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.

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

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Former State Police superintendent cleared of misconduct allegations

  Zurik: State Senator Wesley Bishop under federal investigation

Audit conducted of New Orleans non-profit at the center of a Lee Zurik investigation

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

Continued Coverage

  Former NOPD Detective and convicted sex offender in federal custody

FOX 8 Defenders: City says 18-wheelers did not violate parking laws in New Orleans East

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

Senator Wesley Bishop announces he will not seek re-election

  St. John Sheriff asks second suspect in Reserve double homicide to turn himself in

Orleans DA indicts four ‘T-Blocc’ gang members on racketeering charges

  CrimeTracker Cold Case: Who killed prominent Tulane surgeon inside French Quarter home?

In 2009, a prominent Tulane University plastic surgeon was fatally stabbed inside of his French Quarter home that was then set aflame. Now, Dr. Edward Newsome's family and the NOPD plead for help to find the killer.

  Zurik: Louisianians frustrated with hours-long delays at motor vehicles facilities

State records obtained by FOX 8 News show that while staffing has remained largely unchanged at the Office of Motor Vehicles, wait times have been steadily increasing at facilities across the state.

  Cracking the Code: Two blood tests, hundreds of dollars difference

A Louisiana woman is puzzled how a bill for basic blood tests can be hundreds of dollars more than a co-worker who had the same tests performed. Kim Christina, of Hammond, said her doctor sent her to North Oaks Hospital for a routine blood test and a month later she received an ‘exorbitant bill.’

  FOX 8 Defenders: Family waits hours for paramedics to arrive

When you have an emergency, most of the time you call 911, and help arrives. But one family waited hours, and help never did show up.

  Proposed plan would eliminate money bail at Criminal District Court

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

  FOX 8 INVESTIGATION: New document that says Radium-226 still in Gert Town

  Cracking the Code: Senator’s bill looks to stop surprise medical bills

  EXCLUSIVE: Gert Town residents possibly exposed to dangerous levels of radium, EPA memo shows

  FOX 8 Defenders: Tips to remember when booking travel

FOX 8 Defenders: Plaquemines Parish crews fill two longtime nuisance pools

After years of creating hazardous and unsightly burdens, two nuisance pools in Braithwaite Park were finally filled.

  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.

  NOPD: Car burglars targeting tint windows

Crime prevention district commander says the window tint "film" acts as noise reduction.

FOX 8 Defenders: Woman at center of Essence scam sentenced to 15 years

A woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from 98 out of town Essence Festival attendees pleaded guilty Wednesday.

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

The Dept. of Health received two different documents regarding the safety risk of the radioactive material. One reported it posed a hazard to the public, the other said it did not.

  Crimetracker Cold Case: Who killed Bianca Forman?

Nearly 27 years after someone shot a pregnant New Orleans mother on the Westbank, killing her and her unborn baby, detectives and the victims grown daughter plead for help.

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

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

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

The FOX 8 Defenders exposed a neighborhood of nuisance properties in February that were not only unsanitary, but dangerous. Since then, we've reported on a lot that has changed, and now Plaquemines Parish has taken steps to crack down.

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

New questions surface over a New Orleans-area lawmaker who already had to cut the state a $20,000 check for working in two places at the same time.

  Racketeering indictment charges teens with crimes from car burglaries to murder

Four young men, one of them 16-years-old, are charged in a superseding indictment with racketeering.

  City Council looks for new approach to juvenile crime

City Council members are looking at crime numbers to figure out a new approach to juvenile crime.

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

The Louisiana Department of Education has allowed at least seven 'for-profit' schools into the state's scholarship program despite a rule saying that state and federal money cannot go to 'for-profit' schools.

  Ballistic evidence crucial in accused shooter case

Ballistic evidence from the June 18 scene of a double murder in Metairie became crucial in the investigation against accused shooter Sean Barrette.

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

The New Orleans Police Department says a man who has been arrested in connection with three murders in Metaire is now considered a person of interest in two shootings in New Orleans East.

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

Lopinto said projectiles from two other shooting incidents in Jefferson Parish and one in New Orleans match with weapon used by Sean Barrette.

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

Governor John Bel Edwards plans on pushing for more changes to the state’s program that allows children at poor-performing public schools to attend certain private schools on a voucher or scholarship.

  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

Windows were busted out of vehicle after vehicle in the 7200 block of Queensway Drive.

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

Parish code enforcement said Wednesday it is seeking a warrant so that officials can go in and deal with a bee problem in Avondale which residents say is getting worse by the day.

  Metairie mother goes after alleged car burglars after break-in

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputies say masked suspects burglarized four cars off of West Esplanade Avenue overnight. One of the, belonged to a woman who says she got into her car and drove off after the teens after finding one in her driveway.

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

With a juvenile crime problem escalating across New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell said one way to effectively stop it would be to create Evening Reporting Centers.

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

A state senator has cut a check for discrepancies raised in a FOX 8 Investigation into his pay during a recent legislative session.

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

311 complaints for illegal dumping stretch across the city. Residents are tired of finding piles of trash appearing in their neighborhood.

  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.