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  • Cause of house fire that killed 3-year-old in St. Helena under investigation

    December 5, 2016 4:10 PM

    GREENSBURG – State Fire Marshals are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 3-year-old on Friday . The fire was reported around 2 p.m. on Friday in the 2800 block of Otis and Willie Matthews Road in Greensburg. Upon arriving to the scene, firefighters found the home... more »
  • House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

    November 30, 2016 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday. Her win came despite disenchantment among some in the Democratic caucus over the party's disappointing performance in the... more »
  • La. early voting opens Saturday, with Senate seat on ballot

    November 25, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election opens Saturday, with a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal races remaining to be settled. Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Louisiana's top elections official, said lines should be... more »
  • Non-profit organization rebuilds veteran's home Play Video

    November 17, 2016 12:07 AM

    CENTRAL- A veteran whose home was damaged in the August flood is getting ready to move back in thanks to a non-profit group. The St. Bernard Project has repaired more than 1,000 homes after natural disasters. The group's first home in Baton Rouge is going to Jessie Marcus, an... more »
  • Rebuilding in question following elevation warnings Play Video

    November 14, 2016 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's confusion over whether to rebuild or wait in one subdivision. Residents began getting the green light and the permits needed for construction last month. Now, some of their neighbors are receiving emailed letters saying their homes will have to be raised, first. Most homes... more »
  • Families safe following two morning house fires

    November 7, 2016 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two families are safe following two separate house fires that occurred Monday morning. The St. George Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 4400 block of Fleet Drive around 9 a.m.The fire was brought under control shortly after however the fire did cause heavy... more »
  • Ryan tells GOP lawmakers he won't defend Trump

    October 10, 2016 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan is telling congressional Republicans that he won't defend Donald Trump now or in the future and will spend the next month defending his party's House majority. The Wisconsin Republican is holding a conference call with GOP lawmakers. Many of them are worried that their party's... more »
  • House fire started after man drove into gas meter

    October 5, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire on Wednesday morning that was started after a man ran into a gas meter. The fire was deemed accidental after the homeowner left for work in his truck and ran forward into a gas meter on... more »
  • Shelter at Home expensive for tax payers Play Video

    October 3, 2016 11:57 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Louisiana's Shelter at Home program spends an exorbitant amount of money on basic home repairs. For example, to purchase and install a $38 toilet, federal and state taxpayers are charged $344. $985 for a $200 window air conditioner and $850 for a $97 kitchen sink. The cost... more »
  • Early morning fire causes significant damage to home

    October 2, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A house fire occurred early Sunday morning after a gas can was left too close to a water heater, BRFD said. The fire occurred sometime before 8 a.m., when crews were sent to Bayberry Ave. to extinguish the blaze. The fire began in a utility room... more »
  • Woman arrested after confessing to starting house fire

    September 26, 2016 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police arrested a woman after she confessed to setting a home on fire. On Thursday around 10:30 a.m. a house fire was reported in the 700 block of East Buchanan Street. The fire was processed by investigators and the cause was determined to be arson. According... more »
  • Authorities respond to house fire on S. 11th Street

    September 13, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities responded to a house fire in the 200 block of South 11 th Street Monday morning around 10:40 a.m. EMS and the Baton Rouge fire department responded to the scene to find fire engulfing the rear of the home. The fire spread to several rooms... more »
  • Some flooded homes may require elevating Play Video

    August 25, 2016 4:06 PM

    CENTRAL - City building officials in Central want residents to make sure their houses have properly dried out and meet proper elevation standards before repairs begin. Does your home meet elevation standards? Officials stress it's still being determined which homes would require elevating. A town hall meeting for... more »
  • Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists

    June 30, 2016 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan has told Republican lawmakers that the House will vote next week on legislation aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from getting guns. The Wisconsin Republican says the prohibition would be part of anti-terrorism legislation. Ryan discussed his decision during a conference call with GOP lawmakers.... more »
  • House agrees to raise another $70M for next year

    June 20, 2016 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Just when it looked like the House was resistant to passing any more tax changes, lawmakers there agreed to two bills tweaking property tax breaks given to businesses. The two bills won quick passage Monday afternoon. They would raise an estimated $70 million for next year's... more »
  • House rejects Edwards bill to lessen income tax deductions Play Video

    June 19, 2016 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have spurned a proposal sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards to scale back a tax break for people who itemize deductions on their state income tax forms. The bill would have raised $88 million to lessen budget cuts next year. With no... more »
  • House, Senate disagreement over budget bill ends

    June 16, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House and Senate leaders have reached a deal on how to handle the budget bill to spend the tax dollars raised during the special legislative session. After a Thursday meeting, House leaders agreed to stop stalling the bill and are scheduling it for a Monday hearing.... more »
  • House considering compromise proposal on income tax bill

    June 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers negotiated behind the scenes ahead of a Wednesday vote on a bill to raise more than $100 million in taxes for next year's state budget. The bill, sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards as part of a budget-balancing package, would decrease an income tax... more »
  • Sales tax 'cleanup' bills to be delayed by Louisiana Senate

    June 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators intend to stall efforts to clean up sales taxes unintentionally charged on items like school lunches and Girl Scout cookies, until House lawmakers agree to more taxes for next year's budget than they've supported so far. Sales tax increases passed in the chaotic final moments... more »
  • Skeleton discovered in vacant home in Baker Play Video

    June 8, 2016 11:57 PM

    BAKER - After searching a vacant home in Baker when a skull was found Wednesday, LSU FACES Lab investigators discovered a human skeleton. Baker Police said the skull was found in a residence in a neighborhood on Sherron Avenue off of Groom Road Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon, police said... more »
  • Democrat delivers blow to Gov. Edwards' tax plan Play Video

    June 8, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Democratic chairman of the House tax committee sided with his Republican colleagues to kill one of the main money-raising tax bills sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Ways and Means Chairman Neil Abramson cast the tie-breaking vote Wednesday to stall the Democratic governor's proposal to... more »
  • Second special session in full swing at the Capitol Play Video

    June 7, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The second session is in full swing at the Capitol as lawmakers are grappling with raising more taxes to close the budget deficit. Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the Legislature Tuesday morning with News 2's Mark Armstrong getting the impression that his words fell on deaf... more »
  • House leaders stall construction budget bill

    June 6, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana House leaders have blocked a vote on a $4 billion bill to finance state construction projects, like roadwork and building repairs. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neil Abramson has refused to bring the measure, which he sponsored, up for a vote. House Speaker Taylor... more »
  • Meet the legislative players preparing to tackle state's budget holes

    June 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards often says Louisiana is in the worst budget crisis of a generation facing the largest state deficit in all its history. Simply put, the state does not have enough money to pay for critical and popular services like hospitals and the TOPS college... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to relinquish tuition control

    June 5, 2016 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As they wind down their work in the regular session, lawmakers have agreed to give public college management boards the ability to raise their own tuition and fees without needing legislative approval. Voters would need to back the idea in the November election before legislative authority would... more »
  • Jeep launches into Georgia home

    June 1, 2016 12:19 PM

    SMYRNA, Ga. - No injuries were reported after a Jeep crashed into a Georgia home early Wednesday morning. Police said the jeep was traveling on Powder Springs Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle hit the curb. The impact then catapulted the Jeep into the side of... more »
  • Senate to debate $26B operating budget proposal Wednesday

    June 1, 2016 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators are readying to debate a nearly $26 billion state operating budget for next year that looks strikingly different from the House version. The Senate proposal up for debate Wednesday places a greater priority on health services for the elderly and disabled than the TOPS... more »
  • Bid for REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses passes House

    May 26, 2016 12:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have unanimously agreed to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with federal identification law. The House voted 97-0 Wednesday to support the Senate-backed proposal to create REAL ID-compliant licenses. It now awaits final Senate approval. State residents would need to carry only one... more »
  • License plate reader program refused by House lawmakers

    May 24, 2016 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have spurned a proposed program that would allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 7-3 Tuesday to kill the Senate-backed bill by Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Republican. Johns had... more »
  • House advances license plate reader bill on its second try

    May 18, 2016 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee has reversed course and backed a Lake Charles senator's proposed program that would allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. The House criminal justice committee voted 8-3 Wednesday to advance the Senate-approved measure for full chamber consideration, a week after... more »
  • Charter school restriction headed to House floor for debate

    May 18, 2016 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' effort to remove an unused method for creating charter schools has passed its first hurdle in the House, after earlier winning Senate support. The House Education Committee voted 7-5 Tuesday to advance the bill to the House floor for debate, after previously rejecting... more »
  • House wants to divert fee money to help pay for TOPS

    May 16, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To come up with another $100 million to help pay for the TOPS college tuition program next year, House leaders decided to divert money that people pay for services away from the agencies providing them. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration and state senators are raising concerns about... more »
  • House backs separate budget bill for AG's office

    May 12, 2016 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House has agreed to split Attorney General Jeff Landry's office into a separate budget bill that will give the governor less oversight over his spending. Lawmakers voted 69-26 Thursday for the breakaway budget bill, which was requested by the attorney general. Critics say the... more »
  • Budget debate begins Thursday in the Louisiana House

    May 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are expecting a long day as they debate how to craft next year's budget and close a $600 million shortfall. The biggest disagreement for the financial year that begins July 1 centers on whether to prioritize the TOPS free college... more »
  • House passes bill expanding use of cannabis oil, heads back to Senate

    May 11, 2016 8:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State House of Representatives approved a bill that would expand the legal use of cannabis oil. The bill now heads back to the Senate. Lawmakers made cannabis oil legal in 2015 but only for certain diseases. There has been a push this session to expand... more »
  • TOPS the priority as House lawmakers work on the budget

    May 6, 2016 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As House lawmakers work to craft their version of next year's budget, House leaders say the main focus is on protecting the state's TOPS free college tuition program from cuts. To help close a $600 million gap, Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed to only provide about one-third... more »
  • Lawmakers halt reworked wrongful conviction payout bill

    May 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee halted a Shreveport lawmaker's bid to relax the legal definition under which a person wrongfully convicted of murder in Louisiana could receive state compensation. The panel struggled with the proposal to rework the definition of "factual innocence" in current compensation law. Those against... more »
  • Medical marijuana expansion effort edges ahead in La. House

    May 3, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A year after lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, medicinal-grade pot hasn't reached the hands of a single patient amid regulatory hurdles built into the law. A new effort in the Legislature aims to jumpstart... more »
  • Latest attempt to regulate surrogacy passes House committee

    April 18, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers' third attempt to advance a bill establishing regulations governing surrogacy births has passed its first test. Without objection Monday, the House civil law committee supported a proposal to create a state surrogacy framework. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed two previous attempts after each bill... more »
  • House refuses REAL ID licenses, supports separate ID cards

    April 13, 2016 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have refused to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with the federal REAL ID law. But they did agree to let people pay for a special state-issued identification card compliant with the federal act. The House-approved proposal contrasts with the approach backed by... more »
  • Senate agrees to ban sex offenders from door-to-door sales

    March 31, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Convicted sex offenders in Louisiana would be unable to work in door-to-door sales, if the state House of Representatives agrees to a measure that won unanimous support from the Senate. Already in Louisiana, registered sex offenders can't drive a bus or taxi or work in an industry... more »
  • Two injured in fire at multi-million dollar home

    March 30, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a multi-million dollar home in the exclusive Country Club of Louisiana injured two people Wednesday. Firefighters with the St. George Fire Department said the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. at 18433 N Mission Hills in the southwestern area of the gated community.... more »
  • Bill against peeping drones goes to full Louisiana House

    March 30, 2016 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to keep peeping Toms from extending their range with drones has received unanimous support from a Louisiana House committee. One representative described it as helping Louisiana keep up with the times. Rep. Marcus Hunter, a Monroe Democrat, says his bill will join and, in some... more »
  • House to consider longer waiting period for abortion in La.

    March 30, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana women would have to wait 72 hours for an abortion if state lawmakers agree to a proposal that sailed through the House health committee. The bill would lengthen the current 24-hour waiting period by another two days, with an exception for women who live 150 miles... more »
  • GOP-led House backs legal challenge to Obama on immigration

    March 17, 2016 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to embrace the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's actions on immigration. It's part of an election-year fight over executive authority and the 11 million immigrants living in the United States that has roiled the Republican Party. Republicans says Obama exceeded his constitutional authority... more »
  • Special session ends: A breakdown of what passed in final hours Play Video

    March 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana’s lawmakers wrapped up a special legislative session Wednesday night at 6 p.m. aimed at balancing this year’s budget. Decisions on several tax proposals that could help get the state treasury back in decent shape went down to the wire as the debate ended in a flurry... more »
  • Devon Gales house fund edges toward donation goal Play Video

    March 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It’s been a busy week for Devon Gales and his family since he returned to Baton Rouge from Atlanta where he’s been since September recovering from a spinal injury he suffered during a football game last season. More was in store today though as his parents were... more »
  • Critical bills up for consideration as session deadline closes in

    March 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday marks the final day of the special legislative session, and it’s time for state lawmakers to agree to a tax plan or let critical services get cut. Lawmakers are meeting now behind closed doors, and a number of conference committees are hard at work on... more »
  • Who could pay? Another look at tax bills approved by lawmakers Play Video

    March 8, 2016 7:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. Several have made it to final passage in a special legislative session that must end Wednesday. But the Legislature remains short of enough revenue to rebalance the budget without steep cuts.... more »
  • Louisiana House supports alcohol tax increase for budget

    March 6, 2016 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to raise alcohol taxes to help bail out the state budget. The alcohol tax hike fell short last week of the 70 votes needed. But after two days of negotiations, several lawmakers changed their minds Sunday and the bill was advanced to... more »
  • Senators outline budget balancing plan, calls for more taxes

    March 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have unveiled their plan to rebalance Louisiana's short-term budget gap, seeking to lessen cuts proposed by the House and largely shield public colleges and health services from steep reductions. But the plan requires the House to back $83 million more in taxes than the... more »
  • Who could pay? A look at tax bills advancing with lawmakers

    March 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House and Senate have supported varying measures to change Louisiana's tax laws. None has made it to final passage so far, with less than a week remaining in the special legislative session. Here's a look of what some of the proposals would do and... more »
  • Standoff between state House, Senate impeding progress Play Video

    March 2, 2016 1:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday at the capitol, discussions over raising sin taxes stalled again, but lawmakers did make a last minute decision to approve a one cent sales tax increase. For a 3rd consecutive day, Louisiana's House of Representatives refused to take an action on two tax increases - cigarettes... more »
  • House and Senate appear in stalemate over budget rebalancing

    March 1, 2016 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Negotiations over how best to rebalance Louisiana's budget are staying behind the scenes. Lawmakers in the House on Tuesday again stalled votes on tax hikes, as bill sponsors tried to rally enough support for passage. House Speaker Taylor Barras, a Republican, called on lawmakers in his... more »
  • Senators shut down House leader's talk of deficit spending

    February 29, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The leader of the House budget committee provoked harsh reactions from senators by suggesting Louisiana may need to deficit spend to make it through the budget year. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Republican, told the Senate Finance Committee the state may "be rolling" some of the... more »
  • House to debate governor's tax plans to rebalance budget

    February 25, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State House lawmakers are weighing whether to boost taxes on shoppers, smokers, drinkers, phone service and more as they try to end the boom-and-bust cycles of Louisiana's budget. After days of closed-door negotiations, the House on Thursday is scheduled to debate more than 30 tax proposals aimed at... more »
  • Cigarette, alcohol taxes among bills passed by House Ways & Means Committee

    February 23, 2016 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax proposals have started moving in the Louisiana House, though it remains unclear which ones can win enough support from House Republicans and which ones will hit roadblocks. The House Ways and Means Committee advanced more than 30 tax measures Tuesday - including... more »
  • Budget, taxes and baseball: This week at the Capitol Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While most bills filed this session deal with raising taxes, cutting incentives or trimming departmental budgets, the State House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill that would sweeten Louisiana's bid to host the SEC Baseball Tournament in New Orleans. The bill would ammend an... more »
  • BRFD: Fire caused by person smoking in bed

    February 1, 2016 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire officials are looking into a house fire that they say was caused by a person smoking in bed. Authorities responded to the fire in the 3000 block of Seneca Street around 5 a.m. Monday. Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman, Mark Miles, said the building suffered about $40,000... more »
  • Delaware House to vote on abolishing death penalty in state

    January 28, 2016 11:53 AM

    DOVER, Del. - The Delaware House is set to vote on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. The bill is set to be voted on Thursday. It narrowly cleared the Senate last year but had been languishing in a House committee until the chairman agreed last... more »
  • Price-hiking pharma exec Martin Shkreli gets House subpoena

    January 20, 2016 4:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to compel former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for price-gouging, to appear at a congressional hearing next Tuesday. An aide to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform confirmed the news Wednesday. The committee is investigating several companies for exorbitant... more »
  • House destroyed by extension cord fire

    January 17, 2016 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said a Baton Rouge home was destroyed in an electrical fire which broke out Sunday afternoon. Mark Miles with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire at 4816 Gus Young started just after 3 p.m. BRFD crews said when they arrived smoke was pouring... more »
  • O'Brien House expanding to help more women in need

    January 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's more hope and more help for women who are battling alcohol and drug addiction in the capital area. The O'Brien House in Baton Rouge dedicated a new women's dorm Wednesday, creating a lot more space for women in need. The facility extends a helping... more »
  • New House speaker has kept low profile as a state lawmaker

    January 13, 2016 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As a rank-and-file lawmaker, Louisiana's new House Speaker Taylor Barras wasn't one to seek the spotlight. The Republican from New Iberia never chaired a committee, and he wasn't the face of high-profile debates during his first eight years in office. Barras' election victory as House speaker this... more »
  • Democrats chosen to lead Senate's budget and tax committees

    January 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate President John Alario has selected Democrats to lead the Senate committees dealing with taxes and the budget. Sen. Eric LaFleur, of Ville Platte, will work as chairman of the Finance Committee, which helps to craft the state's annual budget and will grapple with closing... more »
  • Barras elected La. House Speaker over Edwards pick Play Video

    January 11, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Louisiana House elected New Iberia Republican Taylor Barras as their new Speaker, defeating the Democrat supported by John Bel Edwards for the position. Barras received 56 votes to Walt Leger's 49 to claim the Speaker's gavel from outgoing Speaker Chuck Kleckley. Leger... more »
  • Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race

    December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job. The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian... more »
  • House, Senate rush to send huge budget and tax deal to Obama

    December 18, 2015 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON- The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama a massive budget package that would fund the entire government through September 2016 and shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests. Friday's vote promises to finish up a surprisingly productive, bipartisan... more »
  • Ryan: Can't get everything you want

    December 16, 2015 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - "In divided government, you don't get everything you want." That's how House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending the spending and tax-cut compromise that's being prepared for House and Senate votes by the end of the week. The measure extends dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families, while... more »
  • Edwards resigns House seat during governor's transition

    December 11, 2015 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-election John Bel Edwards officially resigned from his seat in the state House of Representatives this week as he continues preparations to take Louisiana's highest office next month. Edwards said resigning the House District 72 post will allow him to devote his full attention to the... more »
  • Louisiana House speaker's race becomes two-man competition

    December 4, 2015 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The race to be Louisiana's next House speaker is becoming a bit of a brawl. Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is backing a Democrat in the majority Republican chamber, and GOP members are split on whether they should vote as a bloc. The divide is raising... more »
  • Lafourche Parish Council stands with Jindal on blocking refugees

    November 26, 2015 5:21 PM

    LAFOURCHE PARISH - The Lafourche Parish Council is standing with the state congressional delegation and more than half of U.S. governors in asking the president to halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the country. The council approved a resolution in a 6-3 vote Tuesday requesting that President Obama... more »
  • Baker tackles blight with weed, grass ordinance

    November 25, 2015 9:25 AM

    BAKER- The Baker City Council has voted unanimously to streamline the process of punishing property owners who fail to keep "excessive grass, weeds and vegetation" on their land under control. The law is part of a series of ordinances the city is developing to combat blight. The ordinance adopted Tuesday... more »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales up 8.8 percent in October

    November 25, 2015 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thanks to strong activity in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, the number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge rose 8.8 percent in October from a year ago. There were 766 homes sold in October in the nine-parish area. That's according to figures released Tuesday by the... more »
  • GOP loses state Senate seat, but picks up 2 spots in House

    November 23, 2015 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans have narrowly lost their super-majority in the state Senate after the weekend's runoff election. Democrats picked up a Senate seat Saturday. The chamber's GOP membership will drop from 26 to 25 in January, keeping Republicans short of the two-thirds bloc required to pass certain types... more »
  • House weighs proposal to allow heavier trucks on interstates

    November 3, 2015 6:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House is considering a controversial amendment to allow heavier trucks on interstate highways in an effort to save shippers time and money. The amendment by Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., offered to a larger transportation bill, is expected to be voted on Tuesday. Ribble says trucks leave... more »
  • Dogs, on fire, run from burning home after people report hearing explosions Play Video

    October 20, 2015 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire officials are trying to figure out what caused a massive fire late Monday evening. The fire broke out on North Stevendale Drive in Baton Rouge. BRFD spokesman Mark Miles says no one was home at the time, but the house was torched beyond repair. Neighbors say they... more »
  • House OKs lifting 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

    October 9, 2015 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to lift a 40-year U.S. ban on crude oil exports. The House approved the bill on a 261-159 vote. The White House calls the measure unnecessary and argues a decision on ending the... more »
  • Pressure mounts on Paul Ryan to run for speaker

    October 9, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The pressure is on Congressman Paul Ryan to run for House speaker. The process of finding a successor to John Boehner was thrown into chaos yesterday, when the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, announced he was abandoning his campaign for the post. Entering a closed-door Republican... more »
  • White House opposes bill blocking Iran nuclear deal

    September 30, 2015 1:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is opposing a House bill that aims to block implementation of the Iran nuclear deal until Tehran pays billions of dollars in damages to victims of Iranian-sponsored terror. In a statement on Wednesday, the Obama administration said the bill, which the House is to vote... more »
  • Home sales continue to rise in Baton Rouge area

    September 29, 2015 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge rose 5.7 percent in August from a year ago despite a drop in activity in Livingston Parish. In figures released Monday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service, there were 914 homes sold in August... more »
  • Court documents: Man burned house, took selfies at ruins

    September 2, 2015 9:46 AM

    MARYLAND- Court documents say a man who burned down a Maryland house in a jealous rage went back to the site and took selfies in front of the ruins. Twenty-six-year-old Justin Michael Clum of Pasadena, Maryland, was charged Saturday with three counts of attempted first degree murder, arson and other... more »
  • Polar opposites vying for late Rep. Williams seat Play Video

    September 1, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two women on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council going head-to-head for the late Representative Alfred Williams' District 61 House seat. C. Denise Marcelle and Donna Collins Lewis, both Democrats, are considered polar opposites in their styles. Marcelle is known for taking strong stands on issues... more »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales increase for second consecutive month

    August 27, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- For the second month in a row, the number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge increased from a year ago. According to figures from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service, there were 955 homes sold in July in the nine-parish area. That compares... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • Habitat For Humanity: Pink Tool Belt Bash

    August 11, 2015 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Habitat For Humanity's 10 th annual Pink Tool Belt Bash is coming back to Baton Rouge. “The Pink Tool Belt Bash is all about women helping other women rise above poverty housing to a more stable environment for themselves and their families,” said Habitat For Humanity... more »
  • Family pet killed in overnight house fire

    August 3, 2015 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators with the Baton Rouge Fire Department are looking into an house fire that killed a dog early Monday morning. Fire crews responded to the blaze in the 1800 block of Birch St. near N. 19 th around 3a.m. It took crews about 30 minutes to get... more »

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