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Suspect Arrest

NOPD quickly arrests suspect in murder of Kermit Ruffins' niece

New Orleans Police have arrested 20-year-old Will Reed, who is believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Milan Arriola. Arriola, a 2012 Warren Easton graduate and niece of jazz musician Kermit Ruffins, was fatally shot Friday.  Read more...
Party Ends

Essence Fest wraps up 2015 New Orleans visit

Almost a quarter million folks will, regrettably, depart New Orleans Sunday night. The city has been packed with visitors since Thursday, in town for the 2015 Essence Festival.  Read more...

Urban Report

Urban League releases report on New Orleans since Katrina

A new report suggests post-Hurricane Katrina progress for black residents in New Orleans has not been as good as in white households. The report was released Friday in New Orleans by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the National Urban League.  Read more...
Charity Plans

State receives plans for Charity Hospital redevelopment

Five potential development groups have submitted plans to rescue New Orleans' Charity Hospital, the huge art-deco style building vacant since the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.  Read more...

Suspected identified in Ruffins' niece's murder

New Orleans Police Saturday identified a suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Milan Arriola. "The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Will Reed." Read more...
Gentilly Murder

Kermit Ruffins' niece fatally shot in Gentilly

A young woman fatally shot and killed in Gentilly on Friday night was 20-year-old Milan Arriola, a 2012 Warren Easton graduate from a well-known New Orleans family. Arriola is the niece of jazz musician Kermit Ruffins.  Read more...
Right to Fight

Exhibit about black experience in WWII opens July 4

Titled "Fighting for the Right to Fight: The African American Experience in WWII," the exhibit runs from July 4 through May 30, 2016 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Read more...
Bicycle Loop

Lafayette council may name bicycle loop after murder victim

A loop of proposed and current bicycle pathways may be named in honor of murdered cyclist who disappeared in 2012 while she biked home. The proposed "Mickey Shunick Memorial Bike Loop'' will circle about eight miles around the city of Lafayette's core.  Read more...
Bribery Plea

Former Orleans School Board worker admits role in bribe-for-contract scheme

A former Orleans Parish School Board employee has pleaded guilty in a federal bribery case involving bids for a school system janitorial services contract. Armer Bright was accused of helping former board member Ira Thomas arrange a kickback scheme.  Read more...

NOPD investigating Friday night murder in Gentilly

New Orleans Police are investigating the city's fourth murder in 48 hours, and the 7th in the last six days. Police say a female victim was shot Friday night in Gentilly at the intersection of Humanity and Allen Streets.  Read more...
Water Danger

DHH warns to watch out for open wounds near water

While many people will be out on Louisiana's lakes and rivers this 4th of July, the Department of Health and Hospitals urges folks to be mindful of open wounds when swimming. The main culprit to keep in mind is a flesh eating bacteria.  Read more...
Litter Fines

New law doubles littering fines in Louisiana

Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill which will now double the fines for littering in Louisiana. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is asking residents to be mindful when disposing used fireworks and other party debris this weekend.  Read more...
Tax Fraud

Tangipahoa residents plead guilty in federal tax fraud scheme

Two Tangipahoa Parish residents have pleaded guilty in a tax refund scheme. The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release that the two conspired to file false federal income tax returns using stolen identities.  Read more...
School Safety

Lafourche begins school safety upgrades

The Lafourche Parish school system is spending $29 million over the next 10 years on school safety. The school board allocated money to 13 priorities. On May 2, voters redirected part of a property tax from paying school construction debt to upgrading campus safety.  Read more...

A boil water advisory issued for LaPlace residents

Friday afternoon, St. John officials issued a boil-water advisory for residents of LaPlace after a leak in a pipe caused water pressure to drop below safe levels, according to a parish spokeswoman.  Read more...

Essence Fest

Festivities officially begin as Essence purposely parties

The 21st annual Essence Festival started Thursday, but organizers and city leaders officially welcomed attendees with a Friday press conference at the Morial Convention Center. 
Essence Communications Inc. President Michelle Ebanks ...Read more
Eatery Robbed

Morning Call on Severn Avenue robbed this morning

A man armed with a gun walked in to the Morning Call about 2:10 a.m., not for hot beignets and cafe' au lait but  with the intention of robbing the popular establisment.  "It was horrible," said manager Donna Hennessey. Read more...
Traffic Deaths

Kenner woman one of three Friday morning Louisiana traffic fatalities

Louisiana State Police say three Friday morning traffic fatalities remain under investigation. Troopers say a Kenner woman died in a two-vehicle accident about 8 a.m. on the interstate in West Baton Rouge Parish.  Read more...
Bar License

New Orleans bar loses permit to sell liquor

A New Orleans Civil Court District judge has denied a motion from a French Quarter bar to stop the state from revoking its permit to sell alcohol.  Read more...
Murder Arrests

Second suspect arrested in murder of St. Augustine student

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old St. Augustine High School student. New Orleans police say in a news release that 25-year-old Donovan Williams was booked Friday at the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.  Read more...
Kids 4th Safety

DCFS: Be cautious with children around fireworks

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is urging parents and caregivers to be careful with fireworks around children during this weekend's festivities.  Read more...
River Reopened

Mississippi River reopened after towboats collision

The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River after a collision of two towboats broke loose some barges, one containing caustic soda. The Coast Guard said Friday that the caustic soda had dissipated.  Read more...
Who Gets What?

How will Gulf states divide BP settlement?

Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. Read more...
Domestic Abuse

New law gives abuse victims housing protections

Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law a new measure which gives domestic violence victims more housing protection. Read more...
Scared to Death

Court: No evidence heart attack caused by burglar

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled there's no evidence to support prosecutors' arguments that an 86-year-old Lafayette woman's heart attack was caused when she found a man in her home. Read more...
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Old Times

Just like old times, it's Williams vs. Williams at Wimbledon

Just like old times. It used to be that a match involving Miss Williams vs. Miss Williams, as they like to say at the All England Club, was a regular occurrence at the latter stages of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. Read more...

Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension.  Read more...

Pelicans make no additions to the nest in NBA Draft

The Pelicans did not possess a 1st round selection in last night's NBA Draft, and wound up trading away their 2nd round pick. New Orleans drafted Michigan State forward Branden Dawson with the 56th overall pick, but shipped his draft rights off to the LA Clippers for cash considerations. Read More

Steve: Pelicans introduce new head coach

With change comes excitement about the unknown - and also hope. For the Pelicans, their new head coach brings a fresh new perspective, coming off an NBA Championship victory with the Warriors.Read More

Kristian: Saints are in a tough spot with Junior Galette

If it is Galette in that video hitting a woman with a belt, the Saints can’t keep him around no matter what the NFL deems as appropriate punishment.  The cap hit would be painful, but not having him around would be worth any price. Read More

Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson legally competent

A judge has ruled in favor of Tom Benson, denying his heirs' petition that he be declared legally incompetent to manage his own business and personal affairs. Read More

Saints wrap up 2015 mini camp; Breaux, Coleman looking great

The Saints' on-the-field work is finished until the team reports to training camp at the end of July, after three days of mini camp at team headquarters on Airline Drive.  Sean Payton decided to cut practice short today by about an hour. Read More

Bobby & Hokie on Saints OTA: "Delvin Breaux is the real deal!"

With less than a week until their 2015 mini-camp, the New Orleans Saints had another organized team activity that the media was allowed to watch.  WWL resident pros Bobby Hebert and Hokie Gajan both love what they are seeing in the play of new defensive back Delvin Breaux. Read More

Saints Coach Payton addresses media after last OTA

Opening Statement: “We are basically in our last week of OTAs before minicamp next week. The schedule on the field is very similar when we move on to that minicamp phase. Today we had an emphasis on some of the two minute situations.” Read More

LSU's Mainieri: "I'm proud to be taking this team to Omaha!"

“Our kids showed an awful lot of poise this weekend.  A very good team came in here that fought us tooth and nail, and I thought we played great defense all weekend, and our pitching was tremendous,” said LSU Coach Paul Mainieri. Read More
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