David Hammer, WWL-TV

David Hammer


New Orleans, LA, United States

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Past articles by David:

Convicted former Kenner building official under investigation again

Kenner police are investigating new allegations that James Mohamad falsified building reports. → Read More

Permit roadblocks continue to stifle New Orleans contractors and builders

Contractors and builders say the problem isn’t a lack of work but an epidemic of unpermitted construction going on across the city. → Read More

Scammers are using fake IDs, forged documents to sell vacant lots they don't own

The proliferation of online real estate transactions, in which computerized signatures replace ink-on-paper sale agreements, is fueling a rise in scams. → Read More

No homicide charges in case where suspects admitted drugging, robbing Metairie man before he died

The decision not to file murder or manslaughter charges against the pimp, Randy Schenck, or Dominique Berry, the prostitute angered Arthur's family in Missouri. → Read More

Lawsuits mount in Kenner among two competing garbage vendors

Mayor Mike Glaser’s administration alleges IV Waste overbilled the city nearly $2.6 million for services. → Read More

State of Louisiana dropping suits against homeowners accused of misspending elevation grants

The state of Louisiana is dropping thousands of lawsuits against homeowners who received grants to elevate their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita but used the money to make repairs → Read More

State drops lawsuits against Road Home recipients who used elevation grants to repair homes

About 32,000 homeowners got elevation grants and many said they were told they could use money for repairs instead of raising homes after Hurricane Katrina & Rita. → Read More

Joe Jaeger puts Plaza Tower up for sale

Jaeger says he's giving up on his plans to redevelop the abandoned skyscraper, which was New Orleans' tallest building when it was built in 1969. → Read More

Ten years after mass BP settlement, cleanup workers with chronic medical claims still fighting

Caleb Breaux and Donald Dumas are among tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents who took jobs cleaning up BP’s oil spill in 2010, trying to blunt the effects of → Read More

Decade after victims settle BP Oil Spill lawsuit, thousands still empty handed

“Sometimes justice isn't served ... That's the real bottom line here.” → Read More

First NBC Bank founder Ashton Ryan found guilty on bank fraud charges

Federal prosecutors also charged former First NBC loan officer Fred Beebe with similar crimes, but the grand jury ultimately found him not guilty. → Read More

What is causing Louisiana's insurance crisis, and what can fix it?

More than 20 companies folded or fled the state, and more than 100,000 policyholders are once again covered only by Citizens, and paying rapidly rising rates. → Read More

Insurance Shock: Homeowners' policies skyrocket

It’s also hard for Cook to understand why the area of New Orleans East where she lives has higher insurance costs than other sections of Orleans Parish. → Read More

Louisiana's Insurance Crisis: Homeowners' policy rates by ZIP Code

Citizens charges its premiums based on private market rates, and private companies use catastrophe modeling to determine where risks of damage are higher or lower. → Read More

Diedre Pierce Kelly seeks redemption from ‘mistake,’ former rival urges voters to reject ‘admitted forger’

Kelly was never charged with a crime. → Read More

Dillard University revitalizes National Center on Black-Jewish Relations

The documentary "Shared Legacies" was screened Tuesday in New Orleans and aims to emphasize the unity and cooperation between black and jewish activists. → Read More

Jefferson Parish landfill gases could have caused headaches & nausea, court says

The Nov. 29 decision means a single class-action against the parish can now move forward. → Read More

Behind the key decision that left poor homeowners short of rebuilding money after Katrina

This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with WWL-TV and The Times-Picayune | The Advocate. Sign up for Dispatches to get stories like this one as → Read More

NOPD 'Controlling the narrative' by posting less bad crime news to social media

NOPD spokesman Gary Scheets confirmed the change in strategy. → Read More

They drugged and robbed him the night he was found dead

With both suspects admitting to drugging and robbing Shawn under oath, Bob Arthur hoped Jefferson Parish would finally have what it needed to file murder charges. → Read More