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  • Answering holiday etiquette questions 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • Regents approve tuition increases under GRAD Act Play Video

    June 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Regents gave all but one public state university permission to raise their tuition under the GRAD Act today. The Baton Rouge campuses of LSU, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Community College were all given permission to raise their tuition by 10... 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 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 »
  • Board of Regents signs GRAD Act agreements

    October 27, 2010 12:04 PM

    The state Board of Regents approved agreements with all of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities to increase their graduation rates by seven percent over six years, in return for more control over their schools. The six-year agreements are a requirement of the GRAD Act which was signed into law this... more »
  • Baton Rouge schools lead the state in National Merit semi-finalists

    September 16, 2009 10:28 AM

    The East Baton Rouge Parish School System announced Wednesday the district led the state in the number of semi-finalists for the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program with 18 students from Baton Rouge Magnet and McKinley High Schools. One of the semifinalists, Jesse Tan, made a perfect score of 36... more »

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