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  New ITEP rules spark fear locals will lose say in granting tax breaks

  5 Uptown parades mark huge Carnival Friday night

  Calls for new tandem float restrictions after Nyx death

REPORT: Amid criticisim, Gov. Edwards wants to give Louisiana’s teachers a $500 raise

  New Orleans postpones all Uptown parades on Thursday due to high winds

It’s time for Greasing of the Poles on Bourbon Street!

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  False Positive: CBD use could affect drug tests

  Students at Bernard Terrace Elem. shadowed entrepreneurs

Woman fatally struck by NYX float identified

  Number of LSU mumps cases now at 16

  State, federal officials address recent cyber attacks, prevention plans

  Hemp licenses now being issued to businesses in La.

Gov. Edwards announces coastal priorities for his second term

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for his second term in office.

Northwest Louisiana principal accused of 49 sex crimes

Authorities urge parents of Summerfield High students to talk with their children

More Medicaid eligibility letters sent out across state

The most recent round of letters, about 23,548, went out across the state earlier in the week.

LPSO identifies school traffic guard fatally struck by car

The guard was struck this morning in the northern area of Lafourche Parish, according to a report.

Woman kidnapped from bus stop, shot then abandoned on I-10 eastbound exit

  Sen. Bill Cassidy launches reelection campaign, visits previously flooded Juban Crossing Rouses

  Order your LSU football commemorative tickets

  $642 million in tax dollars were misused or missed out on in 2019, Louisiana legislative auditor says

Body found in river near Donaldsonville

Mother released on bond in case of Ochsner Hospital kidnapping

  Gov. Edwards, others urge Louisiana residents to embrace the 2020 Census

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined other elected leaders in the eastern half of New Orleans to talk about the importance of Louisiana residents participating in this year's federal Census.

Tulane center to begin research for coronavirus vaccine

On a sprawling 500-acre campus just off busy Highway 90, Covington researchers are out to cure the coronavirus.

  Single women should pay higher auto insurance rates, insurance commissioner says

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is facing some push-back after comments he made Monday, Feb. 17 about female drivers being charged higher car insurance rates.

Dudley DeBosier, Lyft partner to offer $10 off a ride during Mardi Gras

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers is partnering with Lyft to provide a discount on rides during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Ochsner to pay med school in exchange for 5-year commitment

Ochsner Health System is going to start paying the medical school education of students who commit to work with Ochsner in Louisiana for five years, the organization’s CEO said.

KIRAN: LPSO deputy will not face criminal charges in off-duty fatal shooting

A Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man while off-duty will not face any criminal charges, according to the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

All airport arrivals at Armstrong International delayed due to dense fog

The fog is not impacting departures

Truck destroys Dollar General in Hammond

Luckily no one was injured.

Sole survivor of Lafayette plane crash leaves hospital

The plane crash killed five people, including beloved sports reporter Carley McCord.

Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

New Orleans City Hall officials are investigating whether employees signed off on inspections at the construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel without visiting the project. The site collapsed in October killing three men and leaving a scar on the city's skyline.

  ULL student diagnosed with mumps

A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been diagnosed with mumps, according to a report from KATC citing university and state health officials.

NOPD: Uber driver drove to wrong location before shooting at two riders

Uber driver Ahmad Ahmad was arrested after shooting at two people after picking them up at a bar in Downtown New Oreans.

Suspect arrested for theft of artists carts in the French Quarter, pushing them into Mississippi River

Landon Semones for booked for unauthorized entry into a business and 11 counts of theft

Gretna renames street after Nancy Parker Boyd

The City of Gretna will unveil a new street sign on Monday in memory of former FOX 8 anchor Nancy Parker.

  8-year-old dies on Valentine’s Day after drive-by shooting in Louisiana

The suspect allegedly shot into a group of 15 people because of a dispute with the child's uncle.

Police: Complaint of inappropriate behavior between employees and students at Terrebonne HS

An investigation ins underway after officers received a complaint of inappropriate behavior of two employees with students

SILVER ALERT: Elderly man with dementia goes missing Thursday

James Gunnels, 89, is sought by relatives and members of law enforcement who are concerned his judgment may be impaired by a medical condition.

  Minor found after being taken from La. hospital at gunpoint, deputies say

Deputies have charged Evelyn Miller, 66, in connection with the abduction of her 12-year-old granddaughter from a Jefferson Parish hospital at gunpoint Friday, Feb. 14.

  First independent air quality monitor not in place until nearly an hour after ExxonMobil fire started

WAFB learned new information Thursday, Feb. 13 about the large fire at the Exxon facility in north Baton Rouge that broke out late Tuesday night (Feb. 11).

  Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

A major report from the Baton Rouge Advocate is putting a spotlight on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s business dealings with a man in prison for cheating the immigration system so he could make money.

Mayor Broome encourages residents to report graffiti to Crime Stoppers

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is urging residents to call Crime Stoppers to report graffiti in East Baton Rouge Parish.

125 years ago, an epic Valentine’s Day snowstorm hit the Gulf Coast

A snowstorm of epic proportions hit the Gulf Coast on Valentine’s Day 1895. Heavy snow was reported all the way from south Texas into the Mid-Atlantic, with several locations along the Gulf Coast setting snow records that still stand 125 years later.

King of mat talk, Jerry Harris, from ‘Cheer’ gives Live Oak shoutout

The king of mat talk, Jerry Harris from ‘Cheer’ on Netflix gave a very special shoutout to the Live Oak cheer squad.

Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

Entering a second term without the budget woes of his first, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to dole out nearly $1 million in pay raises to his staff, Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees across state government.

  New restaurant hopes to continue tradition, bring crawfish back to Highland Road

A brand new restaurant is set to open up shop just more than a month after Sammy’s Grill closed its doors at the Highland Road location.

  Arrest made after Sunshine Bridge standoff

The Sunshine Bridge has reopened after law enforcement activity on the bridge forced it to be shutdown for several hours.

  Judge rules hearing over Saints emails will be open

As an Orleans Civil Court judge ruled local media will have access to a hearing over Saints emails, in court filings, attorneys for alleged child sex abuse victims claim the team pulled community leaders into the handling of the church sex abuse fallout.

Medics discuss safety measures for Carnival, first aid stations along routes

Eight first aid stations will be marked with Red Cross vehicles along parade routes.

  New head of LDH faces list of challenges

A number of new challenges await Louisiana’s Secretary of Health Dr. Courtney N. Phillips who takes over in April of 2020.

  Officials making progress on tire-shredding program

A quick drive through Baton Rouge and you’re bound to find a tire or two tucked away in the weeds.

  Gov. Edwards appoints head of Texas health department as new LDH secretary

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips has been named the new Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, outgoing Secretary Dr. Rebkah Gee confirms in a tweet.

  Who to contact with concerns regarding fire at ExxonMobil

A list of contact information for those with questions or concerns regarding the ExxonMobil fire.

Former officer, named La. State Trooper of the Year by group, arrested in child pornography investigation

A Louisiana State Police trooper was arrested after a child pornography investigation on the Northshore.

  Louisiana expects to build more coastline in 2020 than it loses

The state of Louisiana projects it will build more land in 2020 than is lost to erosion and subsidence

  No injuries, off-site impact after significant fire at ExxonMobil refinery

Crews continue to monitor air quality after a significant fire at ExxonMobil.

  Homeowners near ExxonMobil left rattled after fire, say communication needs improvement

You have to squint to see the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery through the trees. But just before midnight, yesterday folks here in the area didn’t have a problem spotting it. The flames lit up the sky.

Mondo Duplantis billboards go up around Baton Rouge

Louisiana sure does love their billboards.

Police arrest 11-year-old boy accused of nearly two dozen car burglaries in Gentilly

Police said they arrested the 11-year-old, seen breaking into a Jeep, and climbing through the window in the 5000 block of Dreaux Avenue.

RESTORE Council approves $130M in Deepwater Horizon spill money to fund Maurepas swamp restoration project

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the RESTORE Council has approved $130 million in Deepwater Horizon oil spill money to fund the River Reintroduction into the Maurepas Swamp project.

See Louisiana from International Space Station

NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Tweeted out an incredible photo of Louisiana from the International Space Station on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Louisiana not as ‘water rich’ as perceived to be, auditor warns

The state is overdue in addressing its complex relationship with water.

  Crawfish controversy: Do you dip your crawfish in sauce?

A TV station in Houston posted a very important question on Twitter Tuesday, Feb. 11 asking its followers if they liked to dip their crawfish in sauce. One of the choices was just a little bit unusual.

Victims of priest sexual abuse respond to Saints owner’s statement on email

A group of people who say they have been abused by priests want Saints owner Gayle Benson to release the emails exchanged between the Saints and Catholic officials, according to the group.

Teddy Bridgewater takes to social media to inspire kids to keep going

Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater shared an inspirational post to young kids urging them to keep going and showing them he was once in their shoes.

Port of South Louisiana receives $13.4M transportation grant to make improvements

The Port of South Louisiana in LaPlace is receiving a $13.4 million grant from the Department of Transportation and Development (DOT) to fund the Globalplex Multi-Modal Connections Project, multiple lawmakers announced Tuesday, Feb. 11.

NOFD: All firefighter vacations cancelled until further notice, no mandatory overtime ordered

The firefighters union says Chief McConnell cancelled all fire fighters’ vacations until further notice

  La. to receive $85M to deepen lower Mississippi River to 50 feet

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise announced Monday, Feb. 10 that the US Army Corps of Engineers 2020 Work Plan includes funding for infrastructure projects in Louisiana, including $85 million to deepen the Mississippi River to 50 feet.

Essence Festival 2020: Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars to headline

This year's Essence Fest will be held July 3-5

  La. higher ed leaders ask for more money to address $1.5 billion backlog of issues

Higher education leaders Monday, Feb. 10 requested more money from state lawmakers that would help chip away at the $1.5 billion backlog of repairs on state campuses, offer faculty pay raises, and help cover rising employee retirement and insurance costs.

Golden Guys perform at halftime of LSU women’s basketball game

The Golden Guys performed at halftime of the LSU women’s basketball game against Missouri Monday, Feb. 10.

Louisiana cheer squads win UCA national, world championships

The 2020 National High School Cheerleading Championship and National Dance Team Championship brought more than 25,000 participants from all around the world to compete for top honors at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

La. man pleads guilty to burning three historically black churches in St. Landry Parish

Holden Matthews pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Robert R. Summerhays to three counts of violating the Church Arson Prevention Act — one count for each church — as well as one count of using fire to commit a federal felony. He will be sentenced on May 22.

Lethal ‘gray death’ found in another La. parish; DEA ‘very concerned’ about potential of trafficking across state lines

"Just touching or inhaling this stuff can kill you,” reported the Eunice City Marshal’s Office. “Everyone needs to read up on this. You wouldn’t want your kids accidentally touching this.”

  Former player’s death emotionally rocks the NSU family

Wade Williams is the Natchitoches school’s second graduate in 40 days to have died in a plane crash

  Authorities ID victims in fatal plane crash

The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the victims in yesterday’s fatal plane crash.

  Third death linked to Louisiana Hepatitis A outbreak

The largest concentration of reported cases of the vaccine-preventable illness remains in Livingston Parish, with between 121 and 240 cases. East Baton Rouge and Ouachita parishes reported the second-highest concentration of cases, between 61 and 120.

  Disney Cruise Ship sets sail from New Orleans for first time

Disney Wonder sets sail from New Orleans Port to Bahamas and Key West.

  Edwards presents budget wish list to lawmakers

State lawmakers spent their morning Friday, Feb. 7 working on this year’s budget.