NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Rapper Lil Boosie says serving time in a Louisiana prison on drug charges was life-changing, has made him a better person and ultimately, he hopes, a better artist.
"I feel like I've got more stories to tell," Lil Boosie said during a press event Monday in New Orleans. "I've got a lot to say about my life, about what I went through in prison and about what my family went through.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - All across the enormous Mid-City construction site between Canal Street and Tulane Avenue, crews are hard at work building what many believe will be a game-changer for the city.
In some ways, the massive biomedical complex is already giving the area around it a boost.
"Right now, it's definitely bringing business," said Lee Pillaro, General Manager at Pizzicare, a pizza restaurant on Tulane. "Construction guys doing heavy work, they work up a big appetite.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - One of the candidates running for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council owes thousands of dollars in back taxes to the IRS.
Attorney Jason Williams will face off against Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Saturday in a run-off race for an at-large seat. Heading into the election, questions are being raised about Williams' finances.
"It's very concerning and where does it stop?" asked Hedge-Morrell's campaign consultant, Todd Ragusa. "City Council, mayor's office and beyond, I think people need to look at who they're electing in these situations.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A female pedestrian was struck and killed by a car Monday in St. Bernard Parish, according to State Police.
The accident happened just after 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 46 and Judy Street. The victim was not identified.
The driver of the car that hit her stayed at the scene, and the accident is under investigation.
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One of the main bridges connecting Shreveport and Bossier City is about to get a facelift, but the project, intended to make the span safer and more appealing, may snarl traffic in the area.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that this fall, bids will be taken for a project to rehabilitate the Jimmie Davis Bridge.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of raping two women with former Saints player Darren Sharper is out of jail.
Erik Nunez posted bond in New Orleans Monday, but just as he was released from custody there, Jefferson Parish deputies took him away in handcuffs for an outstanding warrant involving an old traffic ticket.
Nunez and Sharper are accused of drugging and raping two women at a Warehouse District apartment.
Sharper is being held in a Los Angeles jail on the warrant out of New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Hog hunters plan to try and kill as many as 300 feral hogs a day this week in South Louisiana.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a helicopter shooting squad will fly over portions of the Sherburn and Pearl River wildlife management areas.
Officials estimate there are more than a half-million feral hogs on the loose in Louisiana.
The LDWF is also accepting applications for an experimental spring/summer feral hog trapping season on select wildlife management areas around the state.
GALLIANO, LA (WVUE) - A Galliano woman was arrested Monday for her fourth DWI offense, according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Brennan Matherne.
Deputies arrested 45-year-old Melissa Richoux after a traffic stop.
Matherne said patrol deputies in the Galliano area noticed a pickup truck with a broken tail light pull into a shopping center parking lot on Highway 308. When deputies approached the driver, they said they could smell alcohol and Richoux appeared to be drunk.
Police are looking for a man wanted for shooting another man earlier this month in West Shreveport.
Jamarzia Leonard, 20, has been linked to the shooting of an 18-year-old man at the corner of Burke and Parkridge streets on Saturday, March 1.
Police say the victim was shot once in the leg, but that his injuries were not life-threatening and thta he refused treatment.
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A new report from the legislative auditor could mean the state will have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in post-Katrina rebuilding money that can't be properly accounted for.
But the State Office of Community Development says it's too soon to write it off.
For Bernice Crump of Pontchartrain Park, it's simple.
"I'm glad to be back home," Crump said. "Happy to be back home."
Crump's home is still a work in progress, and she said getting to where she is now was no small task.