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New Orleans Democrat Senator Troy Carter has filed a bill to raise the state minimum hourly wage to $9.50 for businesses with more than 50 employees by August 2019. 18 states started the year with increased wages and an additional 19 states adopted higher wages in 2017. Carter says in light of WalMart’s recent announcement of employee bonuses and Target raising their minimum wage, it’s time for Louisiana to step up.


Carter’s push to raise the wage in prior sessions have failed and he’s urging lawmakers to ask themselves one simple question. /

A man who was 16 when he robbed and killed a man delivering pizza in New Orleans will spend 40 years in prison.

Nineteen-year-old Rendell Brown's sentence is the result of a plea deal announced in state court Tuesday. Brown pleaded guilty to armed robbery and manslaughter.

The victim was 35-year-old Richard "Chris" Yeager, who was killed after delivering a pizza in September 2014.

In court Tuesday were Yeager's parents, who testified about the pain of losing their son.

13-Year Sentence In Child Porn Case

Mar 7, 2018
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A New Orleans judge has sentenced a man to 13 years in prison on child pornography charges.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office says in a news release that Dan Pittman Jr. had been convicted in February on 10 child pornography counts involving victims under the age of 13. He was sentenced Tuesday by state district Judge Arthur Hunter.

Prosecutors said Pittman was arrested at his New Orleans home in September 2015 after a six-month investigation by the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crime unit.

The University of Louisiana Monroe gets another shot at Arkansas State tonight in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans . The Warhawks finished the regular season by losing to the Red Wolves 83-79. ULM Coach Keith Richard says they trailed by 18 points at half and their second half rally came up short.


Richard says that he "brought the second half team to New Orleans and left the first half team at home."


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We will find out Sunday if two movies filmed in Louisiana will win an Oscar.  Mudbound was filmed in New Orleans and rural St. James Parish, while Logan was filmed in several locations including Amite, Ferriday, Hammond and New Orleans. Louisiana Entertainment Executive Director Chris Stelly says these projects had far reaching impacts in the state’s economy.


Typically, movies that are nominated get a second life after their initial release. Stelly says this puts Louisiana on the silver screen to many more fans.


KEDM has been named as a finalist for multiple awards in the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Contest.

KEDM News and Public Affairs Director Cory Crowe was named a finalist in five award categories including Best Newscast.

KEDM’s national coverage of the October 2017 shooting incident at Grambling State University for NPR, “Grambling Student Shooting,” is a finalist for Breaking News Coverage.

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The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is teaming up with the LSU AgCenter to fight citrus canker disease.  The disease is spread by wind driven rain, causing lesions on the leaves and fruit.  It was first found in the state in 2013 at City Park in New Orleans.  State Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says there is no cure right now, but hopes their research will produce results to slow the disease.


Strain hopes that a sample will be found that is "resistant to the disease." 



A Louisiana Tech University student has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that took place during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.  On Friday, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed Eddie Dingle, 21, was arrested for second degree murder.

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The Young Leadership Council partnered with ArcGNO this carnival season to collect beads and recyclables on the parade routes through uptown New Orleans. After a story revealed that the city removed more than 64 tons of beads from a five block stretch of St. Charles, YLC Recycles Project Leader Hannah Kincannon says it’s a public safety issue.


YLC works to make New Orleans events greener and more sustainable. Kincannon says they worked with ArcGNO to find a home for the tons beads collected.


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There will be an expanded presence of state police troopers in New Orleans as Mardi Gras ramps up for the final weekend.  They have committed 165 troopers to working the French Quarter and the  metro area.  Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says they will perform a variety of assignments.


Last year, troopers had to pull dozens of weapons off the streets.  Matey says it’s something they will  look out for.


Matey says citizens can utilize a special phone app called “See Send” if they suspect suspicious activity during the celebrations.