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  • Saints draft Buckeye WR Thomas in 2nd round

    April 29, 2016 9:06 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Thomas, who was picked 47th overall, caught 56 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes. His selection comes... more »
  • Major sinkhole on Canal Street near site of old underground tunnel

    April 29, 2016 4:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A major sinkhole has now formed near the foot of Canal Street in between Harrah's and Canal Place near where an underground tunnel was built in the 60s. The extremely large hole seemingly will now likely exacerbate the problems of traffic flow in the area, already hindered... more »
  • Sunnier skies for New Orleans' music festival

    April 29, 2016 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Music fans going to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival should have sunnier skies. This Friday is the fifth day of the seven-day music festival that draws thousands of people to New Orleans over two weekends. Concert-goers on Thursday wore their galoshes and ponchos though as... more »
  • Durst forfeits $117K sent to him in New Orleans

    April 27, 2016 10:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Real estate heir Robert Durst was fined $5,000 as part of his sentence on a weapons charge in Louisiana, but his lawyer says that's not all the money involved. Defense attorney Richard DeGuerin (duh-GEHR-in) says Durst will also forfeit $117,000 in cash that he asked a... more »
  • Bill aims to cut meeting costs that reach thousands annually

    April 26, 2016 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are trying to trim the costs of a legislative agency that spends thousands of dollars each year on meetings at a swanky New Orleans hotel. The Louisiana State Law Institute, which studies legal issues for the Legislature, regularly holds meetings of its decision-making council... more »
  • Walt Disney cruise ship rescues fugitives off coast of Cuba

    April 26, 2016 4:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Walt Disney Co. cruise ship has rescued three fugitives off the coast of Cuba who were wanted in New Orleans. U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. said in a news release that last Thursday, the Disney Fantasy cruise ship found the fugitives clinging to a capsized boat.... more »
  • Landrieu reacts as US chides sheriff over New Orleans jail

    April 25, 2016 3:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office issued a brief and subdued response to the latest court filing in a years-long effort to reform the city's jail. The Justice Department and lawyers for inmates asked a federal judge Monday to have a third party take over operations... more »
  • Gay woman says New Orleans Family Dollar refused to serve her

    April 25, 2016 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Family Dollar store on the corner of Canal and Broad has made headlines in New Orleans after a cashier refused service to an openly gay woman when she attempted to make a purchase. "The cashier was just loudly stating her opinion on her disdain for... more »
  • Boudin to crawfish, food also stars at Jazz Fest

    April 24, 2016 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - From cochon de lait po-boys to pecan catfish meuniere, food is almost as important at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as the music. Thousands of people flocked to stands selling food and drinks distinctive to southern Louisiana on Sunday. Katrina Kiernan was eating a soft-shelled... more »
  • Perfect weather greets Jazz Fest goers on Day 2

    April 23, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Perfect weather - sunshine, temperatures in the high 70s, blue skies and a cool breeze - greeted music lovers attending the second day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Beer, lemonade and frozen drinks flowed Saturday as fans settled in for a day of music,... more »
  • Prince tributes punctuate Jazz Fest performances

    April 22, 2016 4:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Impromptu tributes to Prince punctuated the opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Strains of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" wafted over the crowd from one stage Friday morning. On another, local favorite Wanda Rouzan noted the pop music icon's Thursday death, and that... more »
  • 'Beautiful chaos' for restaurant near New Orleans festival

    April 22, 2016 12:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - "Beautiful chaos" - that's how one restaurant manager describes the scene in and around the site of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The first of two festival weekends opens Friday, with Steely Dan among the scores of acts taking their turns throughout the day... more »
  • Jazz Fest kicks off Friday in New Orleans

    April 22, 2016 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival begins on Friday. This year's festival features headline performances from artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steely Dan. The artists will perform over two weekends from April 22-24 and April 29-May... more »
  • Bill to criminalize 'sanctuary cities' advances in La. House

    April 21, 2016 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to criminalize jurisdictions that don't follow federal immigration law has advanced in the House, and turned lawmakers' attention to New Orleans. The bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs Republican, targets so-called "sanctuary cities" - jurisdictions that don't enforce immigration law without court... more »
  • Gray skies threaten start of 2016 Jazz Fest in New Orleans

    April 21, 2016 9:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Friday's start of the 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival might be wet. Meteorologists say scattered showers likely will fall, but then, they're predicting sunshine through the rest of the weekend. Festival producer Quint Davis says he's been keeping his fingers crossed in... more »
  • Former New Orleans teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges

    April 21, 2016 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a former New Orleans school teacher has pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a news release 45-year-old Don Francis Jr., of Metairie, admitted Wednesday to possessing 5,378 images and 362 videos showing the sexual victimization of children.... more »
  • Puff Daddy & The Family, Common, Andra Day added to Essence

    April 20, 2016 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Essence Festival has added three artists to its summer lineup:, award-winning rapper Common, Puff Daddy & The Family and new artist Andra Day. Organizers said Wednesday that Puff Daddy & The Family, a mix of past and present Bad Boy Records artists, will perform Sunday,... more »
  • 5 ex-cops plead guilty in post-Katrina shootings

    April 20, 2016 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Five former police officers have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina. In exchange for the pleas, the ex-officers will see drastically less prison time. The officers were convicted in 2011 but U.S.... more »
  • Planned Parenthood defunding bill heads to La. House floor

    April 20, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers seeking to strip taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, if its New Orleans clinic starts providing abortions, have won support for the effort from the House health committee. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing the bill by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann that would ban public funding... more »
  • New Orleans looks into 'bike-sharing' system

    April 20, 2016 4:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans officials are seeking proposals from businesses interested in operating a bike-sharing system in the city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced the request for proposals in a Tuesday news release. The system envisioned by city leaders would offer low-cost access to a fleet of bikes at fixed... more »
  • Deputies make 5th arrest in 2015 Donaldsonville double murder

    April 19, 2016 12:23 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish announced the arrest of a fifth person in connection with a 2015 double murder in Donaldsonville. APSO says the arrest of Demond Foley came through a joint effort with the New Orleans Police Department and the U.S. Marshals late Friday evening at... more »
  • Unused tunnel under Canal Street could cause trouble

    April 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Traffic is being restricted on one of New Orleans' busiest streets because officials noticed a bulging wall in a mostly unused tunnel. The tunnel is under Canal Street, the wide thoroughfare that divides the French Quarter from the central business district. The tunnel was built in 1966 for... more »
  • Shell to move some jobs from New Orleans to Houston

    April 19, 2016 4:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Shell says it plans to move some jobs from New Orleans to Houston as part of plans to cut its global workforce. The company said that relocations this year would affect less than 5 percent of its New Orleans workforce. The oil company has about 1,900 workers based... more »
  • Drilling protesters: 'The Gulf is not for sale!'

    April 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - About 50 opponents of continued oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico rallied on the sidewalk and then brought their chants into a public meeting about potential impacts of continuing the lease program for five more years. For a few minutes, they stood... more »
  • State police nix request to take over Will Smith death probe

    April 17, 2016 3:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of Louisiana State Police has rejected a request to take over investigating the death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. The request was from John Fuller, attorney for 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, who's accused of gunning Smith down. State police Col. Mike Edmonson wrote... more »
  • New Orleans police: 2 killed, 1 injured in shooting

    April 16, 2016 3:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting that left two men dead and a third wounded on Friday night. The shooting took place at about 9:30 p.m. in eastern New Orleans. Police say both men died after being shot multiple times. Police had no details about the... more »
  • Slain former Saints defensive end to be laid to rest

    April 16, 2016 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Funeral services are to be held for former defensive end Will Smith, who was shot and killed a week ago. A private funeral and burial are to be held Saturday. Smith died a week ago after police say he was shot by 28-year-old Cardell Hayes during a... more »
  • Lawyer: Police dept. should recuse itself in probe

    April 15, 2016 6:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The lawyer for a man accused of fatally shooting former New Orleans Saints football star Will Smith is demanding the New Orleans Police Department recuse itself from the investigation. In a letter delivered Friday to Mayor Mitch Landrieu and police Superintendent Michael Harrison, lawyer John Fuller... more »
  • In Saints' black, gold, fans pay homage to Smith

    April 15, 2016 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans of slain defensive end Will Smith are paying homage to the former New Orleans Saints football star. Hundreds of fans in their black and gold jerseys gathered Friday to a visitation held at the Saints' practice facility at a suburb of New Orleans. Smith... more »
  • Tie vote stalls bill to protect Confederate monuments

    April 14, 2016 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second effort aimed at protecting Louisiana's Confederate monuments has failed to draw enough support to advance in the state House. Rep. Thomas Carmody, a Shreveport Republican, says his proposal to preserve "public memory" would create a state board with the power to review monument removal. The... more »
  • Feds issue new, tougher offshore drilling rules

    April 14, 2016 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Obama administration has issued new rules to make offshore oil and natural gas drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry is blasting those rules as unnecessary and costly. The rules were published Thursday by the Interior Department, nearly six... more »
  • New shelter to house 20 military veterans in New Orleans

    April 14, 2016 5:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new shelter in New Orleans is set to house 20 military veterans as part of the city's goal to eliminate veteran homelessness. Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans unveiled on Wednesday its Oscar J. Tolmas Veteran Center. The 20-bed shelter will increase the capacity of the nonprofit's... more »
  • Will Smith's father says he forgives shooter Play Video

    April 13, 2016 4:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The father of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith says he forgives the man accused of shooting his son to death. Will Smith Sr. also told WTVD in Durham, North Carolina, he isn't interested in a trial for 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, who is charged with... more »
  • Attorney: Will Smith did not brandish gun

    April 13, 2016 12:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for the family of Will Smith says the former New Orleans Saints star did not brandish a gun or have it on him before he was shot to death. Peter Thompson, an attorney for the Smith family, gave an account of the shooting Wednesday based... more »
  • More than 760,000 attend 2016 French Quarter Festival

    April 13, 2016 5:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- More than 760,000 people attended French Quarter Fest 2016, setting another attendance record. The last record was in 2014, with 733,000 attendees. Last year, attendance dropped to 386,000, which festival organizers blamed on rain. This year's festival, held April 7-10, saw high temperatures around the mid-70s, and there... more »
  • Whooping crane chick: Louisiana's 1st in wild since 1939

    April 13, 2016 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- For the first time since 1939, a whooping crane chick has hatched in the wild in Louisiana. Biologist Sara Zimorski of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday she's been smiling all day. She says a department technician spotted the chick Monday evening. Whooping cranes are... more »
  • Crime analyst: Recent crime crept into comfortable areas

    April 12, 2016 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gun violence has been the talk of the town in the state's two largest cities since shootings this weekend. In Baton Rouge, two Southern students were killed in a triple shooting. The case is still under investigation. Tuesday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported detectives were working... more »
  • $1 million bond for suspect in ex-Saints death

    April 10, 2016 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot and killed late Saturday after a traffic accident. An emailed statement from New Orleans city coroner Jeffrey C. Rouse said that Smith died "of multiple gunshot wounds" after a traffic accident on Camp Street. The former defensive end... more »
  • Judge orders release of 7 inmates due to lack of funds

    April 8, 2016 4:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Seven New Orleans jail inmates, including one charged with murder and another charged with rape, have been ordered released by a judge because their cases have stalled amid uncertain funding for their defense. Release of the seven is not imminent - state Judge Arthur Hunter stayed his own... more »
  • Sen. Troy Brown pleads not guilty to simple battery charge

    April 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS ( WWLTV ) - State Sen. Troy Brown will stand trial on May 13 in a simple battery case at Orleans Parish Criminal Court after entering a not-guilty plea Friday. Brown, D-Napoleonville, is accused of punching in the face a woman police have dubbed his “side friend.”... more »
  • North Carolina visitor dies in fall at Harrah's Casino

    April 7, 2016 6:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say a North Carolina man was found dead after falling from an escalator inside Harrah's Casino in New Orleans. Authorities responded at about 3:41 a.m. Thursday to the casino and learned that the victim, 33-year-old James Edward Darst, of Charlotte, North Carolina, walked inside the casino's... more »
  • Saints announce preseason game opponents

    April 7, 2016 4:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans Saints have announced their four preseason game opponents for the start of its upcoming 50th season. The Saints will play their first two games on the road starting with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium and then go on to face the Houston Texans... more »
  • $4 million fine for energy company's offshore violations

    April 7, 2016 5:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say an energy company was fined $4 million for violating federal laws governing safety and the environment on offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. A Wednesday news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says Energy Resource Technology G.O.M., was fined and placed... more »
  • Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments rejected

    April 6, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to stop the teardown of Louisiana's Confederate monuments and step into an ongoing fight in New Orleans has failed to win support in the state Senate, blocked by Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Republican who lives 70 miles north of New Orleans, sought to... more »
  • OSHA: Company ignored safety rules, 'cost a man his life'

    April 6, 2016 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says an Illinois tank cleaning company's violation of safety rules killed a New Orleans employee and injured two others in October. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $226,000 in fines against Dedicated TCS LLC. It's based in Lansing, Illinois and also has... more »
  • Police: 2 shot, wounded during drug deal in New Orleans

    April 6, 2016 8:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police say two men have been hospitalized after they were shot during a drug deal in New Orleans. New Orleans police say the unidentified men, ages 21 and 23, took a taxi to Algiers, where authorities say they arranged to meet a drug dealer. Police say at some... more »
  • Faulty A/C unit causes museum fire in New Orleans

    April 4, 2016 8:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Museum officials closed the Presbytere building in the French Quarter after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon, causing an evacuation. According to WWL-TV , the New Orleans Fire Department arrived shortly after 1 p.m. and found smoke billowing from the building. Firefighters helped museum... more »
  • Remembering the origins of New Orleans' gay Carnival krewes

    April 2, 2016 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A dozen founders of New Orleans' gay and lesbian Carnival krewes - 11 men and a woman - are getting together at the Louisiana State Museum on April 3 for a public discussion about gay Mardi Gras organizations and the experiences of gay Carnival from the 1950s... more »
  • Family asks judge to declare Robert Durst's missing ex dead

    April 1, 2016 1:30 PM

    NEW YORK - Family of the ex-wife of troubled New York real estate heir Robert Durst have asked a judge to declare her legally dead 34 years after she was last seen. In affidavits filed in Manhattan Surrogate's Court this week, Kathleen Durst's sisters and mother ask a judge to... more »
  • Professor argues Andrew Jackson statue should be removed from Jackson Square

    March 31, 2016 8:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Tulane University professor told the New Orleans Governmental Affairs Committee he believes the statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square should be added to the list of monuments up for removal, WWL-TV reports . "Well he owned more than 300 slaves in his life," Dr. Richard... more »
  • Katt Williams released from jail after fight with teen

    March 31, 2016 11:18 AM

    GAINESVILLE - Authorities say comedian and actor Katt Williams has been released from a Georgia jail. Hall County sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes says Williams was released from the Hall County jail Thursday. Police say the 44-year-old Williams and 17-year-old Luke Wash are charged with disorderly conduct after a fight between... more »
  • Spurs beat Pelicans, set NBA record with 38-0 start at home

    March 31, 2016 5:48 AM

    SAN ANTONIO- Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 100-92 on Wednesday night for their NBA-record 38th straight home victory to open a season. San Antonio topped the 37-0 start by the Chicago Bulls during their record 72-victory season in 1995-96.... more »
  • Missing Mandeville woman found dead

    March 27, 2016 9:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS ( WWLTV ) - The New Orleans Police Department has confirmed a missing Mandeville woman has been found dead in New Orleans. NOPD made the announcement Sunday afternoon. Haley Saltaformaggio was found unresponsive in her locked car around 5 p.m., according to authorities. Police said her car... more »
  • Georgia Religious Freedom Bill could boost New Orleans' 2019 Super Bowl bid

    March 27, 2016 3:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS ( WWLTV ) - Atlanta is widely believed to be the favorite in the high-stakes competition for the 2019 Super Bowl. That's because of its new retractable-roof stadium now set to open next year. New Orleans, Tampa and Miami are also in the running. But a... more »
  • 1 killed, 1 wounded in I-10 shooting in New Orleans

    March 27, 2016 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say one man has been killed and another wounded in a shooting on Interstate 10. The shooting shut down part of the interstate for a while Saturday night. Police say Sunday one man that was found shot to death inside a Toyota 4Runner that... more »
  • Missing woman last seen leaving French Quarter

    March 26, 2016 8:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS ( WWLTV ) – New Orleans Police are looking for Haley Saltaformaggio, a resident of Mandeville who was last seen in New Orleans Friday, March 25. She was reported missing Saturday March 26 after friends and family said they had not heard from her. According to... more »
  • Court blocks removal of New Orleans monuments

    March 25, 2016 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans' plans to remove four prominent Confederate monuments have been placed on hold by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction Friday blocking the city from removing the monuments until an appeal... more »
  • 'Deepwater Horizon' movie releases first trailer

    March 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS ( WWLTV ) - Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil leak is getting a Hollywood ending. A trailer for the upcoming film, Deepwater Horizon , directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) was released Wednesday . The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich,Gina Rodriguez, Dylan... more »
  • Gulf oil, gas leases up for sale; environmentalists protest

    March 23, 2016 7:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The federal government is selling off oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico during a sale in New Orleans. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has been collecting bids from companies and will announce the results Wednesday at the Superdome. Approximately 45 million acres will be... more »
  • Federal court hearing set on Sharper's latest plea deal

    March 22, 2016 4:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal court hearing is scheduled for former NFL star Darren Sharper, who has pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges involving the drugging and rape of women in four states. Tuesday's hearing in New Orleans is the first for Sharper since he decided to maintain his guilty plea... more »
  • Police: inmate escapes hospital, tries to get in woman's car

    March 21, 2016 4:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police say a Jefferson Parish inmate being treated for heroin ingestion escaped from a New Orleans hospital and was arrested after trying to get inside a woman's car. New Orleans police spokesman Tyler Gamble says Jefferson Parish deputies shot at 26-year-old Domonique Battle as they chased him down... more »
  • Manager, job applicant foil thief at fast-food restaurant

    March 20, 2016 3:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A job interview was in progress when a thief grabbed cash from the till at a fast food restaurant. The manager conducting the interview then blocked the door, and the applicant grabbed the thief's arms. Eighteen-year-old Devin Washington got the robber - and the job - at... more »
  • Louisiana's oldest whooping cranes learning how to be adults

    March 18, 2016 6:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's small flock of whooping cranes has already equaled last year's nest total with four, and could double that number. But if the eggs hatch, will the young adults be good parents? The question arises because birds taught to migrate by following ultralight planes from Wisconsin to Florida... more »
  • New Orleans moves away from arrests for marijuana offenses

    March 17, 2016 6:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans city council has approved rules allowing police to issue a summons instead of arresting and jailing people for marijuana possession. The council unanimously approved the new guidelines Thursday. Under the new penalties the police would have the option of issuing a summons and a... more »
  • Coroner's Office says Derrick Todd Lee died of heart disease

    March 16, 2016 4:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials say serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was suspected of killing seven women, died of heart disease. Chaillie Daniel, a representative for West Feliciana Parish Coroner, revealed the cause of death on Tuesday. Lee died Jan. 21, days after being taken to a hospital outside the Louisiana... more »
  • Man found fatally shot near car with toddler sons inside

    March 15, 2016 3:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Authorities in New Orleans are investigating after a man was shot to death near a car where his two young sons were found. Local media outlets report New Orleans police say 30-year-old Shedric Morgan was shot in Gentilly around 9:45 a.m. Friday. Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse... more »
  • Orleans Parish deputies find, re-arrest escaped inmate

    March 10, 2016 6:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- An inmate who escaped authorities by walking away from a municipal court security line has been found and arrested again. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says authorities found 38-year-old Lionel Trumble at a New Orleans residence Wednesday morning with the help of the U.S. Marshals. Officials say Trumble... more »
  • Sentencing day in 'Hollywood South' tax credit trial

    March 9, 2016 6:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Sentencing time is near for two people convicted last year in a fraud case stemming from the state tax credit program often touted for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South." Husband-and-wife film producers Peter Hoffman and Susan Hoffman face sentencing Wednesday. Prosecutors said the Hoffmans were part of a... more »
  • Corps checking some levees twice a week

    March 7, 2016 1:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers has begun twice-weekly checks of Mississippi River levees south of Baton Rouge because the river is 11 feet and rising at New Orleans. Spokesman Ricky Boyett (boy-ET) says the patrols are a standard precaution under these conditions. Other precautions include a ban... more »
  • Common Core revisions OKd by state education board

    March 4, 2016 6:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's education board has approved Louisiana-specific revisions to the multi-state Common Core standards for math and English. Friday's 10-1 vote in Baton Rouge by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves changes adopted last month in New Orleans by an advisory panel. That panel was assembled... more »
  • Ride-hailing app Lyft launches operations in New Orleans

    March 4, 2016 1:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lyft has become the second ride-hailing service to enter the New Orleans market, joining Uber nearly a year after its competitor shook up the local taxicab industry. News outlets report that Lyft announced Thursday that it has received the city permits required under an ordinance passed last... more »
  • New plea deal in ex-NFL star's US drug, sex assault case

    March 2, 2016 6:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL star Darren Sharper has made a new plea deal with federal prosecutors in New Orleans in a drug and sexual assault case. Court documents filed Wednesday don't give any details on the new agreement. That filing comes two weeks after a federal judge rejected an... more »
  • New Orleans to hold online property auction

    March 2, 2016 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The City of New Orleans holds its monthly online auction for adjudicated properties on Wednesday. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 40 properties are scheduled to be sold throughout the community, where winning bidders will receive full ownership and title insurance for each property. A property is... more »
  • US attorney: Performer Big Freedia charged with theft

    March 1, 2016 7:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans says the entertainer who goes by the name Big Freedia has been charged with theft of government funds. A bill of information filed Tuesday says the entertainer, whose real name is Freddie Ross Jr., illegally took money from the... more »
  • Father arrested after admitting shaking, dropping infant son

    March 1, 2016 4:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The son of a New Orleans attorney faces a second-degree murder charge after police said he admitted shaking, dropping and deserting his 2-month-old son who was found dead over the weekend. 20-year-old Justice Willard Brown faces charges in the death of his son, Justice Willard Brown... more »
  • Trump to appear in New Orleans on Friday

    March 1, 2016 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Donald is set to take on The Big Easy as he’ll make his first visit to the city during his run for the U.S. presidency. Friday evening, Trump will appear at the New Orleans lakefront ahead of Saturday’s state presidential primary. A Trump rally will... more »
  • Flood board appeals dismissal of suit against oil companies

    February 29, 2016 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A south Louisiana flood board's lawyers head to a federal appeals court in hopes of reviving a lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in 2013. It claims coastal oil and gas activity contributed to damage and loss... more »
  • Louisiana abortion clinics ask high court help to stay open

    February 27, 2016 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Abortion clinics in Louisiana want the Supreme Court to allow them to stay open and block a ruling that could leave just one of four clinics providing abortions. The clinics say in an emergency appeal to the high court late Friday that only a clinic in New Orleans... more »
  • Assumption Parish opening storm debris disposal location

    February 26, 2016 10:43 AM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH- The Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is opening a spot for people to throw out debris that was left behind by the severe weather earlier this week. According to a news release sent out Friday, the Ezeikel Street site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5... more »
  • Oprah hiring extras for New Orleans TV project

    February 26, 2016 6:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Oprah Winfrey is looking for local talent to be in her upcoming TV show. Winfrey says she's looking for extras to be in her upcoming show, "Queen Sugar", that's set to air on her OWN network. Filming will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.... more »
  • New Orleans police building bilingual team

    February 24, 2016 4:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans police are creating a team of bilingual officers to improve communication with communities whose English is limited. Superintendent Michael Harrison says the team will help officers work safely and effectively, and will build trust among people who speak other languages. The Civil Service Department and a... more »
  • Severe weather strikes early in New Orleans, locally

    February 23, 2016 1:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Anticipated severe weather came to the New Orleans area sooner than expected. Reports and video of funnel clouds and tornado warnings near New Orleans International Airport and in St. Charles Parish came with storm conditions that popped up ahead of the front expected to arrive later... more »
  • La. lawmakers aim for SEC baseball tournament with proposal

    February 22, 2016 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal seeking to draw the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament to New Orleans is nearing final legislative passage. Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican, wants to expand what events qualify for money from Louisiana's Major Events Incentive Program. Martiny's law change would allow all college tournaments... more »

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