Special Reports

  Local study examines impact of lullabies on infants

Tulane researches whether music therapy impacts infants' nervous systems.

  A baby boom comes to the Audubon Institute’s West Bank facility

  Crimetracker Cold Case: Who killed Bianca Forman?

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

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

  New body contouring procedure offers surgical results without scars

  Camille survivor almost 50 years later

Continued Coverage

  The Smith siblings continue to reign over Louisiana tennis

  All four Category Five U.S. hurricanes rapidly intensified before making landfall

  CrimeTracker Report: The state of juvenile crime in New Orleans

  CrimeTracker Cold Case : Who killed Russell Teal?

  Small town Haynesville builds football dynasty on the Arkansas border

  Federal government wants women to know more about a breast characteristic cancer risk

  The lion’s roar returns to the Audubon Zoo Saturday

A new, $5 million lion exhibit opens at the Audubon Zoo on Saturday, May 18

  Lifting Lauran: High school graduate is ready for the future

In 2015, FOX 8 highlighted a Metairie girl whom doctors said wouldn’t live through the night at birth. Today, the 18-year-old is about to begin a new journey.

  A Promise Kept: The Al Copeland story Pt. 2

When you visit Al Copeland Jr.'s test kitchen, you know Al Sr. is still his motivation.

  A Promise Kept: The Al Copeland story

It’s been 11 years since an aggressive cancer killed Popeye’s founder Al Copeland. Since then, his oldest son has vowed to do something to save others.

  Investigators: Convicted serial killer could be connected to more murders in Southeast Louisiana

  Special Crimetracker report: Auto burglaries relentless across New Orleans

  CrimeTracker Cold Case: Who killed a Jefferson Parish school teacher and her boyfriend?

  Gr8 Neighbor changing lives of former female inmates

  Playing it Forward

  LSU commit and Ponchatoula QB T.J. Finley is turning heads with his height and arm

  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.

  A baby boom comes to the Audubon Institute West Bank facility

A cooperative arrangement between the New Orleans and San Diego Zoos breeds animals, many of them endangered.

  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.

  Determined to fight

It was March 26 when gunfire erupted on Morrison Road, changing a family’s life forever.

  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.

  Upperline restaurateur notches national recognition through her unique style

JoAnn Clevenger has been treating guests to delicious meals and impeccable hospitality since 1983 at her iconic restaurant, Upperline.

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

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

  Could an ancient spice be nature’s remedy?

For centuries, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, which is said to have originated in India, and Western civilization is taking notice.

  Vinyl Revival

As most look to the cloud for music with streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, one of the world’s oldest forms of recorded music is seeing a surge in popularity.

  Donald Link builds foundation for culinary talent

Donald Link is a giant in the New Orleans restaurant industry, building a small empire of eateries almost all located in one pocket of the Warehouse District, while amassing a full plate of recognition from the James Beard Foundation.

  Chalmette has a League of Angels

There is magic every week on a baseball diamond in Chalmette. Young people who can’t walk or run the bases and kids who struggle to hold a bat can knock the ball out of the park. It’s a baseball game that’s anything but ordinary.

  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.

  Coquette chef cooks up a passion for food with culinary voice

At Coquette on Magazine street guests find a welcoming retreat from the typical fine dining cuisine with menus crated with deliberate intention, featuring local ingredients, and a team of chefs who recognize flavors delivering a mouthwatering experience.

  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?

  A mightier Mississippi River causes navigation hazards

The higher Mississippi River is bringing calls to change how the Corps of Engineers manages the river

  New Orleans has full plate of finalists for James Beard’s Best Chef South award

If New Orleans is lucky, one of those chefs may return home next week, with some extra bling around their neck and reason to keep cooking up the passion in New Orleans restaurants.

  Outstanding service sets iconic tone at James Beard Award nominated Brigtsen’s

James Beard Award winning Chef Frank Brigtsen has created a dining experience so synonymous with New Orleans cuisine, the restaurant has become a staple for special occasions.

  Crimetracker Cold Case: Who killed George Abshire in 1981 at the New Orleans Bonanza Steakhouse?

A man who was studying to become a minister while working at a restaurant to support his family was found in a pool of blood. Now, 38 years later, police are still looking for his killer.

  Chocolate Chip Cookies flirt with perfection at James Beard Award nominated Willa Jean

At Willa Jean you’ll find a welcoming counter filled with stunning stacks of cookies and pastries and a dining room that stays busy thanks to the crave-worthy savory creations that bloom from the kitchen.

  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.

  Heart of Louisiana: Jim Bowie

It was on a sandbar not far from a spot on the Mississippi River near Vidalia, LA, where frontiersman Jim Bowie made a name for himself and his knife. Born in Kentucky, Bowie grew up in Catahoula Parish.

  Weeding it out: Are those trucks in New Orleans really selling marijuana?

The bright green vans plastered with colorful images of marijuana and iconic cartoon characters, like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo with blood shot eyes, and signage boasting, “Over a Million Stoned,” may seem out of place in a state where recreational marijuana is illegal.

  Recovery continues 9 years after Deepwater Horizon disaster

Nine years have passed since the BP oil spill claimed 11 lives and caused an ecological nightmare.

  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.

  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.

  Coach Orgeron breaks down his best recruiting job ever, the courting of his wife Kelly

Ed and Kelly Orgeron have been married for 22 years

  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.

  One million cypress and Tupelo seeds could help revive Louisiana’s forests

A test program involves planting cypress forests by air.

  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.

  Hardy: Carnival history has special home at Tulane University

The Louisiana Research Collection boasts one of the largest pre-world war two carnival archives in the state.

  Car break-ins, thefts on the rise in New Orleans

Car burglars strike the Gentilly and Lakeview neighborhoods the most, where the crime is up 267 percent.

  Mayor Cantrell launches task force seeking portion of Convention Center surplus

Mayor Cantrell is seeking $75 million from the Convention Center's revenue surplus.

  Woman who testified against her rapist urges other victims of violent crime to do the same

The victim of a brutal 1999 attack supports the DA's practice of jailing victims who don't want to testify against violent criminals.

  State plans for river diversions spark a ‘mud fight’ over coastal restoration

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is studying nearly doubling the output of the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Project on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish

  A climb to remember: Firefighters sacrifice sweat to honor those who paid ultimate sacrifice

Firefighters across the region are climbing hundreds of flights of stairs to honor men and women killed in the line of duty.

  Cases, deaths from skin cancer are rising

The American Cancer Society says new cases of melanoma,the rarest, but deadliest form doubled in the last ten years. Fox 8 takes a deeper looks at the alarming trend and the small things you can do to change it.

  Stolen Social Security numbers lead to serious tax filing problems

Tax filing season can be stressful for a lot of people, and now some taxpayers are being hit with a disturbing discovery.

  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.

  Crimetracker Investigation: 2 very different views of juvenile crime

The DA believes juvenile offenders will be the city’s biggest crime issue in 2019, while the executive director of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights believes juvenile crime is the result of unmet needs.

  LSU researcher believes simply filling in oil field canals reverses some coastal land loss

R. Eugene Turner believes the solution to at least some of Louisiana’s coastal land loss is staring officials in the face: backfill many of the oil field canals that dissect the coastal marshes.

  Gr8 Neighbor: Hammond high school student launches blessing boxes

A Hammond high school student is giving back to the community, one blessing at a time. This Gr8 Neighbor is hoping it will have a ripple effect across the state.

  Could a spinach extract help with weight loss?

The dark green vegetable is used in everything from salads to fancy dishes, and health care professionals point to its many benefits - one of which may be weight loss.

  Half-court hustle: The Pelicans Senior Dance squad

They're die-hard dancers defying their age. Members of the Pelicans' senior dance team are showing off some serious moves and making a bold statement at the same time.

  P.J. Morton hoping to walk away with a Grammy or two Sunday night

Ten-time Grammy nominee P.J. Morton hopes to bring home at least one statue on Sunday. Morton is nominated for four Grammys this year, three in his solo career and one with the band Maroon 5.

  Young mother celebrates 2nd anniversary of the scariest day of her life

Mom remembers the day she and her infant daughter survived being sucked into an EF3 tornado in New Orleans.

  Hurricane Michael could be upgraded to a Cat. 5

Flooding claims more lives in hurricanes, but meteorologists warn do not underestimate the winds

  National Signing Day is the next step in Devonta Lee’s promising career

Amite High School's star senior Devonta Lee will announce his college decision at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6).

  Victims of the second strongest hurricane to strike the Gulf Coast feel forgotten

Mexico City Beach and other communities struggle to recover from Hurricane Michael and with the lack of media attention

  Botox growing in popularity among men

Nearly half a million men seek it out each year. Botox is an increasingly common cosmetic procedure that some doctors say is growing by leaps and bounds with their male clients.

  Zurik: Hundreds of Millions owed to city through parking, traffic camera tickets

A FOX 8 Investigation found the City of New Orleans is owed more than $245 Million in tickets from the city's parking and traffic camera programs.

  Zurik: A look inside our Wesley Bishop investigation

Take an inside look at how we undertook our investigation on State Sen. Wesley Bishop and other interesting findings we discovered along the way.

  FOX 8 investigation uncovers high lead, copper results at North Shore school

We obtained the results of lead and copper testing done at one North Shore school this spring, and an expert we spoke with is concerned.

  Zurik: Misjudged - Judges under scrutiny over wedding fees

The Louisiana State Judiciary Commission is looking into four New Orleans judges who were part of a FOX 8 investigation into overcharging couples for weddings.

  Protective Measures: New Orleans EMS ready for any situation

In a city with go-cups and massive parades, split by the country’s longest river and pocked with potholes the size of craters, it stands to reason that things in the Crescent City happen a little differently. And the Emergency Medical Service is no exception.

  FOX 8 uncovers lead water levels in some area schools are higher than pediatricians recommend

Following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, The American Academy of Pediatrics called for stricter regulations for children's drinking water.

  A Legacy of Love: Gloria Doran and the Carmelettes

Doran is on year 43 coaching the Carmelettes