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Man held in Bourbon Street shooting is not the shooter, attorney says

An attorney representing accused Bourbon Street shooting suspect Trung Le said police arrested the wrong person.

July 23 Exact Weather forecast: Summer rain aided by an upper low

Seasonal showers and storms will be enhanced by an upper level low pressure system.

Planes carrying bodies of MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands

Two military aircraft carrying bodies from last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash have landed in the Netherlands.

Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash

As many as 45 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan's Penghu islands Wednesday, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. At least nine other people were injured in the crash of the twin-engine turbopr...

Court hearing Wednesday in Bourbon Street shooting

A status hearing is set for Wednesday morning for shooting suspect Trung Le.

Ukraine: Two military jets shot down

Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.

Harvey fire official gets $10K state ethics fine

A Harvey Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 official has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics laws.

Smoke-Free Week has bars trading in cigarettes for clean air

Smoke-Free Week in New Orleans to promote the benefits of smoke-free environments. Organizers want to highlight the problems with secondhand smoke exposure, particularly for those who work in bars around the city.

Live: Morning news, weather and traffic updates from WDSU

Live: Morning news, weather and traffic updates from WDSU 

No peace in Mideast as diplomats rush in

Washington's top diplomat landed in Tel Aviv Wednesday on an urgent mission from his boss -- to push for "immediate cessation of hostilities." Feverish striving by diplomats to reach a cease-fire has been fruitless, as the Palestinian death toll rose...

Lakeview residents demand road repairs

"We're just fed up. It's almost impossible to drive down some of our streets," said Lakeview resident Robbie Dauterive   The city was not acting fast enough to fill potholes in Lakeview, so Lakeview residents filled St. Dominic's gym for a town hall meeting. It's part of the "Fix My Streets" Movement. Residents are looking to city leaders to take action.   "Right now there is less than one percent of the money in the budget dedicated to streets. We don't feel that's acceptable when you have a $504 million budget," said Freddy Yoder, vice-president of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association. The group put forth a five-point plan for street repair that includes community organizing and compiling a list of the worst streets in town.   "Assess the magnitude of the problem by doing surveys streets throughout the New Orleans area," Yoder said. The neighborhood association wants to know what money is available for repairs and how soon work on roads could start. "We want to stop kicking the can down the road. We want to come up with solutions," Yoder said. City Council members listened attentively to concerns. Council President Stacy Head believes the city should dedicate more of its budget and federal grant money to infrastructure repairs. Big repairs come with a big price tag. "It's a $9 billion problem," said Director of the Sewerage and Water Board, Cedric Grant. "It is not an easy thing to take on because quite honestly the cost of this continues to grow," Grant said. Prior to leading the Sewerage and Water Board Grant was a deputy mayor for the city. He oversaw infrastructure projects. As for Lakeview residents, having smooth streets to ride on is where the rubber meets the road.   "It's like driving through a third world country when you drive through Lakeview," Dauterive said.

Panhandling 'veterans' infuriate Lakeview neighbors

Megan Bourgeois has family in the service and a soft spot for those in need. So when a pair showed up in her neighborhood, at first she - and others -- wanted to help   "Basically, they started standing out there a few months ago and we basically felt bad for them," Bourgeois said.   The pair carried signs that read "disabled veteran" or "Iraq veteran." Bourgeois began to question whether the pair had really served our country or whether they were simply serving themselves.   "Our neighbors tried giving them food to which they turned it down. That's when we started questioning their legitimacy if they had actually served," she said. She inquired about their military service. "He proceeded to tell me it was none of my effing business, started yelling at me making obscene gestures. That's when I realized that this was a scam," she said. The duo is Casey Nunez and his friend.  They set up at the corner of Florida Avenue and I-610 a busy junction in the Lakeview neighborhood. Plenty of drivers stopped to help. But when Megan learned the men had never served she took to the Internet. Posted this picture on Facebook. It began to circulate--more than 3,000 shares overnight. Her post even led to a highly charged confrontation with Nunez.   The next day our cameras were rolling as the pair were back on the corner, the friend holding a sign asking for money. Nunez watched from a car parked just across the street. After several minutes, the friend pulls out a cellphone, makes a call, accepts another donation then he packs up his belongings gets in the car with Nunez and the pair drive away.   "It's a scam their job is to hustle you out of your hard earned money," said  Rep. Austin Badon. The lawmaker says he's seen it all before.    "I've seen it on two occasions myself where the overseer is parked along the side and the guy who is working the streets will walk over and empty his pockets he'll get his cut and come back," Badon said. He authored House Bill 1158 in the last legislative session. The legislation looked to put tougher solicitation laws on the books. It included a provision on panhandling to address scenarios like this one. But the panhandling language was stripped from the bill before it went for a vote.      "The fact is right now it is technically legal. The supreme court says they have the right to ask you for money and you have the right to say no," Badon said.   That's exactly what the people in Lakeview started to do. After Megan's picture vent viral, the donations for Nunez and and company started to dry up.   "We've really become victims out here now. Because of the Facebook we are not getting any help," Nunez said. "It's hard and we are genuinely homeless," he said.   Nunez has documented his street experience on social media. He updates it often - sometimes, several posts a day -- and he records those who challenge what he's doing  including police officers and Bourgeois   "Legally they cannot come out here and run you and ask for your ID because you have not broken a law," Nunez said.   On one occasion when our cameras showed up, his firend holding the sign  whipped out his cell phone and made a call. Minutes later Nunez was there.   We asked Nunez if this operation is a scam. "It's not a scam. The thing about it is we come out here because we are homeless and it is not by choice," Nunez said. Nunez says he lives out of his car and in exchange for the donations -- he keeps the area clean.   "We have to survive. We clean up this area for the residents. Just this morning I picked up a hypodermic syringe," he said. Nunez also defends his claims to be a veteran. "Go to Google. Look up veteran. Then you come back and talk to me. This sign has nothing to do with military. A veteran is anyone who is seasoned in any particular field. He's a veteran. He's a veteran crime fighter, like me looking out for my people in New Orleans," Nunez said.   Nunez tells us he is a former tour guide for the city of New Orleans and has had small roles on reality TV shows. So is all of this just acting or does he really need the help? His public profile on several social media sites suggests something different. Pictures of Nunez with hands full of cash, posting about vacationing at the beach drinking a brew on Father's Day.   When asked about the house on the beach, Nunez says it was a rental for $125 a week.   The cash he says was a generous donation. But what is his relationship to his friend he identifies as Norman. "I'm not his boss. Norman is fine. Norman has lived on his own. We are  best friends we grew up as children together," he said.    Nunez says he's more than comfortable with the claims he makes to generate what he considers to be donations to a good cause. Bourgois and  Badon have had enough. "I can only imagine the money they are receiving from all this," Bourgeois said. "Why would you give your hard earned money to people that are capable and able to have a job. It's a quality of life issue people don't want to see that in their neighborhood. It should not be tolerated," Badon said.

Gunshot wound victim who fled hospital found, authorities say

New Orleans police said a man who left the hospital after being shot Sunday has been returned there for treatment.

Politicians talk, rockets fly in Mideast

United Nations workers trying to aid people in Gaza found themselves stuck Tuesday between Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters, with neither side showing any sign of backing down. The development came as a rocket fired from Gaza struck near Israel's b...

JPSO seeks New Orleans woman in June armed robbery

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a New Orleans woman in connection with an armed robbery investigation.

FBI arrests second suspect in Lower Ninth Ward homicide investigation

The FBI announced Tuesday that agents arrested the second suspect in connection with a killing in the Lower Ninth Ward that happened in May.

Wild hogs damaging hurricane protection system

The problem of feral hogs continues to cause problems, especially along the westbank's levee system.

Proclamation from New Orleans praising Operation Save America issued in error, officials say

A certificate of recognition from the office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, praising Operation Save America for its "outstanding service," was issued in error, officials said Tuesday.

Krewe of Zeus withdraws application to roll in St. Charles Parish

In just a matter of days, the Krewe of Zeus withdrew its application to parade in St. Charles Parish.

Body of Ponchatoula teen found off Alabama coast

Authorities have recovered the body of a Louisiana teen missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast.

Lawsuit filed against Gov. Jindal over Common Core

A group of parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal because of his actions against the multi-state standards.

NOPD: Armed man wearing skull mask robs victim renovating home in St. Claude neighborhood

An armed man wearing a skull mask robbed a man renovating a home in the St. Claude neighborhood on Independence Day, police said.

Officer, 2 others arrested in meth bust in Lafourche Parish

A Golden Meadow police officer was arrested, along with two others, in connection with a methamphetamine investigation, officials said.

Tracking the tropics: Tropical Depression 2

The National Hurricane Center is tracking tropical depression No. 2 as it travels to the west at 16 mph.

Suspect arrested in bomb scare that closed campus

Police in Lafayette say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a July 16 bomb threat.

Delta suspends Israel flights, citing rocket

Delta Air Lines on Tuesday suspended flights to Israel's main international airport because of reports about a nearby rocket attack, the company said.

Accident causes I-10 closure Tuesday morning

A dump truck accident caused Interstate 10 westbound to be closed Tuesday morning.

Man, 19, shot in leg in Central City, police say

A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg late Monday night in Central City, New Orleans police said.

NOPD: Man, 19, in shot in neck in Algiers shooting Monday night

New Orleans police said a man was injured in a shooting in Algiers on Monday night.

July 22 Exact Weather forecast: Upper low to increase rain chances

Low pressure in the upper levels will enhance the chance for showers and storms...

Gonzales taking steps to develop new master plan

There's a lot riding on the new master growth plan in the works for the city of Gonzales.

"Fix My Streets" campaign growing, town hall meeting Tuesday

People living in Lakeview are doing what they can to drive home the message that their streets are badly in need of repairs. They are having their own community meeting Tuesday to highlight to growing problem.

Live: Morning news, weather and traffic updates from WDSU

Live: Morning news, weather and traffic updates from WDSU 

Train with MH17 bodies heads across Ukraine

The train full of bodies chugged slowly across eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, getting the victims one step closer to their grieving families around the world.

Second tropical depression forms in the Atlantic

Concerns grew Monday afternoon as a second tropical depression of the 2014 Hurricane Season was forming in the Atlantic.

Ramsey talks crime in District C

Tackling crime in District C. In the last month the council district has seen high profile crime like the shootings on Bourbon Street as well as a rash of armed robberies, break ins and other assaults. Tonight Council Member Nadine Ramsey held the first in a series of town hall meetings on crime in her district.

MH17 tributes in Moscow: 'Forgive us'

Outside the Dutch Embassy in Moscow, people have left flowers and cuddly toys at a makeshift memorial for the lives lost in a conflict-scarred corner of eastern Ukraine.

3 cases of flesh-eating bacteria reported in Louisiana

A rare but deadly bacteria found almost exclusively in saltwater has infected three people in Louisiana.

Study ADHD medication use spikes among women

As the number of Americans using ADHD medication climbs, women are seeing the biggest gains jumping 85%

Sheriff: Man with ankle monitor killed in shooting

A man registered with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office electronic monitoring program was shot and killed Friday night, officials said.

Tropical Depression Two forms in Atlantic

Tropical Depression Two formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

NOPD: Man, 75, arrested in woman’s fatal stabbing

New Orleans police arrested a 75-year-old man in the fatal stabbing of a woman in the Treme neighborhood on Sunday morning.

Chief investigator for Orleans Parish Coroner's Office abruptly leaves post

The chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office is no longer holding his position.

FBI: Armored truck robbed at gunpoint in Uptown

An armored truck was robbed by a lone gunman in Uptown, officials with the FBI said.

Krewe of Zeus files to hold parade in St. Charles Parish

The Krewe fo Zeus, which has been a Metairie fixture for Carnival, has filed for a special event permit to hold a parade in St. Charles Parish, according to WDSU Mardi Gras Guide Arthur Hardy.

NOPD seeks 3 who stole bike, cash from woman in Bayou St. John armed robbery

A woman's bike was stolen from her in an armed robbery in the Bayou St. John neighborhood Sunday night.

NOPD: Duo sought in CBD, Warehouse District car burglaries, armed robbery

New Orleans police believe two men are responsible for car burglaries in the Central Business District and Warehouse District.

NHC monitoring disturbance in Atlantic Ocean

The National Hurricane Center is tracking a broad area of low pressure 1,200 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands with a low chance of becoming a tropical system.

NOPD seeks shot, bleeding man who left hospital

New Orleans police said a man who had been shot Sunday left the hospital in scrubs, bleeding with an IV in his arm.

Man on four-wheeler killed after crashing into parked vehicles near Hollygrove

New Orleans police said a man driving a four-wheeler died in a crash near Hollygrove on Sunday.

July 21 Exact Weather forecast: Seasonal conditions

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