Updated: 6:08 PM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - Cases pending in two different courts are under review after the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit exposed racist text messages allegedly sent by a Baton Rouge Police officer to another person. The messages caused Michael Elsbury, a 15-year veteran, to resign from the department. District... (More)
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Updated: 5:49 PM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge state judge struck down part of a law that gave a generous retirement increase to some State Police troopers, including Superintendent Mike Edmonson. Colonel Edmonson and another trooper were granted $30,000 a year in a last-minute amendment to a bill on the last... (More)
Updated: 5:48 PM 9/16/2014NEW ROADS - Some Pointe Coupee residents are taking advantage of the exposed shorelines during the False River drawdown. The drawdown of False River from 16 to 13.5 feet above sea level began on Sept. 2. It's part of a plan to improve water quality in the popular oxbow... (More)
Updated: 5:26 PM 9/16/2014Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. The beer giant issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" by recent incidents and was not yet satisfied with the league's response. It said it... (More)
Updated: 5:16 PM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE- A convenience store owner says he was frightened for his life after a man threatened to shoot him, tied him up and took off with several thousand dollars. Around 7:45 p.m. Monday, video surveillance shows a man walking into the Country Corner store on Perkins Road in... (More)
Updated: 5:15 PM 9/16/2014WASHINGTON - Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk. The Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the online system, who can... (More)
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Updated: 5:10 PM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - A local restaurateur celebrated Mexico's Independence Day with a twist on pork enchiladas. Jim Urdiales from Mestizo cooked the Isla, which is pork enchiladas topped with tomatilla sauce, sliced avocado, cilantro, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. To make the tomatilla sauce, these ingredients are... (More)
Updated: 4:18 PM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - Health officials in Louisiana said two children are being treated in Baton Rouge after they contracted a respiratory illness caused by a recent strain of enterovirus. The CDC said from mid-August to Sept. 16 a total of 130 people from 12 states were confirmed to have... (More)
Updated: 3:27 PM 9/16/2014ATLANTA - President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Obama says the U.S. embraces that responsibility. The president is outlining new U.S. efforts to respond to the outbreak during a visit to the federal Centers... (More)
Updated: 3:24 PM 9/16/2014CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners at a... (More)
Updated: 3:05 PM 9/16/2014ZACHARY - Police are looking for information on a man accused of stealing several hundred dollars worth of meat from a food store in Zachary last month. Zachary police said they responded to LeBlanc's Food Store on Sept. 4 after an employee confronted a man as he attempted to... (More)
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Updated: 2:44 PM 9/16/2014CANANDAIGUA, NY - A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday that after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators, he... (More)
Updated: 2:42 PM 9/16/2014ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - An escaped Louisiana inmate convicted of killing a Florida State graduate student in northeast Florida has been sentenced to death. Following a jury's recommendation, a St. Johns County judge sentenced 43-year-old Kentrell Feronti Johnson on Tuesday. He was previously convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Authorities... (More)
Updated: 1:30 PM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will receive nearly $1.68 million under a U.S. Department of Transportation grant program for improvements. Also sharing in $13.32 million earmarked for Louisiana are Lafayette Regional Airport, $1.5 million, and Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, $222,222. The largest DOT grant in Louisiana... (More)
Updated: 1:15 PM 9/16/2014With world records at stake, environmental scientists have set out to determine the likelihood of a reported 42-foot storm surge and a minimum central pressure of 880mb. For comparison's sake, Hurricane Katrina brought a 20-30 foot storm surge to portions of the Gulf Coast and had a pressure of... (More)
Updated: 1:03 PM 9/16/2014MIAMI - U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away. This week's launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from "hurricane hunter" planes flying... (More)
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