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  • Tips for preventing contractor scams check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 6, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There are several ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a bad contractor's scam. When you see a great deal you might not think twice about checking out a contractor. The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) says that is the biggest mistake you... more »
  • La. congressional members ask for extension on new ID rules

    October 6, 2015 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Most of Louisiana's congressional delegation asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to let state residents continue to use their driver's licenses to enter federal courthouses and offices. Louisiana driver's licenses won't have all security measures of the decade-old REAL ID law in time for an Oct. 10... more »
  • Freed Kentucky clerk to skip work until Monday

    September 9, 2015 4:54 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - The day after she was released from jail, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis announced she would stay home from work until Monday, leaving unanswered whether she'll comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis's attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel... more »
  • Kentucky clerk appeals her jailing over gay marriage

    September 7, 2015 4:27 PM

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Attorneys for the Kentucky clerk who was jailed last week because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday they have filed an emergency motion with a federal court that they hope will result in Kim Davis' freedom. The filing seeks to have... more »
  • Judge orders defiant Kentucky clerk to jail

    September 3, 2015 1:15 PM

    ASHLAND, Ky. - A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis... more »
  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    August 31, 2015 7:46 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay while she pursues an... more »
  • Appeals court upholds gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

    August 26, 2015 5:04 PM

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis objects to issuing same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons. She stopped issuing marriage licenses the day after the U.S. Supreme Court... more »
  • Day care loses license after arrest check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2015 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials said a Baker day care lost their license after Louisiana State Police arrested the director's daughter for claiming to be the person in charge and forging an ID in the process. On Friday the DOE formally revoked the license for Mini Miracles Child... more »
  • Lawmakers want jail time for illegal daycares check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 3, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some state lawmakers want individuals operating illegal daycares to face jail time. Currently a daycare operating without a state license can be fined $1000 a day, but there are no criminal penalties on the books for the offenders. The issue came to a head in June when... more »
  • Child care center's license revoked for unsafe operations check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 31, 2015 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Education this week revoked the license of a Baton Rouge day care center, ending public funding for it based on recent inspections that turned up dozens of violations of state law. Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center, located at 9835 Old Hammond Hwy... more »
  • New Hampshire baby receives lifetime hunting-fishing license

    July 29, 2015 11:17 AM

    CONCORD - A 6-month-old New Hampshire boy has become the first child to get a newborn hunting and fishing license in the state. Daylen Brickley's grandfather read about the state program in a hunting and fishing magazine. The family from Milford bought the license July 23, the first day it... more »
  • Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses

    June 30, 2015 2:07 PM

    MOREHEAD, KY - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday morning to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she turned away a lesbian couple who walked... more »
  • Kentucky clerks object to ruling, halt marriage licenses

    June 29, 2015 2:53 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says his religious convictions will not allow him to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.... more »
  • BR men say state's delays won't stop their marriage check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local same-sex couple said Friday was filled with excitement and disappointment for them after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and Louisiana's decision to hold off issueing marriage licenses. Tom Merrill and Patrick Cain have dated for more than 22 years and said they... more »
  • State announces changes after daycare death check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2015 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials announced changes Thursday to how Louisiana tracks daycare owners after the death of a young girl at an unlicensed daycare. State Superintendent of Education John White said they posted a registry to their website Thursday of people who have lost their daycare licenses... more »
  • OMV locations to open Friday after fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2015 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Office of Motor Vehicles is expected to be back up and running Friday, after it was shut down Thursday due to a fire at the state police data center. State Police spokesman Capt. Doug Cain said the data center fire shut down all automated systems at the... more »
  • LSU chief lawyer lacks La. license

    April 11, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State University System's newly hired, $270,000-a-year general counsel does not have a license to practice law in Louisiana. Thomas Skinner, who has a law license in Illinois, says that the lack of a Louisiana law license won't hinder his ability to do the job of... more »
  • Louisiana OMV implements new license design

    March 10, 2015 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting this week, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new format for Louisiana driver's licenses. The new layout will feature multiple security components and design features for greater security, privacy protection, and tampering resistance. "Through the implementation of these new designs, Louisiana citizens will... more »
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal

    February 23, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices didn't comment Monday in leaving in place lower-court rulings that said the requirements don't violate the First Amendment. Licensing opponents had hoped... more »
  • Driver's licenses for immigrants spurs debate in New Mexico

    February 11, 2015 2:04 AM

    SANTA FE, N.M. - As a growing number of states allow immigrants to get driver's licenses regardless of their status, some New Mexico lawmakers are trying to move in the opposite direction. The GOP-led House of Representatives is poised to pass legislation repealing a 2003 law that offered licenses to... more »
  • Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

    February 9, 2015 12:04 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, becoming the 37th state where gays can legally wed. Jefferson County probate judge Alan King issued a license to two women shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on... more »
  • Contractor's license revoked again

    January 15, 2015 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Contractor's Board once again revoked the license of an upscale homebuilder in Baton Rouge accused of doing substandard work and not paying his subcontractors. Jim Fussell was the subject of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last year when the board revoked his license the... more »
  • People gearing up for hunting season by getting certified check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    WALKER - Some people aren't wasting time when it comes to getting their hunting license. Classes are being held all over the state for people trying to prepare for hunting season. Saturday, dozens of people went to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Shooting Range to complete the second stage... more »
  • No more arguments in Louisiana gay marriage case

    July 23, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples legally married in... more »
  • House backs six-year driver's license for La.

    April 30, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could be on the road to a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. But the House on Tuesday unanimously supported a proposal by Republican Rep. Franklin Foil, of Baton Rouge, that would change the renewal period to... more »
  • Budget cuts increase driver's license wait

    January 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Wait times to get your driver's license are much higher due to state budget cuts. The Legislative Fiscal Office says they have shot up after the Jindal administration cut staffing levels. The analysis says personnel at the Office of Motor Vehicles has dropped by 23... more »
  • OMV testing privatized drivers' license renewals

    November 18, 2013 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles has started a pilot program that allows outside contractors to handle drivers' license renewals. The privatization program is being tested in Baton Rouge and Metairie. In each city, a public tag agent - a private business that processes vehicle title registrations - is... more »
  • Louisiana officials revisiting REAL ID law

    September 5, 2013 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials are grappling with the implications of Louisiana's continued refusal to make its driver's license compliant with a federal national identification law. Louisiana lawmakers enacted a prohibition against the federal REAL ID law in 2008, calling the security requirements too intrusive. Questions have been raised about... more »
  • Don't pick-up that alligator!

    August 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Picking up a dead alligator on the side of the road is not necessarily free game. "Technically, it's hands off," Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Bo Boehringer said. "You cannot unless you are someone who is a licensed alligator hunter or transporter." If someone without... more »
  • Driving somewhere? There's a government record of it

    July 17, 2013 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union says in a new report that local police departments are amassing millions of digital records on the location and movement of Americans using automated license plate scanners. The report, released Wednesday, found that there are tens of thousands of license plate scanners scattered... more »
  • Spanish Town residents against stores alcohol expansion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 12, 2013 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Spanish Town is known as a laid-back, peaceful Baton Rouge neighborhood, and some residents feel the sale of packaged liquor in the area could jeopardize that. Taylor Blanche recently purchased Capitol Grocery on Spanish Town Road and Seventh Street. He's applied for a packaged liquor permit,... more »
  • Juvenile detention facilities face new licensing

    July 1, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's social services department says all juvenile detention facilities in the state are now licensed and inspected by its agency. The 15 facilities previously had been required to meet fire marshal and health department regulations. But as of Monday, they also are licensed by the Department of... more »
  • Louisiana IDs still don't meet federal travel requirements Play Video

    June 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill which would have allowed Louisiana to update their ID's to meet certain federal security standards for air travel was shot down. Making it though airport security is something college student Eric Vadrine has to do on a regular basis. "Three of four times a... more »
  • New license plates will commemorate Battle of New Orleans

    May 16, 2013 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans will be commemorated on Louisiana's license plates, starting next year. Legislation received final passage Thursday with a unanimous vote of the Seante. It requires that license plates issued for private passenger vehicles from 2014 through 2015 should honor... more »
  • Senate panel approves bill to create national ID

    May 15, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate Transportation Committee has backed a proposal to use Louisiana driver's licenses to comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights. Senators added that language into a bill by Rep. Johnny Guinn, seeking to reverse... more »
  • Michael Jordan applies for Fla. marriage license

    March 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Basketball legend Michael Jordan appears ready to get married again. The former NBA star and Charlotte Bobcats owner appeared at the main Palm Beach County courthouse Thursday morning to apply for a marriage license, according to Kathy Burstein, a spokeswoman for the clerk's office. Applicants... more »
  • Office of Motor Vehicles reopens NO location

    January 8, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has reopening of its office located at 100 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in New Orleans. The original building was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The new office, which will serve the east banks of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, features the latest... more »
  • Louisiana flyers could need passport to travel Play Video

    December 18, 2012 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicles will know in the next few days if Louisiana air travelers will need a passport to travel by Jan. 15, 2013. Commissioner Stephen Campbell warned people to wait before changing their plans, in case the state is offered an extension to... more »
  • ID deadline approaching for La. travelers

    December 18, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents could be seeing a big change in traveler ID requirements come January 15. After that point, a state driver's license will no longer be accepted as a proper form of identification in order to fly. That means Lousiana travelers will have to show... more »
  • Synthetic marijuana consequences now include liquor license suspensions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2012 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fines and arrests are not the only thing on tap for businesses caught selling synthetic marijuana in Louisiana anymore. The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is getting involved in the crackdown on the illegal products by throwing in a new consequence that includes suspending liquor and... more »
  • ATC gets involved in synthetic marijuana crackdown

    February 13, 2012 8:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is now joining local law enforcement agencies to help stop the illegal sale of synthetic marijuana. If a business is found to be selling the products, ATC will now suspend the liquor and tobacco license,... more »
  • Man barred from running cemetery without license

    January 26, 2012 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has signed off on a court order that bars a man from operating a Baton Rouge cemetery without a license. The order signed last week by state District Judge Todd Hernandez restricts Lymus Washington or anyone working for him from operating Gilbert Memorial Park. Louisiana... more »
  • Bar owner loses license over drug conviction

    December 19, 2011 4:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A felony conviction for narcotics has cost a Clayton, La., bar owner her liquor license. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has revoked the state liquor permit issued to Frances Mae Williams, owner of Club 65. Williams recently received a narcotics-related felony conviction and no... more »
  • LSU: Honey Badger apparel not official check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 7, 2011 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Whether it be a winning or losing season, LSU's Trademark and Licensing Office is hard at work cracking down on unofficial merchandise. When Tiger fans started calling Tyrann Mathieu the "Honey Badger", unlicensed merchandise like T-shirts started popping up. "We have reviewed a number of... more »
  • DCFS Daycare licensing database

    November 29, 2011 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services keeps a database of licensed daycare facilities on their website. The database also lists complaints and all licensing checks done by DCFS. Click here to go to the database. more »
  • State moves to revoke BR daycare's license

    November 29, 2011 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators have moved to revoke the child care license of a Baton Rouge facility because of alleged falsified attendance records and inadequate supervision. Ruth Johnson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, says the department issued the revocation notice last week against... more »
  • Baker daycare to be shut down

    November 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    BAKER - Ms. Gerry's After-School Service has until the end of the day Monday to appeal the state's decision to pull its license. The Department of Children and Family Services plans to shut the daycare down because it found licensing regulations like child-to-staff ratios broken repeatedly. In one... more »
  • Licenses in question at 3 Acadiana-area daycares

    October 20, 2011 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three Acadiana-area daycare centers may lose their licenses after the state Thursday issued revocation notices to them. The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services says Adventures in Learning Preschool and Kingz Kidz Learning Center, both in Lafayette, received the notices for falsifying criminal background checks.... more »
  • Daycare license revoked; is yours safe?

    August 31, 2011 6:21 PM

    JACKSON-- Jumpstart Daycare and Preschool's license was revoked Tuesday, after the Department of Children and Family Services says its owner broke the laws over and over again during an 18 month period. Workers did not do fire drills with children, they were not CPR certified, and even worse said... more »
  • Gator season starts in Louisiana

    August 31, 2011 6:03 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - Dozens of alligator hunters made their way into the swamps to start their search for gators as the 30-day hunting season began today. Hunting alligators was outlawed in 1962 to help re-population efforts, but reinstated in 1981 to control the growing numbers. "The program is a... more »
  • 2 child care centers face losing licenses

    August 13, 2011 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State officials say two child care centers face losing their licenses for not obeying state laws regulating child care facilities. The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services says it has sent notices that it will revoke the licenses of God's Gift Child Care and Learning Center... more »
  • LA law supports families eliminating driving abilities of Alzheimier's patients

    August 12, 2011 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The law is on your side in taking a driver's license from someone too incapacitated to drive. It's one way families of Alzheimer's patients can keep loved ones safe. News 2 looked into the rules of the road after an 88-year-old man vanished from Livingston Parish. ... more »
  • DPS making millions off of driving record sales

    July 25, 2011 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Information you thought was private isn't. Companies can get access to your driving records from the state, which is willing to sell it. The Department of Public Safety is in charge of the records, and for the past three years, DPS has made almost $40 million on... more »
  • Judge upholds denial of Suthern Kumfort license

    June 15, 2011 1:37 PM

    GONZALES - A judge in Ascension Parish has upheld the denial of a sexually-oriented business license for a troubled gentleman's club in Prairieville. The Suthern Kumfort's license was originally not approved by Councilman Pat Bell, after a clerical error delayed the license from reaching his desk by a few... more »
  • Hearing today for troubled Prairieville lounge

    June 14, 2011 10:50 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- A hearing is being held this morning to determine the future of a troubled strip club in Ascension Parish. The Suthern Kumfort's lounge on Airline Highway in Prairieville has been shut down since a murder there May 5. Today the registered owner, Steve Duke, was scheduled to... more »
  • Many BR couples say "I Do" on Valentine's Day

    February 14, 2011 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many lovebirds chose to get hitched this Valentine's Day, while others filed for a marriage license. Around 90 couples filed for a marriage license last week in Baton Rouge according to Jeff Hickerson, the marriage license department supervisor at the parish clerk's office. "Typically it... more »
  • Gambling board to decide casino license next week

    February 9, 2011 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State gambling regulators will choose next week between three companies seeking the state's last available riverboat casino license. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board will take up the issue at its Feb. 17 meeting, after hearing four hours Wednesday from the companies and the state... more »
  • BR alcohol office in question as ABC board heads to chopping block

    February 7, 2011 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge city agency tracks alcohol sales just like the state does, and city officials will soon consider abolishing the board tied to it. The Alcoholic Beverage Control office has a $600,000 budget, plus an advisory board. The office is in charge of licensing and... more »

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