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  • 11 people pass through unmanned NY airport security checkpoint

    February 20, 2017 8:44 PM

    NEW YORK - Authorities are trying to find eight of 11 people who passed through an unattended security checkpoint lane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says it happened Monday morning at Terminal 5. He says authorities... more »
  • Flood victims can comment in person on state recovery plans

    February 4, 2017 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is holding public meetings for victims of the March and August floods to comment on the governor's plans for spending $1.2 billion in federal rebuilding aid. The first public meeting was held Friday in Lafayette Parish. Additional meetings are scheduled in Baton... more »
  • Louisiana's December unemployment rate dips as labor force shrinks

    January 24, 2017 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent in December as people kept leaving the labor force. The jobless rate fell from 6.2 percent in November, but remained above December 2015's 5.8 percent level. Fewer people reported having jobs and fewer were looking. The number of unemployed Louisianans... more »
  • Kerry backs "2-nation" solution for Mideast

    January 15, 2017 2:09 PM

    PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is defending an international call for renewed efforts at Mideast peace. Kerry, speaking to reporters after taking part in a peace conference Sunday in Paris, rejected Israeli criticism of the meeting, saying the concept of a two-state solution to the conflict is... more »
  • CIA director says Trump tweeting harms security

    January 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan says Donald Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the U.S. Brennan said Sunday the national security questions Trump will face after becoming president on Friday are... more »
  • White House urges Trump to mend ties with Lewis

    January 15, 2017 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's chief of staff says Donald Trump should mend relations with civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis to send a message to the American people and the world. The president-elect tore into Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of his White House victory, intensifying a... more »
  • Cuts loom as latest budget deficit tops $300 million

    January 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's midyear deficit has been pegged at $313 million, a figure that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says will trigger the governor to call a special legislative session to re-balance the budget. An income forecasting panel downgraded Louisiana tax collection estimates Friday, to account for unemployment that... more »
  • Edwards' inauguration festivities not comparable to previous governor's plans

    January 2, 2016 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards may have cannon fire and a black-tie ball, but the approach for his Jan. 11 inaugural festivities is more understated compared to past governors. Among Edwards' immediate predecessors, Bobby Jindal had a free festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Kathleen Blanco's team created... more »
  • 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 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 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 »

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