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  • CATS offering free rides for young passengers in December

    November 18, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Transit System announced Wednesday that passengers aged 17 or younger will be able to ride CATS for free in December. To get the free bus rides, younger passengers will have to provide identification proving they meet the age requirement. CATS said bus drivers... more »
  • Obama trying to boost free community college plan

    September 9, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has been unable to get Congress to approve free access to the nation's community colleges. Now he's trying to boost state and local programs that do just that. Obama is teaming up with Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, on Thursday for a... more »
  • Mayor to hold conference on Summer Feeding Program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 19, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Free lunches are getting started for children across East Baton Rouge Parish. The USDA Summer Feeding Program works to make sure kids are staying fed while they're out of school. The Summer Feeding Program has been in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years. In the last... more »
  • Liberia declared free of Ebola after 4,700 deaths

    May 9, 2015 12:48 PM

    MONROVIA, Liberia - The World Health Organization has declared Liberia free of Ebola, after 42 days passed without any new cases. That's twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease. While celebrating the milestone, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, for some survivors, "the pain and grief will take... more »
  • Free help filing taxes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new tax program is offering help to people in the capital area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available to the elderly, disabled, and people with low to moderate income. "It's a free program, so not only can you save the money to get... more »
  • Free mammograms being offered in Lafayette

    February 5, 2015 3:25 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program is offering free mammograms. Low-income women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have no health insurance are eligible for the screenings. They are available at the Clifton Chenier Center on West Willow in Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 11. For... more »
  • Local kids get dental care for free check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 30, 2015 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools partnered with dentists and organizations to bring free dental care to kids. It's called the "Give Kids a Smile" program, and sponsors include Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, the Greater Baton... more »
  • Obama to propose free community college program

    January 8, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says in a videotaped message that he wants to make community college free "for everybody who is willing to work for it." Obama says in the video posted on Facebook that he will announce his plan to make community college accessible to anyone during a... more »
  • Cancer center to offer free smoking cessation program

    December 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Looking to kick that smoking habit in 2015? The Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is offering help. The Cancer Center will offer free group programs or individual counseling sessions in the coming month of January to help residents of Baton... more »
  • Jindal seeks reversal of military funeral cuts

    October 14, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans. The Republican governor, considering a 2016 presidential campaign, sent a letter Tuesday to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run... more »
  • Free parking, shuttles offered for Southern, ULL game

    August 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Due to anticipated crowds for the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' home football game against the Southern Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 30, free parking will be available at many lots and garages on or near the campus. The University also will provide free shuttle runs from several locations. Free... more »
  • Tulane to be 100 percent smoke-free on Aug. 1

    July 9, 2014 5:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University says its campus will be 100 percent smoke free beginning Aug. 1. Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services, says the goal of the policy, passed in May 2013, is to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke while encouraging current smokers to... more »
  • Giving your baby a healthy start means no smoking check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 30, 2014 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Every parents wants to give their baby the best start possible. If a pregnant mother smokes, that healthy start is in jeopardy. Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge CEO Dena Christy and Program Coordinator Sherrell Franklin stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about Baby and Me,... more »
  • Free bus rides for "Dump the Pump" day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 19, 2014 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To celebrate National "Dump the Pump" Day Thursday, people in the Baton Rouge area got the chance to ride CATS buses for free. The special day is an effort associated with the American Public Transportation Association to encourage people to save money by riding public transportation.... more »
  • Summer lunch program for EBRP

    May 13, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Children 18 years old and younger in East Baton Rouge will be eligible for free meals this summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program provides the meals, regardless of household income. There will be more than 80 dining centers in East Baton... more »
  • Schools remain gun-free after weapons bill pulled check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 16, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Chalmette lawmaker shelved his proposal to let school employees who have a concealed handgun permit to go to work armed. Rep. Ray Garofalo pulled his bill Wednesday after getting negative feedback from the House criminal justice committee. Garofalo said he wanted to send a message that violent... more »
  • Indians sign free agent OF Murphy to 2-year deal

    November 25, 2013 9:03 AM

    CLEVELAND- The Indians have signed free agent outfielder David Murphy to a two-year contract with a club option for 2016. Murphy agreed to terms on the deal last week and completed it after passing his physical over the weekend. The 32-year-old has a career .275 average with 86 home runs.... more »
  • Freed inmate indicted again

    October 3, 2013 5:12 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A grand jury in West Feliciana Parish has indicted 71-year-old Herman Wallace again in the 1972 slaying of an Angola prison guard. Wallace, who is dying of liver cancer, was ordered released Tuesday by a federal judge, who found that women had been excluded by Wallace's... more »
  • Smoking ban in Monroe bars proposed

    September 11, 2013 9:14 AM

    MONROE- The Monroe City Council in two weeks will consider a 100 percent smoke-free ordinance. The News-Star reports the proposal was introduction at Tuesday's meeting. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living requested the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to consider the ordinance. If... more »
  • Scam warning for Seniors

    September 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seniors in Louisiana are being warned about a telephone scam targeting them. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says telephone con artists are promising free medical alert devices. It comes after an increased number of calls have been reported which try to trick people into thinking... more »
  • Girls line up for free back to school hairstyles check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 11, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of girls lined up for presses and curls at Diva Glam Salon Sunday in Baton Rouge. "It'll be very nice for me to wear my hair flat-ironed," says Marisa Hooker. The salon is usually closed on Sunday, but owner Kenya Brown opened up just for... more »
  • Free HIV tests offered in Baton Rouge

    June 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge residents can get free HIV testing on Saturday and Thursday, which is National HIV Testing Day. The Advocate reports that on Saturday the tests can be taken from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kernan Park Health Fair, 333 Kernan Ave. On Thursday, tests will... more »
  • Former Globetrotter helps people "Beat the Heat" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 31, 2013 5:52 PM

    NEW ROADS - A former pro basketball player is helping people in Pointe Coupee Parish beat the heat. James "Big Brown" Joseph and his friends will give out free fans and AC units this weekend to people in need. "It's very hot in the summer time in Louisiana... more »
  • Woman in anti-smoking PSA says her daughter helped her kick the habit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pictures are all that Tiffany Roberson has left of her mother, who died from lung cancer when Tiffany was just 16. "She missed out on, of course, senior prom, my high school and college. She missed out on the birth of my daughter," she told News... more »
  • Senate rejects caps on free tuition through TOPS

    April 25, 2013 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An attempt to control the costs of Louisiana's free college tuition program known as TOPS, by establishing a cap on awards, has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee. Legislation to place limits on the popular free tuition program are killed year after year in the Legislature. ... more »
  • Dentists accept smiles as payment from patients check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 15, 2013 3:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - People started camping out around 5 a.m. in Denham Springs, not for a new phone or game tickets but for free dental work. David Borne was one of the first in line for the free procedures. "My teeth were bothering me and I didn't have... more »
  • Free dental work offered today

    March 15, 2013 10:55 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Dentists from Livingston Parish and Baton Rouge gathered together today to provide free work for people in need. Patients can get one free filling, extraction or cleaning on a first-come, first-served basis. The event, part of a nationwide movement called "Dentistry from the Heart," was... more »
  • Beach Boys to headline free pre-bowl concert

    November 30, 2012 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Beach Boys and English rock band Bad Company are headlining a free concert the night before next month's New Orleans Bowl game. It'll be The Beach Boys' second show in New Orleans this year. The "Good Vibrations" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band performed at... more »
  • Sandy victims to get free gasoline from feds

    November 3, 2012 10:12 AM

    NEW YORK- People here recovering from Superstorm Sandy will receive free gas, on the Federal Government's dime. Gasoline will be distributed with a 10-gallon per-person limit. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that the U.S. Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations around... more »
  • Builders start on wounded Army vet's home check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 2, 2012 5:02 PM

    PRARIEVILLE- Builders started work today on a house for an army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. The Prarieville home won't cost him a penny. Corporal Jeffery Argrave says he needs a pinch to make sure this is real. "This isn't me, this is like a paranormal dimension," Argrave said.... more »
  • Free, confidential HIV testing in Baton Rouge today

    June 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's National HIV Testing Day, and the Baton Rouge AIDS Society wants to provide the opportunity for people to take part. The society is offering free and confidential testing until midnight tonight. It's the eighth year they have held the testing, and their goal is to... more »
  • BR General offering free skin cancer screenings check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 6, 2012 9:37 AM

    Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening tomorrow at the Bluebonnet campus. Doctors will be conducting skin screenings and information on sun safety will also be provided. Registration is required. Call 763-4281 to make an appointment or visit http://www.brgeneral.org for more... more »
  • St. Tammany to offer free microchips for pets

    June 1, 2012 6:41 AM

    COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is offering free microchipping of dogs and cats on Saturday. Animal Services will chip up to four animals per resident. Proof of residency is required. Officials said in a news release that using the technology and keeping registration current is the... more »
  • Hurricane supplies tax-free this weekend in La. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 24, 2012 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's tax-free holiday for people to get ready for hurricane season is this weekend. The Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs this Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. During the annual two-day holiday, the state sales tax is waived on the first $1,500 of... more »
  • Ex-bondsman charged in plot to free defendants

    April 17, 2012 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans bail bondsman has been charged with conspiring with a former employee of the Orleans Parish sheriff's office to illegally release criminal defendants from the sheriff's custody without a judge's authorization. A federal court filing Tuesday claims 56-year-old Willie J. Irons Jr. paid Gilishia... more »
  • Man convicted in deaths to go free

    March 28, 2012 7:45 AM

    AMITE - Officials say Brandon Franklin of New Orleans, tried on charges of shooting two men and then burning their bodies during a 2007 drug deal in Tangipahoa Parish, has been sentenced to five years in prison. His defense attorney says Franklin was given credit for the four years and... more »
  • Jimmy Buffet, Kiss and Black Keys free concert in NO

    March 20, 2012 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jimmy Buffet, Kiss and the Black Keys are scheduled to give free concerts in New Orleans the weekend of the NCAA Men's Final Four. They're appearing in the league's annual "The Big Dance Concert" series which will be held this year in Woldenberg Park. Kiss... more »
  • Feds investigating Nagin travel, family business

    February 10, 2012 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - People with direct knowledge of the investigation say federal authorities are looking into longstanding questions about free trips and gratuities that former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin allegedly accepted while in office. The people told The Associated Press on Friday that authorities also are investigating how... more »
  • Cee-Lo Green, Neville Brothers to perform free in New Orleans

    January 5, 2012 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Monday night's BCS National Championship, pitting LSU against Alabama, is more than just the football game. Two evenings of free concerts cap an all-day fan fest in the parking lot of Jax Brewery near Jackson Square. Cee-Lo Green, known for his hit song "Forget You," headlines a concert... more »
  • Pratt can remain free on bail pending appeal

    December 16, 2011 3:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ruled that a former Louisiana lawmaker can remain free on bond while she appeals her conviction and sentence for plotting to loot more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's ruling Thursday says former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt... more »
  • Livingston council faces insurance premium bump

    November 30, 2011 10:59 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish government faces a 13.8 percent increase in health insurance premiums in order to continue providing free health care for its workers and their families. A Parish Council committee voted 3-0 Tuesday to recommend that the full council pay the increase rather than switching to a... more »
  • Folks pack River Center for holiday meal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2011 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - 1,500 hungry folks packed the River Center Thursday morning for the Thanksgiving meal, provided by Holiday Helpers. That's the highest number the organization has seen since it first began serving lunch in 1987. 25 years later, and the meal is still the same: turkey, ham, cornbread... more »
  • DHH offers free HIV tests at Bayou Classic

    November 22, 2011 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Bayou Classic fans are being encouraged to take a free HIV test while in New Orleans for the annual football matchup between arch rivals Southern University and Grambling State. The game between the two predominantly black colleges will be played Saturday at the Superdome. Kickoff... more »
  • Man released from prison after wrongly jailed for 30 years

    October 21, 2011 11:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A man was released from Angola State Penitentiary this morning after being cleared of a rape conviction that kept him behind bars for nearly 30 years. Henry James, now 50, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole on May 7, 1982. JenDe O'Keefe Trigg, managing director... more »
  • Free admission to LSU's first basketball game

    October 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's season opening basketball game against Nicholls State in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Nov. 12 will be open to the public free of charge. The game is part of the second-ever basketball-football doubleheader on the LSU campus as LSU will have its homecoming football... more »
  • Newly freed, newly wed, Edwards to celebrate 84th

    July 30, 2011 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Weeks after ending his federal detention, and a day after getting married for the third time, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards continues his return to the public eye in New Orleans with a weekend news conference, book signing and "roast" to celebrate his upcoming 84th birthday. Saturday's... more »
  • 5-year-old girl gets free flight to rehab hospital

    July 11, 2011 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family's wish was granted today when their five-year-old girl got a free flight to a rehab hospital in Chicago, in order to get treatment for a severe spine injury. Sianna Paddie held her teddy bear close as she was lifted onto an AirMed airplane. Today was... more »
  • La. free fishing weekend scheduled June 11-2

    May 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says June 11-12 will be a free fishing weekend for people who don't have recreational fishing licenses. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries education manager John Sturgis said Friday that it's is meant to encourage licensed recreational fishermen to introduce others to... more »

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