Parade Shooting

NOPD: Man shot on Uptown parade route


The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting on the Uptown parade route. Police say someone fired a gun from inside a portable toilet. Read more...
Rome Trip Cost

Governor's Rome trip cost state $15,000 for security detail


Gov. John Bel Edwards' trip to meet the Pope in Rome cost taxpayers $15,000 for his state police security detail. Edwards personally paid travel costs for him and his wife for the weeklong trip in January. But expenses for the governor's bodyguards were billed to the State Police.  Read more...
Renovations

Emergency repairs to begin at Cabildo, Presbytere


About $3.4 million in emergency repairs are needed to save New Orleans' historic Cabildo and Presbytère buildings that flank St. Louis Cathedral from crumbling. Moisture intrusion at the 200-year-old French Quarter buildings has put the plaster and stucco at risk of breaking off.  Read more...
Justice System

Study: Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than needed


A study released by the American Bar Association says Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than it needs to effectively represent poor people caught up in the criminal justice system. The study was released against a backdrop of recurring litigation and public debate.  Read more...
Budget Feud

No decision made on $4M sitting in Louisiana escrow account


As they wrapped up their special legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers didn't resolve a disagreement between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry. At issue was $4 million sitting in an escrow account.  Read more...
Ferry Terminal

New Orleans city planners deadlock on ferry terminal demo


The New Orleans City Planning Commission has deadlocked on a plan to tear down the dilapidated Canal Street ferry terminal for replacement with a glass building. The City Council now gets the proposal from the Regional Transit Authority and its operator, Paris-based Transdev.  Read more...
Tax Fraud

Tax preparer faces charges over non-existent businesses


A Louisiana tax preparer faces felony charges for what state officials say was a scheme that cost taxpayers an estimated $300,000. The state Department of Revenue says Melissa Cato was arrested on charges of altering of clients' tax returns to claim losses for businesses that did not exist.  Read more...
TOPS Ruling

Board of Regents tables proposal to raise credit hour requirement for TOPS


The Board of Regents decided not to move forward on a recommendation to increase the credit hour requirement to 30 hours for TOPS students and instead tabled the idea for more study. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo supports the board’s decision.  Read more...
Child Death

Former owner of BR daycare sentenced in toddler's death


A former daycare owner will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to a negligent homicide charge linked to a toddler's death. State District Judge Lou Daniel ordered 49-year-old Shelia Newman, of Baton Rouge, Friday to spend... Read more
Inmate Death

Coroner: Inmate had signs of 'drug, med-related' death


The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says an inmate found dead in his New Orleans cell did not appear to suffer any physical trauma and showed signs consistent with "drug or medication-related deaths." Read more...