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  • Trump travel ban takes effect Thursday

    June 26, 2017 9:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department says it will start implementing President Donald Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries 72 hours after it was partly reinstated by the Supreme Court. That means the temporary ban will go into effect Thursday morning. State Department spokeswoman... more »
  • Louisiana creating second mobile pet shelter for evacuations

    June 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's agriculture department is creating a second mobile pet shelter for emergencies, like evacuations during a hurricane. The pet shelter will consist of a 45-foot transport truck with 54 pet cages to assist parishes with the evacuation, transportation and sheltering of evacuee pets. It will be paid... more »
  • Deputy AG: Push for tough sentences is not reviving drug war

    June 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's No. 2 official says a new policy urging harsher punishments for most criminals is meant to target the worst criminals, not fill prisons. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tells The Associated Press that federal prosecutors will sometimes charge lower-level criminals to take down entire gangs... more »
  • Sessions to interview FBI candidates Saturday

    May 12, 2017 10:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Justice Department officials on Saturday will interview four candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey. They include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Two people familiar with the process say others set to be interviewed include Alice Fisher, who formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice... more »
  • Louisiana corrections agency to get $1.5M for flood costs

    April 29, 2017 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's corrections department is getting $1.5 million in federal funds to cover costs related to last summer's historic flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Friday that the funding will reimburse the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections for emergency work at nine... more »
  • 23 new wildlife enforcement agents added to Louisiana ranks

    April 29, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has 23 new enforcement agents at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The latest class of cadets graduated after seven months of physical and academic training. They'll join other agents that enforce Louisiana's hunting, fishing and boating regulations. They also will do general law enforcement work... more »
  • Pot on stove causes apartment fire on Red Oak Drive

    March 21, 2017 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters say a pot left on a stove caused an apartment fire on Red Oaks Drive in Baton Rouge Tuesday night. The fire happened around 8:12 p.m. Tuesday in the 10900 block of Red Oaks Drive. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to a... more »
  • Louisiana fisheries agency offers boating safety courses

    March 19, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week. The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign. Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who... more »
  • Businessman gets 2 years in prison for FEMA fraud

    February 18, 2017 2:27 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally obtaining federal grants for a fire department so that it could buy his company's products. Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Curtis Roller, of Jonesboro, submitted false information on a May 2009 grant application to the Federal... more »
  • US State Department reinstates visas

    February 4, 2017 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department says it's reversed the cancellations of visas for foreigners after a federal judge put on hold President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. The department had said up to 60,000 foreigners from seven majority-Muslim countries had their visas "provisionally revoked" to comply with Trump's order... more »
  • State Dept. reviewing $221 million payment to Palestinians

    January 24, 2017 9:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans. The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment and might make adjustments to ensure... more »
  • DeVos says she'll take $1 as education chief

    January 17, 2017 9:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican billionaire Betsy DeVos says she will take a salary of only $1 if confirmed to head the Education Department. At her confirmation hearing Tuesday, DeVos says does not want to take a government salary as Donald Trump's new education secretary. DeVos has used her vast wealth to... more »
  • US warns of unusual cybersecurity flaw in heart devices

    January 10, 2017 8:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is warning the public about an unusual cybersecurity flaw for one manufacturer's implantable heart devices that could allow hackers to remotely take control of a person's defibrillator or pacemaker. The U.S. says security patches will be rolled out automatically over several months to patients... more »
  • Online portal opens for review of standards for science

    December 3, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has launched the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal , which gives parents, educators, and all other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana's Student Standards for science. The portal provides the public with the first look at the initial draft of... more »
  • Trump to tap Ga. Rep. Price for health secretary

    November 28, 2016 10:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. That's according to a person familiar with the decision, which is expected to be announced Tuesday morning. Price has been a leading critic of President Barack Obama's signature health care... more »
  • Teachers of students with disabilities receive federal grant

    November 26, 2016 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with LSU, is one of seven states awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The state will receive nearly $6.1 million over five years. This year's State Personnel Development Grant provides professional development to educators with a focus... more »
  • Trump offers Housing secretary job to Ben Carson

    November 22, 2016 12:55 PM

    NEW YORK - President-elect Donald Trump has formally offered retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson the position of secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's according to a person familiar with the offer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the... more »
  • State Dept. warns of 'heightened risk' of attacks in Europe

    November 21, 2016 9:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department is advising U.S. citizens traveling in Europe to be aware of a "heightened risk of terrorist attacks" during the holiday season. The advisory issued Monday says "credible information" indicates that Islamic State and al-Qaida militants continue to plan attacks in Europe around the holiday season.... more »
  • Firefighters treated for heat-related issues after fire

    July 22, 2016 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several St. George firefighters were treated for heat-related issues following an apartment fire in the 2300 block of Gardere Lane Friday afternoon. The St. George Fire Department was called to a reported attic fire in an apartment building there around 1:50 p.m. When they arrived, smoke... more »
  • Obama says guns contribute to police tensions

    July 9, 2016 4:04 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says the proliferation of guns is part of the broader tensions that sometimes arise between police departments and the communities they serve. Obama is defending his calls for stricter gun measures in the wake of the Dallas shootings that killed five and injured seven police... more »
  • Man accused of stealing boat from firefighters

    April 27, 2016 5:40 PM

    MANCHAC - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man they say stole a boat belonging to the Manchac Fire Department. 58-year-old Douglas "Chip" Davis of Hammond is charged with felony theft, since the estimated value of the boat was more than $18,000, our news partner Action News 17... more »
  • Brown water in North BR blamed on firefighter training, nothing to worry about

    April 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Water Company blamed complaints of brown water in part of North Baton Rouge on a fire department training program that involves opening and closing fire hydrants quickly. Hayes Owen told News 2 that stirs up "natural minerals" in the line, like manganese, which... more »
  • Commuter train derails, at least 14 hurt

    March 8, 2016 12:39 AM

    SUNOL, CA - The Alameda Fire Department says 14 people were injured, four seriously, when a commuter train traveling from Silicon Valley to Stockton in Central California derailed Monday night. The department says all passengers have been evacuated from the derailed train and are being checked by paramedics. It says... more »
  • Councilman says domestic abuse arrest was 'misunderstanding' Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:08 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Monday night, a city councilman in Denham Springs returned to his seat for the first time since he was arrested on Domestic Abuse Battery charges. He spoke to News 2's cameras for the first time. "This whole thing has been a misunderstanding," Chris Davis claims. "You know,... more »
  • Police department expansion a 'huge improvement' Play Video

    August 25, 2015 5:38 PM

    KILLIAN - A major upgrade is on the way for the Killian Police Department in Livingston Parish. Right now the department is without an interrogation room, and its evidence locker is in the same room as the department's toilet. Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill says first responders started brainstorming an... more »
  • Governor's race candidates differ on how to serve elderly

    August 6, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three contenders to be Louisiana's next governor say they'd elevate elderly affairs issues to a cabinet-level department, rather than a small agency inside the governor's office. But the candidates differed on the approach. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he would merge the oversight of services for... more »
  • DEQ says 175 barrels of oil spilled in Denham Springs, cleanup underway

    July 24, 2015 3:15 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The Department of Environmental Quality said they believe 175 barrels of crude oil spilled into ditches on Linder Road in Denham Springs after a tanker truck overturned Monday. Emergency officials in Livingston parish said the truck rolled into the ditch Monday morning and spilled more than... more »
  • Feds end prosecution of Barry Bonds without conviction

    July 21, 2015 12:51 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Department of Justice formally dropped its criminal prosecution of Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball's career homerun leader. The decade-long investigation and prosecution of Bonds for obstruction of justice ended quietly Tuesday morning when the DOJ said it would not challenge the reversal of his felony... more »
  • Louisiana Tech to end fee paid only by female students

    July 17, 2015 11:11 AM

    RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University will discontinue a fee paid only by full-time, female students that caused a student to file a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. Dave Guerin, executive director of university communications, says the university will restructure its fees.... more »
  • Workers hailed as heroes after rescuing 3 from burning home

    June 26, 2015 8:04 AM

    METAIRIE- Six employees of Jefferson Parish's Streets Department have been honored for rescuing three people from a burning house earlier this month in Metairie. Ricky Walker, Rickey Addison, Keith Ellis, Paul Ellis, Don Cunningham and Randy Bass received certificates of merit from Jefferson Parish President John Young Wednesday. On the... more »
  • Contractors help with delayed storm debris pick up Play Video

    May 11, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works has activated its storm debris removal contractor after delays to pick up storm debris. It's been two weeks since a severe storm blasted through the area, but storm debris still seems be sitting on the sides of the road in most... more »
  • Personal tragedy encourages BRPD officer to teach self-defense classes Play Video

    March 19, 2015 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD Officer Rendy Richard also teaches Equalizer classes. For her, it's personal. Richard had a cousin that was murdered. It was an experience that she said influenced her to teach the class. She hopes that by teaching women to protect themselves, she may be able to... more »
  • WBR looking for more firefighters Play Video

    March 19, 2015 7:21 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Fire Chiefs Mike Alleman and Tim Crocket from the West Baton Rouge Fire Department joined the fire service to help those they live with, as well as the entire community. The number of people serving in fire crews across the nation is down. Alleman and Crocket stopped... more »
  • Hundreds gather outside police station in Ferguson

    March 13, 2015 1:56 AM

    BC-US--Ferguson Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officers Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos. AP Video. By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press FERGUSON, MO - Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers... more »
  • State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

    February 25, 2015 1:49 AM

    FAIRFAX, VA - A U.S. State Department official has been jailed on charges of soliciting a minor. Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell says 44-year-old Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon Tuesday and was in custody at the D.C. jail Tuesday night.... more »
  • Maringouin mayor calls for an end to 'fire fiasco' Play Video

    February 2, 2015 10:30 PM

    MARINGOUIN - Monday, the new mayor broke her silence about her decision to replace the town's fire chief; a decision that has brought controversy to the streets of this usually quiet Iberville Parish community. "At the end of the day, he's out," Mayor Demi Vorise said. "It's my decision;... more »
  • Tax Season 101 Play Video

    January 20, 2015 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue began accepting state individual tax returns today, as did the Internal Revenue Service. This morning on 2une In we were joined by the LDR's Director of Criminal Investigations Barry Kelly who had some tips to survive Tax Season 2015. "You need... more »
  • Police mourn fallen officer, first in department's history Play Video

    December 30, 2014 10:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Officer James Foster, 39, died Tuesday after he was involved in a wreck the night before, and the pain of a department was written on Police Chief Scott Jones' face. "He was an incredible police officer," Jones said before he became overwhelmed with emotions. "He was... more »
  • Baker council to vote to introduce ordinance to increase water rates

    December 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    BAKER - The city council will vote to introduce an ordinance to raise water rates at Tuesday's meeting. Councilwoman Joyce Burgess said she's dedicated to "moving the city forward," and wants to do what's best for residents. If a decision isn't made soon, the city's fire department rating... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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