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  • 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 »
  • Michelle Obama donates to Toys for Tots

    December 11, 2012 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama thanked military families for the inspiration they've given her as first lady as she delivered about 900 gifts Tuesday from White House aides to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign. Mrs. Obama said "military families are what inspires my work," as she thanked volunteers, donors... more »
  • First lady welcomes Christmas tree

    November 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn... more »
  • Federal prosecutor demoted for online comments

    November 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says he has demoted his first assistant U.S. attorney for posting online comments on a newspaper website. A south Louisiana landfill owner who is being investigated by federal agencies had sued Jan Maselli Mann, charging she defamed him in anonymous online posts. In... more »
  • Other casinos down $1M after L'Auberge's open Play Video

    October 18, 2012 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - L'auberge Casino raked in more than $13 million in its first month of business, more than Hollywood and The Belle of Baton Rouge casinos made in the same month combined. Thursday morning, Louisiana State Police reported their monthly profit findings to the Gaming and Control Board.... more »
  • First NFL female official not intimidated

    August 7, 2012 3:02 PM

    SAN DIEGO - The NFL's first female official is excited, a bit nervous and not at all intimidated by the challenge of working a pro game. Shannon Eastin makes her NFL debut on Thursday night as the line judge when the Green Bay Packers play at San Diego in... more »
  • Oil price drops below $80 for first time since Oct

    June 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    NEW YORK - The price of oil has dipped below $80 for the first time since October. Benchmark U.S. crude, which has been tumbling since May, hit a low of $79.82 per barrel in morning trading. That's the lowest level since Oct. 6. Prices have been falling as the world... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims increase

    June 15, 2012 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 9 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,272 from the previous week's total of 4,177. The figure was below what it was... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims decrease

    June 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 4,177 from the previous week's total of 4,285. The figure was lower than it was... more »
  • FDA panel backs first pill to block HIV infection

    May 11, 2012 7:42 AM

    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A panel of federal health advisers has endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, clearing the way for a potentially landmark approval in the 30-year-old effort against the virus that causes AIDS. In a series of votes, the Food and Drug... more »
  • ASME recognizes 1st floating offshore drilling rig

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM

    MORGAN CITY - An international society of engineers is naming the nation's first floating offshore oil drilling rig a historic mechanical engineering landmark. ASME will hold the ceremony on Saturday at the rig Mr. Charlie in Morgan City, where it is now a museum and training facility. Mr. Charlie was... more »
  • First vote looms on Obama birth control policy

    March 1, 2012 4:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is debating Republican legislation aimed at taking a bite out of President Barack Obama's health care law. The measure, sponsored by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, would allow insurers and employers to opt out of any requirements to which they object on moral or religious grounds. That... more »
  • Dow closes above 13,000

    February 28, 2012 3:47 PM

    NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average today closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis. The Dow closed up 23 points to finish at 13,005. It's up more than 6 percent this year, mostly because of enthusiasm about... more »
  • School Zone Safety

    August 10, 2011 6:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School officials,and Baton Rouge police want you to slow down. School zone speed limits are in effect. Police will be shooting radar throughout the city cracking down on speeders. This morning, at least ten tickets were issued in one school zone. School zone times... more »
  • Navy prepares submarines for 1st female officers

    July 24, 2011 11:59 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn.- The first female Navy officers selected for duty on submarines are on track to join their boats beginning later this year. The Navy says it is not treating them any differently from men receiving the same training, but officials have been working to prepare the submarine crews... more »
  • ACLU: Suspension over Facebook message went too far

    January 12, 2011 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A student suspended after posting a message on Facebook which said he hated his teacher has had the suspension reversed, according to the ACLU of Louisiana. According to a press release from the ACLU, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System removed the suspension from the student's... more »
  • Senate passes health package for 9/11 workers

    December 22, 2010 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a package of health care and economic aid for people sickened by dust from the ruins of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics... more »
  • La. shrimpers reporting clean 1st day catch

    August 17, 2010 5:48 AM

    Commercial shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico say the first catch since the oil spill was plentiful and free of oil. The new season opened amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean. Louisiana ranks first... more »
  • First lady to make 2nd gulf trip after spill

    July 16, 2010 3:29 PM

    First lady Michelle Obama is headed back to the Gulf region next week to meet with Coast Guard personnel in Mississippi who have been responding to the massive oil spill. Mrs. Obama will also christen a Coast Guard cutter named in honor of Dorothy C. Stratton, the Coast Guard's... more »
  • March Madness now with 4 first round games

    July 12, 2010 2:11 PM

    There will be one more round of games for next year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. The men's basketball committee announced their plans to add four early games, when the field expands from 64 to 68 teams. Two of the so-called "First Four" games will match the lowest seeds,... more »
  • La. receives first shipment of H1N1 vaccine

    October 9, 2009 1:39 PM

    The first shipments of the H1N1 vaccinations are now arriving in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed this morning that about 50 pediatric offices are receiving the initial shipments. The vaccines will mostly be available for target groups over the next few weeks. Target groups include health... more »

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