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  • Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program

    April 17, 2017 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin... more »
  • EBR Mayor lifts her silence on COA issue, state investigation underway Play Video

    April 13, 2017 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Following a tumultuous two weeks for the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs has launched an investigation into the EBR C ouncil on Aging. The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor also weighed in today, saying... more »
  • Nissan denies breaking labor laws in Mississippi

    April 10, 2017 11:44 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Nissan Motor Co. disputes federal claims of labor law violations at its Mississippi assembly plant. The National Labor Relations Board added three new charges to a complaint against the Japanese automaker and a contract worker agency. Filed March 31, the board claims a supervisor illegally threatened the... more »
  • Edwards: Congressman 'can no longer be trusted' on flood aid

    April 6, 2017 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is accusing a Baton Rouge congressman of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding. The Democratic governor's office released a memo Thursday saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted"... 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 »
  • Appeals court considers Mississippi LGBT law

    April 3, 2017 9:41 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Attorneys for both sides are expressing confidence after a federal appeals court heard arguments about Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Three judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Monday in Lubbock, Texas. The Mississippi law would let merchants... more »
  • Recent car burglaries drive concerns for New Roads residents Play Video

    March 29, 2017 10:53 PM

    NEW ROADS - Residents are asking police to crack down on car burglars, but officials say they are having a hard time keeping them locked up when they are caught. One resident told WBRZ her car was broken into in the Fairfield subdivision one week ago. She said she... more »
  • Louisiana lawmaker promises to fix marriage law

    March 23, 2017 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has cleared the way for a foreign-born U.S. citizen to get a marriage license in Louisiana, despite a law that took effect last year requiring him to have a birth certificate. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle blocked the law Wednesday. Viet Anh Vo and... more »
  • Sharper's lawyers: Plea terms not adequately explained

    March 10, 2017 8:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for disgraced former NFL star and admitted rapist Darren Sharper argue in an appeal that a judge did not adequately explain the consequences of a plea agreement resulting in his 18-year federal prison sentence. Their arguments were filed Friday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of... more »
  • Lawyer: White House to no longer contest Texas' voter ID law

    February 27, 2017 4:01 PM

    AUSTIN, Tx. - An attorney for a voting rights group says President Donald Trump's administration has told her that the federal government no longer plans to challenge Texas' strict voter ID law. Danielle Lang, of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said Monday that plaintiffs in the case were told by... more »
  • AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

    February 18, 2017 11:25 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas election officials acknowledge that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID. The chief election officers in two of Texas' largest counties... more »
  • Huge Baton Rouge drug bust uncovers narcotics, gun, cash

    February 16, 2017 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has arrested two men after they uncovered large amounts of illegal substances, including drugs and a gun, from two separate apartments. According to deputies, 35-year-old Damar Xavier Coleman and 23-year-old Jules Morris were arrested Friday. Deputies say the two... more »
  • Student body presidents express concern over threats to higher education

    February 16, 2017 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plea to the governor, the Council of Student Body Presidents expressed their concern over "constant cuts" to higher education. More than 30 student body presidents from Louisiana schools, including Louisiana State University and Southern University, issued a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards and... more »
  • Dudley DeBosier law firm to offer free Uber rides for St. Patrick's Day parade

    February 16, 2017 1:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Dudley DeBosier, a personal injury law firm, if offering free rides through Uber on Mar. 18, the date of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The free rides are a part of the "Safe Ride Home" initiative where the firm offers to pick up the tab for... more »
  • Mississippi 'Back the Badge' bill passes House after emotional debate

    February 8, 2017 10:04 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has voted to triple the penalties for committing violence against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency responders. The 85-31 vote came Wednesday only after several black representatives talked about how they or their loved ones had been racially profiled or treated harshly by the... more »
  • Prosecutors drop charges for 3 arrested on Inauguration Day

    February 8, 2017 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Prosecutors have dropped felony rioting charges against three more people who were arrested after protesters broke windows and torched a limousine in Washington on Inauguration Day. That brings the total number of dropped cases to twelve. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia made the announcement... more »
  • LSU Law Center to host panel on travel ban

    February 6, 2017 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The LSU Law Center will host a panel discussion on the travel ban issued by President Donald Trump. The ban prohibits citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, bans all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely... more »
  • Small fire extinguised at old Livingston Parish courthouse

    February 2, 2017 10:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Firefighters extinguished a small fire at the old Livigston Parish Courthouse Friday. Officials said they responded to calls about a fire at the building and smelled smoke when they first arrived on scene. Smoke inside the building set off the sprinkler system inside. The extent of... more »
  • Investigations lead to seizure of drugs, guns, money and 2 arrests

    February 2, 2017 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigations conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies led to two arrests and the seizure of several drugs, guns and money on Tuesday. Detectives with the BRPD Special Response Team, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office assisted in investigations that... more »
  • Dad: drive-by victim was to join Army Reserves

    February 1, 2017 9:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The father of an 18-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting in front of a New Orleans high school says his son was in Tulane University's culinary catering program and was planning to join the Army Reserves. Lawrence Williams Jr. said Lawrence Williams IV had never been in... more »
  • Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids' cases

    February 1, 2017 8:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's immigration courts are making a change to focus more on deportation hearings for immigrants jailed by the federal government. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller issued a memo Tuesday saying the top priority for immigration judges will be scheduling quick hearings for anyone who is detained. That... more »
  • Trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials

    January 28, 2017 6:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is imposing a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments, and a five-year ban for other lobbying. Trump used his executive authority Saturday to put in place the bans - fulfilling part of his campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington. Trump... more »
  • Jury clears cops in 2014 park attack

    January 28, 2017 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A jury cleared three former Baton Rouge Police officers who were on trial for abuse of power. The trial related to the 2014 accusations by a woman who said an officer forced her to perform oral sex on him while two other officers acted as "look... more »
  • Central firefighters respond to 2-alarm fire on Frontier Drive

    January 26, 2017 10:42 PM

    CENTRAL - Firefighters extinguished a 2-alarm fire on Frontier Drive in Central Thursday. Central Fire officials say the fire happened at a home in the 7100 block of Frontier Drive near Lariat Avenue around 8:30 p.m. A Central Fire Department spokesperson told News 2 the two-story home was... more »
  • Ascension residents furious over Matassa trial delay Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:21 AM

    GONZALES - Frustrated residents met to discuss the lack of action taken against embattled Parish President Kenny Matassa. Matassa is accused of bribery , allegedly offering money to a man if he dropped out of a Gonzales council race. District Attorney Ricky Babin scheudled a grand jury for Matassa last... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Make America Great Again' hats bring big business for Louisiana company Play Video

    January 25, 2017 10:56 PM

    LAFAYETTE - It was the fashion of the campaign; a red sea of "Make America Great Again" hats could always be found at every rally for now-President Donald Trump. But did you know the heart of the operation to get those hats and other gear to supporters was located right... more »
  • Bill: Make schools fly Mississippi's Confederate-themed flag

    January 25, 2017 8:53 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A bill advancing in the Mississippi House would require all K-12 schools to fly the state flag or lose state accreditation. House Bill 280 passed the House Education Committee 13-8 Wednesday. It would require all schools to follow all state laws. One often-ignored Mississippi law says... more »
  • 18-year-old Gretna mayoral candidate disqualified

    January 25, 2017 8:34 PM

    GRETNA, La. - An 18-year-old high school student who signed up to run for Gretna mayor has been disqualified from the race. The New Orleans Advocate reports William Boartfield Jr.'s ouster results from a lawsuit accusing him of not living in Gretna long enough to run. State District Judge Raymond... more »
  • Dudley DeBosier law firm offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors

    January 25, 2017 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, a personal injury law firm, is accepting applications for their College Scholarship Program. The law firm is providing eight $1,000 scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship to eligible graduating students. The program is open to graduating high school seniors in Louisiana who are... more »
  • Court upholds rule dividing Gulf red snapper season

    January 18, 2017 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court ruling means there will continue to be different red snapper fishing limits in federal Gulf of Mexico waters for charter fishing boats and recreational anglers who have their own boats. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans refused Tuesday to... more »
  • Groups celebrate 10-year mark of La. restaurant smoking ban

    January 14, 2017 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Anti-smoking groups are touting the 10-year anniversary of Louisiana's law banning smoking in restaurants, schools and workplaces. The law, known as the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, took effect in January 2007. It has exemptions that continue today for smoking in bars and casinos, but allowed local municipalities... more »
  • Attorney: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

    January 13, 2017 7:59 PM

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile. In a motion filed Friday in a... more »
  • Governor Edwards to hold ceremony for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

    January 7, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards signed an official proclamation designating Monday, Jan. 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Louisiana. The day is a way of expressing gratitude for the dedicated service of law enforcement officers and their families around the state. "We are immensely grateful... more »
  • Law office building catches fire due to overheated copy machine

    January 3, 2017 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A law office building caught fire after a copy machine overheated. The fire occurred at the Locke Meredith, Sean Fagan & Associates law office at 9190 Interline Avenue on Monday just before 10 p.m. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a copy machine on fire... more »
  • Judge orders state to keep 3 death row inmates cool

    December 22, 2016 8:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ordered prison officials to continue using new measures for controlling dangerous heat levels for three medically vulnerable inmates on Louisiana's death row. He stopped short of requiring the installation of air conditioning - saying the low-tech remedies officials experimented with last summer... more »
  • Charlotte council repeals entire LGBT ordinance

    December 21, 2016 10:05 AM

    RALEIGH - City leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, have held an emergency meeting and taken more action designed to get a statewide law off the books that limits LGBT rights and designates which restrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. The Charlotte City Council voted 7-2... more »
  • Lafayette wins EPA air monitoring award

    December 15, 2016 8:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Cities in Louisiana and Maryland have won a national Environmental Protection Administration contest for plans to have residents set out hundreds of air pollution sensors, with results made public. Lafayette, Louisiana, and Baltimore each get $40,000 to help implement those plans. After a year, they can qualify for... more »
  • Edwards promotes awareness of 'move over' law for safety

    November 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards, highway officials and law enforcement agencies are promoting Louisiana's "move over" law. The law requires motorists to change lanes, if possible, when approaching emergency or police vehicles on the shoulder of a highway, or to at least slow down. The law is aimed... more »
  • State brings stripper's death into suit over age limit law

    November 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the state want a federal court to review a Louisiana police report on the 2015 death of a 19-year-old stripper. But a judge has rejected their arguments. Thursday's ruling is the latest development in a lawsuit filed by three dancers who are fighting a new... more »
  • Tax law rewrite proposals released to Louisiana lawmakers

    November 2, 2016 9:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are being urged to make sweeping changes to the state's sales tax, personal income tax and property tax policies. The effort is aimed at stabilizing state government finances and ending its boom-and-bust budgeting cycles. A study group created by lawmakers to recommend a tax revamp... more »
  • Attorneys in BP settlement with divide $555.2 million

    October 27, 2016 8:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans issued a 42-page ruling spelling out reasons... more »
  • Pointe Coupee residents learn more about possible government change Play Video

    October 26, 2016 9:49 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - A change in government could be coming, as voters decide whether to keep their police jury or switch to a parish council. In a packed meeting, residents listened to arguments on both sides of the coin, before they get a chance to vote on the Novermber 8... more »
  • Supposed niece, others seek shares of Prince's estate

    October 21, 2016 10:07 PM

    CHASKA, Minn. - A Minnesota judge says he'll try to rule quickly whether Minnesota law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to shares of the late rock superstar's estate. Attorneys for Prince's siblings said at a hearing Friday that the purported family members' claims should be rejected... more »
  • Man sues over arrest after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

    October 21, 2016 10:03 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company. The Orlando Sentinel reports Daniel Rushing filed a lawsuit last week, claiming negligence by the city and the kit's manufacturer.... more »
  • La. Supreme Court Justice's case against other justices thrown out

    October 20, 2016 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a member of Louisiana's Supreme Court filed against four fellow justices. Justice Jefferson Hughes filed suit last December saying he was illegally removed from two cases against oil companies. His suit said defendants sought his removal because lawyers for... more »
  • US citizen born in refugee camp challenges Louisiana law to marry

    October 18, 2016 12:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Louisiana man is suing to challenge a state law that has prevented him and other immigrants from obtaining a marriage license because they couldn't produce a birth certificate. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court claims the marriage law amended last year by state lawmakers violates the... more »
  • Grant to reduce crime in popular Tigerland area denied Play Video

    October 12, 2016 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grant requested by Baton Rouge officials, LSU and the District Attorney's office to reduce crime in Tigerland has been denied. Crime statistics were released along with the request for the square-mile area of Tigerland. According to the summary, the violent crime rate was more than 33... more »
  • Federal court blocks Louisiana online verification law

    October 10, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A judge signed an order permanently preventing Louisiana from enforcing a 2015 state law that required websites to verify the age of internet users before accessing non-obscene material. The order was signed by Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of federal district court on Friday. Judge Jackson... more »
  • Tourist sues Louisiana State Police over 2015 arrest

    October 7, 2016 9:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Five Louisiana State Police troopers and the agency's leader have been sued for an alleged unconstitutional stop and arrest last year of a 17-year-old tourist in New Orleans' French Quarter. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court by Lyle Dotson, of Muncie, Indiana, and his father,... more »
  • Feds: Ignore that post about banning driver cell phone use

    August 22, 2016 8:41 PM

    DETROIT - Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cell phones and other wireless devices while people are driving. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it was all a mistake. The agency posted non-binding... more »
  • Get free legal advice during the flood aftermath

    August 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims can access free legal advice to help guide them through the recovery process. Victims will have a lot of questions and this service is aimed at getting answers. Here are examples of the legal assistance available: · Help securing FEMA and other... more »
  • Kenny Matassa addresses bribery allegations at council meeting Play Video

    August 4, 2016 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ascension Parish Presidnet Kenny Matassa addressed the media for the first time since bribery allegations surfaced. "I've got nothing to say," Matassa told people at a council meeting Thursday. "I'm doing my job and I'm going to continue doing my job." At the meeting, Matassa began answering... more »
  • NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, sites LGBT law

    July 21, 2016 6:06 PM

    CHARLOTTE - The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to... more »
  • LSU law students safe in France after Nice attacks

    July 15, 2016 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All of the 45 LSU Law students that were participating in the study abroad program in France are safe after a truck drove into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations, killing 84 people and injuring many more. Five LSU Law students were in Nice at... more »
  • Lawsuit against NFL by former players will go to court

    July 1, 2016 8:30 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court. Federal judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California denied a motion Friday to dismiss the players'... more »
  • YouTube star arrested for lying about assault, injuries

    June 29, 2016 10:10 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A YouTube personality who said he was assaulted outside a West Hollywood club has been charged with filing a false police report and faking his injuries. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says London-native Calum McSwiggan was seen hitting himself with a jail payphone after his arrest early... more »
  • U.S. officials look for more time to discuss military transgender policy

    June 29, 2016 9:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say senior military leaders are expressing deep concerns that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the military is moving too quickly. The Pentagon plans to unveil the new regulations in the next day or two. Under those rules,... more »
  • La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law Play Video

    June 27, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Right to Life says the Supreme Court's ruling on a Texas abortion law may indicate trouble ahead for a similar Louisiana law. Legislative Director Deanna Wallace says Monday's decision doesn't invalidate Louisiana's law requiring doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a... more »
  • New law will crack down on puppy mill sales

    June 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law that will crack down on pet stores that acquire dogs from puppy mills. The new law will prohibit pet stores in Louisiana from acquiring dogs and cats from breeders with documented Animal Welfare Act violations within... more »
  • New law provides for more animal shelter oversight

    June 17, 2016 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New legislation will require publicly funded animal shelters in the state to register with the animal welfare officials in an effort to identify areas in the state where more animal assistance is needed. The law, which passed with amendments, was brought about because the Humane Society... more »
  • New law makes operating unlicensed child day care center a criminal offense

    June 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law that creates criminal penalties for individuals accused of operating a child day car center without a valid license. The law also establishes penalties for continuing to operate a child day care center after the operator... more »
  • Surrogacy regulations bill signed into law by Gov. Edwards

    June 15, 2016 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has reversed course from his predecessor and agreed to create regulations governing surrogacy births in Louisiana. Surrogacy isn't illegal in Louisiana, but contracts between a couple and its surrogate haven't been enforceable in court. The woman who gives birth is presumed to be... more »
  • Edwards signs cursive writing mandate for schools into law

    June 15, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to a mandate that cursive writing must be taught in Louisiana's public school classrooms. The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards had signed the requirement bill by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, into law. The measure requires public schools, including... more »
  • Charter school restriction bill heads to governor's desk

    May 26, 2016 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has won one victory in his effort to put more limits on charter schools in Louisiana. With a 78-12 vote Thursday, the House gave final passage to a bill pushed by Edwards to remove an unused method for creating charter schools, which are... more »
  • Bill aimed at identifying sex offenders online gets final OK

    May 25, 2016 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal described as helping parents keep their children away from sex offenders when they play video games or participate in other online activities has received final passage. The bill by Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, of Metairie, would let the public have access to email addresses and... more »
  • Religious objections bill rejected by La. Senate committee

    May 24, 2016 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have refused to enact a new law declaring pastors and churches don't have to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or allow them in their facilities. The Senate Judiciary B Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to shelve the House-approved bill. Opponents of the proposal by... more »
  • Fine for texting and driving could jump to $500 for first offense

    May 18, 2016 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fines for texting while driving could see a dramatic increase in the near future. While there’s already a state law against texting and driving, Senator Yvonne Colomb is looking to have the associated fine raised from $175 to $500 for the first offense. The maximum fine... more »
  • Minimum wage increase stalled as negotiations continue

    May 2, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to boost Louisiana's minimum wage remains stalled in the Senate as the Democratic governor continues negotiating with lawmakers, trying to win support for the bill. The proposal to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, sponsored by New Orleans Sen.... more »
  • Industrial hemp pilot program backed by House lawmakers

    April 27, 2016 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn't creating a path toward legalizing marijuana. Montoucet's proposal would allow public colleges or the Department of Agriculture to set up a pilot program to explore... more »
  • Gov. signs law denying service based on religion

    April 5, 2016 3:15 PM

    JACKSON- Mississippi's governor has signed a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 on Tuesday, despite opposition from gay-rights groups and some businesses. Some conservative and religious groups support the bill.... more »
  • Bill aimed to stop peeping Toms using drones Play Video

    April 1, 2016 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The increasing popularity of unmanned flying drones equipped with cameras has raised privacy concerns. State Representative Marcus Hunter wants to expand Louisiana's video voyeurism law to include these remote controlled devices. "What we want to do is create the crime where someone uses the drone to be... more »
  • Parking the 'wrong' way could soon be allowed Play Video

    March 31, 2016 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's illegal to parallel park facing on-coming traffic, but a bill making its way through the state legislature would change that. Current law requires vehicles to park within 18 inches of the curb with the right side of the vehicle, parallel to the curb. The bill... more »
  • Public record at center of Nakamoto arrest released Play Video

    March 24, 2016 2:27 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - The third part of a public records request that was not filled and lead to the arrest of WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto Wednesday was released to the station's news department Thursday morning. Just received part 3 of @ChrisNakamoto 's public records request. The part... more »
  • Leaders avoid questions; Nakamoto escorted away in handcuffs, given summons Play Video

    March 23, 2016 3:32 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Police detained WBRZ reporter Chris Nakamoto while Nakamoto was pursuing a story on town government operations Wednesday. Nakamoto was put in handcuffs, escorted to the police department and written a misdemeanor summons. The summons was written for an alleged violation of statute 14:63, remaining after being... more »
  • Clinic no longer performing abortions in Baton Rouge

    February 25, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortions are no longer being performed in Baton Rouge since the only abortion clinic here no longer meets state law. After a court upheld the law requiring doctors at clinics have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the facility in East Baton Rouge was forced to... more »
  • Four candidates for SU Law Center post announced Thursday

    February 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee looking to select the next chancellor of the Southern University Law Center will pick from four candidates announced Thursday morning. Three of the four candidates are closely tied to the university already as internal candidates. The other is a state appellate court judge... more »
  • Congressional agency reduces health law sign-up predictions

    January 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report confirms that fewer people than expected are purchasing health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Congressional Budget Office study released on Monday says that 13 million people are likely to purchase policies through the Affordable Care Act, down about 8 million from... more »
  • Baton Rouge law fixture Cheney Joseph dies

    December 18, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A longtime member of the Baton Rouge legal community, Cheney Joseph Jr., passed away this week. He was 73. Joseph was named co-dean of the LSU Law Center in August to fill in for chancellor Jack Weiss, who resigned. Cheney was battling cancer at the... more »
  • Bookstores sue over La. age-verification law

    November 4, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of Louisiana booksellers joined civil rights groups to file a lawsuit Wednesday over a new law requiring publishers to put age gates on their websites. The American Civil Liberties Union and Media Coalition filed the suit on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and... more »
  • Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

    August 13, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended. That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the... more »
  • New Louisiana law taking effect Saturday targets 'revenge porn'

    July 31, 2015 4:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sending "revenge porn" can land you in jail, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening. Those are among hundreds of new Louisiana laws that take effect Saturday. Anyone who shares a nude or partially-nude cell phone... more »
  • Jindal agrees to new housing protections for abuse victims

    July 1, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of domestic violence are receiving new housing protections in state law. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor has signed the bill by Baton Rouge Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Democrat, that sets up the new guidelines. In addition to allowing victims to break... more »
  • Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties

    June 29, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law Monday, along with a bill that will get medical marijuana to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy through a limited number of... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to let state agents enforce sea turtle law

    June 9, 2015 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials should soon be able to enforce federal laws that require shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles. With a 99-0 vote Tuesday, the House gave final passage to a bill that will remove Louisiana's enforcement ban. Supporters of the bill say some... more »
  • Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

    May 26, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the 2-1 ruling Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice had asked the court... more »
  • Elected official violates bid law purchasing ritzy rides Play Video

    May 18, 2015 6:08 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - If you drive a vehicle less than $60,000, does it anger you that an elected official used your tax money to purchase two luxury vehicles totaling nearly $110,000? Iberville Parish Assessor Randy Sexton is under fire tonight after the WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered he violated the public... more »
  • Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law

    May 12, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Baton Rouge says there is a rational reason for Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to get hospital admitting privileges, but the law could still turn out to be an undue burden on women who want abortions. District Judge John deGravelles threw... more »
  • Southern grad prepares for Harvard law Play Video

    May 8, 2015 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Almost 700 Southern University students got their diplomas Friday morning with their eyes toward the future, and one student among their ranks is preparing to head to his dream school. Daniel Joiner, 21, graduated with close to a 4.0 grade point average, making him the top... more »

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