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Saint Tammany Parish begins annual Christmas tree recycling program

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 09:08 PM PST

COVINGTON, LA -- Christmas tree recycling is underway in Saint Tammany Parish.  It's an annual program for the parish which works in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The parish will collect the trees at two locations.  You can take your tree to either the Covington Fair Grounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington or the Old Levee Board property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell.  The recycling locations will open to accept trees during daylight hours.

The parish's recycling program only accepts live trees, so please do not bring an artificial one.  Also, all trees must be entirely stripped of all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other decorations.  The tree stands must also be removed.

The trees are used to help rebuild the Big Branch Marsh in Lacombe.  For that reason, the program cannot accept flocked trees, as they are not suitable to place in the marsh.

Macy’s announces stores set to close in early 2018

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 07:13 PM PST

CINCINNATI – Retail giant Macy's will cut 5,000 jobs and close seven more stores in Florida, California, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Vermont.

The moves are part of a plan announced in August 2016 to close 100 stores.

Macy's announced in a press release Thursday that it will shutter seven new locations it had previously not identified for closure:

• Miami (Downtown), Miami, Fla.
• The Oaks, Gainesville, Fla.
• Novato (Furniture), Novato, Calif.
• Honey Creek Mall, Terre Haute, Ind.
• Birchwood Mall, Fort Gratiot Township, Mich.
• Fountain Place, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Burlington Town Center, Burlington, Vt.

The retailer also said Thursday that it is moving ahead with four other store closures previously announced:

• Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, Calif.
• Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, Calif.
• Magic Valley Mall, Twin Falls, Idaho

Altogether, Macy's has now revealed 81 of the 100 locations.

Macy's is one of many traditional retail chains struggling for stability amid stiff competition from alternative retail chains and online retailers.

"Our primary focus in 2017 has been to continue the strong growth of digital and mobile, stabilize our brick & mortar business and set the foundation for future growth," said Jeff Gennette, Macy's, Inc. chief executive officer. "We've made good progress on each, including encouraging trend improvements in our brick & mortar business."

The company expects to see a $300 million boost from strong holiday shopping numbers, cost saving measures and other changes.

Macy's will likely start liquidation sales on January 8th.

Family returns from vacation to find Illinois home flooded, frozen

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:51 PM PST

LAKE IN THE HILLS, Ill. – The bitterly cold weather that has  gripped the Midwest can be hard on the water pipes in homes – something one suburban Illinois family found out after returning from a Florida vacation.

Vanessa and Max Carranza had been enjoying a winter getaway with their two daughters in the Sunshine State, where they visited family and Disney World.

All the while, the greater Chicago area was in the throes of an extended, deep freeze.  In Lake in the Hills, even on a relatively warm day, temperatures struggled to reach to 13 degrees.  The neighborhood was frozen solid along with their pipes.

When they returned from Florida Thursday, the signs of trouble were there on the front porch.

"A neighbor heard water pouring from our roof," Vanessa Carranza told WGN after she returned to find burst pipes had severely damaged the family's home in Carranzas Lake in the Hills.  Inside, the carpet squished with floodwater.

"We think one of our pipes probably burst due to the multiple days of cold weather," she said.  "We completely lost the ceiling.  All the drywall is down, but just from that you can see it trickled, followed the rafters, all the way into the kitchen."

The surface of the walls bubbles and blisters in sections while water drips easily through leaking floors and ceilings.

"We've got leaks everywhere," Vanessa Carranza said. "The house is completely flooded. We'll probably have to replace all the floors, the carpet, roof, walls."

It can happen anytime there's extreme cold and the pipes aren't used for days. It's something Vanessa Carranza said she'll never forget when she goes out of town.

"Next time we'll definitely let a neighbor know that we're going and maybe have somebody stop by take a look, run things for a couple of days."

The Carranza family will stay with relatives for now as they figure out insurance and repairs.

Apple says all Macs and iOS devices affected by chip flaws

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:48 PM PST

NEW YORK – Apple has confirmed all its Mac systems and iOS devices are affected by two recently disclosed processor flaws called Spectre and Meltdown.

In an announcement on Thursday, Apple said it has released mitigations to defend against Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. It will release mitigations in Safari to defend against the Spectre bug “in the coming days,” the release said.

“There are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” Apple said, echoing what other companies and security researchers have said.

Apple Watch isn’t impacted by the Meltdown flaw.

Researchers announced the two flaws affecting virtually all computer processors on Wednesday.

Here’s the issue: Modern processors are designed to perform something called “speculative execution” to enhance performance. Data is supposed to be protected and isolated, but researchers discovered that in some cases, the information can be exposed while the processor queues it up.

Researchers said almost every computing system — desktops, laptops, smartphones, and cloud servers — is affected by the Spectre bug. Meltdown appears to be specific to Intel chips.

Apple users should make sure their computers, iOS devices, and all apps they use are kept up to date to protect themselves against hackers exploiting the flaws.

“Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store,” the company said.

That is good advice regardless of whether or not your phone has a flaw in the processor.


Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell celebrates Mass during her first public transition

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:16 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- It was a celebration of faith and fellowship at St. Peter Claver Church in New Orleans, as mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell hosted her first official transition event.

Cantrell is still serving as the district B city council member while assembling her transition team for her new role as mayor.

Cantrell says she's been busy, but says it's also an exciting time for her and her team.

"This is the future of our city. We're 300 years and we're going to use our time wisely through this transition so that we're truly prepared and ready to govern May 7th," says Cantrell.

Cantrell is the city's first female mayor. Once in office, she plans to tackle public safety, leadership within the NOPD and re-entry programming head-on.

Did ‘Rookie of the Year’ star, Thomas Ian Nicholas call ‘Girl’s Trip’ star, Tifffany Haddish a weirdo?

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:46 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS-- If you've read Girl's Trip star, Tiffany Haddish's book, "The Last Black Unicorn," there's a section where she talks about "Rookie of the Year" and "American Pie" star, Thomas Ian Nicholas.

Apparently the two stars knew each other through Nicholas' brother.  In Haddish's book she claims that Thomas Ian Nicholas called her a weirdo.   News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez asked him about it and this is what he had to say!

Thomas Ian Nicholas is in New Orleans performing at the MOXY NOLA.  He's a musician in addition to being a movie star.  His latest film, "Living Among Us" hits theaters on February 2nd.  "Living Among Us" is about a news crew that is sent to cover supposed vampires.  The news crew stays with the alleged vampires to try and see if they really are vampires.

You can also catch up with Thomas Ian Nicholas at Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans at the Ernest Morial Convention Center this weekend.


‘Rookie of the Year’ star Thomas Ian Nicholas talks about his new vampire flick

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:22 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Wizard World Comic Con is in New Orleans and it's your chance to meet TV and movie stars like Thomas Ian Nicholas, the star of "Rookie of the Year" and the hit "American Pie" films.

Thomas Ian Nicholas is now starring in and producing a new movie called "Living Among Us," which hits theaters on February 2nd. The film is about a news crew that is sent to a house where there are supposed vampires.  The news crew is out to prove or disprove whether they are really vampires.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez sat down and talked with Thomas Ian Nicholas about his past movies, his music career and current movie productions.

In addition to being a movie star, he's also a musician.  Over the years he's had several albums.  If you'd like to hear him perform you can at the Moxy NOLA on Friday night.

For more information about Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans, click HERE. 

Mark Ingram convinces Harry Connick, Jr. to come to Sunday’s wild card game

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 04:42 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans' own Harry Connick, Jr., visited the Saints at their practice today.

Because of his hectic schedule he was unsure if he would make it to Sunday's wild card game, although, he has made it to three away games this season.

"I kept saying 'I don't know I don't know, but then I walked out on to the field at practice and Mark Ingram said 'are you coming Sunday?' and I said 'Yes I am'" he laughed. "I  have no free will when it comes to him."

The musician and talk show host has been a Saints fan his entire life; he was even born in the same year the Saints were signed in to a team.

On Thursday he got the honor of a lifetime: He was signed to a one-day deal by Mickey Loomis and the team.

"I got fitted for pads, they gave me a jersey, and then I went to practice," said Connick. "I even attempted to catch a couple of Thomas Morstead punts."

Prior to the Christmas Eve rivalry game against the Falcons, Connick posted an epic video to his Twitter urging Saints fans to get hyped up before Sunday's game.

"I had no idea that would blow up the way it did, I'll definitely have to make another one before this Sunday's game, it's going to be good," said Connick.

Pizza and the Playbook: Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 04:40 PM PST

METAIRIE, La. -- This week on Pizza and the Playbook Tulane Men's Basketball Head Coach, Mike Dunleavy, Sr., sits-down with Karen Loftus at That's Amore Pizzeria to talk about making the move from the NBA to the college game, why Tulane has been such a good fit, and how coaching college athletes differs from coaching professional athletes.

KL: "This is your second season as the head basketball coach at Tulane but it's your first college coaching job. Tell me how this came about and when was this sort of on your radar to get into the college game?"

MD: "I started thinking in terms of what is it I like to do? During that time I was spending time with my son, Baker, who was the associate head coach at Villanova while they made their championship run. I was sitting at this practice and I was going, 'I love this. I'm really thinking seriously about doing it.' If I want to do it, I want to do it on my terms. I needed a city that I knew I could enjoy living in, I could stay for the next 10-15 years. I wasn't interested in going from job to job."

KL: "What's been the biggest difference that you've seen between the NBA game and the college game?"

MD: "First of all, nothing I do is different, except from the starting point at which I teach. There's also a huge up-side in how quickly you can make guys better."

KL: "When you take a new job, it's a new phase in your coaching career and you have certain expectations with the city, with the team, with everything. You've said it's far exceeded your expectations?"

MD: "It has. I really thought I'd like it but I love it."

KL: "I saw that you were a psychology major in college. Do you think that helps at all with your coaching?"

MD: "I think it does. The psychology part of it is, when I'm dealing with players it's about putting them in situations to make them successful and really feel good about themselves. But then also to where they have a hunger to get better."

KL: "Final question-- what's your favorite type of pizza?"

MD: "Well I'm from Brooklyn and Brooklyn has the best pizza. Grimaldi's in Brooklyn is a major stop for pizza lovers.

KL: "And favorite topping?"

MD: " Favorite topping for me is sausage."

‘Handbook For Mortals’ author to sign copies of her book ahead of Comic Con

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 04:05 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Tonight's the night for you to meet the author, Lani Sarum who wrote the  #1 New York Times Best seller, "Handbook For Mortals."

Sarum will be signing copies of her book at the Barnes & Nobles in Metairie at  7 p.m.

Sarum teamed up with actor and producer Thomas Ian Nicholas ("Rookie of the Year," "American Pie," "Living Among Us) on a future movie project based on the book.

For more information on the "Handbook For Mortals." 

St. Bernard Parish couple accused of dealing crystal meth

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 04:03 PM PST

VIOLET, La. — A Violet couple was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine after narcotics agents bought the drug from each of them on separate occasions., St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

This is the second St. Bernard Parish couple arrested for dealing meth in the past month, the sheriff said.

Stephen Schule, 39, and Leila Robinson, 34, were arrested at their home in the 2300 block of Riverbend Drive, where agents recovered methamphetamine, dextromphetamine, heroin, Alprazolam, Oxycodone, and drug paraphernalia, including a glass smoking device, according to the sheriff’s office.

In addition to distribution of methamphetamine charges, Schule was booked with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of Alprazolam, possession of dextromphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Schule also was booked on a warrant for restitution out of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.

In addition to distribution of methamphetamine charges, Robinson was booked with possession of Oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schule is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison on a $125,000 bond; Robinson was released from the prison Dec. 28 on a $75,000 bond.

Call the Sheriff’s Office narcotics hotline at (504) 271-DOPE or 3673 to report suspected illegal drug activity in St. Bernard Parish. Callers can remain anonymous.

Would you eat it? Vegan Blueberry Lime Cheesecake!

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:58 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS - It's cheesecake with no cheese! Check out what Test Kitchen Taylor made today.

Test Kitchen Taylor is Looking for healthy food in the new year, and Brena from Waveland, MS sent us just that: a vegan, gluten-free blueberry lime cheesecake.

Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Lime Cheesecake
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
1 cup medjool dates
1/2 tsp ground vanilla beans or extract
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Splash of water if needed to help blend
Cheesecake Layer Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked overnight
1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup coconut oil melted
1 tsp lime zest + more for garnish
1 cup blueberries + more for garnish
To make the crust:
Pulse ingredients in food processor until sticky crumbles form. Add a splash of water at the end if it needs help sticking. Press crust into a parchment-lined 7" springform pan.
To make the lime cheesecake layer:
The night before, soak cashews in a bowl of water. The next day, drain and rinse. Place cashews in food processor and blend for several minutes until smooth. Scrape down sides and add lime juice, 1/4 cup sweetener, zest, & vanilla & blend again. Stream in the melted coconut oil & blend until well combined. Taste and add more sweetener, if needed.
Scoop out enough of the cheesecake filling to cover the crust with about 1/2 to 1 inch of the white layer. Then set in freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.
To make the blueberry cheesecake layer:
Add 1 cup blueberries to the remaining cheesecake in your food processor and blend until smooth. If your blueberries are tart, you may need a couple more tsp sweetener.
Spread the blueberry layer on top of lime layer and decorate with fresh blueberries and lime zest.
Cover with foil and set in the freezer for about 3 hours to firm up and then transfer to the fridge for a couple more hours.

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

California father fighting for life after ignoring flu symptoms

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:43 PM PST

SAN DIEGO – With San Diego County in the midst of a flu epidemic, one family is in the fight of their lives.

Heavily sedated and on a ventilator, Shawn Burrough, of Lakeside, California is in the Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Grossmont Hospital fighting for every last breath.

"He's in renal failure because of the infection in his blood. He's getting dialysis," his wife Jennifer told KSWB.

Jennifer said it all started around Christmas when a flu bug hit the Burrough household.

"He had a little chest congestion, headache, body ache -- the usual stuff where you're like, OK, I'm getting the flu," said Jennifer.

Even though Shawn was sick, he continued to work and didn't rest.

Jennifer said the next thing she knew, on New Year's Day they were in the emergency room.

"He couldn't breathe. They had to rush me out, they had to intubate him and sedate him," said Jennifer. "They told me he was in renal failure, his white count was through the roof, he has severe pneumonia."

Jennifer said she and her family opted not to get the flu shot since the success rate was low. Now, on top of Shawn getting sick, the two younger children have also tested positive for the flu virus.

"The doctor checked them out. Their lungs are clear. Thank God everything's fine," said Jennifer.

Jennifer said Shawn is a U.S. Navy veteran who fought in the Gulf War. He works two jobs and is a father of four children. She never imagined a flu virus would take him down.

"Other than being a little overweight he's totally healthy, a totally healthy guy," said Jennifer.

Looking back, she wishes she would have been more careful.

"If you're sick -- I mean the first cough, I don't care if it's not the flu -- go get seen just in case. You never know," said Jennifer.

Since Shawn has been hospitalized, each day is a struggle.

"He's my rock. He's the love of my life, sole provider, great man," she said. "He's everything."

Friends of the family have set up a fundraising page to help pay for expenses.

Mandeville Kmart among 64 stores closing nationwide

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:36 PM PST

MANDEVILLE, La. — It’s closing time for another 39 Sears locations and 64 Kmart stores.

Sears Holdings, which owns both Sears and Kmart, made the announcement Thursday, building on months of similar closings aimed at getting the company on solid financial footing.

The Kmart in Mandeville is the only Louisiana store closure on the list.

Closeout sales at the affected locations will begin next week, the company said in a press release, and all 103 locations will be shuttered by May.

The company said in a press release that “eligible associates impacted by these store closures will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores.”

A spokesperson for Sears Holdings declined to say how many employees will be affected by the closings.

The decline of Sears Holdings has been swift in recent years.

In 2006, the company operated more than 3,000 locations in U.S. and a few hundred in Canada.

But with the rise of e-commerce, Sears and other traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have struggled to keep pace with digital darlings like Amazon.

Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy last year, and is in the process of shuttering its business entirely. And by the end of October 2017, Sears Holdings had just over 1,000 stores left in the U.S.

The company said the closures are part of an ongoing effort to “right size” its store footprint.

“[A]s previously announced, we will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members,” Sears Holdings said in a statement Thursday.

Amtrak train fatally strikes 11-year-old wearing headphones, looking at phone

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:32 PM PST

HAINES CITY, Fla. – An 11-year-old Florida girl died Wednesday afternoon after she was hit by an Amtrak train while crossing the tracks, according to police.

The train’s engineer told investigators that the girl, identified as Yazmin White, of Haines City, had headphones in her ears and was looking at her cellphone when the train hit her, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, just a few hundred feet from her family’s home.

“She certainly didn’t hear the train or she wouldn’t have walked up on the track,” Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday. “The engineer blew that horn solid for probably a quarter of a mile.”

The train, with 12 passenger cars and two locomotives, was traveling at 68 mph at the time of the accident, according to officials.

The conductor, who isn’t expected to face charges, said he tried to brake and blew the horn multiple times but White never looked up, WFTS reported.

Relatives told the station that the middle schooler had dreams of a career in music and loved the piano.

Judd said he could think of at least five children who had died locally in the last couple years after being hit while listening to headphones.

“You don’t die when you’re 11 years old, you’re teflon, you’re going to live forever,” Judd said. “The absolute last thing she thought about was being run over by a train.”

He added that his words shouldn’t be taken as a condemnation of the young victims, who are not thinking about death when they’re listening to their favorite music.

“It rips our heart out,” Judd said. “That could be our child or grandchild, just as easy.”

Does this movie have a happy ending? Who knows? Only YOU know.

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:24 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS - This is Hollywood South.

New Orleans in the other "LA".  That's Louisiana.

And that's where they're making a movie at The Other Bar.  That's at 5039 Freret Street in New Orleans.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood is on the set.

Also on the set is the director.

And the producer.

And a cinematographer.

And Adam Henslee.  Adam is an actor.  He's the star.

WIld Bill asks Adam, "you had to memorize a lot of lines for your part?"

Adam says, "lots of lines, yes."

Adam knows how this story goes.  It's part of Collaborative Stories.  These movies are three-minute movies masterpieces.

They're posted on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.  You can watch the first and second seasons, all you have to do is click right here.

Collaborative Stories is a continuing series.  The creative folks who put it together know that.

They know everything about every story.  They know how it starts out.

They know what's in the middle of it all.

They everything, except how the story end.

It's a mystery to them.

They're working. They're wondering. They're waiting.

They're waiting for you, actually.

That's the way Collaborative Stories goes.

The ending is up to you.

You get to decide.

After you watch, there's a list of possible endings. You can choose one of them.

Or you can get creative and come up with your own conclusion.

It could be a crazy wrap up. It could be happy. It could be sad.  It could be a cliffhanger worthy of a season ending finale.

The make the movie.

You decide, The End.

11 cars buyers sell within the first year

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 02:51 PM PST

The end of the year is a popular time to shop for a new car. With new models on the lots, price reductions on current models, and a number of big sales events around Thanksgiving and Christmas, it's a great time of year to trade up.

However, just like any big purchase, the purchase of a new vehicle can trigger a sense of buyer's remorse, and some may be starting the new year with a car they wish they didn’t own.

In a new study, automotive research firm iSeeCars.com discovered that while, on average, just 1.5% of new cars are resold within the first year, popular luxury models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz are given up at much higher rates.

To determine which models are being put back on the market most quickly, researchers at iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 24 million new car sales over the past two years. They found that eleven models in particular are reselling at rates two times higher than that of the average vehicle.

The immediate takeaway might be to avoid these vehicles altogether; however, a high resale rate doesn't necessarily indicate a vehicle is a "lemon." Rather, it is a reflection of the vehicle not meeting consumers' expectations. And the fact that these almost new cars are being resold less than a year after their initial purchase represents a great opportunity for bargain shoppers. Almost all of these cars see a used discount that's higher than the average 12.7%.

Here are the cars buyers sell most frequently within the first year of ownership.


iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 24 million car sales that occurred in calendar years 2015 and 2016. Only model years 2015-2017 were considered. A vehicle was considered resold if it was listed and sold on the used market between 4 and 12 months after its initial sell date based on iSeeCars' VIN history reports. Each model's resale rate was calculated as the number of vehicles that were resold divided by the number of new vehicle sales for that model. To improve relevancy, models with fewer than 50,000 new vehicle sales were excluded. Additionally, new cars with more than 500 miles and used cars with fewer than 4,000 miles were also excluded.

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

11. Nissan Versa

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.2%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.1X higher
Avg. Price (New): $14,894
Avg. Price (Used): $12,800
Used Discount: 14.1%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

10. Subaru WRX

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.3%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.2X higher
Avg. Price (New):
Avg. Price (Used): $30,625

Used Discount: 6.2%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

9. Chrysler 200

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.8%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.5X higher
Avg. Price (New): $25,132
Avg. Price (Used): $17,624
Used Discount: 29.9%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

8. Mercedes E-Class

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.9%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.6X higher
Avg. Price (New): $64,742
Avg. Price (Used): $52,267
Used Discount: 19.3%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

7. BMW 4 Series

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.9%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.6X higher
Avg. Price (New): $54,610
Avg. Price (Used): $45,152
Used Discount: 17.3%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

6. BMW X3

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.9%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.6X higher
Avg. Price (New): $50,115
Avg. Price (Used): $43,731
Used Discount: 12.7%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

5. Dodge Dart

1st Year Resale Rate: 3.9%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.6X higher
Avg. Price (New): $20,649
Avg. Price (Used): $14,988
Used Discount: 27.4%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

4. Nissan Versa Note

1st Year Resale Rate: 4.0%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 2.7X higher
Avg. Price (New): $16,606
Avg. Price (Used): $13,256
Used Discount: 20.2%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

3. Mercedes C-Class

1st Year Resale Rate: 6.1%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 4.1X higher
Avg. Price (New): $49,042
Avg. Price (Used): $39,406
Used Discount: 19.6%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

2. BMW 5 Series

1st Year Resale Rate: 7.1%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 4.7X higher
Avg. Price (New): $61,317
Avg. Price (Used): $50,133
Used Discount: 18.2%

Photo Credit: iSeeCars.com

1. BMW 3 Series

1st Year Resale Rate: 8.0%
Difference from Avg. Resale Rate: 5.3X higher
Avg. Price (New): $44,833
Avg. Price (Used): $36,743
Used Discount: 18%

You can start filing your 2017 taxes on …

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:34 PM PST

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Amid the frantic push by Republicans to pass a tax overhaul by Christmas, it’s easy to forget that you still have to contend with your 2017 taxes.

The IRS on Thursday said it would start accepting 2017 federal income tax returns on Monday, January 29.

But if you’re not an early bird filer, you’ll have until Tuesday, April 17 to get yours in.

If even that’s too soon for you, file for an automatic 6-month extension. Just remember an extension to file is not an extension to pay. You still need to pay Uncle Sam what you owe for last year by April 17, if you want to avoid late-payment penalties.

Normally, April 15 is the final filing deadline, but it falls on a Sunday this year. And Monday, April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. (That day celebrates President Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,000 slaves in D.C.)

Related: 34 things you need to know about the new tax law

While the IRS said it expects to issue the vast majority of refunds within 21 days of a return being filed, there are some exceptions.

If you’re expecting a refund partly or wholly because of the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, those checks by law may not go out before mid-February.

That means for those who choose direct deposit, the money may not show up in your bank account or on your debit card until February 27, assuming there are no issues with your return.

Jefferson Parish schools open Friday, St. John Parish schools remain closed

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:28 PM PST

Jefferson Parish public schools will reopen Friday, January 5, 2018, but public schools in St. John the Baptist Parish will remain closed.

The school system in Jefferson Parish extended students’ winter break by a day when it closed all schools Thursday, January 4.

In St. John the Baptist Parish, school buildings are still having problems with water pressure because of unusually cold temperatures.

ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, 3128 Constance St., in New Orleans, will be closed again Friday, January 5, due to a broken heater.

Lows tonight are expected to be in the 23-25 range along and north of the I-12 and I-10 corridor on the North Shore and southern Mississippi.

Areas west of Lake Pontchartrain down through the Houma area can see lows 25-28, and south of I-10 on the South Shore 26-29.

The immediate metro New Orleans area along and north of the river should stay at or above 29 degrees.

What’s going on? Twelfth Night-Tricentennial fireworks and more on tap this weekend

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:18 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- From war reenactments to fireworks, there's no shortage of Tricentennial fun to be had in New Orleans this weekend (January 6-7).

History buffs, take note. Mark the Battle of New Orleans at the very place where it happened – the Chalmette Battlefield. Reenactments of one of the most significant battles in American history take place Saturday and Monday, January 8. Saturday, the events at Chalmette Battlefield are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit the website for more information.

If history isn't your thing, but superheroes and pop culture are, then head over to the Ernest Morial Convention Center downtown for Wizard World Comic Con. The three-day event will feature celebrities like Marvel founder Stan Lee and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones, along with other attractions -- like sci-fi speed dating.

Saturday is also Twelfth Night, also known as the start of Carnival season -- and the Phunny Phorty Fellows.

Every year on Twelfth Night, the krewe rides a streetcar on the St. Charles Avenue route, choosing its 2017 Queen and "Boss" (Phunny Phorty Phellows version of a King) along the way, while eating King Cake and drinking champagne.

It starts at the Willow Streetcar Barn on South Carrollton about 6 p.m., then rolls on the streetcar down Carrollton and St. Charles before turning around at Lee Circle and heading back to the Willow Barn.

Or, you can grab a spot in the French Quarter for the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at Jax Brewery. From there, it goes two block down Decatur to Conti, turning right on Conti and then right again onto Chartres. It continues seven blocks on Chartres, turns right on Ursulines, then back onto Decatur.

This year is a special year for the krewe for a couple of reasons. It's the krewe's 10th year, and it's also tied to one of the city's many Tricentennial events. After the parade, you can walk to the Riverwalk for a Twelfth Night-Tricentennial "fireworks bonanza."