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Pedestrian killed on I-59 in St. Tammany

Louisiana State Police say a belligerent passenger in a car became a highway fatality Saturday morning. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday, troopers investigated a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Interstate 59 near Pearl River.  Read more...

 

Mandeville teen injured in accidental shooting

An accidental discharge of a firearm has left a Mandeville teenager in the hospital and another facing criminal charges. Just after 9 p.m. Friday night, police responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 100 block of Carroll Street in Old Mandeville.  Read more...
 

Louis Freeh seeks end to lawsuit in BP oil spill claims case

The ex-FBI chief now serving as a watchdog over BP oil spill settlement claims is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against him by an attorney once involved in the claims process.  Read more...
 

St. Bernard Parish President Peralta targeted by East Baton Rouge grand jury

The attorney for St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta says his client is now the target of a new grand jury probe underway in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Read more...
 

Judge won't make cops reveal witnesses in Bourbon Street gunfight

The lawyer for a man arrested in connection with a deadly shooting spree last year on New Orleans' Bourbon Street has lost his latest request to get identities of witnesses.  Read more...
 

New Orleans Police officer fired for off-duty fender-bender fight

A 25-year police veteran has been fired for an off-duty fight after a minor traffic accident, although he was acquitted of battery in September.  Read more...
 

Canal Street shooting suspect faces attempted murder charge

A woman was shot in the head and critically injured Friday afternoon inside a Chinese restaurant on Canal Street at Elk Place. New Orleans Police have the suspected gunman in custody and witnesses claim a family dispute over money sparked the incident.  Read more...
 

New Orleans and Oakland mayors wager on NBA playoffs

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf have made a friendly wager on the NBA playoff series between the Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors.  Read more...

Sales tax would pay for levee work in Lafourche Parish

Early voting for the May 2 election starts today, April 18th, and voters can decide whether to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase for levee and drainage improvements in north Lafourche.  Read more...
 

Police: Woman shot after argument in New Orleans restaurant

A woman was shot and critically injured Friday at a small restaurant near the French Quarter, police said. Investigators think the victim and suspect knew each other, Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.  Read more...

Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse... Read more

Shooting at Canal and Elk Place

New Orleans police are investigating an apparent shooting at Canal and Elk Place, near Rampart. Witnesses say one person was shot inside the China Wall Restaurant at that location. Read more...


 

USDA: Louisiana lab let monkey's broken arm go for days

Keepers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's primate lab broke a monkey's arm while moving her and her baby, and the injury went untreated until after an X-ray five days later, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint.  Read more...

 

Jindal gets high favorability numbers in New Hampshire

A new poll on the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire says Governor Bobby Jindal is someone to keep an eye on after receiving the best favorability rating out of all the presidential hopefuls. Read more...

Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

As advocates for immigration reform and workers rights rallied outside, federal appeals judges today peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. Read more...

Police: Fake currency in circulation in 1 Louisiana parish

Fake money is in circulation throughout Ascension Parish.  It's reported people have been spotted on surveillance using counterfeit 10 and 20 dollar bills. On Thursday, St. Amant investigators interviewed those from the video ...Read more

Louisiana ranked as 8th most corrupt state

A new survey listing the most corrupt states in the nation may raise some eyebrows in Louisiana. A poll conducted by Monmouth University found that respondents listed Louisiana as being tied for the 8th most corrupt state. Read more...

Essence Festival's night-by-night schedule released

The 2015 Essence Festival's schedule has been released and single-night tickets are now on sale. The annual event in the Superdome will kick off July 2 with comedian Kevin Hart's What Now? Tour also featuring Trey Songz and Christian rapper Lecrae.  Read more...
 

Ex-deputy seeks new trial in Houma murder, standoff

Officials say a former Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputy convicted of killing a young mother while holding his estranged wife and four other women hostage in a 1996 bank standoff is expected to again appeal his sentence next week.  Read more...
 

Appeals court to take up Obama's immigration action

Appellate judges today are to considering whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.  Read more...

Quest continues for safer causeway

Ideas to make the Causeway Bridge safer get more testing today. Read more...

Sales of Pelicans merchandise picking up

The Pelicans first playoff game since 2011 is tomorrow in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors, and they'll be back at home next Thursday. So has Pelicans merchandise been selling?  Read more...

Formosan termites on the rise in Louisiana

The number of Formosan subterranean termites are rising in Louisiana and homeowners should take precautions against them. LSU AgCenter Entomologist Gregg Henderson says these termites build shelter tubes as they move up a home's foundation.  Read more...

Cop shot in St. Charles has surgery

In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.  Read more...

New Orleans to get its first new distillery in 100 years

New Orleans hasn't seen a new distillery since the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery began operations about a hundred years ago. But, that's about to change.  Kirk Coco, president of local craft beer maker, NOLA Brewing, has announced plans for... Read more

First Lady Michelle Obama coming to New Orleans

On Monday, April 20, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will join Mayor Mitch Landrieu and leaders from across government, industry and the non-profit sector for an event to celebrate progress on the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.  Read more...
 

Governor Jindal says he's always opposed new taxes

Governor Bobby Jindal has been criticized by some for a fiscal policy based on Grover Norquist and the Americans for Tax Reform. But Jindal says he's always been a supporter of no new taxes on Louisiana residents.  Read more...
 

Durst wants his money back; police have $161K

Lawyers for jailed millionaire Robert Durst say he wants authorities to return more than $161,000 in cash now held by New Orleans police. The attorneys say Durst got the money legally and it is neither needed for evidence nor subject to forfeiture.  Read more...

 

Privatization deals leave medical schools stuck with 'legacy costs'

LSU's medical schools in New Orleans and Shreveport are struggling to pay millions of dollars in insurance, retiree and maintenance costs left to them from the privatization of the state's charity hospitals.  Read more...
 

Gov. Jindal vehemently defends religious objections bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal has given a full-throated defense of a divisive religious liberty bill that is a key piece of his legislative agenda. Opponents say the bill could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians on moral or religious grounds.  Read more...
 

Silver Airways to begin new service from New Orleans

New Orleans is gaining new non-stop flights to Birmingham, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. These two new destinations add to the growing number of non-stop cities from New Orleans now totaling 48, a new record for the Airport.  Read more...
 

Jefferson Parish officials look to make canals safer after 3 deaths

Officials in Jefferson Parish are looking for ways to make canals along roadways safer for motorists after three people died in accidents involving cars veering off the road.  Read more...
 

NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension

The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian
Peterson, clearing the way for him to return after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.  Read more...
 
 

Cigarette tax increase looks like a possibility this session

Health advocacy groups see an opportunity with the legislative session to get a long-sought cigarette tax hike in a state that has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country.  As lawmakers look to raise new money to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole, ...Read more

Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade.  Read more...

$56M in budget gaps estimated for this year, senators told

As if lawmakers didn't have enough budget worries with next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, state senators learned this year's budget is short an estimated $56 million.  Read more...
 
 

$5 billion in BP oil spill settlement payments so far

The man who oversees settlement payments to people and businesses claiming economic losses as a result of BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than $5 billion has been paid out.  Read more...
 

Jefferson Parish paying too much overtime

An audit finds Jefferson Parish paid as much as $1.5 million in a variety of unnecessary overtime expenses in 2013.  Read more...
 

Deputy stable after shooting in St. Charles Parish

Police say a St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Deputy has been shot in an incident on Highway 90 in Paradis.   Read more...

Pelicans fans excited for playoffs

Are the Pelicans finally playing up to their potential? The Birds are taking flight into the NBA post season for this first time in the Anthony Davis era. Read more...

Divorce rate rises dramatically with better economy

It's a stunning statistic, the divorce rate in the U.S. is now up 15 percent since the great recession. That, after hitting a 40 year low in 2009. It appears as the economy has gotten better, the divorce rate has gotten worse.  But why?  Read more...

Students rally to oppose cuts to higher education

Over 100 college students gathered on the steps of the State Capitol today to rally against proposed budget cuts to public universities. Nearly all of Louisiana's colleges were represented and many held up signs that said "No Funding, No Future."  Read more...
 

Cops: 11-year-old kid tries to commit armed robbery

New Orleans Police say a kid is under arrest for sticking up a man and trying to rob him. "NOPD has arrested an 11-year-old male and booked him with attempted armed robbery," Officer Garry Flot said... Read more

What's next for the Pelicans? NBA Playoffs that's what!

After an 82 game regular season schedule the New Orleans Pelicans season goal has been reached.  For the first time in four seasons the Pelicans are in the Western Conference Playoffs.  Read more...

 

Tigers Beat Lamar, 11-2 in Baseball

The Top-ranked LSU Tigers put up six runs in the first inning for the second straight game to defeat Lamar, 11-2, Wednesday evening at Alex Box Stadium.  The Tigers improved to 32-6 with good play both offensively and defensively.  Read more...

US lawyers: Judge must cancel subpoenas in Durst case

Lawyers want a federal judge to cancel subpoenas of the two FBI agents and a state trooper who arrested real estate heir Robert Durst because they say state courts need permission to call federal agents.  Read more...

 

Briefs from the Louisiana Legislature's regular session

Legislative displeasure over diverted roadwork money showed up Wednesday in a transportation department request to spend $2 million from the highway fund for overtime and supplies responding to icy weather in north Louisiana earlier this year.  Read more...

 

Hail falls on metro area

A line of severe weather blew across the Southshore Wednesday afternoon. It dropped quarter to golf ball sized hail in several spots including along the I-10 and I-610.  There are reports of damage to vehicles.  Read more...

Jeff Parish School Board chooses new superintendent

The Jefferson Parish School Board has chosen Isaac Joseph as the system's next superintendent.   Joseph currently is the system's executive director of grants and federal programs.  Read more...
 
 

Mayor Landrieu signs ordinance allowing ride-sharing like UberX and Lyft

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today signed the New Orleans City Council's ordinance that legalizes ride-sharing operations such as UberX and Lyft. Read more...

Nagin appeals bribery and fraud convictions

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is appealing his federal conviction on fraud and bribery charges.  Nagin is using a public defender to go before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Read more...

Vulnerable New Orleans East gets levees approved by FEMA

Levee officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has certified non-federal levees in New Orleans East, a step which should help spur economic development in a part of the city lagging in its comeback from Hurricane Katrina.  Read more...
 
 

Ex-New Orleans mayor seeks corruption conviction reversal

Public defenders for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin are telling an appeals court that Nagin's convictions on 20 counts involving corruption during his two terms as mayor should be thrown out.  Read more...
 
 

Fast food workers rally for $15 per hour

The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up. Labor organizers are planning their biggest day of protests yet for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers.  Read more...

Pelicans need the fans to bring it!

Your New Orleans Pelicans are fighting for their first post-season berth since the name-change. If they beat the San Antonio Spurs tonight, they will lock up the eighth and final spot in the NBA Western Conference playoffs. Read more...

Bush endorses Vitter for governor

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorses US Senator David Vitter in this year's governor's race. Bush will appear with Vitter today at a fundraising event in New Orleans. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says this is not a surprise... Read more

Social media should be huge in 2016 presidential election

As Hillary Clinton threw her hat in the ring for 2016,  she jumped on the world's largest social network, Facebook, and within 12 hours, got 600 thousand likes. It was both Clinton and Ted Cruz who used Twitter to announce they were running.  Read more...

Federal tax deadline day

Today is tax day and even though many have already settled up with Uncle Sam, there are still millions who have yet to file and are waiting till the last minute. If you're filing electronically it must be done by midnight.  Read more...

Body of missing Terrytown man found behind casino

The mother of a missing spring break visitor confirmed the body found Tuesday in the Mississippi Sound behind a casino is that of her son.``Read more...

Lawmaker gets first chance to defend religious freedom bill

Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson took to the House floor Tuesday to try and clear up what he says are misconceptions of his religious objections bill. Johnson says his bill does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians. Read more...

Girl and mother are killed after car goes in Metairie Canal

JPSO reports a young girl has died and a woman was taken to the hospital where she later died after a vehicle went into a canal in Jefferson Parish.  The vehicle went into the Metairie canal near the intersection of Clearview Parkway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard ...Read more

A 3 year old little boy drowns after falling in a Raceland canal

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said a 3 year old boy has died after falling into a drainage canal during Tuesday's heavy rainfall.  The incident happened at about 1:20 p.m. on Hospital Drive in Raceland.  Read more...

 

Girl dies and a woman injured after car goes in Metairie canal

JPSO reports a young girl has died and a woman was taken to the hospital after a vehicle went into a canal in Jefferson Parish.  The vehicle went into the Metairie canal near the intersection of Clearview Parkway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard Tuesday at about 2 p.m. ...Read more

The state drops the sexual battery charges against Peralta

WWL TV is reporting the sexual battery charges against St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta have been dropped, according to sources familiar with the case.  Peralta was facing the sexual battery charges based on allegations by his former wife ...Read more

Millionaire Robert Durst pleads not guilty to federal charge

Jailed millionaire Robert Durst has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of possessing a gun after a felony conviction.   Durst told U.S. District Judge Lance Africk that he would plead not guilty during a hearing Tuesday afternoon.  Read more...
 
 

Rain hammers FQF attendance numbers

A rain-soaked forecast took its toll on the 2015 French Quarter Festival. With attendance numbers over 386,000, festival officials say rain likely kept a lot of people home after the 2014 festival charted a record 733,000 for attendance. Read more...

Flash flood warning south of Lake Pontchartrain

National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the south shore through 3:15 p.m. Read more...

Percy Sledge dies in Louisiana

Percy Sledge has died in Baton Rouge. The R&B singer was best know for his hit song "When a Man Loves a Woman."  It hit number one on the U.S. charts in 1966.  Read more...

Study shows health risks of staying up late

A new study shows that staying up late at night could put your health at risk. Korean researchers found that people who stay up very late are at a higher risk of diabetes, muscle deterioration, and metabolic disease, even if they get the same amount of sleep as early risers.  Read more...

Public hearings on big budget cuts

People who rely on the state for health care services and education programs are getting their turn to tell lawmakers their concerns about the threat of deep budget slashing next year.  Read more...

Sleeping close to your partner makes you happier in your relationship

New research out of the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom reveals the position in which we sleep is highly revealing about the strength of our relationships. Read more...

Durst 1st federal court appearance

Jailed millionaire Robert Durst has his first court appearance in connection with the newest charge against him — a federal charge of possessing a gun after a felony conviction. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk has ordered U.S. Marshals to take temporary custody... Read more

Jindal shows sentimental side during last session speech

In his last State of the State Address to the legislature, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took a break from politics to show a sentimental side during portions of his speech. The Governor began by joking that there may be some lawmakers happy that it would be his final... Read more

More flooding possible today through Friday

A flood watch is in place today for Southeast Louisiana. "We are going to see heavy rain today in spots, and that could lead to street flooding," Channel 4 Meteorologist Laura Buchtel said.  "Have the rain gear ready."  Read more...

Controversial religious objections bill hits snag in House

A religious objections bill similar to laws that have ignited a political firestorm in Arkansas and Indiana ran into a roadblock with the Louisiana Legislature on Monday, the first day of the legislative session.  Read more...

Oklahoma deputy charged in suspect's shooting death

Prosecutors have charged a white reserve sheriff's deputy in Oklahoma with manslaughter in the shooting of a black suspect.  A second-degree manslaughter charge was filed Monday against 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates.  Read more...



 

Transgender man sues loan company over sex discrimination

A 21-year-old transgender man is suing a loan company over sex discrimination after he says he was forced to leave his job once company officials found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like man.  Read more...
 
 

Jindal: Scale back 'corporate welfare' to balance budget

In his final speech to start a Louisiana legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal described his budget-balancing plan as a way to scale back "corporate welfare'' by eliminating certain types of tax breaks. Read more...

North Shore authorities looking for armed man near Lakeview Hospital

St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating after reports of a man firing shots in an area near Laveview Hospital. Read more...

Flash Flood Watch through tomorrow evening

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for areas along and south of I-12 through Tuesday evening. An additional 3-5 inches of rain are expected. Watch out for flooding of streets and low-lying areas.  Read more...

 

Lawmaker wants server pay at minimum wage

One of the bills set to be discussed during the 2015 legislative session would raise the base pay for servers from $2.13 per hour to at least minimum wage. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter says whether you get good tips or not, $2.13 an hour is deplorable pay for any worker.  Read more...

Should a woman's face grace our currency?

A woman could soon be the new face of the U.S. 20 dollar bill.  The nonprofit campaign "Women on 20s" allowed voters to choose their favorite and they've narrowed their choices down to 4 women. Read more...

Gulf Seafood Institute touting new FDA seafood guides

Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Enironmental Protection Agency have revised their view on fish consumption, particularly for women. "The FDA is actually changing their tune and now encouraging women to eat at least two to three seafood meals a week... Read more

How involved will Jindal be this legislative session?

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will provide the opening address as the legislative session gets underway today.  The question is how involved will the governor be as lawmakers grapple with a $1.6 billion budget deficit? Read more...

Two-month legislative session opens in Louisiana

Piecing together a solution to the state's financial mess is the primary agenda for lawmakers returning to Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Legislature opens its two-month regular session today. Lawmakers are grappling with a $1.6 billion budget shortfall... Read more

Rockets hold off Pelicans

James Harden poured in 30 points and the Houston Rockets downed the New Orleans Pelicans 121-114 in a game with playoff ramifications.  The Pelicans had a chance to cut their postseason magic number to one after the Thunder lost to the Pacers ...Read more

LSU jumps on Auburn early to take 6-2 decision in rubber match

The LSU offense doesn’t tend to stay under wraps for very long.  After mustering just four runs in the first two games on the series and being tied in knots by Auburn ace Keegan Thompson on Saturday night, the Bayou Bengal bats woke up.  Read more...

 

The series belongs to LSU

The LSU Tigers with some strong pitching, went on to win the rubber match against Auburn this afternoon 6-2  and win the series.  The Tigers will next take on Lamar on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. 

Natchez, beloved jazz steamboat of New Orleans, turns 40

The Natchez steamboat turns 40 years old on Monday. And all is well. The captain still barks his orders to the pilot in the wheelhouse through a megaphone; the calliope is still going and folks from all over the world throng its decks.  Read more...
 

Florida ticket wins Powerball, no winner in Louisiana Lotto

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a ticket sold in Florida won the $80 million multistate Powerball jackpot on Saturday night. The Powerball jackpot is $40 million for Wednesday's drawing.  Read more...

 

3 in 5 Terrebonne graduates choosing workforce over college

While Louisiana's college attendance rate edged up a percentage point, the rate fell three points in Terrebonne Parish. Only two in five 2013-14 Terrebonne Parish high school graduates went to college, fewer than last year, according to figures recently released.  Read more...
 

Lawmakers face a difficult budget situation as legislative session begins

What is expected to be a very difficult legislative session begins Monday in Baton Rouge. Lawmakers will have until June 11th to approve a spending plan that takes into account a one-point-six billion dollar shortfall.  Read more...

Religious freedom bill faces opposition from LA Senate pres.

Even before the opening of Louisiana's legislative session, a bill has thrust the state into the national debate over religious objections laws. Read more...

Feb. trial date in manslaughter case from 2010 BP disaster

A trial date of Feb. 16 has been set in the complicated case against two BP supervisors charged in the deaths of workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  Read more...
 

New Orleans City Council approves Uber

The New Orleans City Council Thursday afternoon afternoon approved ride sharing services like Uber.  Read more...

 

Universal Studio subsidiary locates in New Orleans Regional Business Park

The film industry continues to show strong interest in the New Orleans area. Universal Studio's subsidiary Ebbtide Films has moved into the New Orleans Regional Business Park.  Read more...

 
The Pelicans lost the series to the Warriors. Is it good enough that they made it to the playoffs?
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