Zurik: Councilman hands out dozens of contracts to businessman in inner-circle

Since Mark Spears took office in 2012, a company called Exceptional Inspections has been hired 43 times in Jefferson Parish, almost all of which was for work in Spear's district.

Timberwolves end Pelicans three-game winning streak

Timberwolves end the game on a 13-4 run to beat New Orleans

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  Bids start over for beignet battle over location at City Park
All three beignet companies show up to pre-bid meeting after Morning Call lawsuit wins judge's approval.
Medicaid fraud cost Louisiana as much as $85 million
Louisiana spent between $60 and $85 million providing Medicaid coverage to recipients who were ineligible for the program because they made too much money since the program’s expansion in 2016, according to a new report from the legislative auditor.
Plan to merge N.O. 311 system with 911 wins key approval
The board that oversees New Orleans' 911 system is in favor of Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s plan to merge the city’s 311 call center with the 911 operations.

The Saints entire starting offensive line limited in practice Wednesday

Eagles (4-5) at Saints (8-1), 3:25 p.m. on FOX 8

  St. Tammany crime report indicates a need to speed up prosecutions

Law-enforcement officials in Saint Tammany have just signed a new agreement which many hope will lead to continued improvements in the parish’s crime rate.
AG Landry to run for re-election, not governor
10,500 Entergy New Orleans customers without power

NATIONAL HEADLINES

Experts: California wildfire is deadliest in last 100 years
Michigan routs Villanova in championship rematch

Idris Elba's daughter named Golden Globe Ambassador

The daughter of actor Idris Elba's has been chosen as the Golden Globe Ambassador

  Bitter Florida recount: Lawsuits pile up, machines overheat

Florida's ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom on Wednesday as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don't match the signature on file with election authorities.

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  Zurik: Councilman hands out dozens of contracts to businessman in inner-circle

Since Mark Spears took office in 2012, a company called Exceptional Inspections has been hired 43 times in Jefferson Parish, almost all of which was for work in Spear's district.

New lawsuit filed against Catholic Church in N.O. details alleged sexual abuse at orphanage

Four men have come forward claiming they endured sexual and physical abuse at the orphanage and youth home, Madonna Manor and Hope Haven, when they were boys in the late 1970s and 80s.

Zurik: Jefferson Parish councilman questionably spends public money

When the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce urged the parish council to spend BP settlement money on flood protection, one councilmember went against that request.

SPORTS

LSU rallies down the stretch in 85-76 win over Memphis

LSU ran its unbeaten streak at home to 10 consecutive games dating back to last season, using a 12-3 run in the final 3:36 of the first half and go on to defeat the Memphis Tigers 85-76 Tuesday night.

COAST IN CRISIS

Report: Grant to plan wetlands restoration between Bucktown and Bonnabel in Jefferson Parish

According to our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, the $400,000 grant will restore wetlands from the Bonnabel Boat Launch to Bucktown.

La. governor speaks at summit on state’s coastal future

Governor John Bel Edwards joined a summit Wednesday to discuss the future of Louisiana’s coastlines.