WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2018, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 15 Oct 2018 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Local high school gets authentic Mud Dog jerseys to celebrate 'Waterboy' 20th anniversary http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-high-school-gets-authentic-mud-dog-jerseys-to-celebrate-waterboy-20th-anniversary/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-high-school-gets-authentic-mud-dog-jerseys-to-celebrate-waterboy-20th-anniversary/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 1:46:08 PM Jeremy Krail Local high school gets authentic Mud Dog jerseys to celebrate 'Waterboy' 20th anniversary

BATON ROUGE - Remember when Bobby Boucher showed up at halftime and helped the Mud Dogs win the Bourbon Bowl? Well, one local high school football team will have an opportunity to relive that fateful moment in fictional sports history.

On Monday, Adidas unveiled new, limited edition jerseys which replicate the famous look of the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs from the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy 'The Waterboy'. The replica jerseys prominently feature the name 'Boucher' and the number 9, a nod to Sandler's titular character who reminded us that Gatorade can't compare to a cold cup of water.

Alongside the launch of the new collection, Adidas says it is presenting University Lab High School's football team with a full set of Mud Dog uniforms. ULAB, one of the best high school football programs in the entire country, will don the authentic SCLSU look for its Oct. 19 game against Mentorship Academy.

Fans can grab their own Mud Dog jersey for $120. Other memorabilia recreated for the collection include Coach Klein’s varsity jacket ($100), an SCLSU hat ($30) and SCLSU water bottles ($20).

The collection will be available exclusively during a special event at Sneaker Politics consortium in Baton Rouge beginning October 18 and then briefly on adidas.com beginning October 19.

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Police: Louisiana man tries to set house on fire, gets shot http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-louisiana-man-tries-to-set-house-on-fire-gets-shot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-louisiana-man-tries-to-set-house-on-fire-gets-shot/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 1:09:05 PM Associated Press Police: Louisiana man tries to set house on fire, gets shot

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a man who tried to set a woman's house on fire has been shot.

A police preliminary report states that Eric Wilson was shot by the woman's father Sunday after arriving at her home and trying to set it on fire. According to court records and the police preliminary report, Wilson was arrested after being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound. News outlets report he was charged with offenses that include attempted aggravated arson and home invasion. It's unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.

Police spokesman Gary Scheets said Monday that the department did not immediately have information on whether other charges would be filed in the case, noting that the police report is not yet complete.

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Louisiana teacher arrested after teen shares alleged sex tape at school http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-teacher-arrested-after-teen-shares-alleged-sex-tape-at-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-teacher-arrested-after-teen-shares-alleged-sex-tape-at-school/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:55:15 PM WBRZ Staff Louisiana teacher arrested after teen shares alleged sex tape at school

PORT BARRE - Police in St. Landry Parish have arrested a substitute teacher accused of having sex with a student on campus.

KATC reports 25-year-old Constance Robertson is accused of having a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student. Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux said, the alleged incident happened in a classroom during a pep rally at Port Barre High School.

The 10th grade student allegedly captured the incident on camera and had been showing it to other students. School administrators soon became aware of the video and contacted police.

Robertson claimed she thought the student was 18 years old at the time of the encounter. 

She was booked into the parish jail on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

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More agencies join probe into infant remains at funeral home http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-agencies-join-probe-into-infant-remains-at-funeral-home/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-agencies-join-probe-into-infant-remains-at-funeral-home/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:16:54 PM Associated Press More agencies join probe into infant remains at funeral home
DETROIT (AP) - State and city police and other officials are investigating how the remains of 11 infants ended up in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit.
Spokesman Jason Moon said Monday that Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is working with the state attorney general to gather information about Cantrell Funeral Home.
An anonymous letter led inspectors Friday to the decomposed remains hidden between the building's first and second floors .
Wayne County medical examiner spokeswoman Lisa Croff says authorities are trying to identify the babies' families. The funeral home's owners are not cooperating and are not under arrest.
Decomposing bodies and other violations led to the business being closed in April and its license suspended. Moon says the suspension wasn't appealed.
The building has a new owner.

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Downed power lines close Juban Road in Denham Springs http://www.wbrz.com/news/downed-power-lines-close-juban-road-in-denham-springs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/downed-power-lines-close-juban-road-in-denham-springs/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:51:35 AM WBRZ Staff Downed power lines close Juban Road in Denham Springs

DENHAM SPRINGS - Downed power lines are causing traffic delays in Livingston Parish Monday.

According to DOTD, power lines were reported down across Juban Road near US 190 around 11:30 a.m. Parish officials said the scene will take a while to clear up.

The roadway remains closed at this time.

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Trump and first lady arrive in Florida http://www.wbrz.com/news/trump-and-first-lady-arrive-in-florida/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trump-and-first-lady-arrive-in-florida/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:47:56 AM Associated Press Trump and first lady arrive in Florida
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have arrived in Florida to survey damage in the state as well in Georgia from Hurricane Michael.
Trump landed Monday at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso. The White House has not identified the communities Trump will visit.
The president tweeted before leaving the White House that he will meet with law enforcement and government officials aiding the massive recovery effort. He said "maximum effort is taking place, everyone is working very hard."
The Florida Panhandle took a direct hit from Michael. More than 190,000 homes and businesses in Florida remain without electricity, along with about 120,000 homes and businesses in Georgia.
The death toll currently stands at 17.

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Ardoin releases TV ad in Louisiana secretary of state race http://www.wbrz.com/news/ardoin-releases-tv-ad-in-louisiana-secretary-of-state-race/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ardoin-releases-tv-ad-in-louisiana-secretary-of-state-race/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:23:30 AM Associated Press Ardoin releases TV ad in Louisiana secretary of state race
BATON ROUGE (AP) - With only three weeks remaining before the election, the first television ad is running in Louisiana's secretary of state race.
Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin launched his opening 30-second spot Monday, an ad his campaign says is running statewide ahead of the Nov. 6 special election.
In the ad, Ardoin positions himself as an incumbent in a job he's held only since May when Republican Tom Schedler resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Ardoin describes nearly a decade of working to protect Louisiana elections. He doesn't mention he was working as first assistant to Schedler, rather than in the top position, during that time.
Ardoin is one of nine contenders in the race, but only a few will have enough money to purchase TV time to rally support from voters.

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Mega Millions prize up to $654M, 4th largest in US history http://www.wbrz.com/news/mega-millions-prize-up-to-654m-4th-largest-in-us-history/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mega-millions-prize-up-to-654m-4th-largest-in-us-history/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 9:59:34 AM Associated Press Mega Millions prize up to $654M, 4th largest in US history

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot.

Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's drawing rises to the fourth-largest in U.S. history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve. They're stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.

The last time anyone won the jackpot was July 24, when a group from California claimed a $543 million prize. The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by nearly all winners, is $372 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Ascension deputies to feed first responders helping with Hurricane Michael recovery http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-deputies-to-feed-first-responders-helping-with-hurricane-michael-recovery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-deputies-to-feed-first-responders-helping-with-hurricane-michael-recovery/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 9:44:22 AM WBRZ Staff Ascension deputies to feed first responders helping with Hurricane Michael recovery

PORT ST. JOE, Fla.- Members of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are doing their part to provide support to emergency personnel in Florida following Hurricane Michael.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, and the APSO Cook Team left Louisiana Sunday and headed for Port St. Joe which is approximately 18 miles from Mexico Beach, Florida.  According to a post on social media, the team will prepare two meals a day for 250 to 300 first responders.

"There is grave devastation on the Gulf Coast here in Port St. Joe and up to Mexico Beach. They took the full brunt of 155 mph winds and storm surge,” said Wiley. “The scene here is reminiscent of Katrina and Ike where there was so much wide spread property damage. However, the spirit here is willing and appetites are good ...cell phone coverage is improving and step by step power being restored that will take a while.”

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Court tosses DeLorean widow's 'Back to the Future' lawsuit http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-tosses-delorean-widow-s-back-to-the-future-lawsuit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-tosses-delorean-widow-s-back-to-the-future-lawsuit/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 9:25:23 AM Associated Press Court tosses DeLorean widow's 'Back to the Future' lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A federal court in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the "Back to the Future" movies.

Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal for the promotional use of images of the iconic car. A judge ruled Friday that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties. Attorneys for the two sides didn't respond to requests for comment Monday.

The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors known simply as "the DeLorean" was featured in the movie franchise starring Michael J. Fox about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents' meeting.

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La. teachers encouraged to apply for tuition-free college courses http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-teachers-encouraged-to-apply-for-tuition-free-college-courses/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-teachers-encouraged-to-apply-for-tuition-free-college-courses/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 8:44:18 AM WBRZ Staff La. teachers encouraged to apply for tuition-free college courses

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are encouraging teachers to apply for a tuition-free college course program.

The BESE Tuition Program for Teachers is a competitive program that provides funding for selected teachers who enroll in courses at regionally accredited colleges or universities in Louisiana, according to the Department of Education. Teachers chosen to participate, will have their tuition for courses offered in Spring 2019 paid for by the state.

The department said that all teachers, particularly those in rural or low-performing schools or those seeking a higher degree, are encouraged to apply. The highest priority, however, will be given to applicants who want to take science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.

"Louisiana strives to make STEM education available to all students to help build a workforce and a citizenry fluent in future technologies," said State Superintendent John White. "To do this, we must fully prepare teachers with every opportunity to further their own education."

The submission deadline for Spring 2019 is Nov. 9, 2018. For more information on the program, click here.

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Bike races canceled after Louisiana parish imposes new rules http://www.wbrz.com/news/bike-races-canceled-after-louisiana-parish-imposes-new-rules/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bike-races-canceled-after-louisiana-parish-imposes-new-rules/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 8:10:41 AM Associated Press Bike races canceled after Louisiana parish imposes new rules

EAST BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bicycle races have been canceled in Louisiana after new rules were imposed in a parish where a councilman was killed while riding a bike.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported that West Feliciana Parish imposed rules to improve bike safety after the June death of East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso. Organizers of a race in St. Francisville have canceled the event to protest the rules. Those rules include requiring cyclists to wear fluorescent garments and ride single file in groups of 10 or fewer.

The race in St. Francisville had been held for 19 years and attracted visitors from around the world. Participants ride 105 miles through the back roads of Louisiana and Mississippi. Race organizers canceled the event two days after the parish council approved the ordinance.

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Sen. Bill Cassidy on St. George: 'You can only support a community if you have a tax base' http://www.wbrz.com/news/sen-bill-cassidy-on-st-george-you-can-only-support-a-community-if-you-have-a-tax-base-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sen-bill-cassidy-on-st-george-you-can-only-support-a-community-if-you-have-a-tax-base-/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 7:21:57 AM WBRZ Staff Sen. Bill Cassidy on St. George: 'You can only support a community if you have a tax base'

BATON ROUGE - Sen. Billy Cassidy joined WBRZ's Malary Pullen this morning to discuss local topics such as the petition for the City of St. George. 

Cassidy started off speaking about the duplication of benefits issues that many Louisiana residents have faced since the 2016 flood. 

Some residents were advised to pursue Small Business Administration loan, not realizing that would cause a duplication of benefits would make them ineligible for Restore Louisiana grants. Cassidy says a new law will allow residents to apply with Restore Louisiana. The deadline to fill out the Restore Homeowner Survey is on Oct. 19. Applications for homeowners are due by Nov. 16.  

A petition to bring the City of St. George to a parish-wide vote is expected to be turned in today. More than 16-thousand signatures will have to be verified by the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar's Office.

Cassidy addressed the potential split in the interview above. 

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Deputies use Doritos to lure wayward pig back home http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-use-doritos-to-lure-wayward-pig-back-home/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-use-doritos-to-lure-wayward-pig-back-home/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 6:42:09 AM Associated Press Deputies use Doritos to lure wayward pig back home

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) - Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.

The pig was running around a neighborhood when the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office received the call Saturday. One of the deputies had Doritos in her lunch bag. Video shows the deputy leaving a trail of the chips, which the pig followed.

Since deputies had responded to previous calls about the pig, they knew where to take him. He was returned to his pen, and deputies secured the gate.

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Ex-'American Idol' competitor accused of distributing heroin http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-american-idol-competitor-accused-of-distributing-heroin/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-american-idol-competitor-accused-of-distributing-heroin/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 5:38:59 AM Associated Press Ex-'American Idol' competitor accused of distributing heroin

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A former contestant on "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" is accused of distributing heroin.

News outlets report 31-year-old Antonella Barba was arrested Thursday by authorities in Norfolk, Virginia, and charged with distributing more than 100 grams of the drug. She's set to appear in court Monday. Barba, of New Jersey, reached the top 16 on "American Idol" in 2007 and competed on "Fear Factor" in 2012.

She appeared this year on comedian Jimmy Kimmel's show for a segment featuring other Idol alums titled "Where Are They Now?" She previously has been charged in New York with shoplifting. It's unclear if Barba has a lawyer.

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WANTED: Man attempts to steal from area business http://www.wbrz.com/news/wanted-man-attempts-to-steal-from-area-business/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wanted-man-attempts-to-steal-from-area-business/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 5:03:49 AM WBRZ Staff WANTED: Man attempts to steal from area business

BATON ROUGE - Deputies in Baton Rouge are looking for a man who attempted to break into a shed that belongs to an area business. 

The incident happened on October 8 in the 4300 block of Inniswold Drive. Authorities say the man attempted to pry open the sheet metal of the shed. At the time of the crime, the suspect wore a gray t-shirt, shorts, and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information on the case can call the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000.

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Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt http://www.wbrz.com/news/sears-files-for-chapter-11-amid-plunging-sales-massive-debt/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sears-files-for-chapter-11-amid-plunging-sales-massive-debt/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 4:48:15 AM Associated Press Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK (AP) - Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.

The company once dominated the American landscape, but whether a smaller Sears can be viable remains in question. It joins a growing list of retailers that have filed for bankruptcy or liquidated in the last two years amid a fiercely competitive climate. But with its sheer colossal size, Sears' reorganization in court will have even wider ripple effects.

The operator of Kmart and Sears stores has already closed hundreds of locations and has put other famous brands on the block as it burns through money and sees more customers abandon its often-neglected stores.

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Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring http://www.wbrz.com/news/prince-harry-meghan-expecting-child-in-spring/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prince-harry-meghan-expecting-child-in-spring/ News Mon, 15 Oct 2018 4:44:08 AM Associated Press Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

LONDON (AP) - Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring.

The palace says the couple has "appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public." The announcement Monday comes as Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.

The trip officially begins on Tuesday and will see the couple watch the Invictus Games, visit a Sydney zoo and visit the rural Flying Doctor service.

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Trump asks GOP chair to serve a second term http://www.wbrz.com/news/trump-asks-gop-chair-to-serve-a-second-term/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trump-asks-gop-chair-to-serve-a-second-term/ News Sun, 14 Oct 2018 9:47:03 PM Associated Press Trump asks GOP chair to serve a second term

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has asked Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to serve a second term.

That's according to a person familiar with the president's decision.

The decision comes as the president looks to build out his team for his re-election campaign. As head of the RNC, McDaniel leads the party's fundraising and voter mobilization efforts.

McDaniel has accepted Trump's offer. The RNC will hold an official vote in January.

The person familiar with Trump's decision was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Axios first reported that the president had asked McDaniel to stay on.

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VIDEO: Denham Springs woman reunited with dog who'd been missing for six years http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-denham-springs-woman-reunited-with-dog-who-d-been-missing-for-six-years/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-denham-springs-woman-reunited-with-dog-who-d-been-missing-for-six-years/ News Sun, 14 Oct 2018 8:16:58 PM Jordan Whittington VIDEO: Denham Springs woman reunited with dog who'd been missing for six years

DENHAM SPRINGS - A heartwarming video shows a woman being reunited with her dog named Jackson, who went missing six years ago.

Roberta Ostten's daughter, Annie, captured the touching moment on camera.

Earlier this month, Patricia and Patrick Mounts found a dog roaming along Eden Church Road in Denham Springs. The Mounts took the dog back home with them to Liberty, Mississippi.

After a medical exam, a veterinarian in Mississippi found a chip registered under Ostten's name. The Mounts quickly called the number connected to the chip, and told Roberta they'd be happy to reunite her with Jackson.

Check out the video to see the emotional moment!

Note: In the video, it's stated that the dog was missing for four years. Annie Impson clarified to WBRZ that the correct number of years missing was six.

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