Updated: 5:04 PM 1/30/2015BATON ROUGE - Police said a deadly wreck involving an 18-wheeler blocked two lanes of I-10 East over the Mississippi River Bridge causing its closure around 3 p.m. The wreck at the Nicholson/Highland Road exit closed all lanes of travel and caused traffic to backup onto the brige. Authorities... (More)
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Updated: 5:09 PM 1/30/2015BATON ROUGE - Investigators have determined the cause of a fire that caused damage to 9 units in a Florida Blvd. apartment building complex. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire at the apartment in the 10000 block of Florida Blvd.... (More)
Updated: 5:00 PM 1/30/2015DENHAM SPRINGS - Forty of Livingston Parish's worst roads will be overhauled soon after the parish council awards a contract for the lowest bid. R.J. Daigle & Sons of Gonzales is expected to be awarded the contract at the parish council meeting on Feb. 12. The company submitted the... (More)
Updated: 4:56 PM 1/30/2015BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Friday declaring parents should be able to opt their children out of taking the assessment test tied to the Common Core educational standards, which have created a deep political divide in Louisiana public education. The governor's order directs the... (More)
Updated: 4:04 PM 1/30/2015NEW YORK - Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction. The new spectrum will allow wireless companies to offer more capacity for mobile data services, helping ease congested networks. The auction, which ended Thursday,... (More)
Updated: 2:52 PM 1/30/2015NEW YORK - The price of oil is up 7 percent on indications that production in the U.S. has slowed following the big drop in prices since last June. U.S. oil surged $3.18 to $47.71 a barrel. Baker Hughes reported that the number of rigs drilling for oil in the... (More)
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Updated: 2:28 PM 1/30/2015NEW ORLEANS - In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance doing away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels. It will be a big... (More)
Updated: 1:51 PM 1/30/2015
BATON ROUGE - Police said a man who was likely drunk fell asleep on train tracks near Tigerland and was hit by a train overnight.
A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said the 20-year-old man was hit around 2:15 a.m. He suffered serious foot injuries as a result, as well as lacerations to his head and leg.
Authorities said the man's leg or foot may have been severed as a result.
Police said the man was recovering at a local hospital.
Updated: 1:17 PM 1/30/2015PRAIRIEVILLE - Two wrecks slowed traffic or shut down highways around the Baton Rouge area Friday morning. Traffic along I-10 East into Ascension Parish remained backed up around noon after a dump truck overturned on the shoulder of the road. The truck was hauling gravel and no one was... (More)
Updated: 1:03 PM 1/30/2015PHOENIX - The NFL won't decide on any discipline for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch until after the Super Bowl, commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Super Bowl news conference Friday. Lynch has kept all his media appearances this week to five minutes or less and hasn't said much. He... (More)
Updated: 1:01 PM 1/30/2015PHILADELPHIA - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel - an archenemy of Iran - to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Asked if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... (More)
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Updated: 12:00 PM 1/30/2015NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that about 198 out of every 100,000 people... (More)
Updated: 11:56 AM 1/30/2015NEW ORLEANS - Law enforcement officials in New Orleans are calling it "Operation Wild Wild East." A joint federal, state and local police operation that targeted violent drug offenders in eastern New Orleans has resulted in 111 arrests. Officials also said the operation resulted in the seizure of numerous... (More)
Updated: 11:34 AM 1/30/2015BATON ROUGE - Deputies recovered an antique sign stolen from an Ascension Parish fish house two months ago and accused four people of taking it or trying to get rid of it. The sheriff's office charged 35-year-old Chad Prejean, 36-year-old Leah Arnold, 30-year-old Jennifer Bennett, and 39-year-old Michael Wilkinson... (More)
Updated: 11:00 AM 1/30/2015WASHINGTON - Although a slowdown in economic growth is helping to send stocks lower today, one private analyst says it's nothing to worry about. Growth slowed to a 2.6 percent pace in the fourth quarter of 2014, as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other... (More)
Updated: 10:45 AM 1/30/2015BATON ROUGE - City-parish leaders launched a new service Friday designed to make information about East Baton Rouge Parish more accessible to the public. Mayor-President Kip Holden said Open Data BR is the first of several digital initiatives intended to make city-parish government more accessible and transparent. "The... (More)
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