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  • 5 higher education institutions put on negative credit watch Play Video

    May 1, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the threat of deep budget cuts looming, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has placed five Louisiana higher education institutions on a negative credit watch. The move effectively cautions investors that ratings could be lowered in the near future. S&P's decision affects Nicholls State University,... more »
  • House lawmakers proposing changes to construction budgeting

    May 1, 2015 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Year after year, lawmakers pack so many projects into Louisiana's construction budget that it leaves the governor to choose the favored ones. Frustrated House members wanting more control over how the state prioritizes its construction spending are trying to change that. The state construction budget passed by... more »
  • Budget-balancing deal has yet to take shape in Legislature

    April 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers remain undecided on an approach for closing next year's $1.6 billion shortfall, so the House tax committee has advanced a menu of options that could become the building blocks of a budget-balancing deal. The Ways and Means Committee sent to the House floor a cigarette tax... more »
  • LSU at the Capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students, alumni, and friends of Louisiana State University will march to the Capitol today to call for change. They're asking legislators not to cut state funding to their school by 82%. LSU students are waking up to the reality, that if these cuts go through, their future... more »
  • Senate and House health committees reject Medicaid expansion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion bill proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A few hours later, the House health care... more »
  • Air Quality Awareness Month check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- May is Air Quality Awareness Month, when we draw attention to things like ozone, pollutants, and air quality standards. This morning, Vivian Aucoin, from the Department of Environmental Quality, and Ann Shaneyfelt, with Louisiana Clean Fuels stopped by 2une In to tell us more about the efforts being... more »
  • 3 deputies injured after high-speed chase leads to crash

    April 29, 2015 3:06 AM

    Kenner- Three Louisiana deputies have been injured after a high-speed chase with an attempted murder suspect ended in a crash. The Advocate reports three St. John the Baptist Parish deputies chased suspect Cory Hebert west of New Orleans Tuesday night into Kenner. The chase ended in a crash, injuring the... more »
  • Proposals to cap La. film tax credit program move forward

    April 28, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trio of proposals to trim Louisiana's generous film tax credit program have won the backing of the House tax committee, as it looks for ways to help balance next year's budget. The House Ways and Means Committee sent to the full House three different cap levels... more »
  • Lemonade Day Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 28, 2015 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Over the past five years, Lemonade Day Louisiana has given over 50,000 children across the state the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. On Saturday, May 2nd, these young entrepreneurs will participate in the fifth annual Lemonade Day, which is set to be the largest to date. The program... more »
  • La. House votes to limit diversions on gasoline tax spending

    April 28, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House wants to put the brakes on spending state gasoline tax money for items other than roadwork. Lawmakers voted 92-5 Tuesday for a proposal by Rep. Terry Landry, a New Iberia Democrat, that would cap the dollars that can be diverted from the gas tax trust... more »
  • Cleanup underway from Monday's severe weather

    April 28, 2015 7:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Power company workers continue to restore electricity to homes and businesses across southeast Louisiana that lost power during Monday's severe weather. Entergy says 5,000 customers in New Orleans and 9,000 customers in Jefferson Parish remain without power Tuesday. Over 100,000 last power during the storms. High winds downed... more »
  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax credit scheme

    April 28, 2015 3:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found 65-year-old Peter M. Hoffman, his estranged wife, 69-year-old Susan Hoffman,... more »
  • Tobacco tax increase bill gets House committee backing

    April 27, 2015 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to raise Louisiana's cigarette tax to match the rate charged by Mississippi has won approval from the House tax committee, as part of broader budget-balancing negotiations. The bill was a smaller tax hike than health advocates wanted. But Rep. Harold Ritchie agreed to the change,... more »
  • Tornado warning for East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish

    April 27, 2015 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Weather Service says a line of severe thunderstorms is moved across south Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Tornado Warning for: Southeastern West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Southwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Lousiaiana. Northwestern Livingston Parish... more »
  • Made in Louisiana: Grandmother's Buttons check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 9:42 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- For most of us, buttons decorate our shirts and blouses, but for Susan Davis, buttons are her business. 30 years ago, before Davis' button empire was established, she received inspiration from visits to her grandmother's house. That's where the name, ‘Grandmother's Buttons', originated. According to Davis,... more »
  • Bee population in La. is looking up

    April 25, 2015 3:46 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - There are some good signs indicating that Louisiana's bee population is rebounding, according to federal bee experts. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report on honey shows production is up. Producing colonies have decreased about 4 percent in Louisiana, March data shows, but colonies were up in number... more »
  • Louisiana overpaid $17M in annual tobacco settlement money

    April 24, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorney general says Louisiana received about $17 million more in tobacco settlement money this month than it should have. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office notified the Jindal administration and Treasurer John Kennedy about the overpayment, saying national accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers made mistakes in settlement payments across... more »
  • Soldiers coming home

    April 24, 2015 4:41 AM

    MONROE- A weekend welcome-home event is set in Monroe for members of the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion. More than 150 soldiers are returning to friends and family after deploying to Kuwait for construction and engineering projects in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some of the soldiers went to... more »
  • Coca-Cola bottler expands to take over Louisiana markets

    April 23, 2015 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc. is expanding its territory in the Southeast. United will have markets in a major portion of Louisiana, including Alexandria, Monroe, New Iberia, and Shreveport. The company's territory rights also were extended to Natchez, Mississippi; Tallahassee, Florida; and Valdosta, Georgia; through a letter of... more »
  • Senators back inventory tax repeal in budget-balancing plan

    April 22, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ignoring the outcry of local government leaders, senators moved ahead with the cornerstone of a budget-balancing package of tax changes under negotiation by legislative leaders. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 Wednesday for a proposal by Sen. Robert Adley to repeal the local property tax charged on... more »
  • Man survives nightmare crash into swamp

    April 22, 2015 4:21 PM

    KENNER - A man riding a three-wheeled motorcycle was thrown over an elevated portion of the Interstate and into the swamp below Wednesday afternoon. The motorcycles, who was not identified, was rescued and State Police posted pictures of the situation on its Facebook page . Troopers said the man... more »
  • Louisiana moves ahead with abortion regulation rewrite

    April 21, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has rewritten the state's abortion clinic regulations, a move that abortion-rights supporters say was unnecessary and intended to hinder the operation of clinics. The state Department of Health and Hospitals this week published the final version of the 20-page revamp of clinic licensing... more »
  • La. unemployment rate improves even as payrolls fall

    April 21, 2015 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate continued to fall in March, even as employer payrolls fell. The state's jobless rate fell to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in February. That's well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in March 2014. Unemployment has declined over the past three months as... more »
  • Firefighters rescue duck lodged in fireplace

    April 21, 2015 6:35 AM

    SLIDELL - Firefighters in Louisiana have rescued a duck lodged in a fireplace. WVUE-TV reports firefighters in St. Tammany Parish responded to an unusual call Sunday from a home in Slidell outside New Orleans. When firefighters arrived, they discovered a large duck trapped in the fireplace with its head... more »
  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • 5 years after BP spill: What's changed in offshore drilling

    April 20, 2015 2:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well was finally capped after nearly three months, political and industry pressure mounted on... more »
  • U.S. Attorney: Former oversight board member sold test answers for $500

    April 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology official pleaded guilty to selling answers to board-administered exams, U.S. Attorney Walt Green's office announced Thursday. Winn Johnson, 71, appeared in federal court Thursday where the plea happened. Prosecutors said Johnson accepted cash for answers. He sold the... more »
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 16, 2015 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tax day is officially over, and it's time to start thinking about healthcare. April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day so Dr. Nelson from the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment Coalition stopped by 2une In to talk about what Americans need to know about healthcare. ... more »
  • VIDEO: Explorers get close encounter with sperm whale off Louisiana coast check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2015 1:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A crew exploring the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana had a rare glimpse of life under the sea this week when a curious sperm whale swam up to their underwater probes. Underwater cameras caught the entire exchange Tuesday between the whale and the remote-operated vehicles, or... more »
  • State to include sinkholes in disaster planning

    April 15, 2015 10:19 AM

    THIBODAUX - Sinkholes will be recognized as threats in the state's updated hazard mitigation plan. The Daily Comet reports the state is working on a five-year update to its hazard mitigation plan, which must be in place to receive federal money after natural and man-made disasters. For the first time,... more »
  • Lawmakers to tackle budget, controversial issues in session

    April 13, 2015 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers slogged through rainy traffic and higher security to gavel in what's going to be a crucial legislative session in Louisiana. Legislators must figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole which threatens to hobble or even cripple higher education and healthcare in the... more »
  • La. lottery results, 80 million jackpot winner

    April 12, 2015 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a ticket sold in Florida won the $80 million multistate Powerball jackpot on Saturday night. The Powerball jackpot is $40 million for Wednesday's drawing. There were no winners of the Louisiana Lotto or Easy 5 games. Louisiana Lotto players matching all... more »
  • La. film industry in court spotlight amid budget crunch

    April 11, 2015 12:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A tax credit program lauded for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South" but lamented for its cost to a cash-strapped state government is at the center of a federal trial opening in New Orleans. The defendants are two film industry executives and a New Orleans attorney accused of... more »
  • Jindal won't release emails from time in office

    April 10, 2015 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's office has refused to release any of the Republican governor's emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature. The Associated Press filed a public records request seeking the documents from the governor,... more »
  • Zachary man pleads guilty in sex trafficking case

    April 8, 2015 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials say the leader of a sex trafficking ring in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his interstate prostitution enterprise. U.S. Attorney Walter Green says 33-year-old Jeremie J. Tate, of Zachary, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick to conspiracy to... more »
  • Gas tax proposed to build new infrastructure

    April 7, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are proposing a 4 cent gas tax on top of the 20 cents Louisianians already pay at the pump. Representative Karen St. Germain is sponsoring the bill , she said it will provide revenue for new roads and bridges. The Plaquemine Democrat chairs the House Transportation,... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    April 6, 2015 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 28 decreased to 2,622 from the previous week's total of 2,723. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,985 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Number of public school graduates entering college has risen

    April 2, 2015 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public high school graduates entering college rose 6 percent last year, the state's education superintendent said Thursday According to education department data, 22,972 high school graduates across the state's public school districts enrolled in college in 2014, an increase of 1,228 students from... more »
  • $335M borrowing plan approved for state-funded construction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2015 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will borrow $335 million next month to replenish its construction project fund and keep the money from running dry in June. The State Bond Commission agreed to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection. The bond sale will keep work humming on state-financed construction projects through February.... more »
  • Jindal staff leave state government, focus on Iowa

    March 31, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after the governor's office announced staff members were leaving their positions, the Associated Press reported they are headed for Governor Bobby Jindal's political organization, the America Future Project. The organization was created last month. Taylor Teepell and Matt Parker will work with the group in... more »
  • Poll: Support for common standards, but not 'Common Core'

    March 31, 2015 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU poll says Louisiana residents like the idea of multistate education standards, but have a negative view when they're called Common Core. The survey released Tuesday from LSU's Public Policy Research Lab shows when the name Common Core is used to describe the standards, 39 percent... more »
  • Study criticizes Louisiana's preschool grading method

    March 30, 2015 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two education groups say Louisiana's planned method for grading its preschool programs has "serious flaws." A study by the groups says the proposed grading plan fails to detail how programs can be improved, relies too heavily on a single grade to judge quality and lacks guarantees needed... more »
  • McConaughey voices his love for Louisiana

    March 29, 2015 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Matthew McConaughey delivered a rousing speech on his love for Louisiana and the city of New Orleans while accepting an award at the film society Saturday. McConaughey, who received the New Orleans Film Society's 2015 Celluloid Hero award, called the city a "big, beautiful mess." ... more »
  • No winners in Saturday's Powerball

    March 29, 2015 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lottery officials say no one won Saturday's $40 million Powerball drawing. The top price for Wednesday's drawing goes up to $50 million. One Easy 5 ticket sold in Vivian won the $90,000 jackpot for Saturday's drawing. Wednesday's Easy 5 jackpot will be worth $50,000. There were no... more »
  • Forcasted low shrimp prices

    March 29, 2015 1:03 PM

    DELCAMBRE, La. - Louisiana State University researchers say Louisiana shrimpers face lower prices this year with an expected rise in imported shrimp. Sources say that imports last year were hit by a virus called Early Mortality Syndrome, or EMS. But this year imports are re-entering the market and that... more »
  • Judge blocks federal change of 'spouse' definition

    March 26, 2015 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday blocking a new federal regulation that would change the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. AG Buddy Caldwell sued the federal government over the change, which was... more »
  • Strong support shown for Louisiana's business tax breaks

    March 26, 2015 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers who want to scale back Louisiana's business tax breaks don't appear to have public support on their side. A poll released Thursday from LSU's Public Policy Research Lab says 72 percent of respondents support cutting taxes on business to attract them to the state. And 55... more »
  • Nearly 2 dozen charged in Texas, Louisiana drug ring

    March 25, 2015 10:41 AM

    DALLAS - More than 20 people have been arrested in a Texas and Louisiana prescription drug ring allegedly using the homeless to pose as patients. Federal prosecutors in North Texas on Wednesday announced the 23 suspects are from Houston, Austin and Dallas, plus Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. An indictment... more »
  • Social media explodes to help vet find girl he rescued during Katrina

    March 24, 2015 11:27 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Air Force veteran Mike Maroney is taking his overnight sensation in stride, and hoping it will help him find the child he plucked off the roof of a house in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Monday, his story began circulating on the Internet. By Tuesday evening,... more »
  • Honore wants pot on the ballot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 24, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Dalton Honore says it's time to let the people decide if marijuana should be legal in Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Democrat wants to put issue on the ballot for the 2016 presidential election. Honore, a former East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy, says the presidential... more »
  • Study: Film tax breaks generate jobs, with hefty state cost

    March 24, 2015 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's film tax credit program produced hundreds of millions in household earnings and thousands of jobs last year across the state, but at a steep cost to the state treasury. That's according to a new study of the tax breaks done for the state economic development department.... more »
  • LSU president issues dire warning about cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 23, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander painted a grim picture at the Baton Rouge Press Club as he described what the worst-case budget scenario for higher education looked like. He said under the proposed budget LSU is facing an 70 percent cut, a reduction from $110 million... more »
  • Jindal presidential campaign decision to come after session

    March 23, 2015 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will wait until the state legislative session ends in June before announcing whether he'll enter the 2016 presidential race. The Republican governor's chief political adviser, Timmy Teepell, said Monday that Jindal wants to stay focused on the final session of his term before deciding... more »
  • NAACP to meet with mayor over poster flap

    March 20, 2015 11:27 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The president of the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP is scheduled to meet with the mayor next week following the revealing of a controversial poster for the city's annual strawberry festival. Earlier this week, the poster was unveiled and features two black figures, what appears to be a small... more »
  • Financial adviser: Louisiana moving nearer to its debt cap

    March 19, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's financial adviser is warning that the state is edging closer to its debt ceiling and will need to tightly manage construction spending to stay under the cap. Lamont Financial Services Corp. provided an update Thursday to the State Bond Commission about the state's debt load. Gov.... more »
  • Racist? Art? Ponchatoula says it's staying check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2015 3:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - After an hour-long discussion Thursday, Strawberry Festival organizers decided to keep a controversial poster as the main piece of the popular festival's image campaign. The poster, by Kalle' Siekkinen , features two figures painted black. People took to social media immediately after it was unveiled Wednesday night,... more »
  • Louisiana-based management company touts success

    March 18, 2015 2:52 PM

    NATCHITOCHES - A central Louisiana-based pharmacy benefit management company announced it's entering its fifth year of business in a news release Wednesday. Southern Script is the only Louisiana-owned business of its kind, owners said. For four years it has helped government and non profit groups manage pharmaceutical solutions. ... more »
  • Jindal proposes bills to fight Common Core check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal proposed a trio of bills Wednesday which would strip the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of some authority to handle the state's education and shift them to the Legislature, the latest step in his efforts to end Louisiana's involvement with the Common Core... more »
  • Alabama trucker killed while walking on Louisiana highway

    March 17, 2015 3:27 PM

    TALLULAH - Authorities say an Alabama truck driver was killed when he was hit by a state trooper's vehicle while he was walking along a dark rural highway in northeast Louisiana. Louisiana State Police say the incident happened just after midnight Tuesday and is under investigation. The man killed was... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate falls, but so do payrolls

    March 17, 2015 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market sputtered in January as the state recorded the third-highest unemployment rate among the states. The state's jobless rate fell to 7 percent from 7.2 percent in December. That's well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in January 2014. Unemployment increases have been driven... more »
  • Controversial guardrails still won't be installed in La.

    March 16, 2015 11:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will not release the suspension it put on a controversial guardrail design until more tests are done even though federal inspectors believe the guardrail is acceptable to be used on the side of highways. Last week, the government cleared the ET-Plus design of any safety... more »
  • Some concerned over lack of security tabs on PARCC tests

    March 15, 2015 8:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former president for Louisiana School Boards Association, Noel Hammatt, is speaking out against what he said he believes is loose security for the PARCC ( Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test. Hammatt said several school officials from various parishes have contacted... more »
  • Lottery Results

    March 15, 2015 1:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says a ticket sold in New York has won the $137 million Powerball jackpot. The lottery corporation said Sunday that the biggest prize won in Louisiana for Saturday night's drawings was $1,944 for Lotto tickets matching five of six numbers. It says 19... more »
  • Candlelight vigils across La. for fallen soldiers in helicopter crash

    March 15, 2015 12:59 PM

    LOUISIANA - Several groups around the state are coming together to honor the 11 service men who were killed earlier this week during a military training exercise over the Gulf Coast near Pensacola, Florida. The men were conducting what officials at Eglin Air Force Base described as a routine... more »
  • Flags ordered at half-staff for helicopter victims

    March 13, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governors of Florida and Louisiana ordered Friday for flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff for victims of a military helicopter crash. Governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Scott issued the executive orders to honor the four Louisiana National Guard members and seven Marines... more »
  • Louisiana germ release likely due to lax use of lab garments

    March 13, 2015 10:19 AM

    NEW YORK - Investigators have determined the accidental release of dangerous bacteria at a Louisiana research center probably occurred because workers were lax about how they wore protective garments in the lab where the germ was kept. Federal officials believe that in November, the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria spread from a... more »
  • Louisiana State Police redeploy troopers to New Orleans

    March 12, 2015 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Additional state troopers will redeploy this week to the City of New Orleans to support the New Orleans Police Department's efforts to deter crime. Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Wednesday they've been planning the redeployment since the completion of this year's Mardi Gras detail. Edmonson... more »
  • Hammond-based Guard unit one of the best

    March 11, 2015 11:39 PM

    HAMMOND - Flags flew at half staff Wednesday evening in honor of four National Guardsmen stationed here and seven Marines from the Carolinas who are presumed dead after their Hammond-based Black Hawk crashed off the coast of Florida during a training mission. The helicopter crew was part of an... more »
  • Major general describes 'tough day' searching for crash victims Play Video

    March 11, 2015 2:56 PM

    HAMMOND - Louisiana National Guard leaders said they've notified families of Guard members who disappeared and are presumed dead after a helicopter crash overnight. "It's a tough day," Major General Glenn Curtis told reporters at a news conference in Hammond. Curtis said he plans to visit the families of... more »
  • 186,277 from La. enrolled in the federal insurance marketplace

    March 10, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New figures show that 186,277 Louisiana residents have enrolled in the federal health insurance marketplace. The numbers were released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services. Of those enrolled through the federal marketplace, 89 percent - or 165,787 - qualified for subsidies in the form... more »
  • Lawmaker pitches proposal to give colleges control over fees

    March 10, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state Rep. Franklin Foil is proposing a constitutional amendment to give colleges and universities more control over raising fees. In a statement Monday, Foil said that the goal is to give colleges more stability and control over their budgets. Autonomy is among the top... more »
  • Governor's LSU prayer rally cost $10,289 in police overtime

    March 6, 2015 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A prayer rally at LSU cost about $10,289 to pay overtime for state police officers. The rally, called The Response , was at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) on January 24. The governor was a large supporter and promoter of the event. The Associated... more »
  • Winter precipitation returns to parts of Louisiana

    March 5, 2015 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Another round of wintry precipitation has returned to north Louisiana. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for areas north of Interstate 20 until noon Thursday. Snow is falling in Shreveport-Bossier City, while a wintry mix is hitting the ground in Monroe. Several public... more »
  • Business groups oppose Jindal plan to scale back tax credits

    March 3, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's business lobbying groups are calling a centerpiece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year a multimillion-dollar tax hike on business. Jindal wants to lessen spending on refundable tax credits, in which the state pays out more than the taxes owed. He proposes to use... more »
  • La. hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short

    March 3, 2015 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has built a $1.1 billion hospital to care for the poor and uninsured in New Orleans. But the manager of the soon-to-be-opened medical center says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget leaves it millions short of the operating cash it needs. Private operators of hospitals previously run by... more »
  • State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming

    March 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday. Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
  • Louisiana students showcase experiments in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 28, 2015 9:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kids from all over the state showed off their scientific experiments that they've been working on for part of the school year. It was the Louisiana STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Exposition at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter school. The school has hosted... more »
  • Louisiana reaches export record of $65.1 billion

    February 27, 2015 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Commerce says merchandise exports from Louisiana climbed 2.8 percent to a record $65.1 billion in 2014, and new trade agreements could boost those totals in the coming years. The World Trade Center in New Orleans says the 2014 gain marked the sixth consecutive... more »
  • Film industry could suffer if tax credits sunset check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The popular film tax credits that have helped create "Hollywood South" in Louisiana could face some changes as the state searches for ways to save money. Some lawmakers have proposed changing the program to include a cap of $300 million on the amount of credits doled... more »
  • Policy created for colleges' response to sex assault claims

    February 24, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top higher education board has adopted a statewide policy for how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations and prevention efforts. The Board of Regents approved the broad guidelines. They are mandatory for all public colleges. Education programs and regular student surveys to gather information about sexual... more »
  • Superintendent seeks quicker review of Common Core standards

    February 23, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent is proposing to speed a review of the state's use of Common Core and to delay consequences for the switch to the multistate education standards. The changes, announced Monday by Superintendent John White, seek to blunt efforts by Common Core opponents like Gov. Bobby... more »
  • Strike set for Shell, Motiva plants in La.

    February 21, 2015 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first nationwide, oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur started their strike at midnight Friday.... more »
  • Rogers' will could become next saga; estate valued at $165,000 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 5:56 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A day after details about the double-life TV personality Scott Rogers was living came to light, more of his past unraveled Friday. Rogers' friend, Darla O'Connor, told WBRZ in an exclusive interview, Rogers became unrecognizable. "He became a man I did not know," she said.... more »
  • Initial claims for unemployment fall

    February 20, 2015 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 14 decreased to 2,522 from the previous week's total of 2,939. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,993 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • La. gamblers lost more than $219 million in January

    February 20, 2015 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gamblers lost more than $219.9 million at Louisiana's 20 major gambling venues in January, 16.7 percent better than the nearly $188.5 million the gambling halls won the year before. State police figures show January's numbers were helped by the opening of Golden Nugget Lake Charles in December.... more »
  • Scott Rogers' double life exposed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 6:26 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Recently released case files show the magnitude of the double life local celebrity Scott Rogers was living. The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained dozens of crime scene and autopsy pictures, hours of recorded interviews with people who knew Rogers and packets of notes written by... more »

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