WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Links Links en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 3 Sep 2015 04:09:16 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU Tiger Stadium policies, game day schedule released http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tiger-stadium-policies-game-day-schedule-released/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tiger-stadium-policies-game-day-schedule-released/ Links Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:06:32 AM Russell Jones LSU Tiger Stadium policies, game day schedule released

BATON ROUGE - LSU reminded Tiger football fans of the policies and security measures they'll have to consider when they attend games at Death Valley this year.

The Tiger Stadium bag policy prohibits backpacks or any bag or purse larger than 8 ½ x 11" from being brought into the stadium. People are also prohibited from bringing the following items into the stadium:

Coolers, ice chests, bottles, cans, cups (or containers of any kind)
Outside food and drinks
Any type of artificial noise makers - violators are subject to ejection
Pets of any variety (except for service animals)
Video Cameras
Weapons of any kind - including pocket knives, multi-function tools and any other items deemed inappropriate
Banners/Flags/Poles of any kind (or any obtrusive/obstructive signage)

The stadium and campus are also a smoke- and tobacco-free zone, which includes e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and cigars. Stadium seats which affect the view or comfort of people around their owner are also not allowed.

Once a ticket has been scanned to let someone into the stadium that ticketholder cannot leave and re-enter, unless they have a new and unscanned ticket. Tickets must be presented for someone to enter the stadium, and reselling tickets on stadium grounds is not permitted.

The LSU athletic department also released the following schedule of events for a typical night game with a 7 p.m. kickoff in Tiger Stadium. The event times will vary on days with earlier kickoff times.

Noon LSU Ticket Office opens * (first floor of LSU Athletics Administration Building)
2:30 p.m. Live band performs at Zatarain's Tiger One Village
4:00 p.m. Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium
4:15 p.m. LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:30 p.m. All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:50 p.m. LSU walks down "Victory Hill"
5:00 p.m. LSU Gameday presented by CST on the air
5:05 p.m. Mike the Tiger comes down "Victory Hill"
5:10 p.m. LSU band marches down "Victory Hill"
6:25 p.m. Mike the Tiger Field Parade
6:40 p.m. Guest Captains Presentation
6:45 p.m. Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance
6:50 p.m. Alma Mater and National Anthem
6:56 p.m. LSU takes the field
6:57 p.m. Visitor takes the field
7:00 p.m. Kickoff
*Ticket office will open at 8 a.m. for games that start prior to 6 p.m.

For more game day policies and security information, visit LSUSports.net.

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State disaster agency watching TS Danny http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-disaster-agency-watching-ts-danny/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-disaster-agency-watching-ts-danny/ Links Tue, 18 Aug 2015 6:42:15 PM Mark Armstrong State disaster agency watching TS Danny

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's disaster response agency will start coordinating with parish and municipal leaders Wednesday about Tropical Storm Danny.

A spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said it's standard protocol whenever a tropical depression forms in the Atlantic. If the storm does threaten Louisiana then the agency will go into full disaster mode.

Deputy Director Christopher Guilbeaux describes GOHSEP as a "one stop shop" for disaster response. As part of the disaster plan, local governments make requests through GOHSEP for supplies needed before and after a disaster. Agency leaders say this chain of command increases efficiency.

To ensure constant communication, the state has upgraded its emergency radio system. It relies on a network of towers, and has mobile units for back up if a tower is destroyed in a storm.

GOHSEP was established as a response to Hurricane Katrina. Agency leaders point out similar agencies already existed in Florida and Texas.

Spokesperson Mike Steele also said people should have their own disaster plan. "You want to make sure you have an emergency kit, have all of your documents put together, and have a place to go," said Steele.

GOHSEP has more recommendations on how to prepare for a hurricane on its website.

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LA Treasury and Mall of Louisiana to host unclaimed property event http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-treasury-and-mall-of-louisiana-to-host-unclaimed-property-event/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-treasury-and-mall-of-louisiana-to-host-unclaimed-property-event/ Links Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:13:32 AM Brock Sues LA Treasury and Mall of Louisiana to host unclaimed property event

BATON ROUGE - With nearly $700 million in unclaimed property sitting in the Louisiana treasury, residents of the Capital Area can take advantage of an upcoming Unclaimed Property Awareness Day event at the Mall of Louisiana to see if any of that money belongs to them.

Treasury employees will be stationed at the 1st Floor Center Court at the mall, located at 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd in Baton Rouge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this coming Saturday, Aug. 22.

"We've now collected more than $1 billion in Unclaimed Property. As quickly as we return it, we get more in," State Treasurer John Kennedy said. "Come see us at the mall. We'll help you search, and we'll help you file a claim on the spot. It's a free service."

Individuals looking to attend the event should bring a valid photo ID and Social Security card in order to speed up processing their claims.

The Treasurer's Office says the average claim is $900, and the money usually comes from old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, CDs, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments, utility deposits and similar funds. Checks for all approved claims will be issued and mailed as quickly as possible after the event, according to the Treasurer's Office.

Since the Unclaimed Property Program was started in 1972, the program has returned more than $373 million to nearly 600,000 Louisianians.

To check if you have missing money available ahead of the event, check the Treasurer's Office online database at www.LATreasury.com or call the LA Treasury's toll-free hotline at (888) 925-4127.

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Day care loses license after arrest http://www.wbrz.com/news/day-care-loses-license-after-arrest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/day-care-loses-license-after-arrest/ Links Fri, 14 Aug 2015 1:03:16 PM Russell Jones Day care loses license after arrest

BATON ROUGE - State education officials said a Baker day care lost their license after Louisiana State Police arrested the director's daughter for claiming to be the person in charge and forging an ID in the process.

On Friday the DOE formally revoked the license for Mini Miracles Child Care and Learning Center on Groom Road and put a notice on the day care's property.

On Aug. 12 State Police accused 39-year-old Alica Robinson of identity theft and forgery after they said she created a fake driver's license in order to claim to inspectors she was her mother, Bertha Morgan, the official director of the daycare.

The Department of Education said Robinson claimed to be the center's director during a July 7 inspection of the Mini Miracles Child Care and Learning Center, and did so again during another inspection a week later. The inspector asked for ID, but said Robinson told them she lost her driver's license and showed them a photocopy of Morgan's license and Social Security card.

The inspector said later that day Robinson produced an actual driver's license for Bertha Morgan, but the picture on the driver's license didn't match the picture of Morgan which was on the facility's initial application for a child care license.

The DOE contacted State Police, who confirmed Robinson's license was a fake. Troopers went back out to the daycare on Aug. 12 and said Robinson again claimed to be Morgan and showed them the fake license, which is when she was arrested.

Education officials said inspectors also found 18 violations of state child care regulations at Mini Miracles. The center was cited for not having current State Central Registry documents for all employees, criminal background checks for all workers, and not meeting the state's child-to-staff ratio at all times. The state also said there were no records of any kind on the site showing Robinson was employed at the center.

The Department of Education has a searchable list of licensed daycares on their website, as well as a list of people prohibited from operating daycares.

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BESE approves plan to make childcare more affordable http://www.wbrz.com/news/bese-approves-plan-to-make-childcare-more-affordable/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bese-approves-plan-to-make-childcare-more-affordable/ Links Wed, 12 Aug 2015 3:34:42 PM Ambria Washington, Russell Jones BESE approves plan to make childcare more affordable

BATON ROUGE - Some federal dollars will now be used in Louisiana to help parents in need save hundreds of dollars on child care each year.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved additional federal funding for child care assistance this week. The money will be used to make child care more affordable for families who need it and increase funding for qualified child care centers and teachers.

Access to the program is based on income and someone in the household must be either employed or in school. Low-income families will only have to pay $37 per week for child care, saving $55 over what they're paying now. Families below the poverty line will not have to pay any co-pays for their children's daycare.

"A program for children from low-income families cannot be prohibitively expensive for low-income parents," said State Superintendent John White. "By increasing stipends to families, we will also allow increase teacher pay and training. Teaching in a child care center should not be minimum wage work."

The changes will go into effect in winter 2016, according to BESE.

For more information on how to qualify for the program click here. To apply, click here.

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LSU Football releases dramatic trailer, sells out of tickets http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-releases-dramatic-trailer-sells-out-of-tickets/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-releases-dramatic-trailer-sells-out-of-tickets/ Links Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:48:07 AM WBRZ Staff LSU Football releases dramatic trailer, sells out of tickets

BATON ROUGE - With the accompanying hashtag of #FeelThePulse, LSU Athletics released an intense trailer to get Tiger fans amped as the calendar days left before football season melt away. Check out the full video below:

Monday afternoon, LSU also announced it's 2015 football season sold out.  The ticket office sold 74,350 tickets.

Year - Season Tickets Sold
2015 - 74,350
2014 - 74,350
2013 - 68.772
2012 - 68,772
2011 - 68,772
2010 - 68,650
2009 - 68,650
2008 - 68,650
2007 - 68,230
2006 - 67,700
2005 - 66,300
2004 - 66,232
2003 - 63,017
2002 - 63,591
2001 - 62,937
2000 - 58,651
1999 - 54,874

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State sales tax holiday Friday, Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-sales-tax-holiday-friday-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-sales-tax-holiday-friday-saturday/ Links Wed, 5 Aug 2015 7:57:23 AM APNewsNow State sales tax holiday Friday, Saturday

BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday, just in time for families preparing to send their children back to school.
The holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The holiday applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. It does not apply to sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.
The sales tax exemption applies statewide to all purchases other than vehicles subject to license and title and meals furnished for consumption on the premises where purchased, including to-go orders, or taxable services such as hotel occupancy.
You can find a full explanation of conditions of the tax exemptions here.

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School start dates http://www.wbrz.com/news/school-start-dates/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/school-start-dates/ Links Sun, 2 Aug 2015 9:14:46 PM WBRZ staff School start dates

Thursday Aug. 6

  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Tangipahoa 

Friday, Aug. 7

  • Livingston
  • St. Helena

Monday, Aug. 10

  • Ascension
  • Baker
  • Iberville
  • West Baton Rouge 

Wednesday, Aug. 12 

  • West Feliciana


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State marking ten years since Katrina, Rita http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-marking-ten-years-since-katrina-rita/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-marking-ten-years-since-katrina-rita/ Links Thu, 30 Jul 2015 4:27:22 PM Russell Jones State marking ten years since Katrina, Rita

BATON ROUGE - State officials said as Louisiana marks ten years since hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted the Gulf coast they're drawing attention to the recovery work that's been done.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness created a website which offers a complete look at Louisiana's decade of recovery and a calendar for events marking the hurricanes' passing.

"It's important to look back on these events that changed our state forever," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "This site highlights the tremendous strides Louisiana has made over the past decade, while we continue to work with our partners at the local, state and federal levels to finish the recovery efforts."

GOHSEP also reminded Louisiana residents they can sign up for emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets using the state's free Alert FM app, and download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and other important information at their Get A Game Plan website and app.

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DHH asks parents to ensure vaccinations are current http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-asks-parents-to-ensure-vaccinations-are-current/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-asks-parents-to-ensure-vaccinations-are-current/ Links Thu, 16 Jul 2015 5:43:40 AM APNewsNow DHH asks parents to ensure vaccinations are current

BATON ROUGE- With the beginning of a new school year quickly approaching, state health regulators are urging parents to make sure their children have received all required vaccinations.

State officials say Louisiana law requires children, ages 4 or older and entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs, to have proof of receiving the following vaccinations:

- booster dose of poliovirus vaccine

- two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine

- three doses of hepatitis vaccine

- two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

- booster dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Children in daycare also need to be up-to-date with their age-appropriate immunizations. Children 11 or older and entering the sixth grade must have proof they received all the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, as well as vaccinations for meningitis and Tdap.

Louisiana does have a religious exemption for vaccinations.

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Public comments begin for Common Core review http://www.wbrz.com/news/public-comments-begin-for-common-core-review/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/public-comments-begin-for-common-core-review/ Links Thu, 9 Jul 2015 3:31:20 PM Russell Jones Public comments begin for Common Core review

BATON ROUGE - The state began accepting public comments this week in their review of the Common Core education standards.

People can review the English and math standards for different grades and leave feedback, such as whether they agree with the standard or if it should be moved to a different grade level. People can also suggest new standards to be created.

The state Department of Education also posted resources people can read to familiarize themselves with exactly what each math and English education standard means.

The comments will be shared online and with a Standards Committee made of 101 educators and experts nominated from school districts and other education groups. Comments should be made by Aug. 5 in order to be considered in time for the first review committee meeting on Aug. 19. The committee will then propose a set of updated education standards to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education by March 2016.

The standards review came out of objections to the Common Core education standards which have been implemented over the past several years in the state. Lawmakers and education officials agreed to undergo a review of the standards rather than discard them entirely, which Governor Bobby Jindal suggested when he came out in opposition to the standards.

You can review the standards and make comments on the Louisiana Student Standards Review website.


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Veterans selling bricks to raise money for memorial http://www.wbrz.com/news/veterans-selling-bricks-to-raise-money-for-memorial/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/veterans-selling-bricks-to-raise-money-for-memorial/ Links Fri, 3 Jul 2015 3:10:06 PM Troy Gaulden Veterans selling bricks to raise money for memorial

NEW ROADS - A group of veterans in New Roads are raising money to build a veterans memorial in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The veterans are trying to sell personalized bricks for $100 each to raise $100,000 to build the memorial in front the Pointe Coupee General Hospital. The memorial would represent veterans world-wide, not just ones from Pointe Coupee Parish.

"It's going to bring back a lot of memories of what happened in the past, where I've traveled, where I've been and where I don't want to go again," said Army veteran Gene Vincent.

The memorial will feature six flags and stone monuments for each military branch along with a state flag, POW flag and an American flag. The site will also include 1,500 personalized bricks to honor veterans. The group has already sold nearly 300 bricks.

"This is something the veterans never really had in this parish like it's going to be now," said Vincent. "You'll be able to walk by and look and see that we are remembered and really appreciated in this parish."

The veterans plan to sell bricks near city hall in New Roads from 5-9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. You can find more information and an application for a personalized brick here.

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Fourth of July Safety Tips by Acadian Ambulance http://www.wbrz.com/news/fourth-of-july-safety-tips-by-acadian-ambulance/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fourth-of-july-safety-tips-by-acadian-ambulance/ Links Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:19:52 AM Kevin Dupuy Fourth of July Safety Tips by Acadian Ambulance

Fourth of July Safety Tips by Acadian Ambulance

BATON ROUGE - With the 4th of July holiday just days away, Acadian Ambulance would like to remind the public to celebrate safely.


• Leave fireworks to professionals. If you use them, light them outdoors away from buildings, cars and trees.

• Do not allow children to light fireworks. Even sparklers can reach a temperature up to 2,000 degrees and can cause burns.

• Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby in case of rogue sparks.

• Wet used fireworks before throwing them away to ensure embers are put out.

• If at a pool or on a beach, lake or rivers, make sure everyone, adults and children alike, wears a life jacket.

• Don't drink while driving a boat or vehicle.

• Don't float in the water near the boat's exhaust, which contains high levels of carbon monoxide.

• Don't swim or boat if there is lightning activity nearby.

• Watch children who are in or near the water.

• Keep pets in the house during fireworks. Secure them in a small interior room with a radio or TV playing to drown out noise. Windows and doors should be closed to keep the noise out and your pet in.

• At the beach, know how to spot a rip current and how to escape from one.

• Drink water even if you don't feel thirsty.

• Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing.

• Never text and drive.


    WBRZ Channel 2 is proud to continue the tradition created by the Manship Family for more than 46 years.

    The largest fireworks show in Louisiana begins at 9 PM on July 4th. Watch from Downtown Baton Rouge or in Port Allen!

    For additional information, please call (225) 342-1942.

    To download a printable schedule of the above events click here.


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    FCC to phone companies: You can stop unwanted robocalls http://www.wbrz.com/news/fcc-to-phone-companies-you-can-stop-unwanted-robocalls/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fcc-to-phone-companies-you-can-stop-unwanted-robocalls/ Links Thu, 18 Jun 2015 1:03:11 PM APNewsNow FCC to phone companies: You can stop unwanted robocalls

    WASHINGTON - Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers aren't duty-bound to connect those annoying "robocalls" if a consumer doesn't want them. Consumer groups and several states had asked the federal regulator to clarify this point because phone companies have said they worry about running afoul of rules that require them to connect every call.

    The FCC also voted in favor of expanding its Lifeline program to provide low-income subsidies for broadband service.

    For more information on how you can stop robocalls from contacting you phone number you can click here. 

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    Jindal signs budget and financing measures to pay for it http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-signs-budget-and-financing-measures-to-pay-for-it/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-signs-budget-and-financing-measures-to-pay-for-it/ Links Fri, 19 Jun 2015 3:26:27 PM Melinda Deslatte Jindal signs budget and financing measures to pay for it

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed next year's budget, along with the package of tax changes to balance the spending plan without steep reductions to public health care and colleges.

    The Republican governor agreed to raise Louisiana's cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack and to charge a new tax on electronic cigarettes and vapor products.

    He announced Friday that he also signed bills to cap the state's payment on film tax credits at $180 million annually for the next three years and to scale back an array of other business subsidies.

    Also getting Jindal's signature was a $50 fee increase on car buyers.

    In all, the governor supported bills that will raise more than $715 million to help finance state government operations in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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    FEMA sets up hotline for flood insurance policyholders http://www.wbrz.com/news/fema-sets-up-hotline-for-flood-insurance-policyholders/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fema-sets-up-hotline-for-flood-insurance-policyholders/ Links Tue, 16 Jun 2015 6:51:36 AM Associated Press FEMA sets up hotline for flood insurance policyholders

    NEW ORLEANS- With the 2015 hurricane season underway, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a National Flood Insurance Program call center pilot program to serve and support policyholders with the servicing of their claims.

    Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and policyholders may have questions in the days and weeks following a disaster.

    The call center is reachable at 1-800-621-3362, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    Monday deadline for I-10 improvement survey http://www.wbrz.com/news/monday-deadline-for-i-10-improvement-survey/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/monday-deadline-for-i-10-improvement-survey/ Links Mon, 15 Jun 2015 7:32:59 AM Rebecca Buchanan, Joe Hagan Monday deadline for I-10 improvement survey

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge authorities are ready to move on to the next step toward construction on the busy I-10 corridor, and they're asking for your input. The Department of Transportation and Development wants frustrated drivers to fill out a survey about driving in the city.

    The survey asks multiple choice questions about the busiest times to travel and what roads are the most congested. It also has some open-ended questions to get driver opinions on possible "projects and solutions" to key problem areas around Baton Rouge.

    DOTD communications director, Rodney Mallett, says the organization has gotten an overwhelming amount of responses to the survey.

    "We have more than 12,000 people who have responded to the survey," said Mallet. "We were hoping for 10,000 and we beat that. It's good to see input, and people who care about their community."

    Once the survey is complete, traffic officials and engineers will then complete feasibility studies before presenting a final alternative solution. Afterward, the improvements will require approval and funding before construction on the interstate gets underway.

    Monday is the last day to take the survey. It takes about 20 minutes to complete, and you can keep up with the released information from the survey on their Facebook page. You can find the I-10 survey here.


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    Web resources to make your trip to the beach a breeze http://www.wbrz.com/news/web-resources-to-make-your-trip-to-the-beach-a-breeze/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/web-resources-to-make-your-trip-to-the-beach-a-breeze/ Links Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:09:23 PM Brock Sues Web resources to make your trip to the beach a breeze

    BATON ROUGE - As summer enters full swing, many families from the Capitol Areas will be hitting the Interstate Systems to head to various vacation destinations, and state officials have plenty of helpful resources to ensure safe and efficient journeys for everyone hitting the road.

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation notes that motorists heading to the Gulf Coast via the Interstate for some fun in the sun should be aware of construction on various portions of the roadway. Traffic officials have provided a map for motorists that documents areas where extension traffic delays are possible due to construction on I-10, I-12 and I-59. Work on these roads will be carried out from now until the end of August so motorists should be aware of detour routes that can save major time when it comes to avoiding work zones. Click here for a PDF version of the map that can be saved to your laptop or mobile device.

    (Click to enlarge)

    Troopers have taken their tech game to the next level this vacation season and have compiled a helpful repository of web links and smartphone applications to aid Interstate travelers. For instant updates on lane closures, accidents and general police related information, LSP recommend visiting www.nixle.com where users can sign up for text and email alerts. LSP also note that they keep their Facebook page up-to-date with similar traffic information when possible. To report a crash or unsafe driving while still within Louisiana's borders, call *LSP (*577).

    Owners of Android and Apple devices can take advantage of the Way to Geaux app. This application provides motorists with live traffic updates based on your phone's location via GPS. The app can be downloaded in the Google Play store or the Apple App Store free of charge.

    LA DOTD also keeps their Facebook page updated with traffic information and their website features live traffic cameras to allow a first-hand glance at the action on the road.

    Motorists headed east can also take advantage of resources from neighboring states. The following links can be bookmarked to provide guidance for eastbound vacationers:

    -Highway Patrol

    -Law Enforcement

    -Highway Patrol

    -State Police
    -Department of Transportation

    -Department of Public Safety
    -Department of Transportation

    Above all, State Police encourage summer vacationers to use caution and allow for plenty of time to arrive at travel destinations safely.

    Image: LA DOTD

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    TSA Precheck on display at BTR Metro http://www.wbrz.com/news/tsa-precheck-on-display-at-btr-metro/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tsa-precheck-on-display-at-btr-metro/ Links Mon, 8 Jun 2015 6:28:34 PM Kristen Althouse, Ambria Washington TSA Precheck on display at BTR Metro

    BATON ROUGE - Frequent flyers through Baton Rouge can qualify to have shorter time getting through security.

    Officials at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will join TSA leaders to kick off the Precheck program on Monday. The program will allow low-risk flyers to move quickly through security screenings at the airport. It will also decrease the hassle of security checks while trying to board flights.

    "While this facilitates an expedite for those that are in the program, it strengthens security for everyone because we can spend more time with those we know less about," said Sari Koshetz,Spokesperson for Transportation Security Administration.

    However, if interested travelers have to enroll and go through background checks as well as provide fingerprints.

    Once qualified travelers will be able to leave their shoes, a light jacket and a belt while going through security. Users can also keep their laptops in their cases and liquids and gels bag in their carry-on bags in certain lanes. The TSA is working to bring the program to more that 150 U.S. airports.

    According to the TSA American citizens and lawful permanent residents can apply for the Precheck program. Once approved, each traveler will get a "Known Travelers Number" giving members access to perks of the program. TSA Officials said the "Known Travelers Number" has to be added to each reservation with the airline that's participating.

    BTR Metro said more than 10,000 people in Louisiana have signed up for the program, and 3,000 of those people are from Baton Rouge. Initially, airlines that participated in the program invited frequent flyers but now anyone that qualifies can enroll in the program The fee is $85 for 5 years. TSA officials say that money goes to running background checks that are needed for the program.

    The TSA pre check program is only available at the moment during peak hours at the Baton Rouge airport from 4:30-7:00 am to 11:00pm-12:00 pm and from 2:00-5:00pm.


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    My information's been hacked... what now? http://www.wbrz.com/news/my-information-s-been-hacked-what-now-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/my-information-s-been-hacked-what-now-/ Links Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:06:55 AM My information's been hacked... what now?

    The entire U.S. federal workforce may be at risk after yet another intrusion from what security experts believe were hackers based in China. The Department of Homeland Security says that data from the Office of Personnel Management - the human resources department for the federal government - and the Interior Department has been infiltrated.

    It is not the first and it follows massive data breaches at health insurance companies, major U.S. banks like JPMorgan and retailers such as Target and Home Depot.

    Here's what to do if you think you've been compromised.


    - Notify the credit agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) and request a 90-day credit alert. (Each reporting agency is supposed to notify the others, but you may want to contact all three yourself.) The alert tells businesses to contact you before opening any new accounts in your name. You can renew the alert every 90 days, or you're entitled to keep it in effect for seven years if you find that your identity is stolen and file a report with police.

    - You might consider asking the reporting agencies to place a full freeze on your credit. This blocks any business from checking your credit to open a new account, so it's a stronger measure than a credit alert. BUT you should weigh that against the hassle of notifying credit agencies to lift the freeze - which can take a few days - every time you apply for a loan, open a new account or even sign up for utility service.


    - When your credit card bill comes, check closely for any irregularities. And don't overlook small charges. Crooks are known to charge smaller amounts, usually under $10, to see if you notice. If you don't, they may charge larger amounts later.

    - Get a free credit report once a year from at least one of the major reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion), and review it for unauthorized accounts. Ignore services that charge a fee for credit reports. You can order them without charge at www.annualcreditreport.com . If you order from each agency once a year, you could effectively check your history every four months.


    - Some experts say there's not much to be gained from a paid credit monitoring service. But it can't hurt to sign up for any monitoring offered for free by a company or any other entity that may have held your information when it was hacked. NOTE: These services will tell you if a new account is opened in your name, but they won't prevent it, and many don't check for things like bogus cellphone accounts, fraudulent applications for government benefits or claims for medical benefits. Some do offer limited insurance or help from a staffer trained to work with credit issuers and reporting agencies.


    - Contact the credit issuer to dispute fraudulent charges and have the bogus account closed.

    - Request your credit report and ask the reporting agencies to remove bogus accounts or any incorrect information from your record. See tip #1 on setting up a credit alert and/or freeze.

    - Submit a report through the FTC website: www.consumer.ftc.gov. Click the "privacy & identity" tab, which will walk you through creating an affidavit you can show to creditors.

    - Keep copies of all reports and correspondence. Use certified mail to get delivery receipts, and keep notes on every phone call.


    - After a hack, scammers may try to use the stolen data to trick you into giving up more personal information. They can use that info to steal money in your accounts or open new credit cards.

    - Don't click on any links from emails. Bad software could be downloaded to your computer that can steal account passwords.

    - You might get letters in the mail saying you won a tablet or vacation and give you a phone number to call. Don't do it. It's likely a ploy to gather more information from you.

    - Hang up the phone if you get a call asking for account numbers or other information. Scammers may also send texts, so don't click on any links from numbers you don't know.


    The FTC now has a website www.identitytheft.gov that provides step-by-step advice and more information on what to do if you think you have been the victim of a data breach.

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