September 17, 2014 5:34 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - The lead prosecutor on a case involving a man accused of having sex with four juveniles, says District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla was well aware of the deal that was reached.
This week the WBRZ Investigative Unit discovered sex offender Johnny Brown was only sentenced to three... more »
July 9, 2014 2:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS- At least two Carnival Cruise Lines ships will continue sailing out of the Port of New Orleans year-round through 2019, according to its new five-year contract extension. The new deal, which went into effect July 1, supersedes a three-year extension negotiated in 2013.
In addition to the... more »
April 17, 2014 4:47 PM
GENEVA (AP) - Ukraine's foreign minister says the agreement reached in Geneva today will be a "test" to see if Russia really wants to see stability in the region. After seven hours of negotiations, top diplomats from the U.S., Europe, Russia and Ukraine agreed on some immediate steps to ease... more »
December 13, 2013 8:45 PM
TUSCALOOSA- Nick Saban is breaking rumors, signing an extension at Alabama, and staying put.
Friday night, the school announced on its Twitter account that the coach reached "a longterm agreement" to remain with the Crimson Tide.
The agreement quells speculation that Saban would take over at Texas if... more »
October 29, 2013 4:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man who pleaded guilty in connection with the killings of two Louisiana State University graduate students has been sentenced to 32 ½ years in prison - the first 30 without parole. Devin Parker had testified against two men who were acquitted Oct. 7 in... more »
October 16, 2013 3:07 PM
WASHINGTON- Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other top House Republican leaders intend to vote for the bipartisan agreement worked out in the Senate to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. Officials said Wednesday that the leaders made their intentions clear at a closed-door meeting of rank and file... more »
September 27, 2013 3:17 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's spoken by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. It's the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than 30 years. Obama says after speaking with Rouhani, he believes the U.S. and Iran can reach a comprehensive solution over Iran's nuclear program.... more »
September 26, 2013 9:53 AM
NEW YORK - The National Football league struck a deal to show game highlights and other video content on Twitter ahead of the short messaging service's initial public offering of stock.
The deal is part of Twitter's "Amplify" program, which lets TV broadcasters show ad-supported video clips in users'... more »
September 16, 2013 3:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU's governing board and two state newspapers have reached a temporary agreement about the records involved in the board's presidential search. The documents - including resumes and information about 35 job candidates - will be turned over to Judge Janice Clark to comply with her order that the... more »
August 15, 2013 3:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reversed course and backed a $257 million agreement with a South African energy company to build a multibillion-dollar fuel plant in southwest Louisiana. A week after delaying a vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the contract with Sasol Ltd. without objection.... more »
August 6, 2013 11:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies announced a second arrest in connection with a deadly shooting during a drug deal last week.
Deputies arrested Julius Thomas, 23, on suspicion of first degree murder Monday evening. They previously arrested Jarvis Fleming, 21, also on suspicion of first degree murder.
Detectives... more »
August 4, 2013 11:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's detectives arrested a 21-year-old man involved in a shooting Friday night during a drug deal, according to EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
Hicks says Jarvis Fleming of Greenwell Springs is charged with first degree murder and tampering with an electronic monitor.
... more »
July 26, 2013 4:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... more »
July 11, 2013 12:27 PM
WASHINGTON - A deal that would lower interest rates on student loans appears to be taking shape in Congress. Lawmakers and their aides have been in talks about how they might reduce rates on subsidized Stafford loans. The rates doubled to 6.8 percent last week after Congress failed to act.... more »
June 6, 2013 8:59 AM
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers who have negotiated a tentative budget deal are hoping to persuade their colleagues in the final hours of the legislative session. The proposal would finance state government operations in the fiscal year that begins July 1 - and keep lawmakers out of a special session. The regular... more »
May 29, 2013 2:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers agreed to the state's contract with IBM, to build a new service center in Baton Rouge, and approved $8 million from an incentive fund to help pay for the deal. The joint budget committee approved both items Wednesday without objection. IBM says it plans to employ... more »
April 10, 2013 10:21 AM
WASHINGTON - Two pivotal senators have announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The agreement could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would... more »
February 4, 2013 7:21 PM
An Indian tribe from Oklahoma walked away from a deal to buy the bankrupt DiamondJacks casino in Bossier City and a similar operation in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The deal was for $125 million. Global Gaming Solutions, part of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, claims in court papers the DiamondJacks operation had... more »
January 30, 2013 6:16 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's looking for immigration reform to be completed within six months. He tells the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo that a deal should be attainable this year, but he wants it done even sooner. He says that politics, not technical issues, are standing in the... more »
January 16, 2013 10:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion are sharing their stories with the judge who will decide whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 disaster. Wednesday is the deadline... more »
January 11, 2013 10:18 PM
LAFAYETTE- Local police and other law enforcement agencies believe they had a man wanted for murder in Baton Rouge, cornered in a field.
Ruben Van Dyke is accused of killing Brannon Counts on Hollywood Street Thursday night.
Authorities in the Lafayette area said Van Dyke crashed his car... more »
January 11, 2013 2:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police identified an Alexandria man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting last night in Baton Rouge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Ruben Van Dyke, 30, was wanted for his involvement in the death of Brannon Counts, 32.
McKneely said Counts was shot in the parking... more »
January 4, 2013 10:46 AM
NEW YORK - The NHL and the union are meeting separately with a federal mediator but have no plans yet to negotiate. Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh is talking with representatives from the players' association and league Friday in an attempt to return the parties to the bargaining table after they... more »
January 2, 2013 3:42 PM
WASHINGTON- Moody's Investors Service says Congress must go beyond its deal this week and come up with a plan to shrink the budget deficit if it wants to keep the U.S. government's top credit rating. The credit rating agency says in a statement that it expects lawmakers in the coming... more »
January 1, 2013 10:45 PM
WASHINGTON - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.
The bill's... more »
January 1, 2013 2:42 PM
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders are pressing Speaker John Boehner to let the House vote on the Senate-approved bipartisan compromise that would avert much of the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff. Following a nearly three-hour private meeting Tuesday between Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic lawmakers, Minority Leader... more »
December 31, 2012 10:51 PM
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team say they need to review a Senate pact that would increase taxes on incomes exceeding $400,000 before deciding to schedule a vote on the measure or try to change it. In a joint statement late Monday, House GOP leaders promised... more »
December 31, 2012 8:32 PM
WASHINGTON- The Associated Press reported late Monday evening, a deal was reached on taxes and other items involved in the so-called "fiscal cliff."
The AP sites a Democratic aid.
The report said the White House and the GOP reached a deal.
Further details have not been released.... more »
December 31, 2012 3:21 PM
WASHINGTON - The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff." House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day. President Barack Obama and Senate Republican... more »
December 28, 2012 8:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two people familiar with the deal say suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension. The people told The Associated Press about the deal Friday on condition of anonymity because it hasn't been signed and final details regarding... more »
December 27, 2012 2:37 PM
WASHINGTON- The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year. Officials said the Republican leadership informed the GOP rank and file of the plan to meet during a conference call Thursday. It is unclear... more »
December 20, 2012 11:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to round up enough support, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession. In a... more »
December 17, 2012 6:37 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proposed a deficit-reduction package to House Speaker John Boehner that would increase the top tax rates on taxpayers earning more than $400,000, cut more spending from health care programs and add $200 billion more in spending cuts over 10 years to his earlier offer.... more »
December 13, 2012 10:45 AM
WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says a deal must be reached "in the next couple of days or the very beginning of next week" to avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. The California Democrat criticized Republican House leaders for sending lawmakers home on... more »
December 12, 2012 1:41 PM
WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
December 11, 2012 4:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf... more »
December 11, 2012 2:18 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says "it's going to be extremely difficult" to pass legislation to address the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas, but adds there's still a chance it can be done. Majority Leader Harry Reid commented Tuesday amid a souring mood in Washington over negotiations to forestall... more »
December 4, 2012 6:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - BigTip.com, a national couponing site, is creating concern among Baton Rouge merchants.
Varsity Sports and Mellow Mushroom say they weren't aware their businesses were on BigTip.com, but CEO Matt Rowlen says they're under contract through third-party coupon sites.
"We work through our partners," said Rowlen.... more »
December 4, 2012 12:35 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there will be no deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" unless Republicans drop their opposition to raising tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. However, Obama is signaling flexibility on where the rates eventually wind up. Obama says he knows he won't get everything that... more »
November 30, 2012 3:51 PM
HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don't sound close to a deal to avoid that "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit in January. Boehner says negotiations are going "almost nowhere" right now. He says Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal... more »
November 28, 2012 3:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- An excited Les Miles confirmed he's staying in South Louisiana as head coach of one of the best college football program's in the country.
"This Miles family is awful comfortable in South Louisiana," Miles said during a news conference to announce a contract extension and pay increase.... more »
November 28, 2012 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU will pay more to keep Les Miles as head football coach. Miles will get a salary increase and a contract extension.
The deal was announced a day after rumors swirled Arkansas was in talks to pay Miles $27.5 million to move to Fayetteville.
Specifics have... more »
November 26, 2012 11:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rescheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss BP's agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from its deadly 2010 rig explosion and response to the massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance had planned to meet Thursday in her chambers with... more »
November 20, 2012 9:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Shareholders of Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) will meet to approve a merger with CB&I (NYSE: CBI).
CB&I is buying the Baton Rouge-based Shaw for more than $3 billion. Shaw stockholders will get about $46 per share when the deal is closed.
The meeting is set... more »
November 7, 2012 6:02 PM
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is offering to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order. Boehner tells reporters a day after the president's clear re-election... more »
November 6, 2012 10:45 AM
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association are returning to the bargaining table today, hoping momentum generated over the weekend can lead to a labor deal.
The sides held negotiations Saturday, the first since Oct. 18, in an undisclosed location and are meeting today in New York.... more »
October 18, 2012 9:37 PM
LIVINGSTON- Livingston Parish is another step closer to getting a smaller airport.
Parish President Layton Ricks said in an interview with ActionNews17.com, the FAA approved plans for an airport south of I-12.
Ricks would not elaborate on an exact location; only saying it would be in the Satsuma... more »
October 17, 2012 3:17 PM
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - President Barack Obama is ridiculing rival Mitt Romney's five-point plan for the economy as a "sketchy deal" that boils down to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Obama told a political rally at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that Romney won't... more »
September 13, 2012 10:19 AM
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union president says a deal to end the city's first teachers' strike in 25 years is close, but she's pushed back her timeline a bit. Just hours after predicting students could be back in class by Friday, Karen Lewis said it might be Monday instead.... more »
September 11, 2012 2:40 PM
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union says no deal has been reached in ongoing talks with negotiators from the Chicago Public Schools. Representatives from the union and the district returned to the bargaining table Tuesday as the teachers' strike entered its second day. More than 25,000 teachers are on strike... more »
July 23, 2012 9:55 PM
WALKER- The mayor and DOTD have worked out a deal over a $1.3 million bill for roadwork.
The money is owed to the state after a project in the 90's.
The agreed-upon plan calls for DOTD to transfer a portion of a state road to Walker. Walker will... more »
July 13, 2012 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - At the last minute former LSU ace pitcher Kevin Gausman reached a deal to join the Baltimore Orioles today, inking a contract with a $4.32 million signing bonus.
The Orioles picked Gausman in the first round of the MLB draft, and had until 4 p.m. today... more »
July 13, 2012 12:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints and Drew Brees finally reached an agreement on the quarterback's contract today.
ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen tweeted that the five-year, $100 million deal includes $40 million for the first year alone. It also guarantees Brees will make $60 million in the first three years.... more »
June 27, 2012 1:17 PM
WASHINGTON - A congressional Republican says the House and Senate have tentatively agreed to prevent interest rates on new college loans from doubling to 6.8 percent this Sunday. The one-year extension of the existing 3.4 percent rate on subsidized Stafford loans is the same package that Senate Majority Leader Harry... more »
June 8, 2012 12:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Kevin Costner says he never saw fellow actor Stephen Baldwin contribute anything to their company's effort to sell oil cleanup devices to BP in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Testifying Friday at the trial for Baldwin's lawsuit against him over... more »
June 4, 2012 10:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in a legal fight between two Hollywood stars over investments in a device used to try to clean up BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In his lawsuit, actor Stephen Baldwin claims Kevin Costner and a business partner duped Baldwin... more »
May 30, 2012 3:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - An expanded class-action settlement agreement calls for around two dozen companies that manufactured trailers distributed by the government after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to pay a total of $37.5 million to resolve claims that Gulf Coast residents were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in them. The... more »
May 9, 2012 6:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state may take the first steps to investigate payouts from a questionable mineral rights deal dating back to Huey Long's days at the Capitol.
"This was the greatest scheme that has ever happened in the history of Louisiana," said Keith Cressionnie, who has spent 30... more »
April 9, 2012 12:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police say drugs were the motive for a robbery and shooting in Baton Rouge Saturday night off of Brightside Drive.
Cpl. Thomas Stubbs with the Baton Rouge Police Department said the victims had an arranged drug deal with the suspects and when the suspects arrived they proceeded... more »
March 27, 2012 9:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police believe a shooting that injured two people Monday night on Gerald Street was the result of a botched drug deal.
Authorities say the two victims were shot inside a car on 10200 Gerald Street.
One of the victims was shot in the head and... more »
March 8, 2012 5:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Travel agents estimate the cost of a plane ticket could go up 10 percent before Memorial Day, along with up to $100 fuel surcharges for cruises, thanks to gas prices. Some have forecast gas to jump to $5 a gallon by the end of the summer.
... more »
February 27, 2012 3:09 PM
Baton Rouge- The Shaw Group Incorporated has announced it has signed a new contract with Arizona Public Service Co. to provide maintenance and construction services to eight fossil power plants in Arizona and New Mexico.
Shaw already holds a contract with APS to provide maintenance, modifications, construction and radiological... more »
February 17, 2012 6:13 AM
WASHINGTON - Long-term unemployed workers in states with persisting high joblessness would no longer be able to count on unemployment benefit checks for up to 99 weeks under legislation before Congress. Under this week's compromise for extending a Social Security tax cut through the rest of 2012, federal unemployment benefits... more »
November 16, 2011 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress' special deficit-cutting "supercommittee" are expressing pessimism over the prospects they'll reach a deal before next week's deadline.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen is questioning whether Republican panel members are willing to negotiate any more on taxes. The Maryland Democrat says he's wondering "whether they've kind... more »
September 2, 2011 2:43 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Mexico are working toward a deal on how to share and regulate oil in reservoirs crossing their maritime border.
The State Department says officials spent two days this week in Washington beginning formal talks on a "trans-boundary energy agreement" for hydrocarbon reservoirs underneath the... more »
June 30, 2011 4:35 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Livingston and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Offices arrested about two dozen suspected drug dealers during raids across the parish.
Investigators say they spent about six months recording drug deals and using undercover agents to make purchases from the targets.
Most sales involved prescription drugs and crack.
... more »
February 9, 2011 4:59 PM
GONZALES – Four members of the Bandido motorcycle gang pleaded guilty today to lesser changes in a shooting that took place last year outside an Ascension Parish bar. Joe Flores pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and two counts of second-degree battery today, according to court documents. As part of his... more »
January 6, 2011 11:31 AM
GRAMERCY – The president of Zapp’s potato chips says they will stay in Gramercy after the company agreed to join with another snack food company out of Pennsylvania. Rod Olson told News 2 that they signed a letter of intent to combine Zappe Endeavors, LLC with Utz Quality Food, Inc.... more »
October 14, 2010 12:13 PM
A Chinese drywall manufacturer, suppliers, builders and insurers have agreed to repair homes in four states under an agreement to fix homes damaged by corrosion-causing drywall. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon expressed optimism that Thursday's deal could resolve most of the property damage claims against Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Fallon... more »
October 5, 2010 3:56 PM
A plea deal has ended the case of a 2006 shooting rampage in a New Orleans neighborhood that left four people dead. Prosecutors on Tuesday said 23-year-old Raymond Amison has agreed to serve 10 years for the July 28, 2006 slayings of Kadeem and Kareem Stephens, both 16, their 21-year-old... more »
August 3, 2010 6:30 PM
A source knowledgeable of negotians between former Cleveland Cavalier Shaquille O'Neal and the Boston Celtics says the Celtics are making progress on a deal that would land Shaq in Boston.
O'Neal says he would rather retire than play internationally and is searching for a contract from a team that... more »
July 14, 2010 1:55 PM
After agreeing to a two-year deal just four days ago, the New Orleans Hornets have withdrawn their offer to free agent guard Luther Head.
The decision was made after "physical issues" came up during an exam by the team's medical staff. There's been no report so far about what... more »
July 7, 2010 12:43 PM
NBA superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh announced that they will team up and sign with the Miami Heat.
Although they are both expected to get the maximum amount of money allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement, contracts cannot be signed until Thursday. With the possible addition of... more »
June 22, 2010 7:23 AM
Independence Bowl organizers have offered to repay a $500,000 bailout with new turf at Independence Stadium. If the plan is approved, the bowl foundation would finance payments through the company installing the field. Shreveport secretly gave the money in 2008 to ensure payments to the University of Colorado and the... more »
May 20, 2010 9:39 AM
Gov. Bobby Jindal has started making money from his recent book deal. On his 2009 personal financial disclosure report, Jindal reported income of between $50,000 and $99,999 last year from the contract with Regnery Publishing to write his memoir - tentatively titled "On Solid Ground." The Jindal camp says the... more »
May 3, 2010 6:31 AM
United and Continental Airlines will combine under a $3 billion deal to form the world's largest airline. The new airline would jump past Delta Air Lines in size, but first it will need approval from shareholders and antitrust regulators. The announcement says the new carrier will keep the United name... more »
March 3, 2010 8:00 AM
A northeast Louisiana sheriff who is owed about $80,000 for housing Allen Parish inmates will be paid. Allen Parish Sheriff Harold Brady and Allen Parish police jurors made the deal Monday. Brady says his office would pay it if the police jury puts $5,000 a month toward the $25,000 or... more »
February 1, 2010 11:52 AM
General Motors' plan to sell the Hummer brand to a Chinese heavy equipment maker has been delayed by a month. General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. said Monday they are extending the deadline to complete the transaction until Feb. 28 pending final approval by the Chinese... more »
August 29, 2009 10:58 AM
Lawmakers gave final approval to a deal keeping the Saints in New Orleans through 2025. The deal includes a one time payment to Saints owner Tom Benson for Superdome repairs. It also includes leasing office space for state agencies from Benson. He will buy and renovate Dominion Tower next door... more »
August 18, 2009 2:06 PM
Brett Favre is back in the NFL, this time in Minnesota. Favre made it official today, as he agreed to a deal to play with Vikings this season.
The 39 year-old quarterback was already in pads this afternoon, just 90 minutes after arriving.
The details of Favre's deal... more »