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    Family: Gary Plauche has died

    Updated: 10:56 PM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE- Gary Plauche died Monday family members told WBRZ News 2. Plauche, 68, shot and killed his son's karate instructor at the Baton Rouge airport in 1984. The man, Jeffrey Doucet, was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Plauche's son, Jody. Plauche waited for Doucet to be... (More)
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    A Blast from the Past

    A Blast from the Past

    Updated: 4:00 AM 10/22/2014

    Luigi Bombicci, a mineralogist from Bologna, Italy, believed that hail could be prevented. In 1880, his theory of "spherohedron" described the hailstone's process of crystallization and preventing hail development with sound. In 1896, Albert Steiger, Mayor of Windisch-Feistritz, Austria, made the first attempt to defeat hail with the force of... (More)
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    Shreveport officer admits buying teen son beer

    Shreveport officer admits buying teen son beer

    Updated: 3:22 AM 10/22/2014

    SHREVEPORT - A 21-year veteran of the Shreveport Police Department, placed on administrative leave this month, has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Sgt. Jason Brook faces up to six months in jail when sentenced next month by Judge David N. Matlock. Brook admitted buying his... (More)
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    Government to announce Social Security adjustments

    Government to announce Social Security adjustments

    Updated: 2:56 AM 10/22/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits are about to find out how much their monthly payments will increase next year. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2 percent. That translates... (More)
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    Gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

    Gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

    Updated: 2:54 AM 10/22/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Homeland Security Department appears to be readying itself for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to seek work permits once President Barack Obama announces his executive action plans to change immigration rules. A draft contract proposal the government published earlier... (More)
  • Sports

    Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1

    Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants over Royals 7-1

    Updated: 1:55 AM 10/22/2014

    KANSAS CITY, MO - Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener. In a matchup of streaking teams,... (More)
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    US journalist to head home after Ebola recovery

    US journalist to head home after Ebola recovery

    Updated: 1:51 AM 10/22/2014

    OMAHA, NE - An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will be released soon from an Omaha hospital. The Nebraska Medical Center says Ashoka Mukpo is scheduled to be discharged Wednesday morning from the hospital's biocontainment unit. Medical staff involved in his care plan to speak about his... (More)
  • Sports

    Cajuns survive thriller 55-40 over Ark. State

    Cajuns survive thriller 55-40 over Ark. State

    Updated: 11:24 PM 10/21/2014

    The ULL Ragin Cajuns scored early and late and needed everyone one of their rushing touchdowns to hold off a surging Arkansas State on Tuesday night in Cajun Field. The Cajuns won 55-40 as both teams traded four touchdowns in the final five and a half minutes of the... (More)
  • Local News

    Jindal says only other job he wants is president

    Updated: 11:23 PM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal told News 2 today that if he stays in politics after his term is over, it would be to run for president. Jindal told Michael Marsh Tuesday it was the only other job in politics he wanted. He said he and First Lady... (More)
  • The Investigative Unit

    Veteran fire captain suspended after WBRZ asks questions

    Updated: 11:15 PM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - A long time captain with the Baton Rouge Fire Department will be suspended unpaid for 10 days at the end of the month for calling another Captain, who was African American, the "N-word". Word of the suspension came after the WBRZ Investigative Unit began asking questions... (More)
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    In Baton Rouge, USS Cole Commander comments on terrorism

    Updated: 11:08 PM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, acts of terror were the topic of discussion at a campaign rally where the captain of the U.S.S. Cole when it was targeted by terrorists in 2000 discussed what happened and the state of international affairs today. Retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold was stumping in... (More)
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    Girls intercepted while trying to join ISIS

    Girls intercepted while trying to join ISIS

    Updated: 7:52 PM 10/21/2014

    DENVER, COLORADO- Three girls from Denver were intercepted by the FBI in Germany trying to travel to Syria and join ISIS.

    The FBI says agents brought the girls back and they are safe and reunited with their families. The U.S. Attorney's office is being tight-lipped about details.

    The FBI didn't identify the girls or give their ages but it comes a month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley, also of Denver, pleaded guilty to conspiring to help militants in Syria. 

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    "Don't touch my girlfriend"

    "Don't touch my girlfriend"

    Updated: 7:46 PM 10/21/2014

    WASHINGTON- President Obama turned some heads with a joke that unfolded while he was casting his early vote for the November election Monday in Chicago. A young woman was voting next to him when her boyfriend decided to use a wisecrack, "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." The President... (More)
  • Local News

    La. releases school performance scores

    Updated: 6:48 PM 10/21/2014

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of Louisiana public schools earning an A or a B under the state's performance grading system has gone up from 575 a year ago to 607 this year. State education officials released school and district performance reports Tuesday morning. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White was... (More)
  • Local News

    Baton Rouge looking to curb heroin 'epidemic'

    Updated: 6:48 PM 10/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Medical professionals and law enforcement agencies say Baton Rouge has a heroin epidemic on its hands. Five people died from heroin two years ago. That number went up to 35 deaths in 2013. So far this year, nine people have died from heroin but more cases... (More)
  • Local News

    Prison investigation leads to firing, demotion

    Prison investigation leads to firing, demotion

    Updated: 6:22 PM 10/21/2014

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy was fired following an internal investigation and a captain was demoted to lieutenant following a separate investigation. Both incidents happened at the parish prison, according to Colonel Richie Johnson. According to the sheriff's office, Sgt. Brent Ballard filed an... (More)
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