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Incumbent congressmen sign up for election bids

Most of Louisiana's incumbent congressmen who intend to run for re-election have signed up for their races.  U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise, Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot Wednesday. All three men are Republicans. Read more...
 
 

Mandeville man found guilty of raping intoxicated woman

A 23-year-old Mandeville man is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 1 for raping a then 18-year-old woman last year after she became intoxicated in his home.  A St. Tammany Parish jury found Terry J. Ducote guilty Thursday (July 14) of simple rape by intoxicating agent.  Read more...

 

State police: Woman shot by city police officer in La

Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Kentwood Police Department officer.  Trooper Dustin Dwight says the officer shot a woman during an incident Tuesday night on Louisiana Highway 38.  Read more...

 

Suspect arrested after threatening cops on social media

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office along with the assistance of the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Victor Pablo of Amp Circle in Edgard for allegedly threatening police officers through a post on social media.   Read more...  

 

Arguments over prosecutor in Will Smith case

A hearing has been postponed until Friday on whether the New Orleans district attorney should be removed from the prosecution of the man accused of fatally shooting former Saints defensive end Will Smith.   Read more...
 

Funeral set for slain Baton Rouge deputy

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office announced on his Twitter site Wednesday the funeral arrangements for Deputy Brad Garafola.  The sheriff's office says visitation will begin at noon Saturday at the Istrouma Baptist Church.  Read more...

Louisiana elections signup period opens Wednesday

The signup period for Louisiana's congressional elections is starting.  Many of the major candidates for U.S. Senate are expected to be among the first in line Wednesday morning at the Secretary of State's Office to qualify for their race.  Read more...
 
 

Fiat Chrysler, Delgado partner to train auto technicians

Delgado Community College has entered into an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the National Coalition of Certification Centers to offer Fiat Chrysler brand-specific training to Delgado students beginning in the fall.  Read more...
 
 

Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case

A judge in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the local district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints star Will Smith.  Read more...

 

Trump takes the crown, Pence speaks tonight

The art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention. Nevertheless, Donald Trump now has the crown — and a final chance to summon unity from the party's restive ranks in the ritual's closing days. The roll call of ... Read more

Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case

A judge in New Orleans was set to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the New Orleans district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints defensive end Will Smith. Cardell Hayes (above) is charged with ... Read more

Qualifying for US Senate race begins today

Qualifying for the US Senate race begins today. As many as eight well-known candidates are expected to file paperwork to put their name on the ballot, five republicans, two democrats and one independent. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillion anticipates a... Read more

Hundreds attend rally for slain officers

Hundreds of people, white and black, attended a rally supporting law-enforcement officers at Baton Rouge police headquarters, about a mile from where three officers were shot to death Sunday morning.  Many in the crowd Tuesday night were... Read more

Friends recall slain officers as residents gather to mourn

Across this city, shocked residents have gathered in churches and at community vigils to pray for the law enforcement community and the three officers who were slain in an ambush by a gunman.  Read more...

 

WalletHub: 3 La cities among most stressed out in America

According to an analysis by WalletHub, three cities in Louisiana rank as the most stressed out in the nation.  Shreveport is No. 6, New Orleans No. 8 and Baton Rouge came in at 13th. Michelle Moore is a Doctor of Psychology at LSU Health New Orleans.  Read more...

Refuge ties 'gator hunt permit to killing invasive rodents

At one national wildlife refuge in Louisiana, hunters who want to go after alligator must first kill 500 invasive rodents that threaten the wetlands where both live.   Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Assistant Manager Brian Pember says it helps keep prolific nutria ...Read more

Funerals set for 2 slain Baton Rouge officers

Funeral arrangements have been set for two of the three officers killed in Baton Rouge in what police called an ambush by a lone gunman.  Viewings are scheduled Thursday and Friday for Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald.  Read more...

 

Memorial fund set up for families of fallen B.R. officers

After two weeks of tragedy in the south, the community is coming together to Back the Badge. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set up a web page for people to donate to a fund for the fallen Baton Rouge officers.  Read more...

'Sheer brutality'; Police detail B.R. shooting scene

The horrific scene unfolded in a matter of minutes, a black-clad man with military training stalking law enforcement officers and ignoring horrified onlookers as he shot anyone he could find wearing a badge.  Read more...

 

Allegations of Trump plagiarism, a Louisiana delegate reacts

Louisiana Republican Delegate John Young of Jefferson Parish is among those hearing more and more about the allegations of plagiarism against Melania Trump in her speech Monday night at the party's national convention.  Young doesn't deny the striking similarities between... Read more

Will the GOP finally get behind Donald Trump?

Monday , GOP leaders approved the convention rules, therefore blocking the anti-Donald Trump forces.  We asked some folks if they think the party will now get behind Trump.  “I strongly doubt it,” one man told us.  Read more...

What to Eat Tuesday... Breakfast!

Where is the best restaurant to eat breakfast in and around New Orleans?  We asked listeners on this week's "What to Eat Tuesday" where they like to go for breakfast food. From all of the text messages to 870870 during the Early Edition of WWL First News; we saw several... Read more and see the list

Tolls on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could go up soon

Crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could soon get more costly. The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal to raise the toll fee by $1 to finance as much as $100 million in bonds for safety improvements.  Read more...

Autopsy today on cop killer in Baton Rouge

The coroner in Baton Rouge is conducting autopsies on the cops killed and the on the gunman.  It is a tall task for the medical examiner. "Those guys are our friends.  We work with them on a regular basis," East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said. "It is very... Read more

Inmate back in custody after clerical error

A state inmate mistakenly released from the New Orleans' jail is back in custody. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, in a news release Monday, said 27-year-old Ervin New was serving time on state charges of simple burglary and home invasion. New was awaiting a hearing on... Read more

Slain Baton Rouge officers all hailed from same community

Fresh out of the police academy, Matthew Gerald was so proud to bring his cruiser home that he stood in the driveway, wiping it down under the hot Louisiana sun. His neighbor Ashley Poe watched as he flicked the blue lights on and off, on and off.  Read more...

Killer of Baton Rouge officers a man of mixed messages

Gavin Long was a man of mixed messages. He peddled self-published books with abstract themes about self-empowerment and spiritual enlightenment, but also posted rambling internet videos calling for violent action in response to what he considered oppression.  Read more...

 

Obama orders flags lowered for Baton Rouge

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings until sunset on Friday to honor the police officers shot in Baton Rouge. Read more...
 
 

Gov Edwards said the shooter came to do harm

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the shooter who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge "came in here from somewhere else to do harm to our community.''   He says ``this was ``a diabolical attack on the very fabric of our society. Read more...

Baton Rouge gunman 'did not play by the rules'

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux says his deputy Nicholas Tullier is in "very, very critical condition."  The sheriff says "It's in God's hands. We'll just have to see what happens but he's not in good shape at all."  Read more...

 

Gov Edwards: Nothing more important than law & order

 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the shooter who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge "came in here from somewhere else to do harm to our community.''   He says "this was ``a diabolical attack on the very fabric of our society.  Read more...

22 counts dropped from Gulf oil spill fraud case

A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing 73 charges instead of 95 charges in a case of alleged identity document fraud.  Online court records show prosecutors dropped 22 counts of identity document fraud before jury selection began Monday ...Read more

Baton Rouge police shooter said he was 'sovereign citizen'

The former Marine who killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers in an ambush-style attack identified with a growing sovereign citizen movement whose adherents believe they're immune to most federal and state laws, including paying taxes and... Read more

Baton Rouge shooter targeted and ambushed police

State Police believe the shooter that killed three law enforcement officers and injured three others planned his attack. Major Doug Cain say 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City (above) stationed himself along Airline Highway in Baton Rouge to inflict pain on law enforcement.  Read more...

42 Louisiana delegates head to Republican National Convention

Forty-two Louisiana delegates are at the Republican National Convention, which gets underway today in Cleveland. Kirk Williamson is a former Marco Rubio delegate who jumped on the Trump train after Rubio dropped out of the race. He says he is excited to see the ... Read more

2016 GOP convention different than '12, '08 for some Republicans

The 2016 Republican National Convention launches today in Cleveland, and with political outsider Donald Trump on the verge of being nominated, it's one of the unlikeliest conventions in recent memory. It's also quite a change from the last couple of conventions for... Read more

Gunman 'was seeking out,' ambushed 6 Baton Rouge officers

A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation... Read more

Who were the cops killed in Baton Rouge?

The two Baton Rouge police officers killed have been identified as 41-year-old Matthew Gerald (left) and 32-year-old Montrell Jackson (center). Jackson leaves behind a wife and a young child. Gerald is a former Marine and graduated from the... Read more

Cop killer spouted hate online

Louisiana State Police have positively identified the shooter who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge as Gavin Long. In a Monday morning Facebook post, Louisiana State Police said they needed to... Read more

Trump ready to complete improbable rise at GOP convention

A year ago, few imagined Donald Trump as a headline speaker at the Republican National Convention — let alone as its star.  Back then, maybe the billionaire New Yorker was alone in thinking he would arrive in Cleveland this week ...Read more

Gunman's location unknown for several minutes

According to radio traffic, Baton Rouge police answered a report of a man with an assault rifle and were met by gunfire - and for several long minutes, didn't know where it was coming from.
The radio exchanges were made public Sunday ...Read more

Obama condemns attack on Baton Rouge officers

The attacks on public servants and the rule of law "have to stop," President Barack Obama said Sunday after another shooting spree targeting police killed three officers in Baton Rouge and wounded three others. Obama said the motive for Sunday's attack, the second ... Read more

Police: Only 1 gunman but unsure of accomplices


A spokesman for the Louisiana state police says they believe the gunman who killed three officers in Baton Rouge was the only shooter but that officials are unsure whether he had accomplices.  Read more...

 

Governor Edwards called the killing of 3 officers an unspeakable tragedy

Colonel Mike Edmonson at an afternoon news conference said that police from Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a man carrying a rifle in the vicinity of Airline Highway and Old Hammond Highway.  Read more...

 

Jindal added to company's Board of Directors

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal has been added to the Cotton Holdings Inc. Board of Directors. The company announced Jindal's addition to the board in a news release. CEO Pete Bell says he's worked with Jindal over the past several years.  Read more...

Layoffs planned in Gov. Edwards' office to balance budget

Layoff notifications have gone out to some of the employees of Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.  Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said Wednesday the governor's office will reduce its staff to cope with a $1 million budget cut for the financial year that began July 1.  Read more...

Son of Alton Sterling speaks out for first time

The 15-year-old son of a black man killed by Baton Rouge police spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, calling his father a good man and urging protesters not to resort to violence. Cameron Sterling's father, 37-year-old Alton Sterling, was shot to death July 5.  Read more...

NOAA predicts below-average brown shrimp season

NOAA predicts a below-average season for brown shrimp commercial harvests in the western Gulf of Mexico, which is not good news for shrimpers. The 55-year average harvest is around 56 million pounds, and this year's harvest is forecast at less than 40 million pounds.  Read more...   

2 arrested on sex trafficking charges in New Orleans

New Orleans authorities say a man and woman have been arrested on sex trafficking charges after discovering two 16-year-old girls and a newborn boy at a hotel.  Read more...

18-year-old pleads guilty in Harvey manslaughter case

The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says an 18-year-old from New Orleans will spend 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The prosecutor's office says Everis Hilton pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Demone Robinson of Harvey during a robbery.  Read more...

Black Lives Matter activist arrested at Baton Rouge protest

A prominent Black Lives Matter activist, three journalists and more than 120 other people have been taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days, authorities said Sunday, after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge.  Read more...

Police say over 100 people arrested in Baton Rouge protests

Authorities in Baton Rouge say more than 100 people were jailed in connection with the Black Lives Matter protests held in the Lousiana city over the weekend. Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said on Sunday that 101 people were being held.  Read more...

NOFD: Explosion destroys Gentilly house

A Gentilly house on Jasmine Street was destroyed Sunday morning when an explosion rocked the neighborhood. According to the New Orleans Fire Department, a 3-apartment residence in the 2700 block of Jasmine Street exploded about 8:30 a.m.  Read more...

Black Lives Matter activist arrested at Baton Rouge protest

A prominent Black Lives Matter activist and 100 other people were taken into custody, authorities said Sunday, after protesters took to the streets to call for justice and voice anger over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers.  Read more...

Late-night protests not slowing in Baton Rouge

Hundreds of people demonstrated in the streets of Baton Rouge again Saturday night over the death of a black man in the Louisiana capital city. Police could be seen detaining at least three people after confiscating some weapons earlier in the day.  Read more... 

Black Lives Matter activist arrested in Baton Rouge

Louisiana authorities say prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson has been arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl L'Jean McKneely says McKesson was arrested Saturday night.  Read more...
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