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Cops shoot man inside New Orleans Armstrong Airport

Cops say a suspect attacked TSA agents, and an officer shot the man in the New Orleans Armstrong International Airport.  Read more...

2 cargo ships collide in Mississippi River, no injuries

Two cargo ships collided on a foggy Mississippi River near the Chalmette Battlefield down from New Orleans.  The U.S. Coast Guard says no injuries or pollution resulted from the Friday morning collision involving the Heranger, a general cargo vessel, ...Read more

Two horses shot to death in Assumption Parish

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of two horses in Bertrandville. Sheriff Mike Waguespack says they were contacted by the owner after he discovered his horses lying on the ground.  Read more...
 

Perjury indictment upheld against former Louisiana health secretary

A state district court judge has refused to dismiss the perjury charges filed against former Louisiana health secretary Bruce Greenstein.  Read more...
 

Sharper cuts deals on rape cases in 4 states and federal court

Darren Sharper has cut a deal on charges he drugged and raped women in four states. Orleans District Attorney's Spokesman Chris Bowman said, "An agreement has been reached with Darren Sharper... Read more

Baby on life support, man charged with attempted murder

A 26 year old has been arrested on attempted murder charges after an incident in Houma over the weekend.  A six week old baby is on life support in Children's Hospital and according to an investigation, detectives found out the child was hospitalized ...Read more

Assumption Parish authorities seek person who shot horses

Assumption Parish sheriff's deputies are looking for the person who shot and killed one horse and wounded another one so severely it had to be put down.  Read more...
 

LSU School of Dentistry gets $58.4M federal Katrina grant

The LSU School of Dentistry will receive $58.4 million to help cover the costs of repairs from Hurricane Katrina.  Read more...
 

New Orleans bar and casino smoking ban coming soon

The new smoking ban for all New Orleans bars and casinos takes effect in just a month.  There is still backlash from some businesses, the largest being Harrah's Casino, which would like an exemption.  Read more...

Sheriff: Denham Springs cop ''cleared'' in fatal shooting

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard says a Denham Springs police officer acted within the law when he shot and killed a man. "Detectives with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office have been investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred on February 23, 2015... Read more

Louisiana casino revenue up 6.8 percent over last year

State officials say the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah's land-based casino brought in $224.1 million in February, 6.8 percent better than the $209.7 million the gambling halls won the year before.  Read more...
 

State treasury could lose money from New Orleans smoking ban

State lawmakers have delayed approval of a $3.6 million casino support services for New Orleans amid concerns the city's new smoking ban will hit the state treasury.  Read more...
 

French program not funded in Gov. Jindal's budget proposal

An organization that oversees programs to nurture the French language in Louisiana is on the chopping block in state budget negotiations.  Read more...

 

First day of Spring!

The Spring Equinox occurs later today at precisely 5:45pm our time, marking the end of winter and the very beginning of Spring. Louisiana State Climatologist Barry Keim says this past winter will go into the record books as being extremely cold and dry in Louisiana.  Read more...

Vitter leads latest governor's race poll, but not by much

A recent survey by MarblePort Polling on Louisiana's governor's race shows Republican US Senator David Vitter leading the field with 34-percent of the vote. Democratic state representative John Bel Edwards is close behind with 31-percent... Read more

Spring looks good for mudbugs

If you're thinking about celebrating the arrival of spring with a crawfish boil, you've got some good luck this weekend. A run of good weather is pointing to a bountiful supply. Read more...

Murder in McDonald's parking lot

New Orleans police say a 38-year-old man has been arrested in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.  In a news release, police say the stabbing occurred last night in the parking lot of a McDonald's at 3025 Elysian Fields Avenue.  Read more...

Organizers vote to keep controversial poster

The poster stays.  Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival organizers are not going to get rid of the artwork that has drawn both criticism and praise. Some call it offensive, others say it's beautiful folk art. The festival board had an emergency meeting after the uproar, and voted to keep the poster.  Read more...

French Quarter Festival expands outside the Vieux Carre

The 2015 French Quarter Festival has outgrown itself...exceeding its previous boundaries this year. "We are!" says Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals Inc. "We're adjusting a little bit. We always adjust, and this year we're adjusting outward... Read more

Loneliness and living alone linked to death

Loneliness kills according to a new study at BYU.   And researchers are sounding the alarm on what could be the next big public health issue.  Could it be on par with obesity and substance abuse?  Read more...

SUNS 74, PELICANS 72

Brandan Wright scored 16 points and matched his career high with seven blocked shots, helping the Phoenix Suns to a sluggish, cold-shooting victory over a New Orleans Pelicans team playing without star Anthony Davis.  Read more...

 

5-1 Arkansas Takes Game 1 over LSU in baseball series

Razorback pitchers Dominic Taccolini and Zach Jackson both held top-ranked LSU to just one run on seven hits Thursday night as Arkansas beat the Tigers 5-1 in Game 1 of an SEC series in Fayetteville.  Read more...
 
 

Festival poster sparks controversy

Officials this week unveiled the poster for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.  Some found it offensive.  Others say people taking issue with it are just looking to create controversy. Sonya Higginbotham Freeney said on the WWL Facebook page, "It has a 'pickaninny' vibe... Read more

Federal judge asked to toss some claims in abortion lawsuit

Part of a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's new restrictions on abortion doctors should be thrown out, a lawyer for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration told a federal judge Thursday.  The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges ...Read more

Corps precaution at weirs built to keep Mississippi in place

The Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready in case of high water at the complex built to keep the Mississippi River flowing past New Orleans.  Spokesman Rene Poche says that Thursday, crews at the Old River Control Structure opened gates ...Read more

Economic Development Secretary recommends reigning in film tax credit program

State Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret tells lawmakers it's time to reign in the state's film tax credit program. Read more...

Louisianans split on direction of the state

An annual poll by LSU's Public Policy Research Lab indicates a trend in Louisiana residents believeing things are getting worse seems to have bottomed out. Read more...

State Treasurer says Jindal is talking about selling the lottery

State Treasurer John Kennedy says the Jindal Administration is considering selling the Louisiana Lottery as a way to help plug the state's massive budget hole. The Administration is denying this. But Kennedy says it's being actively studied.  Read more...
 

Lawmaker introduces bill to survey Orleans kids about sexual behavior

New Orleans Senator JP Morrell is introducing a bill that would allow public students in Orleans Parish to be surveyed about what type of behaviors they are involved in, including sexual behavior.  Read more...

No presidential primary for Louisiana?

Is there really a chance that Louisiana will not hold a presidential primary? The Secretary of State says he has no money in his budget for one but this appears to be a part of the political scares to come before the state legislature goes into session. Read more...

National Guard gets 10 bids to destroy M6 at Camp Minden

The Louisiana National Guard says it has received 10 bids to destroy 7,500 tons of M6 artillery propellant at Camp Minden.  Read more.
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LSU Alumni Association names 6 to Hall of Distinction

The LSU Alumni Association's Hall of Distinction will induct an Olympian, a construction CEO and a former associate athletic director, among others, later this month.  Read more...
 
 

Offshore worker sentenced for tampering with records

An offshore oilfield worker has been sentenced to 3 years' probation and a $3,000 fine in U.S. District Court in New Orleans for tampering with blowout preventer testing records.  Read more...
 

Warrant: Handwriting analysis error delayed link to Durst

A search warrant says a document examiner's erroneous handwriting analysis 14 years ago delayed authorities in linking millionaire Robert Durst to a friend's death until after he was accused of killing someone else.  Read more...
 
 

Another Tangipahoa Parish desegregation plan surfaces

Creating a centralized high school and moving Hammond Junior High Magnet School to a new campus are two recommendations the court compliance officer has made to end the desegregation case against Tangipahoa Parish School System.  Read more...
 

Port Fourchon reduces rent amid lower oil prices

Some tenants at Port Fourchon, the main service hub for the Gulf of Mexico oilfield, will see lower rental rates starting April 1. The Greater Lafourche Port Commission on Wednesday approved a 20 percent rental discount for port land leases.  Read more...
 

Tangipahoa woman arrested in Medicaid case

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says a Tangipahoa Parish woman has been arrested on a charge of felony Medicaid Fraud. The woman is alleged to have billed the Medicaid program for health care services she did not perform.  Read more...
 

Feds eye oil, gas drilling off East Coast, Alaska, Gulf

Environmentalists are speaking out against proposed offshore drilling along the East Coast from northern Virginia to the Georgia-Florida border, while business groups support the plan.  Read more...
 

March madness may be maddening for the business minded boss

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament means a loss of productivity in most places of business. Distracted workers are likely the norm in local offices this week as March Madness kicks in and college hoops take center stage.  Read more...

Can LSU make Mike go to the stadium?

A former caretaker of LSU's mascot, Mike the tiger, is concerned the current live mascot is not attending football games in his portable cage. Mike VI did not go to a single contest last season. Read more...

What are you paying to watch TV? A look at options

Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.  Read more...

Mike Yenni in race for JP President

Kenner mayor Mike Yenni announced his bid for parish president Wednesday. 
Yenni detailed his reasons for wanting a new government position.  It’s a game of musical chairs.  JP President John Young is seeking the lieutenant governor's seat, ...Read more

Disposal bid deadline for M6 propellant at Camp Minden

About a half-hour before the deadline to submit bids on destroying 7,500 tons of M6 artillery propellant at Camp Minden, the Environmental Protection Agency made it official: Louisiana may consider methods other than open burning.  Read more...

 

< ^6 students arrested after fight at Terrebonne high school

Six H.L. Bourgeois High School students have been arrested after a fight at the school.  
It's reported deputies responded to a call shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says four 16-year-old students, ...Read more

Clinic owner, accountant plead guilty in $50M Medicare fraud two counts of consp

Authorities say the head of a New Orleans-based medical clinic and her accountant have pleaded guilty in a $50 million Medicare fraud scheme. A government statement says clinic owner Paige Okpalobi of Slidell and accountant Christopher White ...Read more

Jindal outlines his proposal for getting rid of Common Core

Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to remove Common Core from state public schools would return Louisiana to its old education standards and testing until new benchmarks are developed.  Read more...
 

Oil sector loses 1,000 jobs

While drivers enjoy low gas prices, the plummeting price of crude oil is starting to take its toll on the oil industry -- with layoffs happening here in Louisiana. Read more...

Change-of-plea hearing for ex-Orleans School Board member

A change-of-plea hearing is set for March 26 in the case of Ira Thomas, who abruptly resigned from the New Orleans school board this month after being charged in a federal bribery case.  Read more...
 

Chemical regulation overhaul bill faces opposition in Senate

A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups. They say it's a step backward in protecting health and the environment.  Read more...

 

Thibodaux councilman called to resign over parole violation

A former Thibodaux city councilman has called for Councilman Lloyd "Chip" Badeaux to resign after he violated his parole and state hunting regulations.  It's reported Eddie Hebert, who served on the council for seven years before he was defeated in November, ...Read more

Real estate heir Durst is a suicide risk, sheriff says

Officials say troubled real estate heir Robert Durst has been moved to a state prison with a mental health unit because he's considered a suicide risk. Read more...

Video: Woman attacks men with broken bottle

Cops say a woman attacked several men with a broken beer bottle in a French Quarter bar. "At approximately 5:15 a.m., the victims were inside of the bar when they heard an argument between the bartender and two females... Read more and watch the video

Trooper runs over/kills truck driver

Louisiana State Police say a truck driver died when he was run over by a trooper. Authorities say cops were looking for the trucker in Madison Parish after a call to try and help the man.  Read more...

Flood insurance hikes kicking in

Louisiana residents will soon have to pay more for flood insurance. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the increases are the result of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program passed by Congress last year.  Read more...

Writer: Tom Benson is 'sharp... on top of things'

Is Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson still mentally capable of making business decisions? While we wait for three doctors to submit their mental evaluations to a judge, a journalist spent several days with the 87-year-old Benson.  Read more...

Durst attorney: Search of Houston home a 'publicity stunt'

As investigators sift through items seized in a search of Robert Durst's Houston home, the troubled millionaire's attorney says he would be surprised if any evidence against his client were found.  Read more...

Blame sleep deprivation on money and work

What is causing us to lose sleep at night.  You can blame technology somewhat but it turns out we are stressing out about money and work is what's really behind our lack of sleep according to research at the KJT Group.  Read more...

New Orleans city councilman suspended from law practice

An attorney who serves on the New Orleans City Council was suspended from practicing law for two years Tuesday by Louisiana's Supreme Court. Read more...

Louisiana governor: Sell tobacco settlement for upfront cash

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration moved ahead Tuesday with a plan to sell the state's remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement, despite criticism the move would waste a valuable asset for a quick fix to budget problems.  Read more...

 

Orleans councilman Gray suspended from practicing law

An attorney who serves on the New Orleans City Council has been suspended from the practice of law for two years.  Louisiana's Supreme Court handed down the decision Tuesday against James Gray.  Read more...

Louisiana governor: Sell tobacco settlement for upfront cash

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration moved ahead Tuesday with a plan to sell the state's remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement, despite criticism the move would waste a valuable asset for a quick fix to budget problems.  Read more...

 

Humane Society: apparent pet abandonment actually a dangerous game

An apparent pet abandonment story on the North Shore has a new twist -- it was not abandonment at all but apparently some misguided form of entertainment. Read more...

Prosecutor: Durst had nearly 150 grams of pot when arrested

Authorities found more than a quarter-pound of marijuana and a revolver in millionaire Robert Durst's hotel room when he was arrested over the weekend, a prosecutor said Tuesday. 
Durst appeared before a judge for a second straight day ...Read more

Man dies in crash while fleeing Assumption Parish deputies

State police say a 21-year-old Napoleonville man lost control of his vehicle during a high-speed chase with sheriff's deputies, crashed and later died at a hospital.  Trooper Evan Harrell says Assumption Parish sheriff's deputies had tried to pull over Darrell Thomas ...Read more

Durst not leaving New Orleans this week

Millionaire Robert Durst will spend at least six more days in New Orleans before his extradition to California to face murder charges. The 71-year-old heir had a hearing today.  Read more...

Study: 4 percent of Katrina damaged homes still blighted a decade later

The number of blighted homes still not rebuilt or demolished after Katrina is dropping. A new study from the University of New Orleans finds the percentage of damaged houses still gutted or derelict has dropped to four percent nearly ten years after the storm.  Read more...

Putting the wraps on the St. Patrick's Day celebration

We've been celebrating St. Patrick's Day since the weekend, and today, many local watering holes will be bringing the celebration to a close. Read more...

Are we posting too much about our children on Facebook?

Do parents share too much about their kids on social media? There's a name for it.  It's called "sharenting."  A University of Michigan Children's Hospital nation poll on children's health finds more than half of mothers and one-third of fathers discussing child health and parenting... Read more

Bill to ban kids from using Uzis

Louisiana Representative Barbra Norton has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would make it illegal to supply a child 12 or under with an Uzi sub-machine gun. She says kids are not big enough to handle such a large weapon in a safe manner.  Read more...

Durst's letter helped prosecutors bring murder charge

Robert Durst's mumblings about how he "killed them all" provided the dramatic kick to a documentary about the millionaire's troubled life and connection to three slayings, but it was words he penned that helped lead to his arrest on a murder charge... Read more

Legislative hearings open on Jindal's $24.6B budget proposal

The House budget committee is starting its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts... Read more

Millionaire murder suspect booked on arms charges in N.O.

A Louisiana State Police trooper says millionaire Robert Durst has been booked on weapons charges in that state - on top of a first-degree murder charge lodged by Los Angeles authorities.  Read more...

Real estate heir Durst could face death penalty in murder

Los Angeles prosecutors have filed a murder charge against real estate heir Robert Durst that could carry the death penalty.  Prosecutors said Durst was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the killing of his friend, Susan Berman.  Read more...

 

Most Louisiana students taking Common Core tests

Concerns that large numbers of Louisiana public school students would skip the Common Core standardized tests appear unfounded, with the state's education superintendent saying 99 percent showed up Monday for the opening day of exams.  Read more...

 

Slidell man arrested for hit-and-run of toddler

A north shore toddler is recovering at Children's Hospital in New Orleans, after what St. Tammany Sheriff's Deputies are calling a hit-and-run. Read more...

Police report: Durst had revolver on him when arrested

Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst agreed Monday to face a murder charge in Los Angeles in the shooting 15 years ago of a mobster's daughter who vouched for him after his wife disappeared. But one of his lawyers said the trip may be delayed by new charges in Louisiana. Read more...

Is a Spillway opening on the way?

Will the Army Corps of Engineers have to open up the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year to relieve pressure from the Mississippi River? Read more...

4 Guardsmen killed had 8 kids, one on the way

The U.S. Army today released information about the four Louisiana National Guardsmen killed in last week's helicopter crash off the Florida Panhandle. "This has been a difficult few days,"  Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said.  "These Guardsmen represent the best of us."  Read more...

Durst waives extradition, will return to California

Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst waived extradition Monday and will return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the 15-year-old death of a writer and friend who acted as his spokeswoman.  Read more...

 

It's March Madness and time to pick those brackets

The NCAA brackets came out Sunday and this is the time when college basketball rules for a lot of folks. Read more...

St. Patrick's Fun on Metairie Road

Huge crowds decked out in green showed up for the St. Patrick's Parade in Metairie Sunday.  Check out the pictures...

Common Core tests begin today

Students in third through eighth grades will begin taking the controversial tests tied to Common Core today. This is the first time the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests will be administered in Louisiana. Read more...

St. Tammany boasts unprecedented commercial growth

An annual report from the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation shows significant growth in the number of commercial building permits issued in  2014 compared to the previous year.  Read more...

Eccentric fugitive says in documentary he 'killed them all'

The arrest of  a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife's disappearance came just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he "killed them all." Robert Durst  was arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant out of California... Read more

Nuggets outlast Pelicans in 2-OT

Will Barton scored 25 points, Kenneth Faried totaled 20 with 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans in double overtime 118-111 on Sunday.
Ty Lawson and Jameer Nelson scored 19 and 18 points, ...Read more

New Orleans restaurateur Dick Brennan Sr. dies at 84

Richard "Dick" Brennan Sr., the restaurateur who, with his family, led and managed some of the city's best-known dining destinations, died Saturday at his home in New Orleans. He was 84.  Read more... 

 

1,000 volunteers clean up Bayou Lafourche

Two couches, a scooter, a washing machine, a microwave, a 40-inch television and a vacuum cleaner. Those are some of the things volunteers pulled from Bayou Lafourche during the 4th annual Bayou Cleanup.  Read more...
 

Subject of HBO series arrested in New Orleans

Robert Durst, the infamous son of billionaire New York real estate developer, Seymour Durst, was arrested in New Orleans Saturday night. Durst is the subject of an HBO documentary on three unsolved murders in three states that some believe he is linked to.  Read more...
 

Salvage continues at Florida military helicopter crash site

The largest sections of a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed during a nighttime training mission were pulled Saturday from the waters off Florida's Panhandle amid efforts to recover the remains of all seven Marines and four soldiers who were killed.  Read more...
 

First LNG-powered ship in U.S. built in Gulfport

The first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel operating in the United States and built by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group is in service for Shell Upstream America's deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.  Read more...
 

Weekly Louisiana unemployment insurance claims increase

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 7 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,782 from the previous week's total of 2,559.  Read more...

Sick workers not a workplace threat?

A local health official is taking issue with a recent report that says way too many Americans go to work sick. According to that report, more than one in four American workers recently surveyed said they show up to work while ill, even though they could sicken their colleagues.  Read more...
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