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  • Gonzales Police receive first batch of body cameras Play Video

    April 6, 2017 8:03 PM

    GONZALES – The Gonzales Police Department received a shipment of body cameras for officers to use. Chief Sherman Jackson said that the cameras could change how the department does business. "Maybe this could make the difference and tell the story," Jackson said. "This will help us we'll... more »
  • 'Sesame Street' to introduce viewers to first Muppet with autism

    March 20, 2017 6:27 PM

    Next month, viewers of "Sesame Street" will be introduced to Julia, a Muppet with autism. The newest member of the cast with red hair and green eyes has been present on digital properties and printed works for some time. Now she'll get her TV debut in April. On... more »
  • Governor Edwards, First Lady host equal pay summit

    March 9, 2017 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards hosted the Louisiana Equal Pay Summit on Friday morning. The summit was held in collaboration with the Governor's Office on Women's Policy. And we're off. @LEDLouisiana Secretary @DPiersonLA talks about how equal pay is good... more »
  • First legal Cuban cargo in more than 50 years arrives in US

    January 24, 2017 9:12 PM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years has arrived in the United State. The Miami Herald reports that two containers of artisanal charcoal arrived Tuesday morning at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale aboard a Crowley Maritime ship called the K-Storm. The special... more »
  • Obamas opens Smithsonian African-American Museum

    September 24, 2016 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama opened the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall by ringing a bell from a historic African-American... more »
  • Michelle Obama celebrates last birthday in White House

    January 17, 2016 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is celebrating her birthday - and there's just one more of those big days while she's still in the White House. There's no word from the White House on how she plans to mark her 52nd birthday on Sunday. President Barack Obama threw a... more »
  • Local enforcement honored Sunday morning

    November 15, 2015 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local leaders honored law enforcement officers and military personnel Sunday morning at the First Pentecostal Church. State Senator David Vitter and State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson were among those who praised the servicemen and women for their contributions. "I've been doing this for 35 years,... more »
  • FACT CHECK: Truth vs exaggeration in GOP presidential debate

    August 7, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - The 10 Republican presidential hopefuls who took to the stage for their first debate in Cleveland faced a daunting task in distinguishing themselves among a sprawling field of candidates. Along the way, they puffed up their own records in office and public life and veered occasionally from the... more »
  • Same-sex couple marries in New Orleans, seemingly 1st in La.

    June 29, 2015 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two men who have been together for nearly 14 years are apparently the first same-sex couple to get married in Louisiana. Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Paula Brown told 41-year-old Michael Robinson and 39-year-old Earl Benjamin of New Orleans: "You are now lawfully wedded spouses." About 40... more »
  • First Baton Rouge baby of 2015 named Evelynn

    January 1, 2015 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Woman's Hospital confirmed that the first baby born in Baton Rouge this year is a healthy baby girl. The first 2015 birth in the capital area is baby Evelynn, weighing in at 7 pounds and 10 ounces. She was born just after midnight according to hospital... more »
  • Bette Midler to perform at Oscars for first time

    February 19, 2014 2:55 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Bette Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Midler's booking Wednesday. The show's producers declined to say what number Midler will perform. As the team behind the films "Chicago" and "Hairspray," producers Craig Zadan and... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    February 17, 2014 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending February 8 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,392 from the previous week's total of 1,988. There were 2,829 initial claims during the same time period... more »
  • 7th grader's mission to Mars Play Video

    January 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A seventh grader in Baton Rouge has her mind on a mission that's out of this world. Alyssa Carson is an astronaut in training at just 12 years old. She just came home from a meeting with NASA in Washington, where she served on a panel... more »
  • Blackmon is Hoosiers' newest big recruiting prize

    November 14, 2013 8:49 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS- James Blackmon Jr. wanted one more look around the college basketball world before confirming his original notion. His first choice was his best choice. Almost three months after reopening his college search, 6-foot-2 shooting guard recommitted to Indiana and says he will end any lingering doubts about his future... more »
  • First-ever candidates ready for change Play Video

    September 12, 2013 10:35 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- A group of people wanting to be the parish's first parish president met with voters Thursday night. Recently, voters approved a change in the way the parish is governed, and they'll elect a new leader to lead the change in October. Candidates spoke about change and... more »
  • New Orleans' 1st woman firefighter dies in Wis.

    September 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Fire Department says its first woman firefighter has died of complications from cancer. A news release says Kathy Wilkerson died Saturday in Eau Claire, Wis. Her age was not stated. The department says funeral arrangements are pending for Wilkerson. She joined the department in... more »
  • Obama hails legacy of late Rep. Lindy Boggs

    July 27, 2013 11:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is remembering late congresswoman Lindy Boggs as a champion of civil rights and women's rights. Boggs represented her Louisiana district for nearly 18 years in the House. She died Saturday at her home in suburban Washington at the age of 97. In a statement Saturday... more »
  • Coalition on immigration bill clears first tests

    May 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The bipartisan group of senators supporting a plan to overhaul immigration laws has been sticking together today, amid a critical series of early test votes. The coalition turned back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee worked to refine the legislation. It would secure the nation's... more »
  • Dow closes over 15,000 points for the first time

    May 7, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW YORK- The Dow Jones industrial average has hit another milestone: its first close above 15,000. The Dow rose 87 points to 15,056 points Tuesday, a gain of 0.6 percent. Good economic reports, higher corporate profits and support from central banks have eased investors' concerns that another economic slowdown could... more »
  • Family helps foster robotics program in Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 15, 2013 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The phrase, "black sheep," was probably a more accurate name for Woodlawn High School's robot than the "Panthrobotics" team intended. "This year, our robot had a performance that was not so excellent, but it's okay, because we know exactly what happened and next year's going to... more »
  • Local students build robots, life skills Play Video

    March 15, 2013 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many high school students choose something along the lines of football, or cheerleading, for their extracurricular activities. But some Woodlawn High students are riding the wave of the future - building robots. Woodlawn is Baton Rouge's first and only public high school to partake in the... more »
  • School system unaware of who's driving buses Play Video

    March 13, 2013 5:43 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge School leaders have no record of who's driving the buses within the parish, leaving many parents concerned. Superintendent David Corona said if he wanted or needed those records, they could be made available to him. "I'm comfortable the organization we contract with... more »
  • Area students learn to be first responders

    March 11, 2013 1:48 PM

    Ascension Parish- Emergency medical service providers are teaming together with first responder students from Ascension Parish high schools, exposing them to a variety of specialized components. Students from East Ascension High, Dutchtown High, Donaldsonville High and APPLe(formerly the Ascension Parish Alternative) will be participating. The event will be... more »
  • Parents furious over makeshift bus transfer Play Video

    February 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    ADDIS - Nearly 200 parents in West Baton Rouge Parish have signed a petition asking the school board to get rid of "First Student," the private bus company outsourced years ago to provide cheaper school transit for the parish. A video was sent to News 2 that shows dozens... more »

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