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  • Ethics exemption for state police leader's son wins House OK

    April 27, 2017 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to carve out a special ethics exemption for the son of the state police superintendent. Under the proposal, Louisiana's anti-nepotism laws would be rewritten to let the son of Col. Kevin Reeves continue working as a state trooper even though he hadn't... more »
  • Spicer apologizes for 'insensitive' reference to Holocaust

    April 11, 2017 9:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Sean Spicer is apologizing for making an "insensitive" reference to the Holocaust in earlier comments about Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons. Spicer says in an interview with CNN that he mistakenly used "an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust." He says... more »
  • Suspect sought after house fire kills 89-year-old woman in Tangipahoa Parish

    April 11, 2017 1:33 PM

    TANGIPAHOA – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of an 89-year-old woman after deputies say her house was set on fire. According to the sheriff's office, the incident occurred on April 10 around 9:15 p.m. at the home of Dorothy Poche located on School Section Road... more »
  • Louisiana House committee starts vetting tax rewrite ideas

    April 11, 2017 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House tax committee have launched their work on the main debate of the legislative session, whether and how to rewrite Louisiana's tax laws. The House Ways and Means Committee began vetting tax proposals Tuesday, a day after the two-month legislative session opened. More than... more »
  • 2 new Republican members sworn into the Louisiana House

    April 10, 2017 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has two new members. Reps. John Stefanski and Joe Stagni were sworn in Monday after winning elections earlier this year to two vacant seats. Stefanski, a Republican from Crowley, takes over the seat previously represented by Jack Montoucet, a Democrat who left when Gov.... more »
  • Three transported to hospital after early morning Plaquemine house fire

    April 8, 2017 11:12 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Three people were transported to local hospitals after a reported house fire on Patureau Lane Saturday morning. According to authorities, the fire started sometime before 5:30 a.m. in the 25000 block of Patureau Lane. The fire was reported under control around 8:30 a.m., according to the... more »
  • House intelligence committee chair steps aside

    April 6, 2017 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House intelligence committee says he will temporarily step aside from the panel's probe into Russian meddling in the election. In a statement on Thursday, Republican congressman Devin Nunes of California says that several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against him with the office... more »
  • EBR Metro Councilman wants to fix neighborhood's traffic troubles Play Video

    April 5, 2017 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman is trying to fix a traffic issue in the Woodland Ridge neighborhood, but he says it could take a while. The city's traffic engineer said they have to first gather traffic data in the congested neighborhood to help narrow down the... more »
  • Crews fight fire behind Frostop on France Street Play Video

    April 5, 2017 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to a building on fire behind the Frostop on France Street Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported around 5 p.m. in the 400 block of France Street. There is currently no word any injuries or the extent of the damage. A WBRZ News... more »
  • House measures rebuke North Korea for belligerent behavior

    April 4, 2017 9:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House has voted overwhelmingly to condemn North Korea's development of long-range ballistic missiles and urge that the reclusive Asian nation be put back on the terrorism blacklist. Speaker Paul Ryan says the two measures approved Monday by wide margins are "concrete actions" that hold Pyongyang accountable... more »
  • LSUPD investigating spray-painted message on Chi Omega sorority house

    April 2, 2017 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Police Department is investigating a spray-painted message that was found on the Chi Omega sorority house located on LSU's campus. According to a University spokesperson, LSUPD responded to a report of vandalism at 10:50 a.m. Sunday morning. LSU PD investigating spray-painted threat... more »
  • BRFD: Vacant house fire determined to be arson

    April 2, 2017 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A vacant house fire that took place on Missouri Street was determined to be caused by arson, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. According to BRFD, firefighters were called to the 2100 block of Missouri Street at 4:49 a.m. Sunday morning. Firefighters arrived at... more »
  • Lawsuit: Waffle House grease seeped onto neighbor's property

    March 28, 2017 9:10 PM

    ANNISTON, Ala. - An Alabama man says in a federal lawsuit that grease and sewage from a nearby Waffle House seeped onto his property, doing thousands of dollars in damage. Mack Crook Jr. of Anniston is seeking a total of $800,000 from Norcross, Georgia-based Waffle House Inc. At issue is... more »
  • House votes to block Obama-era online privacy rules

    March 28, 2017 9:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration. It's the first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers. The Federal Communications Commission rule was designed to... more »
  • SUV drives through home on Rhodes Avenue

    March 28, 2017 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police are investigating how a Chevrolet Tahoe ended up between a house and an oak tree Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses tell WBRZ that the SUV had turned from Monroe Avenue onto Rhodes Avenue, traveled around the tree and into a home. Photos from the scene significant... more »
  • Fire marshal rules Ethel house fire arson-suicide

    March 27, 2017 6:28 PM

    EAST FELICIANA – Investigators say the man found dead after a house fire in Ethel earlier this month set the blaze and then shot himself. James Gilliland, 59, had lost his job and after years of a lease-to-own deal with the owners, he could no longer afford the rent,... more »
  • Crews respond to house fire on Montrachet Drive

    March 23, 2017 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 10000 block of Montrachet Drive on Thursday afternoon. According to the St. George Fire Department, the fire was an accidental cooking fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen. There are no reported injuries.... more »
  • 80-year-old woman dead in large house fire near Zachary

    March 21, 2017 11:40 AM

    ZACHARY – Firefighters say one woman has died after a large house fire on Samuels Road near Zachary Tuesday morning. The home is located in the 21000 block of Samuels Road. Zachary Fire Department officials contacted the State Fire Marshal's Office while working the fire. Family members and neighbors... more »
  • Trump releases tax info ahead of TV report

    March 14, 2017 8:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Donald Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year. The acknowledgment comes as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says she has obtained part of Trump's 2005 tax forms. The White House is pushing... more »
  • Calumet Street house fire caused by pot left on stove

    March 14, 2017 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews responded to a house fire in the 3100 block of Calumet Street on Tuesday morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the fire started in the kitchen of the home. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to that room of the home, however... more »
  • Mississippi House retreats from Confederate flag mandate

    March 13, 2017 8:57 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has halted a push to require that universities fly the state's Confederate-themed flag. Republican Rep. William Shirley of Quitman persuaded the House last week to withhold a tax break from universities that don't fly the flag. But a committee chairman pledged to kill the... more »
  • WATCH: Car swerves off road, lands on roof in China Play Video

    March 12, 2017 6:01 PM

    CHINA - Footage showing a car landing on the roof of a home in China's Jiangsu Providence surfaced Sunday. The homeowner says he was investigating a loud noise in his home when he discovered the SUV had crashed through his ceiling. The driver of the vehicle said he... more »
  • Firefighter killed after responding to Pennsylvania hoverboard fire

    March 12, 2017 3:08 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Authorities say a Pennsylvania fire department official injured in a crash while responding to a fatal fire has died of his injuries. The Harrisburg fire department said Lt. Dennis DeVoe died Saturday evening "surrounded by his family and close friends." He was a 21-year veteran of the... more »
  • 3-year-old killed, two others hurt in Pennsylvania hoverboard fire

    March 11, 2017 5:44 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died following a Pennsylvania fire that also critically injured two others and appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard. The Lehigh County coroner's office said Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead at an area hospital just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday.... more »
  • Secret Service: Person arrested on White House grounds

    March 11, 2017 12:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secret Service says a person is under arrest after climbing a fence and getting onto the south grounds of the White House. The breach happened at about 11:38 p.m. Friday. President Donald Trump was at the White House. The agency says the individual - whom it... more »
  • House GOP releases bill replacing Obama health care overhaul

    March 6, 2017 8:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government's health care role and is expected to result in fewer people having insurance coverage. House committees planned votes on the legislation Wednesday. That will... more »
  • White House wants probe of wiretap allegations

    March 5, 2017 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for a congressional investigation of allegations that the former Obama administration ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower during the last presidential campaign. But Sanders refused to say where the current president got his information or why he blamed the former president. Sanders... more »
  • Four hospitalized after vehicle crashes into home on Gus Young Ave.

    March 4, 2017 9:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several people were reportedly hospitalized after a vehicle crashed into a house Saturday night. The crash happened on Gus Young Ave. at N. Acadian around 8 p.m. Sources say the four people involved were taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. This is a... more »
  • Mother, 4 children die in Massachusetts blaze

    March 4, 2017 3:55 PM

    WARWICK, Mass. - Officials say a mother and four children were killed when flames swept through their home in the small Massachusetts town of Warwick. Two other members of the family escaped the fire, which broke in the single-family home around 12:45 a.m. Saturday. The names of the victims were... more »
  • Republicans block bid to force Trump to release tax returns

    February 27, 2017 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to Congress. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey said Monday that Congress has a responsibility to hold the executive branch "to the highest standard of transparency to ensure the... more »
  • Vehicle crashes into Donaldsonville home, starts house fire

    February 26, 2017 11:15 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A home is reportedly on fire after a vehicle crashed into it Sunday night. According to the Ascesnion Parish Sheriff's Office, firefighters are responding to the scene of the fire on Christy Drive. It is not yet known if anyone has been injured as a result of... more »
  • One injured in Baton Rouge house fire

    February 26, 2017 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person has been transported to an area hospital after a home caught fire Sunday night. Sources say the person suffered minor injuries in the fire on Bard Avenue at Sherwood Forest Drive. Details are limited at this time. We will update this story when... more »
  • BRFD responds to house fire on Tennessee Street

    February 24, 2017 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews responded to a house fire on Tennessee Street Friday evening. BRFD confirmed the house fire on Tennessee Street near E. Polk Street, blocks away from Highland Road. Sources on scene reported seeing black smoke coming out of the roof of one of the... more »
  • Legislators believe special session will come down to the wire Play Video

    February 22, 2017 8:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The pressure is on for lawmakers to find a way to cover the state's massive budget gap. They've spent the past nine days negotiating a plan, and many legislators believe it will come down to the wire. The main concern is approving how much of... more »
  • Louisiana budget deal negotiated, but will it pass in House?

    February 21, 2017 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With time running short, Louisiana's lawmakers have moved the pieces of a budget-rebalancing deal into place. But final passage of the plan to close a $304 million deficit remained far from certain. The special legislative session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to eliminate the gap must... more »
  • Vacant house fire on Evangeline Street caused by arson

    February 16, 2017 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a vacant house fire that was caused by arson on Evangeline Street Thursday afternoon. The fire occurred around 3 p.m. in the 6400 block of Evangeline Street. BRFD firefighters arrived on scene to find fire coming form the front... more »
  • Lightning strike causes house fire on Rabbit Run Drive

    February 7, 2017 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A lightning strike caused a house fire on Rabbit Run Drive on Tuesday as severe storms and tornadoes impacted the area. According to the St. George Fire Department, the lightning strike hit the home's chimney and caused a fire in the attic. There are no... more »
  • White House issues list of 78 attacks

    February 6, 2017 9:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has released a list of 78 attacks it describes as "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State group. The White House says most did not get sufficient attention. The list includes incidents like a truck massacre in Nice that killed dozens and received widespread attention,... more »
  • House fire on Buckeye Drive caused by lint in laundry's dryer

    January 27, 2017 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 6000 block of Buckeye Drive Friday morning. Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the home's laundry room. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the fire was caused by lint accumulated in the dryer's vent.... more »
  • 'Very beginning' for embassy move discussions

    January 22, 2017 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's at the "very beginning" of discussing plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The statement follows reports in Israeli media that President Donald Trump had imminent plans to announce the move. Trump is scheduled to speak to... more »
  • Trump aide says tax returns won't be made public

    January 22, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway says President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns, appearing to shut the door on a decades-long tradition of transparency. Every president since 1976 has released their returns. During the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they were... more »
  • House Dems press FBI on Russia, possible link to Trump camp

    January 14, 2017 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats have confronted FBI Director James Comey over his refusal to say whether the FBI is investigating possible links between President-elect Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. The Democrats are still seething over Comey's handling of the election-year inquiry of Hillary Clinton. The strong words came during a... more »
  • Obama awards Biden Presidential Medal of Freedom

    January 12, 2017 5:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is awarding Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A teary-eyed Biden accepted the medal, the highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the White House Thursday. Obama says he is bestowing the honor on Biden for "faith in your fellow Americans, for... more »
  • Coroner identifies 3 dead after shooting, fire

    January 9, 2017 8:57 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - Authorities allege a man killed his mother and his girlfriend, then opened fire on deputies who responded to his rural Kentucky home. The man is then believed to have set his own home on fire before turning his gun on himself. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said... more »
  • Afternoon house fire reported on North 44th Street

    January 7, 2017 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday afternoon in the 1400 block of North 44th Street. The fire occurred at 1:42 p.m. When firefighters arrived, five occupants of the home escaped the flames unharmed. According to the fire department, the fire... more »
  • House bill makes VA employees more accountable

    January 3, 2017 10:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill that would require all reprimands and admonishments given to Department of Veterans Affairs employees to remain in their personnel files as long as they are employed there. The new chairman of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee,... more »
  • House GOP votes to gut independent ethics office

    January 2, 2017 9:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have voted to eviscerate the independent Office of Government Ethics, prompting an outcry from Democrats and watchdog groups. The vote Monday night would put the office under the control of the House Ethics committee, which is run by lawmakers. The full House is expected to vote... more »
  • Arson causes early morning house fire on Lupine Avenue

    January 2, 2017 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department says that arson was the cause of an early morning house fire on Lupine Avenue. The fire occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Monday at a vacant house located at 2771 Lupine Avenue. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the house... more »
  • 3 children die in fatal house fire in Attala County

    December 10, 2016 12:31 PM

    KOSCIUSKO, Miss. - Attala County Coroner Sam Bell has confirmed that three children were killed in a house fire overnight. Bell tells WLBT-TV that authorities were called to the scene about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Further details, including the children's ages and what might have caused the fire, were not immediately... more »
  • 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 »

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