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  Homeowners push to extend appeal deadline amid high home assessments

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

Several children’s products recalled this summer

  Potential new amendment could shake up short-term rental vote

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

  Realtor experiencing home sale troubles after 2020 quadrennial assessments

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

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

  What to do in latest Capital One data breach

Recall issued for sleepers; infant deaths reported with similar products

  Councilwoman encourages citizens to appeal Orleans Parish property assessments

  St. John Parish to shut off water for unpaid bills, but some claim meter readings inaccurate

La. ATC begins accepting applications for alcohol home delivery

The ATC expects to start issuing permits for boozy deliveries in August.

  Short-term rental presents proposals to New Orleans council

During a council meeting, several residents spoke about their concerns with the additional fees.

  Fishermen discouraged by algae bloom levels post-Barry, still hoping for federal assistance

As fishermen took to the water Tuesday (July 16), they didn’t' see the swirling blue green algae as they did before Barry. But, their spirits aren't lifted just yet.

  La. senators sponsor legislation to save the flood insurance program

Louisiana senators support a new bill to reform the troubled National Flood Insurance Program and make protections more affordable.

  St. Bernard Parish leaders appeal for federal disaster relief money for fishermen

  July 10 rains flooded hundreds of cars in New Orleans

City appeals judge’s ruling to void approval of new Entergy plant

  Local restaurants desperate for relief from higher seafood prices

Waitr to start delivering alcohol in Louisiana

Children’s pajamas recalled for violating flammability standards, posing burn risk to kids

  Judge voids New Orleans City Council approval of new Entergy power plant

The ruling came less than a month after she ruled the city violated its open meetings law when actors paid by Entergy spoke in favor of the plan.

  Tourism officials have high hopes as Essence Fest attendees arrive

Essence Fest attendees start arriving ahead of the weekend and tourism officials say it's one of the biggest events of the summer.

  Fear over seafood future prompts plea to President Trump

St. Bernard Parish officials are calling for President Donald Trump to come see devastation to the seafood industry which they said was caused by the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

Eastman Chemical Co. to expand its Louisiana facility with $70M investment

Eastman Chemical Company is investing $70 million over the next three years to expand its manufacturing operations in St. Gabriel.

  Tensions between U.S. and Iran could impact gas prices, La. oil industry

Louisiana's oil and gas industry monitors the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops because of risk of fire

Select 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops have batteries that may overheat.

Get a free ice cream cone at Dairy Queen on Friday, June 21

You can get a regular or dipped cone at no cost along with any purchase on June 21.

  $8 million needed to repair Jefferson Parish landfill

The parish has already spent millions of dollars on consultants, contractors and construction to fix the stench at the dump.

  Local business frustrated by more dust from the Port of New Orleans

A business owner says dust from the Port of New Orleans continues to plague his business.

  Oyster fishermen report low catches since opening of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Oyster restaurants business owner worries about growing oyster mortality since Bonnet Carre Spillway opened.

RECALL: Lay’s potato chips pulled from shelves

Consumers with milk allergies could end up having a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction after eating certain bags of Lay’s potato chips.

Abita announces Strawberry Lager now available year-round

Louisiana craft brewery, Abita Brewing Company, announced its seasonal favorite, Abita Strawberry Lager, will now be available all year long.

Shrimp season delayed on Gulf Coast

By Father’s Day, Coast seafood lovers are usually enjoying fresh gulf shrimp from Mississippi waters.

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

GNO Inc., approves of latest effort to extend, reform national flood insurance program

New legislation being weighed by members of Congress would reform the troubled National Flood Insurance Program.

  Uncovered manhole, growing hole from sewer break raise safety concerns

A growing hole in the Carrollton neighborhood and an uncovered manhole in Broadmoor leaves residents worried about safety.

  FCC proposing plan to block robocalls

The FCC Chairman says the agency receives dozens of robocalls every day.

Veggie products face new labeling restrictions in Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to labeling restrictions that will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar.

Mayor announces amnesty period for overdue tickets, fines

From now until September 3, people and businesses can pay unpaid and overdue tickets and fines without late fees or other penalties.

Louisiana to create veteran business certification, database

Consumers will be able to search a database to find those businesses, under the bill that won final passage Sunday with a 98-0 House vote.

  City councilman says Harrah’s extension means big economic boost for New Orleans

Louisiana lawmakers approved a 30-year extension for Harrah's casino to continue operating in New Orleans. The new deal will mean millions more for the state and the city.

More than 15,000 without power in Kenner

More than 8,000 Entergy customers are without power across Jefferson Parish, according to the company’s website.

  Fire in abandoned theater sparks calls for action on other blighted properties in N.O. East

Residents in New Orleans East say the number of eyesore buildings in the community makes them feel neglected and need to be addressed.

  New airport terminal undergoing work on canceled opening day

Wednesday was supposed to mark the opening of Kenner’s new bustling, billion-dollar airport. Instead, crews were still building and working on the finishing touches, after the opening was delayed yet again.

  S&WB: More than a third of city’s water mains are over 100 years old

More than a third of the city's water mains are over 100 years old, according to the Sewerage and Water Board.

  City officials assess Mother’s Day flood damage as some residents mop up

City officials said Sunday's street flooding was limited to three main areas.

  S&WB: New Orleans hit with more than 5 inches of rain overnight

The Sewerage and Water Board said the highest rate of rainfall was recorded at 3.1 inches in one hour in the Lower 9th Ward.

  Investigation into Uptown’s massive water leak continues, lanes still closed on Claiborne

Work continues on the hole left by a massive Claiborne water leak, as the investigation goes on.

  Uptown businesses frustrated with yet another boil water advisory

A waterline break caused flooding Uptown Friday (May 3), and left the area without safe water for over 24 hours.

Tyson recall expanded to include nearly 12 million pounds of chicken strips

Almost 12 million pound of chicken strips have been recalled because they might be contaminated with pieces of metal, according to the USDA.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Several Plaquemines nuisance pools now abated

The FOX 8 Defenders showed you a neighborhood full of nuisance properties that were unsanitary and dangerous in February. We also found the local government wasn’t enforcing its own ordinance, but a lot has changed in just over two months.

  Collagen Craze: Health or Hype?

Collagen is one of the top selling supplements in the country, with some doctors even recommending it for joint pain and hair loss. But is it worth the money and does it work?

  FOX 8 INVESTIGATION: Nearly $4 million of public money spent on E.R. that was never built

A FOX 8 Investigation found that millions of dollars in public money was spent on a planned emergency room on Jefferson Parish that was never built. And, the abandoned project could cost the public even more.

Nearly 700k children’s rockers sold since 2012 recalled after reports of deaths

Weeks after Fisher-Price recalled their Rock 'n Play infant swing after learning 30 babies died over a decade while using it, a second product is being pulled from shelves for a similar reason.

How to vet residential contractors to prevent scams

Hoping to pump the breaks on the spread of scammers following severe weather in April, GOHSEP hopes homeowners will remember the following tips before signing any contracts or handing over their hard earned money.

Insurance companies cannot alter premiums due to severe weather damage

Any customer who believes their insurance company is not properly handling a claim is encouraged to file a complaint.

Blue Bell Cookie Cake ice cream hits store shelves

The limited-time flavor contains pieces of chocolate chip cookie cake with swirls of icing throughout.

Stove-top espresso maker recalled due to fire, burn hazard

The handle of the Chambord Espresso Pot has been reported to catch fire when in use.

Parents can trade in unwanted car seats at Target’s annual event

The event starts Monday and will last through May 4.

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

Thousands without power on North Shore, Baton Rouge ahead of storms

More than 4,000 residents were without power in Tangipahoa Parish Saturday afternoon (April 13), hours before severe weather is expected in the area.

Outages leave over 2,000 New Orleans residents out of power

Outages affecting more than 2,500 residents were reported Saturday afternoon (April 13).

Young entrepreneur uses pillows to chase her dreams

Condoleezza Semien, 13, is on a journey that most teenagers her age are not.

Acura recalls more than 360k SUVs over faulty tail lights

Acura is recalling more than 360,000 SUVs worldwide

Warning issued to parents for Fisher-Price baby product after reports of infant deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

Limited recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste cans due to potential mold

The recall stated after the canning process, it is possible that the product was damaged creating the potential for mold.

PetSmart offers free Easter photos for pets

Pet parents can bring their fur babies into participating stores across the U.S.

  Cyber security experts warn of scams through text messages

Scammers are finding new ways to target consumers. Now, in addition to calling, they’re reaching out through text messages, usually with a website.

  Grant money delay in Fat City/Jefferson Highway development

Two years after being approved for grants to spruce up their store fronts, businesses in Jefferson Parish are still waiting to receive the funds.

22,000 baby socks recalled due to ornaments detaching, choking hazard

Consumers should immediately take the recalled socks away from children.

170,000 rechargeable power banks recalled, one report of igniting house fire

The company received one report of a house fire causing up to $150,000 in property damage.

Two male enhancement supplements recalled due to presence of sildenafil

The active ingredients in both supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

  ATC commissioner halts the sale of CBD statewide

The state is cracking down on CBD sales.

Sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Over 2,500 pounds have been recalled.

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Those at risk for more severe forms of the illness include infants, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

The syrup has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans.

Dept. of Treasury: Look out for unclaimed property checks in the mail

If you’re one of thousands of Louisiana residents to receive an unexpected check in the mail from the state -- it’s legit, don’t throw it out.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Tips on protecting your personal, financial and tax info

In the final weeks of the tax filing season, the IRS is warning people to be extra wary of scams and attempts to steal your personal information.