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Parents 'overwhelmed' by support after gator kills toddler

The parents of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Florida's Walt Disney World said Saturday they are overwhelmed by the support they have received since the death of their son. Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, said in a statement they... Read more

Celebration and sadness mark New Orleans gay pride weekend

Sadness over the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando is tempering a weekend of gay pride festivities in New Orleans. Outside one Bourbon Street nightclub hangs a poster with pictures of the victims.  Read more...

Officials investigating after trees poisoned with herbicide

Officials are investigating after over a half a dozen trees were poisoned with herbicide in New Orleans' Central Business District. Someone drilled holes in the trunks of eight pistachio trees and poured in herbicide. The city confirmed the poisoning Thursday, and although it's... Read more

Kids spending more than ever for Father's Day

According to the National Retail Federation, people will spend more on Dad this Father’s Day than ever before. Spokeswoman Ana Serafin-Smith says it’s expected Americans will spend about 14 billion dollars this weekend. She says the uptick is linked to... Read more

Female teacher arrested for alleged sex with high school freshman

Cops say a Livingston Parish teacher had sex with a 15-year-old male student. Lynsie Pousson Pendarvis is listed as a teacher of Physical Science on the Walker Freshman High website. She is facing charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and... Read more

Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

Helis Oil & Gas is set to begin drilling on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. Media outlets report project manager Mike Barham says the company plans to begin moving a 100-foot-tall drilling rig onto the site on June 29. Read more...

Edwards agrees to boost max fines for texting while driving

Maximum penalties will be higher for violating state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week he had signed the bill into law. The change immediately... Read more

Sheriff: Charges unlikely after 2-year-old killed by gator

A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs.  Read more...

Darren Sharper sentencing delayed until late August

Sentencing dates for ex-NFL star Darren Sharper have been pushed back to late August. Sharper had been set for sentencing in state and federal courts in New Orleans this week on charges he drugged and then raped women. The changes give prosecutors... Read more

Controversial cursive curriculum coming to classrooms

Louisiana public schools must now come up with a cursive writing curriculum under state law. But is it an important skill, or a waste of time? LSU English professor Renée Casbergue says cursive handwriting is become something of a lost art. "In terms of everyday utility, I think... Read more

Investigators casting wide net in nightclub shooting probe

Shot in the leg and lying in a mix of blood and water on a bathroom floor, Patience Carter heard gunman Omar Mateen dial 911 from just a few feet away. The American-born son of an Afghan immigrant, Mateen told the person on the other end he wanted America to stop... Read more

Authorities search for boy dragged into water by gator

The search was continuing this morning for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, authorities said. The effort was still considered a "search and rescue operation," said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for... Read more

Sheriff: Deputy had sex with juvenile runaway while on duty

An Ascension Parish sheriff's deputy was arrested after authorities say he had sex with an underage girl while on duty. Local news outlets report that 31-year-old William Lanoux was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with first-degree rape and malfeasance in office.  Read more...

Authorities search for boy dragged away by gator

Authorities in Orlando, Florida, are still searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and they say they are hoping for the best.  Read more...

Obama meets with national security team on Islamic State

President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, blasting the Republican presidential nominee's immigration proposals as dangerous and "not the America we want."  Read more...

FBI investigating whether Orlando killer was a club regular

The FBI is investigating reports that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen had been a regular at the gay nightclub he attacked and had used gay dating apps, a U.S. official briefed on the case said Tuesday. A number of possible explanations and motives for the bloodbath that... Read more

What to Eat Tuesday... best places for a special occasion!

Where is the best restaurant to eat for a special occasion in and around New Orleans?  We asked listeners on this week's "What to Eat Tuesday" where they like to go for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Read more and see the list of listener suggestions...

Sinkhole secured, Canal Street reopening

Crews are preparing to reopen a portion of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans after work to shore up a sinkhole. "Mayor Mitch Landrieu will join City and State officials to reopen Canal Street," according to a news release from the city.  Read more...

Bayou Corne sinkhole seems to have stabilized

The massive sinkhole that formed about four years ago in Bayou Corne has showed reduced action and is close to stable. That’s the word from Assumption Parish Director of Emergency Operations, John Boudreaux, who says the sinkhole shows some... Read more

Waggaman couple face charges in beating death of son

A Waggaman father arrested in the February beating death of his 14-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder, while the boy's stepmother faces a charge of cruelty to a juvenile.  Furnell Daniel, the boy's father, was indicted by... Read more

Gov. Edwards to sign 'Raise the Age' bill today

Governor John Bel Edwards today is set to sign into law the measure that removes 17-year-old non-violent offenders from the adult criminal justice system and prosecutes them as juveniles. 
In Louisiana, 17 years olds automatically get... Read more

Reports: Nightclub killer often went to gay bar

As thousands in Orlando turned out to mourn 49 people killed inside a gay nightclub, federal investigators examined possible motives for the gunman who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Read more...

Prosecutor: No charges in Louisiana baby's hot car death

The district attorney in Baton Rouge says he won't prosecute a man whose 8-month-old daughter died after about two hours in a hot car. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says Raylee Mercer's death was a tragic accident, and... Read more

Dozens pack church to pray for Orlando victims, families

Dozens gathered Monday at a church near New Orleans' French Quarter to pray for the families and victims of a deadly shooting that targeted a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Clergy from a variety of faiths — Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish, Sikh, Methodist and Muslim — read a... Read more

The Latest: FBI head details what agency knows about gunman

FBI Director James Comey says the gunman in the Orlando nightclub attack that killed 49 people had ``strong indications of radicalization'' and was likely inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.   Comey told reporters Monday that Omar Mateen... Read more

Obama: No signs shooter was part of larger plot

President Barack Obama says there's no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot. He says it appears the shooter was inspired by extremist information disseminated over the internet. Read more...

Trump asserts thousands of people in us 'sick with hate'

Republican Donald Trump asserted Monday there are thousands of people living in the United States "sick with hate" and capable of carrying out the sort of massacre that killed at least 49 people in a Florida nightclub. "We can't let people in. ... We have to be very, very... Read more

Cuts likely if legislature can't raise more revenue

Legislators return to the State Capitol today as they look to solve the state’s budget issues. Governor John Bel Edwards has asked legislators to raise revenues by $600 million in this special session to avoid cuts to health care, higher education, public schools and TOPS.  Read more...

Work set to start tonight on CCC toll plaza removal

Three years after voters said "no" to continuing tolls on the Crescent City Connection, work starts tonight to tear down the toll plaza and narrow the 12-lanes of traffic at its present location down to five. The Department of Transportation and Development will have to shift... Read more

Oil and gas group fighting Obama green initiative

The oil industry in Louisiana is hoping to help defeat an initiative that officials say would be devastating to an already suffering sector. The Obama administration wants to add a more than ten dollar a barrel tax on oil to help find way to create alternative... Read more

Nightclub shooter was a body builder, security guard

He was a body builder and a security guard, a religious man who attended the local mosque and wanted to become a police officer. Early Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando in an attack that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded, police said.  Read more...

Bodies removed after worst mass shooting in US history

Dozens of bodies were slowly removed overnight from a popular Orlando gay club after a gunman sprayed the helpless crowd with bullets in violence that killed 50 people and devastated a city famous for family-friendly theme parks.  When the attacker opened fire... Read more

Bodies removed after worst mass shooting in US history

Dozens of bodies were slowly removed overnight from a popular Orlando gay club after a gunman sprayed the helpless crowd with bullets in violence that killed 50 people and devastated a city famous for family-friendly theme parks. When the attacker opened fire... Read more

LSU is eliminated from the CWS

LSU will not be making a trip to Omaha for the College World Series. For the third time in five years, LSU's season ended with a loss at Alex Box Stadium. After the Tigers tied the game at 3 in the top of the 9th inning, Coastal Carolina came back to score one in the bottom of the 9th to win 4-3.... Read more

LSU Vet: Mascot tiger back from brink of cancer death

LSU veterinarian David Baker says the lemon-sized swelling that had nearly closed one eye of the school's tiger mascot has gone down completely since his radiation therapy at a human hospital. He tells The Advocate that a week or two later might have been too late to... Read more

The Latest: Club shooter was investigated, but cases closed

The FBI says agents twice investigated the man who killed 50 people inside a gay nightclub, but closed those cases after interviewing him.  FBI agent Ronald Hopper said Sunday that Omar Mateen had been interviewed in 2013 and 2014. Hopper said agents first investigated... Read more

Police: Baby dies after being left in hot car by father

Police in central Iowa are investigating the death of a baby they say was left inside a sweltering car while his father visited a barber shop. Des Moines officers were called to a hospital just before 8 p.m. Saturday to investigate a suspicious child death, police said in a... Read more

The Latest: No evidence yet of direct communication with IS

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee tells The Associated Press that investigators have not yet found evidence of direct communication between the Orlando nightclub gunman and Islamic State members overseas.  Read more...

Analysis: House, Senate tensions high in tax special session

This couldn't have been the best tone to start a contentious special session on taxes. The House's refusal to pass a multibillion-dollar state construction budget in the final minutes of the regular legislative session started the tax session off minutes later with an air of distrust and... Read more

Worst mass shooting in US history: 50 slain at gay nightclub

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  Read more...
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