Updated: 12:06 PM 9/17/2014BATON ROUGE - An inmate escaped custody briefly Wednesday near the state courthouse downtown. According to the sheriff's office, Clayton Holland was being taken to the 19th Judicial District Courthouse when he got away from Pine Prairie corrections officers. He was at the courthouse for a hearing on forgery,... (More)
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Updated: 11:46 AM 9/17/2014BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is calling on U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to release all records of her taxpayer-funded charter flights for an independent review. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday if the three-term Democratic incumbent is unwilling to yield to such scrutiny, she should... (More)
Updated: 11:38 AM 9/17/2014GONZALES - For the third time, Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux has vetoed the capital outlay budget for the city. The move aims to secure additional funding for the police department, which was removed by an amendment by three council members. Arceneaux did not veto the general fund budget,... (More)
Updated: 11:30 AM 9/17/2014WASHINGTON - A leading black women's group says the NFL's decision not to include any African-American women as consultants on domestic violence is "unacceptable." The Black Women's Roundtable is made up of leaders who represent black women and girls. They say the NFL should have included black women when it... (More)
Updated: 11:29 AM 9/17/2014TAMPA, Fla. - President Barack Obama says U.S. forces in Iraq "do not and will not" have a combat mission as part of the effort against Islamic State militants. Obama received a briefing Wednesday from officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. That command oversees military efforts in the... (More)
Updated: 10:57 AM 9/17/2014BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality, working with the State Fire Marshal's Office, has ordered the shutdown of a Shreveport landfill where long-burning fires have been a problem for years. Tuesday's order requires Harrelson Material Management Inc. to cease landfill operations at its construction and demolition landfill on... (More)
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Updated: 10:50 AM 9/17/2014NEW YORK - The NFL says it has reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing. The league said Wednesday that under the new rules, three previously suspended players - the Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando... (More)
Updated: 10:41 AM 9/17/2014OXFORD, OH - A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio. Oxford police said a resident called them about the skunk's predicament on Sunday. Police found the animal banging around trying to get the can off and... (More)
Updated: 10:37 AM 9/17/2014GONZALES - A pharmacy tech has been arrested after investigators found she had taken thousands of hydrocodone and alprazolam pills. 35-year-old Shantrell Landry worked at the CVS Pharmacy in Gonzales where the pills went missing. Hydrocodone is one of the most prescribed pain killers in the country, while... (More)
Updated: 10:30 AM 9/17/2014MINNEAPOLIS - Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" by bringing back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. The Vikings had benched Peterson for last Sunday's loss to New England. But the next day, the team said they would bring him... (More)
Updated: 9:37 AM 9/17/2014HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She'd be the ninth convicted... (More)
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Updated: 8:42 AM 9/17/2014It will be a hazy and humid beginning to a hot September day. Skies will be partly sunny from noon to dusk as some locations dodge showers and thunderstorms. But overall, far fewer locations will find rain today versus yesterday. Thermometers will make it to near 90° with spots snagging... (More)
Updated: 7:02 AM 9/17/2014BATON ROUGE - Metropolitan areas across south Louisiana fared well in 2013 in terms of the value of goods and services they produced. The percentage gains in gross domestic product placed Lake Charles among the nation's 10 fastest-growing metro areas. Two other metros - Baton Rouge and Houma-Thibodaux - were... (More)
Updated: 7:00 AM 9/17/2014BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Authorities are searching for a heavily armed survivalist suspected in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania. State police have identified the suspect as 31-year-old Eric Frein of Canadensis. They are warning the... (More)
Updated: 6:28 AM 9/17/2014BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Bayou Bistro offers a catering service that leaves customers wanting more. Bayou Bistro offers a full menu of meat pies, chicken stuffed with boudin, and even crab cakes. Chef Chuck Lejeune, says the key ingredient in any food is love. The catering service is offered... (More)
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