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Former Mayor Nagin's appeal will be heard

A federal appeals court will hear arguments in former New Orleans Ray Nagin's challenge to his conviction on fraud charges.  The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has the matter on the calendar for the week of October 5. Read more...

John Young leads Lt. Governor's field in campaign cash

The most recent campaign finance figures for the Lt. Governor's race shows Republican John Young leading the field with over $2.2 million in cash on hand. Read more...

Mental issues could be linked to too much social media time for teens

This generation of teenagers report being on-line "almost constantly" and much of that on-line time is dominated by social media. Now a new study warns, however, that frequent social media use could indeed take a toll on a young person's psychological well-being. Read more...

Missing teens strayed from planned route into open ocean

Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried to maintain hope against the fading odds of their survival. Read more...

Vitter has more campaign cash than his three opponents -- combined

The July campaign finance report shows that Republican David Vitter has more campaign dollars on hand than his three gubernatorial opponents combined. Read more...

Longtime WWL radio and TV personality Andre Trevigne dies

WWL Radio has learned that long-time radio and TV personality Andre Trevigne has died. Trevigne anchored newscasts on WWL, WDSU and WGNO television stations and hosted a radio show on WWL Radio from 1995 to 2004. Read more...

Lafourche man arrested for mid-1980s rape

An 81-year-old Larose man faces charges in the rape of a juvenile that happened roughly 30 years ago. Read more...

School is around the corner and kids aren't getting enough sleep

The new school year is fast approaching, but are our kids getting the proper sleep needed to properly function during the school year. Read more...

Community meeting to discuss brain-eating amoeba in St. Bernard Parish

Officials in St. Bernard parish meet tonight to answer the public's question about brain-eating amoeba found at a parish water-sampling station. Read more...

New Orleans water officials regret inconvenience

The director of New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board says he's sorry for the inconvenience of the boil advisory lasted into Saturday afternoon, but insists changes are already underway that would help prevent this from happening again. Read more...

Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. Read more...

'Operation Fish Net' smacks heroin on the North Shore

Authorities from several law enforcement agencies today announced a major heroin bust with many arrests in both the  St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. Read more...

Deputies: Woman threatened to 'shoot' at Baton Rouge theater

Authorities say a woman has been arrested at a Baton Rouge movie theater after threatening to shoot someone inside. Read more...

Future of TOPS to be dealt with by next gov

Should TOPS students continue to have their tuition fully paid for by the state of Louisiana? It's a question that the next governor will have to answer. Read more...

Vandals damage police memorial at New Orleans cemetery

Vandals have damaged the eternal flame honoring fallen officers at New Orleans cemetery. Read more...

Body found in Mississippi River near Chalmette Battlefield

St. Bernard Parish authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play evident on the remains of a decomposing body recovered from the Mississippi River. Read more...

Governor Jindal threatens church group with arrest

Funeral services are today for 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson, the victims in last week's shooting at The Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Read more...

Boil advisory for New Orleans tap water lifted

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board and state health officials have declared the city's tapwater safe to drink and have lifted a boil advisory for the city's east bank. Read more...

Movie theater shooter's mental problems didn't stop gun buy

John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theater in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn't keep him from buying the handgun he used. Read more...

Jindal says 'not time' to discuss gun control

Gov. Bobby Jindal said "now is not the time" to discuss gun control, despite repeated questions Friday outside the movie theater where a right-wing extremist killed two people and wounded nine others before killing himself.  Read more...
 

New, more specific indictment against Sharper co-defendant

A new indictment in the Darren Sharper rape case gives details of a codefendant's alleged lies to investigators and brings a federal charge against a man previously charged only in state court.  Read more...
 

Lafayette theater shooter linked to David Duke

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said it has had John Russell Houser's name in its files since 2005, when he registered at former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's European-American Unity and Rights Organization conference.  Read more...
 

French Quarter gay club sold at bankruptcy auction

Oz, which calls itself "New Orleans #1 gay dance club,'' has been sold for $8.17 million at a bankruptcy auction. New Orleans developer Kishore "Mike'' Motwani won the auction in federal bankruptcy court.  Read more...

Tangipahoa Parish, DEQ officials to discuss shredded tires issue

Tangipahoa Parish Council members and officials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental will meet soon to discuss issues with the use of shredded tires at the parish-run landfill.  Read more...
 

Governor declares two teachers heroes after Lafayette theater shooting

Governor Bobby Jindal named two teachers heroes after their actions during the Lafayette Grand movie theater shooting last night. Jena Meaux (left) and Ali Martin, of Iberia Parish, were both shot by John Houser. Read more...

Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer

A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a case arising from the 2010 oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week. Kurt Mix is accused of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  Read more...

Health advocates dispute Harrah's claims about NOLA smoking ordinance

A Harrah's official said recent declines in their gross gaming revenue are because of the city of New Orleans' prohibition on indoor smoking in bars and casinos. The casino reported a 30 percent drop in revenue in June. Read more...

NOPD investigating homicide

New Orleans Police are investigating a homicide in the 1600-block of Gentilly Boulevard. Read more...

Lafayette gunman's family called him mentally ill, violent

The man who killed two people and wounded nine others at a movie theater was so mentally ill and violent that years ago, his wife hid his guns and his family had him hospitalized against his will before obtaining a court order to keep him away. Read more...

Tabasco plans to heat up tourism on Avery Island

The maker of Tabasco Sauce, is expanding and renovating its visitor center at its Avery Island headquarters in Iberia Parish. "We're going to make this a top tourist destination in America," says Cecil Hymel, Vice President of Administration for the McIlhenny Company.  Read more...

Boil water advisory for New Orleans' east bank

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank. Read more...

NOPD: New use-of-force polices to take effect

The New Orleans Police Department has announced that a set of new use-of-force polices will soon take effect. Read more...

Blue Bell item-making trial runs begin after listeria scare

Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. Read more...

LSU hopes Mike's 10th will include many more

LSU's live mascot, "Mike the Tiger" turned 10-years-old this week. Ginger Guttner, Director of Public Relations for the School of Veterinary Medicine, says Mike VI was crafted a birthday cake made of meat, wrapped in bacon, topped with boiled eggs and hardened goats milk to create the number 10. Read more...

Cops: Theater gunmen a 'drifter' who planned to get out alive

The movie theater gunman who stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two people, was described as a drifter from Alabama whose escape plan was thwarted by police officers who arrived almost immediately. Read more...

The Latest: Louisiana governor orders flags at half-staff

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered that flags at state government buildings be flown at half-staff in a show of respect for victims of a shooting in a Lafayette movie theater. Read more...

Casino blames smoking ban for 2nd drop in monthly take

Revenue dropped 30 percent in June at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel & Casino. It was the second consecutive monthly drop, and the facility's top executive put most of the blame on the city's indoor smoking ban. Read more...

Authorities point to evidence of suicide in Texas jail death

While Sandra Bland's family maintains that the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell would not have taken her own life, authorities are pointing to mounting evidence that they say shows she hanged herself.  Read more...

Is the LA governor's race too quiet?

Louisiana voters will pick their first new governor in eight years in just three months, but unless you're on a political donor list, it seems like the public has hardly heard anything about campaign directly from the candidates. Read more...

Hundreds of calls coming in about kids locked in hot cars

Emergency crews from throughout the state say they've responded to hundreds of calls about children locked in cars this summer. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says the heat index has reached triple digits in recent weeks and leaving your kid in a car... Read more

Police: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman

A lone gunman sitting in a packed movie theater stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others Thursday night before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.  Read more...

Official: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman

A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Lousiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before shooting and killing himself, officials said. The gunman, a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon... Read more

Louisiana cuts payment to beauty pageant, citing fewer TV viewers

Louisiana's lieutenant governor says the state tourism office is cutting in half the money it committed to pay the 2015 Miss USA pageant because the pageant was not carried on NBC or Univision as had been planned.  Read more...
 

Man charged with murder, again, in St. Bernard Parish

A 30-year-old New Orleans man is facing a second-degree charge once again in St. Bernard Parish. A grand jury indicted Merlin Smothers after authorities accused him of selling heroin to a Chalmette woman who died of a fatal overdose.  Read more...
 

Cyclists descend on City Hall to protest dangerous streets

Cyclists of all stripes walked their bikes to the front of City Hall Thursday and lay down as a group to highlight the dangers of cycling in New Orleans, a city suffering growing pains as the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches.  Read more...
 

Dardenne to Jindal: End state spending on campaign travel

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican running for governor, wants taxpayers to stop footing the bill for costs associated with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign travel.  Read more...
 

Parish President says St. Bernard water is fine

St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta says water samples taken in parish homes and throughout the parish water system are clear of a dangerous amoeba. This after state health officials confirmed the amoeba's presence at a leaking sample station.  Read more...

Three shootings take two lives in latest New Orleans violence

New Orleans Police say two men are dead and another is in critical condition as a result of three separate shootings in a 17-hour period. The latest violence brings to 16 the number of people murdered in the city during the month of July.  Read more...
 

NOLA council says 'no' to re-routing freight trains

A proposed study of moving freight rail traffic from Old Metairie to parts of Hollygrove and Mid City is meeting resistance, not just from residents of those neighborhoods, but also the New Orleans City Council. Read more...

Ex-agent may testify about FBI search of Durst's room

A federal judge says lawyers for real estate heir Robert Durst may call a former FBI agent as an expert witness to testify about whether agents made an illegal search of a New Orleans hotel room before arresting Durst on a weapons charge.  Read more...
 

Jefferson Parish employees could soon receive pay raises

Jefferson Parish government employees could be set to receive a 5 percent pay raise thanks to the recent oil spill settlement with BP.  Read more...
 

Council urged to get tough with clubs that hire underage strippers

Some community activists are pushing the New Orleans City Council for better enforcement and more teeth in a city law that requires strip club dancers to be over the age of 21. Read more...

LSU's Mike the Tiger turns 10

Today is LSU Mike the Tiger's 10th birthday. Ginger Guttner, Director of Public Relation for the School of Veterinary Medicine says Mike VI was crafted a birthday cake made of meat, wrapped in bacon, topped with boiled eggs and hardened goats milk to create the number 10. Read more...

Three Louisiana jockeys arrested in horse racing investigation

Following an extensive investigation by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division, three Louisiana horse jockeys have been arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged race fixing scheme.  Read more...
 

First offshore wind farm in North America has Louisiana roots

Construction on the nation's first offshore wind project began this week, as steel went into the water Monday off the coast of Rhode Island. The structures for the wind farm were designed in Metairie and fabricated in Houma.  Read more...
 

Officials: Keep water out of your nose in St. Bernard

Crews are adding extra chlorine to the St. Bernard Parish water supply for the next 60 days to kill a brain eating ameba discovered again in tap water in St. Bernard Parish. It turned up during routine state testing at two out of seven sample sites in St. Bernard. Officials insist... Read more

Survey finds 42% of NOLA streets in bad shape

It's no secret that we have some bad roads in the city of New Orleans. But do you know just how much those bad streets are costing drivers every year in extra work on repairs and maintenance? Read more...

The heat is on!

The summer heat these days in Louisiana has been brutal. State Climatologist Barry Keim says parts of the state the last 5 days have had maximum temperatures of 96 degrees or greater. Read more...

Brain eating ameba found in St. Bernard water again

State officials say a brain eating ameba has been discovered in the tap water in St. Bernard Parish.  "Late Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System... Read more

Burglary suspect shot by homeowner

Police say a man shot a burglary suspect at his New Orleans East home moments after receiving a phone call from his daughter about the intruders. It happened about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 6700 block of Foch Street.  Read more...

 

Former Orleans deputy acquitted of malfeasance

A former deputy sheriff arrested after a physical altercation with an inmate in the Orleans Parish Prison last year has been found not guilty of malfeasance.  Read more...
 

CDC Report: more teens using morning after pill

A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more teenage girls are using the morning after pill. The report indicates about 1 in 5 teens girls have used the morning after pill, when ten years ago it was 1 in 12.  Read more...
 

DNA links 13-year-old boy to two sexual assaults

A 13-year-old boy accused of a sexual assault on a seven-year-old girl has also been connected to the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl. The two girls were lured from their eastern New Orleans homes and raped by the boy within 10 days of each other.  Read more...
 

Armed robber shot by customer in New Orleans East dies

An alleged gunman who attempted to rob a customer at a gas station and was shot by that customer has died. The incident happened on July 15 at a gas staion at the corner of Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road around 5 a.m.  Read more...
 

National Guard developing policies for armed guardsmen

The Louisiana National Guard says they are putting a policy in place so they can follow Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order that allows guardsmen to be armed at military facilities.  Read more...

 

Petition seeks to delay Tangipahoa schools' start date due to heat

A petition calling for the start date for Tangipahoa Parish schools to be delayed due to excessive heat has drawn thousands of supporters.  Read more...
 
 

Former Bogalusa councilman pleads to officers' assault

A former Bogalusa elected official has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a police officer for pointing a gun at officers who responded to a disturbance call at his home last year.  Read more...
 

Hammond city council votes to keep bars closed on Sundays

The city council in Hammond refuses to allow establishments that only severe alcohol to open on Sundays. During a meeting last night, the vote was 3-2 against changing the longtime law.
Several people attended to speak in favor of bars selling alcohol on Sundays... Read more

Cops: Women shot girls with BB gun as punishment

A Westbank mother and her girlfriend are facing child abuse charges. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Col. John Fortunato says a tip led them to the home in Harvey where the woman used allegedly abusive forms of discipline on the three girls. Read more...

Black backer of Confederate flag was anomaly in Mississippi

In a town where Confederate soldier statues stand sentinel on the courthouse square and a university campus, Anthony Hervey remained an anomaly — a black man who draped himself in the Confederate battle flag and publicly declared his loyalty to the... Read more

Speeding a factor in 27% of fatal Louisiana crashes

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed accounted for at least 27 percent of traffic deaths, killing 193, in Louisiana in 2013. State Police Sgt. Nick Manale says the faster the vehicle is going, the less reaction time the driver has.  Read more...

Thibodaux: One of the top 12 cutest small towns in America

The lifestyle digital publication PureWow has named Thibodaux as one of the 12 cutest small towns in America.  The article says the picks were based on places which loads of charm, festivals and quaint locations.  Read more...

Grand Isle to host Tarpon Rodeo this weekend

Thousands will descend on Grand Isle this weekend for the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Read more...

Jindal still not polling high enough to make presidential debate

The political news website Politico reports that Governor Bobby Jindal is still not polling high enough in his bid to be President to be included in the first Republican televised debate. They are basing their prediction on a recent Washington Post/ABC poll where Jindal received... Read more

1 killed, 2 wounded in Thibodaux shooting

Thibodaux police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and two others injured. Police spokesman David Melancon said in a news release the shooting happened Tuesday night outside the St. Charles Manor Apartments.  Read more...

Report: Parking officers sitting in A/C instead of writing tickets

The New Orleans Inspector General's Office says city parking enforcement officers are taking very long breaks in local businesses instead of writing parking tickets. "The Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation based on allegations by local businesses... Read more

Some parents want school to begin after Labor Day

A group of parents in Tangipahoa Parish are asking district leaders to delay the August start of school because of the extreme heat. The change.org petition says buses don't have air conditioners and the kids are riding home during peak hours of heat.  Read more...

Teen dead, 4-year-old injured in shooting

New Orleans Police are looking for masked gunmen who killed a teen and wounded a four-year-old boy. "The NOPD is investigating a fatal shooting that claimed the life of a 17-year-old... and injured a 4-year-old boy... Read more

World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement'

Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.  Read more...

Teen killed, preschooler wounded in shooting

A teen is dead and a small child wounded after a midday shooting in New Orleans East. "Around 2:30 p.m, a 17-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy were shot inside of a residence in the 6000 block Boeing Street... Read more

LDWF releases Alligator Snapping Turtles

In an effort to re-establish the species, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released juvenile Alligator Snapping Turtles into the Calcasieu River Basin.  LDWF Natural Heritage Program Manager, Amity Bass, says the turtle is a Species of Concern in Louisiana. Read more...

Man arrested after midnight meeting with boy he met on-line

Cops are warning parents to monitor what their kids are doing on-line after the arrest of a man for allegedly soliciting sex from a teen over the Internet. "The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a Chauvin man Tuesday morning for computer solicitation of a minor... Read more

Man arrested for murder of woman found in trunk of burning car

New Orleans Police say they have arrested a man in the murder of a mother found burned in a car. "The incident took place June 21, 2015, at the intersection of Lake Forest Boulevard and Michoud Boulevard... Read more

Should those getting city money have to raise minimum wage?

The city of New Orleans already pays its employees more than then dollars an hour as a minimum wage. Now, Councilman Jared Brossett wants anyone getting money from the city to have to pay the same wages to their workers.  Read more...

Mayor Landrieu visits with the Pope

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu travels to the Vatican with other mayors, governors, and UN Representatives to meet with Pope Francis to discuss global issues. Topics will range from climate change, human trafficking, and sustainable development.  Read more...

Analyst: Gas prices to drop below $2 in the fall

We're seeing gas prices at the pump continue to fall in Louisiana. Gregg Laskosi with GasBuddy.com says this is great news for consumers right now because the statewide average is now $2.48 per gallon for regular gasoline, a 4 cent drop since last week.  Read more...

Is inheritance normally split evenly between children?

When parents leave their inheritance to their children, do they normally leave the same amount evenly between all children?  A recent study from the Carlson School of Management and Rutgers Business School found that parents tend to leave more to...  Read more

Egg prices keep on climbing

Egg prices at the store are getting even higher. State Agriculture Commissioner and Chair of the Louisiana Egg Commission Mike Strain says the big increase is because of avian flu. He says egg prices have gone up 90 percent since May.  Read more...

Two children dead after swimming in Lake Pontchartrain

For the second time in two days, the New Orleans Police Department responded to reports of a child drowning in the lake. "At approximately 5:00 p.m., police responded to a call of a possible drowning in Lake Pontchartrain," Officer Garry Flot said in an email.  Read more...

Hollywood South celebrating successes

Louisiana's recently imposed cap on film tax credits hasn't dimmed the lights on Hollywood South. In fact, the local industry is celebrating its recent box office successes as well as critical acclaim from the television industry.  Read more...

Cops shoot man in New Orleans

New Orleans Police shot a man early this morning amid a reported shootout near Louisa and Almonaster. "Police have an adult male suspect at the hospital with a  non-life threatening gunshot wound to the body," Officer Garry Flot said in an email.  Read more...

Eight-year-old shot in St. Thomas neighborhood

New Orleans Police say Uptown gunfire sent an 8-year-old boy to the hospital Saturday night. Sources say a stray bullet hit the child in the foot while he was inside his home in the 1900 block of Annunciation Street, at the corner of St. Andrew Street.  Read more...
 

Covington man sentenced to life for rape of young girl

A Covington man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for multiple incidents of aggravated rape and sexual battery of a girl who was younger than 13 years old.  Read more...
 

Oil and Gas Association president concerned about Iran nuclear deal

The President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association has concerns that the Iran nuclear deal will negatively impact oil producers in Louisiana and the United States. Don Briggs says the agreement will allow Iran to export crude oil into an already flooded market.  Read more...
 

Major streetcar project to disrupt downtown traffic for a month

Construction on the North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar project begins today, as the installation of Half Grand Union begins. There will be lane shifts and lane closures on both N. Rampart and on Canal Street in order to accommodate this work.  Read more...
 

Louisiana 2nd in U.S. for heartworms in pets

Louisiana is ranked number two in the nation for heartworm incidents in pets. At least one million pets in the U.S. are estimated to currently have the disease. The President of the American Heartworm Society Doctor Stephen Jones says the state is unique... Read more

Rate hikes coming for thousands who purchased ACA insurance

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says 60-percent of the Louisiana residents who purchased insurance through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act face a double-digit rate hike next year.  Read more...
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