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Slidell daycare owner arrested in child abuse case

A North Shore woman is in jail after sheriff's deputies say she beat, shook and dropped her foster child. The suspect is also the owner of a daycare in Slidell. Read more...

Opa! It's Greek Fest time again!

It's 42 years for the Greek Festival and it's always a jammed packed event.  The crowds will gather at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Robert E. Lee Blvd. Read more...

Suspect in stripper's death wants charges tossed

The attorneys for a man accused in the death of a Bourbon Street stripper wants charges thrown out because prosceutors can't prove the woman was killed in Louisiana. Read more...

Who's taking a road trip this summer?

With the Memorial Day weekend here,  summer kicks off.  This summer, millions will be taking their summer vacation either flying or driving. Read more...

New Orleans reaches one month smoke-free

Memorial Day weekend will bring a lot of visitors to New Orleans. If these visitors haven't been to town in the last month, they might be in for a shock -- particularly if they're used to lighting up while enjoying the city's nightlife. Read more...

St. Tammany Sheriff's office to investigate after work site accident kills one

One person was killed when a trench collapsed at a construction site in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, north of New Orleans. Another victim was rescued after being trapped in dirt up to his shoulders. Read more...

Trapped worker freed, another dead, after trench collapse

One person was killed and another was trapped when a trench collapsed at a construction site in St. Tammany Parish. Read more...

One dead, one hurt in North Shore trench collapse

Police say workmen digging a trench in Covington became trapped when the trench collapsed this afternoon. Read more...

New Orleans is once again a top 50 city

The Census Bureau announced today that New Orleans population has grown significantly to the point that the city is back on the list of the top fifty cities in the U.S. and for the first time since Katrina. Read more...

Fewer smartphones equal better grades

If you want your child to do better on exams,  keep them away from their smartphones.  A study from the London School of Economics found a link between banning smartphones in schools and increased test scores. Read more...

Lawsuit claims Louisiana inmates receive inadequate medical care

Angola prisoners have sued Warden Burl Cain and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, alleging substandard medical care at the state penitentiary. Read more...

Levee authority to hear proposal to reopen Pontchartrain Beach

Today the levee authority for New Orleans is set to hear a proposal to reopen Pontchartrain Beach to the public for swimming and recreation. Read more...

Tuition, TOPS cost-control bills move to House for debate

A package of bills that would take lawmakers out of the tuition-setting business and place new spending restrictions on Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program edged closer Wednesday to final legislative passage.  Read more...

 

LSU rallies after down by 5 to beat Auburn 9-8

After trailing by 5 runs in the 1st inning before ever having an at bat, LSU roared back with 6 runs in the 5th inning to beat Auburn in the SEC baseball tournament, 9-8.  The LSU Tigers had 10 hits nin the game with 3 errors.  Read more...

$211M settlement reached with Transocean in 2010 oil spill

Lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.  Read more...
 
 

Dedicated funds remain off-limits in Louisiana budget debate

As lawmakers sift through ideas to solve financial gaps, one idea has been off-limits: scaling back budget protections that leave higher education and health care most vulnerable to slashing.
Lawmakers have repeatedly lamented that too much of the state's budget is ...Read more

DEA wrapping up 4-state southern prescription drug crackdown

The Drug Enforcement Administration is raiding pain clinics, pharmacies and other locations in four southern states as part of a crackdown on prescription pain drug abuse.  A federal law enforcement official says the early-morning raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana ...Read more

LDWF to make an announcement regarding the Louisiana black bear today

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will make an important announcement at the Governor's Mansion regarding the Louisiana black bear.  It is expected that the black bear will be officially removed from the threatened species list.  Read more...

 

New Orleans to compete again for upcoming Super Bowls

New Orleans now has a shot at redemption after tasting the first taste of defeat when it comes to lobbying for a Super Bowl. A year after the NFL shot down a Crescent City bid for the first time ever, the league has invited New Orleans back to compete... Read more

Facebook could land you in divorce court?

Could social media be doing irreparable harm to your marriage?  Some experts say it is disconnecting people instead of having them cuddling in bed, for instance. If one spouse is looking at Facebook all the time and the other isn't, problems arise. Read more...

Federal study of dolphin deaths after BP spill due

The results of a federal study into possible links between BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill is set to be released Wednesday. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill.  Read more...

Most voters not interested in Governor's race right now

According to a recent survey by the LSU Public Policy Research lab, voters in Louisiana are still not tuned in to the upcoming Governor's race. The numbers show only 25% of people here are following news about the election. Read more...

Cops in shootout with suspect in New Orleans

New Orleans Police were in a shootout with a suspect during a chase overnight.  It started with a reported traffic violation. "At about 11:35 pm officers observed the driver of a white Malibu change lanes and  not using his turn signal... Read more

The French Market Corporation has been using an avian toxicant on roofs in Jacks

The French Market Corporation has been using an avian toxicant on roofs in Jackson Square to get rid of pigeons.  WWL-TV in New Orleans reports the feeders were taken away after the city of New Orleans ...Read more

Corps of Engineers to study deepening Mississippi River

With the size of ships growing, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin looking at deepening the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet, a move that would prove costly and carry ecological consequences.  Read more...
 
 

Bill to rebalance this year's budget heads to House floor

House lawmakers have started work on rebalancing this year's budget, advancing a bill to plug health care and education gaps with money from an improved state income forecast.  The Appropriations Committee approved several financial measures Tuesday ...Read more

'Religious Freedom' bill shot down

The bill by Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson dealing with religious freedom was returned to the calendar today by a vote of 10-2. This means it’s essentially dead for the session. Read more...

Television ads begin running in Iowa supporting Governor Jindal

A pro-Governor Bobby Jindal advocacy group has released a television ad in Iowa supporting his candidacy for president.  The American Future Project says the ad will run on cable television in Iowa and online for one week. Read more...

 

Jindal's personal butler wants his life sentence reduced

Gov. Bobby Jindal's personal butler is asking a state district judge to reduce his mandatory life sentence for a 1991 second-degree murder. Harrison Cage is a prison trusty, an inmate who is considered trustworthy by prison authorities and gets privileges such as... Read more

More Americans are getting remarried

More and more Americans seem to be getting married a second time these days, even more than in recent years. The numbers from Pew research show that 64 percent of divorced or widowed men have remarried and 52 percent of women have.  Read more...

Bobby Jindal on some key issues of the 2016 campaign

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Here's a look at where the two-term governor stands on various issues that will be debated in the GOP primaries: Read more...

Louisiana House committee to hear religious freedom and gay rights bills

A pair of bills up for a committee vote at the Louisiana Capitol today are both controversial and deal with gay rights. The House Civil Law Committee will hear Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson's controversial religious freedom bill... Read more

Burglars raid salon, steal $30K worth of human hair

Burglars in eastern New Orleans skipped the cash register and made straight for the product in a beauty store caper that netted them $30,000 worth of human hair. Police said thieves knocked out the cinder block wall backing Beauty and Booku... Read more

House tax bills get easy passage from Senate committee

A package of House-approved tax bills estimated to raise $615 million for next year's budget has sailed through its first stop in the Senate amid ongoing budget negotiations.  Without objection Monday, the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee ...Read more

Cops: Man assaulted woman who fell asleep at party

Cops in Terrebonne Parish say a man sexually assaulted a woman who had fallen asleep at a party. "TPSO responded to a complaint at a residence on Old Oak Street in Montegut... An adult female reported that she was awakened by an adult male acquaintance touching her... Read more

Bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home. State wildlife biologist Maria Davidson says the bear in Marksville is among three to five that have... Read more

Missing woman's body found, ex-husband arrested

Officials have found the body of a Baton Rouge woman in the heavily-wooded area of a parish and arrested her ex-husband and three others in connection with her death.  Read more...

Splurge or Save: Are expensive sunglasses worth it?

The arrival of summer means the ultraviolet rays from the sun will be more intense. That's why May is designated as National Ultraviolet Light Awareness Month. Sunglasses, of course, are the perfect summer accessory.  Read more...

70-year-old bicyclist dies after crash with NOPD officer

An elderly man is dead after police say he ran a red light while riding a bike late at night. "The NOPD is investigating a traffic fatality that claimed the life of a 70-year-old male bicyclist.  The incident occurred last night shortly after 11:00 p.m... Read more

Man, 24, convicted of manslaughter, arson, in stabbing death

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of stabbing a 32-year-old Slidell woman to death in 2012, then setting her body afire.  Devin Baham testified that he knew nothing about the death of Ashley King, but jurors convicted him of manslaughter, ...Read More

Small New Orleans hotel evacuated because of electrical fire

The New Orleans Fire Department says an electrical fire forced evacuation of a 134-room hotel in downtown New Orleans.  The Wyndham La Belle Maison Hotel remained closed Sunday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after the fire ...Read more

Broussard case back in court

The attorney for former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard will be back in federal court Monday. Broussard's lawyers want a federal judge to drop his 2012 corruption conviction.  Read more...
 

Three injured by Tangipahoa Parish tornado

The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office says three people have been reported injured as a result of a possible Sunday morning tornado. The Sheriff's Office was notified of what was believed to be a tornado at Joel McDonald Road shortly before 4 a.m.  Read more...

 

Louisiana woman accused of burning girl's hands, tying her to bed

Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies say a 26-year-old woman has been accused of burning an 8-year-old's hands and tying her to a bed while the woman went to work and slept.  Read more...
 

NOPD searching for carjacking duo

New Orleans Police are looking for two suspects who impersonated law enforcement officers in order to carjack a man in the Lower 9th Ward. Read more...

Judge sentences Gonzales man for molestation of child

A state district judge has sentenced a Gonzales man to 35 years in prison for the molestation of a young girl.  Read more...
 
 

PHOTOS: Storm causes damage, flooding in SE Louisiana

As powerful storms moved across Louisiana, reports emerged of fallen trees, streets filling with water, and even of train cars being blown off the Huey P Long Bridge and falling to the ground. Read More
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