Updated: 11:10 AM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - A state district judge ruled Tuesday that a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent violates Louisiana's constitution. Judge Janice Clark issued the ruling after a hearing Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge. State Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, filed a... (More)
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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)
Updated: 1:00 PM 9/16/2014WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. The announcement by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state was one of several initiatives presented Tuesday during a Capitol Hill news... (More)
Updated: 12:46 PM 9/16/2014GONZALES - Narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and Juvenile Division said they arrested four people while searching a Gonzales home rumored to be used for dealing drugs and underage sex. Agents said two of the people arrested lived at the home, and two more arrived at... (More)
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Updated: 11:54 AM 9/16/2014ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control said this week that a virus that's hit children hard in other states has made it to Louisiana. The CDC said from mid-August to Sept. 16 a total of 130 people from 12 states were confirmed to have a respiratory illness caused... (More)
Updated: 11:45 AM 9/16/2014STARKVILLE, MS - Mississippi State's history against LSU during the past two decades is ugly. The Bulldogs have lost 14 in a row in the series dating back to 1999 and 21 of 22 since the Southeastern Conference split into two divisions in 1992. The dubious stretch has featured a... (More)
Updated: 11:04 AM 9/16/2014NEW ORLEANS - Well-known Washington D. C. lobbyist and Louisiana native Tommy Boggs Jr. has died. He was 73 years old. Boggs' sister said he died of a heart attack Monday. The New Orleans native was the son of Thomas Hale Boggs, a U. S. Representative from Louisiana's... (More)
Updated: 10:50 AM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - Traffic on I-12 through Baton Rouge slowed to a crawl Tuesday after a wreck blocked all but one lane of travel near the I-10 / I-12 split. The wreck happened just before 10 a.m. and involved four or five vehicles, according to DOTD. Authorities said... (More)
Updated: 10:38 AM 9/16/2014GONZALES - The recall petition to get Gonzales council member Gary Lacombe out of office is now in the hands of the of the Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters office. They are going to verify the 2,700 signatures on the petition. Collectors picked up 600 more signatures needed, in... (More)
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Updated: 9:39 AM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - There's a special and candlelight vigil to remember 7-year-old old, Terrez Coleman. Coleman was killed in a drive-by shooting on Prescott in mid-August. Deputies have still not been able to locate a suspect in the shooting. According to investigators, the family of five was in... (More)
Updated: 9:00 AM 9/16/2014LAGOS, Nigeria - Rescue workers say they dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slightly dislocated hand. Spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency says the woman is "very, very lucky." He says... (More)
Updated: 8:30 AM 9/16/2014GENEVA - The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes Tuesday as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion since it was identified in... (More)
Updated: 8:09 AM 9/16/2014Look for skies to cloud up by the afternoon. As a result, sunshine might not quite be able to warm thermometers to 90° so expect most locations to instead top out in the upper 80s. Regardless, like clockwork, as we reach the lunchtime hours, showers and thunderstorms will be developing... (More)
Updated: 8:08 AM 9/16/2014BATON ROUGE - Kindergarteners at Polk Elementary in Baton Rouge are not just learning how to count. Lessons go a step further, learning the numbers in mandarin. Teacher Min Zhang instructs the first and only class of mandarin Chinese for students in Baton Rouge. Principal Cheryl Matthews is... (More)
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