Proposal to raise Mandeville lakefront seawall met with mixed reactions

There was standing room only in Mandeville’s council chambers Wednesday (Sept. 18), as residents spoke for and against the city’s proposal to raise the lakefront seawall by a foot.

New Orleans launches forgivable loan program for home health and safety improvements

  Gr8 Neighbor: JPSO Deputy uses fallen officer’s patrol car to lift others up

  'I am irrevocably disgusted’: Influential New Orleans tourism official slams NFL refs

  'We’re still Saints fans even when they lose’: Fans react to loss against Rams

  Review board to hear more than 5,000 property appeals

  Heart of Louisiana: Vermilionville Jam

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‘I just want to bring somebody a smile’: Friends collect stuffed animals for BRPD officers to give away

  Heart of Louisiana: Alexandria Museum of Art

  Florida evacuees try to enjoy New Orleans as city sends search-and-rescue teams

  'Brings back painful memories’: Sidney Torres, other locals sending help to the Bahamas

  Businessman Sidney Torres sends aide to Dorian victims in the Bahamas

  As Dorian looms near Florida’s coast, crowds pack the French Quarter for Decadence

  River Ridge Little League team rides in celebratory parade in Jefferson Parish

The Little League World Series champions took to the streets of Jefferson Parish Saturday for a Carnival-style parade to celebrate their hard-earned victory.

  ‘He was beloved’: Crowds pack the Lakefront Airport to say final goodbye to Franklin Augustus

Friends, family and loved ones packed the Lakefront Airport to say a final goodbye to Franklin Augustus, a trailblazing pilot, loyal friend and committed community member.

WATCH: Celebration of life for Franklin Augustus at Lakefront Airport

A celebration of life will take place today for Franklin Augustus, the pilot flying with Nancy Parker.

  Heart of Louisiana: Leatherwood Museum

The town of Oakdale has its Leatherwood Museum, in a two-story building that dates back to 1888.

World’s heaviest grapefruit is in Louisiana; Guinness World Record awarded

WWE Smackdown Tuesday night in Baton Rouge

  Beloved charter fishing captain Theophile Bourgeois laid to rest

  Call to revamp appeal process as deadline to appeal 2020 assessments loom

  Superdome Commission honors memory of Nancy Parker, Kathleen Blanco

  Those close to Nancy Parker and Franklin Augustus handle a tough loss

  Heart of Louisiana: Multicultural Center of the South

The Multicultural Center of the South is a museum that recognizes the fact that the people living in a particular area likely have roots that stretch around the world

  Remembering Nancy Parker: The Journey Home

Before her tragic and untimely death, Nancy Parker won five Emmy’s over the course of her career -- the first for a 2001 piece that told the story of a plantation on River Road, where many lived in servitude long after slavery ended.

  Fishing community mourns the loss of well-known charter captain Theophile Bourgeois

The fishing community is mourning the loss of a well-known charter captain from Barataria who lost his life in a plane crash Sunday evening (Aug. 19).

  City Council presents proclamation honoring Nancy Parker’s life

All seven City Councilors signed a proclamation Monday night, honoring Nancy Parker's life, memory and legacy.

Nancy Parker’s husband announces memorial services

Glynn Boyd announced the plans for a memorial service for his wife, FOX 8′s Nancy Parker on his Facebook page late Sunday (Aug. 18).

  Remembering Kathleen Blanco: 1942 - 2019

Kathleen Blanco died Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18), surrounded by her husband Raymond, her children and other loved ones. She was 77 years old and lived a life defined by trailblazing firsts.

  Assessment appeal deadline approaching

If you’re a New Orleans resident and you disagree with a recent hike in your property value, the window to file an appeal is quickly closing.

  'One of the greats’: Popular charter fishermen Theophile Bourgeois killed in seaplane crash

Well-known fisherman and charter captain Theophile Bourgeois died after his seaplane crashed near Chandeleur Sound Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18). Two other people were injured.

Community reacts to former Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s death

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the first woman to be elected governor of Louisiana, died Sunday (Aug. 18), at the age of 76. Blanco, a Democrat, served as Louisiana’s 54th Governor from January 2004 to January 2008.

New Orleans memorializes Nancy Parker, Franklin Augustus

In the 24 hours following their deaths, locals have shown their loves for FOX 8's beloved Nancy Parker and Franklin Augustus, a trailblazing pilot and tireless mentor.

  'They’re part of the city’: 2 local icons sent off in true New Orleans style

Those who knew her and many who did not gathered in Treme to celebrate the life of Nancy Parker, as well as long-time radio host CJ Morgan, who died earlier this week, for a traditional New Orleans sendoff.

NOBLE wraps up annual conference with memorial march and prayer service

African-American law enforcement officials from the United States and different parts of the world gathered in New Orleans Wednesday for a memorial march through Central City.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Deputy helps boy celebrate police-themed 4th Birthday

A 4-year-old’s day was made when he received a surprise from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.

  City Council members want short term rental enforcement funding details

With a new set of short term rental rules and regulations, many are eager to see them enforced. But first, some city council members want to make sure the money set aside for enforcement is actually being spent on it.

  Hundreds pack meeting with concerns on 2020 assessment, desperate for answers

The Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office said so far, they’ve received 1,200 formal appeals and estimate they'll get at almost 4,000 more.

  Heart of Louisiana: Big Sky Ranch

What began as one woman’s attempt to help stray cats in her neighborhood has grown into a ranch with hundreds of animals of all types and sizes.

West Baton Rouge animal shelter says it’s full, is calling for people to adopt

The West Baton Rouge Rouge Parish Shelter and Animal Control is asking people to adopt since its shelter is “full full full.”

  Gr8 Neighbors bring cheer and style to nursing home residents

Volunteers bring fresh hairstyles and lots of cheer to nursing home residents in Thibodaux

  Homeowners push to extend appeal deadline amid high home assessments

The family home is something Lance Rodney has helped his father, Ernest care for and maintain for years. He hoped to keep it in their family for generations to come.

  FOX 8 Defenders: City takes action against 18-wheelers parking on N.O. East street

Neighbors contacted the FOX 8 Defenders for help dealing with 18-wheelers parked in their neighborhood. Now, the mayor and a city councilwoman are taking action.

  Children affected by raids rally for change

Kids directly impacted by the raids held a youth-led prayer today on the Canton Square. Making Homemade signs, and voicing their opinions.

  Attorney in ‘No-Call’ lawsuit standing ground as Saints urge fans to move on

The attorney who filed a lawsuit against the NFL regarding the now-infamous “NOLA No-Call" is defending his efforts to push the suit through the court, even as the Saints side with the league.

  50 dogs rescued from makeshift shelter in rural St. Helena Parish

The Northshore Human Society pulled off a massive animal rescue Saturday morning (Aug. 10), after 50 dogs were displaced when a makeshift shelter in rural St. Helena Parish closed down.

  Potential new amendment could shake up short-term rental vote

City Council must make a decision on two ordinances that would change New Orleans’ zoning laws Thursday (Aug. 8), bringing in new rules for short-term rentals. But, there might be some last minute proposals that could complicate the vote.

  Cantrell discusses future of affordable housing in New Orleans

The mayor’s office kicked off an affordable housing tour Wednesday (Aug. 70, as part of an effort to engage the community in the conversation towards more affordable housing in the city.

  Hurricane prep should include mental health services, experts say

Mental health experts and community leaders are hosting a free seminar at the Corpus Christi Community Center on Friday (Aug. 9), to discuss ways to better prepared before a storm.

  ‘It should have been changed’: Homestead exemption amount the same since 1980

Voters approved a $75,000 homestead exemption in 1980. That amount has not changed since.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Man fed up with 18-wheelers parking in his neighborhood

After years of dealing with 18-wheelers parking in his neighborhood, New Orleans East resident Warren Marigny said he’s had enough.

  Heart of Louisiana: Alvin Batiste

His mother always encouraged him to draw and paint pictures. Now, a Donaldsonville folk artist is using his work to preserve the stories she told him, decades ago.

  Realtor experiencing home sale troubles after 2020 quadrennial assessments

With the 2020 quadrennial assessments, homes are seeing double and triple their previous value, a local realtor fears those higher property taxes may keep potential homeowners from buying in New Orleans.

  'It’s so hard’: Family, friends mourn tragic death of STPSO deputy

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a St. Tammany deputy killed in a crash on his way home from his bachelor party Sunday afternoon (Aug. 4).

Artist creates tribute mural for community activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph

A local artist designed and painted a mural that pays tribute to community activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

  Satchmo Summer Fest 2019 wraps up

Louis Armstrong would have turned 118 Sunday (Aug. 4), as New Orleans threw a festival in his honor.

  Local barber attempts to set world record for free haircuts

Brandus Mercadel, known as Fatt Da Barber, gave around 200 free haircuts to kids going back to school.

‘It’s not shocking anymore’: People nationwide search for answers in wake of violent weekend

People across the country feel the heartache in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy, including those here in the New Orleans metro area. But, they’re not just mourning the loss of over two dozen lives, they’re asking questions and looking for answers.

  FOX 8 collecting supplies for annual School Supply Drive

FOX 8 is collecting school supplies for area schools during our annual FOX 8 School Supply Drive.

  5-year-old boy using own signs and thumbs up to stop speeders in his neighborhood

One 5-year-old boy has a request for drivers: slow down!

  Possible relief for increases in New Orleans property taxes in to be on Nov. ballot

Homeowners across New Orleans who are opening their 2020 property assessments are shocked at the numbers inside, but Sen. J.P. Morrell says relief could be on the horizon.

  Alternative solutions to long lines at the OMV

Going to the OMV can eat up hours of your day, but there are other, quicker options.

  Heart of Louisiana: Swamp Pop Museum

The unique blend of rock and roll music known as swamp pop grew popular in the dance halls of south Louisiana and managed to score a few top hits in the 1950s and 1960s.

  Councilwoman encourages citizens to appeal Orleans Parish property assessments

Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen said she understands concern among citizens is growing regarding an increase in their property taxes, and she said she's worried too.

  Crowds gather to honor Art Neville for funeral second line, memorial

One of New Orleans’ most influential musicians was memorialized in style in Broadmoor Tuesday afternoon (July 30).

  Gonzales woman ‘Lollipop Lucy’ turns 102-years-old

“Lollipop Lucy” is 102-years-old!

  New Orleans homeowners upset over spike in property values

Many residents across New Orleans are angry after being notified their property values are twice -- sometimes three times -- the original appraisal quote.

LSU alum’s GoFundMe to build new library gaining traction

She doesn't go to LSU anymore and she doesn't even live in Louisiana anymore, but Ginger Burk is tired of seeing how bad the LSU library looks. She's started a GoFundMe campaign page on her own, hoping to raise money for a new library.

  As Cafe du Monde readies for City Park opening, some locals still long for Morning Call

The new location opens Wednesday (July 31).

  Memorial held to honor late radio host John Walton

Family and friends honored the life of radio host John Walton at Generations Hall Sunday (July 28).

Gun owners trade firearms for gas in hopes preventing accidents in homes

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and The Office of East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore partnered to host an event where community members can exchange guns for gas.

  Abandoned, blighted Warwick Hotel finally slated for renovation

The former Warwick Hotel has been sitting abandoned in the heart of the Central Business District since Hurricane Katrina. But now, after more than a decade of falling into blight, the 12-story building is finally up for renovation.

  ‘They have the heart, we’re the spirit:’ Saints fans pack Training Camp day 2

No matter who their favorite player is, when the team stepped onto the field it was clear the Who Dat Nation cannot wait for the upcoming season.

Musician tip jar goes digital with Austin pilot program

Austin, Texas, is launching a pilot program that will let fans digitally tip their favorite musicians.

  Proposed bill offers fishermen hope after Spillway losses

The Aquaculture Protection Act could reimburse fishermen for up to 85 percent of losses suffered from events out of their control, such as spillway openings

  More coyotes sighting reported in the Irish Channel

With more sightings of a pack of coyotes roaming the Irish Channel, one resident said the animals are not afraid of humans. And, she said the neighborhood is being told they'll have to pay out of pocket for their removal -- possibly costing $8,000.

  Heart of Louisiana: Swamp Base

A Louisiana swamp has become an adventure destination for teenage scouts from across the country to take a deep into the Atchafalaya Basin for a week of paddling, camping and discovery at Swamp Base.

  Local musicians pay tribute to Art “Poppa Funk” Neville

New Orleans mourns the loss of one of its music pioneers. Local musicians paid tribute to Art "Poppa Funk" Neville Tuesday night with a special show.

  Hundreds of gallons of molasses cleaned from French Quarter street

Between 300 and 500 gallons of syrup leaked from a truck holding 4,000 gallons of liquid at the height of evening rush hour Monday (July 22).

  Joe Biden tours New Orleans community youth center

Biden, his wife and Rep. Cedric Richmond toured the Youth Empowerment Project Tuesday afternoon (July 23). Watch their speeches live:

Xavier University of Louisiana graduate honored with scholarship for medical school

Ochsner Health System awarded recent Xavier University of Louisiana graduate Sarah Bertrand its inaugural Ochsner Health System Medical School Scholarship for LSU Health Shreveport – School of Medicine - which will cover cost of tuition and fees for her to attend the four-year medical school program