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  • New Orleans police chief to meet with Paul Ryan

    January 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday about new approaches police departments are taking on police training regarding de-escalation, decision-making and use of force tactics. Harrison's office, in a news release, said the meeting will take place in Janesville,... more »
  • Judge: Settlement not 'reachable' in 'debtor prison' case

    January 14, 2017 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Settlement discussions have failed to bring about a resolution to a federal court case accusing New Orleans criminal court judges of unconstitutionally jailing poor people who cannot afford to pay court fees. The suit was filed in 2015 by six people who said they were locked up... more »
  • $10K grant for LSU Health student program to help homeless

    January 13, 2017 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans human services nonprofit is giving $10,000 to a program run by medical students to help homeless women and children get health care and education. LSU Health New Orleans says the grant comes from La Societe des Dames Hospitalieres. Students from five of the six... more »
  • Town suspends panhandling prohibition pending lawsuit

    January 12, 2017 11:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A suburban New Orleans city has told a judge it won't enforce its law requiring people who beg for money at traffic intersections to get panhandling permits. Court records show the city of Slidell agreed Tuesday that it won't enforce the law until a federal judge determines... more »
  • Ochsner buys urgent and occupational health care company

    January 12, 2017 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System says it has bought a company that owns 12 urgent care and four occupational health clinics in the greater New Orleans area. It says all 14 Millennium Healthcare Management Inc. locations will become part of Ochsner Health System. A news release Tuesday announced the... more »
  • Man arrested for November shooting in St. James

    January 11, 2017 4:43 PM

    VACHERIE - The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a man Monday wanted for the murder of one man and the shooting of another. Jyran McGee is charged with the murder of Jarell Jones and attempted murder of Jeremy Smith on Nov. 13, 2016. McGee was arrested by... more »
  • Trial underway for 10 linked to violent New Orleans gang

    January 11, 2017 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal trial has begun in New Orleans for 10 people charged as members of a violent drug trafficking gang. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the 10 are linked by prosecutors to the "39'ers" gang. In opening statements Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Myles Ranier chronicled the... more »
  • WrestleMania to return to New Orleans in 2018

    January 10, 2017 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – World Wrestling Entertainment announced that WrestleMania will return to New Orleans in 2018. Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the event at a press conference at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Tuesday. The event will be held in April. Gov. Edwards is... more »
  • New Orleans to activate new traffic cameras Monday

    January 8, 2017 1:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration says 55 new traffic cameras will begin photographing and fining speeders on Monday. The revenue from the controversial cameras will be used to help close budget gaps in 2017, although Landrieu has said that's not the point of the cameras. All... more »
  • Mardi Gras season kicks off with cakes, street car rides

    January 6, 2017 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mardi Gras season is kicking off in New Orleans. The holiday season begins on Epiphany, commemorating the day when the three wise men reached the baby Jesus. Fat Tuesday, which marks the culmination of Mardi Gras season, falls on Feb. 28. Across the city people are eating... more »
  • Report: Saints clean house, fire Joe Vitt, several assistant coaches

    January 5, 2017 6:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt and several assistant coaches were fired Thursday, per reports by WWLTV. Vitt, Bill Johnson, Greg McMahon, Stan Kwan and James Willis were all fired , according to WWLTV reporter Lyons Yellin. Vitt served as the assistant head... more »
  • Babies born in 2017 get FREE Baby Cakes baseball tickets for life

    January 5, 2017 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – All babies, that’s right all babies, born in Louisiana in 2017 are eligible for free lifetime passes to New Orleans Baby Cakes baseball games, the company’s website says Thursday. According to MILB.com, after your child is born, all you have to do is fill out a... more »
  • Man accused of crashing van into lake with landlord inside

    January 5, 2017 10:17 AM

    METAIRIE - Authorities say a New Orleans man waited hours before telling authorities he crashed a minivan into a lake with his landlord inside. News outlets report 25-year-old Miguel McCarty faces vehicular homicide and other charges in 52-year-old Regina Williams' death. Williams' body was found inside the van Monday. Detectives... more »
  • Drew Brees becomes owner of 3 Baton Rouge Dunkin' Donuts

    January 3, 2017 2:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints quarterback Drew Brees is continuing to expand his reach in the food business in Louisiana with the announcement Tuesday that he is partnering to open more than five dozen Dunkin' Donut stores in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria over the coming years. Brees,... more »
  • Pelicans, 7-footer Motiejunas agree on contract

    January 3, 2017 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Pelicans say free-agent 7-footer Donatas Motiejunas has signed to play the rest of this season. A person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because contract terms have not been releases, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Motiejunas will be paid... more »
  • New Orleans murder rate climbs to 176 for the year

    January 1, 2017 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans murder rate climbed last year to 176. The Times-Picayune reports that's the highest count since 2012 when 193 people were slain in the city. Murders last year included domestic violence incidents, drug turf wars and high profile cases such as the Nov. 27 mass... more »
  • Gov. Edwards and First Lady to participate in "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve"

    December 30, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards will participate in "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017" from New Orleans. The governor and first lady will discuss Louisiana's culture and the resiliency of the people of the state during the celebration.... more »
  • Carrie Fisher fans gather in New Orleans to pay respects

    December 30, 2016 9:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans of iconic Star Wars star Carrie Fisher are gathering to pay tribute to her - New Orleans style. Members of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus are marching Friday afternoon in honor of Fisher, who died Tuesday. The Mardi Gras Krewe is dedicated to all things sci-fi... more »
  • Virus found at New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack

    December 29, 2016 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say they've confirmed a case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, an often deadly neurological disease spread by horse-to-horse contact, at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, in a news release Wednesday, said a 2-year-old thoroughbred gelding reportedly developed... more »
  • 2 would-be robbers reject what they'd demanded

    December 27, 2016 8:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say two holdups ended with would-be robbers rejecting the belongings they had demanded. A summary emailed by police spokeswoman Dawne Massey says that about 10:20 a.m. Monday, a man with a semi-automatic handgun approached a man and woman near a store. The man ran... more »
  • Bourbon Street to be pedestrian mall for New Year's weekend

    December 27, 2016 5:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says that to ensure that truck-driving terrorists cannot get to the city's biggest New Year's crowds, much of Bourbon Street will be pedestrian-only. He says trucks will block intersections from New Year's Eve through the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Landrieu says... more »
  • Fog likely to cut visibility in New Orleans area all morning

    December 27, 2016 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Forecasters say a dense fog advisory for the New Orleans area and coastal regions will continue through noon Tuesday. The National Weather Service said cool waters and light southeast winds early Tuesday were aiding the development of sea fog. Forecasters said visibilities in some areas Tuesday morning... more »
  • Brother of former NFL player fatally shot in east New Orleans

    December 26, 2016 2:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – A man found fatally shot in east New Orleans has been identified as the brother of a former NFL player. WWL reports that 38-year-old Robert Smith, the brother of former New York Jets wide receiver Courtney Smith, was found lying in the front yard of a... more »
  • Another setback for prosecutors in 2013 killing

    December 26, 2016 10:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state appeals court has overturned the obstruction of justice conviction of a man charged in connection with an alleged contract killing in New Orleans. The New Orleans Advocate reports that last week's decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest setback in the... more »
  • LSU Health: $6.4M contract to clean vacant Charity Hospital

    December 24, 2016 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Early next year, crews will begin cleaning out the art deco public hospital abandoned after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans tells WDSU-TV (http://bit.ly/2hQRQe4 ) that it has awarded a $6.4 million contract to clean Charity Hospital. Spokeswoman Leslie... more »
  • Krystal closes five locations in Louisiana

    December 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Krystal, the company known for its mini burgers and hot dogs, announced that it has closed all company-owned stores in Louisiana. According to a WWLTV report , only two franchise locations will remain open in the state: the location at 116 Bourbon Street in New Orleans... more »
  • Will Forte, Jim Caviezel among Mardi Gras 2016 royalty

    December 22, 2016 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two of the glitziest parades in New Orleans' Mardi Gras season have tapped Hollywood for their royalty. A news release says the Krewe of Orpheus is bringing in Will Forte and the cast of his Fox sitcom "The Last Man on Earth," as well as HBO's "Westworld"... more »
  • $8.5 billion natural gas project to create 250 jobs

    December 22, 2016 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say a liquefied natural gas project being planned for Plaquemines Parish is expected to create 250 new jobs. Gov. John Bel Edwards and executives from Venture Global LNG announced the project on Wednesday. They said the company will invest $8.5 billion to develop the natural gas... more »
  • Officials reject New Orleans detectives' requested raises

    December 21, 2016 9:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - City government officials have rejected a local police union's request to give pay increases to all New Orleans police detectives. The Times-Picayune reports the city's Civil Service Commission on Monday unanimously rejected the request in a decision backed by the New Orleans Police Department. NOPD Capt. and... more »
  • CNN to again host New Year's countdown in New Orleans

    December 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - CNN will again celebrate New Year's Eve in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune reports Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin will host a Central Time Zone countdown to the new year in the Crescent City. Baldwin and Baton Rouge native Lemon have marked New Year's Eve from New Orleans... more »
  • WWII meet www: World War II oral histories now going online

    December 17, 2016 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's D-Days - that is, digital days - at the National World War II Museum, with historians seeking to storm the internet and move thousands of first-person accounts of the fighting online. Executives with the New Orleans museum say creating a vast online digital collection of 9,000... more »
  • Suspect shot, officer injured in Gretna police chase

    December 16, 2016 10:06 AM

    GRETNA - Authorities say a teenage suspect driving a stolen car was shot by police after he struck an officer with the vehicle during a chase near New Orleans. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports both the 17-year-old suspect and the injured officer survived and were being treated for injuries. Jefferson Parish Sheriff... more »
  • New Orleans' Mitch Landrieu to meet Trump

    December 15, 2016 1:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss public safety and infrastructure with President-elect Donald Trump this afternoon when the two meet today in New York. According to a WWLTV report, Landrieu’s administration said the mayor was invited to meet with Trump as vice president of the United States... more »
  • New Orleans board to review offer for former Six Flags site

    December 15, 2016 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The public board that owns the former Six Flags park in New Orleans will review an offer to buy the overgrown site, which was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina. News outlets report New Orleans Industrial Development Board President Alan Philipson said Wednesday that Tonya Pope of Jazzland Theme... more »
  • Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend headline 2017 Essence Festival

    December 15, 2016 10:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - For the first time, music icon Diana Ross brings her star power to a stage at the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans. Ross was among the headliners announced Thursday for the festival annually held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 23rd annual event takes place June 30-July... more »
  • Funeral held for Joe McKnight after road rage shooting

    December 12, 2016 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Five former New York Jets teammates were pallbearers at the funeral for football player Joe McKnight, who was shot and killed Dec. 1 during a road-rage incident in suburban New Orleans. The Advocate reported that Monday's service in New Orleans was officiated by Bishop William McPherson, who... more »
  • Surging Bucs hold off Saints 16-11 for 5th straight victory

    December 11, 2016 8:46 PM

    TAMPA - The streaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their playoff hopes by building an early lead and holding off Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 16-11 for their fifth straight victory on Sunday. Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run, Roberto Aguayo kicked three field goals and an improving... more »
  • Cardell Hayes found guilty of manslaughter in Will Smith shooting

    December 11, 2016 5:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana jury has found the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith guilty of manslaughter. Sunday night's verdict capped the week-long trial of 29-year-old Cardell Hayes, who also was found guilty of attempted manslaughter for wounding Smith's wife. The shooting happened the... more »
  • Deliberations near in trial of ex-Saints star's killer

    December 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints star Will Smith was "executed" by an irate driver as Smith's wounded wife lay nearby during the chaos that followed an April 9 traffic accident, a prosecutor told a New Orleans jury Sunday during closing arguments in the shooter's trial. But a defense attorney said... more »
  • New Orleans adding 240 trees to neighborhood landscapes

    December 10, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans is adding 240 trees to neighborhoods around the city this month - restoring greenery lost to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Isaac in 2012. In a Friday news release, the city says New Orleans lost nearly 20 percent of its... more »
  • Expert: Appears crash in Will Smith case that preceded gunshots was intentional

    December 9, 2016 4:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A car crash expert has told a jury in New Orleans he believes a driver intentionally crashed his Hummer into the vehicle driven by ex-football star Will Smith on the night of April 9. That crash led to a heated argument and gunfire that killed Smith that... more »
  • Funeral arrangements set for ex-NFL player Joe McKnight

    December 8, 2016 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for former NFL player Joe McKnight, who was fatally shot last week during a road rage dispute in suburban New Orleans. Visitation will be held at New Home Ministries in New Orleans at 9 a.m. Monday. Funeral services will follow at 11... more »
  • Witness, prosecutor clash over who was aggressor in Will Smith trial

    December 8, 2016 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Anger and anguish are evident in a New Orleans courtroom as a friend of the man who killed former Saints star Will Smith continues his testimony. Kevin O'Neal repeatedly said Thursday that Smith and at least two others charged at him and Cardell Hayes when they exited... more »
  • Widow testifies Will Smith wasn't aggressor

    December 6, 2016 8:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The second day of the Will Smith shooting death trial has ended after dramatic testimony from the widow of the retired New Orleans Saints star. Racquel Smith insisted that her husband was not the aggressor in an April 9 confrontation with 29-year-oild Cardell Hayes, who faces a... more »
  • New Orleans man arrested for production of child pornography, enticement of minors

    December 5, 2016 8:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans man was arrested and charged with production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of minors, according to the FBI. On Monday Dec. 5, The FBI New Orleans Division's Violent Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Fore arrested Matthew Pere, 32, in New Orleans... more »
  • Dick Clark's New Years Eve to include live broadcast from New Orleans

    December 5, 2016 12:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," the annual year-ending television special, will include a live broadcast from New Orleans in its countdown to 2017, WWL reports. Producers announced Monday that the special will include a live remote broadcast from New Orleans in its... more »
  • Jury selection begins in Will Smith trial

    December 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Questioning of potential jurors is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith earlier this year. Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smith's death, and attempted second-degree murder in the... more »
  • Stafford throws for 341 yards, Lions beat Saints 28-13

    December 4, 2016 1:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and the Detroit Lions beat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints, 28-13 on Sunday. Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point... more »
  • New book to highlight New Orleans role ahead of 300th

    December 3, 2016 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new book timed to the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans is set to be published next year. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities have announced they are producing a... more »
  • Second suspect arrested in New Orleans shooting

    December 2, 2016 9:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police have arrested a second suspect in the Bourbon Street shooting that left one person dead and nine others injured. Acting on information gathered in the investigation, LoNew Orleans police have arrested a second suspect in the Bourbon Street shooting that left one person dead... more »
  • New Orleans OKs short-term rentals for city

    December 2, 2016 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council has passed what it called "compromise" legislation to begin regulating the short-term rental industry already operating in the city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration drafted rules to regulate short-term rentals and negotiated with AirBnB, one of the major short-term rental companies in the... more »
  • New Orleans wants notice on monuments decision, cite unrest

    December 1, 2016 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans says it's worried about unrest when an appeals court decides the future of Confederate-era monuments in the city and is asking the court for advance notice when a decision is imminent. In a letter, the city's attorney, Rebecca Dietz, asks the 5th Circuit Court of... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest 2017 announces New Orleans lineup

    December 1, 2016 12:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS –Event organizers announced the lineup for the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest which will be held in New Orleans on May 26. Saturday, May 27 Sunday, May 28 Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton ... more »
  • Audubon Zoo's autumn babies include babirusa piglets

    November 30, 2016 2:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The autumn babies at New Orleans' Audubon Zoo include a pair of threatened piglets native to Indonesia. The zoo says the babirusa piglets were born Oct. 14 and allowed into the exhibit last week. This is the third litter born to Betty and Wrigley. The father is... more »
  • Brees, Ingram, help Saints rout Rams, 49-21

    November 27, 2016 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, Mark Ingram scored twice, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 49-21 on Sunday. Playing 10 days after being knocked unconscious in a Thursday night loss at Carolina, Ingram rushed for 146 yards on 14... more »
  • NOPD investigating two Thanksgiving Day shootings in New Orleans East

    November 24, 2016 3:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Police are currently working two shooting, reported minutes apart, in New Orleans east Thursday afternoon. According to a WWLTV report, the first shooting happened near the intersection of Dwyer Blvd and Wilson street around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The second shooting was reported just minutes... more »
  • New Orleans to hold Top Taco festival next year

    November 17, 2016 6:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Adding to its list of festivals, New Orleans will soon hold its first Top Taco festival next year. New Orleans will celebrate with tacos, tequila and all things taco-related when the festival kicks off on Mar. 23. The festival first started in Denver in 2013... more »
  • Lane closure on I-10 east on Bonnet Carre' Spillway this weekend

    November 17, 2016 4:36 PM

    ST CHARLES PARISH – Drivers planning on taking I-10 eastbound to New Orleans this weekend should expect delays. DOTD announced Thursday that the right eastbound lane of I-10 will be closed on the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway this weekend for a bridge inspection. The closures will last from 6 a.m.... more »
  • FBI: Man posed as officer, demanded nude photos from girls

    November 11, 2016 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities have arrested a New Orleans man accused of posing as a police officer and demanding that girls send him nude photos. The FBI New Orleans division tells news outlets that 18-year-old Tristion Grant was arrested Thursday on charges of impersonating a police officer and computer-aided solicitation... more »
  • New Orleans mayor condemns vandalism during anti-Trump march

    November 10, 2016 3:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The mayor of New Orleans is condemning vandalism that occurred during a protest of Donald Trump's election to the presidency. Media reported that windows were broken at one downtown building during an anti-Trump march involving several dozen people Wednesday night. Anti-trump and anti-Ku Klux Klan slogans were... more »

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