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Recent articles by Amy:

Tulane gains national exposure amid successful football team

“I did not expect this type of boom for football or everything I did not see it coming at all,” said Ross Wilson, a student at Tulane. It seems to be a re-brand at the unversity, which is traditionally known for its academics. This year, they’re gaining national exposure for a different reason. → Read More

Folsom family dog hailed a hero after protecting two young girls in the woods

A family dog is being hailed a hero after he protected two young girls who had gotten lost in the woods behind their home. → Read More

Hundreds gather for Holy Hour following double homicide in Covington

Hundreds gathered at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Covington to pray for the lives lost after police say two bodies were found “burned beyond recognition” in Covington on Monday. → Read More

NOPD: Fatal shooting of New Orleans boy came from inside home

An 8-year-old child died after a shooting at a home in Hoffman Triangle, the New Orleans Police Department said Wednesday (Nov. 23). We’re told the child’s mother is among those in custody for questioning and a weapon has not been recovered from the scene. → Read More

Multiple flights delayed several hours at MSY amid Thanksgiving passenger surge

Flights are coming in and out of MSY as Thanksgiving travelers crowd the airport. Lots of flights are delayed one way or the other. Some even being delayed for multiple hours. → Read More

Sen. Cassidy not running for governor so he can focus on current legislation

“If I had run I was fairly confident I was going to win,” that’s what Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy said after announcing he will not run for governor. He says he has several pieces of legislation up for debate in Washington and if he doesn’t focus he doesn’t believe they will pass. → Read More

EXPERTS: Scalise as House Majority Leader could bode well for Louisiana

Louisiana representative Steve Scalise has been elected as House Majority Leader after running uncontested. “He is in charge of counting votes, setting agenda, and he can definitely influence legislation and corralling votes to support initiatives that not only he but the party considers a priority,” said Xavier University Sociology Professor Dr. Silas Lee. → Read More

Mother and daughter shot, killed inside Hammond home

Deputies say 37-year-old Brandy Smith and her 17-year-old daugher Raven Smith were found with gunshot wounds. Brandy was pronounced dead on scene. Raven was taken to the North Oaks Medical Center where she later succumbed to her wounds. → Read More

Nearly 40 suspects arrested Halloween Weekend in the French Quarter for firearm violations

Some of the youngest offenders included people ages 15 and 16-years-old. → Read More

OPSB begins public meetings on redistricting process

The New Orleans Public Schools system is seeking your input on re-drawing district lines. “We are starting now with the public meetings,” said Courtney Washington with Nola Public Schools. “We are set to have draft maps available by February or March.” → Read More

NOPD showcases efforts to improve bias-free policing

It’s one of the last two areas the New Orleans Police Department has not been found in compliance with when it comes to the federal consent decree. Bias-free policing. → Read More

10% of Orleans Parish voters hit the polls early, according to Chief Elections Officer

About 10% of registered voters in Orleans Parish hit the polls early. That’s according to Chief Elections Officer Darren Lombard. Currently, there are about 260,000 registered voters in the parish. About 27,000 of them took part in early voting. → Read More

Flu cases among New Orleans kids doubles in last month

Ochsner health officials confirm percent positive of flu cases among people ages 18 and younger has doubled in the last month at their hospitals. → Read More

Coach speaks out on instances of teens bringing guns to youth football games

Two times in the last week at least one person as brought a gun near a football game in the area. → Read More

‘I’m not shocked at all’ NOLA residents un-phased by inspectors not fulfilling their duties

A new report from the Inspector General’s office in New Orleans showcases how serious problems are in the city’s department of safety and permits. Residents told WGNO’s Amy Russo they’re not shocked that inspectors don’t seem to be fulfilling their duties. → Read More

Off-duty NOPD officer shot after falling victim to armed robbery in Mid-City

An off duty NOPD officer has been shot after police say an armed person tried to rob him. It happened in the 300 block of Rendon Street in Mid-City. That's near Bayou Beer Garden. → Read More

Low levels in the Mississippi River impacting New Orleans-area freshwater supply

Startling low levels on the Mississippi River are beginning to impact cargo traffic upstream. It’s also causing problems with the drinking water supply in at least one parish. → Read More

DA to seek death penalty for mother, live-in boyfriend accused of killing Houma toddler

After the body of two-year-old Ezekiel Harry was found in a garbage can earlier this year, the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office has announced prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the child’s mother and her boyfriend. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Metro Service talks to WGNO after declaring bankruptcy

For the first time since declaring bankruptcy, owner of Metro Service Group Jimmie Woods spoke with WGNO about what lead up to his decision. → Read More

New Orleans City Council passes ordinance to upkeep blighted city-owned properties

New Orleans residents are tired of living next to vacant or abandoned properties that are overgrown and deteriorating and the New Orleans City Council is attempting to do something about it. → Read More