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Butt Fines

New law: $300 per butt fine for littlering

On the same day that smoking is banned from public colleges and universities, motorists could face a much stiffer penalty if they throw a cigarette butt from a car window. The new law increases fines for the intentional disposal of a cigarette from a motor vehicle.  Read more...

St. John couple guilty in child's death

A mother and father accused of killing their eight-year-old son in 2008 have been found guilty by a jury. Read more...
Rape Arrest

Covington man allegedly raped woman he met online

Police on the Northshore say a woman reported that a man raped her after they met on the Internet. "The Covington Police Department has arrested a Covington man on forcible rape charges... Read more
Heroin Ad

Cops: Men busted after advertising heroin

Jefferson Parish detectives say they have three arrests after finding an advertisement for heroin on the Internet. "A concerned citizen in Jefferson Parish notified our office of a posting,"  Colonel John Fortunato said in a news release. They checked out the post on Craigslist.  Read more...
Party Shooting

Slidell police make arrests in party shootings

Cops on the Northshore have made three arrests in the shooting that left a man critically wounded at a party celebrating a young women getting into college.  Read more...
Woman Shot

Cops: Woman shot after opening door

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office is looking for the shooter who gunned down a woman when she came to the door last night. "Headquarters received a call from someone indicating their neighbor had been shot... Read more
Gas $

Gas getting cheaper

Gas prices are steadily falling. Here in New Orleans the average cost of a gallon of regular fell 16 cents over the past month, according to AAA. The current average price is $3.31.  Read more...
Gun Law

Concealed guns now allowed in restaurants

Starting today, individuals with a concealed carry permit are allowed to bring a concealed firearm into restaurants that serve alcohol. The HB 72, sponsored by Metairie representative Joe Lopinto, is now in effect... Read more
No Smoking!

Louisiana colleges and universities go 100% smoke-free

Starting today, there will be no more smoking on public college campuses in Louisiana. That even includes outdoor areas. Read more...
Tax Holiday

Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Louisiana's sales tax holiday starts today. For the next two days, customers will not have to pay the 4% sales tax on the first $2,500 of each item they buy. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman Byron Henderson says it only comes once a year.  Read more...
TS Bertha

Tropical Storm Bertha to move through the Atlantic, miss the Gulf

Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the Atlantic.  It is forecast to stay out of the Gulf of Mexico and curve into the central Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center expects Bertha to remain a tropical storm and not become a hurricane... Read more

Cops catch man wanted in murder of girlfriend

Police have captured the man wanted for allegedly murdering the mother of his child in Destrehan. "Bruce Bourgeois Jr., has been arrested this evening in Independence, Louisiana by The Independence Police Department... Read more

Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office looking for home invasion suspect

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's office is looking for a man who barged into a Tickfaw home, pepper-sprayed the occupants, and then proceeded to demand to know where another person was so he could kill that individual. Read more...

Louisiana becomes a haven for Millennials

Louisiana has attracted and apparently nourished an emerging segment of the population called ''Millennials.''  The Census Bureau has Louisiana ranking number seven in the country for this important age group. Read more...
New Laws

551 new laws take effect Friday in Louisiana

Slug a referee at your child's sports game? You'll face jail time. Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You'll have to head outside because minors are barred from the tanning bed. Want to snoop in your employee's social media accounts? You'll hit roadblocks.  Read more...
Heart Worms

Louisiana 2nd in U.S. for heartworms in pets

Louisiana is ranked number two in the nation for heartworm incidents in pets. At least one million pets in the U.S. are estimated to currently have the disease. The President of the American Heartworm Society Doctor Stephen Jones says the state is unique... Read more
Free Dog Show

Free dog show brings thousands of canines to Kenner through Sunday

The Pontchartrain Center has gone to the dogs with more than 4,000 canines in Kenner for the next four days. "All of the dogs will be competing for best in show trophies and prizes," spokesman Carl Grotton told WWL First News.  "They are coming from all 50 states... Read more
Dome Soccer?

Soccer in the Superdome? It would be a first

Would you go see an international soccer game in the Superdome? Local leaders are hoping that the recent popularity of the World Cup competition will mean success for soccer in the Crescent City.  Read more...

Scalise officially becomes Whip today

Congressman Steve Scalise officially takes the role of House Majority Whip today. It gives Louisiana a level of influence in Washington politics it has not had for a long time. Read more...
Smoking Ban

Schools banning smoking on campus

Today is the last day smoking is allowed on campuses of public colleges and universities in Louisiana.  Tomorrow they will be required to make their campuses smoke-free.  Read more...
NOPD Troubles

Watchdog say NOPD may be victim of bad timing

The NOPD is reeling after the fourth suspension this month of an officer accused of a crime. Read more...
Stabbing Death

Deputies hunt suspect in stabbing death

St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputies are investigating a deadly stabbing in Destrehan. Read more...
Sitter Charged

Babysitter arrested for allegedly raping child

Cops say a boy from Terrebonne Parish came forward and said a woman from Dulac raped him when she was his babysitter. "A 17 year old male... reported that he was sexually assaulted as a child... Read more
Bad Accent?

Should Southerners lose the accent?

Is it bad to have a Southern accent? "Of course not!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a Southern accent," one woman said in New Orleans.  "I think like everything else Southern, it just adds charm." A national lab in Tennessee has canceled a class... Read more
Pay Raises

More raises for LSU employees

LSU faculty and staff are looking at a second straight year of pay raises, following what was a particularly difficult stretch for university funding over the last few years. Faculty and staff members will receive a 3% merit raise, right on the heels of last years 4%. Read more...
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Scrimmage Preview

Deke: What to watch at Saints "Black & Gold Scrimmage"

Our resident pros and I have come up with some things to keep an eye on in the Saints annual "Black and Gold Scrimmage." Read More

Steve: Ingram feels Saints have one of the best RB corps

Tomorrow is the Saints "Black and Gold Scrimmage," and the offense and defense are looking forward to competing against one another. Read More

Kristian: Champ Bailey sits out practice

Veteran defensive back Champ Bailey missed yesterday’s walk through and today’s padded practice. Coach Sean Payton didn't want to talk about Bailey's status following practice when asked. Read More

Deke: Bobby & Hokie note missteps on offense

For the last several days we've talked about how the Saints offense has the upper hand on the defense when it comes to running the football. Today was a little different. Read More

Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Todd Davis

Linebacker Todd Davis was a late addition to the Saints roster after the team waived injured cornerback AJ Davis near the end of June. Even swap, Davis for Davis. Read More

Kristian: Saints' Terron Armstead "night and day" from last season

Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead can attest to baptism by fire. Last year, he was thrown into the flames as the team’s starting left tackle in the middle of a play-off run in a huge game against the Carolina Panthers. Read More

T-Bob: Saints switching up the snap count!

One part of practice that stood out to me today was the cadence (cadence is the snap count - ex. “blue 82 blue 82 set hut!") The offense attempted to work in more hard counts and mix ups than they had in any practice recently, but it wasn’t always successful. Read More

Deke: NFL Top Ten - training camp edition

No more days of saying "man I wish football season was here!"  For those who follow the pigskin 24/7/365, they know that training camp is really the beginning of the season. As I do each year at this time, I’ll name who I think are the top 10 ten teams in the league right now. Read More

Kristian: Cam Jordan not backing down from Super Bowl talk

Jordan doesn’t believe in under-promising and over-delivering. “I’ve always wanted it. That’s what you come here to do. You don't come into work and say, ‘I just want to be mediocre.'" Read More

Steve: Colston mentoring young Saints, things heating up

Much was made over the “down” year Marques Colston had a year ago.  It was only the 2nd time in his career he did not record 1,000 yards or more receiving, though the “Quiet Storm” did start to turn it up toward the end of the season though the playoffs. Read More
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