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WWL Newsroom
August 16, 2019 - 9:38 am
Nearly $400 million nationally in grant funding is being awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services with nearly $5 million coming to Louisiana. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says the money funds two factors of their efforts. “One of those is...
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Jim Hanzo
August 16, 2019 - 8:46 am
We hear all the talk of the internet and online shopping taking over but research suggests brick and mortar stores aren't going anywhere. In fact, the amount of stores appears to be growing. According to research from the IHL Group for every retail chain store that closes, five retail chains open...
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Don Ames
August 16, 2019 - 7:45 am
Hot sauce sales are hot and getting hotter. According to Fortune Business Insights, the hot sauce market is expected to exceed $3.7 billion by 2026. And Louisiana is at the root of pepper sauce popularity. WWL-TV Chef Kevin Belton says hot sauce likely originated in the warm Caribbean islands where...
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LSP
August 16, 2019 - 7:06 am
(AP)--Louisiana State Police say a man fleeing a traffic stop is alleged to have dragged a trooper across a roadway and escaped with nearly 5.5 pounds of methamphetamines. Police tell news outlets that 39-year-old Darrell Ray Smith Jr. is charged with offenses including attempted murder of a police...
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Jim Hanzo
August 15, 2019 - 4:00 pm
The Aviation Board announced that the new North Terminal at Armstrong International Airport will indeed open this fall, despite the recent problems with plumbing that have plagued the airport. The opening has been delayed 4 times since the original opening was scheduled in 2018. The $1.026 billion...
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Chris Miller
August 15, 2019 - 12:08 pm
Funding part of the $450 million price tag for a new round of Superdome upgrades cleared a hurdle today, when the state bond commission approved financing $210 million worth of it. That's how much the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, commonly called the Superdome Commission, will handle...
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USA TODAY
Chris Miller
August 15, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson has been cleared in an investigation into his alleged repeated misuse of department funds during his tenure. A Legislative auditor’s report detailed department-funded "side trip" to Las Vegas for troopers, Edmonson living rent-free at the...
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Jim Hanzo
August 15, 2019 - 9:47 am
Causeway southbound is now reopened after a crash involving an overturned vehicle. "We had a two-car crash on the southbound Causeway Bridge near the 21 mile marker, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrecheau said. One of the vehicles was a contruction vehicle with roofing nails that are scattered...
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August 15, 2019 - 8:34 am
Through the years there have been quite a few coyote sightings through the metro New Orleans area, the most recent in North Kenner, where a coyote was spotted in the Louisiana Trace neighborhood. Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator, Trapper John Schmidt says he suspects the coyote is most likely...
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STPSO
Thomas Perumean
August 15, 2019 - 6:37 am
Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has plead not guilty during an arraignment on eight charges of sex crimes reportedly committed between 1978 and 2004. Four of those charges claim Strain committed aggrevated rape of a minor when he was 17-years of age between 1978 and 1981. Since there...
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