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    In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree

    In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree

    Updated: 2:53 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon removing bags of herbicide from the trailer of an 18-wheeler after it split in half making a turn in downtown. The truck broke as it was turning right onto North Boulevard from 6th Street near the Old Governor's Mansion. Ironically, it fell... (More)
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    Saints cutting veteran running back Pierre Thomas

    Saints cutting veteran running back Pierre Thomas

    Updated: 7:04 PM 3/4/2015

    NEW ORLEANS - The agent for veteran running back Pierre Thomas says the New Orleans Saints have notified Thomas he's being released after eight seasons with the club. Thomas joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2007 and was a key figure on offense in... (More)
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    Questions raised over dead burglar's past

    Updated: 6:52 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE- Questions are being raised over why better tabs weren't kept on a man released from prison on conspiracy to commit murder charges, before he was shot and killed Tuesday morning. Sheriff's deputies said Jermoid Wheeler was shot to death by an East Baton Rouge Parish resident after... (More)
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    La. Budget Project wants deeper cuts for film tax credits

    Updated: 6:51 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Budget Project wants to triple the cap being proposed for the film industry's tax credit program. LBP Director Jan Moller said the cap should be $100 to $150 million at most, without the option to roll over unused credits to the next year. Moller is... (More)
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    Baton Rouge man says answer to traffic problems is obvious

    Updated: 6:34 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Marion Matherne has lived in Baton Rouge for more than 50 years, and he believes he has the solution to the city's endemic traffic problems. He said he thinks certain proposals that have already been submitted to the state with the intent of solving traffic issues... (More)
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    Councilwoman: We need more crime cameras

    Updated: 5:51 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE - At least one EBR Metro Council member says it is time for more cameras in the city-parish after an increase in crime this month. Councilwoman Tara Wicker says high violence, drug dealing and prostitution in some areas in the city give plenty of reason for more... (More)
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    SKorean media say US ambassador attacked and hurt

    SKorean media say US ambassador attacked and hurt

    Updated: 5:27 PM 3/4/2015

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean media say U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert has been attacked while giving a lecture and taken to a hospital for treatment. Yonhap news agency said Lippert was injured, but it wasn't clear the exact nature of his injuries. YTN TV showed a picture of Lippert... (More)
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    Ex-official's appeal based on feds' posting scandal fails

    Ex-official's appeal based on feds' posting scandal fails

    Updated: 5:03 PM 3/4/2015

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected a former New Orleans-area official's claim that his guilty plea to corruption in 2012 deserves another look because of an online posting scandal that disrupted the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the... (More)
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    Lawmakers consider changes to La. film tax break program

    Lawmakers consider changes to La. film tax break program

    Updated: 4:38 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Two New Orleans-area lawmakers have opened conversations on scaling back Louisiana's generous film tax credit program. Ideas presented Wednesday to an entertainment industry advisory commission would cap the program's costs, reduce covered expenses and tweak rules to combat fraud. Tax credits for film and television productions helped... (More)
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    EPIC Piping to establish fabrication, headquarters

    EPIC Piping to establish fabrication, headquarters

    Updated: 4:21 PM 3/4/2015

    LIVINGSTON - Gov. Bobby Jindal and EPIC Piping President Kent Shepherd says the company will make a $45.3 million investment in Livingston Parish to establish an advanced pipe fabrication facility and corporate headquarters. The entire 200,000-square-foot facility, with future expansion to 300,000 square feet, will be air-conditioned workspace, with advanced... (More)
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    Man accused of church stabbing, carjacking

    Man accused of church stabbing, carjacking

    Updated: 3:38 PM 3/4/2015

    PLAQUEMINE - Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a stabbing and attempted carjacking earlier this week in Plaquemine. Investigators accused 53-year-old Donald S. Phillips Jr. of carjacking, aggravated kidnapping and attempted second degree murder. Plaquemine Police said early Monday morning Phillips approached a woman in the... (More)
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    Sheriff backs deputy in teen's Mardi Gras beating, arrest

    Sheriff backs deputy in teen's Mardi Gras beating, arrest

    Updated: 2:48 PM 3/4/2015

    HARVEY - A New Orleans area sheriff is standing by a deputy accused of using excessive force by a teenager arrested after a Feb. 13 Mardi Gras parade. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand spoke at a Wednesday news conference about the arrest of 17-year-old Brady Becker. A widely seen cellphone... (More)
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    Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance

    Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance

    Updated: 2:21 PM 3/4/2015

    WASHINGTON - Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private server to conduct official business as secretary of state was not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance. Clinton has yet to explain why she took to unusual step of using her own server and eschewing a State Department email... (More)
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    La. education chief seeks $44M increase in school funding

    La. education chief seeks $44M increase in school funding

    Updated: 1:57 PM 3/4/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department wants to ask lawmakers for a $44 million increase in the public school funding formula next year above Gov. Bobby Jindal's request. Education Superintendent John White released the proposal Wednesday. It will be considered Thursday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which... (More)
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    Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

    Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

    Updated: 1:50 PM 3/4/2015

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the GOP-led Congress and the White House over energy policy. It was the first of many... (More)
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    US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    Updated: 12:58 PM 3/4/2015

    WASHINGTON - A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subjected to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops, and citations for petty infractions -- like walking down the middle of the street. Read the full DOJ report here. The department today issued more than two... (More)
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