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

A group of workers for a national airport services contractor say their employer forced them to work their full schedule but claim unemployment for a portion of their paycheck.

  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

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

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

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

Zurik: Disciplinary Committee recommends suspension for former court clerk

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  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

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

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

INTERACTIVE MAP: COVID-19 Cases in Louisiana Nursing Homes

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

  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.

  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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

Where are the latest COVID-19 cases in Louisiana?

The latest count of cases from the Louisiana Department of Health

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Zurik: Port of New Orleans decides to move mural after FOX 8 report, employees concerns

A mural that cost the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) thousands to purchase and even more to install will be coming down following employee concerns, according to a memo from the agency’s CEO obtained by FOX 8 News.

  Zurik: Mayor says liens are mostly ‘fees’ and ‘penalties,’ tax attorney disagrees

When Mayor LaToya Cantrell went before cameras on Friday, Jan. 31, to explain federal tax liens placed on her and her husband’s Broadmoor home, she repeatedly tried to downplay the severity -- saying it was mostly interest and penalties.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Zurik: Cantrell says she should be judged on work, not back taxes

Mayor LaToya Cantrell spent nine minutes answering questions about a Lee Zurik Investigation that uncovered her and her husband’s taxes that have not been properly filed in eight of the last nine years.

  Zurik: New Orleans Mayor, Husband owe $95,000 in unpaid taxes

As taxes begin to be filed for another year, the Internal Revenue Service is still trying to collect a hefty sum from New Orleans’ top-elected official.

  Zurik: Port of New Orleans shells out $50,000 for painting not easily accessible by the public

The Port of New Orleans installed a new piece of artwork at their headquarters they say is to welcome visitors, but an investigation by FOX 8's Lee Zurik found the painting that costs thousands of public money isn't easy for the public to see.

Former State Senator Wesley Bishop pleads guilty to federal charge, resigns from SUNO

Bishop was in Federal Court Tuesday where he changed his plea

Zurik: Father questions whether withheld video, judge’s text messages impacted ‘Stand Your Ground’ case

A father has new questions surrounding the trial for the man who killed his son and claimed self-defense. Fouad Zeton questions whether video not shown during the trial for James Nero would have rendered a verdict other than acquittal based on the state’s 'Stand Your Ground’ Law.

  Zurik: Worker at Hard Rock Hotel site describes warning signs ahead of collapse, calls job ‘rushed’

A person who worked on the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans, said the job was ‘rushed’ and there were warning signs ahead of the collapse on October 12 that killed three men and injured several more people.

  Sen. Wesley Bishop pleads not guilty to federal charge

Sen. Wesley Bishop pleaded not guilty Monday (Dec. 2) to a felony of making false statements to a federal agency.

  Medical Waste: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

Two Louisiana men -- one a patient, and the other a pharmacist -- said they found medical waste that is costing every taxpayer in the country.

  Zurik: JP Councilmember charges taxpayers for thousands in out-of-state travel

A Jefferson Parish Councilmember’s taxpayer-funded out-of-state travel seems to stand out when compared to his colleagues.

State Sen. Wesley Bishop on paid leave from SUNO following federal charge

State Senator Wesley Bishop is on paid leave from his position at Southern University at New Orleans following a charge filed against him in federal court.

  Zurik: Claims made by Field of Dreams Board refuted by NFL, School Board

Board members of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams tried to explain to alumni how nearly a million dollars was spent by the group with no field to show for it. However, the claims made by the board don’t line up with responses by the National Football League and Orleans Parish School Board.

  State Senator Wesley Bishop charged with making a false statement to federal agency

State Senator Wesley Bishop has been charged by federal authorities for making a false statement to a federal agency.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bishop made a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  Alumni gather seeking answers from Field of Dreams Board, leave with few answers

Alumni of George Washington Carver High School gathered in New Orleans demanding answers to what happened to nearly a million dollars that was supposed to be used to build the school its own football stadium. In a series of reports entitled, Empty Field of Dreams, FOX 8 and The Athletic revealed the

Transaction History for 9th Ward Field of Dreams

Click the link to explore the transaction history of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams project from August 2009 - August 2019.

  Empty Field of Dreams: Fmr. Executive Director alleges reports are ‘lies’, donors from across the country want answers

The former Executive Director of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams continues to refuse to answer questions from WVUE-TV and The Athletic in response to our joint investigation, Empty Field of Dreams. Betty Washington, is, however, sounding off on social media calling the reports ‘lies.'

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Empty Field of Dreams: Vendors still waiting for payment from field’s contractor

Tens of thousands of dollars are still owed to several companies who did work in the planning stages of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams, a football stadium proposed for the 9th Ward of New Orleans. To date, little to no visible work has been done on the stadium’s proposed site.

  Empty Field of Dreams: How a Westbank group’s dream field became a reality

On the Westbank, a field took shape thanks to one group's vision and fundraising efforts. They share how their project was able to be done and how some of their plans mirror those initially in place for the 9th Ward Field of Dreams.

  Empty Field of Dreams: Contractor questions field’s contract and invoices

A general contractor not affiliated with the 9th Ward Field of Dreams raises questions surrounding the contract and invoices for the 9th Ward Field of Dreams obtained by FOX 8 News and The Athletic.

  Promises of rebirth following Katrina resulted in an Empty Field of Dreams

Following Hurricane Katrina, a story of hope emerged in the form of a football stadium for Carver High School in the city's 9th Ward. A joint investigation by FOX 8 and The Athletic found what resulted fourteen years later is simply an empty field of dreams.

  Zurik: Formal charges filed against former court clerk following FOX 8 Investigation

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board filed formal charges against Timothy David Ray for three possible violations of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, a set of rules that govern how attorneys should practice.

Zurik: Subpoena shows focus of federal investigation into retiring-State Sen. Wesley Bishop

A subpoena obtained by FOX 8 shows the focus of a federal corruption investigation into State Senator Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, and his payroll records during his primary job as Vice-Chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans.

Former State Police superintendent cleared of misconduct allegations

Former superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Mike Edmonson, was reportedly cleared of any wrongdoing by the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

  Zurik: State Senator Wesley Bishop under federal investigation

State Senator Wesley Bishop, who announced Aug. 3 he will not seek re-election, is the subject of a federal investigation, FOX 8 has confirmed.

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

The group’s former president, Toni Rice, was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the non-profit between 2014 and 2016.

Senator Wesley Bishop announces he will not seek re-election

Bishop, who represents District Four, made the announcement in a statement Friday.

  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.’

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

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

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

A bill in the U.S. Senate could help stop the surprise medical bills that cost Americans thousands each year.Senator Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, helped write the Stop Surprise Bills Act of 2019. A bill that has 27 co-sponsors, more than a quarter of the U.S. Senate.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.