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TOPS Changes

Cost control for TOPS program headed to Jindal for decision


Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide whether to place new spending restrictions on the TOPS free college tuition program. With a 28-6 vote Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate gave final legislative passage to the bill.  Read more...
 
Highway Patrol

State troopers to patrol major highways in city of New Orleans


Louisiana State Police are adding another layer of assistance to the NOPD, to free up more New Orleans cops for other work. State troopers will be patrolling the interstates and other major highways in the city. Read more...
Dismemberment

Trial set June 15 in stripper's death, dismemberment


Prosecutors say Terry Speaks tried to get police to shoot him when he was arrested in connection with the murder and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street stripper two years ago.  Read more...
 
Budget Snag

Lawmakers in House kill key bill in budget negotiations


House lawmakers have rejected a centerpiece of ongoing budget negotiations, a bill sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal to maintain his record against tax increases. The House Ways and Means Committee shot down the proposal with a 10-9 vote Wednesday.  Read more...
Left Lane

Louisiana drivers want action on left lane cloggers


Louisiana State Police will tell you there is a law in Louisiana designed to punish those who clog up the far left lane on a mufti- lane highways and raise the ire of many drivers. Read more...
More Victims?

Rape suspect may have more victims, says sheriff


Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Investigators say a 67-year-old suspect in a rape that happened 30 years ago in Port Sulphur may have more victims. Read more...
Child Porn

Slidell man gets 40 years in child porn case


A Slidell man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in a child pornography case. Hall decided to plead guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography and 20 counts of production of child pornography. Read more...
Cig Taxes

Cigarette tax increase clears Senate Finance for double what House approved


The Senate Finance Committee approves a bill that would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes 64 cents which is 32 cents higher than what the House agreed to. Read more...
Oil Spill Trial

Prosecution: Ex-BP exec lied; defense: no motive to lie


The first day of testimony for a former BP executive's trial in connection with the 2010 oil spill ended with the judge telling jurors they probably will begin deliberating Friday in the case against David Rainey. Read more...
Gleason Bill

'Gleason Bill' moves closer to passage


After receiving Senate approval, the Steve Gleason Bill has passed the US House Ways and Means Committee. The measure would make speech generating devices and other technology more accessible for patients with ALS and other diseases so they can live more independent lives. Read more...
Running?

Bobby Jindal sets date for announcement of presidential plans


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to declare his 2016 plans on June 24 in New Orleans, Louisiana, according to his recently formed exploratory committee. Read more...
Benson Case

Kin of Saints, Pelicans owner testify in competency case


Courtroom proceedings enter their third day today, in the case of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson's estranged heirs seeking to have him declared mentally incompetent. Read more...
Sex Crimes

NOPD sex crimes unit subject of city council hearing


Today members of the New Orleans City Council get an update on how the New Orleans Police Department investigates sex crimes. It's fallout from an Inspector General's report that hammered the NOPD's sex crimes unit for dropping investigations, many involving children. Read more...
TOPS Limits

Louisiana House approves TOPS limitations bill


The state House approves legislation that puts spending controls on the TOPS scholarship program. The Senate bill locks in the amount of the award at the 2015-2016 level. Instead of an automatic increase when tuition goes up, TOPS payments would need... Read more
Eat Less?

Spinach extract could be used as dietary supplement


Scientists at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center say a spinach extract could help curb hunger and cravings. Candida Rebello, registered dietitian and one of the lead authors of the study, says the supplement Appethyl activates mechanisms that help... Read more
Smoking Ban

New Orleans businesses ask judge to strike down smoking ban


A group of bars and restaurants asked a state judge on Tuesday to strike down a smoking ban that they said is hurting business. Read more...
Revenge Porn

Bill to outlaw revenge porn gets final legislative passage


The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to make revenge pornography a crime. Read more...
Billed for Rape

Ban on billing rape victims for exams passed by Legislature


The common practice of billing rape victims for their medical exams should come to an end under changes to Louisiana law given final passage by state lawmakers. Read more...
Sex Trafficking

Louisiana State Police arrest alleged human trafficker


Louisiana State Police says a multi-agency task force rescued a 17-year-old girl from a human trafficking operation and arrested her alleged pimp. Read more...
Bananas

Chiquita to keep ripening facilities at Gulfport


The Chiquita company has announced it would keep its banana ripening business at the state Port at Gulfport, Mississippi, rather than New Orleans. Read more...
Boil Advisory

Boil water advisory extended in parts of Algiers


The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has extended its precautionary boil water advisory for English Turn. Read more...
Obstruction?

Prosecution: Former BP exec lied to oil spill investigators


A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a former BP executive lied to federal investigators about how he came up with flow rate estimates after a 2010 rig explosion sent oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Read more...
Benson Drama

'Three Rs' to testify today in Benson case


Today, the estranged heirs of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owners Tom Benson take the stand as they try and convince a judge that Benson can't handle his own affairs. Legal experts say that is a hard thing to prove, because the consequences are so severe. Read more...
Body Found

Authorities: Body found in Lafourche Parish canal


Authorities say a body found in the Dixie Canal south of Mathews may be a resident reported missing early last month. Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre says the body was sent to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office for an autopsy.  Read more...
Extortion

Woman accused of extorting married man with sex tape


A Denham Springs woman is accused of extorting $45,000 from a married man over the past two years, threatening on many occasions to release a sex tape of their affair. Authorities arrested Emilie Blythe Hill Monday afternoon... Read more
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Golf Champs!

LSU wins NCAA golf title, beating Southern California 4-1


Ben Taylor made a tricky 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Wednesday to give LSU its first NCAA golf championship in 60 years. The Tigers beat Southern California 4-1 at The Concession Golf Club for their fifth team title and first since 1955.  Read more...
 

Steve: Pelicans fans haven't seen the last of Monty Williams


Pelicans fans will have good reason to boo Monty Williams now.  He has joined the Thunder as new head coach Billy Donovan's top assistant. That's right, the man who knows every in & out of this current Pels roster will be aiding Western Conference rival Oklahoma City. Read More

Kin of Saints, Pelicans owner testify in competency case


Courtroom proceedings enter their third day today, in the case of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson's estranged heirs seeking to have him declared mentally incompetent. Read more...

LSU'€s Mainieri on SportsTalk: "€œPitching wins championships"


Coach Paul Mainieri knows that this time of year, the teams that are clicking on all cylinders are the ones that get to Omaha, and the teams that are pitching the best are in that number. LSU got great pitching this past weekend in the Regional wins. Read More

LSU - ULL times announced, excitement building


The first NCAA Super Regional game between LSU and UL-Lafayette will be Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium at 7pm. Many Purple and Gold and Ragin Cajun fans are planning to head out to campus early that morning to tailgate ahead of the big matchup.  Read more...

'Three Rs' to testify today in Benson case


Today, the estranged heirs of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owners Tom Benson take the stand as they try and convince a judge that Benson can't handle his own affairs. Legal experts say that is a hard thing to prove, because the consequences are so severe. Read more...

Kristian: Cam Jordan gets 5-year extension with Saints


After saying last week that there haven't been any "mind blowing" offers from the Saints, defensive end Cameron Jordan and the Black and Gold have apparently made up a lot of ground, and the two sides have ironed out a five-year deal. Read More

Tigers and Cajuns to meet in the Super Regionals


It's LSU and UL Lafayette in a super regional series this weekend at Alex Box Stadium. Both teams advanced out of their respective regionals, the Tigers defeated UNC-Wilmington 2-0, while the Cajuns defeated Rice 5-2.  Read more...

Louisiana-Lafayette advances to face LSU in Super Regional


Evan Powell's two-run single lifted Louisiana-Lafayette to the Super Regionals with a 5-2 victory over Rice on Monday. Powell's single to left-center field added to RBI singles in the fourth by Tyler Girouard and fifth by Kyle Clement to open up a four-run lead.  Read more...

Benson mental competency trial gets underway


Behind closed doors, lawyers today began discussing doctors' exams and family and friends' observations as a court tries to determine if New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson can handle running his own affairs. Read more...
 
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