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  • McConaughey voices his love for Louisiana

    March 29, 2015 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Matthew McConaughey delivered a rousing speech on his love for Louisiana and the city of New Orleans while accepting an award at the film society Saturday. McConaughey, who received the New Orleans Film Society's 2015 Celluloid Hero award, called the city a "big, beautiful mess." ... more »
  • Indian guest workers win $14M award in trafficking case

    February 18, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has awarded $14.1 million to five Indian guest workers who claimed they were defrauded and made to live in squalid conditions after being lured to work for an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company following Hurricane Katrina. The jury handed up its verdict Wednesday against... more »
  • Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Brokaw, Streep, others

    November 24, 2014 2:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants, scientists and others. The distinguished and high-achieving group includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat... more »
  • Fans' Choice Award Winner Week 7: Lindsey Scott check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 22, 2014 7:23 PM

    ZACHARY - To say Lindsey Scott is having a great year would be an understatement. The Zachary quarterback in just the last three weeks has picked up 852 yards and 12 touchdowns. But against Central, it was the junior's three touchdown performance in the 4th quarter, including the... more »
  • Local fire investigator received special award check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An arson investigator from Baton Rouge took home a big prize at a state conference. Levert Kemp has been investigating arson-related fires for only four years and is the youngest investigator in the department, but he takes his job seriously. "It takes a couple of... more »
  • LSU's Nola named National Pitcher of the Year

    June 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The College Baseball Foundation named LSU all-star pitcher Aaron Nola their 2014 National Pitcher of the Year on Friday. The Baton Rouge native is cresting his third year for the Fighting Tigers and will be the sixth athlete to ever receive the award in school history.... more »
  • Doggone, local K9 gets beat by wire fox terrier at Westminster

    February 12, 2014 1:13 AM

    NEW YORK - A dog from Baton Rouge didn't make the final cut to be crowned America's top dog. Instead of Coco, a Cardigan Welsh corgi from the Capital City, Sky the wire fox terrier won best in show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night. Sky... more »
  • State Police honor Acadian and Air Med

    January 14, 2014 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police have honored Acadian Ambulance and Air Med with a Distinguished Service Award. The award goes to friends and partners of the State Police who go above and beyond in serving their communities. The award is not a recurring award, but instead a... more »
  • Seminoles QB Winston named AP Player of the Year

    December 24, 2013 6:38 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl. - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is The Associated Press player of the year. It's the latest honor in a cadre of postseason accolades for the redshirt freshman. He won the Heisman Trophy, was named the Walter Camp national player of the year, the Davey O'Brien quarterback of... more »
  • Beckham Jr. wins Hornung award

    December 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    LOUISVILLE - LSU wide receiver and return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. has won the fourth annual Paul Hornung award. The award is given to college football's most versatile player by the Louisville Sports Commission. Beckham Jr. shattered the LSU single season record for all-purpose yards this season. ... more »
  • Fans Choice ceremony takes athletes behind the scenes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 10, 2013 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - We've seen the Fans Choice Award winners throughout the season put together some remarkable performances, but Tuesday it was their turn to sit back, relax, and enjoy their accomplishments at the WBRZ Studios. From Ascension Catholic High School to Central High, the winners showed up to... more »
  • Danny Glover feted in Bahamas, recalls Mandela

    December 7, 2013 10:49 AM

    NASSAU, Bahamas - Actor Danny Glover has received a Career Achievement Award in the Bahamas as he reflected on the role he played as Nelson Mandela while the South African leader was still in prison. The 67-year-old actor says he was moved by Mandela's political writings as a student in... more »
  • LSU AgCenter gets $750,000 award

    December 5, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics is getting a three-year award of more that $750,000. Researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy will study the value of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico. The AgCenter says sensors and buoys... more »
  • Baton Rouge General awarded nationally

    October 27, 2013 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge General was recognized nationally for their treatment efforts of heart failure and stroke. This award was given as five-stars from the Healthgrades Rating Service. This website helps customers to choose the best hospital in their area for them. Healthgrades has 225 million visitors that... more »
  • La. author among Natl. Medal of Arts winners

    July 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - An author from Pointe Coupee Parish was among 24 recipients of national medals for contributions in the fields of the arts and humanities recognized today by President Barack Obama. Ernest J. Gaines is most known for his novels "A Lesson Before Dying" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane... more »
  • LSU QB named to Maxwell Award watch list

    July 8, 2013 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced today that senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger made it onto the watch list for the 2012 Maxwell Award. Mettenberger is one of 16 SEC players in the hunt for the award, given by the Maxwell Football Club to the college football player of the year.... more »
  • 3 LSU players on Bednarik watch list

    July 8, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three LSU football players - defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, linebacker Lamin Barrow and safety Craig Loston - are on the watch list for the Bednarik Award. The award is presented annually to college football's National Defensive Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. Both LSU... more »
  • Woman from Vacherie wins Dream Home

    June 15, 2013 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lorette Oubre from Vacherie won the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home Saturday night. The giveaway was televised live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on channel 2. Oubre was shocked and overjoyed when WBRZ anchors John Pastorek and Sylvia Weatherspoon called her with the news just... more »
  • Musicians honored for volunteer work check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 17, 2013 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The musical duo "The Thomas Brothers" stopped by the studio to talk about their community service events in Ascension Parish. The pair was named Community Service Volunteers of the Year at Volunteer Ascension for inspiring others through their music. The two are students at Southern... more »
  • Law enforcement honored for heroic efforts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is a day of honor and remembrance for Louisiana State Troopers, to remember those who have fallen, a memorial was held for troopers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The name of each fallen trooper was read aloud during a memorial service... more »
  • Nola named SEC Pitcher of the Week after LSU wins

    May 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The SEC named LSU sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola as the conference's Pitcher of the Week today. Nola threw his fourth consecutive complete game Friday and had his second shutout of the season against No. 19 Florida. He held the Gators to no runs and four singles... more »
  • Sore loser?

    April 15, 2013 7:29 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Actress Aubrey Plaza interrupted Will Ferrell's acceptance of his MTV Movie Award last night and then left the ceremony. She was asked to leave after unexpectedly walking on the stage and trying to take Ferrell's trophy as he accepted the Comedic Genius Award. Plaza is one of the... more »
  • LSU's Fico listed for CLASS award

    February 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    OVERLAND PARK, Ks. - Senior LSU pitcher Rachele Fico was one of 30 softball players from across the country named as a candidate for the 2013 CLASS awards. Fico, a Connecticut native, plans to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre by completing 26 random acts... more »
  • 3 named LSWA players of the week

    February 12, 2013 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Sports Writers Association as announced three choices for this week's state basketball players of the week. There was a tie for the men's winner with Brandon Fortenberry of Southeastern Louisiana and Ricky Tarrant of Tulane sharing the honor, while Kelia Shelton of Louisiana Tech took the... more »
  • 'Lincoln,' gets a leading 7 Globe nominations

    December 13, 2012 10:23 AM

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Steven Spielberg is bringing new glory to Abraham Lincoln. The Civil War epic "Lincoln" leads the Golden Globes with seven nominations, among them best drama, best director for Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Tied for second-place... more »
  • McIlroy voted PGA Tour player of the year

    December 4, 2012 10:29 AM

    LA QUINTA, Calif. - Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times, including his second major championship. The tour does not release how its players voted on the award, though not even Tiger Woods came close to the kind of year McIlroy had... more »
  • LSU's Coleman named SEC Player of the Week

    December 3, 2012 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's Shavon Coleman has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. Coleman, from Thibodaux, has scored in double figures each of the last four games and again came off the bench to score 14-of-his-18 points in the second half as he helped the Tigers rally from... more »
  • Clinton awarded quarter-million for public safety

    November 28, 2012 12:23 PM

    CLINTON - The town of Clinton received more than a quarter-million dollars in grant money this week to make public safety improvements. One grant worth $200,000 will be used to pay off the loan used to buy the town's first new fire truck in 15 years. Fire Chief Doug... more »
  • Tulane professor recipient of award

    November 26, 2012 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tulane mathematics professor Ricardo Cortez has been awarded the 2012 Blackwell-TapiaPrize, which recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field and who has served as a role model for students from under-represented minority groups. Cortez, who is the Pendergraft William... more »
  • SEC names Manziel offensive player of week

    November 12, 2012 4:00 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week. Manziel produced 345 total yards and two passing touchdowns to lead the Aggies to an upset of Alabama. Defensive backs D.J. Swearinger of South Carolina and LSU's Craig Loston share league defensive honors.... more »
  • Southeastern channel nominated for 2 Emmys

    November 9, 2012 8:49 AM

    HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's educational access television channel has been nominated for two regional Emmy Awards. Promotional spots for Southeastern Channel-produced "Strength, Endurance, Tradition" image campaign were nominated in both the "Commercial" and "Director-Post Production" categories. Channel operations manager Steve Zaffuto produced, directed, videotaped and edited the commercials,... more »
  • Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

    October 8, 2012 10:56 AM

    STOCKHOLM - Two scientists from different generations won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for the groundbreaking discovery that cells in the body can be reprogrammed to become completely different kinds, potentially opening the door to growing customized tissues for treatments. The work of British researcher John Gurdon and Japanese... more »
  • Live oaks a blessing, problem for Garden District check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Garden District has been named as one of the top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 by the American Planning Association. The Garden District has been recognized for their neighborhoods, community and live oak trees. APA's Great Places are an example of character and foster economic... more »
  • Area teen gets national award for service check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A student at the public high school here got national attention for his leadership both at school and in the community. Taylor Ransom, a cadet in the Ponchatoula High School Marine Corps JROTC, received the JROTC Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement award. Ransom is one of... more »
  • Hurricane Isaac rescuers nominated for award

    September 17, 2012 10:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse,... more »
  • Fans' Choice Week 1 winner announced tonight

    September 5, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The first Fans' Choice Award of the 2012 season will take center stage tonight on WBRZ Sports 2. It's not too late to get those votes in there. This week's nominees are Denham Springs running back Kaleb Blanchard, Zachary quarterback Trey Hills and St. Michael quarterback... more »
  • Navy awards $212M contract to Textron in Slidell

    July 6, 2012 5:57 PM

    SLIDELL - The Navy has awarded a $212 million contract for a Textron Inc. facility in Slidell to design and build an amphibious landing craft called a "Ship-to-Shore Connector." Sen. Mary Landrieu's office said the contract announced Friday includes options that could make it worth as much as $570 million.... more »
  • Jim Palmer puts Cy Young awards up for auction

    July 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    BALTIMORE- Jim Palmer says he no longer needs trophies as mementos of his Hall of Fame career, so the former Baltimore Orioles ace has put his three Cy Young Awards and two of his four Gold Gloves up for auction. The 66-year-old Palmer, who currently works as a TV analyst... more »
  • WBRZ named community station of the year

    March 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ's employees were honored with 3 awards from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) Thursday at the Crowne Plaza hotel. The station and its employees won the award for Community Station of the Year. Projects like Pat's Coats for Kids, Feed a Family, Stuff the... more »
  • Court tosses jury award in Katrina jail lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury's award of more than $650,000 to two Ohio tourists who were arrested in New Orleans on public drunkenness charges two days before Hurricane Katrina's landfall and jailed for more than a month after the storm. A three-judge panel... more »
  • Oscar-winning studio making home in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 29, 2012 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pixomondo, a visual effects company which won an Academy Award this year, says it will spend $1.2 million to create a studio in Louisiana. Plans call for the company to use about 6,000 square feet at the Celtic Media Center in Baton Rouge, and add 75... more »
  • Four-legged companion recognized for outstanding service check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 13, 2011 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Disability Affairs selected Pace, a 3-year-old yellow lab, for the Service Dog of the Year award. Pace is a guide dog for Father Pat Mascarella, a retired Catholic priest. Father Pat suffered from late-onset blindness and was paired with Pace about a year... more »
  • ULL, LSU, La. Tech captured LSWA honors

    October 11, 2011 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU and Louisiana Tech players captured the most number of votes in their respective categories in the weekly voting by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Chris Masson of Louisiana-Lafayette, quarterbacked the Cajuns to a 31-17 win over Troy on Saturday to win the Offensive award, while... more »
  • Segway-mounted meter readers win innovation award

    October 10, 2011 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Water Company announced that its program to save money by putting meter readers on Segways recently won a national innovation award. Hays Owen, Senior Vice President at the Water Company, said they received the top Management Innovation Award from the National Association of... more »
  • Obama awards Medal of Honor to Marine

    September 15, 2011 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is awarding the military's highest honor to a Marine credited with saving 36 lives during an intense fire-fight in Afghanistan. Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 23-year-old Dakota Meyer during a White House ceremony. Meyer saved the lives of three dozen U.S. and... more »
  • LSU scientists honored for work during oil spill

    March 15, 2011 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has honored a team of scientists at LSU for "extraordinary" work during and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. Ed Overton, professor emeritus in LSU's School of the Coast and Environment, and his team of scientists were recently given the... more »
  • Students of the Year chosen for EBR Schools

    January 14, 2011 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A student government president, budding marine biologist and advocate for preventing violence have been chosen to be the 2011 Students of the Year for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The system-wide winners were chosen from the 74 individual schools’ Students of the Year based on... more »
  • Winners of 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom announced

    November 17, 2010 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says former President George H.W. Bush, poet Maya Angelou and investor Warren Buffett are among the 2010 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama will present the awards to the 15 honorees early next year. Other winners... more »
  • Road Home program for storm shutters to begin

    October 19, 2010 5:10 AM

    Homeowners who did not receive the maximum Road Home grant award will soon be able to apply for $7,500 to install storm shutters and other defenses on their homes to protect against hurricanes. This week, letters will be sent to homeowners telling them how they can apply for the grant.... more »
  • Jury awards tourists $650K in Katrina jail suit

    October 14, 2010 2:49 PM

    A federal jury has awarded more than $650,000 to two Ohio tourists who were arrested for public drunkenness and jailed for more than a month in the days following Hurricane Katrina. The jury said that Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman falsely imprisoned Robie (RAH'-bee) Waganfeald and Paul Kunkel Jr.... more »
  • Millions in merit pay awarded to schools

    September 23, 2010 2:08 PM

    The Education Department is giving school districts and nonprofit organizations from across the country $442 million to create merit pay programs for teachers and principals. The Teacher Incentive Fund is aimed at attracting and rewarding quality educators and encouraging them to work in the country's highest need schools. The programs... more »
  • EKL Medical Center receives award for quality improvement

    May 10, 2010 2:08 PM

    Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge has received the Silver Level 2009 Louisiana Hospital Quality Award from eQHealth Solutions for improving the quality of health care given to their patients. The award shows that EKLMC achieved significant clinical quality improvement in all but two clinical topics applicable... more »
  • Landscape architect honors city planning commission

    April 8, 2010 9:55 AM

    The Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission has received the 2009-2010 Professional Design Award, from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award came in the category for Stormwater Best Practices Education Program. It recognizes accomplishments in communicating practices for environmental sustainability in the design... more »
  • Universities honored for community service

    March 6, 2010 10:57 AM

    Two universities in Louisiana received the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Friday. The award honored Grambling State University and Tulane University for commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. GSU faculty and staff volunteered more than 46,000 hours and students contributed more than 100,000... more »
  • $10M to family of Texas worker crushed by crane

    February 11, 2010 11:33 AM

    A Texas judge reduced the amount that a Houma oilfield-construction company must pay to the family of a Texas man crushed by a crane in 2008, from $11.1 million awarded by jurors to $10 million. Attorney Robert Killeen Jr. of Houston says Houma-based Gulf Island Fabrication will appeal the ruling... more »
  • Seven La. schools receive Blue Ribbon award

    September 15, 2009 8:58 PM

    Seven schools in Louisiana have earned the prestigious honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education. The six public schools and one private school were among 314 on the 2009 list released by the USDOE today. Three of those schools were in... more »
  • Alem named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

    September 14, 2009 12:36 PM

    LSU senior Rahim Alem was named defensive player of the week in the Southeastern Conference, the league office announced Monday. Alem, a defensive end from New Orleans, recorded a career-best seven tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in LSU’s 23-9 win over Vanderbilt. Six of Alem’s seven tackles... more »

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