Zurik: Newly hired RTA CEO has trail of ‘retaliation’ complaints, including a six-figure settlement to keep complaint quiet

On the job for just over a year, Regional Transit Authority CEO Alex Wiggins already has allegations of retaliation, like those at his previous public transit jobs, uncovered by FOX 8 Investigates.

  Zurik: Councilmember asks state board to deny Folgers request for retroactive tax exemptions

  CRIMETRACKER: Carjackings spike in New Orleans 106 percent

  Crimetracker: Rise in violence across New Orleans

  Victim encourages awareness after NOPD investigates purse snatching case

  FOX 8 Defenders: Homeowner waited months for iron fence job

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

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  FOX 8 Defenders: Illegally dumped tires in New Orleans East

  FOX 8 Defenders: I-10 lights project in N.O. East near completion

  Zurik: Employees say airport contractor forced them to commit unemployment fraud

Louisiana a ‘yellow zone’ state in latest White House report, Governor cautions testing needs to increase after Laura

Zurik: Former St. Tammany DA Walter Reed released from federal prison, will serve rest of his sentence at home

  Zurik: Watchdog, Community members say New Orleans company owes millions on years-old improvements

Zurik: Wesley Bishop’s law license suspended following sentencing in federal case

Former State Senator Wesley Bishop has been suspended from practicing law after he was sentenced in July for falsifying federal loan documents related to his rental property.

White House Task Force notes ‘stability’ in Louisiana, recommends ‘aggressive’ testing for shrimpers

The White House Coronavirus Task Force notes 'stability' in new cases and percent positivity in tests in the latest report sent to Governor John Bel Edwards on August 10.

PROTECT YOUR MONEY: That IRS identification letter might not be a scam

Some people have been getting letters from the Internal Revenue Service asking for identification verification.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: Appliances strewn across lawn frustrate neighbors who say homeowner was previously cited

Washer and dryers strewn across the front of a house in the 4700 block of Viola Street frustrate neighbors.

51 parishes classified in ‘Red Zone’ in latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report

  FOX 8 Defenders: Follow-up investigation into appliance repair man

Zurik: Former state senator sentenced to probation, ordered to repay $188,000 state loan

Zurik: Disciplinary Committee recommends suspension for former court clerk

  Zurik: People tested at state coronavirus test sites wait more than two weeks for results

Former State Senator asks court for lesser sentence due to COVID-19 concerns

  FOX 8 EXCLUSIVE: ‘Why does this keep happening?’ A woman and 9-year-old carjacked in front of house twice in a week

New Orleans East family held at gunpoint and carjacked in front of home early Monday morning.

Gov. Edwards signs bill that eliminates auto insurance ‘Patriot Penalty’ for deployed military

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill Tuesday that would end the so-called Patriot Penalty where members of the military who are deployed are charged for a lapse in coverage during their deployment. The penalty was the focus of an investigation by FOX 8 News and Investigate TV into the p

  FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Many await refunds for months as cruise lines say they're backed up from a high volume of requests.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Zurik: Airport vendor left local businesses and non-profits with reduced visibility and broken promises

When the new terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport opened it had several New Orleans features included -- but its what was missing that has some local businesses feeling left at the gate.

INTERACTIVE MAP: COVID-19 Cases in Louisiana Nursing Homes

The Louisiana Department of Health has released data about COVID-19 cases at specific nursing homes in the state. See a map that plots this data for nursing homes across the state.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

Zurik: City inspectors under investigation dodge pre-termination hearings with resignation and retirements

Three city building inspectors who are under investigation for signing off on inspections without physically being at the worksite have avoided pre-termination hearings at City Hall by submitting resignation and retirement requests.

  Zurik: State lawmakers adjourned for 49 days due to COVID-19 and were still paid

State lawmakers collected nearly $1,000,000 in per diem payments for the legislative session in March and April, even though they were never there.

  Zurik: Death toll at Lambeth House higher than initially reported by state officials

Initial reports had the death toll at the Lambeth House at 13 people, as of late March. FOX 8 reached out to the families of those who died and reviewed coroner’s documents to show that 23 residents of the Lambeth House died from COVID-19.

  Released inmates supervised on ankle monitors but their type of release could make a big difference

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s jail population decreased from more than a thousand in March to just under 800 today.

  Zurik: Doctor’s drive-thru Coronavirus testing methods, use of controversial drug questioned

Testing has been at the forefront of concerns of getting a handle on the coronavirus outbreak that has sickened thousands in Louisiana and killed more than 1,500 people. But one doctor’s drive-thru testing method and use of a controversial drug has one medical expert saying it is not good medicine.

Zurik: Judge denies injunction over crowded St. Tammany Jail cells, says jail has already taken ’significant’ measures regarding Coronavirus

A federal district court judge has denied a group of attorneys’ efforts for an injunction to stop the St. Tammany Parish Jail’s crowded jail cells. The attorneys filed the request for a temporary injunction citing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana.

Attorneys ask for former DA Walter Reed’s release from jail for risk of COVID-19 threat

Walter Reed is asking to be released from jail because of health concerns and COVID-19.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

Zurik: Attorneys ask judge to end St. Tammany Jail’s extended use of holding cells, citing concerns of COVID-19

Attorneys suing the St. Tammany Parish Jail over extended use of holding cells, keeping inmates there for days -- if not weeks -- are asking a judge to step in and force the jail to stop those practices amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

Zurik: Attorneys request state, federal investigations into St. Tammany Jail’s cramped holding cells

Attorneys who previously filed a class-action lawsuit regarding the cramped holding cells in the St. Tammany Parish Jail are now seeking investigations into the practice on both the state and federal level.

  Zurik: Healthcare workers among the first to be tested at drive-thru sites have not received results

When drive-thru testing sites were established in New Orleans to test for COVID-19, healthcare workers and first responders were the first to get tested. But a week after those frontline workers were tested, their results are still outstanding.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

Zurik: Hundreds of tests taken in the early days of Coronavirus testing are still outstanding

Testing has been a crucial focus of determining the true scope of the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, but FOX 8 has learned hundreds of tests performed at Ochsner screening sites are still outstanding more than a week after patients were tested.

  Zurik: Ventilator supply in New Orleans could run out next week, health leaders compete against other states to get more in stock

State and local leaders are very concerned that the ventilator supply for the New Orleans area may run out as soon as next week, as the state continues to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak which has sickened more than a thousand Louisianians.

Zurik: Lawsuit filed over cramped St. Tammany holding cells, lawyers concerned for social distancing amid COVID-19

A lawsuit has been filed against the St. Tammany Jail and their practice of keeping inmates in crammed holding cells for days, a practice FOX 8 first exposed in a Lee Zurik Investigation. Lawyers say the situation is especially concerning in the time of social distancing to prevent COVID-19.

  Zurik: Hospitals increase capacity ahead of expected increase of COVID-19 patients

State leaders are very concerned with hospital capacity in the New Orleans area during the novel coronavirus outbreak that is being seen across the state.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

  Zurik: New Orleans continues to be one of the nation’s COVID-19 hot spots, analysis shows

New Orleans is experiencing one of the highest numbers of cases of COVID-19 per capita, based on an analysis of data across the country by FOX 8 News.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

Where are the latest COVID-19 cases in Louisiana?

The latest count of cases from the Louisiana Department of Health

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  NOPD: 14 vehicles broken into on Louisiana Ave.

The NOPD says 14 vehicles were broken into on Louisiana Avenue.

  Metairie Rd. the latest victims in vehicle smash and grabs

Several Old Metairie residents woke up to find broken glass and stolen items and many we spoke to say they were able to actually catch the suspects on their home cameras.

  Zurik: Jail numbers show crowded holding cells are isolated to St. Tammany jail

When FOX 8 took first exposed the crowded holding cells in St. Tammany Parish that kept inmates well past the 48-hour minimum jail standard, a department official said the problem was “not just in St. Tammany." However, a review of area jails paints a different picture.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Mother, daughter recount kidnapping during carjacking

A mother says Sunday was the worst night of her life as she watched a stranger drive away with her young daughter.

  Zurik: City to demote Safety and Permits Director following discrepancies by department’s inspectors

The City of New Orleans will be demoting Zachary Smith, the head of the city’s Department of Safety and Permits, the city’s chief administrative officer confirms to FOX 8 News on Monday. The move comes after discrepancies were exposed in a series of FOX 8 Investigations.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Trash left outside home after eviction leaves Irish Channel residents frustrated

New Orleans Code Enforcement says it is aware of a pile of trash in front of an Irish Channel home.

  Zurik: St. Tammany Jail keeping inmates in holding cells for weeks, violating state’s minimum jail standards

Holding cells are meant to hold inmates for their first few days in custody. But a FOX 8 Lee Zurik Investigation found one jail was keeping people in these holding cells for weeks, against state standards.

  Shocking cell phone video catches the moment a burglar shoots man who confronts him

A terrifying scene unfolds in the 4000 block of South Derbigny as a man and his brother confronted someone breaking into their truck early Mardi Gras morning.

  Zurik: Additional discrepancies found in suspended building inspector’s past work

FOX 8 has uncovered additional discrepancies between the New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits inspection logs and GPS data from vehicles in the department.

  Gentilly family returns to find home riddled with bullets

A family in Gentilly fears for their safety after they came home to more than a dozen bullet holes in their home.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Two Safety and Permits Inspectors placed on emergency suspension following FOX 8 Investigation

Two inspectors with the City of New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits have been placed on emergency suspension, following a series of FOX 8 reports that revealed discrepancies between city inspection logs and GPS records of the department’s vehicles.

  Zurik: Third city inspector likely did not visit Hard Rock site when he signed off on work

A third inspector likely did not visit the Hard Rock Hotel construction site despite signing off on work at the site, according to FOX 8′s ongoing analysis of GPS data from the City of New Orleans.

  Zurik: Past chancellors remain on SUNO payroll as college makes cuts amidst financial crisis

A New Orleans university continues to be plagued by a financial crisis they say is due to declining enrollment and cuts from state funding. But FOX 8 News found past chancellors are able to stay on the payroll at the institution and collect paychecks higher than what is stated in their contracts.

  Dong Phuong Bakery, City Park targeted in latest vehicle burglaries

Thieves targeted several vehicles at Dong Phuong Bakery. Meanwhile, a woman says burglaries tried to run over her after she busted them in City Park.

  Judge sentences 3 girls to “juvenile life” for carjacking

An Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judge sentenced three girls to “juvenile life.”

  Zurik: FOX 8 investigation discovers additional discrepancies with more city inspectors at Hard Rock Hotel site

An examination of the City of New Orleans GPS records shows additional discrepancies with more city inspectors at the site of the Hard Rock Hotel. The records were requested by FOX 8 News in December 2019, following the deadly collapse in October that killed three men.

  Zurik: City inspector signed off on Hard Rock Hotel work without proper certification

A city inspector that performed several inspections at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site was not certified during some of those inspections, records obtained by FOX 8 show.

  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.

  Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

New Orleans City Hall officials are investigating whether employees signed off on inspections at the construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel without visiting the project. The site collapsed in October killing three men and leaving a scar on the city's skyline.

Sources: FBI, Department of Defense investigating New Orleans pain management office

Federal agencies are investigating a New Orleans-based pain management clinic, sources confirm to FOX 8 News. Agents were seen at the Louisiana Pain Specialists location on Prytania Street in New Orleans on Thursday.

  Zurik: Louisiana lawmakers hope to wipe out ‘Patriot Penalty’ in upcoming session

At least two Louisiana lawmakers plan to address an issue exposed in an InvestigateTV investigation into the so-called ‘Patriot Penalty’ where servicemembers pay more for auto insurance after being deployed.

  Judge rules hearing over Saints emails will be open

As an Orleans Civil Court judge ruled local media will have access to a hearing over Saints emails, in court filings, attorneys for alleged child sex abuse victims claim the team pulled community leaders into the handling of the church sex abuse fallout.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Source: Times Picayune-New Orleans Advocate co-owner John Georges involved in communications related to church sex abuse scandal

In a FOX 8 exclusive, a source tells us prominent businessman and Times Picayune-New Orleans Advocate co-owner John Georges may have participated in behind the scenes communications involving the Archdiocese’s release of credibly accused pedophile priests.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Drivers fed up with potholes, flooded ditches on Old Gentilly Rd.

There are potholes, broken up concrete and ditches filled with water on both sides of the roadway.