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Here's a first look at damage from a possible tornado in New Orleans. If you have photos to share, send them to onlin @theadvocate .com.

The Louisiana House has approved a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, taking away the possibility of jail time.

Are you ready for the #Saints  2021 schedule release tomorrow? Here are 10 things (and a Jazz Fest bonus) we're watching for ⤵

Two redevelopment plans for the closed Six Flags location have been picked as finalists. One plan is backed by Drew Brees and Demario Davis. A third plan to redevelop the park as a space for housing, retail, and a water park was dropped. More:

The case prosecutors are building against a former high-ranking Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy and his wife, a teacher, includes photos and other evidence found on the ex-deputy's computer. MORE:

This will be the third change in leadership in six years at St. Augustine. Learn more about the new interim president and CEO here. 🔻

The shootout that started at a Dollar General parking lot and ended in a Kenner neighborhood was due to a feud between two families, police said.


Shocking video shared via @BrienFallon : As the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans collapsed, vehicles and a streetcar dodged debris falling down from the construction site as captured from inside a streetcar. LATEST info from the scene:

BREAKING | Kori Gauthier, the LSU freshman missing since last week, was identified as the body found in the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish.

BREAKING: 10 people were shot on Canal Street in New Orleans early this morning.

Protesters chant “Lock him up” right outside the New Orleans Convention Center, where is speaking today.

BREAKING: Louisiana's first fatality from Hurricane Laura has been reported as a 14-year-old girl

NOPD looks for 14-year-old boy missing from Algiers:

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LATEST Two Gretna officers fired: One posted on Facebook that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @Ocasio2018 ) "needs a round." The second fired officer hit "like" button. Police chief: Incident "an embarrassment to our department" ... "very, very disappointing." STORY:

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Tragic news this evening: Award-winning WVUE anchor Nancy Parker one of two people killed in New Orleans East plane crash. in a tearful announcement, the station said she was on the plane "doing what she loved: Telling a story." Pilot not yet ID'd. MORE:

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This kid has all the moves! (His dancing partner ain't too bad either) Many thanks to Christopher Henry for allowing us to share his video, which he shot in the French Quarter while Them Boys Brass Band played in the background.