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Government witness says BP can pay high fine

A financial expert testifying for the government says BP is financially able to pay a Clean Water Act penalty as high as $13.7 billion, the maximum federal authorities are seeking from the oil giant for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Read more...
 
 

Louisianians heading to Washington for Mardi Gras

This weekend, the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians will be hosting the D.C. Mardi Gras in our nation's capitol. A reported 3,000 Louisianians will fly in for the festivities at the Washington Hilton.  Read more...

 

Louisiana to save millions by refinancing state debt

Louisiana has refinanced $649 million in highway project borrowing to take advantage of lower interest rates. Treasurer John Kennedy's office said Friday that the refinancing, will save the state $109 million over 26 years in lessened interest payments on the debt.  Read more...
 

Oil platform damaged off Louisiana coast; no injuries

A federal agency is investigating a report of damage to an unmanned offshore oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, about five miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.  Read more...
 

Benson family feud commonplace according to experts

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson's dirty laundry is being aired to fans as a day after he announces he's decided to leave the franchises to his wife instead of his kids, the former heirs sue claiming it was a decision made out of incompetence. Read more...

Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

The Lafayette City-Parish Council may soon consider a ban on smoking in bars, similar to a measure approved in New Orleans.  New Orleans joined a short list of cities in Louisiana Thursday to ban smoking in bars, ...Read more

Bail set for 3 booked in shooting injury of Ascension deputy

Bail of more than $1 million each has been set for the three people arrested in the shooting injury of a Louisiana deputy sheriff.  Authorities say Chadwick Schwender, 27, is accused of shooting Deputy James Atkins in the hand, and John McMullen, 35, ...Read more

Father sentenced to 4 years in children's deaths

A man whose two young children died in a March 15 house fire in Houma has been sentenced to four years in prison. The Courier reports 22-year-old Romell Welsh Sr. pleaded guilty this week to two counts of negligent homicide... Read more

West Bank secession?

An Algiers lawmaker is suggesting that Algiers and the west bank of Jefferson Parish split off from Orleans and Jefferson and form their own parish. Read more...

Texas judge orders freeze on some Benson assets

First came the petition in a New Orleans court for a finding of mental incapacitation, then came an order from a Texas judge, freezing some of Tom Benson's assets. Read more...

King Cake Festival time

If you have a sweet tooth this festival is for you: the King Cake Festival! It's this Sunday at Champions Square outside the Superdome, and it benefits babies and children at Ochsner. Read more...

Delgado, Loyola sign plan to transfer credits

Delgado Community College and Loyola University have signed a 2+2 articulation agreement paving the way for Delgado graduates with a two-year associate degree to easily transfer their credits to Loyola so they can pursue a four-year bachelor's degree.  Read more...

Could the rest of the state follow New Orleans' smoking ban

The New Orleans City Council has approved a ban on smoking in bars and casinos, so could we see the Louisiana legislature pass a similar law that would impact the entire state. Read more...

Free Health and Fitness Expo kicks off Rock 'n' Roll Marathon weekend

The Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon is back in town starting Friday, with races, a Fitness Expo, live music and more. The weekend starts with the Health and Fitness Expo, January 23 and 24, at Hall J in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Read more...

Tom Benson makes statement regarding lawsuit

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson this evening issued a statement regarding the petition his daughter and grandchildren filed against him today in Orleans Civil District court. Read more...

NOPD chase on campus cancels UNO classes

UNO and Ben Franklin High School were put on lock down Thursday afternoon after a car believed to have been involved in Lake Vista and Lakeview burglaries ended in a police chase on the university campus.  Read more...
 

Whooping crane shot in Louisiana; $10,000 reward for info

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a female whooping crane released about a year ago has been shot in Vermilion Parish and had to be put to death.  Read more...

 

BP spill's economic harm discussed on day 3 of penalty trial

A government witness in a trial to determine civil penalties against BP for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the disaster hurt a wide array of industries over a broad geographic area.
Charles Mason also testified Thursday that the harm ...Read more

Rita Benson LeBlanc seeks to have Tom Benson declared mentally incapacitated

Less than a day after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson announced that his wife, Gayle, will assume ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans in the event of his death, his former heir apparent is petitioning the court to have him declared incapacitated. Read more...

Super PAC created to boost Bobby Jindal presidential bid

Republican supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal are creating a super PAC to back a possible 2016 presidential campaign by the Louisiana governor.  Read more...
 

NOPD arrests suspect wanted for multiple Subway robberies

New Orleans Police have arrested 46-year-old Reginald Wilson and booked him in connection with eight separate armed robberies at area Subway locations.  According to the NOPD, the armed robberies began December 29, 2014 ... Read more

New Orleans City Council votes to prohibit smoking in bars, casinos

The New Orleans City Council today voted 7-0 to forbid smoking in bars, nightclubs and casinos. Read more...

Reports: Feds not likely to bring charges against cop in Ferguson shooting

A U.S. official says the FBI has finished its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more...

2 new Miss. River diversion sites to be studied

State coastal scientists have released findings on the best location for two additional sediment diversions along the lower Mississippi River based on cost, highest sediment collection and effectiveness.  Read more ...

 

Corps rejects request for new public hearing on Helis' fracking plans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a setback to opponents of a proposed St. Tammany Parish oil well when it denied a request for a public hearing on the oil company's application for a wetlands permit.  Read more...
 

Orleans Parish selects new school superintendent

After almost three years under what was supposed to be temporary leadership, locally controlled public schools in New Orleans finally are set to get a new, permanent superintendent.  Read more...
 

Thibodaux mother denied new trial in stabbing deaths of her 2 children

A Lafourche Parish judge has denied a Mathews woman's request to have her 2009 convictions for killing her two young children set aside.  Read more...
 

Coffee may protect against some skin cancers and many other benefits

Coffee drinkers are loving all the high praise from experts who tout a good cup of coffee, and the benefits of that morning cup of joe seems to be growing. Read more...

Wanted man arrested after shooting of Ascension Parish deputy

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested the man wanted in the shooting injury of a deputy. Sheriff Jeff Wiley says the deputy stopped the suspect vehicle while responding to a shoplifting complaint.  Read more...

Jindal defends "No Go Zones" claims

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal continues to insist there are neighborhoods in Europe where authority is ceded to a more harsh version of Islamic law. The governor has criticism for making those statements and had a chance to back down from those comments... Read more

New Orleans moving closer to smoking ban in bars / casinos

New Orleans City Council is expected to vote on a controversial ordinance today that would prohibit smoking in bars and casinos.  Claudia Rodas, with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is in favor of the ordinance.  Read more...

Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

Environmental researchers and BP attorneys sparred Wednesday over the potential effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill in a trial aimed at determining whether the oil giant should be made to pay some $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act penalties.  Read more ...

 

Saints, Pelicans owner Benson announces granddaughter will not inherit teams

In a move that came as a surprise to many, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson today announced that ownership of the NFL and NBA franchises will transfer to his wife, Gayle, in the event of his death. Read more...

Councilman doesn't want NOPD enforcing smoking laws

The New Orleans City Council tomorrow is scheduled to vote on a proposal to ban smoking in bars, nightclubs, and even casinos in the city limits. Read more...

La. Deputy shot, Fla. fugitive arrested

Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested the man wanted in the shooting injury of one of their fellow deputies.  Sheriff Jeff Wiley says the suspect, John Wesley McMullen, 35, was already wanted by authorities in Lake Wales, Florida, ... Read more

Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Allen Toussaint and more at Family Gras

Jefferson Parish officials today announced the lineup for this year's Family Gras concert series in Metairie. Read more...

Plaquemines deputies search for man they say shot father

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect in the shooting of a 58-year-old man in Empire. Investigators say it was the man's son who shot him. Read more...

Louisiana delegation reacts to Obama proposals

Republican lawmakers are pushing against President Obama's tax proposals which would increase taxes for the wealthiest Americans. The President pitched the plan in his State of the Union Address last night that he said would give the middle class a tax break... Read more

Cops: Woman booked for burning 5-year-old son

An Louisiana woman has been arrested after her 5-year-old son was treated for burns to his hand and torso that appeared to have been caused by a cigarette in Opelousas.  Read more...

It's time to work on your tax return

Besides being carnival season, it's also tax season. So do you file before Mardi Gras or wait? Do you get them done early or do you put it off till right before the April deadline? Read more...

BP penalty trial dredges up gloomy images of 2010 Gulf spill

Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  Read more ...

 

The national spotlight for Steve Gleason

Local hero Steve Gleason will be in the spotlight tonight during the Presidents State of the Union address. Read more...

Jindal taking heat for insisting 'no-go zones' exist

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is getting international attention after giving a speech in England where he claimed Muslim "no-go zones" exist in Europe. Read more...

Court won't hear priest's appeal of ruling reviving lawsuit

The Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against a
Louisiana Roman Catholic church and a priest over allegations that a teen was
kissed and fondled by an adult church parishioner.  Read more ...
 
 

Billions in federal penalties at issue in BP spill trial

Federal lawyers have begun making their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Read more...

Penalty phase of BP civil trial begins today in New Orleans

A federal trial to determine how much oil giant BP will be required to pay in penalties for its role in the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill begins today in New Orleans. Read more...

Would you be in favor of a middle-income tax break if the wealthy pay more?

Tonight is President Obama's State of the Union address.  The president plans to call for billions of dollars in tax increases for the country's top earners, which he claims will help the middle class. Read more...

Gleason to attend tonight's State of the Union address

Former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason will be Senator David Vitter's special guest tonight at President Obama's State of the Union Address. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and works with his Team Gleason organization to empower others living with the disease.  Read more...

Hospital video allegedly shows woman choking 9-year-old

A Baton Rouge woman is accused of choking her 9-year-old son. The Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says deputies were called after workers at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center found the boy crying.  Read more...

Firefighters protect dogs, cats & birds in fire

A St. Tammany Parish fire chief says firefighters saved six dogs, five cats and five birds from being hurt by smoke from a fire next door. Chief Chris Kaufmann of Fire District No. 1 says the animals were being boarded at Bow Wow Dog Grooming... Read more

BP hopes to lessen potential $13.7 billion spill penalty

Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP head to federal court Tuesday for a trial in that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill.  Read more ...

 

Poll: more Republicans would rather have Jindal out of 2016 race than in it

A CBS News poll of 1,000 Americans nationwide found that 14 percent of Republicans would like to see Governor Bobby Jindal run for President of the United States, while 20 percent said they do not want to see him run. Read more...

New Orleans goes global

It's not often a convention comes to New Orleans featuring visitors from 29 countries from all over the world,  but that's what's happening for the next five days. Read more...

Firefighters keep dogs, cats & birds smoke-free in fire

A St. Tammany Parish fire chief says firefighters saved six dogs, five cats and five birds from being hurt by smoke from a fire next door.  Chief Chris Kaufmann of Fire District No. 1 says the animals were being boarded at Bow Wow Dog Grooming ... Read more

Congressman wants answers on cost of air travel

Drivers have been reaping the benefits of cratering fuel costs for months, but have air travelers seen a similar benefit, or are any fuel savings in the air travel industry going straight into the airlines' profits? Congressman Cedric Richmond says it's a question that has been on his mind lately. Read more...

Robocalls on your cell phone?

You may be hearing those annoying robocalls from companies on your cell phone. The so-called robocalls are when a business uses a computer to automatically dial phone numbers.  Companies want to change the law so it's legal to make them to your cellphone.  Read more...

Port of New Orleans sets cruise passenger record

Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled a record amount of passengers in 2014. "We turned a million passengers this past year, 2014...a little over a million," says Port President and CEO, Gary LaGrange. "And, of course, that really puts you in the big leagues."  Read more...

Rice board head: Cuban trade could be big for Louisiana

Lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba could mean the return of a major market for Louisiana rice, Louisiana  Promotion Board chairman Kevin Berken says.  He said Cuba imports about 600,000 metric tons of rice a year, Read more ...

Judge: Lawyer guilty of criminal mischief in taxi sex report

An Orleans Parish Criminal Court judge has convicted a lawyer of criminal mischief for accusing a taxi driver of trying to extort money by sending her attorney cellphone video of her sexual advances toward him.  Read more ...

 

CBS Poll: 14% want Jindal presidential campaign

Who would Americans like to see on the presidential campaign trail in 2016? Republicans are interested in a broad field of potential candidates, while Democrats are all about a very familiar name, according to a new CBS News poll.  Read more...
 

Fatal double shooting in St. Claude

The NOPD is investigating a fatal double shooting that took place Sunday afternoon in the St. Claude neighborhood. Police say it happened in the 1600 block Montegut Street shortly before 1:30 p.m.  Read more...
 

Jindal doubles down on Muslim 'no-go zones' in Europe

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will give a speech Monday in London and reiterate the disputed claim that Muslim immigrants have created "no-go zones" in Europe where non-Muslims are not welcome.  Read more...
 

After Washington Parish incident, search on in Mississippi

Authorities in Marion County in Mississippi are searching the woods for a suspect who is believed to have fled from Louisiana and allegedly fired at a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputy after a traffic stop.  Read more...
 

Former WWL Radio staple Maury Magill dies at 89

Maury Magill, a long-time fixture at WWL Radio from the early 1960s through 2005, has died. He was 89. Read more...

Tarantino to ride in Orpheus

One of Hollywood's top writers and directors is serving as Mardi Gras royalty. "Oscar-winning screenwriter, director, producer, actor... Quentin Tarantino will reign as the Krewe of Orpheus' 2014 Celebrity Monarch... Read more

Conditions forecast to worsen through the day

The National Weather Service warns that "significant amounts of wintry precipitation" will impact Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi today through early Wednesday morning. The Winter Weather Warning says, "Arctic air continues to push southward... Read more

Crews work to keep roads open

The Louisiana Department of Transportation is taking precautions on the roads for the wintery weather coming up. Snow, sleet and rain are expected for Louisiana until Wednesday making unsafe conditions.  Read more...
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