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  • Zurik: LSP trooper may have falsified tickets

    Zurik: LSP trooper may have falsified tickets

    Our months-long undercover surveillance investigation found Louisiana's highest-paid state trooper may have falsified timesheets, claiming he worked full LACE overtime shifts but instead spending much of that time at his house.

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    Our months-long undercover surveillance investigation found Louisiana's highest-paid state trooper may have falsified timesheets, claiming he worked full LACE overtime shifts but instead spending much of that time at his house.

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  • Zurik: State Police timesheet questions reach beyond LACE

    Zurik: State Police timesheet questions reach beyond LACE

    When we started our undercover investigation, we focused on the LACE program, an overtime detail that allows troopers to write tickets for parish governments and make extra money. But we quickly realized questions about potential payroll fraud extended to regular State Police shifts, funded by every taxpayer in Louisiana.

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    When we started our undercover investigation, we focused on the LACE program, an overtime detail that allows troopers to write tickets for parish governments and make extra money. But we quickly realized questions about potential payroll fraud extended to regular State Police shifts, funded by every taxpayer in Louisiana.

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  • Zurik: Bill due for LACE work? Not so fast, St. John tells LSP

    Zurik: Bill due for LACE work? Not so fast, St. John tells LSP

    More fallout from our State of Unrest investigation of four state troopers now under criminal investigation. A local parish district attorney says she refuses to pay the full bill sent to her by State Police for some of those troopers' overtime work.

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    More fallout from our State of Unrest investigation of four state troopers now under criminal investigation. A local parish district attorney says she refuses to pay the full bill sent to her by State Police for some of those troopers' overtime work.

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  • Zurik: Four of LSP's top-earners suspended as LACE probe unfolds

    Zurik: Four of LSP's top-earners suspended as LACE probe unfolds

    Four state troopers were paid a premium of your money, and our evidence suggests they did not deserve it. Three of the four are among the highest-paid employees in Louisiana. Each makes about $200,000 or more every year. But our undercover surveillance investigation found they may not be earning much of that money.

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    Four state troopers were paid a premium of your money, and our evidence suggests they did not deserve it. Three of the four are among the highest-paid employees in Louisiana. Each makes about $200,000 or more every year. But our undercover surveillance investigation found they may not be earning much of that money.

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  • Zurik: East Baton Rouge DA joins probe of LACE program

    Zurik: East Baton Rouge DA joins probe of LACE program

    DA Hillar Moore says his office will do the investigation with State Police and, if any criminal violations are found, his office will handle the prosecution.

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    DA Hillar Moore says his office will do the investigation with State Police and, if any criminal violations are found, his office will handle the prosecution.

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  • Zurik: Highest-paid cop in La. suspended after FOX 8 probe

    Zurik: Highest-paid cop in La. suspended after FOX 8 probe

    State Trooper Daryl Thomas makes more money than any other law enforcer in Louisiana - more than any district attorney, police chief, the attorney general, even his boss, the superintendent of state police. Last year taxpayers paid this trooper $240,000. But our undercover surveillance investigation, backed up by timesheets and traffic citations, shows Thomas may not have legally earned much of that money.

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    State Trooper Daryl Thomas makes more money than any other law enforcer in Louisiana - more than any district attorney, police chief, the attorney general, even his boss, the superintendent of state police. Last year taxpayers paid this trooper $240,000. But our undercover surveillance investigation, backed up by timesheets and traffic citations, shows Thomas may not have legally earned much of that money.

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  • Zurik: State Police suspend LACE program amid FOX 8 investigation

    Zurik: State Police suspend LACE program amid FOX 8 investigation

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    Louisiana State Police have suspended a ticket-writing agreement with many local parishes, pending an internal review. The suspension and review result from a FOX 8 undercover investigative series.

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    Louisiana State Police have suspended a ticket-writing agreement with many local parishes, pending an internal review. The suspension and review result from a FOX 8 undercover investigative series.

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  • Zurik: Orphan wells and the deadbeats who leave them

    Zurik: Orphan wells and the deadbeats who leave them

    Almost 4,000 abandoned oil and gas wells dot Louisiana's landscape and waters, from Oil City to Golden Meadow and beyond. Many of them have been deteriorating for decades; some of them are leaking. And year to year, just as the state cleans up scores of orphan well sites, hundreds more are abandoned by their operators. 

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    Almost 4,000 abandoned oil and gas wells dot Louisiana's landscape and waters, from Oil City to Golden Meadow and beyond. Many of them have been deteriorating for decades; some of them are leaking. And year to year, just as the state cleans up scores of orphan well sites, hundreds more are abandoned by their operators. 

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  • Rent-to-own customers face high costs, harassment, few protections

    Rent-to-own customers face high costs, few protections

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    Customers who are late or fall behind in payments can face harassment. Some report employees banging on their doors at all hours or calling their family members.

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    Customers who are late or fall behind in payments can face harassment. Some report employees banging on their doors at all hours or calling their family members.

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  • Two troopers demoted after LSP travel investigation

    Two troopers demoted after LSP travel investigation

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    Derrell Williams and Rodney Hyatt were the two highest-ranking officers investigated for a trip that four troopers took to San Diego last year for a work conference. 

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    Derrell Williams and Rodney Hyatt were the two highest-ranking officers investigated for a trip that four troopers took to San Diego last year for a work conference. 

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  • Zurik: N.O. chefs worry seafood abundance could wash away

    Zurik: N.O. chefs worry seafood abundance could wash away

    Louisiana produces some of the world’s best seafood. But the overfishing of some our tastiest species has forced our local restaurants to find some seafood outside the state. 

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    Louisiana produces some of the world’s best seafood. But the overfishing of some our tastiest species has forced our local restaurants to find some seafood outside the state. 

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  • Zurik: Dramatic price disparities found when comparing insurers

    Zurik: Dramatic price disparities found when comparing insurers

    The numbers in healthcare pricing documents typically are closely held secrets. But we've unmasked the costs some of your insurance companies pay for services - costs that directly impact the amount of money coming out of your pocket.

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    The numbers in healthcare pricing documents typically are closely held secrets. But we've unmasked the costs some of your insurance companies pay for services - costs that directly impact the amount of money coming out of your pocket.

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  • Zurik: State Police commissioner resigns after FOX 8 investigation

    Zurik: State Police commissioner resigns after FOX 8 investigation

    Our investigation found Calvin Braxton threatened a state trooper who arrested his daughter for a DWI in 2015 and had the executive director of the commission fix traffic tickets.

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    Our investigation found Calvin Braxton threatened a state trooper who arrested his daughter for a DWI in 2015 and had the executive director of the commission fix traffic tickets.

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  • Zurik: Security firm’s pay for NOLA monument removal raises questions

    Zurik: Security firm’s pay for NOLA monument removal raises questions

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    Typically, when companies are paid by local governments, they submit detailed invoices to justify their work. So when we reviewed one set of invoices for a company hired for the monument removal effort in New Orleans, it raised questions - as we examine in a new investigation.

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    Typically, when companies are paid by local governments, they submit detailed invoices to justify their work. So when we reviewed one set of invoices for a company hired for the monument removal effort in New Orleans, it raised questions - as we examine in a new investigation.

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  • Zurik: State Police commissioner accused of fixing tickets, threatening trooper

    Zurik: State Police commissioner accused of fixing tickets, threatening trooper

    Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s looking into allegations raised in our new investigative story - allegations made about an appointee to a powerful state board.

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    Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s looking into allegations raised in our new investigative story - allegations made about an appointee to a powerful state board.

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  • Zurik: Credit card statements raise serious questions for Krewe of Nyx

    Zurik: Credit card statements raise serious questions for Krewe of Nyx

    One of Carnival's most popular and largest parades spent money on Gulf Coast beach trips. Now, the captain of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx refuses to answer our questions after a source dropped off a stack of credit card records that one CPA says may show violations of the law. 

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    One of Carnival's most popular and largest parades spent money on Gulf Coast beach trips. Now, the captain of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx refuses to answer our questions after a source dropped off a stack of credit card records that one CPA says may show violations of the law. 

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  • Zurik: Tulane Health chief slams ‘Cracking the Code’

    Zurik: Tulane Health chief slams ‘Cracking the Code’

    Our Cracking the Code investigative series saved one New Orleans woman $3,700. More and more consumers and even healthcare providers are contributing pricing information to our online interactive tool, giving our viewers information to save money.

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    Our Cracking the Code investigative series saved one New Orleans woman $3,700. More and more consumers and even healthcare providers are contributing pricing information to our online interactive tool, giving our viewers information to save money.

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  • Zurik: Small town struggles after former mayor's questionable practices

    Zurik: Small town struggles after former mayor's questionable practices

    What would happen if 20 percent of New Orleans didn't pay its water bill? One mayor says that actually happened in his town. An auditor slapped the town with 23 findings of mismanagement, abuse and possible wrongdoing.

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    What would happen if 20 percent of New Orleans didn't pay its water bill? One mayor says that actually happened in his town. An auditor slapped the town with 23 findings of mismanagement, abuse and possible wrongdoing.

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  • Zurik: Lawmakers consider requirement for 'balance billing' disclosure

    Zurik: Lawmakers consider requirement for 'balance billing' disclosure

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    A state lawmaker's bill would require healthcare providers to warn consumers about the prospects for "balance billing" in their medical charges.

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    A state lawmaker's bill would require healthcare providers to warn consumers about the prospects for "balance billing" in their medical charges.

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  • Zurik: Alternatives Living directors face new corruption charges

    Zurik: Alternatives Living directors face new corruption charges

    The new federal charges follow a lengthy Lee Zurik investigation that questioned whether the officers were using federal funds to pay for restaurant meals, travel, and sporting event tickets.

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    The new federal charges follow a lengthy Lee Zurik investigation that questioned whether the officers were using federal funds to pay for restaurant meals, travel, and sporting event tickets.

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  • Zurik: One consumer’s lesson, from shoulder pain to facility fee

    Zurik: One consumer’s lesson, from shoulder pain to facility fee

    As more and more doctors work for large hospital groups, you need to be aware of an often hidden charge that may cost you extra money - sometimes, a lot of extra money.

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    As more and more doctors work for large hospital groups, you need to be aware of an often hidden charge that may cost you extra money - sometimes, a lot of extra money.

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  • Zurik: Routine bloodwork leads to shocking bills for many consumers

    Zurik: Routine bloodwork leads to shocking bills for many consumers

    Kim Spencer set up an introductory visit with her new doctor, who recommended routine blood tests. The bill for those tests seems anything but routine to the patient.

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    Kim Spencer set up an introductory visit with her new doctor, who recommended routine blood tests. The bill for those tests seems anything but routine to the patient.

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  • Zurik: Third-party medical bills a shocker? Welcome to 'balance billing'

    Zurik: Third-party medical bills a shocker? Welcome to 'balance billing'

    Steve Fair sounds like a Sooner with a taste for Louisiana living. But a recent trip to a local hospital left him with a bad taste in his mouth, thanks to a practice that even Louisiana's insurance commissioner finds difficult to stop.

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    Steve Fair sounds like a Sooner with a taste for Louisiana living. But a recent trip to a local hospital left him with a bad taste in his mouth, thanks to a practice that even Louisiana's insurance commissioner finds difficult to stop.

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  • Zurik: With colonoscopies, the worst pain comes with the bill

    Zurik: With colonoscopies, the worst pain comes with the bill

    Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a procedure that your insurance company should have given you for free. It may be happening, as we find out in a new installment of Cracking the Code.  

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    Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a procedure that your insurance company should have given you for free. It may be happening, as we find out in a new installment of Cracking the Code.  

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  • Zurik: 10 questions to ask before your next pricey medical procedure

    Zurik: 10 questions to ask before your next pricey medical procedure

    Two years ago, Glenn's doctor prescribed physical therapy at a North Shore clinic for a painful shoulder. With a follow-up visit to a different therapist, he learned a vital lesson about healthcare cost savings the hard way.

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    Two years ago, Glenn's doctor prescribed physical therapy at a North Shore clinic for a painful shoulder. With a follow-up visit to a different therapist, he learned a vital lesson about healthcare cost savings the hard way.

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  • Zurik: Nothing clear about health costs at some local hospitals

    Zurik: Nothing clear about health costs at some local hospitals

    We found several local hospitals that try to hide information about how much it costs you for a visit. But one consumer sums up her feelings about that practice with a single word: "Angry."

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    We found several local hospitals that try to hide information about how much it costs you for a visit. But one consumer sums up her feelings about that practice with a single word: "Angry."

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  • Zurik: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ medical bills show critical need for transparency

    Zurik: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ medical bills show critical need for transparency

    The paperwork we get from our healthcare providers should easily outline the cost of our healthcare coverage. For many in the metro area, though, the answers remain hidden in a complex language of letters and numbers. 

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    The paperwork we get from our healthcare providers should easily outline the cost of our healthcare coverage. For many in the metro area, though, the answers remain hidden in a complex language of letters and numbers. 

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  • Zurik: Graves says Trump needs to fix red snapper system

    Zurik: Graves says Trump needs to fix red snapper system

    Recreational fishermen across the Gulf Coast will only have three days to fish for red snapper in federal waters this summer. The government announced the shortened season Tuesday.

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    Recreational fishermen across the Gulf Coast will only have three days to fish for red snapper in federal waters this summer. The government announced the shortened season Tuesday.

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  • Zurik: Convention Center's cash piles continue to grow

    Zurik: Convention Center's cash piles continue to grow

    Five months after our stories questioned large cash reserves and surplus at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, those reserves continue to grow. But one lawmaker is trying to redirect some Convention Center money to the city to pay for police or code enforcement.

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    Five months after our stories questioned large cash reserves and surplus at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, those reserves continue to grow. But one lawmaker is trying to redirect some Convention Center money to the city to pay for police or code enforcement.

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  • Zurik: 'Cracking the Code' gets big response - but we still need you

    Zurik: 'Cracking the Code' gets big response - but we still need you

    Hundreds of FOX 8 viewers have told us their stories, given us the cost of their healthcare, and the stories behind their high costs. 

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    Hundreds of FOX 8 viewers have told us their stories, given us the cost of their healthcare, and the stories behind their high costs. 

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  • Zurik: Transparency is key to ‘Cracking the Code’

    Zurik: Transparency is key to ‘Cracking the Code’

    FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune have launched a new investigative project - Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Healthcare. Our goal: bring transparency to prices in the metro area.

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    FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune have launched a new investigative project - Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Healthcare. Our goal: bring transparency to prices in the metro area.

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  • Zurik: 'Cracking the Code' of medical procedure pricing

    Zurik: 'Cracking the Code' of medical procedure pricing

    FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune have launched a new investigative project - Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Healthcare. Our goal: bring transparency to prices in the metro area. And we need your help.

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    FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune have launched a new investigative project - Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Healthcare. Our goal: bring transparency to prices in the metro area. And we need your help.

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  • Edmonson files for over $128K in retirement benefits

    Edmonson files for over $128K in retirement benefits

    Col. Edmonson during our interview in the French Quarter in early March.Col. Edmonson during our interview in the French Quarter in early March.

    The former head of Louisiana State Police will draw more than $128,000 a year in retirement benefits, according to a statement from the State Police Retirement System. 

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    The former head of Louisiana State Police will draw more than $128,000 a year in retirement benefits, according to a statement from the State Police Retirement System. 

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  • Zurik: Snapper barons slam FOX 8 probe, but Trump admin. may think otherwise

    Zurik: Snapper barons slam FOX 8 probe, but Trump admin. may think otherwise

    An alliance of fishermen who make millions off a public resource wants us to retract all our stories from our "Hooked Up" series. But one of their top opponents on Capitol Hill says he may get support from the White House to end the old quota system, once and for all.

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    An alliance of fishermen who make millions off a public resource wants us to retract all our stories from our "Hooked Up" series. But one of their top opponents on Capitol Hill says he may get support from the White House to end the old quota system, once and for all.

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  • Zurik: Thorns, ousted tax commissioner, pays Orleans tax bill

    Zurik: Thorns, ousted tax commissioner, pays Orleans tax bill

    A New Orleans businessman wrote the city a six-figure check, following our series of stories from last year. We uncovered unpaid property taxes for three decades.  For one year, the total tax bill could fund about three new NOPD officers. 

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    A New Orleans businessman wrote the city a six-figure check, following our series of stories from last year. We uncovered unpaid property taxes for three decades.  For one year, the total tax bill could fund about three new NOPD officers. 

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  • Zurik: Edmonson to retire but travel investigations continue

    Zurik: Edmonson to retire but travel investigations continue

    FOX 8 news was the first TV station to ask State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson about questionable State Police travel to a San Diego conference last year. Our investigation helped launch probes by State Police internal affairs, the Division of Administration and the legislative auditor. And now, Col. Edmonson is retiring, leaving some of our questions unanswered.

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    FOX 8 news was the first TV station to ask State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson about questionable State Police travel to a San Diego conference last year. Our investigation helped launch probes by State Police internal affairs, the Division of Administration and the legislative auditor. And now, Col. Edmonson is retiring, leaving some of our questions unanswered.

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  • Zurik: Federal contracts going to hundreds of companies that owe taxes

    Zurik: Federal contracts going to hundreds of companies that owe taxes

    If you think Washington is broken, our investigation may symbolize much of the problem. How else can you explain that companies owing the government millions in delinquent taxes are still getting paid money by the federal government?

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    If you think Washington is broken, our investigation may symbolize much of the problem. How else can you explain that companies owing the government millions in delinquent taxes are still getting paid money by the federal government?

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  • Zurik: Gretna probe clears Christiana, but questions linger

    Zurik: Gretna probe clears Christiana, but questions linger

    A Gretna assistant police chief has been cleared of any wrongdoing, following a FOX 8 investigation from last year. But a local CPA says the city's probe is suspect and raises even more questions about the integrity of this law enforcement agency.

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    A Gretna assistant police chief has been cleared of any wrongdoing, following a FOX 8 investigation from last year. But a local CPA says the city's probe is suspect and raises even more questions about the integrity of this law enforcement agency.

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  • Zurik: Kennedy calls for State Police head's resignation

    Zurik: Kennedy calls for State Police head's resignation

    U.S. Senator John Kennedy says the superintendent of State Police needs to resign. The former state treasurer says he doubts the investigations into State Police will be a serious one. This follows our investigation that detailed a pricey conference trip that included a stay in the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for four troopers.

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    U.S. Senator John Kennedy says the superintendent of State Police needs to resign. The former state treasurer says he doubts the investigations into State Police will be a serious one. This follows our investigation that detailed a pricey conference trip that included a stay in the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for four troopers.

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  • LSP refers trooper trip investigation to internal affairs

    LSP refers trooper trip investigation to internal affairs

    The head of Louisiana State Police says he is referring the matter of four troopers' interstate travel for a San Diego conference to internal affairs officers. 

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    The head of Louisiana State Police says he is referring the matter of four troopers' interstate travel for a San Diego conference to internal affairs officers. 

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  • Zurik: Some prescription discount cards prove to be no bargain

    Zurik: Some prescription discount cards prove to be no bargain

    You've probably seen the commercials or seen them on the Internet: They're free, and many are advertised as easy to get, easy to use and easy to save. Consumers with or without insurance may use them to try to find a cheaper alternative. But we found plenty of cases where the discount card price cost the customer more than paying without a card.

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    You've probably seen the commercials or seen them on the Internet: They're free, and many are advertised as easy to get, easy to use and easy to save. Consumers with or without insurance may use them to try to find a cheaper alternative. But we found plenty of cases where the discount card price cost the customer more than paying without a card.

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  • Zurik: Edmonson cites signature stamp on Vegas expense reports

    Zurik: Edmonson cites signature stamp on Vegas expense reports

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    The governor launches an investigation following a FOX 8 report that questioned whether LSP head Mike Edmonson knew about a Vegas side trip by four of his troopers. Now, new questions, new findings and a new interview with a legal expert who says the troopers may have committed a crime.

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    The governor launches an investigation following a FOX 8 report that questioned whether LSP head Mike Edmonson knew about a Vegas side trip by four of his troopers. Now, new questions, new findings and a new interview with a legal expert who says the troopers may have committed a crime.

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  • Zurik: Edmonson may have signed off on troopers’ Vegas stop

    Zurik: Edmonson may have signed off on troopers’ Vegas stop

    The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But for four employees of Louisiana State Police, the trip from Point A to Point B came with a 350-mile detour, via Sin City. Now signatures on internal documents, approving the travel on your dime, may have serious implications for the public staff involved.

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    The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But for four employees of Louisiana State Police, the trip from Point A to Point B came with a 350-mile detour, via Sin City. Now signatures on internal documents, approving the travel on your dime, may have serious implications for the public staff involved.

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  • Zurik: Plaquemines Parish sues former director over misuse of public resources

    Zurik: Plaquemines Parish sues former director over misuse of public resources

    Pictures of kitchen equipment, paid for with FEMA money help tell this story from Plaquemines Parish.. A former interim parish president says the photos are part of his case against a former director of operations and others - proof, he says, that the accused took public equipment for their own business interests.

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    Pictures of kitchen equipment, paid for with FEMA money help tell this story from Plaquemines Parish.. A former interim parish president says the photos are part of his case against a former director of operations and others - proof, he says, that the accused took public equipment for their own business interests.

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  • Zurik: Louisiana loses with snapper barons' lock on quotas

    Zurik: Louisiana loses with snapper barons' lock on quotas

    The federal program that has made a select group of Gulf Coast fishermen millionaires has left a lot of Louisiana fishermen out of the money. Lee Zurik explains, with this latest installment of our "Hooked Up" investigation.

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    The federal program that has made a select group of Gulf Coast fishermen millionaires has left a lot of Louisiana fishermen out of the money. Lee Zurik explains, with this latest installment of our "Hooked Up" investigation.

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  • Zurik: Fed quotas, overcounting spell trouble for recreational snapper fishers

    Zurik: Fed quotas, overcounting spell trouble for recreational snapper fishers

    For most of the year, federal waters - waters owned by taxpayers - are off limits for fisherman looking to catch red snapper. Recreational and charter fisherman across the Gulf Coast feel commercial fishermen have an unfair allotment of a public resource, as we explore in our "Hooked Up" investigation.

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    For most of the year, federal waters - waters owned by taxpayers - are off limits for fisherman looking to catch red snapper. Recreational and charter fisherman across the Gulf Coast feel commercial fishermen have an unfair allotment of a public resource, as we explore in our "Hooked Up" investigation.

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  • Zurik: Sea lords and the secret votes that made them rich

    Zurik: Sea lords and the secret votes that made them rich

    What do you have the right to see, as a citizen of this country? if a vote takes place that essentially gives away a public resource for nothing, should you see who votes yes and who votes no? We continue our look at a program that has made a select group of fisherman millionaires - Hooked Up.

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    What do you have the right to see, as a citizen of this country? if a vote takes place that essentially gives away a public resource for nothing, should you see who votes yes and who votes no? We continue our look at a program that has made a select group of fisherman millionaires - Hooked Up.

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  • Zurik: 'Sea Lords' hook a congressional reformer

    Zurik: 'Sea Lords' hook a congressional reformer

    How did some shareholders of the lucrative red snapper quota force a Florida congressman out of office? It's another tale of campaign cash and public resources in this latest installment of FOX 8's "Hooked Up" investigation.

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    How did some shareholders of the lucrative red snapper quota force a Florida congressman out of office? It's another tale of campaign cash and public resources in this latest installment of FOX 8's "Hooked Up" investigation.

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  • Zurik: 'Snapper barons' raking in riches from public resource

    Zurik: 'Snapper barons' raking in riches from public resource

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    The federal government allows a group of select people to sit at home, essentially do nothing and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars off a government resource. A Louisiana congressman says it's time to end this welfare system in the Gulf. Here's part one of our new investigative series, “Hooked Up”.

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    The federal government allows a group of select people to sit at home, essentially do nothing and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars off a government resource. A Louisiana congressman says it's time to end this welfare system in the Gulf. Here's part one of our new investigative series, “Hooked Up”.

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  • Zurik: Insurers pushing Medicare clients into the donut hole

    Zurik: Insurers pushing Medicare clients into the donut hole

    There's a gaping hole in Medicare Part D, and many seniors are all too familiar with that expensive gap in drug coverage. Why are some insurers making it worse by pushing brand name drugs over generics? It's the latest subject in our "Medical Waste" investigation.

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    There's a gaping hole in Medicare Part D, and many seniors are all too familiar with that expensive gap in drug coverage. Why are some insurers making it worse by pushing brand name drugs over generics? It's the latest subject in our "Medical Waste" investigation.

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  • Zurik: Toni Rice resigns from Multicultural Tourism Network

    Zurik: Toni Rice resigns from Multicultural Tourism Network

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    The resignation follows our story that questioned spending on trips and meals at ta nonprofit funded with your money, taxpayer money.

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    The resignation follows our story that questioned spending on trips and meals at ta nonprofit funded with your money, taxpayer money.

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  • Zurik: New Orleans considers search for new inspector general

    Zurik: New Orleans considers search for new inspector general

    As we first reported Tuesday night, the board responsible for hiring the IG wants to look for new candidates for the job. But it wouldn't mind if the current IG, Ed Quatrevaux, reapplies.

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    As we first reported Tuesday night, the board responsible for hiring the IG wants to look for new candidates for the job. But it wouldn't mind if the current IG, Ed Quatrevaux, reapplies.

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  • Zurik: NOMTN chair responds to FOX 8 investigation

    Zurik: NOMTN chair responds to FOX 8 investigation

    The board chair of a New Orleans non-profit says it has launched an internal probe after our investigation uncovered questionable expenditures. We asked the City Council for their reaction - but some members are staying silent. 

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    The board chair of a New Orleans non-profit says it has launched an internal probe after our investigation uncovered questionable expenditures. We asked the City Council for their reaction - but some members are staying silent. 

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  • Zurik: ‘Medical Waste’ suits hit double-digit mark

    Zurik: ‘Medical Waste’ suits hit double-digit mark

    Our investigative series has led now to 11 lawsuits being filed in federal court. 

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    Our investigative series has led now to 11 lawsuits being filed in federal court. 

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  • Zurik: Yenni accuser stands by his story

    Zurik: Yenni accuser stands by his story

    In our lengthy interview, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni was quick to discredit the story posted on TheTab.com, an online news site that showcases the work of students and other young journalists. 

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    In our lengthy interview, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni was quick to discredit the story posted on TheTab.com, an online news site that showcases the work of students and other young journalists. 

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  • Zurik: Facing seven ‘Medical Waste’ suits, insurers remain silent

    Zurik: Facing seven ‘Medical Waste’ suits, insurers remain silent

    Plaintiffs filed the latest against UnitedHealthcare in a California federal court. As with the previous suits, this suit claims United illegally overcharged customers for prescription medication. 

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    Plaintiffs filed the latest against UnitedHealthcare in a California federal court. As with the previous suits, this suit claims United illegally overcharged customers for prescription medication. 

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  • Zurik: NOMTN investigation requires swift response, councilman says

    Zurik: NOMTN investigation requires swift response, councilman says

    Our story on the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network revealed questionable spending and weak oversight. We showed how the nonprofit spent public money on such things as Universal Studios tickets and $18,000, with little explanation of why the public needed to pay. 

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    Our story on the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network revealed questionable spending and weak oversight. We showed how the nonprofit spent public money on such things as Universal Studios tickets and $18,000, with little explanation of why the public needed to pay. 

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  • Zurik: Yenni’s wife stands by her man as texting scandal winds on

    Zurik: Yenni’s wife stands by her man as texting scandal winds on

    Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni insists, despite what he calls his poor decision to exchange “off-color” texts with a teenager last year, that he will prove himself as an effective leader for the parish. And his wife, talking to news media for the first time since the texting scandal broke, is supporting him. 

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    Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni insists, despite what he calls his poor decision to exchange “off-color” texts with a teenager last year, that he will prove himself as an effective leader for the parish. And his wife, talking to news media for the first time since the texting scandal broke, is supporting him. 

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  • Zurik: Yenni admits ‘off-color’ texts to teen, denies sexual contact

    Zurik: Yenni admits ‘off-color’ texts to teen, denies sexual contact

    Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni insists that many of the allegations against him in a teen sexting scandal are fictional, but he remains apologetic after what he calls his stupid decision to send “off-color” messages to the boy last year. Yenni spoke to FOX 8’s Lee Zurik in an exclusive interview Tuesday afternoon.

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    Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni insists that many of the allegations against him in a teen sexting scandal are fictional, but he remains apologetic after what he calls his stupid decision to send “off-color” messages to the boy last year. Yenni spoke to FOX 8’s Lee Zurik in an exclusive interview Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Zurik: Food, gas, entertainment expenses weigh down NOMTN

    Zurik: Food, gas, entertainment expenses weigh down NOMTN

    A local CPA thinks the legislative auditor and the New Orleans inspector general need to investigate a local non-profit. It follows his review of findings we dug up for our latest "Swiped" investigation. 

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    A local CPA thinks the legislative auditor and the New Orleans inspector general need to investigate a local non-profit. It follows his review of findings we dug up for our latest "Swiped" investigation. 

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Mike Yenni talks about explosive texting scandal

    EXCLUSIVE: Mike Yenni talks about explosive texting scandal

    Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni shakes hands and greets supporters at the Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo by Julia Kumari Drapkin, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni shakes hands and greets supporters at the Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo by Julia Kumari Drapkin, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Embattled Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni did his first extensive interview following his texting scandal. FOX 8 requested this interview on the condition the station could ask any question it wanted.

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    Embattled Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni did his first extensive interview following his texting scandal. FOX 8 requested this interview on the condition the station could ask any question it wanted.

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  • Zurik: Cigna faces second 'Medical Waste' lawsuit

    Zurik: Cigna faces second 'Medical Waste' lawsuit

    A sixth lawsuit has been filed as a result of our “Medical Waste” investigative series. A Washington state man alleges Cigna overcharged him for prescription medications.

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    A sixth lawsuit has been filed as a result of our “Medical Waste” investigative series. A Washington state man alleges Cigna overcharged him for prescription medications.

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  • DEGREE OF DEBT: Predatory practices impact debt-consolidating students

    DEGREE OF DEBT: Predatory practices impact debt-consolidating students

    A businessman promising to help people with hefty student loans refuses to answer our questions; a Tulane law professor says he's committing fraud. Here's our latest installment of “Degree of Debt”.

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    A businessman promising to help people with hefty student loans refuses to answer our questions; a Tulane law professor says he's committing fraud. Here's our latest installment of “Degree of Debt”.

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  • Zurik: Fifth suit filed against insurers after 'Medical Waste' probe

    Zurik: Fifth suit filed against insurers after 'Medical Waste' probe

    The latest was filed by a Pensacola, Florida woman who alleges UnitedHealthcare overcharged her for prescription medication.

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    The latest was filed by a Pensacola, Florida woman who alleges UnitedHealthcare overcharged her for prescription medication.

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  • DEGREE OF DEBT: As for-profit college students struggle, school leaders are getting rich

    DEGREE OF DEBT: As for-profit college students struggle, school leaders are getting rich

    There are 8.1 million Americans currently in default on their college loans, the most ever. Studies show the majority of those defaults come at for-profit colleges, around 70 percent.  You've seen their commercials - now you'll see some numbers and hear some stories that may get your attention, in this installment of our “Degree of Debt” investigation.

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    There are 8.1 million Americans currently in default on their college loans, the most ever. Studies show the majority of those defaults come at for-profit colleges, around 70 percent.  You've seen their commercials - now you'll see some numbers and hear some stories that may get your attention, in this installment of our “Degree of Debt” investigation.

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  • DEGREE OF DEBT: Higher education's path leads to a consumer crisis

    DEGREE OF DEBT: Higher education's path leads to a consumer crisis

    There's a crisis in higher education, and it's all about the money - not just the waning funds for public universities, but the growing debt burden faced by growing generations of Americans. FOX 8 investigates the cause of this crisis, and the struggles of those bearing the brunt of it.

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    There's a crisis in higher education, and it's all about the money - not just the waning funds for public universities, but the growing debt burden faced by growing generations of Americans. FOX 8 investigates the cause of this crisis, and the struggles of those bearing the brunt of it.

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  • Zurik: From City Hall down, convention center money leaves NOLA residents frustrated

    Zurik: From City Hall down, convention center money leaves NOLA residents frustrated

    The Morial Convention Center gets two main streams of tax revenue: hotel-motel taxes and a citywide food and beverage tax. City officials want some of that money back - but it will take a move by the state legislature to do anything about it.

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    The Morial Convention Center gets two main streams of tax revenue: hotel-motel taxes and a citywide food and beverage tax. City officials want some of that money back - but it will take a move by the state legislature to do anything about it.

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  • Zurik: Third insurer faces civil suit after 'Medical Waste' investigation

    Zurik: Third insurer faces civil suit after 'Medical Waste' investigation

    A group of attorneys, including one from the New Orleans area, filed suit against Humana, alleging the company overcharged customers for prescription drugs. The suit says the plaintiff is enrolled in the Medicare Part D program..

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    A group of attorneys, including one from the New Orleans area, filed suit against Humana, alleging the company overcharged customers for prescription drugs. The suit says the plaintiff is enrolled in the Medicare Part D program..

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  • Zurik: State tax commissioner owes $140K in property taxes

    Zurik: State tax commissioner owes $140K in property taxes

    We found a longtime New Orleans businessman hasn't paid taxes on his property on N. Claiborne Avenue in 30 years. He owes about $140,000 - a troubling bit of information, when you consider that he's one of Governor Edwards' appointees to the Louisiana Tax Commission.

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    We found a longtime New Orleans businessman hasn't paid taxes on his property on N. Claiborne Avenue in 30 years. He owes about $140,000 - a troubling bit of information, when you consider that he's one of Governor Edwards' appointees to the Louisiana Tax Commission.

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  • Zurik: Tax commissioner resigns after FOX 8 probe

    Zurik: Tax commissioner resigns after FOX 8 probe

    Gov. John Bel Edwards demanded the resignation after a FOX 8 investigation that uncovered the taxman’s own tax debt.

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    Gov. John Bel Edwards demanded the resignation after a FOX 8 investigation that uncovered the taxman’s own tax debt.

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  • Zurik: Convention Center attendance numbers don’t add up

    Zurik: Convention Center attendance numbers don’t add up

    If you take the management of New Orleans' Morial Convention Center at their word, then you'd likely assume that business is booming. But if you investigate the numbers that MCC publishes every year, then that booming assessment may be off - sometimes, way off.

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    In 2014, the Morial Convention Center reported an economic impact of $1.81 billion. But is that even close to accurate? In this "Finding the Funds" follow-up, we dig deep for the real numbers as we continue to look at a public body that has $220 million in the bank, and a yearly budget surplus to boot - money that could go toward police patrols or street paving.

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  • Zurik: Convention Center cash piles up as attendance numbers fall flat

    Zurik: Convention Center cash piles up as attendance numbers fall flat

    Policy experts warn it's time to redirect some of the millions in tax dollars dedicated each year to the Morial Convention Center. It gets a giant chunk of the city's tourism taxes and runs up a big cash surplus every year. Its general manager insists the convention center is a linchpin of city tourism, as important as the French Quarter itself. We took a very close look at the numbers.

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    Policy experts warn it's time to redirect some of the millions in tax dollars dedicated each year to the Morial Convention Center. It gets a giant chunk of the city's tourism taxes and runs up a big cash surplus every year. Its general manager insists the convention center is a linchpin of city tourism, as important as the French Quarter itself. We took a very close look at the numbers.

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  • Zurik: Louisiana lawyer joins legal action against UnitedHealthcare

    Zurik: Louisiana lawyer joins legal action against UnitedHealthcare

    A New Orleans-area attorney has joined the legal battle against the nation's largest health insurer, filing suit against UnitedHealthcare for overcharging customers for prescription medication. It's now the third suit filed as a result of our Medical Waste investigative series. 

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    A New Orleans-area attorney has joined the legal battle against the nation's largest health insurer, filing suit against UnitedHealthcare for overcharging customers for prescription medication. It's now the third suit filed as a result of our Medical Waste investigative series. 

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  • Zurik: Cigna faces class action suit amid 'Medical Waste' backlash

    Zurik: Cigna faces class action suit amid 'Medical Waste' backlash

    A second insurance company faces a lawsuit as a result of our Medical Waste investigation. Customers of United Healthcare filed a class action suit against that company last week. Now, Cigna is looking at court action for allegedly scheming to defraud customers.

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    A second insurance company faces a lawsuit as a result of our Medical Waste investigation. Customers of United Healthcare filed a class action suit against that company last week. Now, Cigna is looking at court action for allegedly scheming to defraud customers.

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  • Zurik: UnitedHealthcare faces nationwide class action suit after 'Medical Waste' probe

    Zurik: UnitedHealthcare faces nationwide class action suit after 'Medical Waste' probe

    A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against the insurance company UnitedHealthcare. The suit alleges United secretly overcharged customers for prescription drugs. The suit is based on a series of investigations by FOX 8 News called Medical Waste.

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    A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against the insurance company UnitedHealthcare. The suit alleges United secretly overcharged customers for prescription drugs. The suit is based on a series of investigations by FOX 8 News called Medical Waste. 

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  • Zurik: FBI closes investigation of Troy Hebert

    Zurik: FBI closes investigation of Troy Hebert

    WAFB file photo of former ATC Commissioner Troy HebertWAFB file photo of former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert

    The FBI investigation into a former high ranking member of the Jindal administration appears to be over.   It's an investigation we first reported on in January of this year. 

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    The FBI investigation into a former high ranking member of the Jindal administration appears to be over.   It's an investigation we first reported on in January of this year. 

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  • Zurik: La. Supreme Court justice took campaign cash from Helis

    Zurik: La. Supreme Court justice took campaign cash from Helis

    Parish officials and residents sued to stop Helis Oil from fracking. After losing cases in the lower courts, they took their appeal to the La. Supreme Court. 

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    Parish officials and residents sued to stop Helis Oil from fracking. After losing cases in the lower courts, they took their appeal to the La. Supreme Court. 

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  • Zurik: ‘Very high risk of payroll fraud’ at S&WB, says IG

    Zurik: ‘Very high risk of payroll fraud’ at S&WB, says IG

    For nearly six years, FOX 8 News has tracked sometimes unexplainable overtime by workers at New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board. Now it looks like the agency wants to loosen its restrictions on overtime even further. The city's inspector general calls the move foolish.

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    For nearly six years, FOX 8 News has tracked sometimes unexplainable overtime by workers at New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board. Now it looks like the agency wants to loosen its restrictions on overtime even further. The city's inspector general calls the move foolish.

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  • Zurik: Hand caught in cookie jar, United changing drug overpayment program

    Zurik: Hand caught in cookie jar, United changing drug overpayment program

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    Our "Medical Waste" investigative series showed how the nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare overcharged some customers for prescription medication. Now the company says it will update its practices. But watchdogs warn United may try to make up its monetary losses by raising costs for other consumers.

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    The company at the center of our "Medical Waste" investigation says it's changing practices. UnitedHealthcare says it will stop overcharging some customers for prescription drugs.  But experts warn the company will find another way to make up the money - at your expense.

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  • Zurik: The house that Chouest built, with your tax dollars

    Zurik: The house that Chouest built, with your tax dollars

    Company image of the Dino Chouest, an offshore supply ship built by ECOCompany image of the Dino Chouest, an offshore supply ship built by ECO

    Chouest touts its LaShip facility in Houma as an ultra-modern shipyard and the largest in its network. To help build it, Chouest secured millions of dollars in state incentives, in exchange for a pledge to create 1,000 new, permanent jobs. Now that Chouest is failing to hold up its end of the deal, will the state try to recoup the money?

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    Chouest touts its LaShip facility in Houma as an ultra-modern shipyard and the largest in its network. To help build it, Chouest secured millions of dollars in state incentives, in exchange for a pledge to create 1,000 new, permanent jobs. Now that Chouest is failing to hold up its end of the deal, will the state try to recoup the money?

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  • Zurik: Consumer finds cheaper drugs without using Medicare

    Zurik: Consumer finds cheaper drugs without using Medicare

    Rick is a resident of New Jersey, and he found our Medical Waste stories online. He sent us an email with the subject, "United overcharging for drugs." And his story should give everyone from consumers to congressman pause for thought.

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    Rick is a resident of New Jersey, and he found our Medical Waste stories online. He sent us an email with the subject, "United overcharging for drugs." And his story should give everyone from consumers to congressman pause for thought.

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  • Zurik: As United overcharges customers, execs earn tens of millions in stock

    Zurik: As United overcharges customers, execs earn tens of millions in stock

    Our investigation has revealed that the nation's largest insurance provider is making customers pay premiums on some prescription drugs, charging them more than the actual cost.  Pharmacists call it a "clawback" – and it's helping make some top executives rich.

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    Our investigation has revealed that the nation's largest insurance provider is making customers pay premiums on some prescription drugs, charging them more than the actual cost.  Pharmacists call it a "clawback" – and it's helping make some top executives rich.

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  • Zurik: City of Gretna's probe of deputy police chief hidden from public view

    Zurik: City of Gretna's probe of deputy police chief hidden from public view

    Four and a half months after our investigation of Gretna deputy police chief Anthony Christiana revealed questionable vacation pay practices, we have little information on what the city has actually done to resolve the matter. City officials won't even reveal who's investigating.

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    Four and a half months after our investigation of Gretna deputy police chief Anthony Christiana revealed questionable vacation pay practices, we have little information on what the city has actually done to resolve the matter. City officials won't even reveal who's investigating.

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  • Zurik: The Jindal effect takes a huge toll at DCFS

    Zurik: The Jindal effect takes a huge toll at DCFS

    Many politicians on both sides of the aisle say Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential aspirations prompted him to make political decisions detrimental to our state. We investigate the Jindal effect, and its impact on some of Louisiana's most vulnerable citizens.

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    Many politicians on both sides of the aisle say Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential aspirations prompted him to make political decisions detrimental to our state. We investigate the Jindal effect, and its impact on some of Louisiana's most vulnerable citizens.

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  • Zurik: State IG says Horizon improperly took over $1 million in film credits

    Zurik: State IG says Horizon improperly took over $1 million in film credits

    The inspector general released a scathing audit Wednesday on Horizon Entertainment. Horizon claimed producing The Sean Payton Show and a reality TV show on the Saintsations cost them $8.2 million. 

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    The inspector general released a scathing audit Wednesday on Horizon Entertainment. Horizon claimed producing The Sean Payton Show and a reality TV show on the Saintsations cost them $8.2 million. 

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  • Zurik: Governor signs anti-clawback bill into law

    Zurik: Governor signs anti-clawback bill into law

    Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill with some roots in our "Medical Waste" investigation.  

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    Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill with some roots in our "Medical Waste" investigation.  

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  • Zurik: Investigator says Medical Waste probe reveals fraud

    Zurik: Investigator says Medical Waste probe reveals fraud

    Local pharmacists across the country have told us stories about pharmacy benefit managers shorting the pharmacy on the actual cost of drugs. And pharmacy customers have their own complaints about PBM's, following our investigation into questionable pricing practices.

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    Local pharmacists across the country have told us stories about pharmacy benefit managers shorting the pharmacy on the actual cost of drugs. And pharmacy customers have their own complaints about PBM's, following our investigation into questionable pricing practices.

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  • Zurik: Fouled-up school zone flashers anger drivers, cost N.O. millions

    Zurik: Fouled-up school zone flashers anger drivers, cost N.O. millions

    These flashing yellow lights are designed to warn drivers that they're moving into a school zone and must lower their speed. But when they malfunction, they can cause more problems than they're worth.

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    These flashing yellow lights are designed to warn drivers that they're moving into a school zone and must lower their speed. But when they malfunction, they can cause more problems than they're worth.

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  • Zurik: Taxpayers face emergency with non-emergency medical transport

    Zurik: Taxpayers face emergency with non-emergency medical transport

    For the past eight years, the Legislative Auditor's Office has looked into the state's Non-Emergency Medical Transportation program, provided for people on Medicaid. And in each of those eight years, he told the Department of Health and Hospitals he found significant problems of oversight and potential abuse. 

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    For the past eight years, the Legislative Auditor's Office has looked into the state's Non-Emergency Medical Transportation program, provided for people on Medicaid. And in each of those eight years, he told the Department of Health and Hospitals he found significant problems of oversight and potential abuse. 

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  • Zurik: Pharmacists, customers nationwide coping with clawbacks

    Zurik: Pharmacists, customers nationwide coping with clawbacks

    Monday, May 16 2016 3:47 PM EDT2016-05-16 19:47:14 GMT

    Our investigation has revealed some of nation's biggest insurance carriers are forcing customers to pay a premium on some prescription drugs, charging them more than the actual cost – “clawing back” money from the pharmacy and customer. Now, some customers are finding better, cheaper options.

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    Our investigation has revealed some of nation's biggest insurance carriers are forcing customers to pay a premium on some prescription drugs, charging them more than the actual cost – “clawing back” money from the pharmacy and customer. Now, some customers are finding better, cheaper options.

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  • Zurik: Brand name med costs are a tough pill to swallow

    Zurik: Brand name med costs are a tough pill to swallow

    Thursday, May 12 2016 11:23 PM EDT2016-05-13 03:23:40 GMT

    What's the real difference between brand name meds and their generic counterparts? Local pharmacists tell us many pharmaceutical companies are charging different prices for essentially the same product. We conducted a sort of experiment to make consumers aware - and perhaps quench their thirsts at the same time.

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    What's the real difference between brand name meds and their generic counterparts? Local pharmacists tell us many pharmaceutical companies are charging different prices for essentially the same product. We conducted a sort of experiment to make consumers aware - and perhaps quench their thirsts at the same time.

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  • Zurik: The kind of drug prices that make people sick

    Zurik: The kind of drug prices that make people sick

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 4:55 PM EDT2016-05-11 20:55:48 GMT

    Insurance costs for prescription medications are greater now than the costs for physician services. Louisianans are taking a hit in their bank account, whenever they go to the pharmacy. And some patients simply can't afford their meds anymore. Big Pharma blames high research & development costs - but our findings suggest otherwise.

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    Insurance costs for prescription medications are greater now than the costs for physician services. Louisianans are taking a hit in their bank account, whenever they go to the pharmacy. And some patients simply can't afford their meds anymore. Big Pharma blames high research & development costs - but our findings suggest otherwise.

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  • Zurik: United/Optum defends prescription 'overpayment program'

    Zurik: United/Optum defends prescription 'overpayment program'

    Monday, May 9 2016 4:06 PM EDT2016-05-09 20:06:37 GMT

    A series of emails we received from a subsidiary of United Healthcare raises more serious questions about the country's largest health carrier. Our investigation last week showed United says its charging customers a copay for some drugs. But in actuality, that copay is a “you-pay” - United charges more than the cost of the drug. We dissect United’s statement in this follow-up to our Medical Waste investigation.

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    A series of emails we received from a subsidiary of United Healthcare raises more serious questions about the country's largest health carrier. Our investigation last week showed United says its charging customers a copay for some drugs. But in actuality, that copay is a “you-pay” - United charges more than the cost of the drug. We dissect United’s statement in this follow-up to our Medical Waste investigation.

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  • Zurik: Cassidy slams drug cost clawbacks, demands transparency

    Zurik: Cassidy slams drug cost clawbacks, demands transparency

    Thursday, May 5 2016 3:25 PM EDT2016-05-05 19:25:15 GMT

    Documents uncovered by FOX 8 News show real-life examples of patients going to the pharmacy and getting charged a premium on their medication.  We showed you several examples of customers paying more in copay for drugs than the drugs themselves actually cost. Now one of the most powerful politicians in Washington wants to get our documents.

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    Documents uncovered by FOX 8 News show real-life examples of patients going to the pharmacy and getting charged a premium on their medication.  We showed you several examples of customers paying more in copay for drugs than the drugs themselves actually cost. Now one of the most powerful politicians in Washington wants to get our documents.

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  • Zurik: Copay or you-pay? Prescription drug clawbacks draw fire

    Zurik: Copay or you-pay? Prescription drug clawbacks draw fire

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-05-04 19:10:12 GMT
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    Why would anyone pay more than they had to for their prescription drugs? Some insurance companies give you no choice, and even prevent your pharmacist from discussing it with you. We examine the practice of "clawbacks" and whether it may be a direct violation of  federal law.

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    Why would anyone pay more than they had to for their prescription drugs? Some insurance companies give you no choice, and even prevent your pharmacist from discussing it with you. We examine the practice of "clawbacks" and whether it may be a direct violation of  federal law.

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  • Zurik: Non-emergency ER visits draining public coffers

    Zurik: Non-emergency ER visits draining public coffers

    Monday, May 2 2016 1:17 PM EDT2016-05-02 17:17:14 GMT

    From gunshot wounds to heart attacks: When people fight for their lives, an emergency room can be their last chance for help. But some Louisianans go to the ER for hangnails, blisters, warts, even sunburn. And these ER trips have a catch - you're paying for it. 

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    From gunshot wounds to heart attacks: When people fight for their lives, an emergency room can be their last chance for help. But some Louisianans go to the ER for hangnails, blisters, warts, even sunburn. And these ER trips have a catch - you're paying for it. 

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  • Zurik: Labor misclassification rampant, lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties

    Zurik: Labor misclassification rampant, lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 3:09 PM EDT2016-04-06 19:09:18 GMT

    Misclassification of employees is practically a business model for some business owners.  According to our research, it costs Louisiana taxpayers at least $250 million annually. Are lawmakers finally prepared to tackle the issue?

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    Misclassification of employees is practically a business model for some business owners.  According to our research, it costs Louisiana taxpayers at least $250 million annually. Are lawmakers finally prepared to tackle the issue?

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  • Zurik: MCC head wants independent probe of Gretna PD's deputy chief

    Zurik: MCC head wants independent probe of Gretna PD's deputy chief

    Source: Gretna Police DepartmentSource: Gretna Police Department

    This follows our investigation last week, showing Dep. Chief Anthony Christiana out of town, working dignitary protection gigs, but still being paid his public wage.

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    This follows our investigation last week, showing Dep. Chief Anthony Christiana out of town, working dignitary protection gigs, but still being paid his public wage.

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  • Zurik: AG reviewing criminal case of former FBI agent

    Zurik: AG reviewing criminal case of former FBI agent

    FOX 8 images of Jiff Hingle and Robert Isakson (left)FOX 8 images of Jiff Hingle and Robert Isakson (left)

    An FBI investigation of a case we uncovered four years ago is now in the hands of the state attorney general. Jeff Landry says his office is reviewing the case to determine how they'll proceed. It centers on the relationship between a disgraced sheriff and a former FBI agent-turned-businessman.

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    An FBI investigation of a case we uncovered four years ago is now in the hands of the state attorney general. Jeff Landry says his office is reviewing the case to determine how they'll proceed. It centers on the relationship between a disgraced sheriff and a former FBI agent-turned-businessman.

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  • Zurik: Did police officer's tour security gig break the law?

    Zurik: Did police officer's tour security gig break the law?

    It's a star-studded, globe-trotting side gig that few people would resist: tour security for a former Beatle. But a close look at the paperwork raises a lot of questions for one of Gretna's top police officers.

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    It's a star-studded, globe-trotting side gig that few people would resist: tour security for a former Beatle. But a close look at the paperwork raises a lot of questions for one of Gretna's top police officers.

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  • Zurik: Under the hood of Louisiana’s Indycar boondoggle

    Zurik: Under the hood of Louisiana’s Indycar boondoggle

    Thursday, February 25 2016 3:16 PM EST2016-02-25 20:16:21 GMT
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    You may want to buckle up - we're about to tell you about millions of dollars of your money, put behind the wheel of cars that left taxpayers in the dust. 

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    You may want to buckle up - we're about to tell you about millions of dollars of your money, put behind the wheel of cars that left taxpayers in the dust. 

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  • Zurik: University budgets gutted, but athletics running up the score

    Zurik: University budgets gutted, but athletics running up the score

    Wednesday, February 17 2016 5:29 PM EST2016-02-17 22:29:15 GMT

    Relatively few university students will ever have to dress out for center court or the 50-yard line. But the rising financial support for athletics at most Louisiana universities, even as the state guts its own funding for the schools, could impact all students, athletic or not. We explain in our "Pay to Play" investigation - a FOX 8 exclusive.

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    Relatively few university students will ever have to dress out for center court or the 50-yard line. But the rising financial support for athletics at most Louisiana universities, even as the state guts its own funding for the schools, could impact all students, athletic or not. We explain in our "Pay to Play" investigation - a FOX 8 exclusive.

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  • Zurik: Universities find questionable methods to boost athletics spending

    Zurik: Universities find questionable methods to boost athletics spending

    Thursday, February 18 2016 7:26 PM EST2016-02-19 00:26:56 GMT

    Professors laid off. Classes cut. Campus buildings falling apart, and students left wondering why. These are not simply the future risks to higher education; this has been happening for the past eight years, across Louisiana. Has every school in our state made the right decisions while weighing academics funding versus athletics funding? Here's the latest report in our "Pay to Play" investigation.

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    Professors laid off. Classes cut. Campus buildings falling apart, and students left wondering why. These are not simply the future risks to higher education; this has been happening for the past eight years, across Louisiana. Has every school in our state made the right decisions while weighing academics funding versus athletics funding? Here's the latest report in our "Pay to Play" investigation.

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  • Zurik: Higher education budgets hit new lows in Louisiana

    Zurik: Higher education budgets hit new lows in Louisiana

    Wednesday, February 17 2016 10:36 PM EST2016-02-18 03:36:10 GMT

    Potential new cuts to the higher education budget in Louisiana would follow Jindal-era funding cuts that have left the state's universities in a precarious state. This overview sets the stage for our "Pay to Play" investigation, offering critical context to our latest probe.

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    Potential new cuts to the higher education budget in Louisiana would follow Jindal-era funding cuts that have left the state's universities in a precarious state. This overview sets the stage for our "Pay to Play" investigation, offering critical context to our latest probe.

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  • Zurik: Wasted airfare costs Louisiana taxpayers plenty

    Zurik: Wasted airfare costs Louisiana taxpayers plenty

    Thursday, February 11 2016 4:48 PM EST2016-02-11 21:48:39 GMT

    The state is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unused airline tickets: airfare purchased by state employees, public officials, who don't take their scheduled flights. The state inspector general alerted the Jindal administration about all of the unused tickets.  After that, the problem only got worse.

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    The state is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unused airline tickets: airfare purchased by state employees, public officials, who don't take their scheduled flights. The state inspector general alerted the Jindal administration about all of the unused tickets.  After that, the problem only got worse.

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  • Zurik: State, federal agents still have options in Horizon case

    Zurik: State, federal agents still have options in Horizon case

    Wednesday, January 27 2016 8:33 PM EST2016-01-28 01:33:09 GMT

    A source who was interviewed by Louisiana's inspector general believes the state has enough evidence to charge the owner Horizon Entertainment - a local production company at the center of a FOX 8 probe. We found this firm may have improperly taken advantage of the state's film tax credits - to the tune of about $4.5 million in taxpayer money.??? But time is running out for government investigators to consider criminal charges.

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    A source who was interviewed by Louisiana's inspector general believes the state has enough evidence to charge the owner Horizon Entertainment - a local production company at the center of a FOX 8 probe. We found this firm may have improperly taken advantage of the state's film tax credits - to the tune of about $4.5 million in taxpayer money.??? But time is running out for government investigators to consider criminal charges.

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  • Zurik: Troy Hebert, former ATC chief, at center of federal probe

    Zurik: Troy Hebert, former ATC chief, at center of federal probe

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 7:19 PM EST2016-01-27 00:19:35 GMT

    The former head of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is under federal investigation. Sources tell FOX 8 News that the FBI is looking into whether Troy Hebert used his position to receive sexual favors from a New Orleans woman who had problems with a liquor license. 

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    The former head of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is under federal investigation. Sources tell FOX 8 News that the FBI is looking into whether Troy Hebert used his position to receive sexual favors from a New Orleans woman who had problems with a liquor license. Our story is a joint investigation with Baton Rouge-based reporter Tom Aswell and his website, LouisianaVoice.com.

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  • Zurik: Jindal deflects questions on campaign travel costs

    Zurik: Jindal deflects questions on campaign travel costs

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 9:04 PM EST2015-12-16 02:04:51 GMT
    Our investigation from November showed more than $400,000 spent on rental cars, rooms and airfare, and nearly $600,000 spent on police overtime. Tuesday, we tracked down the governor after he toured a 9th Ward school.more>>

    Our investigation from November showed more than $400,000 spent on rental cars, rooms and airfare, and nearly $600,000 spent on police overtime. Tuesday, we tracked down the governor after he toured a 9th Ward school.

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  • Zurik: LSU releases emails about Les Miles

    Zurik: LSU releases emails about Les Miles

    Tuesday, December 8 2015 6:43 PM EST2015-12-08 23:43:15 GMT
    The university released nearly 2,000 emails to us, and they reveal some of the behind-the-scenes details of how LSU handled Les Miles' job future.  They also reveal discussions of that internal leak. The  emails to and from the school's athletics director and chancellor also reveal some dissension among board members.more>>

    The university released nearly 2,000 emails to us, and they reveal some of the behind-the-scenes details of how LSU handled Les Miles' job future.  They also reveal discussions of that internal leak. The  emails to and from the school's athletics director and chancellor also reveal some dissension among board members.

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  • Zurik: Legislative auditor blasts misspending at MERS

    Zurik: Legislative auditor blasts misspending at MERS

    Monday, December 7 2015 1:42 PM EST2015-12-07 18:42:29 GMT
    The former head of a retirement system that was the subject of a FOX 8 investigation may have violated state law. The state's legislative auditor released a scathing report, detailing the misuse of money by the Municipal Employees Retirement System.more>>

    The former head of a retirement system that was the subject of a FOX 8 investigation may have violated state law. The state's legislative auditor released a scathing report, detailing the misuse of money by the Municipal Employees Retirement System.

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  • Zurik: Judge Medley takes a bite of the Big Apple, on taxpayers’ tab

    Zurik: Judge Medley takes a bite of the Big Apple, on taxpayers’ tab

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 2:53 PM EST2015-11-25 19:53:42 GMT
    A trip to New York City - from Broadway to Park Avenue - who wouldn't "want to be a part of it," as the singer says? That kind of junket comes with a price - unless you're Judge Lloyd Medley.more>>

    A trip to New York City - from Broadway to Park Avenue - who wouldn't "want to be a part of it," as the singer says? That kind of junket comes with a price - unless you're Judge Lloyd Medley.

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  • Zurik: La. taxpayers invigorate rental car industry in Iowa, New Hampshire

    Zurik: La. taxpayers invigorate rental car industry in Iowa, New Hampshire

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 1:29 PM EST2015-11-24 18:29:12 GMT
    The headline is tongue-in-cheek, but the issue is not - take all the thousands of pages of travel expense documentation from State Police who provided executive protection to Governor Bobby Jindal during his presidential campaign. Place those pages in a box - any box that will fit them.It's a pretty heavy box, as Louisiana's state treasurer can attest.more>>

    The headline is tongue-in-cheek, but the issue is not - take all the thousands of pages of travel expense documentation from State Police who provided executive protection to Governor Bobby Jindal during his presidential campaign. Place those pages in a box - any box that will fit them.It's a pretty heavy box, as Louisiana's state treasurer can attest.

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  • Zurik: Penalties for 'Billion Dollar Blueprint' a slap on the wrist

    Zurik: Penalties for 'Billion Dollar Blueprint' a slap on the wrist

    Monday, November 23 2015 4:33 PM EST2015-11-23 21:33:16 GMT
    Picture this: state lawmakers trying to pass a bill to stop contractors from breaking the law. The picture might make perfect sense: It helps the state earn more money, helps companies following the law compete and helps hard-working Louisianans being mistreated by their boss. But this picture includes a lawmaker who's also in the construction industry.more>>

    Picture this: state lawmakers trying to pass a bill to stop contractors from breaking the law. The picture might make perfect sense: It helps the state earn more money, helps companies following the law compete and helps hard-working Louisianans being mistreated by their boss. But this picture includes a lawmaker who's also in the construction industry.

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  • Zurik: A white-collar game with blue-collar pieces

    Zurik: A white-collar game with blue-collar pieces

    Thursday, November 19 2015 2:47 PM EST2015-11-19 19:47:01 GMT
    This story can be summed up with this picture:In one corner - a business owner, trying to get one by you by filling out a government document improperly;In another corner - a worker being mistreated;And in the middle - the state of Louisiana, the federal government and you, a taxpayer, all bilked by people trying to skirt the law.more>>

    This story can be summed up with this picture:In one corner - a business owner, trying to get one by you by filling out a government document improperly;In another corner - a worker being mistreated;And in the middle - the state of Louisiana, the federal government and you, a taxpayer, all bilked by people trying to skirt the law.

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  • Zurik: A billion dollar blueprint for a taxpayer rip-off

    Zurik: A billion dollar blueprint for a taxpayer rip-off

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 1:33 PM EST2015-11-18 18:33:43 GMT
    Labor misclassification allows businesses to cheat taxpayers in Louisiana out of hundreds of millions of dollars. But the state has been ignoring these costly violations for years.  more>>

    Labor misclassification allows businesses to cheat taxpayers in Louisiana out of hundreds of millions of dollars. But the state has been ignoring these costly violations for years. 

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  • Zurik: Ethics Board charges Plaquemines councilman yet again

    Zurik: Ethics Board charges Plaquemines councilman yet again

    Thursday, November 12 2015 9:07 PM EST2015-11-13 02:07:56 GMT
    For the second time in a year, The State Ethics Board has slapped a Plaquemines Parish councilman with ethics charges.The board says Edgecombe's construction company earned money for doing work on a parish-owned marina.more>>
    For the second time in a year, The State Ethics Board has slapped a Plaquemines Parish councilman with ethics charges.The board says Edgecombe's construction company earned money for doing work on a parish-owned marina.more>>
  • Zurik: Feds probe local detective accused of double dipping

    Zurik: Feds probe local detective accused of double dipping

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 4:01 PM EST2015-11-11 21:01:04 GMT

    Allegations against Capt. Dawn Foret, assistant chief of detectives in the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, paint a picture of a high-ranking law enforcer, responsible for investigating criminals, possibly breaking the law herself. What are state authorities doing about it? Not much.

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    Allegations against Capt. Dawn Foret, assistant chief of detectives in the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, paint a picture of a high-ranking law enforcer, responsible for investigating criminals, possibly breaking the law herself. What are state authorities doing about it? Not much.

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  • Zurik: As health co-op fails, its lawmaker-CEO gets fat bonuses

    Zurik: As health co-op fails, its lawmaker-CEO gets fat bonuses

    Wednesday, November 4 2015 4:25 PM EST2015-11-04 21:25:28 GMT
    For two years, House Insurance Chairman Greg Cromer ran the Louisiana Health Cooperative. He lost his CEO job when the state took over the failing health insurance co-op - but not before he got some impressive bonuses from the company. more>>

    For two years, House Insurance Chairman Greg Cromer ran the Louisiana Health Cooperative. He lost his CEO job when the state took over the failing health insurance co-op - but not before he got some impressive bonuses from the company.

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  • Zurik: IG's report slams S&WB's take-home vehicle practices

    Zurik: IG's report slams S&WB's take-home vehicle practices

    Tuesday, October 27 2015 1:40 PM EDT2015-10-27 17:40:26 GMT
    A new report by New Orleans' inspector general finds that the Sewerage & Water Board spent almost $400,000 on fuel and repair costs for staffers' public, take-home vehicles. What's more: S&WB can't even report how often those workers used those the vehicles to serve the public.more>>
    A new report by New Orleans' inspector general finds that the Sewerage & Water Board spent almost $400,000 on fuel and repair costs for staffers' public, take-home vehicles. What's more: S&WB can't even report how often those workers used those the vehicles to serve the public.more>>
  • Zurik: NOPD's average dispatch time reaches 73 minutes

    Zurik: NOPD's average dispatch time reaches 73 minutes

    Monday, October 26 2015 5:54 PM EDT2015-10-26 21:54:19 GMT
    Our research confirms what many New Orleans residents already know: NOPD's response times to calls for service are far too high. The police superintendent acknowledges the delays, too - but can he follow through on his pledge to improve response times? more>>

    Our research confirms what many New Orleans residents already know: NOPD's response times to calls for service are far too high. The police superintendent acknowledges the delays, too - but can he follow through on his pledge to improve response times?

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  • Zurik: Two local politicians battle for spot in Lt. Gov. runoff

    Zurik: Two local politicians battle for spot in Lt. Gov. runoff

    Friday, September 25 2015 3:19 PM EDT2015-09-25 19:19:42 GMT
    For two well-known southeast Louisiana politicians, it's a fight for one spot in the runoff. Will either John Young or Billy Nungesser make more>>
    For two well-known southeast Louisiana politicians, it's a fight for one spot in the runoff. Will either John Young or Billy Nungesser make more>>
  • Zurik: Jindal gets super support from super PAC donors

    Zurik: Jindal gets super support from super PAC donors

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 2:24 PM EDT2015-09-23 18:24:33 GMT
    Bobby Jindal's presidential run has been fueled by more than $4.5 million in money, sent to independent groups connected to the Louisiana governor.  Those groups have mostly raised Louisiana money, with most of the donations connected to state government. more>>
    Bobby Jindal's presidential run has been fueled by more than $4.5 million in money, sent to independent groups connected to the Louisiana governor.  Those groups have mostly raised Louisiana money, with most of the donations connected to state government. more>>
  • Zurik: Slidell Hospital audit report released, by court order

    Zurik: Slidell Hospital audit report released, by court order

    Thursday, September 17 2015 6:10 PM EDT2015-09-17 22:10:38 GMT
    A judge says the public has the right to know how much money it's paying the chief executive officer of a local hospital. That's one of two developments from our investigation Wednesday night, where two public bodies sued the legislative auditor to prevent public records from being released.more>>
    A judge says the public has the right to know how much money it's paying the chief executive officer of a local hospital. That's one of two developments from our investigation Wednesday night, where two public bodies sued the legislative auditor to prevent public records from being released.more>>
  • Zurik: Legal action puts a muzzle on state watchdog

    Zurik: Legal action puts a muzzle on state watchdog

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 2:26 PM EDT2015-09-16 18:26:31 GMT
    A few weeks after we showed you a Jefferson Parish elected official drinking in a bar, the state's legislative auditor raided that elected official's house. But 18 months after that investigation picked up, the auditor is unable to release a report that would reveal whether they found any wrongdoing.more>>
    A few weeks after we showed you a Jefferson Parish elected official drinking in a bar, the state's legislative auditor raided that elected official's house. But 18 months after that investigation picked up, the auditor is unable to release a report that would reveal whether they found any wrongdoing.more>>
  • Zurik: Landrieu calls house arrest threat 'judicial coup'

    Zurik: Landrieu calls house arrest threat 'judicial coup'

    Wednesday, September 9 2015 10:26 PM EDT2015-09-10 02:26:51 GMT
    In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with FOX 8, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans firefighters have had bad leadership of their pension fund, and a judge has overstepped his authority. But the mayor also acknowledges that the city does owe money to nearly 400 retired and current firefighters.more>>
    In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with FOX 8, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans firefighters have had bad leadership of their pension fund, and a judge has overstepped his authority. But the mayor also acknowledges that the city does owe money to nearly 400 retired and current firefighters.more>>
  • Zurik: State IG questions former Horizon workers about spending allegations

    Zurik: State IG questions former Horizon workers about spending allegations

    Wednesday, September 9 2015 4:29 PM EDT2015-09-09 20:29:45 GMT
    Louisiana's inspector general has ramped up his investigation into a local production company, following a series of FOX 8 investigations.more>>
    Louisiana's inspector general has ramped up his investigation into a local production company, following a series of FOX 8 investigations.more>>
  • Zurik: IG finds S&WB illegally spent $4.5M on overtime

    Zurik: IG finds S&WB illegally spent $4.5M on overtime

    Tuesday, August 18 2015 4:29 PM EDT2015-08-18 20:29:07 GMT
    (Eliot Kamenitz, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)(Eliot Kamenitz, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
    A new report by New Orleans' inspector general finds the Sewerage & Water Board spent $4.5 million more than it should have in 2013 in overtime pay for its workers.more>>
    A new report by New Orleans' inspector general finds the Sewerage & Water Board spent $4.5 million more than it should have in 2013 in overtime pay for its workers.more>>
  • Zurik: Feds visit Tangipahoa Parish landfill

    Zurik: Feds visit Tangipahoa Parish landfill

    Friday, July 31 2015 8:59 PM EDT2015-08-01 00:59:10 GMT
    The FBI stopped by midday Friday, but we don't have any details of what they were looking for.more>>
    The FBI stopped by midday Friday, but we don't have any details of what they were looking for.more>>
  • Zurik: MERS writes off $118 million in bad investments

    Zurik: MERS writes off $118 million in bad investments

    Wednesday, July 29 2015 12:59 PM EDT2015-07-29 16:59:47 GMT
    If the leaders of the Municipal Employees Retirement System played baseball, they'd be demoted - way down in the minors. But the strike-outs for this system don't come in any game but in real life, with real money, taxpayer money.more>>
    If the leaders of the Municipal Employees Retirement System played baseball, they'd be demoted - way down in the minors. But the strike-outs for this system don't come in any game but in real life, with real money, taxpayer money.more>>
  • Zurik: Jefferson Parish pres. says Nemzoff invoices should have been released

    Zurik: Jefferson Parish pres. says Nemzoff invoices should have been released

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 10:55 PM EDT2015-07-29 02:55:57 GMT
    We showed you how consultant Joshua Nemzoff was being paid $650 an hour for his work on hospital privatization efforts in Jefferson Parish.  We tracked down his invoices from a source after the parish attorney told us the documents were protected under the law.more>>
    We showed you how consultant Joshua Nemzoff was being paid $650 an hour for his work on hospital privatization efforts in Jefferson Parish.  We tracked down his invoices from a source after the parish attorney told us the documents were protected under the law.more>>
  • Zurik: JP hospital consultant gets big money, offers few details

    Zurik: JP hospital consultant gets big money, offers few details

    Monday, July 27 2015 3:27 PM EDT2015-07-27 19:27:47 GMT
    Jefferson Parish has paid a hospital privatization consultant almost a million dollars over the last year and a half. But what is he doing to earn that pay? The parish didn’t want you to see the consultant’s invoices but we got them anyway, and we’re left with more questions than answers.more>>
    Jefferson Parish has paid a hospital privatization consultant almost a million dollars over the last year and a half. But what is he doing to earn that pay? The parish didn’t want you to see the consultant’s invoices but we got them anyway, and we’re left with more questions than answers.more>>
  • Zurik: Is IG's office dragging its feet on Horizon case?

    Zurik: Is IG's office dragging its feet on Horizon case?

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 2:35 PM EDT2015-07-22 18:35:38 GMT
    Five months after Louisiana’s inspector general launched an investigation into a production company, potential witnesses say they've heard nothing about a probe of the company, Horizon Entertainment, and how it was paid millions of your tax dollars in state film tax credits. But will federal investigators pick up the case?more>>
    Five months after Louisiana’s inspector general launched an investigation into a production company, potential witnesses say they've heard nothing about a probe of the company, Horizon Entertainment, and how it was paid millions of your tax dollars in state film tax credits. But will federal investigators pick up the case?more>>
  • Zurik: Feds investigate huge mess at Tangipahoa Parish landfill

    Zurik: Feds investigate huge mess at Tangipahoa Parish landfill

    Monday, July 20 2015 6:22 PM EDT2015-07-20 22:22:37 GMT
    A local parish is part of a federal investigation. A new FOX 8 investigation looks at the federal probe and why the state says poor record keeping by Tangipahoa Parish authorities helped a government contractor earn millions of dollars more than it deserved.more>>
    A local parish is part of a federal investigation. A new FOX 8 investigation looks at the federal probe and why the state says poor record keeping by Tangipahoa Parish authorities helped a government contractor earn millions of dollars more than it deserved.more>>
  • Zurik: Rust resigns ahead of MERS hearing on questionable spending

    Zurik: Rust resigns ahead of MERS hearing on questionable spending

    Thursday, June 18 2015 10:54 PM EDT2015-06-19 02:54:35 GMT
    The Municipal Employees Retirement System is looking for a new executive director. Bob Rust resigned from the job after a series of findings in our “Swiped” investigation. Rust's spending was the focus of a special board meeting Thursday at the State Capitol.more>>
    The Municipal Employees Retirement System is looking for a new executive director. Bob Rust resigned from the job after a series of findings in our “Swiped” investigation. Rust's spending was the focus of a special board meeting Thursday at the State Capitol.more>>
  • Zurik: MERS chief allegedly falsified receipt sent to FOX 8

    Zurik: MERS chief allegedly falsified receipt sent to FOX 8

    Monday, June 8 2015 10:27 PM EDT2015-06-09 02:27:23 GMT
    FOX 8 has obtained a hotel bill that shows the head of a state retirement system may have whited out his son's name to prevent us from seeing that public funds were used to pay for the room. It's the latest development in our “Swiped” investigation.more>>
    FOX 8 has obtained a hotel bill that shows the head of a state retirement system may have whited out his son's name to prevent us from seeing that public funds were used to pay for the room. It's the latest development in our “Swiped” investigation.more>>
  • Zurik: Non-profit directors spent thousands on themselves, audit confirms

    Zurik: Non-profit directors spent thousands on themselves, audit confirms

    Monday, May 25 2015 12:59 PM EDT2015-05-25 16:59:38 GMT
    An investigative audit by the state's legislative auditor is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney and the Orleans Parish district attorney. The audit looks into a local non-profit, Alternatives Living, that was the subject of a series of FOX 8 investigations in 2014.more>>
    An investigative audit by the state's legislative auditor is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney and the Orleans Parish district attorney. The audit looks into a local non-profit, Alternatives Living, that was the subject of a series of FOX 8 investigations in 2014.more>>
  • Zurik: MERS chief's spending takes center stage at tense board meeting

    Zurik: MERS chief's spending takes center stage at tense board meeting

    Thursday, May 21 2015 9:27 PM EDT2015-05-22 01:27:48 GMT
    MERS executive director Bob Rust sat silent for more than an hour, often rocking in his chair as board members discussed his spending and his leadership.more>>
    MERS executive director Bob Rust sat silent for more than an hour, often rocking in his chair as board members discussed his spending and his leadership.more>>
  • Zurik: An ugly property dispute on Bayou Lacombe

    Zurik: An ugly property dispute on Bayou Lacombe

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 2:19 PM EDT2015-05-20 18:19:49 GMT
    Two sunken barges and an abandoned sailboat sit in the scenic waters of Bayou Lacombe. The scene is just part of the $1.3 million deal for 26 acres of property - only four acres of actual land - in central St. Tammany Parish. Now the parish isn't even sure what to do with the land.more>>
    Two sunken barges and an abandoned sailboat sit in the scenic waters of Bayou Lacombe. The scene is just part of the $1.3 million deal for 26 acres of property - only four acres of actual land - in central St. Tammany Parish. Now the parish isn't even sure what to do with the land.more>>
  • Zurik: From Tahoes to vote brokers, campaign funds go a long way in Louisiana

    Zurik: From Tahoes to vote brokers, campaign funds go a long way in Louisiana

    FOX 8 News and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune have new results from our analysis of 2014 campaign spending in Louisiana.  Politicians have found some creative, and some questionable, ways of tearing through their campaign war chests.more>>
    FOX 8 News and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune have new results from our analysis of 2014 campaign spending in Louisiana.  Politicians have found some creative, and some questionable, ways of tearing through their campaign war chests.more>>
  • Zurik: Kennedy blasts MERS 'slush fund'

    Zurik: Kennedy blasts MERS 'slush fund'

    The state treasurer didn't mince words as we showed him new findings in our "Swiped" investigation of a state retirement board.more>>
    The state treasurer didn't mince words as we showed him new findings in our "Swiped" investigation of a state retirement board.more>>
  • Zurik: S&WB chief vows less overtime, greater efficiency at troubled agency

    Zurik: S&WB chief vows less overtime, greater efficiency at troubled agency

    Thursday, May 14 2015 1:50 PM EDT2015-05-14 17:50:59 GMT
    The head of the Sewerage and Water Board says overtime will go down this year. The pledge follows a FOX 8 investigation that revealed S&WB pays more in overtime than even the New Orleans Police Department.more>>
    The head of the Sewerage and Water Board says overtime will go down this year. The pledge follows a FOX 8 investigation that revealed S&WB pays more in overtime than even the New Orleans Police Department.more>>
  • Zurik: Lobbyists shell out big bucks for political influence

    Zurik: Lobbyists shell out big bucks for political influence

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 4:13 PM EDT2015-05-13 20:13:10 GMT
    Lobbying is an important part of the legislative process. It can educate lawmakers. But it can also influence - and legal experts say that influence can be enhanced by wining and dining. According to our analysis in this "Louisiana Purchased" investigation, there are some big loopholes in the state's lobbying laws.more>>
    Lobbying is an important part of the legislative process. It can educate lawmakers. But it can also influence - and legal experts say that influence can be enhanced by wining and dining. According to our analysis in this "Louisiana Purchased" investigation, there are some big loopholes in the state's lobbying laws.more>>
  • Zurik: Councilman, treasurer slam MERS chief's spending

    Zurik: Councilman, treasurer slam MERS chief's spending

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 2:10 PM EDT2015-05-12 18:10:05 GMT
    A local councilman calls for the head of a state retirement board to resign. That follows a series of FOX 8 investigations that showed the head of that board may have used public money to pay for personal trips to the Gulf Coast.more>>
    A local councilman calls for the head of a state retirement board to resign. That follows a series of FOX 8 investigations that showed the head of that board may have used public money to pay for personal trips to the Gulf Coast.more>>
  • Zurik: MERS chief defends big spending in letter to board

    Zurik: MERS chief defends big spending in letter to board

    The head of a local retirement system says he did nothing wrong. Bob Rust sent a memo to his MERS board members, defending the spending that we uncovered in our “Swiped” investigation.more>>
    The head of a local retirement system says he did nothing wrong. Bob Rust sent a memo to his MERS board members, defending the spending that we uncovered in our “Swiped” investigation.more>>
  • Zurik: Public board denies public status, spends big at Grand Hotel

    Zurik: Public board denies public status, spends big at Grand Hotel

    Thursday, May 7 2015 2:15 PM EDT2015-05-07 18:15:13 GMT
    The Municipal Employees' Retirement System of Louisiana holds an educational conference at a luxury hotel in Point Clear, Alabama every summer. The conference allows board members to get their required education. But it comes at a high cost, as we found inj our latest "Swiped" investigation.more>>
    The Municipal Employees' Retirement System of Louisiana holds an educational conference at a luxury hotel in Point Clear, Alabama every summer. The conference allows board members to get their required education. But it comes at a high cost, as we found inj our latest "Swiped" investigation.more>>
  • Zurik: Jaw-dropping spending found in retirement board's records

    Zurik: Jaw-dropping spending found in retirement board's records

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 3:29 PM EDT2015-05-06 19:29:41 GMT
    The Municipal Employees Retirement System of Louisiana manages retirement accounts for many of the cities in this state. Executive director Bob Rust runs the system. He earns $215,476 a year - and also has a public credit card. As we found in this "Swiped" investigation, Rust made ample use of that public credit card, in and out of Louisiana.more>>
    The Municipal Employees Retirement System of Louisiana manages retirement accounts for many of the cities in this state. Executive director Bob Rust runs the system. He earns $215,476 a year - and also has a public credit card. As we found in this "Swiped" investigation, Rust made ample use of that public credit card, in and out of Louisiana.more>>
  • Zurik: S&WB overtime spewing out of control

    Zurik: S&WB overtime spewing out of control

    Wednesday, April 29 2015 3:41 PM EDT2015-04-29 19:41:18 GMT
    The Sewerage Water Board refuses to answer our questions about millions of dollars coming out of your pocket. In this new investigation, we have photos and internal records that raise questions about the management of the agency.more>>
    The Sewerage Water Board refuses to answer our questions about millions of dollars coming out of your pocket. In this new investigation, we have photos and internal records that raise questions about the management of the agency.more>>
  • Zurik: Feds investigating legislative power broker Alario

    Zurik: Feds investigating legislative power broker Alario

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 1:04 PM EDT2015-04-28 17:04:00 GMT
    Sources tell FOX 8 News and NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune that the FBI is investigating the campaign spending of Senate President John Alario. They launched the investigation following findings in our "Louisiana Purchased" series last year.more>>
    Sources tell FOX 8 News and NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune that the FBI is investigating the campaign spending of Senate President John Alario. They launched the investigation following findings in our "Louisiana Purchased" series last year.more>>
  • Zurik: Indicted by the feds, Walter Reed to fight charges

    Zurik: Indicted by the feds, Walter Reed to fight charges

    Thursday, April 23 2015 10:38 PM EDT2015-04-24 02:38:19 GMT
    He was once one of the most powerful elected officials in southeast Louisiana. Now Reed faces a federal criminal trial himself, as does his son Steven. But it's clear that he'll put up a fight against the charges.more>>
    He was once one of the most powerful elected officials in southeast Louisiana. Now Reed faces a federal criminal trial himself, as does his son Steven. But it's clear that he'll put up a fight against the charges.more>>
  • Ex-DA Reed and son charged in 18-count indictment

    Ex-DA Reed and son charged in 18-count indictment

    Thursday, April 23 2015 10:23 AM EDT2015-04-23 14:23:01 GMT
    Walter Reed, once one of the most powerful elected officials in southeast Louisiana, now faces a federal criminal trial himself.A federal grand jury handed down and 18 count indictment against the former district attorney of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. The indictment also charges his son with four counts related to the corruption charges.Walter Reed, 68, and his son Steven, 43, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering related to misuse of funds from the ...more>>
    Walter Reed, once one of the most powerful elected officials in southeast Louisiana, now faces a federal criminal trial himself.A federal grand jury handed down and 18 count indictment against the former district attorney of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. The indictment also charges his son with four counts related to the corruption charges.Walter Reed, 68, and his son Steven, 43, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering related to misuse of funds from the ...more>>
  • Zurik: Nagin prosecutor analyzes Horizon case

    Zurik: Nagin prosecutor analyzes Horizon case

    Matt Coman's cases helped put Ray Nagin, Greg Meffert, Mark St. Pierre and Jonathan Bolar in federal prison. The former DOJ prosecutor reviewed our stories about Horizon Entertainment and the documents the company submitted to the state to receive those millions in state film tax credits.more>>
    Matt Coman's cases helped put Ray Nagin, Greg Meffert, Mark St. Pierre and Jonathan Bolar in federal prison. The former DOJ prosecutor reviewed our stories about Horizon Entertainment and the documents the company submitted to the state to receive those millions in state film tax credits.more>>
  • Zurik: Jobs for life at the ROV

    Zurik: Jobs for life at the ROV

    Wednesday, April 22 2015 2:18 PM EDT2015-04-22 18:18:18 GMT
    It may be the best-paid, longest-term public job you've never heard of: registrar of voters, one for each parish in Louisiana. A top state official says it's time to reign in the ROV's.more>>
    It may be the best-paid, longest-term public job you've never heard of: registrar of voters, one for each parish in Louisiana. A top state official says it's time to reign in the ROV's.more>>
  • Zurik: Did state fumble on tax credits for John Curtis football documentary?

    Zurik: Did state fumble on tax credits for John Curtis football documentary?

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 3:10 PM EDT2015-03-18 19:10:44 GMT
    A reality TV show on one of the country's top prep football programs started production in 2008, shortly after Jason Sciavicco moved Horizon Entertainment from Atlanta to New Orleans. The show, “Varsity Inc.,” was a behind-the-scenes look at the John Curtis Christian high school football program. Horizon claims the 10-month production cost $4.7 million - and it never aired.more>>
    A reality TV show on one of the country's top prep football programs started production in 2008, shortly after Jason Sciavicco moved Horizon Entertainment from Atlanta to New Orleans. The show, “Varsity Inc.,” was a behind-the-scenes look at the John Curtis Christian high school football program. Horizon claims the 10-month production cost $4.7 million - and it never aired.more>>
  • Zurik: LED chief taking LSU Foundation job

    Zurik: LED chief taking LSU Foundation job

    Monday, March 16 2015 10:31 PM EDT2015-03-17 02:31:28 GMT
    Louisiana Economic Development chief Stephen Moret will become president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, according to a university news release. Moret currently oversees lucrative state incentives programs at LED, some of which have come under scrutiny in a series of FOX 8 reports.more>>
    Louisiana Economic Development chief Stephen Moret will become president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, according to a university news release. Moret currently oversees lucrative state incentives programs at LED, some of which have come under scrutiny in a series of FOX 8 reports.more>>
  • Zurik: Horizon's millions in film credits draw Kennedy's ire

    Zurik: Horizon's millions in film credits draw Kennedy's ire

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 4:31 PM EST2015-03-03 21:31:05 GMT
    The more we examine the expenses reported by Horizon Entertainment in its production of "The Sean Payton Show" and "Saintsational," the more questions we have. Now a top state official has his own questions about the case, and how the State Film Office handled it.more>>
    The more we examine the expenses reported by Horizon Entertainment in its production of "The Sean Payton Show" and "Saintsational," the more questions we have. Now a top state official has his own questions about the case, and how the State Film Office handled it.more>>
  • Zurik: Feds subpoena FOX 8 in Walter Reed probe

    Zurik: Feds subpoena FOX 8 in Walter Reed probe

    Monday, March 2 2015 4:15 PM EST2015-03-02 21:15:47 GMT
    Federal prosecutors dropped off a federal grand jury subpoena to FOX 8 News for their investigation into former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed. Prosecutors want a copy of a newscast and one of many stories we did on Walter Reed, all part of our “Louisiana Purchased” series with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.more>>
    Federal prosecutors dropped off a federal grand jury subpoena to FOX 8 News for their investigation into former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed. Prosecutors want a copy of a newscast and one of many stories we did on Walter Reed, all part of our “Louisiana Purchased” series with NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.more>>
  • Zurik: Observers cry foul over UNO AD's double pay

    Zurik: Observers cry foul over UNO AD's double pay

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 3:20 PM EST2015-02-25 20:20:51 GMT
    While UNO had its budget slashed, one employee decided it was okay to collect two paychecks.Why was Amy Champion paid extra for so long, while a coach actually doing the job was paid nothing?more>>
    While UNO had its budget slashed, one employee decided it was okay to collect two paychecks.Why was Amy Champion paid extra for so long, while a coach actually doing the job was paid nothing?more>>
  • Zurik: State IG to investigate Horizon credits

    Zurik: State IG to investigate Horizon credits

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 5:43 PM EST2015-02-24 22:43:40 GMT
    The state's inspector general will investigate a film company at the center of a probe by FOX 8 Investigations of the state's film tax credits. The IG's office confirms to FOX 8 that it has launched an investigation of Horizon Entertainment and its owner, Jason Sciavicco.more>>
    The state's inspector general will investigate a film company at the center of a probe by FOX 8 Investigations of the state's film tax credits. The IG's office confirms to FOX 8 that it has launched an investigation of Horizon Entertainment and its owner, Jason Sciavicco.more>>
  • Zurik: Reality TV meets fantasy budgeting in Louisiana

    Zurik: Reality TV meets fantasy budgeting in Louisiana

    Monday, February 23 2015 1:45 PM EST2015-02-23 18:45:08 GMT
    The executive producer of  “Emancipated” told the state it cost almost half a million bucks to make its pilot episode. But the two men who say they created the show can't believe the expenditures being reported. We examine yet another Horizon Entertainment production in our "Easy Money" investigation.more>>
    The executive producer of  “Emancipated” told the state it cost almost half a million bucks to make its pilot episode. But the two men who say they created the show can't believe the expenditures being reported. We examine yet another Horizon Entertainment production in our "Easy Money" investigation.more>>
  • Zurik: Coach's show a boon for producers, a bust for taxpayers

    Zurik: Coach's show a boon for producers, a bust for taxpayers

    Thursday, February 19 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-02-19 19:35:50 GMT
    At the height of the New Orleans Saints' success in 2009, a behind-the-scenes play caller from Atlanta racked up $1 million, hitching himself to the Saints bandwagon. For two seasons, Horizon Entertainment and its owner, Jason Sciavicco, produced “The Sean Payton Show - and claimed it cost $5,383,886.60. We take a close look at the financial details, and find plenty of new questions about this production, in this "Easy Money" report.more>>
    At the height of the New Orleans Saints' success in 2009, a behind-the-scenes play caller from Atlanta racked up $1 million, hitching himself to the Saints bandwagon. For two seasons, Horizon Entertainment and its owner, Jason Sciavicco, produced “The Sean Payton Show - and claimed it cost $5,383,886.60. We take a close look at the financial details, and find plenty of new questions about this production, in this "Easy Money" report.more>>
  • Zurik: In-state or out-of-state expenses? Horizon docs raise more questions

    Zurik: In-state or out-of-state expenses? Horizon docs raise more questions

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 2:26 PM EST2015-02-18 19:26:47 GMT
    Horizon received tax credits based on an audit that it submitted to the state.FOX 8 reviewed that audit as part of documentation about the company that the State Film Office handed over to us.more>>
    Horizon received tax credits based on an audit that it submitted to the state.FOX 8 reviewed that audit as part of documentation about the company that the State Film Office handed over to us.more>>
  • Zurik: The $5 million show that wasn't

    Zurik: The $5 million show that wasn't

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 1:09 PM EST2015-02-18 18:09:30 GMT
    Our "Easy Money" series has led us to the expenses claimed by a particular production company for the making of a six-episode realty TV series on the Saints' dance team. Only three episodes were ever made - but the entire production netted the company owner more than a million in state film tax credits. The State Film Office itself didn't question those costs; we did.more>>
    Our "Easy Money" series has led us to the expenses claimed by a particular production company for the making of a six-episode realty TV series on the Saints' dance team. Only three episodes were ever made - but the entire production netted the company owner more than a million in state film tax credits. The State Film Office itself didn't question those costs; we did.more>>
  • Zurik: Hollywood South or Hollywood Hustle?

    Zurik: Hollywood South or Hollywood Hustle?

    Wednesday, February 11 2015 5:00 PM EST2015-02-11 22:00:08 GMT
    Many Louisianans take some pride in their state becoming a hot spot for film and TV projects. And not a few residents make a decent living from working in the industry. But economists worry that the state's entertainment tax credits program is not returning much as an investment of tax dollars, in a time of extreme state budget woes.more>>
    Many Louisianans take some pride in their state becoming a hot spot for film and TV projects. And not a few residents make a decent living from working in the industry. But economists worry that the state's entertainment tax credits program is not returning much as an investment of tax dollars, in a time of extreme state budget woes.more>>
  • Zurik: 'Payoffs for layoffs,' courtesy of Louisiana

    Zurik: 'Payoffs for layoffs,' courtesy of Louisiana

    Monday, February 9 2015 4:57 PM EST2015-02-09 21:57:06 GMT
    Should the state continue to hand out lucrative incentives to companies that lay off their workers? It's just one of the serious questions raised as we pursue our investigation of Louisiana's business incentive programs - programs that have handed more than $11 billion, often to huge corporations, for a return of about 82,000 jobs in a six-year period. more>>
    Should the state continue to hand out lucrative incentives to companies that lay off their workers? It's just one of the serious questions raised as we pursue our investigation of Louisiana's business incentive programs - programs that have handed more than $11 billion, often to huge corporations, for a return of about 82,000 jobs in a six-year period. more>>
  • Zurik: $11 billion later, Louisiana's incentives fail to deliver

    Zurik: $11 billion later, Louisiana's incentives fail to deliver

    Thursday, February 5 2015 5:00 PM EST2015-02-05 22:00:29 GMT
    No other state in the union has given out more in business incentives in recent years than Louisiana. So where's the economic boost? Where's the big jobs boost? Where's the uptick in tax revenue? The findings from our latest investigation leave us, and some national watchdog agencies, with many more questions than answers.  more>>
    No other state in the union has given out more in business incentives in recent years than Louisiana. So where's the economic boost? Where's the big jobs boost? Where's the uptick in tax revenue? The findings from our latest investigation leave us, and some national watchdog agencies, with many more questions than answers.  more>>
  • Zurik: What's a million-dollar contract between friends? Ask Sheriff Gusman

    Zurik: What's a million-dollar contract between friends? Ask Sheriff Gusman

    Wednesday, February 4 2015 3:13 PM EST2015-02-04 20:13:10 GMT
    Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com/The Times-PicayunePhoto by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
    Scribbled notes on some government documents have legal and political experts questioning the legitimacy of a deal between Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and one of his long-time friends.more>>
    Scribbled notes on some government documents have legal and political experts questioning the legitimacy of a deal between Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and one of his long-time friends.more>>
  • Zurik: Millions in state property 'Lost and NOT Found'

    Zurik: Millions in state property 'Lost and NOT Found'

    Thursday, January 29 2015 3:36 PM EST2015-01-29 20:36:11 GMT
    Sleeper chairs. A mannequin training doll. Cattle. Millions of dollars in laptop and desktop computers. These are just some of the thousands upon thousands of items that have been purchased by state agencies and subsequently lost, misplaced or otherwise unaccounted for in the last four years. We've obtained a list of those missing items from state government, and the numbers are jaw-dropping.But administration officials don't want to talk about this missing inventory.more>>
    Sleeper chairs. A mannequin training doll. Cattle. Millions of dollars in laptop and desktop computers. These are just some of the thousands upon thousands of items that have been purchased by state agencies and subsequently lost, misplaced or otherwise unaccounted for in the last four years. We've obtained a list of those missing items from state government, and the numbers are jaw-dropping.But administration officials don't want to talk about this missing inventory.more>>
  • Zurik: Ethics Board slaps Plaquemines councilman with charges

    Zurik: Ethics Board slaps Plaquemines councilman with charges

    Thursday, January 15 2015 3:36 PM EST2015-01-15 20:36:19 GMT
    A local councilman has been charged by the State Ethics Board. The board said he violated the law because his construction company did work on parish property, and he made money for that work. Here's a follow-up to our investigation of Jeff Edgecombe.more>>
    A local councilman has been charged by the State Ethics Board. The board said he violated the law because his construction company did work on parish property, and he made money for that work. Here's a follow-up to our investigation of Jeff Edgecombe.more>>
  • Zurik: Kennedy calls Alternatives Living "porker of the year"

    Zurik: Kennedy calls Alternatives Living "porker of the year"

    Thursday, December 18 2014 2:58 PM EST2014-12-18 19:58:46 GMT
    Louisiana's state treasurer is blasting a New Orleans-based nonprofit for spending of federal funding on luxuries and other personal expenses. And he's calling for strong disciplinary action at the Department of Health and Hospitals, which oversees the company's grant funding.more>>
    Louisiana's state treasurer is blasting a New Orleans-based nonprofit for spending of federal funding on luxuries and other personal expenses. And he's calling for strong disciplinary action at the Department of Health and Hospitals, which oversees the company's grant funding.more>>
  • Zurik: Facebook photos cast doubt on nonprofit's mission statement

    Zurik: Facebook photos cast doubt on nonprofit's mission statement

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 2:53 PM EST2014-11-26 19:53:14 GMT
    Alternatives Living, Inc. has a mission to take care of the disabled and homeless. But the officers admit they spent tens of thousands of dollars of the agency's money on pricey personal expenses. FOX 8 has obtained documented proof of some of those expenses.more>>
    Alternatives Living, Inc. has a mission to take care of the disabled and homeless. But the officers admit they spent tens of thousands of dollars of the agency's money on pricey personal expenses. FOX 8 has obtained documented proof of some of those expenses.more>>
  • Zurik: S&WB's take-home car policy guzzling taxpayers' gas

    Zurik: S&WB's take-home car policy guzzling taxpayers' gas

    Thursday, November 20 2014 3:20 PM EST2014-11-20 20:20:58 GMT

    New Orleans' Sewerage & Water Board allows more than 100 employees to take their work vehicles home, every day. Those workers range from first responders and office workers to managers and even an auto mechanic. It's a policy that's weak on proper documentation - and the city's inspector general says it's costing the city a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere. We examine the practice in an investigation that we call "Gas Guzzlers."

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    New Orleans' Sewerage & Water Board allows more than 100 employees to take their work vehicles home, every day. Those workers range from first responders and office workers to managers and even an auto mechanic. It's a policy that's weak on proper documentation - and the city's inspector general says it's costing the city a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere. We examine the practice in an investigation that we call "Gas Guzzlers."

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  • Zurik: Plaq. school contractor files complaint against HOV Services

    Zurik: Plaq. school contractor files complaint against HOV Services

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 2:23 PM EST2014-11-18 19:23:29 GMT
    An international company that's made millions of dollars in Plaquemines Parish overseeing school board construction is now facing a complaint filed with the state's licensing board for contractors. The complaint alleges HOV Services violated state law when they bid on the Plaquemines contract.The contract will pay HOV Services more than $20 million when it expires.more>>
    An international company that's made millions of dollars in Plaquemines Parish overseeing school board construction is now facing a complaint filed with the state's licensing board for contractors. The complaint alleges HOV Services violated state law when they bid on the Plaquemines contract.The contract will pay HOV Services more than $20 million when it expires.more>>
  • Zurik: Nonprofit's parties for a cause actually lost money

    Zurik: Nonprofit's parties for a cause actually lost money

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 3:29 PM EST2014-11-19 20:29:12 GMT
    The invitation said a $75 ticket would go to help the homeless and disabled. But the reality is the money from those tickets only went to fund a big party that, records show, basically had to be supplemented with taxpayer dollars. How does the non-profit Alternatives Living justify a high-dollar costume ball? Here's the latest in our series, “Living Large.”more>>
    The invitation said a $75 ticket would go to help the homeless and disabled. But the reality is the money from those tickets only went to fund a big party that, records show, basically had to be supplemented with taxpayer dollars. How does the non-profit Alternatives Living justify a high-dollar costume ball? Here's the latest in our series, “Living Large.”more>>
  • Zurik: Warned by auditor, Alternatives Living officials kept on spending

    Zurik: Warned by auditor, Alternatives Living officials kept on spending

    Thursday, November 13 2014 4:51 PM EST2014-11-13 21:51:05 GMT
    The state's legislative auditor is looking into a nonprofit that's spent tens of thousands of agency dollars on personal expenses. We have new questions for the nonprofit and how they've reacted to findings about their business, in this follow-up to our "Living Large" investigation.more>>
    The state's legislative auditor is looking into a nonprofit that's spent tens of thousands of agency dollars on personal expenses. We have new questions for the nonprofit and how they've reacted to findings about their business, in this follow-up to our "Living Large" investigation.more>>
  • Zurik: Tax payments or fine dining? Nonprofit's officers choose the good life

    Zurik: Tax payments or fine dining? Nonprofit's officers choose the good life

    Wednesday, November 12 2014 4:05 PM EST2014-11-12 21:05:30 GMT
    A non-profit that owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $1 million is spending money on pricey meals, trips and even gas. That non-profit, Alternatives Living, Inc., gets all of its money from the state and is paid to take care of the disabled and homeless. We examine the company's practices in this "Living Large" investigation.more>>
    A non-profit that owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $1 million is spending money on pricey meals, trips and even gas. That non-profit, Alternatives Living, Inc., gets all of its money from the state and is paid to take care of the disabled and homeless. We examine the company's practices in this "Living Large" investigation.more>>
  • Zurik: Drivers playing high-stakes "Road Roulette" with dangerous tires

    Zurik: Drivers playing high-stakes "Road Roulette" with dangerous tires

    Tuesday, November 11 2014 3:26 PM EST2014-11-11 20:26:22 GMT
    Many drivers don't even think about their car or truck tires until they have a flat. Others may keep a close eye on the condition of their tires' tread.But a cross-country investigation by FOX 8 and our Raycom affiliates found far too many tires on the roads that are well past their prime. And they pose a deadly risk – to their drivers and everyone else on the road.more>>
    Many drivers don't even think about their car or truck tires until they have a flat. Others may keep a close eye on the condition of their tires' tread.But a cross-country investigation by FOX 8 and our Raycom affiliates found far too many tires on the roads that are well past their prime. And they pose a deadly risk – to their drivers and everyone else on the road.more>>
  • Zurik: Is jet-setting Jindal illegally funding a presidential campaign?

    Zurik: Is jet-setting Jindal illegally funding a presidential campaign?

    Monday, November 10 2014 3:45 PM EST2014-11-10 20:45:16 GMT
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said he will not run for any other office other than president. So why did he spend more money than any other politician in the state last year? One political analyst says it's because Jindal may be breaking the law. It's the latest in our “Louisiana Purchased” investigation of campaign finance.more>>
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said he will not run for any other office other than president. So why did he spend more money than any other politician in the state last year? One political analyst says it's because Jindal may be breaking the law. It's the latest in our “Louisiana Purchased” investigation of campaign finance.more>>
  • Zurik: Project management firm has poor track record in school construction

    Zurik: Project management firm has poor track record in school construction

    Friday, November 7 2014 1:56 PM EST2014-11-07 18:56:36 GMT
    Less than a month before HOV Services signed a lucrative contract with the Plaquemines Parish School Board, the New Orleans Recovery School District let the same company's $1 million construction management contract with HOV expire.more>>
    Less than a month before HOV Services signed a lucrative contract with the Plaquemines Parish School Board, the New Orleans Recovery School District let the same company's $1 million construction management contract with HOV expire.more>>
  • Zurik: La. politicians living large on campaign funds; will IRS move in?

    Zurik: La. politicians living large on campaign funds; will IRS move in?

    Thursday, November 6 2014 5:28 PM EST2014-11-06 22:28:42 GMT
    A longtime political analyst says it's time for the federal government - the IRS - to put an end to a practice that's gone unchecked for decades. It's a practice we see in full swing as we review 2013 campaign expenditures by state and local politicians in Louisiana. more>>
    A longtime political analyst says it's time for the federal government - the IRS - to put an end to a practice that's gone unchecked for decades. It's a practice we see in full swing as we review 2013 campaign expenditures by state and local politicians in Louisiana. more>>
  • Zurik: S&WB's overtime policy means millions down the drain

    Zurik: S&WB's overtime policy means millions down the drain

    Almost three years ago, we detailed sky-high overtime earnings for some Sewerage and Water Board employees.  Our research shows the overtime has not just continued; in some ways, it's gotten worse.more>>
    Almost three years ago, in the summer of 2010, we detailed sky-high overtime earnings for some Sewerage and Water Board employees.  Officials there promised to reform.  But our research shows the overtime has not just continued; in some ways, it's gotten worse.more>>
  • Behind the investigation: Uncovering a practice of high pricing, harassment

    Behind the investigation: Looking at rent-to-own company complaints

    Thursday, October 26 2017 4:35 PM EDT2017-10-26 20:35:16 GMT

    Raycom Media and NerdWallet collected and examined prices for 40 items on Rent-A-Center's website, dug into records of complaints and spoke to former customers.

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    Raycom Media and NerdWallet collected and examined prices for 40 items on Rent-A-Center's website, dug into records of complaints and spoke to former customers.

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  • Renting to own usually means high markups, rarely savings

    Rent-to-own usually means high markups, rarely savings

    Thursday, October 26 2017 4:35 PM EDT2017-10-26 20:35:41 GMT

    How can you avoid paying too much when you rent an appliance or furniture?

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    How can you avoid paying too much when you rent an appliance or furniture?

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  • Proceed with caution when renting to own

    Proceed with caution when renting to own

    Thursday, October 26 2017 4:36 PM EDT2017-10-26 20:36:05 GMT

    Before using rent-to-own for that new TV or couch, check the contract - you may end up paying 200 percent of the original price.

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    Before using rent-to-own for that new TV or couch, check the contract - you may end up paying 200 percent of the original price.

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  • Kennedy demands probe of State Police benefits measure

    Kennedy demands probe of State Police benefits measure

    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy wants the State Police Retirement Board to avoid any delay in probing a controversial measure by the Legislature.

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    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy wants the Louisiana State Police Retirement Board to avoid any delay in probing a controversial measure by the Legislature. Now an LSPRS official says board attorneys are reviewing the measure in detail.

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  • Former federal prosecutor says Walter Reed conviction sends a clear message

    Former federal prosecutor says Walter Reed conviction sends a clear message

    Despite a jury finding him guilty of 18 out of 19 corruption charges Monday evening, Walter Reed vowed his day in court wasn't over.

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    Despite a jury finding him guilty of 18 out of 19 corruption charges Monday evening, Walter Reed vowed his day in court wasn't over.

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  • Walter Reed speaks out after conviction

    Walter Reed speaks out after conviction

    Monday, May 2 2016 10:47 PM EDT2016-05-03 02:47:45 GMT

    A jury finds Walter Reed guilty on all but one of the corruption charges he faced. A federal jury took only four and a half hours to return the verdicts, also finding Reed's son, Steven, guilty of three counts.

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    A jury finds Walter Reed guilty on all but one of the corruption charges he faced. A federal jury took only four and a half hours to return the verdicts, also finding Reed's son, Steven, guilty of three counts.

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  • Feds focus on payments from Walter Reed to son on second day of trial

    Feds focus on payments from Walter Reed to son on second day of trial

    Testimony on day two of Walter and Steven Reed's corruption trial focused largely on a $14,000, one minute long video Steven produced for his father.        

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    Testimony on day two of Walter and Steven Reed's corruption trial focused largely on a $14,000, one minute long video Steven produced for his father.        

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  • Governor's order marks big shift in tax incentive policy

    Governor's order marks big shift in tax incentive policy

    When Governor John Bel Edwards announced his executive order on industrial tax exemptions late Friday, he simply underscored the worries of many of Louisiana's biggest corporate residents: their taxes may be on the way up. But the move also represents a potential break from a 41-year precedent.

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    When Governor John Bel Edwards announced his executive order on industrial tax exemptions late Friday, he simply underscored the worries of many of Louisiana's biggest corporate residents: their taxes may be on the way up. But the move also represents a potential break from a 41-year precedent.

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  • Lawmakers approve measure to stop pharmacy cost clawbacks

    Lawmakers approve measure to stop pharmacy cost clawbacks

    Right now, some pharmacy customers are paying more in co-pays than their drugs actually cost, due to contractual arrangements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers. 

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    Right now, some pharmacy customers are paying more in co-pays than their drugs actually cost, due to contractual arrangements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers. 

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  • GUILTY: Walter Reed convicted on 18 of 19 counts against him

    GUILTY: Walter Reed convicted on 18 of 19 counts against him

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    During closing arguments prosecutors said Walter Reed and his son Steven used Reed’s campaign fund as their personal ATM

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    During closing arguments prosecutors said Walter Reed and his son Steven used Reed’s campaign fund as their personal ATM

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  • Former DA takes the stand in his federal corruption trial

    Former DA takes the stand in his federal corruption trial

    Friday, April 29 2016 9:34 PM EDT2016-04-30 01:34:28 GMT

    The federal corruption trial of former North shore district attorney Walter Reed and his son will soon be in the hands of the jury. 

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    The federal corruption trial of former North shore district attorney Walter Reed and his son will soon be in the hands of the jury. 

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  • Former Walter Reed employees testify about campaign events

    Former Walter Reed employees testify about campaign events

    Thursday, April 28 2016 5:11 PM EDT2016-04-28 21:11:07 GMT

    Testimony continued Thursday in the corruption trial if former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed. 

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    Testimony continued Thursday in the corruption trial if former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed. 

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  • Defense calls more witnesses in Walter Reed corruption case

    Defense calls more witnesses in Walter Reed corruption case

    Thursday, April 28 2016 4:23 PM EDT2016-04-28 20:23:29 GMT
    Former District Attorney Walter Reed enters Federal Court (FOX 8 FILE)Former District Attorney Walter Reed enters Federal Court (FOX 8 FILE)

    The defense team for former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed continues to call witnesses at his trial Thursday.

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    The defense team for former North Shore District Attorney Walter Reed continues to call witnesses at his trial Thursday.

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