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  • Board of Ethics keeps PAC limits

    January 17, 2014 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Ethics is keeping limits on donations from political action committees in place. The state has a limit of $100,000 for each election cycle. On the federal level, Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited funds. A lawyer for a Super PAC... more »
  • People continue to honor inspirational 11-year-old

    December 16, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A young hero was memorialized through canned food donations Monday night. People donated canned goods to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in honor of 11-year-old Trevor Sims, who died after a battle with cancer earlier this year. He set a goal to feed the hungry before... more »
  • Family's story brings help for cold nights Play Video

    November 13, 2013 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family in Old South Baton Rouge will sleep a little warmer tonight following a News 2 story about their situation. Daphne Brooks and her three children had to move after their home burned down, and she didn't have the money to heat their new home properly.... more »
  • Donations pour in for burned dog Play Video

    November 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Donations to an animal shelter poured in after a News 2 report on a dog that was set on fire. The dog, named Zoey, continues to recover from second-degree burns to all four paws and her stomach after authorities said a 9-year-old set the bedding inside... more »
  • Church will collect donations for family who lost house in plane crash Play Video

    June 7, 2013 10:26 PM

    BAKER- New Covenant Christian Center will collect donations for a family who lost their home when a plane fell from the sky Friday afternoon. "I was just glad that I was obedient to the voice of the Lord," Michael Smith said about calling his sister, who lives in the... more »
  • Charities see influx of aid in tornado's wake

    May 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Charities providing relief to residents of tornado-ravaged neighborhoods in Moore and Oklahoma City are seeing an infusion of donations from around the country. Several of those charities also will likely see a boost in giving Wednesday when a several country music stars with Oklahoma ties take... more »
  • Organizations plan donation drives for Okla. twister victims

    May 21, 2013 10:27 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- There has been an outpouring of support for the victims of Monday's deadly tornado in Oklahoma. Tuesday night, about 24-hours since the twister, an area church announced plans for a supply drive to get important items to the people of Moore, Okla. First Baptist Church in... more »
  • Two accused of stealing thousands from town non-profit

    November 9, 2012 5:34 PM

    CLINTON - Clinton Police accused two women of racketeering and money laundering after they said they laundered tens of thousands of dollars in donations and grant money for personal use, instead of their intended use to improve the town. Police arrested Carol Shirley, 66, and Alice Kent, 62, after... more »
  • Donations for Gov. Jindal, others under scrutiny

    May 28, 2012 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Board of Ethics says campaign contributions for Gov. Bobby Jindal and dozens of other candidates came from "straw man entities" linked to a landfill company. The Times-Picayune reports that Jindal received $40,000 in 2007 from companies linked to River Birch Inc. The Board of Ethics alleges... more »
  • Former library worker faces hundreds of theft charges Play Video

    March 29, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former secretary at the State Library turned herself into authorities Thursday afternoon after police issued an arrest warrant for almost 300 felony, theft-related charges. Alison Foster is accused of stealing more than $110,000 from the Louisiana Library Foundation. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Kelly said,... more »
  • Houston family directs donations to NJ school

    February 14, 2012 1:21 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - Whitney Houston's family is asking that any donations in her memory be sent to the arts-focused public school in New Jersey that she attended as a child and that is now named after her. In lieu of flowers, they say mourners should donate to the Whitney Houston... more »
  • Charities use tracking system to block scam artists Play Video

    December 2, 2011 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The holiday season is when many open their hearts and wallets to the less fortunate, but it also brings out people who try to take advantage of their kindness. However, many local charities have a system to make sure people use, but don't abuse, your generosity.... more »
  • Ethics law lets lawmakers buy tickets to big games

    November 3, 2011 5:23 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's newly toughened ethics law prohibits legislators and other state officials from receiving most free gifts, including football tickets. But in some cases they can still buy tickets to big games, like this weekend's Alabama-LSU game, at face value. That's an advantage over most state residents... more »
  • Tax donations OK'd for food banks, bicentennials

    July 8, 2011 3:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two bills signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal will let taxpayers direct their refund money to food banks or Louisiana's bicentennial celebrations. The first measure - by Dry Creek Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill - will allow taxpayers to sign away all or part of their refunds to the Louisiana... more »
  • Account set up for victim of Hwy 44 wreck

    February 11, 2011 7:42 PM

    GONZALES - The family and co-workers of a man seriously injured in a car crash this week are asking for help paying his medical bills. An account has been set up with Whitney National Bank for Charles "Itchy" Etienne, who was critically injured in a collision Wednesday at the... more »
  • West Feliciana "Kids' Christmas" needs toys

    December 8, 2010 5:54 PM

    WEST FELCIANA - In the tenth year of the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office "Kids Christmas," they have 25 percent fewer toys than they need, with the event just days away. Last year, they gave about 200 kids gifts. This year, they're expecting 300 kids, but have gotten fewer donations.... more »
  • Thrift stores, charities helping some through recession

    December 6, 2010 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People in Baton Rouge are finding ways to make it through the country's recession with thrift stores and help from area charities. St. Vincent de Paul says it's seen an increase in customers at it's stores, but also at meal times and shelters. Catholic Charities says... more »
  • Budget cuts keep Southern's 'Human Jukebox' at home

    August 30, 2010 6:06 PM

    Southern University's "Human Jukebox" Marching Band is seeking donations. Its travel budget was stripped due to state-mandated budget cuts. The band will only play at two of the six away games since those are paid for by outside sources. Those games are the Bayou Classic and the first game. The... more »
  • Shelter for abused women reopens

    August 17, 2010 5:27 PM

    Battered women have somewhere to call home in Livingston Parish. Women Outreaching Women, an emergency domestic violence home, closed in January because it ran out of money. Mona Mistric, Women Outreaching Women founder, says it's because of support from the community that the shelter reopened last month. "If... more »
  • Catholic Charities out of $ for Gulf victims

    August 5, 2010 11:58 AM

    The lifeline that supports thousands of fishermen and their families who are out of money say they've run out. Catholic Charities received just over a million dollars from BP in May. It was supposed to last a month, but the charities stretched it for 3 months. But now they... more »
  • Fund set up to help burned victim's family

    July 13, 2010 4:36 PM

    An account has been set up to help the family of a man who died Sunday afternoon from severe burns in a fire that consumed his home. The account was set up to help the family of 55-year-old Jeffery Evans, Baker, pay medical and funeral expenses, as everything was lost... more »
  • BP spoof brings in $10,000 in donations

    June 2, 2010 10:29 AM

    A spoof on BP's oil spill press relations has brought in $10,000 for a nonprofit group that works to restore the Gulf region's natural resources. The Gulf Restoration Network says the person who has been using Twitter under the name "BPGlobalPR" put the money into the organization's PayPal account Wednesday... more »
  • Salons collect hair for oil cleanup

    May 4, 2010 5:47 PM

    Several salons in Baton Rouge are collecting and donating hair clippings to help clean up oil at the coast. Matter of Trust, a non-profit organization, uses hair, fur and nylons to make mats and booms. "Not everyone can donate their time to clean animals or actually be out... more »
  • Donations pour in for father of fallen Marine

    April 1, 2010 1:18 PM

    Donations are pouring in for a fallen Marine's father who was ordered to pay the court costs of an anti-gay church he's been battling. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., appeared Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." He says it was insulting that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of... more »
  • Red Cross may cut programs due to lack of donations

    February 19, 2010 3:23 PM

    The CEO of the Capital City Chapter of the American Red Cross said the agency may have to scale back assistance due to a lack of donations. "Currently we are $50,000 behind the curve," CEO Bobbi Zaunbrecher said. According to Red Cross workers, the need has increased since... more »
  • Haiti donations qualify for immediate tax relief

    January 26, 2010 10:45 AM

    People who give to charities to help with earthquake relief in Haiti can claim the donations on their 2009 tax return. The new law only applies to monetary contributions made between January 11 and March 1, 2010. Donations of items such as clothes, medicine and other supplies do not qualify.... more »
  • Church offers prayers and donations to earthquake victims

    January 18, 2010 10:30 PM

    The Healing Place Church held a Monday night service to pray for the earthquake victims in Haiti. Organizers from the "Samaritan's Purse" ministry and Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church offered their support during the service through Skype, a telephone conference over the Internet. Healing Place has been collecting... more »
  • Local relief bound for Haiti

    January 18, 2010 11:53 AM

    UPDATE: Healing Place Church has just announced they will accept your donations through Tuesday night. Healing Place Church is collecting donations to send to Haiti. Volunteers are collecting mostly medical supplies at the church located at 19202 Highland Road in Baton Rouge. On the list of most needed... more »
  • Scammers target earthquake donors

    January 14, 2010 5:19 PM

    The Better Business Bureau of Baton Rouge is warning people that hundreds of scammers are targeting people who want to donate money to earthquake victims in Haiti. Jim Stalls with the BBB told News 2 they are using phoney websites and toll free numbers. "We are very generous... more »
  • Local church to help Haiti relief effort

    January 14, 2010 3:07 PM

    Healing Place Church along with Joyce Meyer Ministries, Samaritan's Purse, and Love A Child Ministry, are coming together to collect medical aid supplies for the people of Haiti. The church is organizing nationwide prayer services on Monday, January 18 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Churches across the country, including the... more »
  • Requests up, donations down in Livingston Parish

    December 8, 2009 5:05 PM

    Wish lists for a gift-giving program in Livingston Parish are way up, while donations are not. Low-income families rely on a program called the Christmas Crusade to provide presents for their children. This year, nearly 40 more families are requesting help and the application process isn't over. Applications... more »

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