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    Edmonson says he won't accept retirement hike

    Edmonson says he won't accept retirement hike

    Updated: 4:42 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state police superintendent says he won't take a hefty retirement boost tacked onto an unrelated bill in the final hours of the legislative session. Col. Mike Edmonson said Friday the issue had become a distraction and he'll ask lawmakers to look at the issue again next... (More)
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    NAACP plans to file lawsuit against EBR school board

    NAACP plans to file lawsuit against EBR school board

    Updated: 6:00 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The NAACP spent Friday reviewing what happened at the East Baton Rouge school board meeting Thursday night with plans to file a lawsuit. The school board voted 6-5 to decrease the number of school board members from 11 to 9. Some board members feel they can... (More)
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    Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area

    Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area

    Updated: 5:39 PM 7/25/2014

    MIAMI - A Florida judge has overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued Friday by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel applies only in Miami-Dade County. The... (More)
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    18-wheelers wreck, shut down one lane of I-12

    18-wheelers wreck, shut down one lane of I-12

    Updated: 5:16 PM 7/25/2014

    LIVINGSTON - Traffic officials said a wreck involving two 18-wheelers closed one lane of I-12 West in Livingston Parish Friday afternoon, backing up traffic for miles. The wreck happened near the Livingston exit. State Police said a pair of big rigs were involved, including a FedEx truck hauling a... (More)
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    Back-to-school tax holiday announced

    Back-to-school tax holiday announced

    Updated: 4:42 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue released details about this year's back-to-school tax holiday on Aug. 1 and 2. Most retails purchases on those days will be exempt from the state's 4 percent sales tax. LDR said parents may not also realized those expenses, and similar purchases... (More)
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    APSO: 5 arrested in car burglary spree

    APSO: 5 arrested in car burglary spree

    Updated: 4:29 PM 7/25/2014

    PRAIRIEVILLE - An investigation by detectives into nearly 30 reports of theft from unlocked vehicle in Ascension Parish earlier in July has led to the arrest of five parish residents on numerous burglary charges. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said they received a large number of complaints of items... (More)
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    Slightly safer surf along beach where local teen drowned

    Slightly safer surf along beach where local teen drowned

    Updated: 4:11 PM 7/25/2014

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Conditions were slightly safer Friday at this popular getaway for south Louisiana families. A week after a teenager from the Baton Rouge-area drowned while swimming during double red flag warnings, lifeguards were watching swimmers under yellow flag advisories. Yellow flags mean moderate surf and conditions.... (More)
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    Second raise announced for LSU faculty, staff

    Second raise announced for LSU faculty, staff

    Updated: 3:25 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's president announced that the university's faculty and staff will receive another boost to their pay in the coming academic year. F. King Alexander said the flagship campus will see an average 3 percent merit pay increase for the 2014-2015 academic year. The campus also saw... (More)
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    Rick Perry to take over as TAF president and CEO

    Rick Perry to take over as TAF president and CEO

    Updated: 3:12 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Ronald Richard announced on Friday that he is stepping down as President and CEO of the Tiger Athletic Foundation and will be replaced by current Senior Vice-President Rick Perry. Richard will remain with the nonprofit organization that supports LSU athletics as president and CEO Emeritus. ... (More)
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    Two men arrested in meth lab bust

    Two men arrested in meth lab bust

    Updated: 1:26 PM 7/25/2014

    INDEPENDENCE - Narcotics agents with the Tri Parish Task Force shut down an active meth lab and arrested two men during a planned raid of an Independence home on Monday. Deputies took 37-year-old Peter Scalia of Robert and 36-year-old William Parson of Independence into custody after a search of... (More)
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    Transformer fire cuts power in BR

    Transformer fire cuts power in BR

    Updated: 12:12 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to a transformer that exploded and caught fire in Baton Rouge Friday.

    It happened near the intersection of Perkins and Bluebonnet just before noon.

    The fire knocked out power to around two dozen customers, according to Entergy. One of them included a grocery store in the area.

    There's no word of any injuries from this fire.

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    Man accused of fourth DWI

    Man accused of fourth DWI

    Updated: 12:06 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man on charges of fourth offense DWI and said he has a history of drunk driving arrests dating back to 1989. A patrolling officer stopped Gregory McKinley, 55, shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday night as he travelled southbound on Plank Road. Police... (More)
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    Obscene run-in investigated

    Obscene run-in investigated

    Updated: 12:00 PM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Police asked for help identifying a person seen on surveillance cameras following a woman in Baton Rouge while making obscene comments and actions. Police said just after midnight on the morning of July 13 the man began following the woman in the 4000 block of Nicholson... (More)
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    Investar parent reports fall in earnings

    Investar parent reports fall in earnings

    Updated: 10:31 AM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago. Baton Rouge-based Investar Holding Corp. said the year-ago results included a $900,000 one-time gain... (More)
  • International News

    Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Updated: 10:30 AM 7/25/2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran is confirming that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two U.S. freelance photographers, but is not saying why they are being held. The Washington Post says its correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and his wife were detained Tuesday evening in the... (More)
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    Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to be honored today

    Updated: 8:59 AM 7/25/2014

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and seven others will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame today. "I am humbled by the honor of being recognized by my colleagues and the community," Sheriff Gautreaux says. "I entered a career in law enforcement... (More)
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