By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, was among the first congressional candidates to sign up formore>>
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, was among the first congressional candidates to sign up for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election.more>>
Police say that a man was shot multiple times following an argument over a cell phone charger. Police have now named a suspect in the shooting. New Orleans police are searching for Milton Newman, 32,more>>
Police say that a man was shot multiple times following an argument over a cell phone charger. Police have now named a suspect in the shooting. more>>
The Saints get a harsh reminder of what it's like to practice in Louisiana heat. The team was out on the practice field in Metairie on Tuesday. Along with the heat comes the return of a player who hadmore>>
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Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.more>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. Mug shot, then ice cream Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is trending. Perry, facing charges of coercion and abuse of power,more>>
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After several rainy and stormy periods over the weekend, we are going to see more breaks for additional sunshine and a daily rain chance all this week. We are currently on the dry-side of an upper disturbance,more>>
Records are in the upper 90s and even triple digits at both the Airport and Audubon. Records will be at risk, but that would be at the extreme. I think they are safe.more>>
More New Orleans residents meet Tuesday night to discuss the priorities for city leaders this upcoming year. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hosting several community meetings ahead of the city's budget processmore>>
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A boil advisory has been issued for parts of Mandeville. While performing emergency water repair on Tuesday, Tammany Utilities states they were forced to turn off water for several hours. The affectedmore>>
The affected customers are located on Tortouse Drive, Joan Street, Owl Court, Fox Court and a portion of Garon Drive.more>>
Most people try to stay away from bugs, but one man spends his nights and weekends trying to attract them. And you may be surprised at some of the beetles and bugs that call our state home.
"There's more species of beetles than there are species of any other insect of plant or animal," said the ‘Beetle Man' Steven Barney.
Beetles have become Barney's obsession. By day, he's a computer programmer for a public school system. But after hours, you'll find him poking under old logs and leaf debris – looking for bugs.
"Here's one here. They like to come out right before dark. This is a Cajun Tiger Beetle," said Barney.
Barney has found all types of beetles and insects in the woods of Louisiana.
"It's a Giant Red-Headed Centipede and he'll pretty much eat anything smaller than himself."
From the Texas Brown Tarantula to the Striped Bark Scorpion, Barney has dealt with nearly every crawling creature in Louisiana.
"That's the Striped Bark Scorpion," said Barney. "They do sting and I actually have a friend that's been stung."
His favorites are the beetles.
"This is one of only two Hercules Beetles that we have in the states. The other one's from Arizona. Most of their time is spent as a larva, in the larval stage, sometimes up to two or three years as a little white grub," said Barney.
It takes a little planning to catch beetles. You have to know when and where to look. And it really helps if you know how to set a trap.
"Actually, we have some fruit trees here that will hopefully help attract the flower beetle. Oh, yeah actually there's something there. This is a flower beetle," said Barney with a new catch in hand.
The big beetles come out after dark.
"A lot of times, it's the thrill of the hunt. Something will fly in that you've been waiting for and you're excited to catch," he said.
Barney uses a combination of ultraviolet and a mercury vapor light to lure beetles onto a white sheet.
"This is one of the Predaceous Diving Beetles. And these will actually eat other bugs."
In a plastic tub, you can hear the beetle vibrating like small motor. And every so often, the beetle man gets excited.
"This just flew in! This is actually one of those caterpillar hunters. This is one of the good finds. Everyone likes these guys," he yelled.
Aside from his interest in bugs, Barney is turning this into a business, supplying beetles to the insectarium in New Orleans and other zoos and insect exhibits. With a few hundred thousand varieties of beetles out there, there is always the chance of a surprise catch.
You can spend the day with beetles and insects at the "Bug Out" at the Louisiana State Arboretum in Chicot State Park near Ville Platte on Saturday, July 12.
The Beetle Man Steven Barney and other insect enthusiasts will be there. For more information, click here:
It's one of the most iconic arenas in all of sport and a distinguishing feature in the New Orleans skyline. The stadium began as the brainchild of David Dixon, a businessman and sports executive who playedmore>>
It's one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sport and a distinguishing feature in the New Orleans skyline. more>>
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotmore>>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."