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April 15, 2017 - 10:46 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Early voting is opening for the April 29 municipal elections around Louisiana. The Secretary of State's Office says voters can start casting ballots Saturday for local candidate and proposition elections and to fill two legislative seats. Early voting ends April 22...
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April 15, 2017 - 9:30 am
Louisiana's state parks and historic sites don't draw enough visitors or deep-pocketed donors to stay afloat without state subsidies, and the funds to operate them are getting tighter. The state's continuing cash crunch has Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who oversees Louisiana's recreation and tourism...
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April 14, 2017 - 9:50 pm
(WWL.com) The Louisiana SPCA is urging families to buy chocolate bunnies instead of real bunnies for Easter baskets. Spokesperson Deepak Saini says giving a child a rabbit for Easter might sound like a festive idea, but many don’t realize the huge responsibility and the amount of care these animals...
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April 14, 2017 - 6:44 pm
(WWL.com) With Easter coming a few weeks later this year, holiday spending is expected to reach record highs. Anna Serafin Smith with the National Retail Federation says their annual survey finds 80% of consumers will celebrate Easter, spending a record total of over $18 billion. That's a 6%...
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April 14, 2017 - 4:08 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The world's No. 5-ranked golfer, Jordan Spieth, has committed to play in this year's Zurich Classic, giving the New Orleans-based PGA tournament commitments from seven of the world's Top 10 players. Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament,...
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April 14, 2017 - 3:15 pm
David Blake Reporting This is traditionally about the busiest day and weekend of the year for seafood consumption. The lines will be long, whether it's at the restaurants or at seafood shops all over the New Orleans area. Will the supply meet the demand? It looks like we're in pretty good shape,...
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April 14, 2017 - 3:15 pm
(WWL.com) Louisiana is the trashiest state in America, according to State Parks Director Robert Barham. He says if you don’t believe him, just look at the litter in ditches on the side of the road. He says he’s been to all 50 states, and he’s never seen anything like the litter here in the Bayou...
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April 14, 2017 - 1:16 pm
(AP) - Authorities say a record-size Louisiana black bear was killed when it was hit by a sport utility vehicle in southwestern Mississippi. The Natchez Democrat reports the full-grown male bear was struck April 5 on U.S. 61 in Wilkinson County. No other serious injuries were reported. Officials...
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April 14, 2017 - 12:12 pm
(WWL.com) The Humane Society of Louisiana is trying to figure out who is responsible for apparently dragging a pit bull from a moving vehicle in Acadia Parish near St. Landry. Executive Director Jeff Dorson says the 3-year-old dog was found by its owner in a ditch with horrible injuries. "There was...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 14, 2017 - 10:03 am
Easter Sunday features several parades in New Orleans. The first is early in the day with a morning procession through the French Quarter. The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 16th, at Antoine's Restaurant at 713 Rue St. Louis. "The parade stops for 11:...
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