Local News

Chris Miller
April 26, 2017 - 2:40 pm
A Jefferson Parish judge found former Destrehan high school teacher Shelley Dufresne not guilty this afternoon on charges of unlawful carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Dufresne was accused of having sex numerous times with a 16-year-old football player in 2014, including at least one incident in the...
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April 26, 2017 - 12:19 pm
(WWL.com) -- The House Health and Welfare Committee advances a bill that would limit first-time opioid prescriptions in Louisiana, in the hopes of addressing a growing opioid epidemic. Former Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen DeSalvo testified in support of the bill. She says across the...
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Chris Miller
April 26, 2017 - 11:42 am
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office this afternoon will release more details in the arrest of a man thought to have murdered a young mother in Terrytown. Irwin Colon was booked on a charge of second-degree murder. Monday morning, the sound of a crying child coming from Yaharia Gonzalez's...
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Chris Miller
April 26, 2017 - 11:09 am
We're almost to the end of stinging caterpillar season, and it appears not to have been as bad this year. Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections at the Audubon Insectarium, doesn't keep an official caterpillar count, but he says he has a pretty good idea. "I can only tell you anecdotally, as...
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April 26, 2017 - 8:27 am
(WWL.com) A measure that would prohibit the use of tobacco products anywhere on a public or private school campus is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee today. West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman says in the 90’s, Louisiana made it illegal to smoke in schools, but this...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 26, 2017 - 7:45 am
The defense takes over today in the trial of a Destrehan High School teacher charged with having sex with a 16-year-old male student in group sex with another teacher at a Kenner Apartment. What would be Shelley Dufrense's best legal tactic? "They all are bad defenses," Legal Analyst Doug Sunseri...
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April 26, 2017 - 6:45 am
(WWL.com) Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards remains hopeful lawmakers can pass a budget plan to address the loss of $1.3 billion in temporary taxes that expire next year. Edwards spoke with reporters shortly after his proposed tax on business sales was tabled for the legislative session. Edwards...
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April 26, 2017 - 6:32 am
(AP) A Mandeville police officer has lost his termination appeal after he was accused of stealing batteries from a Home Depot. News outlets report the Mandeville Municipal Police Employee' Civil Service Board upheld Johnny Sanders' termination on Monday. Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said...
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Chris Miller
April 25, 2017 - 10:16 pm
Shelley Dufresne, the Destrehan teacher accused of having sex with one of her high school students, used a secret Facebook account to contact and arrange sexual liaisons with the 16-year-old boy, prosecutors said as her trial opened today in Jefferson Parish. Dufresne is accused of two counts of...
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April 25, 2017 - 2:48 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the governor's centerpiece business tax proposal (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards says House Republican leaders need to devise a budget-balancing tax plan, after spurning his idea to levy a new tax on business sales. The Edwards administration...
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