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  FOX 8 Defenders: Group of model hopefuls out thousands is far-reaching, could become criminal case

After a FOX 8 Defenders investigation, we're learning the number of consumers who say they didn't get what was promised in their pursuit of a modeling career is far-reaching. Shelley Brown looks into whether what we exposed could be a criminal case.

Drago’s to host grand opening Monday

Carnival Cruise Line announces restrictions amid Coronavirus outbreak

Slidell police warn of man passing counterfeit money; how you can spot it

Retailers prepare for Mississippi’s first-ever Powerball, Mega Millions lotteries

Coast sportsbooks gear up for Super Bowl LIV

‘Rap Noodles’ to hit shelves Friday

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  St. John Parish residents optimistic about proposed buyout of Bayou Steel

Sandwich cookies sold at Whole Foods recalled due to undeclared allergen

  Local ports react to deal on international trade agreement

IRS offers tips to keep your identity safe this holiday season

  Clearview Mall to transform into hotel, apartments and revamped shopping center

How Cyber Monday shopping can affect your taxes

  FOX 8 Defenders: After four tragedies, homeowner scared in own living room

She's scared even in her own living room. Now after four tragedies, she's desperate for help and turned to the FOX 8 Defenders to try to get answers.

Tony Chachere’s gumbo beer has hit the shelves

Tony Chachere’s and Bayou Teche Brewing are introducing their Gumbo Stout, made with Creole spices for a limited time.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Dozens of old tires found spilling onto residential street

Wondering how much longer they'll have to endure what they call a health and sanitation hazard, a group of neighbors turned to the FOX 8 Defenders for help.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: City hasn’t enforced its own rules on emergency swimming pool

BBB warns of Netflix scam

  The Drug Enforcement Administration warns of lethal fentanyl-laced pills

  FOX 8 Defenders: Relief headed to congested Jefferson neighborhood

  Ticket prices soar ahead of LSU v. Alabama game; charter buses fully booked

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

That’s the spirit: Ghost Whopper comes to New Orleans

Burger (Boo-ger) King is reaching into the paranormal world of food with its Ghost Whopper.

La. attorney general calls for crackdown on illegal online alcohol sales

Louisiana Attorney General is calling for online platforms to crack down on the illegal sale of alcohol.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

36 hours later, new Fortnite map emerges from black hole

Fortnite has imploded.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

BBB Scam Alert: Think twice before buying from social media ads

The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker is getting reports of Facebook and Instagram ads that take advantage of shoppers’ goodwill by claiming to give proceeds to charity.

The McRib is back for a limited time

The McRib was last in restaurants in November 2018 but has been appearing on McDonald’s menu since 1981.

Go Auto announces insurance rate reduction for Louisiana drivers

Drivers in Louisiana insured by Go Auto will see a reduction on the bottom line of their bills

Popular New Orleans eatery fined $238,000 over unpaid overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a popular New Orleans restaurant to pay $238,000 in back wages to 222 employees who weren’t properly paid for overtime work.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Proposal to change one word in pool ordinance

We're learning more about the effort to change one word in a New Orleans ordinance that targets nuisance swimming pools, and we've uncovered disturbing findings about a longtime dangerous pool that should have been abated months ago.

Coast casinos thrive despite difficult summer tourism season

The challenges, created by the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, didn’t necessarily translate into problems for the casino business.

Dozens cited for seafood violations in New Orleans area

More than 150 businesses have been cited for seafood labeling violations since Sept. 20, Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) officials report.

Disney Cruise plans new trips from New Orleans to Bahamas, Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans with trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

New Orleans medical marijuana dispensary moving to Tchoupitoulas St.

The only authorized medical marijuana dispensary in New Orleans is moving from the Gentilly area to Tchoupitoulas St.

Recall: Peanut butter cookies sold at Winn-Dixie

Two variety-pack cookie products containing peanut butter cookies have been recalled because peanuts were not included on the label.

Walmart hiring 140 for Hammond distribution center; starting pay at $17 an hour

Walmart is hiring about 140 associates for its distribution center in Hammond.

Say hello to Abita’s new low-calorie IPA

Louisiana’s first and largest craft brewery is releasing a “guilt-free” IPA.

  Thousands of Kenner residents with abnormally high water bills due to estimated readings

According to water officials, the spike is due to estimated readings, which they said was a last resort when they had an abnormally high turnover rate for their hired meter readers.

  Louisiana solar energy advocates fear new rule will stifle growth

Louisiana’s five-member Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to change a rule that will allow utility companies to pay homeowners that produce excess solar energy the wholesale rate, instead of the current retail rate.

  Review board to hear more than 5,000 property appeals

More than 100,000 New Orleans property owners saw changes to their 2020 assessments and nearly 6,000 thousand of them are still fighting to appeal.

  Harahan drainage ditch lies unmaintained during confusion over ownership

A case of mistaken ownership leaves an important Jefferson Parish drainage ditch in limbo, leaving Harahan residents in the area worried about flooding if the ditch isn’t maintained.

RECALL: Children’s pajamas recalled for risk of burn injury

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing a recall for children’s pajamas for failing to meet federal flammability standards.

Protesters sound off over a proposal facing a Public Service Comission vote this week

A proposal the La. Public Service Commission is set to vote on Wednesday upsets green energy advocates.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: From flooding to poor lighting, church volunteers frustrated

From repeated street flooding to poor lighting, some church volunteers are growing frustrated. They're concerned those issues will have an impact on their place of worship.

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store coming to Outlets of Mississippi

The store will be at least 6,000 square feet, according to the release, and will initially feature men’s clothing. It will also have “premium lifestyle products," apparel, and accessories.

  Real estate experts say property values have increased since Katrina

Some real estate experts believe there has been an organic increase in local property values.

  New Orleans’ ticket amnesty program ends Tuesday

The city’s chief financial officer said residents who participated in the program saved a total of $2.4 million.

BBB warns of scammers taking advantage of those donating to Bahamas relief efforts

Seeing videos and pictures of the destruction in the Bahamas because of Hurricane Dorian, may make you feel like you need to do something.

  'We should support locals’: Seafood labeling law takes effect

Many New Orleans seafood restaurants who buy from local vendors say they support new law requiring source of seafood to be disclosed.

Tea for infants, breastfeeding women could contain Salmonella

A brand of herbal tea marketed to help relieve digestive discomfort in infants and increase milk flow in women who are nursing could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement states.

BBB: New scam puts phony invites on Outlook, Google Calendars

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says the latest scam its agents are tracking involves schemers planting phony events laced with phishing links on their targets’ schedules.

Tourists visit Coast attractions for Labor Day weekend

Coastal Mississippi launched several campaigns to bring visitors to Coast and steer away from negative ideas about the algae outbreak earlier this summer.

Taco Bell says adios to fan favorites on menu

Taco Bell is going taco bye.

Entergy reports nearly 5,000 customers without power in Jefferson Parish

Almost 5,000 Entergy customers were out left without power on Friday morning.

  Air of Uncertainty: Attorney critical of Denka’s request for new chloroprene emission guidelines

In 2010, the EPA labeled chloroprene as a likely carcinogen, and recommends that emissions levels not rise above that .2 micrograms per cubic meter. But now, Laplace's Denka-Dupont plant wants that number changed.

  Gov. Edwards: $20 million to be sent to New Orleans for infrastructure work

Much of the money will go towards Sewerage and Water Board debt, but Governor Edwards said it will be a huge help moving forward.

RECALL: Whirlpool, KitchenAid & JennAir glass cooktops can turn themselves on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir brand glass cooktops with touch controls are included in the recall.

Congressman Steve Scalise settles the chicken sandwich debate

Congressman Steve Scalise decided it was time to take part in the chicken sandwich debate.

  'The answer is not simple’: Multi-agency effort needed to solve New Orleans’ flooding issue

Officials say a multi-agency effort is needed and city leaders said a partnership between all those involved is essential to coming up with a solution.

Popeyes runs out of new chicken sandwiches nationwide

The fast-food chain, Popeyes, has run out of its new chicken sandwiches nationwide, according to a tweet from the company on Aug. 27.

  Downtown business leaders seek flood solutions

Downtown business leaders seek solutions to flooding after heavy rains inundated the area Monday afternoon (Aug. 26).

Jefferson Parish President: $1 Million spent on office space for inspector general

According to Mike Yenni, Inspector General David McClintock's office spent over $1 million leasing and renovating two buildings in the Elmwood area, despite having been offered rent-free space by Yenni.

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

The deadline to file a formal appeal to fight 2020 assessments throughout the city is less than 24 hours away. For some, it's a deadline they've been dreading.

  Facebook announces tool to help users protect privacy

A new setting with allow users to keep their information out of the hands of advertisers.

St. Bernard Parish president skeptical of freshwater diversions

The St. Bernard Parish President said he is worried planned freshwater diversion projects could do more harm than good,

  Homeowners faced with long lines on final day for in-person assessment appeal

Crowds flocked to the assessor's office on the final day to dispute high assessments with employees, at some points bringing the office to capacity.

  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.

Scam victim says don’t cash checks, fall for secret shopper scheme

Jorjela Perez-Garcia dove headfirst into what she believed was a gig to be a secret shopper.

  ‘I don’t understand': Resident demands explanation for $10,000 spike in water bill

A Gentilly resident says his water bill jumped to $13,438 in August, even though his water had been turned off for months.

New scam ‘hires’ you to be a secret shopper, aims to steal money from you

A new scam tries to convince people they've been hired for a secret shopping job before stealing money from victims.

  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.

BBB: Notifications claiming to be from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and other airlines could be scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers who may be traveling to take a closer look at emails from folks claiming to be airline representatives.

Several children’s products recalled this summer

A.G. Jeff Landry wants to remind parents of summer safety recalls.

  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.

  ‘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.

  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.

Louisiana’s shrimp season starts Monday: 3 zones, 2 times

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has set shrimp season to open Monday, but at two different times.

  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.