David Hammer, WWL-TV

David Hammer


New Orleans, LA, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Odor from Jefferson Parish landfill is going to get worse before it gets better

Work on the new $5 million gas collection system will start Monday → Read More

Hard Rock workers, documents say shoring supports removed too soon

The top floors of the building pancaked on the morning of Oct. 12, eight days after the concrete was poured, killing three workers and injuring dozens more. → Read More

'Fix your gradebook': Emails direct Abramson Sci Academy teachers to raise averages

“Go into your gradebook and find any assignments where more than 33% of students got a D/F. Give those assignments a weight of zero." → Read More

Hard Rock Hotel owner missed deadline to pay for crane demolition

The demolition could not have been done Friday because project developers didn't pay until Saturday. → Read More

'We rescued him': Hard Rock Hotel worker saved colleagues in the moments after collapse

“I was thinking it was something normal, but then seconds later I hear boom, boom and that’s when the building started collapsing." → Read More

Workers tell stories of harrowing escape from collapsing Hard Rock Hotel

Belter Bermudez heard a crashing sound as he worked to trim support pieces for the 17th and 18th floors – the top two floors – of the future Hard Rock Hotel. → Read More

'I'm so grateful' - he was on the 8th floor when 10 floors above came down at Hard Rock

“I was thinking, I wouldn't able to see my kids again" → Read More

Hard Rock Hotel developer's troubled past first exposed by

WWL-TV first exposed graft by the original lead developer on the project, Praveen Kailas, in 2012. → Read More

Company says 9th floor pool didn't impact collapse of Hard Rock site

As WWL-TV reported Monday, a photograph of the Chester Pool Systems pool hooked to a crane was taken Thursday, two days before the collapse. → Read More

'This is seriously bad' Video shows concerns days before Hard Rock hotel collapse

The video was shot by a worker on Thursday, two days before the structure pancaked from the top Saturday morning, killing at least two. → Read More

Pool lifted to rooftop of Hard Rock Hotel construction site just hours before collapse

The pool installation has led some to question whether it played a role in the building collapse. → Read More

Lawyers for Irvin Mayfield and partner fighting to keep auditor's secret recordings out of evidence in trial

Legislative Auditor investigator Brent McDougall admitted he made three secret recordings of Mayfield and partner Ronald Markham while questioning them → Read More

Nearly 100 N.O. school buses have failed inspection; hundreds more haven't been looked at

WWL-TV’s “Taken for a Ride” investigation found dozens of safety violations, falsified inspection records and insurance documents and other problems. → Read More

Kennedy grad finally gets transcript, can keep football scholarship

The student won a scholarship to play cornerback in college but was in danger of losing it as one of dozens of Kennedy’s Class of 2019 affected by negligence. → Read More

School bus driver orders kids off bus after accident, drives away

The bus involved in the collision is just one of hundreds that have not passed a city safety inspection. → Read More

School bus driver sends kids off bus after accident, drives away

The bus involved in the collision is just one of hundreds that have not passed a city safety inspection. → Read More

Gert Town radiation lawsuit: City's use of 'nuclear incident' law is 'hogwash'

The suit alleges the material was deposited by the city when that portion of Lowerline Street was paved in the 1940s or 1950s → Read More

Natural gas well explodes in Louisiana

Officials will reignite the fire to keep the gas from escaping. → Read More

New Orleans permitting office at the center of criminal bribery probe

Sources told WWL-TV that city inspectors have a mandatory meeting Monday morning to talk about being audited → Read More

Solar net-metering benefits slashed by La. Public Service Commission

A financial incentive to installing solar panels just took a major hit → Read More