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Will you help find this missing New Orleans woman?

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:37 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS –  You can help a New Orleans family end a painful mystery that has stretched on for nearly two months.

The family knows the one they love may no longer be alive, but without her body, they have no peace.

State Representative Austin Badon has organized a step-by-step search Friday (Dec. 1) for Jean Stokes, 76,  who “seemingly vanished” seven weeks ago.

Stokes’ car was found about a mile and a half from her home on Good Drive in New Orleans East– but there was no sign of her.  Rep. Badon, whose district includes that area, says the case is baffling.

“My dilemma is, at certain points, you don’t know where else to look.”

Badon says he’s led several searches already- along the levee and in the woods near where the car was found.  Now he wants to look along the railroad tracks in the Old Gentilly area, and he needs volunteers to help.

He’s asking volunteers to join him at the intersection of Chef Highway and Bullard Avenue at 9 am.

In previous searches, both Hunt Correctional Center and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office loaned their canine teams. On Friday, Rep. Badon says there will be no dogs, but he hopes that good-hearted people with a keen eye will do their best.

Rep. Badon told WGNO Thursday night that he’s leaving the investigation to the New Orleans Police Department. But he says Stokes’ family believes foul play is involved in her disappearance.

“They expect she’s deceased,” he says, “but let’s at least bring her home.”


LBJ goes ‘Over the Edge’ for La. Special Olympics

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 08:08 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- Thursday's challenge took our News With a Twist host LBJ to exciting new heights!

Casey Hinton of the Louisiana Special Olympics spelled it all out, "You get to repel down, super exhilarating, it`s a lot of fun. And it all goes to help special needs athletes across Louisiana.'

Twist co-host Tamica Lee was supposed to be in on the fun, but opted out at the last minute, like a good teammate!

Jefferson Parish Joe Lopinto, and Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser started out then repelling, then it was LBJ's turn to roll solo down 25 stories on the side of Benson Tower.

Needless to say, once it was over, LBJ was happay to be back on the ground.

You can donate to LBJ's fundraising efforts by clicking here

Senate Ethics Committee looking into Franken’s actions

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 07:42 PM PST

30 NOV 17 21:47 ET

(CNN) — The Senate Ethics Committee has begun looking into the allegations against Sen. Al Franken, according to a statement from the committee issued Thursday.

“While the committee does not generally comment on pending matters or matters that may come before it, in this instance, the Committee is publicly confirming that it has opened a preliminary inquiry into Senator Franken’s alleged misconduct,” according to a statement jointly released by Sens. Johnny Isakson, Chris Coons, Pat Roberts, Jim Risch, Brian Schatz and Jeanne Shaheen.

Franken faces numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, including one incident shared by an accuser who came forward earlier Thursday. Stephanie Kemplin, a 41-year-old Army veteran, told CNN that Franken cupped her breast during a photo op while she was deployed in Kuwait.

Prior to Kemplin coming forward, multiple other women had shared experiences in which they say the Democratic senator from Minnesota groped them.

The accusations began when morning news anchor Leeann Tweeden said Franken groped and kissed her during a USO tour in 2006.

Regarding the accusation by Kemplin, a Franken spokesperson told CNN Wednesday night, “As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation.”

In a news conference on Capitol Hill this week, CNN asked Franken why he was unable to answer the question of whether more women could come forward with allegations of sexual harassment.

“If you had asked me two weeks ago, would any woman come forward with an allegation like this, I would have said no,” Franken said. “And so I cannot speculate. This has been a shock, and it’s been extremely humbling. I am embarrassed. I feel ashamed.”

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Trump to hold rally near Alabama

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 07:18 PM PST

President Donald Trump will hold a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, next Friday — just 25 miles from the Alabama border and days before the Alabama special election for US Senate.

The move comes amid controversy surrounding the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused by several women of pursuing inappropriate sexual relationships with them when they were between 14 and 19 and he was in his early 30s.

Trump has not publicly condemned Moore, as many of his Republican colleagues in Washington have, but instead has kept criticizing Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones.

When asked about the race last week, Trump continued to point out that Moore had denied the allegations.

“He denies it. Look, he denies it,” Trump said last week. “If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also.”

The White House has said the President will not go to Alabama before the election. But the rally in Pensacola, while not officially on Moore’s behalf, will take places in the Mobile, Alabama, television market just four days before the December 12 election.


Mandeville police offer tips to prevent package thefts this holiday season

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 06:40 PM PST

MANDEVILLE, LA — The Mandeville Police Department is offering tips to people to make sure criminals don’t steal their Christmas gift deliveries.

It’s an ongoing problem around the holiday season.  Just check out some of the cases from last year.

Police say the best defense is minimizing your chance for being targeted.

First, they suggest scheduling your package delivery to occur at a time when you or a family member will most likely be home.  They also say you should sign up for notifications via text message or email so you’ll know when the package is there.

In the event you cannot schedule your package delivery, try asking the shipping company to hold your delivery at its nearest distribution center.  That way, you can go pickup the package personally when you have the time.

Finally, if possible, you could ask a trusted neighbor to either receive the package or remove it from your porch and keep it until you return home.

Police say everyone needs to keep an eye out for the thieves.  They often follow delivery trucks as they make their rounds.  In fact, drivers are instructed to watch to see if anyone is following them.

New Orleans police offer additional suggestions.  They say to consider having your package delivered to your place of employment.  Also, if you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time, ask the package carrier to hold all of your deliveries until you return.

If you must have a package delivered when nobody will be home, tell the company to put the package in a location where it cannot be seen as easily from the street.  You can usually make the request when you order online in the ‘delivery instructions’ section.

The holiday shopping season is just beginning, so the deliveries are going to become more common.  So will the theft attempts.

Longue Vue offers patrons a holiday themed evening with local designer flair

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 06:09 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Longue Vue House and Gardens is stunning on its own but throw in an extravagant Christmas tree here and there and it's a winter wonderland.

"I've never actually decorated a home myself, so it's really an inspiration to be here and see all these wonderful decorations and the trees and this room especially is very pretty," says William Penniman Groos II.

Several rooms in the Longue Vue home are decorated from head-to-toe showcasing the unique style and flair of local interior designers.

It's an annual tradition to showcase the home during the holidays but this year organizers are doing something a little different.

"We're having a competition and each guest is given a gold coin and they have the opportunity to vote for the room they like the best," says exec. Dir. Maria Pote, with Longue Vue House and Gardens.

"My favorite room is the drawing room, it's styled by 'Mint' and they are getting my coin," says Longue Vue House visitor Jackie Abston.

Everyone has a favorite and there's simply no wrong answer when it comes to your personal holiday style. And what better way to ring in the holidays than in this classical revival-style mansion tucked away off Metairie Road?

"I think this is a great event and a great way to see the house, a great way to see some of the designers in town," says Longue Vue House visitor Melanie Pethtel.

Three N.O. women busted for stealing more than $1K from Slidell Walmart

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 05:11 PM PST

SLIDELL, La. — Three New Orleans women are behind bars for trying to steal three Razor Scooters and a 55" television from Walmart and fleeing from Slidell Police.

Shortly before noon Thursday, November 30, Slidell Police were dispatched to Walmart on Natchez Drive in Slidell in response to three females who were shoplifting.

As Slidell Police arrived, the three females jumped into a silver Pontiac G6 and sped away. All three of them jumped out of the vehicle near the intersection of Gause Boulvard East and Choctaw Drive and ran from officers.

After a brief foot chase, all three females were apprehended.

Officers located over $1,000 worth of merchandise in the trunk of the Pontiac G6, all of which was believed to be Christmas presents. All three females were booked into the Slidell City Jail with the following charges:

19-year-old, Deshante Thomas (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 2 counts of Resisting an Officer by Fight and Theft Over $1000

20-year-old, Mikail Hardiway (Harvey, Louisiana) – Resisting an Officer by Flight and Theft Over $1000

23-year-old, Andrelle Weaver (New Orleans, Louisiana) – Resisting an Officer by Flight and Theft Over $1000

Three things fantasy players need to know about Saints vs. Panthers

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 05:08 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- NFL on FOX sideline reporter Jen Hale shares three things fantasy players need to know about Sunday's Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game at the Superdome at 3:35 p.m.

1. Both teams are 8-3, so this game will decide who controls the NFC South.

2. The Panthers defense is normally the team's strength. But, the Saints offense scores on them more than most opponents. In the past four games against Carolina, New Orleans scored an average of 33 points. After losing last week, expect the Black and Gold to be ready to showcase their scoring ability.

3. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen re-aggravated his foot injury and doesn't know yet if he'll play Sunday. Carolina's star running back Christian McCaffrey is also a little banged up. He didn't practice Wednesday, but is expected to go on Sunday with no restrictions.

Undocumented immigrant acquitted in death of San Francisco woman

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 05:02 PM PST

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A jury on Thursday found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide charges in the July 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen and undocumented immigrant, had been deported from the United States five times prior to Steinle’s death.

Garcia Zarate, 45, faced a charge of second-degree murder, but jurors were also allowed to consider first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter convictions.

Garcia Zarate was accused of fatally shooting Steinle, 32, with a Sig Sauer .40-caliber handgun as she and her father walked on San Francisco’s Pier 14.

Jurors had to decide whether Garcia Zarate shot Steinle unintentionally or committed murder.

What happened

Steinle, her father and a friend were at the San Francisco pier when a bullet struck Steinle’s lower back and tore through her abdominal aorta, authorities said.

Surveillance video showed Garcia Zarate running away. After his arrest, investigators found gunshot residue on his right hand, prosecutor Diana Garcia told jurors.

Prosecutors said Garcia Zarate was playing his own “secret version of Russian roulette” and deliberately fired into an unsuspecting crowd on the pier, killing Steinle.

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate found the gun at the pier. He said it was wrapped in cloth, and when Garcia Zarate unwrapped it, the gun accidentally discharged.

But in a police interrogation, Garcia Zarate admitted to firing the gun, saying he was aiming at a seal.

He told police that he stepped on the gun, causing it to fire.

Prosecutors said Garcia Zarate immediately tried to cover his tracks by throwing the gun into the San Francisco Bay, then fleeing the scene.

Garcia Zarate was formerly known as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, one of several aliases he is known to have used. CNN and other media outlets previously identified him as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.

Sanctuary cities and ‘Kate’s Law’

Garcia Zarate’s undocumented status and San Francisco’s status as a “sanctuary city” prompted widespread debate over immigration policies.

Garcia Zarate had been deported from the United States back to Mexico five times. Before the shooting, officials in San Francisco released him from custody instead of turning him over to immigration authorities.

Steinle’s death became a rallying cry for President Donald Trump and others, who have invoked the case in decrying sanctuary cities and promoting the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” Trump said in July 2015. “This is an absolutely disgraceful situation and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. That won’t happen if I become President.”

Trump also mentioned Steinle in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention after winning the Republican presidential nomination.

In June, the House of Representatives passed “Kate’s Law,” a bill that would create harsher penalties for repeat illegal entry to the US. The bill would also expand US law to pressure local cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

This summer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3004, dubbed “Kate’s Law” — a measure named for Steinle. The legislation would increase maximum prison penalties for immigrants caught repeatedly entering the US illegally.

The measure was introduced in the Senate but failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass.

The 2017 supermoon: How to see it and get the best photo

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:43 PM PST

On Sunday, stargazers, astronomers and curious sky-watchers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of 2017.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948. However, on Sunday night, the moon will still shine 16% brighter and appear 7% larger than its usual size.

A supermoon occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, and a full or new moon aligns with the sun’s lunar orb. This supermoon will be the first in the series of three consecutive full moon supermoons, the next two to occur in January.

While it has been a year since a visible supermoon last lit up the sky, everyone in the world has a chance to marvel at this upcoming full moon. Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well.

But for those who can’t wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger — and brighter — throughout the night.

The science behind the supermoon

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon’s captivating close approach to the Earth.

“The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle. It’s more like an oval, so at times it’s closer to the Earth than it is at other times. The difference in distance between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles.”

The distance between the moon and Earth constantly changes. Each time the moon orbits the Earth, every 29.5 days, it will reach a close point to the Earth (perigee), and a far point (apogee), and occasionally, the close point will be close to the date of the full moon or new moon, a supermoon.

“For this year’s final supermoon, the perigee distance will be approximately 222,135 miles in the early morning hours of December 4 (in the United States),” says Nichols.

And while it may appear super, the term “supermoon” is not the official term for the astronomical phenomenon. The scientific term is “perigee syzygy.” Perigee syzygy has occurred three previous times in 2017.

However, December’s full moon is the only visible supermoon. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn’t visible in the sky.

Don’t let your eyes fool you

While the moon is undoubtedly both bigger and brighter than usual, our eyes tend to trick us into seeing the moon as larger than it truly is.

Part of it depends on where you’re viewing the supermoon.

“When you look at it from near the horizon, there’s an optical illusion,” says Nichols.

When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn’t grown; it’s a trick your eyes are playing on you.

This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise). At this time, the moon also appears both bigger and brighter than it actually is. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon.

Nichols says that despite the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, it is not as grand as it appears.

“If you stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the sky to the size of your thumb, you’ll notice the width of the full moon compared to the size of your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb.”

Considering that a full moon can be covered with a fingernail, even a 7% larger moon may not look that much bigger.

How to photograph the supermoon

For everyone waiting to catch a glimpse of the last supermoon of 2017, taking pictures to preserve the moment can be easy.

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance.

“Tap the screen and hold your finger on the object (in this case, the moon) to lock the focus. Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure.”

For those using DSLR cameras, Ingalls recommends using another subject in the image, like a person, pet or landmark to compare to the size of the moon.

“Often I find when the moon is near the horizon I have a better chance of incorporating it with a landmark or person, but there are no rules and sometimes a tall object such as the Washington Monument here in D.C. can be used when the moon is at a very high angle.

While the supermoon can come out looking larger in photos (thanks to long lenses and editing) than it does when looking at it in person, Nichols says it is an incredible opportunity to get people interested in science and astronomy.

“The supermoon gets headlines because the moon’s a little bigger and a little brighter, but people get frustrated that they can’t always tell the difference. Still, it’s a great excuse to just go out and look at the sky,” says Nichols.

“You can do the experiment with your outstretched thumb. Do it near the horizon, and do it again away from the horizon. Then do it somewhere else. It’s a fun way to get involved in science.”

Woman wanted for Algiers armed robbery

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:15 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — The NOPD is seeking information on an armed robbery that happened early Thursday morning in Algiers.

The victim told police that at about 4:40 a.m., he was awakened by a loud banging at the door in the 3300 block of Lawrence Street.

When he opened the door, the victim said, he was allegedly approached by the woman in the picture. She was reportedly armed with a knife and demanded money.

She took money from the man and fled the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fourth District detectives at 504-658-6040. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

Dr. Rachel: How to recognize a stroke — before it’s too late

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:05 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and they kill once every four minutes.

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.  It is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in people in the U.S.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, carrying oxygen to your brain, gets blocked by a clot which prevents blood flow to that part of your brain. This is called an ischemic stroke and accounts for 87% of all strokes.

A stroke can also occur if a blood vessel ruptures in your brain.  This is called a hemorrhagic stroke.

People develop a sudden severe headache, described this as "the worst headache of their life." When an area of your brain loses its blood flow, those brain cells die very quickly and that area of your brain loses its function.

But people can recover from what our teaching doctor, Dr. Rachel, calls "brain attacks," if they seek help in a timely manner.

How do you recognize the signs of a stroke before it's too late?

The American Heart Association uses the mnemonic FAST to recognize the signs of a stroke:

F- Face dropping
A- arm weakness
S- Slurred speech
T- Time to call 911

Please memorize the signs of a stroke and get to an emergency room ASAP if someone shows any one of them.

You need to get treatment within 3 hours of having a stroke for the best chance of recovery and survival, ideally at a hospital that is a Certified Primary Stroke Center because they have a stroke team on call 24-7.

Do you have a medical questions? You can ask Dr. Rachel on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Pineapple Casserole! Would you eat it?

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 04:02 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS - Let's see what Test Kitchen Taylor is cooking up today!

On Tuesday,  Test Kitchen Taylor combined caramel apples and cheese, today we're combining another interesting ingredient with cheese! Melissa from Covington swears it's the best ever. It's a pineapple casserole!

Pineapple Casserole
3 (20-oz) can pineapple chunks, packed in juice
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups Ritz Cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
Sliced Ham to serve with

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
Drain the pineapple, reserving 1/2 cup of the juice. Place drained pineapple chunks in bottom of prepared dish. Combine flour and sugar and sprinkle over pineapple. Drizzle with reserved pineapple juice.
Sprinkle the cheese over the pineapple. Top with cracker crumbs. Drizzle casserole with butter.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.

Do you have a recipe that you want Test Kitchen Taylor, Tamica and LBJ to try? Send it to us at twist@wgno.com!

Even with growth, the Senate tax bill still adds $1 trillion to deficits

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 03:24 PM PST

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Republicans have made a very big deal pitching their tax reform plan as an elixir for economic growth.

But a new nonpartisan analysis of the Senate tax bill suggests that while it will spur some additional economic growth, it won’t be nearly enough to compensate for the full cost of the bill’s provisions, which include tax cuts for businesses and individuals.

The Joint Committee on Taxation, the Congressional scorekeeper for tax bills, estimates that the Senate tax bill could generate enough growth to create nearly $408 billion in net new revenue over a decade. But even with that additional revenue, the bill would still add an estimated $1 trillion to deficits.

JCT’s macroeconomic analysis — also known as a dynamic score — falls far short of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s oft-made claim that the proposed tax cuts will pay for themselves.

The analysis takes into account the interaction of several factors on the economy, including the bill’s lower tax rates, its repeal of various tax breaks and its proposed international tax reforms with debt, labor force participation, employment and consumption.

The JCT said it expects the bill will increase the labor supply and investment in the first several years. But those effects are expected to diminish after 2025, when a number of provisions in the bill are slated to expire.

Soon after JCT’s analysis came out, a spokesperson for the Republican-led Senate Finance Committee pushed back. The JCT analysis is incomplete, she said, because it doesn’t reflect the “final outcome of the evolving Senate tax bill — which will be amended on the floor this week.”

Senate Republicans were hoping to vote on the bill by Friday.

Republicans have been pushing for dynamic scoring as a way to show the true benefits of tax cuts on the economy.

But House Republicans passed their own tax bill — before the JCT had a chance to give it a dynamic score.

Both the House and Senate tax bills have been rushed through the legislative process in Republicans’ bid to get a win on the board and tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk by Christmas.

The Treasury, meanwhile, has not released any macroeconomic analysis backing up Mnuchin’s claim that tax cuts — or the tax bills on the table — will pay for themselves.

6-year old “Reporter for a day” interviews singer Tiffany

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 03:07 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- Pop singer, Tiffany is in New Orleans for a show at the House of Blues.  While she was in town she stopped by our Twist stage to perform a few songs.

On this day, News with a Twist had a very special "Reporter for the Day."  Her name is Eleanor Cerise and she attends Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies in Metairie.  She's six years old.

While at WGNO, she got the chance to interview pop star, Tiffany.

Saints will show support for personal causes through their cleats Sunday

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 03:05 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints and teams around the league will wear their hearts on their feet on Sunday as a part of the My Cause, My Cleats initiative.

In the past two years, more than 500 players supported causes raising awareness for the issues that mean the most to them. Whether it be clean water, illness, single mother awareness, or social injustices, the league invites teams to spread the word.

Drew Brees will be supporting veterans and active military, with his salute to service cleats.

Thomas Morstead will be supporting children with life threatening illnesses. His cleats will read "Triumph over kid cancer."

Senio Kelemete will have "stroke awareness" on his cleats.

Trey Edmunds will be showing his appreciation for foster care.

Click here for the full list of causes the New Orleans Saints will be supporting in Sunday's game against the Panthers.

In August, the NFL announced that it was relaxing its guidelines on footwear for players. Before games, players can wear personalized cleats prior to warm-ups and have more options on clear colors during the game. Cleats for pregame warm-ups can not be offensive or express any political views.

Traveling back in time with pop rock star, Tiffany

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 02:27 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Tiffany shot to fame in the late 1980's with #1 hits like "I Think We're Alone Now," and "Could've Been."   Tiffany is still rocking out decades later, and she's touring to promote her new album, "A Million Miles."

Tiffany's latest single is called, "Can't Stop Falling."

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez interviewed Tiffany when she and her guitarist Mark stopped by our Twist stage to perform a few songs.

Time to be teleported back in time to the 1980's, when Pop star, Tiffany sky rocketed onto the charts and into our hearts.  Decades later this singer who used to perform in malls is still one cool "mall chick."

"My favorite store at the mall is Charlotte Russe.  I know it's old school," she said.

After all this time, spanning the decades, what sticks out most for her?

"In the 80's it was definitely the mall tour.  I loved meeting the people who would come to my shows, and sign autographs, and just hang out with them.  In the 90's I had my son.  He was born in 1992, so he's 25 now.  He's a structural engineer now.  When I think back to the 90's, he's what I think of.  I didn't know what I was doing, but he turned out great. As for the 2000's, my album, "The Color of Silence" sticks out because that was the album that really solidified me as a musician and artist.  It was when people realized I was serious as an artist,"  she said.

This is the second time Twist Reporter Kenny  Lopez has interviewed the pop star.  He interviewed her back in the early 2000's when she did a college tour to promote "The Color of Silence."

Tiffany will be performing at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Thursday, November 30th at 7 p.m.  For ticket information, click HERE.

For keep up with Tiffany updates and tour information, click HERE.

Here are her News with a Twist Performances:


Only one fashion designer is fit to be king. That’s why he’s the King of Pants

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 02:01 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -  When's the last time somebody stepped up to you just to review, well, your pants?

The fashion critic is fashion designer Alvin Valley.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood bumped into the king in the lobby of a New Orleans hotel.

Alvin Valley was in New Orleans on his way to his next show which happened to be a trunk show in New Orleans.

If you missed it and want to see more his line, just click right here, please.

Wild Bill says to Alvin, "you really are royalty, from the waist down!"

Alvin laughs and agrees.

Since he opened his first boutique 20 years ago, Alvin Valley or His Majesty has always had an eye for building the perfect pair of pants.  Probably because Alvin Valley builds his pants around the person's back side.

Alvin says "it's the cut, the cut of the butt. It's all about the way the butt needs to be perked up and lifted."

From the streets of New York to the halls of Hollywood, the king has found a way with the fit that flatters and lifts up the famous.

Here's a who's who of who's wearing Alvin Valley's pants:

Alvin says, "Kate Winslet was one of my best clients we ever had."

"She knows what she likes and it's always a collaboration with her."

Alvin adds, "we've dressed Cher and Madonna who just requested eight pairs of trousers."

When Madonna placed her order, Alvin was not surprised, "everyone in my office was fighting to go and deliver them."

Wild Bill wonders who else?

Alvin says, "Beyonce! We've dressed Beyonce!"

Wild Bill asks Alvin Valley what happens when he sees a tragically fitting pair of pants?

Wild Bill says, "are you depressed or do you see opportunity?"

Alvin says, "I'm always looking for opportunity.  That's me.  It's in my DNA."

It's deep in his DNA.  It's in his blue blood.

That's why his royal highness has the fit, to be king.

Dow rockets past 24,000, building on incredible post-election surge

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:43 PM PST

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And just like that, Wall Street is celebrating another milestone: Dow 24,000.

The Dow soared 332 points on Thursday as investors cheered signs that the Senate is making progress on a package of tax cuts. The 1.4% surge was the Dow’s best since March 1.

The latest market milestone occurred barely a month after the Dow hit 23,000.

It’s yet more evidence of excitement among investors about the strengthening economy and record corporate profits that could be bolstered by the GOP plan to slash corporate taxes. The tax cut plan received critical support on Thursday from Republican Senator John McCain.

The Dow has spiked nearly 6,000 points since President Trump’s election last year, notching 80 daily record highs since then.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are also near all-time highs. The latter is up a whopping 30% since the election.

“Investors are feeling golden,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research. “Until you get signs that this economy is likely to roll over and die, investors believe stocks remain the place to be.”

The boom in the stock market is a clear reflection of improvements in the U.S. economy. New numbers published on Wednesday show the U.S. grew at a brisk 3.3% pace between July and September, the best growth since 2014 and the second-straight quarter of 3% growth.

The global economy is also gathering momentum. Most major countries are growing at the same time for the first time in years.

All that has supercharged the optimism on Wall Street about corporate profits, which are what ultimately drive stock prices. Earnings have been strong all year, and analysts are ratcheting their predictions for next year higher.

Stocks caught fire again this week as the U.S. Senate made progress on a bill that would slash the corporate tax rate in 2019 to 20% from the current 35%. The Senate Budget Committee advanced the tax bill on Tuesday, setting the stage for a high-stakes vote in the full Senate.

Even those who don’t think the tax plan will provide a lasting boost to the economy acknowledge it should help the stock market.

“I wish I could believe that lower corporate taxes meant higher wages…It doesn’t,” Michael Block, chief market strategist at Rhino Trading Partners, wrote in a note. “It does mean that an orgy of risk taking is coming.”

More good news for investors: Jay Powell has signaled he won’t rock the boat at the Federal Reserve. Powell, Trump’s pick to replace Janet Yellen at the helm of the Fed, gave support this week for raising rates at just a gradual pace. Extremely low rates have underpinned the bull market by forcing investors to bet on risky assets like stocks.

Powell also said he believes existing bank regulation is tough enough. Instead, he expressed a desire for “appropriate ways” to ease some rules.

Talk of higher rates and lighter regulation led to another round of buying for big banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup.

So how long will stocks stay hot, and will they eventually pull back, or at least pause? Keep in mind the S&P 500 is in the midst of its longest rally ever without a 3% slump, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

While investors enjoyed “exceptional returns” in 2017, Morgan Stanley warned in a recent report that “such calm is likely to wane in 2018” as earnings growth peaks. The investment bank predicted a slowdown in profits will “inevitably will bring some heartburn for investors.”

The problem is that markets may be priced for perfection. Stocks, bonds and credit haven’t been this expensive since 1900, according to Goldman Sachs.

“All good things must come to an end,” Goldman strategists wrote.

The key will be how long the economic recovery from the Great Recession lasts. While it’s already one of the longest expansions on record, many economists anticipate growth will continue, if not accelerate, in 2018.

“Bull markets don’t die of old age,” Stovall said. “They die of fright, and what they’re most afraid of is recession.”

Georgia cold case suspects allegedly bragged about crime for years

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:37 PM PST

Witnesses say the suspects in the 1983 killing of a black man allegedly bragged about the crime for years, according to the testimony of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent at a probable cause hearing on Thursday.

Timothy Coggins, 23, was found stabbed to death on October 9, 1983, in Sunny Side, a town about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

Last month, Franklin Gebhardt and William Moore Sr. were arrested in the 1983 slaying, and Spalding County District Attorney Benjamin Coker told CNN they were angry that Coggins had been socializing with a white woman. Both are facing charges including felony murder, aggravated assault and concealing a death.

Thursday’s probable cause hearing relied on the testimony of GBI special agent Jared Coleman, who said investigators had determined the killing was racially motivated.

Multiple witnesses told investigators they heard the suspects discuss the crime in the weeks and years afterward.

Gebhardt and Moore allegedly indicated to those witnesses they had killed Coggins because he had been dancing with a white woman at a club on the night of October 7, 1983.

A magistrate judge ruled Thursday there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury, which will meet next week, according to Coker.

The 34-year-old cold case, which broke in October with the arrest of four men and a woman, was widely believed to be racially motivated, though no suspects or motive had previously been uncovered.

Gebhardt and Moore, based on interviews with witnesses, seemed to believe they were “doing the right thing” by killing Coggins, Coleman said, as if they were “protecting the white race from black people.”

Witnesses tell of suspects’ brags

Over the past three decades, Coleman said, the suspects, who were “best friends” and brothers-in-law, had been heard bragging about the killing at various times by different witnesses.

One witness, Christopher Vaughn, was 10 years old when he heard Gebhardt admit, a few weeks after the killing, that he and Moore had stabbed Coggins “28 to 32 times,” Coleman said.

“Mr. Gebhardt stated that Coggins had been messing around with his old lady,” Coleman said, referencing a girlfriend or significant other of Gebhardt’s.

On another occasion years later, Coleman said, Vaughn saw Gebhardt in an argument with another man. Gebhardt allegedly told the man, “I got away with it once,” Coleman said.

Another witness told investigators they were with both suspects at Moore’s trailer when the two discussed the killing. They indicated they had “drug a black guy down a dirt road because the black male had been talking with a white woman,” Coleman testified.

Moore, who was intoxicated, according to the witness, said he “missed the good old days when you could kill a black man for no reason.”

Coleman said that just a few weeks before the two were arrested, Moore had been heard “bragging about the fact that he had been the one to stab the victim,” and not Gebhardt.

Gebhardt also threatened one of his wives that, “If you keep on, you’re going to wind up like that n***** in the ditch.”

The suspects allegedly tried to intimidate witnesses, Coleman said. During one interview, Gebhardt told Coleman and a Spalding County deputy that if they provided Gebhardt with a list of people who were talking to investigators, he would “make them stop talking to us.”

Coleman was also asked about the testimony of another witness, Willard Sanders, who indicated in interviews with investigators that Coggins’ killing may have stemmed from a drug deal that went awry.

Sanders said he’d been told by Gebhardt that Moore tried to sell Coggins cocaine. Coggins tried it, but declined to buy it. Moore then “became enraged” and knocked Coggins out and stabbed him.

Martin Lee, Gebhardt’s defense attorney, told CNN the case was one of the toughest he’s had to defend.

“You know about as much as I do at this point,” he said. “We’re going to have to piece it together, and it’s going to be difficult to piece together 1983 again.”

A key point of his defense will be challenging witnesses’ more than 30-year-old memories, he said.

“Mr. Coker knows it. He cannot win this case,” said Harry Charles, the defense attorney representing Moore. “His witnesses are the scum.” When Charles was asked to elaborate, he indicated they were involved with drugs.

Gruesome details emerge

Multiple witnesses told investigators they had seen Coggins at the People’s Choice Club in Griffin, Georgia, on the night of October 7. One of those witnesses saw Coggins enter a gas station across the street and meet with three white males in a gold Datsun passenger car.

Later that evening, Coleman said, another witness testified to seeing Coggins with three white males in a gold Pinto passenger car — a vehicle that was similar in make to a gold Datsun, according to Coleman. Coggins told that witness he was going to Sunny Side, the town where his body was ultimately found.

Coleman testified Coggins had suffered numerous injuries at the time he was killed. He suffered five lacerations, 17 stab wounds and six slicing wounds, Coleman said, including several defensive injuries on his arms.

At one point, Gebhardt and Moore allegedly tied a chain to Coggins and dragged him down the road behind a truck.

Gebhardt lived “in the immediate area” where Coggins’ body was discovered in 1983, Coleman said.

Witness Vaughn said Gebhardt told him the knife used to kill Coggins was in a well on Gebhardt’s property. Investigators were unable to excavate the well to find the weapon because it would have compromised the structural integrity of the house nearby, Coleman said.

Then-investigator Larry Campbell told the local newspaper at the time that there were bloodstains and tire tracks in the field where Coggins’ body was found. Both his lungs had been punctured, he said.

“He had been worked over with a knife pretty well,” Campbell told the Griffin Daily News. “He had defense wounds where he’d thrown up an arm and so forth.”

Family remembers victim fondly

Coggins’ niece, Heather, had previously told CNN that most of her uncle’s friends were white, which might not have sat well with some folks in middle Georgia during the early 1980s.

She and the family remember Timothy as thin, charismatic, playful and possessing a bright smile that showcased his “beautiful, pearly white teeth,” she said. Heather Coggins was 6 when her uncle died.

In addition to Gebhardt and Moore, two law enforcement officials — Gregory Huffman and Lamar Bunn — were charged with obstruction, along with Bunn’s mother, Sandra.

Lamar Bunn formerly worked for the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and is now a part-time officer with the police department in Milner, about a 25-minute drive south of Sunny Side. He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation, interim Milner Police Chief Michael Bailey said.