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  • New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

    February 12, 2016 6:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- From a decline in arrests to the number of visitors, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hailing the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success. On Thursday, the city released numbers on arrests, the cleanup and the number of visitors. Landrieu also thanked city workers for their efforts at... more »
  • Airline to begin flight service between New Orleans, Destin

    February 12, 2016 5:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A public charter airline will add a seasonal nonstop service from New Orleans to Destin, Florida. GLO Airlines announced Thursday that the service from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will begin March 25 and will run through Sept. 5. The flights are scheduled for... more »
  • Police: 4 teens arrested in carjacking of 77-year-old woman

    February 11, 2016 4:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a carjacking of a 77-year-old woman in eastern New Orleans. Police say the teenagers were arrested after they took the woman's vehicle Wednesday night and then crashed it after two police officers tried to... more »
  • OKC Thunder assistant coach's wife dies after car accident

    February 11, 2016 5:48 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK.- The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams has died from injuries suffered in a car crash. Oklahoma City police say Ingrid Williams, the wife of the former New Orleans Pelicans head coach, died Wednesday evening at a hospital. Capt. Paco Valderrama says the 44-year-old's... more »
  • Coroner IDs man shot in New Orleans by Jefferson deputies

    February 10, 2016 5:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A coroner has released the name and age of a man shot to death by Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies after a chase that led them into New Orleans. New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said Wednesday that the man was 22-year-old Eric Harris. His city of residence... more »
  • Judge: new order against enforcing Louisiana abortion law

    February 10, 2016 3:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing an abortion law that he says would prevent most women from getting abortions. Attorneys for the state immediately asked Judge John deGravelles to stay Wednesday's order while they appeal it and his... more »
  • New Orleans police seize 30 guns during Carnival season

    February 10, 2016 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans police confiscated 30 guns over the past 12 days while on patrol on or near the Mardi Gras parade routes. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a news release the gun confiscations and arrests were a direct result of a plan implemented with help from local,... more »
  • Deputy fatally shoots man near Lundi Gras parade route in New Orleans

    February 9, 2016 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say deputies fatally shot a man after an altercation and a car chase that ended near Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Monday, eight blocks away the busy Mardi Gras parades. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the... more »
  • Cold is relative as parades roll

    February 9, 2016 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mardi Gras is cold, but cold can depend on perspective. Amanda Brooks of suburban Gretna and cousin Janet Strode of Chicago were bundled up, waiting for Zulu's parade to arrive downtown. Winds gusting up to 30 mph made mid-40s temperatures feel like the upper 30s. Baby Maria... more »
  • Parades, floats, costumes mark Fat Tuesday in New Orleans Play Video

    February 9, 2016 5:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- People across south Louisiana are marking the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. News 2's John Pastorek and Ambria Washington traveled down to the crescent city on Tuesday to take in all the sights and sounds of Fat Tuesday. In New Orleans, floats and marching bands will parade... more »
  • Shots fired on Bacchus parade route in New Orleans

    February 7, 2016 11:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Police say shots were fired Sunday night along the Bacchus parade route in New Orleans. According to WWLTV, New Orleans Police said the shooting happened at the intersection of St. Charles and Felicity when two men got into a fight and one pulled out a gun... more »
  • Mardi Gras enters its last big weekend in New Orleans

    February 6, 2016 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Carnival season enters its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before ending on Fat Tuesday. The super Krewe of Endymion's parade starts late Saturday afternoon near City Park and winds its way to Canal Street and ends inside the Louisiana Superdome, where... more »
  • 46th annual Greasing of the Poles means Fat Tuesday just around corner

    February 5, 2016 5:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The French Quarter’s annual Greasing of the Poles was held Friday morning, kicking off one of the biggest party weekends in the Big Easy as Carnival really gets going. It was the 46th iteration of the event, held at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street. The... more »
  • Judge rules against opponents of Confederate statue removal

    February 5, 2016 2:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state judge has ruled against an effort by preservationists to stop the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans. On Friday, Civil District Court Judge Piper D. Griffin said the city did not act improperly in deciding to take down four monuments tied to... more »
  • State judge to hear challenge to Confederate statue removal

    February 5, 2016 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- An opponent to the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans gets a chance to make his case in state court. Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee Inc., filed a lawsuit in late January to stop the removal. His group maintains the monuments and he... more »
  • Security cameras capture Canal Street shooting

    February 4, 2016 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 24-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly shot a man in the face during an argument caught on surveillance video on Canal Street, New Orleans' main drag. It's the second shooting on the busy, tourist-friendly thoroughfare in as many days. Police say at... more »
  • Prosecutor talks about heir's proposed sentence

    February 3, 2016 5:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal prosecutor says the proposed sentence for New York real estate heir Robert Durst was worked out in "very intense negotiations." Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon calls the plea agreement "a good result." Durst pleaded guilty Wednesday to a weapons charge and agreed to seven years and... more »
  • Draft of Common Core revisions up for panel vote

    February 2, 2016 4:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A state panel formed to review the Common Core education standards is expected soon to vote on a draft of proposed changes. The standards committee meets Tuesday in New Orleans. The panel was formed by the Legislature last year as a compromise between opponents and supporters of the... more »
  • Teenagers jumped at abandoned Six Flags Play Video

    February 1, 2016 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two teenage girls were robbed while taking pictures at the abandoned Six Flags amusement park, WWL TV reported Monday. The attack happened Sunday around sunset, police said. The girls, both 17, were jumped by four men with guns. The guys stole the girls' purses, cell phones... more »
  • Sanders campaign opens Louisiana HQ in suburban New Orleans

    January 31, 2016 9:09 PM

    METAIRIE - U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign has opened its Louisiana headquarters in Metairie. Spokesman Gregory Minchak says the campaign's first Louisiana office opened at noon Sunday, with king cake for volunteer phone bank workers and visitors. He says about 60 people stopped by early in... more »
  • Pelicans beat Nets 105-103 on Holiday's winning jumper

    January 30, 2016 9:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Brooklyn Nets, 105-103 on Saturday night. New Orleans' Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his first game back after sitting out with a concussion. Davis... more »
  • Sheriff relents: will send state inmates out of Orleans jail

    January 29, 2016 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman says he'll soon ship nearly 200 Louisiana inmates back to state custody from the city's jail. Gusman was under fire from city officials and inmate advocates for housing state convicts while transferring local pre-trial inmates to a jail hours away near the... more »
  • New Orleans sees increasing opiate overdoses

    January 29, 2016 1:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials say the city is seeing an increase in heroin- and opiate-related overdoses - and at least seven deaths have been attributed to the problem in January alone. City health officials said Friday they have issued an order making a drug to treat such overdoses... more »
  • Fight over Confederate monuments goes to state court

    January 28, 2016 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans is being challenged in state court, shortly after a federal judge dismissed a similar attempt. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday and again seeks to halt the city's planned removal of four Confederate monuments. This suit was filed... more »
  • 10 indicted in New Orleans shooting that wounded 17

    January 28, 2016 11:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The district attorney in New Orleans says a grand jury has indicted 10 people in connection with a wild shootout at a city playground late last year. Seventeen people were wounded and sent hundreds scrambling from Bunny Friend park in the city's Upper 9th Ward on Nov.... more »
  • Man arrested in connection with massive New Orleans fire

    January 27, 2016 11:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man trying to stay warm was booked with starting a massive fire on historic Canal Street Wednesday. Fire investigators said Darren Denley, 25, lit a fire in the alcove a building for heat. The fire got out of control and spread, burning for two hours... more »
  • New Orleans police: Man shot inside McDonald's

    January 27, 2016 6:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a 31-year-old man was shot several times during a possible robbery attempt inside the restroom of a McDonald's restaurant. Police say the shooting took place shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday in a McDonald's in eastern New Orleans next to Interstate 10. The victim... more »
  • Big rig stuck in French Quarter

    January 27, 2016 5:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities were stuck dealing with an 18-wheeler which wedged itself into a tight corner in the French Quarter Wednesday afternoon. The truck's trailer was pinned against a balcony while the cab tried to turn from Barracks Street onto Burgundy Street, according to WWL-TV. 18-wheelers are... more »
  • Probation for attorney in movie tax credit case

    January 27, 2016 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans attorney has been spared prison for his role in a fraud case involving the tax credit program credited with turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South." A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Michael Arata to probation and a $15,000 fine. Arata was one of... more »
  • Trade a new, used instrument for tickets to hear Manilow

    January 27, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is trying to help spur donations of musical instruments to the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans. Manilow plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch the instrument drive and anyone who donates a new or gently used instrument between now and Friday... more »
  • Span of Mississippi River near Hahnville reopened after barge capsize

    January 27, 2016 3:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard announced they’ve reopened a stretch of the Mississippi River near Hahnville that was closed to traffic after a barge capsized. The span of river that was affected was from mile marker 127 to mile marker 129. The Mississippi was closed in that area... more »
  • Wounded sheriff's deputy led drug raid

    January 27, 2016 12:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The FBI says the sheriff's deputy who was severely wounded during a drug raid was the first through the door. In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, the FBI says that 35-year-old Stephen Arnold led the raid into the house. Arnold was shot five times during... more »
  • Officials consider New Orleans to Orlando rail service

    January 27, 2016 7:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are conducting a tour along the Gulf Coast to consider the feasibility of bringing passenger rail back to the Gulf Coast, more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina damaged the tracks. The Southern Rail Commission announced recently that the so-called "Inspection Train"... more »
  • Arson not suspected in Canal Street fire

    January 27, 2016 6:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The fire chief in New Orleans says arson isn't suspected in the blaze that blanketed part of the city with smoke and forced the closure of historic Canal Street. However, Timothy McConnell said Wednesday his department wasn't yet ready to release a suspected cause of the fire.... more »
  • Prayers, blood drive for officer wounded in New Orleans

    January 27, 2016 4:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Friends and family are praying for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy critically wounded in New Orleans while serving a warrant as well-wishers donated blood for his recovery. Debbie Webber, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said late Tuesday that Stephen Arnold was still in the intensive care unit... more »
  • Federal judge refuses to stop monument removal

    January 26, 2016 4:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge declined to issue an injunction Tuesday which would have stopped work to remove several New Orleans monuments to Confederate figures. WWL-TV says U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier refused to halt work to remove statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P. G.... more »
  • Fugitive heir to enter plea on gun charge in February

    January 26, 2016 4:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A fugitive New York real estate heir held in Louisiana on a weapons charge will enter a plea next month that will let him return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge. Court filings show U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt set Feb. 3 as the date... more »
  • New Orleans Police: Suspect arrested on charge of attempted murder

    January 26, 2016 8:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say the suspect in the shooting of a deputy during a drug raid has been arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. In a statement several hours after the Tuesday shooting, police identify the suspect as 26-year-old Jarvis Hardy. Police say he... more »
  • Judge: Ruling Tuesday in challenge to Louisiana abortion law

    January 26, 2016 5:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The federal judge who heard a challenge to Louisiana's abortion law says he'll rule in the case Tuesday. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. Supporters say it's meant to protect women's health. Opponents say the... more »
  • Orleans government official wants to rework marijuana laws

    January 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City councilwoman Susan Guidry will try to change how police deal with marijuana possession cases, WWL TV reported Monday. Guidry will ask police be able to issue court summons for subsequent offenses instead of just first-offense. Currently, a summons can be issued for first-time possession offenses.... more »
  • Family of late New Orleans chef Prudhomme donates cookbooks

    January 25, 2016 12:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The family of the late Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme has donated his extensive cookbook collection to a New Orleans museum dedicated to Southern cuisine. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum said in a statement Monday that Prudhomme's wife, Lori, donated the approximately 600 cookbooks, as well... more »
  • New Orleans police: Body found floating in Mississippi River

    January 25, 2016 5:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police in New Orleans are investigating after they say a body was found floating in the Mississippi River. Police say the body of an unidentified man was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. Officials have not yet publicly identified the man, and did not immediately release any further details.... more »
  • Texas dispute over nearly $1B Benson estate trust settled

    January 23, 2016 3:29 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - A legal battle in Texas involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and control of a nearly $1 billion family estate trust has been settled. The San Antonio Express-News reports a settlement in the lawsuit involving control of the estate trust was reached Friday. Terms... more »
  • Louis Armstrong airport says 2015 was record year

    January 23, 2016 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport says last year saw a record number of passengers going through the airport. The airport says it served about 10.6 million passengers in 2015, which was 9.1 percent more than the previous year. The airport says the best year on... more »
  • New Orleans airport sees record year

    January 23, 2016 12:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport says last year saw a record number of passengers going through the airport. The airport says it served about 10.6 million passengers in 2015, which was 9.1 percent more than the previous year. The airport says the best year on... more »
  • Mardi Gras Krewe pays for security cameras, EMS gear, police dog

    January 23, 2016 12:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Carnival krewe is helping fight crime in New Orleans. The New Orleans Police Department says the Krewe of Hermes has provided the funds to buy a K-9 police dog, 50 private security cameras and special kits emergency medics can use during a mass shooting scenario. The... more »
  • HUD sends $234M down to help flood-prone Louisiana

    January 22, 2016 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government is sending $233.8 million in grants to Louisiana to relocate a coastal American-Indian village, prevent damage from hurricanes and make a suburban slice of New Orleans better at handling storm flooding. The funds are part of a $1 billion package the U.S. Department of... more »
  • Coast Guard reopens stretch of Miss. River near Plaquemines Parish

    January 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says they reopened the Mississippi River to one-way traffic for a stretch of the river near West Pointe à la Hache Thursday night. Vessels planning to travel the area from mile marker 50 to mile marker 52 should contact the tow vessel Kyle... more »
  • Deputies on lookout for Loranger man missing since Tuesday

    January 21, 2016 3:12 PM

    LORANGER - Sheriff’s deputies in Tangipahoa Parish asked for the public’s assistance Thursday afternoon in locating a missing 48-year-old man from Loranger. Jack Bartley, Jr. has been missing since Jan. 19. The man was last seen driving a black Jeep Wrangler which was recovered near Bourbon Street in... more »
  • Suspect behind string of Uptown N.O. home invasions caught in act, arrested

    January 21, 2016 2:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man believed to be behind a series of home invasions in which women were the targeted victims in Uptown New Orleans near Tulane University has been arrested. 22-year-old Oliver Jerde was taken into custody by New Orleans Police as he was caught in the act... more »
  • Report: State Fire Marshal to join Lamborghini fire probe

    January 20, 2016 8:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Fire Marshal's office will join the investigation into a burned luxury car. WWL TV in the New Orleans area reported state investigators will start their work Thursday morning. The Lamborghini was found burned on Opportunity Avenue in Baton Rouge Monday. It was owned by... more »
  • New Orleans looks at legalizing short-term rentals

    January 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City planners say New Orleans should legalize the proliferating business of short-term rentals in this tourist-friendly city, and charge operators fees and regulate the practice. On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission released recommendations on how New Orleans could regulate short-term rentals of homes and rooms, which... more »
  • Retired general clashes with company president over decade-old Gulf oil leak

    January 20, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A retired Army general best known for helping restore order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina agreed to leave a public meeting about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico following a testy exchange. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who founded a coalition... more »
  • 3-year-old shot, killed while sleeping with his grandmother

    January 20, 2016 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say they have arrested a security guard in the death of her 3-year-old grandson, who apparently was shot when the gun under her pillow went off while they slept. Officer Garry Flot says in a news release that the bullet hit the boy in... more »
  • Reward increased in case of slain police officer

    January 20, 2016 11:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The reward has been increased to $35,000 as authorities try to solve last year's slaying of a New Orleans housing agency police officer. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has added $25,000 to the $10,000 already offered by the Crimestoppers organization. The reward is... more »
  • FBI: 'Unprecedented' security for New Orleans Mardi Gras

    January 19, 2016 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The agent who runs the FBI's New Orleans office says security for the city's annual Mardi Gras celebration will be "unprecedented." Special Agent Jeffrey Sallet told reporters Tuesday that the effort will include heavy use of surveillance cameras and advanced technology. Officials at a morning news conference... more »
  • Obama trade official in New Orleans to push Pacific Rim deal

    January 19, 2016 3:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - One of the negotiators for Pacific Rim trade talks says that since the agreement was worked out, about 13 other countries have asked for information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and some of them wanted to join it. Robert Holleyman says he told them it's too late to... more »
  • Contractor hired to move monuments finds $200K Lambo destroyed Play Video

    January 19, 2016 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pricey supercar belonging to the Baton Rouge contractor who was hired to move several Confederate monuments in New Orleans was found burned to a crisp Tuesday morning. The attorney for David Mahler said his client's Lamborghini, valued at more than $200,000, was destroyed by fire... more »
  • JazzFest lineup for 2016 includes Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg

    January 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Stevie Wonder, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Snoop Dogg are among the performers joining the crowd in New Orleans for the 2016 JazzFest. Organizers released the full lineup for the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival, which runs on consecutive weekends starting Apr.... more »
  • Retired archbishop from New Orleans dies at 89

    January 18, 2016 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Retired Archbishop Francis B. Schulte, who led the Archdiocese of New Orleans from 1989 to 2001, has died in his native Philadelphia. Archdiocese spokeswoman Sarah Comiskey McDonald says Schulte died on Sunday at a church-run retirement facility. He was 89. Schulte, who was ordained as a Roman... more »
  • New Orleans celebrates David Bowie with second line parade

    January 17, 2016 4:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band held a second line parade Saturday in New Orleans to memorialize music and fashion icon David Bowie. Multiple media outlets report that hundreds of fans, many of who came dressed in their best Bowie outfits, marched with the bands performing... more »
  • Jury finds man guilty in shooting, murder of Baton Rouge college student

    January 15, 2016 10:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury found Trung Le guilty in the shooting death of a nursing student from Hammond and the injuring of nine others on Bourbon Street in June 2014. The verdict was read by the jury Friday night. The shooting shocked the area. Le maintained he... more »
  • Rights group suing over public defender shortage

    January 15, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the New Orleans' and state offices tasked with defending people too poor to hire a lawyer after the office began turning down cases, saying it didn't have the resources to do its job. In the lawsuit filed late Thursday... more »
  • Coast Guard investigating Mississippi River barge collision at New Orleans

    January 15, 2016 9:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard reports they are responding to a barge collision at mile marker 95 on the Mississippi River, close to the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans on Friday. Officials say a tow vessel named Lucia collided with barges located at Stone Fleet at... more »
  • New Orleans breaks ground on new airport terminal

    January 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials have broken ground on a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, members of the New Orleans Aviation Board and other officials gathered Thursday at the airport for a ceremony touting the planned $826 million project. In a... more »
  • Rare gaffes during Obama's visit to...where, again?

    January 14, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was a lot going on during President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge Thursday, which may explain some bumps in the road during the day's events. The town hall event at McKinley High School was a chance for Obama to push his State of the... more »
  • Lawyer: threats made over Confederate statue removal

    January 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city attorney says a contractor the city hired to remove Confederate monuments received "death threats" and has pulled out of the contract. Rebecca Dietz, a city attorney, mentioned the death threats to the contractor during a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Carl... more »
  • Time to plan for Mardi Gras: It's early this year, Feb. 9

    January 14, 2016 1:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Seems like we've barely recovered from Christmas and New Year's, but it's already Carnival time, with Mardi Gras falling early this year, on Feb. 9. Carnival, from the Latin, means "farewell to the flesh." Mardi Gras - which literally translates as Fat Tuesday - is the... more »
  • Hearing set on New Orleans' removal of confederate monuments

    January 14, 2016 4:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Opponents of New Orleans' plan to remove four prominent Confederate monuments are getting their day in court. Four groups sued in December, shortly after the City Council voted 6-1 to remove the monuments that include a towering statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Their effort to block the... more »
  • Jury seated in fatal 2014 Bourbon Street gunfight

    January 11, 2016 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury has been selected in the case of the sole suspect arrested after a 2014 gunfight on Bourbon Street that killed one and wounded nine others. Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the case of Trung Le, the 22-year-old defendant from Belle Chasse. He's been... more »
  • More bays expected to open at the Bonnet Carre Spillway

    January 11, 2016 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to open more bays at the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Monday. Engineers opened 20 bays over the weekend to help deal with the Mississipi River's high water level. The almost 80-year-old structure has only been opened 11 times. Two of... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway opened to ease Mississippi River levels Play Video

    January 10, 2016 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages. The Corps opened the spillway Sunday morning to divert river water into Lake Pontchartrain. The opening will help keep the volume of Mississippi... more »
  • State to delay decision on fate of Charity Hospital building

    January 8, 2016 1:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say the state is likely to delay any decision on the fate of the Charity Hospital building in favor of hiring a consultant to take a new look at how to move forward. Gov. Bobby Jindal sought ideas last year for what to do with... more »
  • Feds join city and state officials in Carnival security

    January 7, 2016 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of The FBI office in New Orleans is joining city and state officials in asking for public vigilance during Mardi Gras season. FBI agent Jeff Sallet and Mayor Mitch Landrieu stressed that there is no credible threat to Mardi Gras festivities. But they stressed... more »
  • Feds join city and state officials in Carnival security

    January 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of The FBI office in New Orleans is joining city and state officials in asking for public vigilance during Mardi Gras season. FBI agent Jeff Sallet (sah-LEHT) and Mayor Mitch Landrieu stressed that there is no credible threat to Mardi Gras festivities. But they stressed... more »
  • Court rejects appeal of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

    January 7, 2016 1:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who was convicted in 2014 on corruption charges. The 5th Circuit's U.S. Court of Appeals in a decision filed Thursday upheld Nagin's conviction Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2002 to 2010,... more »
  • Carnival season rolls into season Wednesday night

    January 6, 2016 10:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Carnival season got off to a musical start as the Phunny Phorty Phellows rolled down St. Charles Avenue Wednesday night. The gaggle parades each Twelfth Night, Jan. 6. In 2016, as they do each year, the group ro de a street car as festival goers... more »
  • Sean Payton to stay with Saints

    January 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed he is staying in New Orleans at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. "This is where I plan on coaching," he said. "I don't envision myself coaching for any other club." Payton said the Saints have challenges ahead of them,... more »
  • Carnival season begins with ride of Phunny Phorty Phellows

    January 6, 2016 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The countdown to Mardi Gras is beginning in New Orleans, marked by a streetcar full of raucous costumed revelers. The group known as the Phunny Phorty Phellows kicks off Carnival season Wednesday night by riding a streetcar from the transit storage barns in the Carrollton neighborhood, down... more »
  • Family: Hit-and-run victim in French Quarter from Nebraska

    January 5, 2016 4:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Family members of a tourist who died after he was apparently hit by a vehicle in the French Quarter and dragged more than 6 miles say he was a Harvard University graduate from Nebraska who worked for a California-based company. The New Orleans coroner's office identified the... more »
  • Police: body apparently dragged 6 miles in hit-and-run

    January 3, 2016 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a driver apparently hit a pedestrian in the city's French Quarter and dragged the body more than 6 miles, crossing a Mississippi River bridge to the other side. Police say a driver found the disfigured body about 3:30 a.m. Friday in the road... more »
  • New Orleans 2015 homicide rate up after dropping for 2 years

    January 1, 2016 3:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans homicide rate jumped 10 percent in 2015 after falling to a 43-year low in 2014. Police spokesman Tyler Gamble said in a news release Friday that detectives investigated 165 homicides last year. Gamble said the homicide rate in 2014 had dropped to 150, a... more »
  • Name of civil rights activist spray-painted onto Confederate statue

    January 1, 2016 1:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Graffiti was sprayed on the memorial to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis overnight in New Orleans. The words "Angela Davis" were sprayed on the base of the statue some time overnight on New Year's Eve, according to WWL-TV . Davis is a civil rights activist who... more »
  • Police: 5 shot in New Orleans; 1 in critical condition

    January 1, 2016 9:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans police say five people have been injured in a shooting. A brief statement from police spokesman Frank Robertson says the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Thursday. Police initially said four people were shot, with three in stable condition and one in critical condition. They later added... more »

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