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  • Judge won't kick DA off ex-Saints player case

    July 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has refused to remove the New Orleans district attorney's office from the prosecution of a man who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. State Judge Camille Buras on Friday rejected arguments that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's... more »
  • Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case

    July 20, 2016 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the local district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints star Will Smith. Cardell Hayes is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Defense attorney John... more »
  • Police: Woman tries to hit deputy with truck, shot in wrists

    July 15, 2016 11:13 AM

    KENNER - Sheriff's deputies say a New Orleans woman who tried to hit a deputy with her vehicle, was shot by the officer and wounded. A sheriff's statement said 40-year-old Melissa Belanger was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and will be charged with attempted murder. The statement said a deputy spotted... more »
  • 2 arrested on sex trafficking charges in New Orleans

    July 13, 2016 11:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans authorities say a man and woman have been arrested on sex trafficking charges after discovering two 16-year-old girls and a newborn boy at a hotel. Police say 36-year-old Pierre Smith, of Jackson, Mississippi, and 38-year-old Angela Cagnolatti, of New Orleans, were arrested Monday on charges... more »
  • Woman accused of stealing $860 worth of fingernail polish

    July 11, 2016 9:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a 27-year-old woman is accused of stealing $860 worth of fingernail polish from a CVS drug store - in one day. Authorities say in a news release that Raushawn Ford was arrested Monday and held without bond on charges of theft and possessing... more »
  • Judge: Big Freedia must live in halfway house, drug-tested

    July 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled bounce musician Big Freedia must live in a halfway house and submit to substance abuse testing after repeatedly testing positive for illegal drugs. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk determined after a hearing Wednesday that the entertainer, born Freddie Ross Jr., ran afoul... more »
  • More than 450K show for annual Essence Festival

    July 5, 2016 5:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 450,000 people showed up for this year's Essence Festival, held over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. The annual four-day cultural celebration featured more than 100 performers and more than 100 speakers, including first-time appearances by Oprah Winfrey, singer Mariah Carey, producer/rapper... more »
  • Inmate on roof of building behind New Orleans courthouse

    July 5, 2016 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An Orleans Parish inmate apparently briefly escaped custody and made his way to the roof of a building behind the New Orleans Criminal Court Building before being recaptured. Television pictures from the scene Tuesday morning showed the inmate perched on a ledge, with his orange jail... more »
  • Tributes pour out to Prince at Essence Fest

    July 2, 2016 11:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tributes to music star Prince are pouring out at the annual Essence Festival. On Saturday, ballet dancer Misty Copeland talked about how Prince inspired her. Copeland is the first African- American woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. During a talk with journalist... more »
  • Landry announces plan to bolster Quarter patrols

    July 2, 2016 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorney General Jeff Landry says law enforcement agents from his office will join others from the New Orleans area to help patrol New Orleans' French Quarter during times when tourist traffic is high. Landry said Friday that 50 two-person teams, including personnel from the St. Bernard Parish... more »
  • Police: Man fleeing from traffic stop wounded in shootout

    July 1, 2016 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Police say a man fleeing from a traffic stop is being treated for wounds after a shootout with troopers. The man's name and his condition have not been released. Trooper Melissa Matey says a passenger jumped from a pickup stopped for a traffic violation late... more »
  • Oprah Winfrey added to list of speakers at Essence Festival in New Orleans

    June 30, 2016 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Oprah Winfrey has been added to the list of speakers for the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans for the first time in the event's history. Winfrey is scheduled to speak at the Essence Empowerment Experience Stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday at... more »
  • Raising Cane's shift manager stabbed, killed during armed robbery

    June 29, 2016 9:17 AM

    KENNER - Kenner Police said a woman was fatally stabbed multiple times during an armed robbery carried out by a former store employee at a Raising Cane's in Kenner. WWL-TV said the robbery happened just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Raising Cane's located at 3344 Williams Boulevard.... more »
  • New Orleans eyes cutting back on Bourbon Street strip clubs

    June 28, 2016 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A city commission is weighing whether to rein in the number of strip clubs on Bourbon Street and the surrounding French Quarter, both to curb crime and tame one of America's most popular, and wild, entertainment districts. On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission may recommend limiting the... more »
  • Louisiana judge to stop jailing defendants over fees

    June 28, 2016 12:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Louisiana judge and a civil rights group that accused him of running a debtors prison have reached a temporary agreement under which the judge will stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and stop assessing certain costs on defendants. The news came during a joint motion filed... more »
  • First dolphin rescued and released near Grand Isle thriving in the wild Play Video

    June 27, 2016 10:48 AM

    GRAND ISLE - Coastal Wildlife Network leaders say the first dolphin to be rescued, rehabilitated and released off the coast of Louisiana is doing well in the wild. Post-release monitoring included satellite tag data along with visual observations conducted by staff over the six weeks following the 6.5-foot-long juvenile... more »
  • Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

    June 24, 2016 12:03 AM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. Hield, who averaged 25 points per game while leading the Sooners to the Final Four last season, was named an AP All-American and won the prestigious Wooden Award... more »
  • Gay pride security: Local says, 'New Orleans is a safe city'

    June 19, 2016 5:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A band at New Orleans Pridefest 2016 played the Mardi Gras Indian song "Iko Iko" with a gay pride twist, singing, "We won't run and we won't hide ... Gonna fill this world with love and pride." About 100 people listened, danced and took selfies behind a... more »
  • Celebration and sadness mark New Orleans gay pride weekend

    June 18, 2016 9:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - 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. Still the mood is largely upbeat in the French Quarter.... more »
  • University of New Orleans touts economic impact

    June 18, 2016 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - At a time when state government budget problems make future funding for college campuses uncertain, the University of New Orleans is making the case for its importance to the New Orleans area economy. The university has released an analysis by its Division of Business and Economic Research... more »
  • Benson properties 'business as usual' after settlement

    June 17, 2016 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – A spokesperson for Tom Benson said Friday that the New Orleans Saints owner’s properties will remain “business as usual” after a settlement was reached between Benson and trustees. The spokesperson for Benson said the terms of the settlement will remain confidential, but both the National Football... more »
  • 'Master Chef Junior Edition' seeking contestants

    June 17, 2016 11:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The "Master Chef Junior Edition" is looking for contestants. The show's casting team will be holding an open casting call for Season 6 on Saturday, June 25, in New Orleans. The Daily Star (http://bit.ly/1UyePae ) reports casting Associate Producer Jessie Luczynski said they're looking for home cooks... more »
  • Popular ex-Saint McAllister joining game radio broadcasts

    June 16, 2016 12:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints star running back Deuce McAllister is joining the radio broadcast for Saints games. McAllister, whose appointment was announced by WWL radio on Wednesday, will serve as a color announcer alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson. McAllister, who remains the Saints' all-time leading rusher more... more »
  • Canal Street sinkhole in New Orleans fixed, street to re-open Tuesday

    June 14, 2016 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Lanes of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans are set to reopen Tuesday afternoon following the repair of a sinkhole that formed in April. A major sinkhole formed near the foot of Canal Street between Harrah's casino and Canal Place shopping center. The sinkhole formed on April... more »
  • 2 from La. inside nightclub during mass shooting; 1 survived

    June 13, 2016 4:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Family members of a man from Louisiana inside Pulse nightclub learned Monday he had survived the shooting but was severely injured. Leonel Melendez is in a coma after being shot in the leg and head. Melendez lists the New Orleans area as his hometown on Facebook... more »
  • 3 sentenced in New Orleans sex-trafficking case

    June 9, 2016 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities have announced three sentences handed down in an ongoing sex-trafficking case centered on a New Orleans motel. Three Tennessee men were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms ranging from eight to nearly 21 years. The case dealt with prostitution at the Riviera Motel in New Orleans.... more »
  • I-10 buckled Wednesday

    June 8, 2016 7:37 PM

    METAIRIE - Two westbound lanes of I-10 closed Wednesday due to pavement buckling. State Police advised motorists via Facebook of the lane closures in Jefferson Parish at Power Boulevard. Troopers said the buckling closed left and center lanes of the Interstate in an area about ten miles west of... more »
  • Woman contracts flesh-eating bacteria while fishing near Grand Isle

    June 7, 2016 4:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman has contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle. WDSU-TV reported Kelly Blomberg contracted v ibrio vulnificus when she was surf fishing off of the beach last month. Blomberg said she was walking in the water.... more »
  • New Orleans WWII museum plans events for D-Day anniversary

    June 5, 2016 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is planning a slate of events to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. June 6 will also mark the 16th anniversary of the museum that is considered one of the city's top tourist attractions. For... more »
  • New Orleans police officer injured in traffic accident

    June 5, 2016 1:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans police say one of their officers has been seriously injured during a traffic accident. Multiple news outlets reported that Superintendent Michael Harrison said the officer was inside her police vehicle on the side of the road with the emergency lights on when she was... more »
  • Saints Hall of Famer Henry Childs dies at 65

    June 4, 2016 11:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former NFL tight end Henry Childs, a Pro Bowl player with the New Orleans Saints who also had stints with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay, has died at age 65. Saints officials say Childs died in his native Thomasville, Georgia, on Friday. Saints... more »
  • Will Smith shooting suspect told off-duty cop he was armed

    June 3, 2016 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 911 recording played in court captures the suspect in the shooting of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith stating that he was carrying his weapon and Smith was unarmed when they got out of their cars to argue over a collision. The recording includes... more »
  • NOPD: 12 armed robberies and carjackings overnight Saturday

    May 29, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -- A dozen armed robberies and carjackings were reported across the city in a 24-hour span between Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to New Orleans police. That was the largest number of armed robberies and carjackings police have responded to in a day since Jan. 2,... more »
  • Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

    May 28, 2016 3:42 PM

    DALLAS –New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter's first birthday after he mistakenly went to the wrong apartment in Dallas. A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin on Megabus line

    May 26, 2016 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking heroin on a Megabus bound from Houston to New Orleans. 32-year-old Thomas Gordon was one of eight defendants charged in an indictment on 21 narcotics-related charges in September 2015. WWL-TV reports the charges resulted from FBI investigation into... more »
  • Body of man reported missing found with gunshot wounds

    May 26, 2016 12:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police are investigating after they say the body of a man with multiple gunshot wounds was found in New Orleans. The city's police department said in a news release that the man has been identified as 24-year-old Sean Johnson. Johnson's body was found on Wednesday night near... more »
  • Hearing begins on future of New Orleans jail

    May 25, 2016 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court-appointed prison monitor says staffers at the New Orleans jail that opened last September "just have no clue" of how to run it. Susan McCampbell's remarks came on opening day of a federal court hearing on whether an independent third party should be placed in... more »
  • New Orleans loses to Atlanta in bid for 2019 Super Bowl

    May 24, 2016 3:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 2019 Super Bowl will be held in Atlanta after the city beat New Orleans in a majority vote on Tuesday. New Orleans made it to the fourth round before losing to Atlanta, who will host the Feb. 3, 2019 Super Bowl LIII in a new... more »
  • Audubon Zoo, Aquarium to celebrate World Otter Day

    May 24, 2016 11:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are set to celebrate World Otter Day on Wednesday, and you otter be there. The Zoo and Aquarium will host feed and chats as they offer visitors lessons on how they can help protect the playful and completely... more »
  • New Orleans delays bid process for Confederate monument removal

    May 23, 2016 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans has cancelled the start of the monument relocation bid process that was scheduled Monday as the matter continues to be stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. WWL-TV reports the decision to remove four monuments that celebrate Confederate era figures... more »
  • Attorney: Driver of Lamborghini in fatal crash to face charges

    May 17, 2016 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The attorney for a man who crashed a Lamborghini into a flood wall on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans, killing a passenger in the process, has surrendered himself to police, according to his attorney. Jason Adams, a real estate broker and investor, will now face a... more »
  • Attorney general questioned as 'sanctuary city' bill delayed

    May 17, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has postponed a vote on a bid to penalize jurisdictions that don't align with federal immigration law, after some senators questioned whether the proposal gives the attorney general too much power. Attorney General Jeff Landry testified in favor of the House-approved bill that... more »
  • Take a 360-degree tour of the Canal Street sinkhole

    May 13, 2016 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Thanks to some nifty tech you can now get a 360-degree view of the inside of the Crescent City's now infamous Canal Street sinkhole. Thanks to a special 360-degree camera produced by Ricoh, you can experience the sinkhole like you're really there! Check out the spherical... more »
  • NOPD finds child after missing for a week

    May 13, 2016 11:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police in New Orleans have located an 11-year-old girl that has been missing for a week. 11-year-old Anign Jordan was found Friday, May 13 in Eastern New Orleans in good health after she was last seen on May 5. She was at Akili Academy of New... more »
  • Oyster fisherman overjoyed when stolen boat is found

    May 13, 2016 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Nearly a week after it was reported stolen from New Orleans East, a man is overjoyed to have his custom oyster boat back at his home. The owner of the 37 foot long, brand new steel boat, Paul McIntyre, says he owes the power of prayer... more »
  • New Orleans plastic surgeon indicted on forcible rape charge

    May 13, 2016 9:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A well-known New Orleans plastic surgeon is facing charges of forcible rape and voyeurism. A judge on Thursday set Dr. Alireza Sadeghi's bail at $2 million and issued a protective order barring him from going near the alleged victim or her children after a grand jury indicted... more »
  • Funds being raised to find Tulane graduate's killer

    May 11, 2016 12:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Friends and family of a Tulane graduate that was killed in New Orleans over the weekend are now raising funds to help find the killer responsible. Thomas Rolfes, 25, was found shot to death Saturday morning near Amelia Street in New Orleans after being robbed. He and his... more »
  • Fate of abandoned Six Flags amusement park delayed

    May 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The latest effort to redevelop the site of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in eastern New Orleans has hit a snag. Several local news outlets report the Industrial Development Board, a public corporation that manages the property, decided Tuesday against selecting an outside firm to appraise... more »
  • Man accused of French Quarter stabbing

    May 8, 2016 11:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a 50-year-old man is accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend in the French Quarter tourist district and stabbing one of several men who tried to make him stop. Spokesman Aaron Looney says Everett Williams and the man he allegedly stabbed were taken to hospitals... more »
  • Seeking sanctuary status to protect a neighborhood peacock

    May 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans City Council member says she wants to have a neighborhood added to the list of the city's bird sanctuaries to protect a popular peacock. Nobody knows where "Mr. P" the peacock came from. He's irritated some in New Orleans' West Carrollton area by pecking... more »
  • Ex-officer friend of Will Smith gives DNA sample to investigators

    May 6, 2016 3:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - There are new developments in the investigation into the shooting death of former New Orleans Saint player Will Smith. WWL-TV reports retired New Orleans Police Captain Billy Ceravolo, who had dinner with Smith and others on the night he died, has turned over DNA samples to... more »
  • NOPD, Tulane campus police investigate serial 'flasher'

    May 6, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The News Orleans and Tulane University police departments are on the lookout for a man accused of exposing himself several times Thursday night in locations in and around the Tulane and Loyola campuses. WDSU-TV reports a woman contacted campus police to say she was walking toward... more »
  • Louisiana flooding sends caskets far and wide

    May 6, 2016 9:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Widespread flooding not only disrupts the living but sometimes also creates havoc for the dead. That's what happened in southwest Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish when an overflowing Sabine River - helped by days of heavy rain - recently pushed water inland about four miles, disturbing graves buried in... more »
  • FBI arrests man on child porn charges

    May 5, 2016 10:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The FBI in New Orleans arrested a Harvey man Thursday and charged him with 19 counts of child porn possession. Dylan Sarkozy, 20, was taken into custody by the Violent Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Force (VHAC/HT TF) following what's described as a "lengthy" investigation. ... more »
  • Beyonce adds New Orleans date to Formation tour

    May 5, 2016 11:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Beyonce has added a stop to the New Orleans Superdome for her Formation World Tour. The concert will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. BeyHive Presale starts May 5 at 10 a.m. until May 6 at 5 p.m. VIP Packages Presale starts May 5 at... more »
  • 2 men robbed at gunpoint over 35 cents

    May 4, 2016 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are investigating an armed robbery of two men where the bandit walked away with 35 cents. The robbery happened early Wednesday morning in the city's Carrollton area. Police said in a news release a 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old man were robbed... more »
  • 2016 Jazz Fest attendance drops after wet weekend

    May 4, 2016 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Rain over the second weekend of this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival caused overall attendance to drop from the previous year's total. Organizers say in a news release that approximately 425,000 people passed through the gates during the festival, which runs over two weekends. In... more »
  • Craigslist spoof lists NOLA sinkhole as rental property

    May 4, 2016 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - With rents around the country through the roof, a Craigslist New Orleans user has decided to have a bit of fun by posting a listing for Canal Street’s recently opened sinkhole. The listing jokes that the sinkhole is now available for short or long term AirBnB... more »
  • Courthouse flooded by Katrina still houses evidence

    May 3, 2016 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the New Orleans courthouse's ground floor and destroyed evidence in thousands of criminal cases, evidence is still being stored there -- and a watchdog group says a less-vulnerable storage space is needed. Court Watch NOLA says city officials... more »
  • Stuard takes one-shot lead at wet Zurich Classic

    April 30, 2016 10:10 PM

    AVONDALE, La. - Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic. Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were tied... more »
  • Weather cancels Saturday's final Jazz Fest

    April 30, 2016 4:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saturday's final acts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival have been cancelled. A strong line of thunderstorms, dumping heavy rain hit the festival grounds about 3:30 p.m. and continued. Festival organizers cancelled the remaining performances at about 4:30 p.m., citing the severe weather. Few people... more »
  • 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 »

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