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Opioid Epidemic

Opioid epidemic leads to more deaths, increased insurance costs


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is concerned about the rising number of deaths from prescription opioid overdoses in Louisiana, and the costs associated with prescription pill addiction.
Donelon says the life expectancy has gone down for white males ages 25 to 35.  Read more...
 
Premieres Today

Deepwater Horizon film premieres in theaters


The Deepwater Horizon movie premieres in theaters today and shows the story of the lives lost during the 2010 rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana. Lt Governor Billy Nungesser was the president of Plaquemines Parish when 11 crew members were killed  ...Read more
Heading To Cuba

Governor Edwards heading to Cuba next week for trade talks


Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to Cuba next week for a trade mission, seeking to build economic ties with the island nation now that the U.S. is moving to normalize relations between the countries.  Read more...

 
Cat. 3 Storm

Hurricane Matthew now a Category 3 storm


Hurricane Matthew has now been upgraded to a category 3 storm with winds of 115 miles per hour.  Matthew is a threat to Jamaica and Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Read more...

 
Doctor Indicted

Doctor indicted on charges of prescribing drugs, threats


A Metairie doctor has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of illegally prescribing oxycodone and threatening to kill federal agents.  U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a news release Thursday that Dr. Shannon Ceasar, ...Read more
Already?

Holiday shopping now?


As many New Orleanians are hoping to really notice the first taste of real fall weather, we're hearing that millions of U.S. adults have already started their holiday shopping. Creditcards.com issued a report that finds 34 million U.S. adults have started, and one million say they're already finished. Read more...
No Hotel Bids

New Orleans airport gets no bids for new terminal hotel


Louis Armstrong International Airport's plan for a prominent hotel at the front entrance to its new $807 million passenger terminal has failed to attract any interest.  It's reported that the New Orleans Aviation Board did not receive any responses to its recent request ...Read more
Life in Prison

Killer sentenced to life for murder of Slidell fire chief


A Northshore man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a firefighter and stuffing his body in the trunk of a sports car. "Michael D. Lizana, 38, who lived just outside Slidell, was sentenced to life in prison... Read more
Angola Rodeo

Angola Rodeo kicks off this Sunday


The Wildest Show in the South gets underway this weekend, as the Angola Rodeo returns Sunday on the grounds of the state prison. Angola spokesperson Gary Young says the rodeo is held every Sunday in October, and the gates open at 9am.  Read more...

 
Reviving Cut

Louisiana tries to revive Planned Parenthood funding cut


Attorneys for the state of Louisiana are trying to revive the state's Medicaid funding cut for Planned Parenthood clinics.  Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction blocking the cut, ...Read more
Shore Up The D

Saints moving to shore up defense before season slips away


When Saints defensive players gathered for meetings this week, there has been plenty of criticism to go around, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said.  That's what happens when you give up more than 200 yards rushing and 45 points in a critical home game  ...Read more
New Line Sunday

The new streetcar line opens on Sunday on Rampart


It's taken almost 70 years but streetcars will be returning to Rampart street beginning this weekend.  It took roughly a year and a half to complete the new streetcar line that will run from Canal Street to Elysian Fields on Rampart Street.  Read more...

 
Lower Rates

Flood insurance now cheaper for 60K homeowners


Starting today, FEMA's new flood maps take effect in the New Orleans area -- ,meaning cheaper flood insurance for a lot of homeowners. About 60,000 homeowners who were in flood zones yesterday aren't today.  "It's increased flood protection. It's better drainage... Read more
Hur. Matthew

Hurricane Matthew to turn away from Gulf


Hurricane Matthew keeps getting stronger as it threatens Caribbean islands. "Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Matthew could become a major hurricane later today or tonight... Read more and see models
Colder Weather

Much cooler outside the city


Much cooler air blew across the Northshore this morning, dropping temps into the mid and lower 50s. In the New Orleans metro area, it wasn't quite as dramatic, but definitely cooler with low 70s. "Fall has arrived in New Orleans! The humidity has gone WAY down, and it feels... Read more
Fest Weekend

A fall weekend full of festivals, even one for dogs


It's actually going to feel like fall this weekend, and there are a slew of fall festivals taking place. The St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parish fairs have already begun and will continue through Sunday. There's a brand new festival in Kenner tomorrow, as the city hosts its... Read more
Matthew

Hurricane Matthew heads toward central Caribbean Sea


People in the Dutch Caribbean islands reinforced their homes and stocked up on emergency supplies Thursday as Hurricane Matthew took a rare turn through the southern Caribbean ahead of an expected shift to the north.  Read more...
Job Growth

Louisiana Economic Outlook shows low oil prices continue to hamper job growth


The Louisiana Economic Outlook shows the state will lose 17,000 jobs this year because of low oil prices. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott released the report and says the state has been in a recession since August 2015.  Read more...
 
Cop Hits Cab

New Orleans police patrol car hits cab at intersection


New Orleans police say a police patrol car hit a cab at an intersection, knocking the cab into a hotel and a parked vehicle. Officer Dawne Massey, a police spokeswoman, says Officer Joseph Deutsch was on duty when the crash occurred early Thursday.  Read more...
 
Creepy Clowns!

St. James deputies locate 'creepy clown'


The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office says it has located one of the so-called "creepy clowns" that appeared in a store earlier this week. Read more...
Burglary Arrest

Cops catch suspect wanted for breaking into home on State Street


A police hunt for a burglary suspect today led to a lockdown at Isidore Newman School in Uptown this afternoon, that ended a little less than an hour later when New Orleans Police found their man. Read more...
Cops Charged

Two NOPD officers, one sheriff's deputy charged in cigarette-selling scheme


The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans today announced the indictment of six men, including three law enforcement officers, in an alleged scheme to sell cigarettes on the black market. "(The) defendants would illegally receive, possess, and purchase contraband cigarettes and cigars."  Read more...
Claims

October oil spill milestone: $520 million in seafood claims


The administrator of economic loss claims resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill says he expects about $520 million in seafood industry claims to be paid in the Gulf of Mexico states as early as next month. Read more...
Flood Money

President signs short-term bill to fund government, LA flood recovery


President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Read more...
Senate Race

Fleming hits GOP opponents, says acting like in junior high


After lagging in polls, Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming thinks he's found his path to the runoff in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, positioning himself as the grown-up among the major GOP candidates. In his latest TV ad released statewide this week, Fleming hits the two leading Republicans.  Read more...
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Shore Up The D

Saints moving to shore up defense before season slips away


When Saints defensive players gathered for meetings this week, there has been plenty of criticism to go around, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said.  That's what happens when you give up more than 200 yards rushing and 45 points in a critical home game  ...Read more

Jeff: LSU should beat MU by a TD


Is it the start of something new or are the next nine games just a transitional period? 
LaRose native Ed Orgeron will lead the Tigers on the field on Saturday night as they host the Missouri Tigers. Orgeron has said he plans to open up the offense and... Read more

Leading Saints receiver Snead envisions bright future in Big Easy


The Saints Players Show welcomed in some star power Thursday night as receiver Willie Snead joined Deke Bellavia at Hooters in Metairie. Despite missing a game, Snead leads the Saints in receiving yards in 2016 with 226. Read More

Kristian: James Laurinaitis added to Saints injury report


The Saints injury report remains the same as yesterday ahead of this week's match up with the San Diego Chargers with the addition of LB James Laurinaitis with a quad injury. He was limited in practice today. Read More

Fantasy Football: Time to sell high on Latavius Murray


The Lions are lousy against TEs - In 2015 the Detroit Lions allowed the 5th most fantasy point to TEs. That trend has rolled over to 2016 as they are now the worst team defending the position giving up 17.9 fantasy points per game. Read More

Prep Football Preview: St Thomas More @ Hahnville


This week’s game of the week on WWL.com features two teams looking to get back on track, as we head to Boutte, LA, where the St. Thomas More Cougars invade Tiger Stadium to take on the Hahnville Tigers. Read More

Steve: Will the Saints survive a shoot-out in San Diego?


San Diego lost on the road to the Chiefs and Colts, but lit up the Jaguars in their home opener for a victory. We constantly hear coaches and players talk about having a balanced offensive attack - well San Diego has found that groove. Read More

Korte: Saints O-Line graded out pretty well against average Atlanta


I was concerned coming into this week for a couple of reasons - first, no Terron Armstead at left tackle is cause enough for concern, secondly, the musical chairs along the front, however necessary, means we haven't found a secure spot for anyone yet on the left side. Read More

Orgeron: Godchaux's reinstated, Fournette a "game-time decision"


Starting defensive end Davon Godchaux has been reinstated to the team and will return to practice Wednesday, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed on Wednesday. Godchaux was suspended from the team indefinitely following an arrest Monday morning stemming from... Read more

Brees: Saints have a "great challenge before us"


With his Saints sitting at 0-3 for a second straight year, Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert for his weekly “QB To QB” segment on WWL Radio. Brees started by talking about the team’s third straight disappointing loss. Read More
 
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