Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

  Opinions conflicted on health risk of Gert Town radioactive waste, documents show

  Crimetracker Cold Case: Who killed Bianca Forman?

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

  FOX 8 Defenders: Plaquemines Parish cracks down on nuisance pool owners

  Zurik: Are a lawmaker’s actions helping his employer or constituents?

  Racketeering indictment charges teens with crimes from car burglaries to murder

Continued Coverage

  City Council looks for new approach to juvenile crime

  Cost of Choice: State Department of Education possibly breaking rules set up for voucher schools

  Ballistic evidence crucial in accused shooter case

Suspect in Metairie murders named person of interest in two New Orleans shootings

  Jefferson Parish Sheriff announces three more shootings linked to man accused of randomly shooting and killing four

  The Cost of Choice: Governor to push for changes to Louisiana Scholarship Program

  Air of Uncertainty: Louisiana AG clears way for federal lawsuit against Denka-Dupont plant

For years the Denka-Dupont rubber plant has been criticized because of its levels of chloroprene emissions. The EPA has labeled chloroprene as a likely carcinogen.

  NOPD data shows decrease in crime as new juvenile crime initiatives go into effect

Over a one week period, NOPD data shows overall crime across New Orleans went down 17 percent.

  Report: Drug maker files for bankruptcy to cover opioid penalties

According to the Washington Post, it’s the first time a drug maker has turned to bankruptcy court to contend with its legal expenses.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Man reaches out after falling into uncovered storm drain

Dept. of Public Works fixes uncovered storm drain after man falls in.

  Thieves smash several car windows in New Orleans East

  FOX 8 Defenders: Jefferson Parish declares bee-infested home a nuisance

  Metairie mother goes after alleged car burglars after break-in

  Youth Empowerment Project no longer involved in city’s Evening Reporting Center

  Zurik: State senator cuts check for use of sick time during legislative session

  FOX 8 Defenders: City works to address ‘tremendous problem’ of illegal dumping

  The Cost of Choice: Education board member says voucher system ‘working very well’ but needs improvement

A member of the eleven-person board overseeing educational policies in Louisiana said he supports the scholarship system and says it is ‘working very well’ despite findings to the contrary in our recent Cost of Choice investigation.

  Staff, parents protest early childhood grant pulled from school following ‘Cost of Choice’ reports

Teachers, students and parents from an early childhood program held signs in protest outside LSU Health New Orleans, opposing a decision to end a nearly million-dollar grant with the school.

  CrimeTracker Report: The state of juvenile crime in New Orleans

Multiple city leaders have called the raise in juvenile crime in New Orleans "dire," sparking new outreach and rehabilitation efforts.

  CrimeTracker Cold Case : Who killed Russell Teal?

A man's hope to start a new life in New Orleans takes a tragic turn when he is killed during Carnival Season

  Surveillance video shows grandmother violently carjacked in broad daylight

A grandmother is recovering after she was carjacked Tuesday afternoon, in broad daylight. Police reports indicate the suspects demanded her keys and threatened to kill her before one of them attacked.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Illegal dumping issues continue in New Orleans East, prompting drainage concerns

When drainage issues were getting too much for Marty Fears to handle, he took matters into his own hands. He dug out and built a makeshift drainage ditch around his property.

  Irish Channel residents concerned for safety amidst rise in car break-ins

Some residents in the Irish Channel say they’re afraid to walk the streets at night due to an uptick in juvenile crime. Fox 8 spoke to NOPD’s Sixth District Commander who says they’re battling the issue just like the rest of the city, but there is an upside to recent crime numbers.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Westwego residents concerned over apparent bee infestation

Westwego residents want help in dealing with a home they consider abandoned, in their neighborhood. They say bee and wasp swarms are a blight on their street

  Seventh District Commander aims to combat juvenile crime with community policing

Residents in New Orleans East say they want to do their part to tackle juvenile crime in the city.

  Zurik: State official’s companies sanctioned in two separate investigations

A business owner who sits on two different state board has been sanctioned in two separate investigations surrounding insurance claims.

  The Cost of Choice: As New Orleans’ Catholic school enrollment fell, state vouchers came to the rescue

The largest participant in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the New Orleans Archdiocese with 3,700 scholarship students, has more than half of the total students in the program.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  The Cost of Choice: Lax application process, holes in transparency in state scholarship program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program allows schools to simply notify the state to participate in the program rather than a lengthy application process like public and charter schools face for approval.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Some worry if not fully secured, Touro Shakspeare Home could be lost

This year marks Algiers’ tricentennial, yet a grand old building with deep ties to the area’s history continues to deteriorate.

  The Cost of Choice: Family-run school sanctioned by state, receives millions in scholarship dollars

Public money has flowed into one New Orleans voucher school despite low student scores, allegations of cheating and nepotism concerns.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Drivers say stretch of Almonaster is a ‘safety hazard’

Business owners and area commuters say something must be done about a dangerous stretch of road in New Orleans East. They say Almonaster Drive near Old Gentilly Road is riddled with potholes and is missing street lines.

KNOW THE SCORE: Grades of schools in the Louisiana Scholarship Program

Many parents said they are unaware of how their child's school performs in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. As a part of the joint investigation, The Cost of Choice, a searchable database is created containing all of the state's data on scholarship schools.

  The Cost of Choice: Louisiana’s voucher program costs millions more to send children to lower-performing schools

A joint investigation found many students in the Louisiana Scholarship Program are going to lower performing schools, the opposite of what was touted during the program's launch in 2012.

  CrimeTracker Cold Case: Who killed Tulane graduate Thomas Rolfes?

Three years after his murder in 2016, loved ones recall 25-year-old Tulane University Graduate Thomas Rolfes as a kind, wonderful young man.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  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.

  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.

  Police say juveniles strike again Uptown

In the 5400 block of Laurel Street Uptown, it’s happened again.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

NOPD: Investigating shooting in New Orleans East

Police are investigating a shooting in New Orleans East.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Some drainage infrastructure appears non-existent on Mid-City street

When a Mid-City property owner couldn't get answers on a clogged drain, she turned to the FOX 8 Defenders for help. We got on the case and learned that a critical piece of infrastructure meant for drainage appears non-existent on her block - and is hard to find on several other city blocks.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  Victim calls for transparency after more Scout troop leaders are suspected of child sex abuse

Attorneys are calling for more victims to come forward after it’s discovered that child sex abuse within the Boy Scouts of America is much more widespread than originally thought.

  Louisiana House passes bill to reduce auto insurance rates

With a 69-30 vote, House Bill 372 advances again as it passes the House. The vote came after nearly 2 hours of questioning and testimony on the House floor.

  Louisiana bill to help lower auto insurance costs advances to house floor

If Randy Guillot's trucking company were located a few hundred miles anywhere else, he'd be saving a lot of money on insurance.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

Diocese of Lake Charles list of credibly accused clergy

The Diocese of Lake Charles has released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Heavy rains cause sewage overflows in Metairie subdivision

While many residents have come to expect their streets to flood during heavy rains, one Jefferson Parish subdivision deals with a rather stinkier consequence.

  Zurik: Former tourism official pleads guilty to theft, pays restitution

Tonnette ‘Toni’ Rice repaid $70,682 to the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, a non-profit where she used to serve as the former president. A FOX 8 Lee Zurik Investigation uncovered Rice stole more than $70,000 from the organization.

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

Trial for Chalmette couple accused of failing to deliver furniture continued

A St. Bernard Parish judge continued the trial Monday of a Chalmette couple that has been the focus of several FOX 8 Defender investigations.

Former North Shore DA Walter Reed wants extension before reporting to prison

Walter Reed wants a two week delay because of a medical situation.

  Zurik: Recipient of questionable court funds drops off check, cash at courthouse

One recipient of questionable spending during a court clerk's final days in office drops off check and cash after a FOX 8 Investigation. Meanwhile, the court has sent findings of a financial audit to law enforcement to review.

  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.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  State Police: Covington bail bondsman arrested for human trafficking, rape

James E. Johnson has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for violation of two counts of Human Trafficking, two counts of First Degree Rape, and one count of Sexual Battery

  Zurik: Audit suggests possible criminal investigation of former court clerk

A fraud examination report released to FOX 8 shows financial investigators have suggested a possible criminal investigation into the actions of a now-former court clerk.

  Alleged abuse victim reaches settlement with Archdiocese of New Orleans

A man who says he was repeatedly raped by a defrocked deacon decades ago settles his lawsuit with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

  Zurik: Questionable expenses in court clerk’s final days in office

Timothy David Ray was appointed to First City Court Clerk after Ellen Hazeur won a judgeship in March 2018. In November 2018, Ray lost the election for that office to Austin Badon. In Ray’s last days in office, he wrote two questionable checks, totaling nearly $10,000.

  CrimeTracker: New Orleans gun violence by the numbers

By Dec. 31, 2018, police had investigated 145 murders across New Orleans. It’s the city’s lowest murder count since the 1970s.

  Bourbon Street shooting leaves 2 injured, 1 dead, suspect arrested

Shooting leaves 2 injured and 1 dead on Bourbon Street.

  Zurik: Lawmakers expect to address auto insurance issues in next session

The issue of sky-high auto insurance rates in the state has gotten the attention of lawmakers who are planning ways that could lower the rates -- if they can make it through the legislature.

  Zurik: High insurance costs drive businesses to the brink of closure

Louisiana’s distinction as most expensive auto insurance in the nation is one that is putting a major strain on transportation businesses.

  Zurik: Is Louisiana’s ‘legal hellhole’ to blame for sky-high auto insurance rates?

Louisiana has a ranking many people are not proud of -- home of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. But the factors behind the distinction -- depend on who you ask.

  Zurik: Mayor vows to go after dollars ‘left on the table’ in overdue parking, traffic camera tickets

An examination of data from the City of New Orleans found $245.9 Million owed to the city for tickets dating back to 2008.

  Blighted since Katrina, former N.O. East hotel added to National historic list

A symbol of Katrina blight that greets thousands of commuters every day in New Orleans just got added to the National Register of Historic Places. In this FOX 8 Defenders follow-up, the developer explains why it's worthy of preserving and his plans for the future.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  Attorney plans to move to dismiss lawsuit against Archdiocese of New Orleans

An attorney representing church sex abuse victims will dismiss a lawsuit against the archdiocese of New Orleans. The lawsuit was filed in November in civil court, and the attorney involved says settling outside of court was a better outcome for all involved.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Plaquemines residents live among stagnant swimming pools

A FOX 8 Defenders investigation that began in New Orleans expands. Neighbors outside of the City say they're surrounded by hidden dangers that are public nuisance properties, which could be a health or safety risk.

  Zurik: HHS Secretary says ‘revolutionary’ changes to come for drug prices

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visited with Louisiana pharmacists about drug prices in the U.S. and how future changes could mean savings for customers.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.