Updated: 6:48 PM 4/14/2014BATON ROUGE - A juvenile court judge ruled Monday evening that the suspect in a triple murder in Baker can be tried as an adult. Judge Kathleen Richey transferred Nakeydran Williams, 16, to district court where he'll be prosecuted on adult charges. The decision came after she heard testimony... (More)
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Updated: 3:25 PM 4/22/2014KENNER - The police chief of a New Orleans suburb says he hopes his department can bring closure to the case of a Bourbon Street dancer whose body parts washed ashore in Mississippi in 2012. But Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said Tuesday there is still no break in the... (More)
Updated: 3:21 PM 4/22/2014WASHINGTON - Can a state make it illegal for politicians to lie about each other? The Supreme Court doesn't seem to think so. Justices today were highly skeptical about an Ohio law that makes it illegal to recklessly make false statements about candidates seeking elective office. Critics of the law... (More)
Updated: 3:18 PM 4/22/2014DONETSK, Ukraine - There are renewed concerns over whether last week's international agreement aimed at easing the crisis in Ukraine can succeed. Today, Ukraine's acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country's east. This, as the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russian insurgents were... (More)
Updated: 2:45 PM 4/22/2014PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Police say a man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a Rhode Island business. The man entered a convenience store Monday with a potato and shouted: "Give me the money." A police report says the store manager chased him off... (More)
Updated: 1:31 PM 4/22/2014BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers deferred a bill to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana today at the state Capitol, likely killing the bill for the legislative session. The Senate panel voted 4-3 to reject Senate Bill 323, sponsored by Sen. J. P. Morrell, D-New Orleans. It would have changed penalties... (More)
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Updated: 1:07 PM 4/22/2014BATON ROUGE - Students at LSU rolled out thousands of pounds of potatoes today to help deliver them to families in need of food. This year's Potato Drop brought 28,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to the campus parade grounds. Students take the potatoes, which were rejected or thrown away... (More)
Updated: 12:50 PM 4/22/2014BATON ROUGE - An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session. Rep. Karen St. Germain, a Democrat from Pierre Part, told the House civil law committee Tuesday that she wouldn't push the bill because she doesn't have... (More)
Updated: 11:51 AM 4/22/2014EUNICE - Two Eunice police officers were arrested on charges of malfeasance in office, accused of intentionally not responding to a fellow officer in need of assistance. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies requested an investigation of officers Jade Weaver and Tayla Fruge... (More)
Updated: 11:45 AM 4/22/2014BATON ROUGE - Major crimes in Baton Rouge dropped by 7.39 percent in 2013 when compared to 2012, according to numbers submitted by the BRPD to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program. Violent Crimes Against Persons which includes murder, rape, robbery, and assault dropped by 15.03 percent. The numbers... (More)
Updated: 11:00 AM 4/22/2014WASHINGTON - The job market for new college graduates is brightening but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began. The Labor Department reports that the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates - defined as those ages 20 to 29 who earned a four-year or advanced degree - was 10.9... (More)
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Updated: 10:45 AM 4/22/2014WASHINGTON - Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers. The National Association of Realtors says sales edged down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59... (More)
Updated: 10:40 AM 4/22/2014WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving. The justices voted 5-4 Tuesday to uphold a traffic stop in northern California in which officers subsequently found marijuana in... (More)
Updated: 9:28 AM 4/22/2014BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now in open on I-10 East near the I-10/I-110 split after it had been shutdown for nearly four hours following an accident involving an 18-wheeler. The truck came to a stop hanging over the edge of the roadway. Fuel was leaking from the... (More)
Updated: 8:40 AM 4/22/2014WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey damage from a mudslide that killed more than three dozen people. Obama is making a brief stopover Tuesday while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country visit. He'll also visit with victims... (More)
Updated: 8:35 AM 4/22/2014NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say two New Orleans firefighters are recovering from injuries after a house on fire collapsed and trapped them under debris. Firefighters say the house was "heavily involved" when the first unit arrived at the unoccupied, single-story structure early Tuesday morning. Officials say firefighters were inside the... (More)
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