturday morning, but the  celebration begins Friday night.  Read more...
 

Steve: Know Your Enemy, week 16 - Atlanta (Episode 2: A New Hope)


The Black and Gold rebellion has been surrounded by turmoil this season, but their primary mission of earning the division crown is still within grasp.  All that is needed is 2 more wins to close out the regular season and the NFC South is back under New Orleans reign... Read more

QB to QB: Drew Brees excited about Saints and Falcons


"It's an exciting position to be in," Saints QB Drew Brees had his weekly chat with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia.  Drew talked about the Saints 31-15 win over the Bears, and set up this weekend's big home game against the Atlanta Falcons.  Read more and listen to Brees...

Kristian: Saints vs Falcons "It's a war"


Falcons week:  The fans from these two teams feel the rivalry, and so do the players.  Defensive back Keenan Lewis described this Sunday's match up with Atlanta, “It's a war; they know what time it is, we know what time it is.  Read more...

Goodell's seat grows hotter?


Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and staff pursued the Ray Rice case. Read more...

Falcons coach facing uncertain future as he prepares for Saints


Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field.  Read more...

Miles informs LSU athletics staff he's not leaving


 Les Miles has informed LSU athletic officials that he hasn't been contacted by Michigan about the Wolverines' coaching vacancy and has no intention of leaving the Tigers. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says Miles sought to make his status with LSU clear... Read more
 
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