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  • LSU grants more academic criteria waivers

    September 21, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- To get into LSU, students have to score 22 or higher on the ACT, with at least an 18 in the English subsection and 19 in math, as well as receive a 3.0 GPA in high school. That is, unless they manage to get one of the university's... more »
  • Flyers could see harder security checkpoints check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - If you're planning on flying next year, you may have a harder time getting on a plane. The REAL ID Act requires several documents that properly identify a person. As of now, Louisiana Driver's Licenses do not meet those federal regulations which went into effect... more »
  • Louisiana moves up in rankings based on ACT test scores

    August 26, 2015 7:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana still ranks below the national average - and near the bottom among all states - in average composite scores for students taking the ACT college readiness test. However, state officials note that the state did move up in the latest national ACT data. And the state education... more »
  • Higher numbers of La. students reach college-ready ACT score

    July 16, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department says the number of public high school seniors who scored well enough on the ACT standardized test to enter college without remedial work continues to grow. The department released updated data Thursday. Of the latest group of graduating seniors, 24,619 students earned an ACT... more »
  • ACT Prep Academy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 13, 2015 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge and the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives are teaming up to offer an ACT preparation academy and college readiness information session for high school students in the area. The ACT Preparation Academy will have representatives from colleges and universities who... more »
  • Cool Schools: Donaldsonville High School

    April 21, 2015 7:57 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Jason Williams, a senior at Donaldsonville High School, made a 34 on his ACT. According to Williams' teacher, Antoine Foster, that's the best score in school history. "He's very gifted, he is very capable," said Foster. "He's in my AP physics class and a lot of times he... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • ACT help available for local students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 30, 2014 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Many people are nervous when they take the ACT exam. The 100 Black Men of Greater Baton Rouge want to help students shake off the nerves and do their best on the test. Their annual ACT Prep Academy begins Tuesday, January 6rg at T.T. Allain Hall... more »
  • Avoid ACT anxiety, improve scores with Prep Academy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge is helping teens improve their ACT scores and avoid the anxiety that comes with the test by hosting a Prep Academy this fall. The program costs just $55.00 and will give students and parents plenty of bang for... more »
  • La. Senate to debate changes to TOPS program

    May 12, 2014 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate is considering whether to raise eligibility standards for the state's free college tuition program called TOPS. The price tag for the program is growing to $250 million next year, and lawmakers are questioning whether the state needs to trim its costs. Louisiana has among... more »
  • Answering holiday etiquette questions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Etiquette expert Marthanne Calvi stopped by News to at 4 to talk about holiday manners. Calvi expressed the importance of writing a thank you note after you recieve a present. She said it is never ok to thank someone for money. Always say, thank you for... more »
  • Shreveport employee to get back wages from T.G.I. Fridays

    August 8, 2013 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division says T.G.I. Fridays has agreed to change its leave policy to be in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act. The company has also agreed to correct violations found during an investigation of one of its restaurants in Shreveport, and... more »
  • State touts first year of required ACT testing

    July 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public school students taking the ACT college admissions test has jumped by roughly 11,000, now that the state requires high school students to take the exam - and the number scoring high enough to attend college without remedial work jumped by 3,600 this... more »
  • Louisiana IDs still don't meet federal travel requirements check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill which would have allowed Louisiana to update their ID's to meet certain federal security standards for air travel was shot down. Making it though airport security is something college student Eric Vadrine has to do on a regular basis. "Three of four times a... more »
  • BR native passing on secrets of perfect test scores check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge native Craig Gehring made perfect scores on the ACT and SAT. Now he's helping a new generation of students facing the same tests. Gehrig created a series of test prep books and camps passing along good test-taking tips and techniques for students preparing for... more »
  • Man accused of flashing holiday shoppers

    January 4, 2013 4:21 PM

    COVINGTON - Deputies in St. Tammany Parish arrested a Covington man after they said he exposed himself twice to holiday shoppers. Deputies arrested Brian Harris, 26, in suspicion of obscenity on Dec. 28 after witness descriptions led them to his vehicle. Investigators said they were told on Dec.... more »
  • La. to see millions from Transocean settlement

    January 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana lawmakers trumpeted the fact that the state will see hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal government's $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean today over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The final terms of the settlement require Transocean, which owned the drilling rig... more »
  • Real ID deadline pushed back

    December 21, 2012 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana travelers can rest easier. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that states will be given an extension to meet the new standards of the Real ID Act. Without this extension a state driver's license would not have been accepted as a proper form of... more »
  • La. citizens may need passports to fly outside the state check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2012 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents may have to use passports to board commercial airplanes instead of state-issued identification cards after Jan. 15. Louisiana is one of many states not in compliance with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, which mandates more provisions in obtaining an ID and updated... more »
  • High court to take new look at voting rights law

    November 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires... more »
  • Veterans react to Supreme Court's Stolen Valor decision

    June 28, 2012 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - "Shocked" and "disgusted" were two words on many veterans' minds after they learned the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional. The Act would have made it illegal for anyone to display military metals as accomplishments that he or she did not earn.... more »
  • Patients with pre-existing conditions look forward to insurance check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 28, 2012 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting in 2014, it will be illegal for health insurance companies to make people with pre-existing conditions pay higher rates or deny them coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Some clinics like Baton Rouge Primary Care treat patients who don't have insurance. The clinic allows them to... more »
  • Ruling against Defense of Marriage Act won't be applied until Supreme Court acts

    May 31, 2012 12:24 PM

    BOSTON - A federal appeals court is rejecting part of the Defense of Marriage Act -- but today's ruling won't be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the case. That means same-sex married couples won't be eligible to receive the benefits denied to them under that law until the... more »
  • Private school parents questioning state's plan to offer free ACT test check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 19, 2012 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people are upset over a new initiative in Louisiana to use taxpayer dollars to pay for every high school junior to take a college entrance exam for free. The move, costing $2 million a year, will be paid for from the State Department of Education's budget,... more »
  • Mary J. Blige is final act for 2011 Essence Fest

    July 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Mary J. Blige is no stranger to the Essence Music Festival and this year marks her 10th time as a performer, but her first as the event's closing night showstopper. In an interview before Sunday's evening concert inside the Louisiana Superdome, Blige told The Associated Press that... more »
  • Ouachita band director accused of sex act on teen

    April 24, 2011 1:01 PM

    MONROE, La.- Authorities say Ouachita Parish High School band director Jon G. Lindsey has been charged with obscenity after being accused of performing a sex act on a 17-year-old boy in a car at a service station. Police reports reviewed by the News-Star said Lindsey denied performing oral sex... more »
  • Judge asked to intervene in BP claims process

    February 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s governor and attorney general want a judge to step in and oversee communications between people claiming a portion of BP’s oil spill compensation fund and the fund’s administrator, Ken Feinberg. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed the motion in federal court in New Orleans today. It asks... more »

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