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  • JPMorgan paying $307M to settle US charges on conflicts

    December 18, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - JPMorgan Chase is paying $307 million to settle federal charges of failing to reveal conflicts of interest from steering clients into certain investments tied to its businesses. The civil settlements were announced Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. JPMorgan, the... more »
  • Louisiana tax amnesty program resumes today

    December 1, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana tax amnesty program reopens on Tuesday after being temporarily shutdown due to a paperwork error. During the amnesty period delinquent taxpayers are given a chance to bring their tax accounts up to date by clearing unpaid tax bills and filing overdue state tax returns. The Department... more »
  • Woman fined $1,000 for trashing worker's office with glitter

    November 25, 2015 11:55 AM

    AKRON, Ohio - A former clerk at an Ohio county's fiscal office has been fined $1,000 for trashing a co-worker's office with glitter and purple Silly String. A judge in Akron also ordered 25-year-old Samantha Lockhart on Tuesday to complete 50 hours of community service and to write an... more »
  • Man fined for pointing laser pointer at police helicopter

    October 1, 2015 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A 27-year-old man who repeatedly pointed a green laser at a police helicopter as it patrolled the city last year has been fined, put on probation and ordered to pay restitution to the Baton Rouge Police Department. Federal prosecutors in March charged Robert C. Adamek, of Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Port Allen trucking company fined for safety hazards

    August 7, 2015 12:40 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Federal safety officials fined a Port Allen trucking company $156,000 for more than 30 safety violations, including refusing to install proper guardrails on their tanker trucks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the fine against Transporter Maintenance and Inspection LLC on Aug. 6. They said... more »
  • California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water

    July 20, 2015 3:19 PM

    SACRAMENTO - The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought. The move announced Monday targets a group of Central Valley farmers. The State Water Resources Control Board said it's proposing the first fines of this kind for a water district with century-old... more »
  • Holden quietly settles up with Ethics Commission

    July 17, 2015 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden ended a years-long dispute with the state Ethics Commission when he paid a $2,500 fine he's owed since 2008. Holden paid the fine on May 29 with little fanfare. He's publicly disputed the fine for months, telling News 2's Investigative Unit he planned... more »
  • Louisiana coastal board seeks $39M for 4 projects

    July 16, 2015 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority wants to spend $39.4 million from fines related to the BP oil spill on four coastal restoration projects. The authority made the request Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Treasury. The money comes from fines levied on Transocean, the owner of... more »
  • Louisiana's littering fines to rise, under newly-signed bill

    July 2, 2015 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's littering fines are doubling. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor had signed the fine increase bill by Gonzales Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Republican. Fines for simple littering, which are $75 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses, will instead be $150 and... more »
  • Justices won't hear appeal from BP, Anadarko over Gulf spill

    June 29, 2015 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal... more »
  • AT&T hit with $100M fine for its 'unlimited' data plans

    June 17, 2015 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - AT&T Mobility LLC has been hit with a $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they hit a certain amount. The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the telecommunications industry, says the company misled consumers with the plans. Officials say the... more »
  • Largest Florida county proposes citations for pot possession

    June 16, 2015 3:32 PM

    MIAMI - People caught with small amounts of marijuana could soon get a civil citation instead of a jail term in Florida's largest county, which may become the first in the state to treat marijuana possession as a non-criminal act. The Miami-Dade County Commission is considering a proposal to let... more »
  • Nurse, son fined for violating state laws

    April 19, 2015 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former director of nursing at Villa Feliciana Medical Complex and her son have agreed to pay $3,000 in fines for violation of the state nepotism laws. Sources say the Louisiana Board of Ethics signed off on a consent opinion Friday, ending the case against Linda Williams... more »
  • Police chief loses ethics fine appeal

    March 9, 2015 12:38 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau recently, ordering he pay a $2,500 ethics fine to the state. The board ruled Ambeau failed to appeal the 2011 fine for filing his required candidate financial statement late, and... more »
  • Goodell: No decision yet on discipline for Lynch

    January 30, 2015 1:03 PM

    PHOENIX - The NFL won't decide on any discipline for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch until after the Super Bowl, commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Super Bowl news conference Friday. Lynch has kept all his media appearances this week to five minutes or less and hasn't said much. He... more »
  • Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

    January 28, 2015 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission says TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed or even cut off consumers' mobile... more »
  • NFL fines Lynch $20,000 for obscene gesture

    January 22, 2015 11:07 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sunday's NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday. The league did not specify what the gesture was in the win over... more »
  • LSU fined for post-game celebration

    October 27, 2014 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southeastern Conference officials notified LSU Monday that the university would receive a $5,000 fine for the post-game celebration after the Tigers defeated Mississippi this weekend. Tiger fans swarmed the field after LSU upset the previously-undefeated Rebels 10-7. LSU jumped eight spots to No. 16 in the... more »
  • Yogi the Bear would object

    October 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    LONG BEACH, WASHINGTON- A woman who went to trial for feeding bears illegally has agreed to stop and pay a fine to settle her case. Doris Berryhill Parks is the first person charged under a 2012 Washington law that makes it a misdemeanor to feed wild animals. She promised... more »
  • State police: Move over or face the consequences Play Video

    October 9, 2014 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders say lives are lost because drivers aren't following the law and getting out of the way when they hear sirens. "Stopping, pulling over, it's the difference between life and death," said Captain Doug Cain with the Louisiana State Police. It's an ongoing problem... more »
  • Saved by a one-armed bandit

    September 25, 2014 7:49 PM

    BERLIN, GERMANY- A man playing a slot machine in a casino was literally saved from going to jail by hitting the jackpot. Police say two of their officers were checking an arcade in the city of Bochum and discovered a man playing slots faced an arrest warrant for resisting arrest... more »
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    July 28, 2014 1:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that beginning in 2006 Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential... more »
  • Low-hanging pants illegal in Iberville beginning next week Play Video

    March 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union about doing so, the Iberville Parish Council approved a ban on sagging pants Tuesday night. The move outlaws pants that hang too low, revealing underwear. "I don't think that anybody should have to go to a store,... more »
  • Sagging pants ban overwhelmingly introduced

    February 18, 2014 10:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders overwhelming supported introducing an ordinance to ban sagging pants across the parish. The proposed law was only mentioned Tuesday, per procedure, and will be voted on next month. If it is passed, people could be fined $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second... more »
  • Iberville Parish: keep your pants up Play Video

    February 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Tuesday, Iberville Parish leaders will begin a discussion about if they want to ban sagging pants from the entire parish. It is been a trend in local governments for the past few years, and is on the books in places In Louisiana such as Washington, Terrebone, Acadia... more »
  • Lessening fine lines and wrinkles with Dr. Z Play Video

    January 13, 2014 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Ann Zedlitz talked about a procedure to lessen fine lines and wrinkles today on WBRZ News 2 at 4. Exilis protégé costs a couple hundred bucks per procedure. For more information visit Z Aesthetic Dermatology or call 225-778-7540 to make an appointment. more »
  • Consequences in proposed parenting classes Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If new parents don't participate in parenting classes, they may have to face some consequences. Representative Regina Barrow and the Family Preservation Study Group are trying to make it mandatory for pregnant women 20 years old and under to take parenting classes. Barrow says the younger... more »
  • BR mayor among politicians not paying fines Play Video

    November 19, 2013 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden owes $2,500 to the state and has not paid up, according to the Louisiana Ethics Commission. Holden's fine is from failing to file a 2008 personal financial disclosure form properly. He's one of hundreds of public officials who owe money to the... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • People upset about $15 fine for parking on grass Play Video

    July 12, 2013 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People are upset about a city law they believe should not be enforced. A number of people on Jennifer Jean Drive said they were ticketed Friday morning for parking on the grass. They have to pay the $15 fine. "I really just laughed out loud, because... more »
  • Former Plaquemines sheriff gets 46 months, $10K

    July 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Plaquemines Parish sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle must spend nearly four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for taking bribes from a jail construction contractor. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on Wednesday rejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Chester's request for a 31-month sentence on the... more »
  • Ex-West Feliciana juror gets fine, probation

    May 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- A former West Feliciana Parish police juror has been fined and placed on probation for five years on theft counts related to the diversion of church money to his own use. State District Judge William G. Carmichael sentenced 55-year-old John Cobb to three concurrent five-year prison terms, but... more »
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    January 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem... more »

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