NEW YORK — New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says he's confident he'll get a long-term deal done with the Saints. Brees acknowledged Tuesday that the offseason of distractions has slowed down negotiations. On the subject of those off-field issues, he says the NFL has produced no proof the Saints' defense engaged in a bounty system.
The lawyer for a businessman linked to a corruption probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said his client expects to plead guilty in federal court to conspiring to bribe a former New Orleans official.
Randy Smith, lawyer for Frank Fradella, wouldn't name the ex-official. A two-count bill of information filed Tuesday against Fradella identifies the official only as "public official A" and that he served the city from May 2002 to May 2010 — a period that coincides with Nagin's tenure.
BATON ROUGE — A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010. The study found oil killed marsh plants and that led to the higher rates of erosion.
A Louisiana-shot film that took top honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival is back in the state where it was made for a Hollywood-style red carpet premiere before opening in select theaters nationwide this summer.
The mythical "Beasts of the Southern Wild" follows a motherless young girl living in the marshlands of the southern Delta with her ailing father as a storm approaches. It won the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance, and the Camera d'Or at France's Cannes Film Festival for best first film by director Benh Zeitlin.
GONZALES, La. (AP) — The Gonzales City Council has voted 3-1 to rezone an 18-acre parcel from residential to C-2 commercial so Emerson Process Management can continue with plans to build a $10 million regional campus expansion project.
Emerson Process Management refurbishes and remanufactures valves for industrial plants.
Scott Fujita, a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some NFL players agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution.
The National Weather Service has discontinued a tropical storm warning for Louisiana after forecast models indicated that the state is under less of a threat from Tropical Storm Debby than initially thought.
Parts of Alabama and Florida remain under a tropical storm warning, however. Storm paths are generally hard to predict days in advance, and forecasters say they've been comparing several models to compile the official forecast. As of late Sunday, though, they believe the storm was less likely to make a westward turn toward Louisiana.