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2014: The year in politics

The 2014 year in Louisiana politics will be one for the history books. Among the notable points -- the Republican party finished its return to dominance, Mary Landrieu lost her US-Senate seat and former Governor Edwin Edwards finally ends his hopes of being in public office again.  Read more
Be Safe

Cops: Don't ruin holidays by driving drunk

State Police are urging motorists to be extra careful on the road during the holiday season.
Many people will be on Louisiana roadways visiting friends and family.  Read more...
Sex Crime

Woman arrested, accused of sleeping with 16-year-old

Sheriff's deputies have arrested an East Baton Rouge woman after investigators said she had sex with a 16-year-old boy while she was drunk.  Read more...
Baby Name

Jack Daniels' son is Jim Beam

A man named after whiskey has named his son for bourbon. Thirty-one-year-old Jack Daniels Leathers of Gray says he and his 23-year-old wife, Lydia Leathers, chose the name well before their marriage.  Read more...
Mall Murder

Christmas Eve shooting kills 1 at Oakwood

A man who was shopping at a suburban New Orleans mall on Christmas Eve was shot to death at close range and a suspect was in custody, police said. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. Read more...
Oil Impact

Falling oil prices could force more cuts this budget year

 The budget hole facing Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers next year is a grim figure, topping $1.4 billion. But that may not even be the worst-case scenario.  Read more...
Mall Shooting

Victim dies in Oakwood Center mall shooting

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a person was shot and killed at the Oakwood Mall in Gretna.  Read more...
Westwego Murder

Man accused of killing girlfriend, shooting grandmother in Westwego

Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend and accidentally shooting his grandmother.  Read more...

Shooting at Oakwood Mall

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a person has been shot at the Oakwood Center mall in Gretna.  No word on the condition of the victim, and police are on the scene.  Read more ...
BP Appeal

BP appeals judge's refusal to remove claims administrator

BP PLC is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill.  Read more...
Amite Cleanup

Residents in Amite cleaning up after storm

Residents in the small Tangipahoa Parish town of Amite are cleaning up after a tornado that damaged several homes and downed trees and power lines.  Read more...

Racing to get the shopping done

Some people just seem to thrive under the pressure of deadlines. Even at this late hour in the Christmas shopping season, WWL First News had no trouble finding people who still haven't finished. Read more...
Storm Damage

Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4

Power companies managed to restore electricity to thousands of people in Mississippi on Wednesday, a day after a powerful storm swept through the southeastern U.S. and killed four people.  About 6,000 people were without power after the storm  ... Read more

Annual St. James bonfires will light the sky tonight

The annual Bonfires on the Levee takes place tonight in St. James Parish.  Rhonda Lee, President of the Festival of the Bonfires, says this is a tradition in the parish dating back more than 100 years. Read more...
Who to Visit?

How do we decide whose family to visit for the holidays?

Which family to visit during the holidays can sometimes pose problems, but some would tell that it's a good problem to have. Read more...

After the front, clearing skies and a cooler Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

As the storm system that dumped torrential rain and brought severe, damaging weather to some parts of southeast Louisiana moves on, a cold front will settle in and drop temperatures considerably. Read more...
Southern Storms

Severe weather slams southern US; 4 killed

Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses.  Read more ...

Amite Twister

Storm spawns twister that damages parts of Tangipahoa Parish

A storm system moving ahead of a cold front has spawned a tornado that apparently touched down in Amite, downing several power lines and trees and tearing the roof off at least one home.  State police closed part of La. 16 east of Amite ... Read more
Tornado Strikes

Tornado touched down on the northshore

A tornado touched down in the Amite area Tuesday causing damage to some homes, including the home of Amite Fire Chief Bruce Cutrer and shutting down La. 16.  Although the tornado warning for Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes has been lifted,  ... Read more
Levee Bonfires

Bonfires light Santa's way

With Christmas approaching, Lutcher residents spent the weekend putting the final touches on their holiday bonfires.  The bonfires, which line the levees of the Mississippi River, are set to be lit at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.  Read more ...

Bad Training?

NOPD consent decree monitor unhappy with recruit training

As the New Orleans Police Department tries to bring about the changes required under the federal consent decree, the court-appointed monitor finds that the newest cops haven't been getting the training needed to make those changes stick. Read more...
Bad Weather

Severe storms possible with tornado watch for metro area

We're in for a possibly rough few hour with our weather. The National Weather Service has placed a tornado watch in the area through 6:00 p.m. Read more...
What to Get...

The hardest person to shop for is...

With only one day away from Christmas Eve, some shoppers are still trying to figure out what to buy for the hardest person to shop for on their list. Just who might that be? We took to the streets to ask people in downtown New Orleans. Read more...
Pot Bust

Big pot bust on I-12

Cops on the Northshore say they stopped a vehicle loaded with pot. "Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L stopped a Ford truck for a traffic violation on I-12 near mile marker 40 in Tangipahoa Parish.  Read more...
Dead Child

Body of 4-year-old discovered in hole

Baton Rouge police say the search for 4-year-old Jassiah Clark, missing since Saturday night, ended when his body was found in a deep hole about 25 feet from his home. Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa says an officer found Jassiah's body Monday night... Read more
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QB to QB

QB to QB: Brees - the fans mean so much to us

The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert went QB to QB with Saints Quarterback Drew Bees on Sports Talk and the two hit on a variety of topics, including the disappointment Drew talked about in the team not having anything on the line against NFC South foe Tampa Bay. Read More

Kristian: Saints are not thinking about 2015 yet

Next year:  The Saints aren’t ready to think about 2015 just yet.  New Orleans will wrap up the 2014 season on the road this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “You’re constantly evaluating, I expect us to be full speed and prepared for this game,” said Sean Payton. Read More

LSU-Notre Dame Preview

LSU and Notre Dame realize elite teams play for national championships. Both teams, though, had flaws that landed them in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Music City Bowl on Tuesday.  Read more...

Payton: Why the Saints missed the playoffs

After being eliminated from the playoffs with a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, it didn't take long for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton to point out the reason. Payton regularly calls the turnover stat the most important in the game.  Read more...

Graham, Evans selected for 2015 Pro Bowl

Despite the Saints' 6-9 record, two players from the Black and Gold have made the The NFC Pro Bowl roster for 2015. TE Jimmy Graham and OG Jahri Evans are among the NFC roster participants. Read More

WWL NFL Podcast with T-Bob and Seth

This week Seth Dunlap returns and it's T-Bob's turn to take a holiday vacation. . .at least that's what he says.  We really think he can't handle talking about HIS Arizona Cardinals and their continuing meltdown. Read More

Hokie: Everyone overestimated the 2014 Saints

Following the Saints' 30-14 fall to the Dirty Birds, Saints Color Analyst joined Deke Bellavia to deliver some post-game remarks about just how far short of expectations the Black and Gold fell in 2014, and where they might expect to make changes. Read More

Deke: Hope is all the Saints had all season and all we have now

Is this the beginning of the end for the greatest run in franchise history?  I sure hope not.  Is this the start of what could be several bad seasons in a row?  Damn, I sure hope not.  But the numbers don’t lie my people. Read More

MMQB: Brees says "I'm very disappointed"

A season that started with Super Bowl aspirations has pretty much ended in what could be the biggest disappointment of the Sean Payton era; elimination from the dance without even earning a ticket. Read More

Despite no playoffs, Saints will play Week 17 as if postseason were on the line

New Orleans Saints fans today may feel like they don't have much to root for with the Black and Gold eliminated from the playoffs with one game to go. But the Saints' head coach says they will prepare as if "playing for a playoff spot." Read more...
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