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    Special districts see majority of crime reduction

    Updated: 10:48 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The latest statistics show people living in crime districts are seeing a return in their investment and benefiting the most. Baton Rouge police released its 2013 crime stats Tuesday morning and the numbers show a 7.39 percent reduction in overall crime compared to 2012. Violent... (More)

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    Pat Shingleton: "The Salt of the Earth..."

    Pat Shingleton: "The Salt of the Earth..."

    Updated: 4:00 AM 4/23/2014

    Salt farming is dependent upon the weather and for French artisan farmers it's a labor of love. As noted in a previous column, the wind and the sun's heat create a high tide in Guerande, France; an area of marshy meadows, known as the "Cote Sauvage." Europeans have harvested salt... (More)
  • Sports

    NFL hopefuls train at Traction in Baton Rouge

    Updated: 11:16 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Traction center for sports excellence has trained athletes getting ready for the draft, like Jarvis Landry, after running a 4. 78 at the combine, lowering his time to 4.51 at his pro day, and Southern's Dray Joseph, who threw in front of 18 NFL scouts, trying to inch his way into the late rounds and a pro football career.

    Sports 2's Brian Holland explores the regiment offered by this local training center.

  • Southern Sports

    Jags' Banks discusses decision to stay

    Updated: 11:08 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks said he still believes in his team and his administration, which are the main reasons he decided to agree to a contract extention. After the University failed to provide adequate academic information to the NCAA, the Jaguars probation status with... (More)
  • LSU Sports

    LSU pitches second straight shutout, beats Tulane 6-0

    LSU pitches second straight shutout, beats Tulane 6-0

    Updated: 10:50 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU pitching staff threw its second consecutive shutout and Tiger batters combined for 14 hits against Tulane's best pitcher as LSU topped the Green Wave 6-0 Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium. Jake Fraley led the way for the Tiger batters, going 3-4 with 3... (More)
  • Local News

    Metro Council has big decisions to make Wednesday

    Metro Council has big decisions to make Wednesday

    Updated: 10:46 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss a list of items Wednesday, some of which are expected to be controversial, when they meet for the regular Metro Council meeting. A series of traffic solutions are on the agenda. Traffic engineers are asking to synch more stop lights with a new... (More)
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    Baker gets serious about crime, sagging pants and a planned dump

    Baker gets serious about crime, sagging pants and a planned dump

    Updated: 10:38 PM 4/22/2014

    BAKER- City leaders discussed a series of important issues that have become talking point among people in all parts of the capital region. Tuesday night, violent crime, sagging pants and an unwanted landfill were discussed at the city council meeting. Parents were encouraged to talk to their kids... (More)
  • National News

    Jail time for coach in rape case

    Jail time for coach in rape case

    Updated: 7:20 PM 4/22/2014

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO- A former volunteer assistant high school football coach got jail time in connection with the infamous Steubenville rape case where two players assaulted a girl at a party and posted the attack to social media. Matthew Belardine got ten-days behind bars for serving alcohol to minors. ... (More)
  • National News

    Average airfare up a buck

    Average airfare up a buck

    Updated: 7:14 PM 4/22/2014

    WASHINGTON- The average price of a domestic airfare was $1 higher last year than in 2012.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation says the average fare for travel in the U.S. was about $301 with the highest fares in Huntsville, Alabama at $528 and the lowest in Long Beach, California at $249.

    Taxes are included but not the extras, like checked baggage fees.

    The figures mostly count round-trip tickets but about a quarter of them are one-way.

  • Local News

    Marijuana penalty reform goes up in smoke

    Updated: 7:07 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - A move to ease penalties for marijuana possession died at the state Capitol today after it ran into some heavy opposition and failed in a close vote in a Senate committee. "We are not decriminalizing marijuana," said Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans. "let me say that... (More)
  • The Investigative Unit

    Motion filed to have federal judge removed from case

    Updated: 7:07 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after a story by the News 2 Investigative Unit highlighted questions about federal Judge Shelly Dick and one of her closest staffers, a defense lawyer filed a motion to have the judge removed from his client's case. Our report showed the judge... (More)
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    Brusly names interim police chief

    Brusly names interim police chief

    Updated: 6:49 PM 4/22/2014

    BRUSLY - The Brusly Town Council named a former member of the police department to act as interim chief, after outgoing chief Jamie Whaley pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges last week. The council voted to name Richie Johnson the interim police chief once Whaley's resignation takes effect on April... (More)
  • Local News

    St. George supporters optimistic about deadline

    Updated: 6:42 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The clock is ticking on the move to create the city of St. George, with three months left for supporters to get 18,000 signatures. The committee to incorporate the city has until July 23 to turn in their petitions to put it up for a vote.... (More)
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    Livingston man faces 100 charges of child porn

    Livingston man faces 100 charges of child porn

    Updated: 5:29 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office announced that investigators accused Livingston man of 100 counts of child pornography this week. Authorities arrested Richard Mudd, 47, Tuesday and booked him into the Livingston Parish jail on 50 counts of possession and another 50 counts of distributing child porn. ... (More)
  • Recipes

    La. strawberries sweeten up salad

    Updated: 4:50 PM 4/22/2014

    BATON ROUGE - A local restaurant owner is using fresh Louisiana strawberries to help sweeten up normal salads. Jim Urdiales, owner of Mestizo's Restaurant, is giving people a healthier alternative with his strawberry quinoa salad. Other than strawberries and quinoa, the recipe contains black beans, grilled chicken and a... (More)
  • National News

    Teen stows away in wheel well of Hawaii flight

    Teen stows away in wheel well of Hawaii flight

    Updated: 4:35 PM 4/22/2014

    HONOLULU - A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane for a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii is resting at a Honolulu hospital. Hawaii's Department of Human Services said in a statement Tuesday that child welfare services officials are continuing to work to ensure his... (More)
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