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  • Governor's race candidates differ on how to serve elderly

    August 6, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three contenders to be Louisiana's next governor say they'd elevate elderly affairs issues to a cabinet-level department, rather than a small agency inside the governor's office. But the candidates differed on the approach. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he would merge the oversight of services for... more »
  • Theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale

    July 28, 2015 11:42 AM

    CARROLLTON - John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised... more »
  • McCain: Trump owes veterans an apology

    July 20, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. John McCain is responding to remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who dismissed the former Vietnam POW's status as a war hero by saying, "I like people who weren't captured." McCain told MSNBC this morning that Trump doesn't need to apologize to him, but should... more »
  • SLU president hand delivers diploma to student

    December 16, 2013 7:04 AM

    HAMMOND - The president of Southeastern Louisiana University made a home delivery of a diploma so an ailing father could see a son graduate. This was the first time SLU President John Crain had been asked to make such an accommodation for a student's family. This past Thursday, Crain traveled... more »
  • Ousted board member still supports lawsuit

    October 17, 2013 11:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - One of the people no longer part of a New Orleans area flood protection board says he'll keep working on support for a controversial lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Author and historian John Barry was one of three members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection... more »
  • Second arrest made in AC burglary

    October 15, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police have arrested a second man in connection with a burglary of Acme Refrigeration. Wayne Watson was arrested in Port Arthur, Texas after BRPD issued a warrant for him last week. Watson will be extradited to Baton Rouge and booked into East Baton... more »
  • State construction projects back on track

    October 11, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher revenue forecasts and low interest rates have Louisiana's construction projects back on track. Louisiana had been close to its constitutional limit on debt. State Treasurer John Kennedy said the money to pay for ongoing construction was running out, with no room to borrow more.... more »
  • Funding boosted for Course Choice, to add students

    August 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Superintendent of Education John White says he's adding another $1 million to the budget for the state's new Course Choice program to eliminate the waiting list. The program offers online and nontraditional high school course offerings to public school students. Academic courses and skills training are being taught... more »
  • Nonprofit organizations tied to state senator check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A News 2 investigation shows links between Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, her husband and two nonprofit organizations targeted by State Treasurer John Kennedy's Office. Kennedy sent a list of Non-Governmental Organizations , or NGO's, that have failed to provide documentation to the state outlining how... more »
  • New security measures at City Hall check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 18, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four security doors were recently installed on the third floor of City Hall. Metro Councilman John Delgado requested them after reports of people walking freely into personal council offices during meetings. "This is a public building. We want to make it accessible to people, but... more »
  • Former Orleans Parish sheriff employee sentenced to five years

    July 3, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former high-ranking employee of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has been sentenced to five years in prison for coordinating a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with contractors. Federal prosecutors say John Sens, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating in an ongoing probe of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin... more »
  • New Orleans police officer fired

    June 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials say a New Orleans police officer has been fired for clocking in overtime when he allegedly was doing personal business. Police spokeswoman Remi Braden tells The Advocate that Sgt. John Hunter was fired "after a lengthy, undercover Public Integrity Bureau investigation revealed that he had committed... more »
  • Family spared in crash pays respects to dead pilot

    June 12, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The family who was inside a house just minutes before a plane crashed on top of it and exploded paid respects to the pilot who was killed in the crash. Wednesday, the Smith family spent the evening at funeral services for John Fowler. Fowler died Friday when... more »
  • Coroner releases official cause of death in plane crash

    June 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner said Monday pilot John Fowler died from "blunt force, thermal, and inhalational injuries." Dr. William "Beau" Clark classified Fowler's cause of death as an accident. Fowler was killed when his plane fell from the sky and crashed into a house... more »
  • Man arrested, accused of camp burglaries

    April 29, 2013 11:38 AM

    HOUMA - Detectives in Terrebonne Parish arrested a man in connection with thefts from a pair of camps along Highway 56 in Chauvin. Deputies accused Jimmy John Scott, 27, of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and said he had outstanding arrest warrants for contempt of court. The... more »
  • Obama taps homeland security aide to head CIA

    January 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has tapped White House homeland security adviser John Brennan as his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama on Monday appeared with Brennan in the East Room of the White House to name him as his pick to succeed former CIA chief David Petraeus,... more »
  • Kerry prepping for secretary of state confirmation

    January 3, 2013 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department says Sen. John Kerry, who President Barack Obama has nominated to be the next secretary of state, has started meeting with diplomatic staff to prepare for his confirmation. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Kerry was at the department's Foggy Bottom headquarters Wednesday. She says... more »
  • 'Fiscal cliff' leaves Boehner a wounded speaker

    December 22, 2012 10:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback his own Republican troops dealt him in their "fiscal cliff" struggle with President Barack Obama. There's plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is... more »
  • Kerry believed to be new Secy. of State choice

    December 14, 2012 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - He wasn't successful in his presidential bid eight years ago, but John Kerry may now be getting another job he's been hoping for. The Massachusetts senator is now considered the front-runner to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. This, after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice dropped out... more »
  • Boehner: Differences remain in fiscal cliff talks

    December 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Christmas story accompanies lighting of Capitol Tree

    December 4, 2012 6:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ. Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado. Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch... more »
  • Emotional Smith likely nearing end with Arkansas

    November 19, 2012 5:23 PM

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith expects an overflow of emotions as he prepares for this week's season-finale. The Razorbacks (4-7, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) end their season Friday against No. 8 LSU, doing so with full knowledge they any hopes of a fourth straight bowl game ended... more »
  • Kennedy opposes $50,000 pay raise for Citizens CEO

    November 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy is urging rejection of a proposed $50,000 pay raise for the top executive of Louisiana's state-run property insurance company. Kennedy said Friday that he's hoping Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon will refuse to sign off on the raise for Richard Robertson, CEO of the Louisiana... more »
  • House speaker presses Obama for answers on Libya

    October 25, 2012 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaking John Boehner is pressing President Barack Obama for answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans. Boehner sent a letter to Obama on Thursday asking whether he or senior administration officials had been personally briefed about security... more »
  • Expansion, rule changes OK with SEC hoop coaches

    June 25, 2012 5:15 PM

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's outspoken men's basketball coach John Calipari has long championed the talent and depth in the Southeastern Conference - even when the NCAA tournament selection committee didn't share his optimism. And he's even more bullish about the league's future now that Missouri and Texas A&M have... more »
  • LSU Supervisors to discuss coaching contracts, pay raises

    June 5, 2012 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors is set to discuss numerous pay increases for assistant football coaches along with the approval of new Men's Basketball Coach Johnny Jones' contract at their monthly meeting on Friday. Jones' contract runs from April 14, 2012 through June 30, 2017 earning... more »
  • As Edwards jury deliberates, how long is too long?

    May 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The jury at the John Edwards trial is set to begin deliberating a seventh day on Tuesday, and speculation is growing that there may be a deadlock. Edwards faces six felony charges. Authorities say two wealthy political donors provided $1 million to help hide his pregnant mistress... more »
  • Jury at Edwards trial set to resume deliberations

    May 21, 2012 7:17 AM

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The jury deciding the fate of John Edwards is set to resume deliberations in North Carolina today following a weekend break. The former presidential candidate faces 30 years in prison after pleading not guilty to six campaign finance corruption charges. The jury began considering its decision Friday,... more »
  • Defense rests without Edwards testifying

    May 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    GREENSBORO - John Edwards' defense team has rested their case without the former presidential candidate or his mistress taking the witness stand. Edwards' defense team rested Wednesday morning. Some court watchers had expected the former U.S. senator and trial lawyer to testify in his own defense. The move signals... more »
  • Edwards defense to ask judge to throw out case

    May 11, 2012 7:39 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Defense lawyers for John Edwards will ask a judge today to dismiss corruption charges against their client, arguing prosecutors failed to prove the former presidential candidate intentionally violated the law. Such motions are very rarely successful. But after 14 days of testimony and evidence presented by prosecutors,... more »
  • Board votes to fire LSU System president check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU System Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to fire President John Lombardi. The vote was 12-4 in favor of removing Lombardi. The board named former system president Bill Jenkins as interim president as they begin a national search for Lombardi's replacement. Lombardi was... more »
  • Tommy John surgery for Brian Wilson

    April 19, 2012 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE -Former LSU Tiger pitcher and All-Star Giants closer Brian Wilson will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Thursday in Pensacola ending his season. Renowned elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery after doing a similar procedure on Wilson when the right-hander was in college at... more »
  • Heart disease, one family's journey check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Reduce Your Risk, a series of reports on the dangers heart disease, continues today on News2. Tonight, find out how heart disease suddenly changed one family's world forever. Sadness, and then inpiration; one family's journey to beat heart disease. News2 Anchor John Pastorek has their story tonight... more »
  • Sam steps into interim EBR superintendent role check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As John Dilworth leaves as the East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent, his temporary replacement Carlos Sam has his hands full. Over the next few months, Sam will work with the current administration to tackle the looming budget deficit the school system faces. "Ultimately we're... more »
  • Last day for Superintendent John Dilworth

    February 24, 2012 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's the last day for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Superintendent John Dilworth. He announced several weeks ago he would be leaving due to health reasons. Carlos Sam, director of magnet programs, has been named interim superintendent. Sam sat down with News 2, and... more »
  • Rayne trusty apprehended in Baton Rouge

    February 16, 2012 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A trusty from Rayne City Jail is back in jail after a police chase in Baton Rouge last night. Department of Corrections inmate John J. Smith, 42, is accused of stealing a City of Rayne pickup truck and fleeing to Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • Dobard named new Recovery School District Superintendent

    January 18, 2012 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a new leader for the state's struggling schools. Patrick Dobard was named the new superintendent of the Recovery School District by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education today, taking the place of the new BESE Superintendent John White. The nomination came from... more »
  • Driver dies in single-car accident

    January 18, 2012 8:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Sulphur man is dead following a crash Tuesday evening in West Baton Rouge Parish. It happened just after 6:30 p.m. on I-10 eastbound near LA 415. State troopers say 51-year-old John Tarasiewicz was driving his Ford pickup when he suddenly ran off the roadway.... more »
  • BESE picks White as new La. school superintendent

    January 11, 2012 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public education board is hiring Recovery School District leader John White as state education superintendent. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Wednesday for White, who Gov. Bobby Jindal had heavily pushed for the job. The vote came only two days after the board's... more »
  • Future plans for EBR unveiled

    February 16, 2011 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As East Baton Rouge becomes the largest parish in the state, Mayor Kip Holden is optimistic that the new parish-wide "vision" of the future will become a reality if the public gets behind it. The plan identifies six key areas where growth and development will enhance... more »
  • Boehner asks Obama to Jan. 25 State of the Union

    January 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25, the first opportunity for the president to address the full assembly of lawmakers under new divided government. The address is typically an... more »
  • Meeting to discuss EBR school closures underway

    January 6, 2011 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is set to vote on a number of issues at Thursday's meeting. So far, Superintendent John Dilworth has added to his original plan. The additions include keeping Polk Elementary open two more years, but they must improve enrollment... more »

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