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  • Louisiana litter fines would fall slightly under House bill

    May 18, 2017 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - - House lawmakers have agreed to lower Louisiana's litter fines. Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Gonzales Republican, says a doubling of penalties he sponsored in 2015 caused unintended consequences, triggering jury trial provisions. The Louisiana Municipal Association says that made enforcement less likely. Under the proposed changes, fines... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: EBR Council on Aging board may have broken the law Play Video

    April 12, 2017 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Legislative Auditor suspects the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging broke state open meetings laws when it met, in secret, to discuss an audit Tuesday. The board of the council dismissed anyone who was attending the meeting – including a WBRZ news crew –... more »
  • More than 400 new Louisiana laws take effect in August

    July 30, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 400 new Louisiana laws take effect with the start of August. Skipping the seatbelt in a car will carry heftier fines Monday. Sex offenders won't be allowed careers in door-to-door sales. Children's lemonade stands will be shielded from ticketing. Hunters looking to vary their wardrobe... more »
  • OMV to send out more fines to drivers with lapsed car insurance Play Video

    June 28, 2016 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More fines are coming from the Office of Motor Vehicles for drivers with expired car insurance. The OMV plans to send out thousands more later on this year and will likely begin in September. The fines can range from $125 dollars to $650 for each offense. Since... more »
  • Lapsed insurance payment plan bill headed to governor's desk

    May 31, 2016 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge lawmaker's bid to create payment plans for people struggling to pay lapsed car insurance fines is headed to the governor's desk. With a 94-0 vote Tuesday, the House gave final passage to the bill from Democratic Rep. Denise Marcelle. Louisiana law requires drivers to... more »
  • $1.3 million in red light camera fine refunds now in State Treasury

    May 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Motorists who paid a ticket through the Jefferson Parish red light camera program are advised to the check the Louisiana Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program to see if they are owed a refund. State Treasurer John Kennedy says thousands of motorists were ticketed in... more »
  • Fine for texting and driving could jump to $500 for first offense

    May 18, 2016 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fines for texting while driving could see a dramatic increase in the near future. While there’s already a state law against texting and driving, Senator Yvonne Colomb is looking to have the associated fine raised from $175 to $500 for the first offense. The maximum fine... more »
  • Bill to allow payment plan for DMV fines on car insurance Play Video

    April 19, 2016 8:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill could allow for drivers to pay back fines to Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles over time. Letters were previously sent out in October and many received some saying they owed a large amount. Representative Denise Marcelle sponsored the bill to let drivers with some of those... more »
  • Senators agree to boost fines on texting while driving

    April 13, 2016 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state senators want to toughen penalties for disobeying state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers. Violators under current law face a traffic fine of up to $175 for the first offense and... more »
  • Concerns over 'distracted walking' grow as injuries mount

    March 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    TRENTON - Walk down most streets in New Jersey, and you'll see someone using an electronic device to text, listen to music or do other tasks. But if a "distracted walking" measure recently proposed by a state assemblywoman eventually becomes law, those people could be facing fines or even jail... more »
  • State using new way to collect fines for insurance lapses

    February 9, 2016 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has implemented new ways of collecting fines from people who the state believes are driving without insurance. The recently formed Office of Debt Recovery has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax refunds and recommend that a person's state-issued professional license be suspended.... more »
  • State using new way to collect fines for insurance lapses

    February 9, 2016 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has implemented new ways of collecting fines from people who the state believes are driving without insurance. The recently formed Office of Debt Recovery has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax refunds and recommend that a person's state-issued professional license be suspended. The... more »
  • Baker city leaders to learn more about dealing with blight

    February 1, 2016 9:10 AM

    BAKER - City leaders in Baker are holding a special council meeting to talk about the area's blighted properties. Representatives from the Louisiana Municipal Association will attend the meeting to go over rules and regulations regarding blighted houses in the area. Back in November, the council streamlined the process of... more »
  • $22 million collected after OMV sends out threatening letters Play Video

    January 26, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The State Office of Motor Vehicles collected a staggering amount of money from people who owed outstanding fines for a lapse in insurance. Last October, OMV sent out 1.2 million letters to people who were flagged as having a violation. From October until December, OMV collected $22... more »
  • United Airlines fined $2.7M for violating consumer rules

    January 7, 2016 7:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government is fining United Airlines $2.7 million for violating rules aimed at protecting disabled passengers and preventing long tarmac delays. The Transportation Department says there was a significant increase in disability-related complaints regarding United in 2014. A DOT review of the complaints found that United had... more »
  • Hundreds attend annual BR traffic amnesty day

    December 7, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people gathered during Baton Rouge's annual "amnesty day" for a chance to pay traffic tickets and work with judges on-site to resolve their district and city court warrants without having to risk arrest. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III and Councilwoman... more »
  • Deadline near for drivers to respond to collection letters Play Video

    November 16, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another round of 700,000 collection letters have gone out to Louisiana drivers, notifying them they have 30 days to pay fines for lapsed insurance coverage before their cases get turned over to a state collection agency. In an update Monday, the Office of Motor Vehicles said 55,000... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish sets Dec. 5 amnesty day

    November 10, 2015 4:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Anyone with outstanding misdemeanor warrants and traffic tickets in East Baton Rouge Parish can settle their affairs with the courts during an amnesty day scheduled Saturday, Dec. 5. Judges and law enforcement will gather at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Gus Young Avenue. District... more »
  • OMV collected $6 million in fines so far Play Video

    November 4, 2015 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicles has collected more than $6 million in fines from people who had a lapse in car insurance. However, there are ways out of paying if you cannot obtain records dating past 2005. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says the OMV will continue... more »
  • La. drivers launch complaints at OMV over insurance fines

    October 22, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is under siege from upset motorists after they sent more than a million letters earlier this month asking drivers to pay fines for expired auto insurance. Many are complaining to the OMV that they aren’t at fault for the lapse... more »
  • FAA proposes nearly $2 million fine against drone operator

    October 6, 2015 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government is proposing a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permission. The Federal Aviation Administration says SkyPan International Inc. of Chicago operated 65 unauthorized flights between March 2012 and December 2014 in some... more »
  • Fire district approves false alarm fines

    September 24, 2015 11:31 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The consolidated fire protection district is having problems with false alarm calls, so the group approved a strict new policy to deal with the issue Thursday. Businesses are the worst offenders and will be hit with penalties when fire crews are dispatched when there is no... more »
  • ATC issues 800+ citations during summer crackdown

    August 11, 2015 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said their agents handed out 821 citations during their third summer enforcement sweep intended to catch businesses selling to minors. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said 460 citations were for selling alcohol to minors, while 361 were for tobacco... more »
  • Kraft: Patriots won't appeal team's fine, draft penalties

    May 19, 2015 1:52 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Kraft said Tuesday at the owners meetings that he... more »
  • Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

    March 30, 2015 1:22 PM

    NEW YORK - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's competition committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games. In statement released Monday, the league announced that the... more »
  • Denham Springs council proposes synthetic marijuana fines

    March 11, 2015 10:00 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs may soon be able to collect money from the growing number of criminals fined for possession of synthetic marijuana. Possession of the drugs is already illegal, but money from fines goes to the local judicial district. Following public comment at the council's... more »
  • Court prodding people to pay tickets Play Video

    February 9, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 19th Judicial District Court spent nearly $600,000 more than it took in last year, it's why they're hoping more people will pay outstanding ticket fines to help make up the difference. The court has millions of dollars worth of outstanding tickets on file and now... more »
  • Outrage Over the Sale of Lee Harvey Oswald's Casket

    January 31, 2015 11:53 AM

    Austin, Texas - A Texas judged ruled on Friday that the Fort Worth funeral home had to return $87,000 over the sale of Lee Harvey Oswald's casket. The coffin, the judge believes, belongs not to the funeral home, but to Oswald's brother. Judge Cosby of the District Court in... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders Play Video

    January 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are coming down on individuals, businesses and organizations who place signs where they don't belong in Baton Rouge. According to the Department of Public Works, any signs that are in the public right of way or on utility poles are illegal and those who... more »
  • Red-light cams fade as speed cams get green light

    December 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    NEWARK, NJ - The battleground over traffic enforcement cameras may be shifting. Nearly half of all states use cameras to track red-light or speeding violations, and some use both. But while the number of communities nationwide that use red-light cameras is gradually falling, the number of speed cameras is slowly... more »
  • Plant slapped with violations and fines following 2013 explosion Play Video

    December 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    GEISMAR - Eighteen months after a chemical plant exploded it was fined $194,000 by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for violations spanning six years. The agency found Williams Olefins violated codes and regulations 29 times. The plant was fined more than all of the plants in the Greater... more »
  • Donate food in December to ditch library fines

    November 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Next month at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, patrons with past due fines erased in exchange for non-perishable food items as the parish library pitches in to feed the less fortunate for the holidays. According to an EBRPL spokesperson, patrons can donate non-perishable food items... more »
  • NYC to stop many small-time marijuana arrests

    November 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    NEW YORK - Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges under a policy city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot. Instead of being arrested on misdemeanor charges that carry potential... more »
  • THE INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Politicians told to pay fines Play Video

    October 30, 2014 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Politicians are being warned and getting disqualified from running for office since they owe outstanding fines for ethics violations. In the next few weeks, the Louisiana Attorney General will mail payment demand letters to 20 politicians in an effort to collect debts. Four politicians are... more »
  • FTC: AT&T to pay $105M for bogus wireless charges

    October 8, 2014 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Telecom giant AT&T will pay a hefty $105 million to settle government charges that the company unlawfully billed wireless customers for tens of millions of dollars in bogus charges - a practice known as cramming. The multi-agency settlement includes $80 million in customer refunds and $20 million in... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

    September 5, 2014 4:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday that the company... more »

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