Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, sums up 2014, or at least the year in Louisiana politics.


As sunset approached, the sky streaked with pastels of orange and blue, and a full moon beginning to rise, the six-man football state championship got underway at Bulldog Field in Zephyr. That’s in Brown County, on the edge of West Texas, in goat country. Seemingly out of nowhere, the stadium lights appeared after our 306-mile drive. We pulled into a gravel parking lot, dust filling the air. Zephyr means “gentle, mild breeze.” Wind was ruffling the American flag near the concession stand.

Changes At Orleans Juvenile Court

Dec 25, 2014

As part of the criminal justice reporting partnership between 89.9 WWNO and WYES-TV, Marcia Kavanaugh tells us about changes that are on the horizon for the New Orleans Juvenile Court.

It is presently located at the corner of Poydras and Loyola Avenues, in the same building as Orleans Parish Civil District Court. It is identified by a door simple stating “Juvenile Court.”

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain laments the subservience of College academics to College sports.

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Illinois Illini will close out the 2014 season in style at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Kick off is this Friday at noon on ESPN.

Seattle Software Company Puts Down Roots In Louisiana

Dec 24, 2014

A Seattle technology company that tests software is opening operations in Baton Rouge, a move that will create about 35 permanent jobs with annual salaries of about $27,000.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made the announcement Tuesday about qalytics LLC.  The company says it will open an office in the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.

Qalytics will specialize in quality assurance and publishing services for the digital media industry. The company says it will start hiring soon.

The mission of YAYA is to empower creative young people to become successful adults through educational opportunities and entrepreneurship. 

Charity Poskitt runs the glass studio where the youth arts organization YAYA currently houses its out of school programs. Poskitt normally works with glass, but today she’s teaching ceramics. The assignment? To play.

This week on The Reading Life: Bonnie Warren talks about New Orleans Homes at Christmas and Whitney Stewart and Stephanie Stokes talk about the return of cherished family bibles via the internet. And Gladin Scott of Maple Street Book Shop offers cookbook recommendations.

Gladin Scott's cookbook picks:

Louisiana has been called a “sportsman's paradise,” and now big game hunters are getting the high-tech treatment with a new smartphone app.

NOPD Monitor Slams Recruit Training

Dec 23, 2014

New Orleans police training is being slammed for passing on bad behavior.

A report by court-appointed monitors finds recruits are mimicking their predecessors — in a bad way.

The New Orleans Advocate reports monitors found recruits are getting inadequate lesson plans, poor teachers and weak leadership.

The monitors were appointed by the court to oversee reforms detailed in a federal consent decree.

The recruits are expected to refresh and improve the shrunken department.