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  • Shreveport officer admits buying teen son beer

    October 22, 2014 3:22 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A 21-year veteran of the Shreveport Police Department, placed on administrative leave this month, has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Sgt. Jason Brook faces up to six months in jail when sentenced next month by Judge David N. Matlock. Brook admitted buying his... more »
  • Dan Klein Rodeo helps fire department Play Video

    September 19, 2014 3:54 PM

    CLINTON - The 21st Annual Dan Klein Rodeo is happening this weekend. Part of the proceeds are going to the McManus Fire Department. The fire department has been around for the past 28 years and relies heavily on the rodeo to maintain the station. They are able to... more »
  • Fireboat like this likely needed in Livingston Play Video

    August 5, 2014 10:31 PM

    ST AMANT - The fire department here has a tool that could be needed in neighboring Livingston Parish: a fireboat. The boat, recently purchased by the St. Amant Fire Department, assists all sorts of emergencies on the water. Recently, it was dispatched to help battle a fire in a remote... more »
  • Homemade fire bomb used in Baton Rouge arson case

    June 27, 2014 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, a homemade fire bomb was used to start a blaze that damaged a home in Baton Rouge. It happened early Friday morning in the 4000 block of Tuscarora St. Investigators say the fire started when some threw a... more »
  • Education dept. working on student privacy changes

    June 17, 2014 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is steering up to $1 million to an education department effort to create a new identification system for public school students that doesn't use social security numbers. The use of unique student identification numbers is required under a recently-passed bill seeking more protections... more »
  • West Baton Rouge council funds parish fire dept.

    June 13, 2014 7:18 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Council has adopted a $1.4 million half-year budget for the newly consolidated parish-wide fire department. Parish Financial Officer Phillip Bourgoyne says the budget, which takes effect July 1, sets aside $422,000 in salaries for 19 firefighters and $50,000 for overtime contingencies. The... more »
  • Lawmakers concerned over tax refund delays

    February 21, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Louisiana Legislature are expressing concern over delays for people in getting their state tax refunds. They say they are getting complaints from people who have been waiting weeks to get their money. Senate President John Alario asked the revenue department Friday for... more »
  • Insurance Dept.: 62,000 face canceled health plans

    February 18, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says the number of people in Louisiana who won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul has dropped to 62,000. President Barack Obama allowed insurance companies the option for one year to keep offering consumers plans... more »
  • Savings not what expected for early prison release

    January 30, 2014 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Corrections isn't getting the savings it expected from a law allowing nonviolent drug offenders to leave prison early. A legislative budget analysis show $6 million in expected savings from the law that requires a drug treatment program for some to avoid prison and... more »
  • More money means more power for Central PD

    December 27, 2013 9:26 PM

    CENTRAL - A police department that used only have the authority to give warnings to speeders is finally putting the brakes on drivers. With the help of a state grant and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office, Central police officers have new equipment and new authority. "With... more »
  • Health department begins flu vaccine campaign

    November 13, 2013 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department kicked off its annual "Fight the Flu" campaign today, urging people to get vaccinated. The Department of Health and Hospitals held events Wednesday at health centers around the state, and at a state police office in Lafayette along with the Alexandria Museum of... more »
  • Justice Dept. asks for delay in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program. The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
  • Plans for new home for Amite police going ahead

    October 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    AMITE - Plans for a new home for the Amite Police Department are moving forward. Mayor Buddy Bel says the town was waiting to see if the half-cent jail tax would pass before moving ahead on the renovation of an old state office building. Chief Jerry Trabona tells The Daily... more »
  • Audit: NOPD not properly reporting crime stats

    October 28, 2013 11:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Police Department may not have properly reported crime data, according to a legislative audit. The report on dispatch data says the NOPD answered calls that did not appear in information reported to state and federal officials. The audit looked at 1,000 calls... more »
  • Baton Rouge private school gets Blue Ribbon recognition

    September 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Education has recognized six Louisiana schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools, including a private school in Baton Rouge. Most Blessed Sacrament School, a Catholic elementary school in Baton Rouge, was the only private school in Louisiana recognized. Three of the schools are... more »
  • Two Louisiana airports get federal grants

    September 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Two airports in southwestern Louisiana are getting federal money. Both Chennault Industrial Airport Authority in Lake Charles and the Jefferson Davis Airport Commission in Jennings have received U.S. Department of Transportation grants. Chennault in Lake Charles received $2 million for fixing the runway and for a... more »
  • Fire station named in honor of volunteer killed in explosion

    September 9, 2013 10:58 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A fire station on the west side of the Mississippi River in Ascension Parish was renamed Monday night, honoring the legacy of a volunteer fireman who died in a plant explosion earlier this year. The McCall Palo-Alto station will now be known as the Ronald "Rocky" Morris Fire... 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 »
  • Student left in DEA cell to get $4 million from US

    July 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    SAN DIEGO - The Justice Department has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell last year, according to two people familiar with the case. Daniel Chong was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left... more »
  • Entire town under curfew for summer nights

    June 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    CLINTON - A small town in East Feliciana Parish is taking a drastic measure to stop crime. The Clinton mayor, the entire city council and the police chief have decided to implement a curfew for anyone in the town. The curfew started May 30th and will last until... more »
  • Firefighters prepare tribute for fallen soldier Play Video

    May 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    INDEPENDENCE - Firefighters in Independence prepared today to honor a fallen soldier killed in action recently with a special tribute. The Defense Department said Spc. Christopher R. Drake, 20, of Tickfaw was killed Sunday in Bagram, Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Today, members... more »
  • Audit: DOE skipped steps in monitoring charters

    May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state education department had gaps in its monitoring of the academic performance of Louisiana's charter schools. The review, released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office, looked at charter school monitoring activities during the 2011-12 budget year. The audit says the Department... more »
  • Family loses everything in fire Play Video

    May 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    ST. AMANT - A knocked-over candle cost a family everything they had in a house fire, according to the St. Amant Fire Department. "The power went out between midnight and one. My husband left for work he had lit candles when the power went out. One of them got... more »
  • AP sources: Pentagon to cut civilian furlough days

    May 14, 2013 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say the Defense Department leaders trying to find ways to deal with mandatory budget cuts are poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to at least 11 and allow the military to exempt thousands of additional workers from the unpaid day... more »
  • Mayor under scrutiny vetoes department head measure Play Video

    May 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed a measure passed by the Port Allen City Council last week which would have explicity listed several city positions as department heads, including the chief financial officer who took Slaughter to court after the mayor tried to fire her. The ordinance, which... more »
  • La. company agrees to pay $2M in back wages

    May 6, 2013 3:26 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette-based industrial services employment agency has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back wages to more than 2,000 employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The Labor Department said Monday that Hutco Inc. employees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were denied overtime compensation as a result... more »
  • Workouts now mandatory at Port Allen Fire Department

    April 11, 2013 1:23 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Fire safety and physical training goes hand-in-hand at the Port Allen Fire Department. Fire Chief Rick Boudreaux just rolled out a new workout rule that applies to every firefighter in his district. They have to do physical training for at least an hour a day. ... more »
  • Group says Justice Dept. should supervise NOPD

    February 21, 2013 7:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A community group in New Orleans says the city should not be allowed to get out of a court-backed agreement to reform the police department. "Community United for Change" filed papers in federal court Wednesday opposing the city's move to vacate the agreement. Instead, the group... more »
  • Hammond council approves purchase of former bank

    February 6, 2013 6:48 AM

    HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has agreed to buy and renovate the former Hancock Bank Building for use as the Police Department's new headquarters. Mayor Mayson Foster asked the council Tuesday to approve necessary fiscal moves to ensure state funding would be available for the project. The state awarded... more »
  • Government again delays proposed 'fracking' rule

    January 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Interior Department is again delaying a proposed rule that would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The Obama administration first proposed a "fracking" rule last May, with a final rule expected by the... more »
  • BRPD Chief to arm officers with rifles, expand BRAVE to 70802 Play Video

    January 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White announced progressive plans that will move his department forward this year. In a one-on-one interview, White said the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project will expand to the 70802 zip code this year. Officers will also be outfitted with military surplus... 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 »
  • Petraeus mistress won't face cyberstalking charge

    December 18, 2012 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is dropping its investigation into whether David Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell, stalked a romantic rival online. Broadwell's lawyer, Robert Muse, gave The Associated Press a letter from U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill that says no federal charges will be brought in Florida related to "alleged acts... more »
  • US names investigator in Danziger case

    December 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department has appointed a veteran prosecutor to investigate allegations that the U.S. attorney's office conducted a smear campaign and leaked information to news organizations during the case against police officers accused of deadly shootings at a bridge shortly after Hurricane Katrina. John Horn, first assistant... more »
  • Used car dealer sentenced in odometer fraud case

    November 30, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Justice Department says Beau Michael Guidry of Baton Rouge has been sentenced in connection with an odometer tampering scheme that defrauded victims in and around Louisiana. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced Guidry Thursday to 20 months in prison and one year of supervised release... more »
  • 15 new West Nile cases, 1 death this past week

    November 19, 2012 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state health department says 15 new West Nile virus cases and one death from the virus have been reported in the past week. In addition, one patient's illness changed from flu-like West Nile fever to a dangerous "neuroinvasive" infection affecting the brain or spinal cord. State... more »
  • Environmental group says BP penalty isn't enough

    November 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for two BP oil rig workers say the Justice Department is trying to make scapegoats out of them. The two were indicted today on federal charges including manslaughter, in the deaths of 11 workers in the rig explosion that led to the Gulf oil spill two... more »
  • Duke removes blackface photo of lacrosse player

    November 13, 2012 10:33 AM

    DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke athletic department has removed a photo from its website showing a women's lacrosse player dressed in blackface at a team Halloween party. The team held the party and costume contest at head coach Kerstin Kimel's house. The junior class dressed as characters from "The Little... more »
  • US employers post fewest jobs in 5 months

    November 6, 2012 12:13 PM

    UNDATED - The Labor Department says the nation's employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring could remain modest in the coming months. September job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August's openings... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to 8 fishing, oyster violations

    October 17, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 25-year-old Houma man arrested for alleged oyster and boating violations has pleaded guilty to 18 earlier charges. Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says Danny T. Billiot Jr. was sentenced to six months in jail and... more »
  • New program hopes to recoup state-owed debts

    October 12, 2012 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Revenue announced it's working on a new program to collect money owed to the state by intercepting federal payments. The Federal-State Offset Program would let them take money out of federal payments to vendors or contractors with outstanding, non-tax debts owed to... more »
  • State Dept opens Benghazi consulate attack probe

    October 3, 2012 3:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pledging a full and transparent inquiry into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The probe comes as Congress is demanding speedy answers to questions about the... more »
  • Revenue dept. issues proposed rule for tax break

    September 26, 2012 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Revenue is proposing new regulations governing Louisiana's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit to limit estimated program costs to $10 million a year. That's far higher than initial estimates of the tax break's price tag. But the move to eliminate "flex-fuel vehicles" - which... more »
  • Zachary Police warn of burglaries Play Video

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM

    ZACHARY- Zachary Police say they are looking for leads after a rash of home burglaries. Police Chief David McDavid say they are happening in the middle of the day in neighborhoods across the city. People we spoke with say they already watch for suspicious activity. Retiree Larry Houston... more »
  • DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

    September 24, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions. The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a... more »
  • Lawmakers to hear from 'gun-walking' investigator

    September 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - The report on the bungled federal gun-trafficking probe known as Fast and Furious is the subject today at a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report faults the Justice Department for mistakes made in an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach... more »
  • Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

    September 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill. In a strongly worded court filing, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in... more »
  • Lightning blamed for fire which destroyed home

    July 27, 2012 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said a lightning strike is to blame for a fire which destroyed a Baton Rouge home this afternoon. Barry Mounce with BRFD said they were called to 222 West Woodgate Court at 2:27 p.m. Witnesses said they heard a loud boom as storms moved through... more »
  • Revamp of New Orleans PD comprehensive, expensive

    July 25, 2012 8:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court-backed plan to excise corruption, discrimination and a frequent use of deadly force from the long-troubled New Orleans Police Department will last at least four years and likely cost the financially strapped city $11 million annually. Attorney General Eric Holder says the agreement is the... more »
  • Applications top 10,000 for La. voucher program

    July 11, 2012 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education department has received more than 10,000 applications for Louisiana's statewide voucher program set to start in August that will use taxpayer money to send students to private and parochial schools. Superintendent of Education John White announced the applicant numbers Wednesday. As many as 2,000... more »
  • Million-dollar home damaged by fire

    July 9, 2012 3:16 PM

    ZACHARY - Investigators said they're still looking into the cause of a fire which did thousands of dollars in damage to a large home in Zachary this morning. Four departments responded to the million-dollar home on Jackcock Road around 9 a.m. today, including Zachary, Baker, Slaughter and Central fire... more »
  • US to begin new phase of hypersonic flight program

    July 6, 2012 6:04 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Defense Department's research arm will seek proposals next month for solutions to technology hurdles in super high-speed flight with a goal of testing a full-scale hypersonic X-plane in four years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Friday it will host a so-called Proposers' Day on... more »
  • Tree falls on home in Baton Rouge

    July 4, 2012 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An elderly woman escaped harm after a tree fell on her home this afternoon in Baton Rouge. It happened on Minnesota Street earlier this afternoon. The fire department says one room was damaged from a tree limb that punched a hole in the roof. The... more »
  • BRFD: Lightning hit tree, set home on fire

    July 2, 2012 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lightning struck a tree during this afternoon's storms and traveled into a nearby home, igniting a fire according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Spokesperson Robert Combs said the home on 3021 Margebrook Drive had quite a bit of damage, but no one was home at... more »
  • Federal hotline set up on Arizona immigration

    June 25, 2012 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons. The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov. The Supreme... more »
  • LDWF patrols waterways for holiday safety Play Video

    May 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    NEW ROADS - Wildlife and Fisheries agents spent Memorial Day enforcing boating laws. During routine boat checks, agents asked boaters to see sufficient life jackets, a fire extinguisher and the boat's registration. Last year, LDWF arrested more than 100 people for driving boats while intoxicated. more »
  • Hurricane supplies tax-free this weekend in La. Play Video

    May 24, 2012 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's tax-free holiday for people to get ready for hurricane season is this weekend. The Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs this Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. During the annual two-day holiday, the state sales tax is waived on the first $1,500 of... more »
  • Bidding underway to get sidewalks near Tigerland

    April 3, 2012 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Boyd Drive is scheduled to get sidewalks in an area heavily trafficked by walking crowds. The Department of Public Works advertised the job last month, and DPW said in an email it is scheduled to receive bids Tuesday, April 3rd. Tonight on News 2... more »
  • VA to spend $6M on homeless center in New Orleans

    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 »
  • DOTD: I-10 construction update Play Video

    January 20, 2012 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a month in and The Department of Transportation and Development says Boh Brothers construction in making significant progress on completing the Interstate 10 widening project. Boh Brothers took over the expansion between the 10/12 split and Siegen Lane after the state fired Austin Bridge... more »
  • DHH slashing 69 positions

    December 21, 2011 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Several employees of the state health agency's information technology department will no longer have jobs next year. The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced the elimination of 69 positions Tuesday as part of a restructuring of the agency's IT operations. The employee layoff plan... more »
  • DOTD to install "J" turn at dangerous intersection in Addis Play Video

    December 19, 2011 3:48 PM

    ADDIS - State Transportation leaders are planning to add a "J" turn at a deadly intersection. It's at LA One and Sugar Plantation Parkway. Over the weekend, 68-year-old Elise Boudreaux was killed there. Earlier this year, Les Miles' sister, Ann Hope Brown died there too. State Transportation leaders... more »
  • Wildfire contained near Albany

    November 17, 2011 5:59 PM

    ALBANY - Firefighting crews contained a wildfire Thursday afternoon near Albany. The fire is located south of Hwy. 190, near the end of Blount Road between Albany and Holden. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says the fire has been contained but damaged an estimated 80 acres... more »
  • Treasury imposes penalties linked to alleged plot

    October 11, 2011 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department says it is imposing economic penalties against four people who are linked to an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Two of them have been charged in New York federal court. They are Manssor Arbashiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen... more »
  • FBI to help New Orleans Police's integrity bureau

    September 12, 2011 5:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The FBI has agreed to work with the New Orleans Police Department public integrity bureau on internal investigations. FBI agent Dave Welker says he and police officials have been meeting about moving agents into the department since last year. Officials said Monday that the move... more »
  • Deadbeat parents on "Most Wanted" list

    September 1, 2011 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has released its new "Most Wanted" list of deadbeat parents. It shows 18 people who owe a combined $945 thousand dollars in back child support payments. The posters include things like a picture, the last known address and how... more »
  • Fire Department set to renew Academy

    August 3, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After nearly two years without any new firefighters the Baton Rouge Fire Department will renew its training academy, hiring 35 new firefighters. The city will fund the academy, which was previously nixed due to budget restraints, with money found in the budget. "We are using and... more »
  • Justice Department clears La. congressional remap

    August 1, 2011 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Louisiana's new map for its congressional districts, which lawmakers drew in a special legislative session earlier this year. The plan shrinks the number of Louisiana congressional districts from seven to six, starting with the 2012 elections, because of the... more »
  • La. Dept. of Ins. fraud billboards paying off

    July 14, 2011 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - $950 bucks a year. That's what a family of four pays for fraudulent insurance claims. The Department of Insurance wants to stop scammers with catchy slogans on saying "Burning a car for insurance money is a crime... We'll catch you..." And "thinking of staging an accident?... more »
  • La. House gets DOJ clearance on its remap

    June 20, 2011 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The redesign of the Louisiana House's 105 seats has received clearance from the U.S. Justice Department. House Speaker Jim Tucker made the announcement Monday on the House floor, to cheers. A DOJ letter confirms that the department "does not interpose any objection." Federal approval came... more »
  • April jobless rate unchanged in Louisiana

    May 20, 2011 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Labor Department says Louisiana added 13,100 non-farm jobs in April. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the jobless rate remained unchanged at 8.1 percent from March. The number of those officially listed as unemployed dropped to 167,900 in April from 168,700 in March. There also... more »
  • People warned to watch for animals displaced by flood

    May 14, 2011 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As floodwaters move through Louisiana, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are warning people to watch out for animals that may be forced into towns or cities. Wildlife officials said wild animals like deer, bear and alligators will be pushed out of their habitats by the... more »
  • BRPD Chief candidates list narrowed to 11

    May 6, 2011 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of Mayor-President Kip Holden's selection committee whittled the list of possible candidates for Baton Rouge Police Chief down to 11 this morning. The committee took the top names from two rounds of votes during their meeting today. It's the second meeting for the group. ... more »
  • EBR law enforcement leaders neutral on department merger

    April 28, 2011 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is studying the idea of merging the sheriff's office and the police department to see if it would save money, cut down on crime and create more cooperation. News 2 was the first to break the news, Wednesday night, that... more »
  • L.D.W.F. investigating decapitated eagle

    April 5, 2011 2:12 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are on the lookout for those responsible for decapitating a federally protected bald eagle, and they're asking for your help. The eagle was found in a drainage ditch in Franklin Parish on Monday. Agents say the eagle was... more »
  • Arson suspected in fire at abandoned building

    March 29, 2011 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into a fire that caused some damage to an abandoned building in Baton Rouge. Firefighters were called to the fire on the 500 block of 22nd Street near Spain Street around 9:23 p.m. last night. Barry Mounce with the Baton Rouge Fire... more »
  • Baker Police search for fugitive

    March 5, 2011 12:01 PM

    BAKER, La.- Detectives with the Baker Police Department are searching for a fugitive wanted for burglary. Investigators believe 20-year-old Jordon Javon Ivery is on the run from the law. If you have information on the whereabouts of Ivery contact Baker Police at 225-775-6000. more »
  • Purcell recommended for commissioner's job

    February 23, 2011 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Arkansas's top education leader could be Louisiana's next commissioner of higher education. Dr. Jim Purcell received a favorable recommendation from the Board of Regents Search Committee today, and his hiring will go before the full board Thursday for consideration. Purcell has been the director of... more »
  • Flu activity still on the rise in Louisiana

    February 11, 2011 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flu activity has recently spiked in Louisiana, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. Flu symptoms made up 20-percent of all doctor visits in the state last week, up from 12-percent the previous week. The most activity was in north and central Louisiana, as well... more »
  • State Dept. advises against travel to Egypt

    January 28, 2011 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department is urging Americans to defer any non-essential travel to Egypt because of the large anti-government protests and warning U.S. citizens already in the country to stay put until the situation stabilizes. In a travel alert issued on Friday, the department said the situation in the... more »
  • Broken BR sidewalks being replaced with gravel

    January 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Public workers are ripping up concrete in Baton Rouge's Garden District to fix sidewalks broken by tree roots. The works comes three months after a News 2 report prompted a promise from the city to fix the problem. Several homeowners had complained trees on city property were... more »
  • Latest Medicaid shortfall won't prompt cuts

    January 3, 2011 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department will reshuffle dollars within its budget to fill a new $19 million shortfall that has emerged in the state's Medicaid program, without making new budget cuts. The department also plans to reverse cuts to the Medicaid rates paid to hospitals for taking care... more »
  • Interior Department allows some suspended drilling to resume

    January 3, 2011 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says 13 companies whose deepwater drilling activities were suspended last year may be able to resume drilling without detailed environmental reviews. Companies will be allowed to resume work at previously drilled wells, as long as they meet new policies and regulations. The... more »
  • Senate: extend review time for offshore drilling

    December 14, 2010 4:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bill moving toward approval in the Senate would increase by 60 days the amount of time the Interior Department has to conduct environmental and safety reviews of offshore drilling projects. The bill would extend the review period for offshore exploration plans from 30 days to 90 days.... more »
  • Interim Police Chief says department "dealing a blow" to crime

    December 7, 2010 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Interim Baton Rouge Police Chief Charles Mondrick says in his first month, there has been change you can see on the streets of the city. He says the department is dealing a blow to crime by mixing-and-matching different divisions, then putting those teams on the streets... more »
  • DHH reopens two coastal areas for oyster harvesting

    December 6, 2010 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has cleared two more sections of the state's coastline for oyster harvesting, after they were closed due to the BP oil spill. Harvest areas 9 and 10, which are west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, were originally... more »
  • Obama: No offshore driling in East Coast waters

    December 1, 2010 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new... more »
  • New sign regulations could cost Baker $620,000

    November 30, 2010 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Potential changes to street sign regulations could cost local communities hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to make them easier for everyone to see. By 2018, street signs must use letters that are at least six inches tall, be reflective so they can be... more »

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