May 5, 2013 10:53 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Some young people arrested for non-violent offenses may be sent to a new program aimed at reducing recidivism instead of being housed at the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center. City-parish officials tell The Advocate that when juveniles are sent to the new Evening Reporting Center they... more »
January 25, 2013 9:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council has approved plans for a new shopping center.
The Magnolia Marketplace will be a two-level mall where most of the stores will face an elevated, open-air parking deck.
Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell urged the council on Thursday removed many of the... more »
December 28, 2012 1:43 PM
ST. GABRIEL - A man is back behind bars after attempting to escape from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center early Friday morning.
Joshua Kelly, 38, worked as an infirmary orderly at EHCC and was working on a night cleaning crew when he escaped.
Officials say Kelly overpowered a... more »
December 6, 2012 12:29 PM
COVINGTON - Two children pulled from a burning home in Covington have been taken to a burn center in Galveston, Texas. Authorities say three other people, including two other children made it out of the house uninjured. The Times-Picayune reports the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Thursday. State Fire... more »
November 15, 2012 10:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU great Billy Cannon will be on hand to greet fans Saturday morning, November 17, 2012 at The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU.
In conjunction with LSU's 2:30 p.m. clash with Ole Miss, Cannon will sign autographs at the hotel from 9 to 11... more »
November 14, 2012 5:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Since officially opening in September, the Family and Youth Service Center deals with more than just kids skipping school.
Formerly called the East Baton Rouge Parish Truancy Center, FYSC welcomes parents and provides a link with law enforcement.
Dozens of parents attend classes and meet... more »
November 12, 2012 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Law Center is developing a specialized program in energy law in reaction to increasingly complex legal and regulatory issues. The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the LSU Energy Law Center in August. Chancellor Jack M. Weiss discussed the plans in a recent interview with NOLA.com... more »
October 12, 2012 3:05 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials are investigating allegations by the Southern Poverty Law Center that the Jefferson Parish public schools discriminate against Latino students. In a letter dated Sept. 27, the Justice Department's civil rights division and Education Department's office for civil rights said they haven't reached any conclusions about... more »
October 12, 2012 10:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Law Center has the most diverse faculty among any law school in the country. That's according to the Princeton Review, an education services company. The Advocate reports the law center is featured in the Princeton Review's 2013 edition of "The Best 168 Law Schools."... more »
October 4, 2012 4:16 PM
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day. On taxes, immigration and more, the former Massachusetts governor has toned down his heated, campaign... more »
October 3, 2012 5:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston.
The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds. FPHSA directors say they will not be... more »
September 19, 2012 7:34 AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off on its final journey.
NASA's youngest shuttle left Kennedy Space Center at sunrise today on the first leg of its flight to California. It's bolted to the top of a jumbo jet.
Hundreds gathered at the runway to... more »
September 7, 2012 11:35 AM
SATSUMA - People who need help with disaster assistance in Livingston Parish can visit a new FEMA center which opened this morning.
The center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the shopping center just north of the I-12 Satsuma exit. After Saturday, the center will stay... more »
August 20, 2012 4:13 PM
WASHINGTON - The Pew Hispanic Center reports young Hispanics have reached a couple of education milestones. Last year, more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college and nearly a fourth of all pre-K through 12th grade public school students last year were Hispanic. Pew Hispanic... more »
July 10, 2012 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal says the new LSU Medical Education and Innovation Center at Our Lady of the Lake will meet several of the state's needs.
Governor Jindal says it will help deliver continuous care for the poor, and also save taxpayer money. He says Earl K Long... more »
July 9, 2012 6:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Office of Juvenile Justice announced a late-notice press conference this evening to release more details about two juveniles who escaped from the Jetson Center for Youth and were later caught.
Clarence McWilliams and Demonte Washington walked out of the facility last Tuesday. They were found... more »
May 21, 2012 5:14 PM
PORT ALLEN - Almost 200 people in West Baton Rouge Parish spent the afternoon in evacuation shelters after a fire at a storage facility forced them from their homes.
"It sounded like fireworks explosives going boom, boom," said Alyssia Springer, who was evacuated to the Erwinville Community Center.
... more »
May 14, 2012 11:17 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School System has opened its new $2.4 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning center. Project manager Patrick Norris said the new 11,000-square-foot center took a little more than a year to construct.
Five classrooms were added to the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West... more »
April 30, 2012 5:14 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Girder by girder, glass pane by glass pane, the rise of what is now New York City's tallest skyscraper was documented over the past year and a half in a time-lapse series of photographs by The Associated Press. On Monday, One World Trade Center, the skyscraper... more »
April 16, 2012 6:14 PM
LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish will have to wait at least another year before the Juban Crossing shopping center is complete.
More than half-a-million cubic yards of dirt have been moved since ground was first broken on the site nearly two years ago. Now nearly 95 percent of... more »
April 10, 2012 3:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - A long-awaited truancy center to help boost school attendance and reduce juvenile crime in East Baton Rouge Parish is on schedule to open its doors this fall.
The project recently cleared its final major hurdle when Gov. Bobby Jindal signed off on a three-year, no-cost lease.... more »
April 9, 2012 11:09 AM
BATON ROUGE- A truancy center planned for East Baton Rouge Parish schools is finally moving toward an opening date. Paperwork between the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, the Mayor-President's Office, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Governor's Office... more »
March 27, 2012 3:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Convergys Corporation announced Tuesday that it will discontinue operations at its contact center in Baton Rouge in May of 2012.
The closure will affect more than 300 employees.
Convergys is working to determine the availability of Work at Home positions for employees impacted by... more »
March 14, 2012 12:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston will be the commencement speaker at the LSU Law Center graduation ceremonies. Johnston served 24 years in the U.S. Senate representing Louisiana. He was either directly or indirectly responsible for all energy legislation considered by the Congress during his terms. Johnston... more »
February 28, 2012 4:08 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will spend $6 million to open a new homeless center in New Orleans. The homeless center will be in the first floor of an addition to a downtown VA hospital. The center will be a place where veterans and homeless... more »
February 27, 2012 7:16 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish government has completed the purchase of 27 acres of land as another step toward opening a new medical facility in the Plaquemine area. Parish President Mitch Ourso says the parish paid Edward J. Gay Planting and Manufacturing Co. just over $1 million dollars for the land.... more »
January 13, 2012 11:02 AM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ has once again partnered with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) for our fourth annual "Recycle Your Electronics" event, sponsored by Conn's.
Stop by the Siegan Lane Conn's until 1 p.m. today to drop off used electronics such as computer hardware and accessories, telephones,... more »
December 30, 2011 4:47 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says work on a planned museum at the World Trade Center has ground to a halt because of a money dispute, and there is now "no chance" it will open on time. The museum commemorating the 9/11 attacks was scheduled to... more »
December 14, 2011 5:09 PM
If you feel that you or a loved one who served in the U. S. armed forces didn't receive all the medals they were due, you can request a records check from the National Personnel Record Center.
Click on the link below to get started.
National Personnel Record... more »
December 9, 2011 5:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors will consider Friday a proposal to close the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville.
The measure, if approved, would relocate the facility to a renovated former military hospital at the England Airpark in nearby Alexandria.
Governor Bobby Jindal says... more »
December 7, 2011 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - An LSU Board of Supervisors internal audit of the LSU Student Health Center revealed a three-year abuse of the system in which vacation or leave days are monitored.
A 12 page report shows what an LSU Board of Supervisors Internal Auditor calls a history of non-compliance.... more »
November 24, 2011 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - 1,500 hungry folks packed the River Center Thursday morning for the Thanksgiving meal, provided by Holiday Helpers. That's the highest number the organization has seen since it first began serving lunch in 1987.
25 years later, and the meal is still the same: turkey, ham, cornbread... more »
November 14, 2011 2:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A big chunk of concrete fell about 30 stories from New Orleans' vacant World Trade Center, scattering concrete and steel across the yard and into the street after it hit ground.
Nobody was hurt in the accident Monday. Police say Convention Center Boulevard was blocked off... more »
November 7, 2011 2:40 PM
ST. MARTINVILLE, La.- The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Department says it will close its juvenile detention center.
The facility will officially close at the end of this year.
According to the department, dwindling numbers of juveniles sent to the facility is attributed to the closure.
A regional... more »
August 30, 2011 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials revoked the licenses of two child care centers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for failing to conduct background checks on their employees.
The Department of Children and Family Services issued two revocation notices to Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare in Baton Rouge, and The... more »
August 13, 2011 12:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- State officials say two child care centers face losing their licenses for not obeying state laws regulating child care facilities.
The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services says it has sent notices that it will revoke the licenses of God's Gift Child Care and Learning Center... more »
August 10, 2011 6:42 PM
Pennington Biomedical research center has a new $6 million grant to help keep our military going.
It's good news for the center as it helps with funding issues. more »
July 28, 2011 6:12 PM
BAKER-- Investigators are looking for whoever shot Abelardo Domingo Pampo, 43, of Baton Rouge. One gunshot killed him. Pampo was found dead next to the Baker Civic Club on North Magnolia just before 5:00 Thursday morning.
Police tell News 2 they don't have any suspects or any leads. They... more »
July 27, 2011 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- One of the most popular video game developers today is making waves at LSU.
Electronic Arts will be part of the campus' new digital media center. The company, currently testing games at the school's south campus, will hire up to 200 more people to work at the... more »
July 27, 2011 1:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - A piece of American history stopped at a Baton Rouge fire station today during its tour from coast to coast.
Steel from the fallen World Trade Center Towers was viewable to the public at the Government Street Fire Station today as part of a trek from... more »
July 23, 2011 11:24 AM
BUNKIE, La.- A site in Avoyelles Parish has been selected for Louisiana's first therapeutic treatment center for youth.
The state Office of Juvenile Justice says the $20 million center will be built in Bunkie. The secured facility is designed to handle juvenile offenders from southern and central Louisiana.
... more »
May 17, 2011 11:10 AM
OPELOUSAS - State workers are moving supplies to St. Landry Parish to create a temporary pet evacuation center for flood victims.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is moving 50 pet cages to Opelousas to make temporary kennels for pets whose owners self-evacuated from flood areas and are staying... more »
February 23, 2011 12:14 PM
HOUMA - Charges have been dropped against three former security officers at the Terrebonne Juvenile Detention Center who had been accused of sexual misconduct with female inmates.
Charges were dropped Tuesday against 37-year-old Chadwick Griffin, 28-year-old John Gathen and 39-year-old Darrin Carter. After a jury trial, 50-year-old Floyd Howard... more »
February 14, 2011 6:06 PM
BATON ROUGE The Jetson Center for Youth was once set to close for good, but downsizing and a shift in focus led to another chance from the legislature and a lower rate of returning juveniles.
Since 2008, the number of youths in the facility has dropped from 195 to... more »
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 »
January 20, 2011 11:34 AM
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s criminal justice system is going to get a thorough examination by the Pew Center to help make it work more efficiently, and keep prisoners from re-offending. Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the Pew Center will research the state’s prisons and sentencing policies, and then help... more »
January 7, 2011 5:34 PM
BAKER – A daycare worker has been arrested and accused of murder in the October death of an infant under her care, according to authorities. Baker Police arrested 22-year-old Ashley Reifer this evening after autopsy results showed that the child had died from traumatic brain injury, caused by being shaken.... more »
January 5, 2011 4:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - A missing hospital patient that walked away from a Baton Rouge medical center has been located, according to authorities.
Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department said 30-year-old Crandell Turner was located by deputies around 4:15 p.m. She said Turner was spotted walking by... more »
December 24, 2010 12:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge will keep delivering babies for now. EKL planned to end its obstetrics and maternity program in January. LSU System Vice President Fred Cerise tells The Advocate newspaper that the state has not been able to reach a financial agreement... more »
December 23, 2010 5:17 PM
GRAND ISLE - A gas line rupture and explosion has sent two people to a Baton Rouge burn center and temporarily left hundreds of residents without gas Thursday. It happened about 9:30 a.m. on Grand Isle as workers were performing maintenance on a two-inch line near the base of the... more »
December 22, 2010 2:08 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a package of health care and economic aid for people sickened by dust from the ruins of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics... more »
December 20, 2010 10:26 PM
LIVINGSTON - A collective "yes" among the Livingston Parish Council gave a shopping development the boost it needed to move into the building phase after a four-year stall due to the recession.
Monday night, the council increased a sales tax for the Juban Crossing development, making it 10.5%. The... more »
December 20, 2010 7:28 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has approved a one-cent sales tax increase to help pay for development of a new retail center.
Developers of the Juban Crossing retail center asked the parish for the increase after being turned down by the state.
Supporters of the tax said... more »
December 20, 2010 5:28 PM
ST. JOSEPH - A Baton Rouge woman is in custody after she allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana to an inmate at the Tensas Parish Detention Center. Sheriff Ricky Jones told The News Star that 29-year-old Kimbolyn C. Stepp became combative Saturday when a guard began a routine pat-down search required... more »
December 10, 2010 5:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is accusing some metro council members of grandstanding. He says the council voted to shift $150,000 to the city parish juvenile detention center and juvenile services.
He calls that, "chump change." He says more than $20 million dollars is needed for a... more »
December 2, 2010 7:06 PM
BATON ROUGE – A suggestion from LSU System President John Lombardi to separate the Ag Center from the rest of the university has some higher education officials nodding, and some farmers shaking their heads. Lombardi told the state Board of Regents yesterday that while the ag centers provide a lot... more »
November 28, 2010 10:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Although Sarah Palin's book signing in Baton Rouge isn't until Tuesday, people were standing in line as early as 4:00 a.m. so they could get access.
The eager customers are hoping to get a bracelet that will get them into Palin's book signing event Nov. 30... more »
November 27, 2010 2:01 PM
GONZALES – Members of Native American tribes across the state gathered to kick off their annual celebration of traditional arts and culture today in Gonzales. The Louisiana Indian Heritage Association is putting on its 44th Fall Powwow at the center this weekend. The event includes traditional dancing, crafts and demonstrations,... more »
November 24, 2010 3:07 PM
BATON ROUGE – A study about the benefits of exercise for diabetics from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today. The study found that a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training improved blood sugar levels among people with type 2... more »
November 19, 2010 11:10 AM
BATON ROUGE – A man wanted for armed robbery was arrested after a foot chase and search in downtown Baton Rouge this morning. 27-year-old Anthony Louis was charged with armed robbery, and had outstanding warrants for robbery and theft from district court and Baker Police. Investigators with the East Baton... more »
November 14, 2010 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state official says a military-styled group home for abused, neglected or delinquent children will be shut for good if owners don't appeal the decision by Monday. Trey Williams, spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services, says that on Friday, director Brandi Phipps had... more »
November 7, 2010 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a $21 million midyear budget cut despite complaints from some students that their tuition dollars are being used to subsidize two research centers.
System President John Lombardi said the final decision Saturday was the result... more »
November 4, 2010 10:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - A former Baton Rouge daycare owner and two employees have been indicted in suspicion of negligent homicide in the 2009 death of a child in their care. A grand jury in Baton Rouge handed down the indictments today for Wanda Connor, the former owner of "Wanda's Kids... more »
October 28, 2010 1:06 PM
Small business owners filled the Baton Rouge River Center today to find out how they could take advantage of new tax cuts and other measures that were recently signed into law. Speakers at the Baton Rouge Small Business Summit included Senator Mary Landrieu, the chair of the Senate Small Business... more »
October 22, 2010 10:19 AM
Two state agencies have removed all of the children in their care from a Clinton group home after a youth was injured earlier this month. Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Trey Williams said the agency placed a moratorium on the introduction of additional children at the Challenge... more »
October 19, 2010 5:58 PM
Ascension Parish is close to paying off its loan on the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.
The parish will pay it off sooner than expected, thanks to state and federal grants. Parish President Tommy Martinez recently received a check for nearly $4.7 million from the federal government and will use... more »
October 8, 2010 7:28 AM
The University of New Orleans will shift more than $200,000 in post-hurricane renovations from administrative offices to the student center. The move, announced Thursday, shifts $229,000 from renovations of the UNO Administration Building Annex to work at the UNO University Center. The center was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The money... more »
September 29, 2010 12:44 PM
Another state medical center will soon be sending its maternity cases to a different hospital.
Beginning early next year, the Woman's Hospital will take over the maternity ward at Earl K. Long Medical Center, according to EKL spokesperson Martha Johnson.
This is the second state hospital to... more »
September 7, 2010 4:55 PM
A former employee at the Caddo Juvenile Detention Center is accused of battering an inmate. Sheriff Steve Prator said Tuesday that 56-year-old Dale Smith of Shreveport was issued a summons for simple battery following an investigation by sheriff's Detective Jackie Winston and a review by the Caddo Parish District Attorney's... more »
August 26, 2010 5:59 AM
A $3.2 million center where people will learn about climate change and the threat of sea level rise is slated to be built in the Lower 9th Ward with federal and private dollars. The center will be constructed near a floodwall that broke during Hurricane Katrina, unleashing flood waters that... more »
July 5, 2010 9:38 AM
A center where birds are cleaned of oil is moving about 100 miles inland to Hammond, La. Officials of the oil spill joint command center said the move will put the facility out of the coastal hurricane danger zone. Hammond is in Tangipahoa Parish, about 100 miles northwest of the... more »
June 9, 2010 2:46 PM
In less than a week, the rescue center at Fort Jackson has received more than five times as many oiled birds as it received in the previous six weeks since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began.
415 birds have flocked to the center since the BP oil well... more »
May 24, 2010 2:10 PM
A woman who was found dead in her car at a welcome center on Interstate 20 in Greenwood, Louisiana has been identified as a missing person from Tyler, Texas.
26-year-old Edwina Shavon Jiminez, also known as Edwina Shavon Ibezim, was found Sunday in the driver's seat of her Ford... more »
May 8, 2010 10:55 AM
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill bird tally stood at three on Friday, including a gannet being treated at a rescue center in Florida, Louisiana's state wildlife veterinarian said.
James LaCour said a green heron brought to the rescue center at Fort Jackson late Thursday isn't on that list... more »
April 13, 2010 2:44 PM
A $3 million federal stimulus grant will be used to establish a center for commercial development of turbines that can be placed in the Mississippi River and other powerfully flowing rivers to generate electricity.
Tulane University officials said the center could be a big step forward in the science... more »
February 26, 2010 5:15 AM
Loyola University in New Orleans has created a new center named after a major Louisiana literary figure. Loyola will launch the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing on Wednesday, March 10. The university says its immediate plans for the center include purchasing a press to publish literary and academic... more »
January 21, 2010 3:38 PM
An adult learning center in Baton Rouge that has been around for almost three decades is at risk of closing because of budget cuts to local and state government.
The St. Paul Adult Learning Center, on Gus Young Ave, will lose $100,000 from the Department of Social Services this... more »
November 2, 2009 5:33 AM
On Sunday, the Ascension Parish government took over management of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. It started one day after SMG's management contract expired at the venue. The new managment comes two months after the parish bought the equestrian and events center. more »