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  • Louisiana students showcase experiments in Baton Rouge 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 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 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 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 »
  • GOP candidates for governor outraise Democratic candidate

    February 19, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democratic candidate in the Louisiana governor's race lagged behind the Republican contenders in fundraising last year. State Rep. John Bel Edwards filed his campaign finance report with the state ethics board late Wednesday. He reported raising $360,000 in 2014, coupled with a $25,000 personal loan.... more »
  • Here's why your La. tax refund will be late

    February 18, 2015 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has delayed issuing tax refunds by a week in light of fraudulent tax returns being filed across the country. The Louisiana Department of Revenue said Wednesday, it will begin issuing refunds on March 2. The state began accepting tax returns on January 20 and... more »
  • More than 184,000 Louisiana sign-ups in federal marketplace

    February 18, 2015 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 184,000 Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, before the sign-up period ended Sunday. That's a growth of 82,000 people from last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday. About 11.4 million people nationwide... more »
  • Military drones taking flight in Louisiana Play Video

    February 16, 2015 10:42 PM

    LEESVILLE - Fort Polk has become the center of military drone training. The base has a $37 million facility to train soldiers in navigating combat missions overseas through drone warfare. At the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Facility, drones are called unmanned aircraft. "All day every day all... more »
  • Special ed overhaul still sparks controversy in state

    February 16, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven months after the Legislature overhauled the way special education students can earn a traditional high school diploma state leaders are still grappling with how to do so. The law was touted as a way to help some of the state's 83,000 students with disabilities, and start... more »
  • Louisiana maintains current credit rating, escapes downgrade

    February 13, 2015 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has been spared a credit rating downgrade - for now. Two national rating agencies - Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's Rating Services - announced Friday they were keeping Louisiana at its current credit rating. But both moved the state from a "stable" to "negative"... more »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... more »
  • People buying Powerball tickets by the droves Play Video

    February 11, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The big Powerball jackpot reached $500 million Wednesday, bringing people out in droves to buy tickets before the drawing. People all over the city have been swarming gas stations and stores to purchase their combination of numbers, hoping to win the big prize. "I've never... more »
  • Jindal considering tax break restructuring to help colleges

    February 11, 2015 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is considering a reshuffling of Louisiana's tax break spending to offset steep higher education cuts in next year's budget. Proposals being floated would create a new tax break for businesses that donate to college campuses or for parents in exchange for higher student... more »
  • Louisiana officials try to keep state from credit downgrade

    February 11, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials, seeking to stave off a downgrade to Louisiana's credit rating, are asking a national rating agency to give Louisiana time to clean up its budget mess. Moody's Investors Service notified the state its rating committee will meet later this week to decide whether to drop... more »
  • Audit: Workers' comp costs growing at La. state agencies

    February 9, 2015 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of workers' compensation claims filed by Louisiana state employees dropped significantly over the last eight years. But a legislative audit says workers' compensation costs for state agencies continued to increase. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed claims and costs for state employees from the 2006... more »
  • It's a party; Carnival rolls into Baton Rouge Friday

    February 6, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival got off to a rumbling start Friday night as the Krewe of Artemis rolled through downtown. The parade moved through downtown shortly after 7 p.m. It was the 13th year of the all-female parade. This year, the theme was "It's always a party with... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise in La.

    February 6, 2015 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 31 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,676 from the previous week's total of 2,531. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Jindal administration releases mid-year cuts Play Video

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration released their plans Friday to deal with a mid-year budget deficit of more than $103 million. The plan calls for $60.66 million in cuts from state agencies and includes $42.84 million in "revenue opportunities," mostly stopgap spending from state trust funds and one-time... more »
  • 148,000 sign up for coverage through federal marketplace

    February 5, 2015 3:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 148,500 Louisiana residents have enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, as the sign-up deadline nears. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, covering insurance plan selections through the end of January. The numbers exceed last year,... more »
  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    January 30, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance doing away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels. It will be a big... more »
  • Louisiana regulations become latest flashpoint over abortion

    January 29, 2015 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortion rights supporters say a rewrite of Louisiana's abortion clinic regulations is aimed at forcing clinics to close, as leaders in conservative Southern states continue to add new limitations to the procedure. Louisiana's health department says the 20-page revamp of clinic standards accounts for recent legislative changes,... more »
  • Louisiana's Super Bowl Legends Play Video

    January 29, 2015 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With Super Bowl Sunday just a few days away, we took a look back at some of the greatest Louisiana Super Bowl Legends today on 2une In. The legendary coach Vince Lombardi once called Jim Taylor the most determined runner he'd ever seen. Taylor credits Lombardi... more »
  • Jindal says he'll suggest 'options' to reduce budget cuts

    January 28, 2015 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options" for lessening some of the slashing. The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises even as job totals hit record highs

    January 27, 2015 2:44 PM

    UNDATED - Louisiana's economy keeps creating jobs, but it can't keep up with the state's growing workforce. The state's unemployment rate rose in December for the eighth straight month, to 6.7 percent from 6.5 percent in November. Louisiana now ties for the sixth-highest jobless rate among the states. But at... more »
  • New $103M midyear deficit because of oil price plummet

    January 26, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a more than $103 million deficit to close in its $25 billion budget because of the continuing fall in oil prices. And next year's budget shortfall now reaches $1.6 billion. The state's budget troubles deepened Monday with the adjustments of the state's income forecasting panel,... more »
  • La. forecasting panel expected to deliver grim budget news

    January 26, 2015 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasting panel is accounting for the steep drop in oil prices in the state revenue projections. The forecast adjustments planned Monday by the Revenue Estimating Conference are expected to worsen next year's already $1.4 billion shortfall - and create another midyear deficit the state has... more »
  • Some want language changed in state's deaf child bill of rights

    January 25, 2015 9:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Several deaf advocacy groups gathered together Saturday morning until the afternoon to discuss ways they want to see legislation changed for deaf children in the state. Around a hundred people were at The Louisiana Summit for Deaf and Education Reform. Groups including Lighthouse Louisiana and... more »
  • Jindal names new leader of state coastal restoration agency

    January 23, 2015 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's coastal restoration agency has a new leader. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday announced the appointment of Chip Kline to be chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, known as CPRA. The job involves overseeing state work on a massive, multibillion-dollar coastal restoration plan. The... more »
  • Colleges negotiating for ways to lessen deep budget cuts

    January 23, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The threat of up to $380 million in budget cuts to Louisiana's public colleges has higher education officials and lawmakers scrambling for ideas to stop the slashing They're weighing everything from tax break suspensions to tuition and fee hikes. College system leaders are suggesting a special legislative... more »
  • Louisiana to save millions by refinancing state debt

    January 23, 2015 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has refinanced $649 million in highway project borrowing to take advantage of lower interest rates. Treasurer John Kennedy's office said Friday that the refinancing, done this week, will save the state $109 million over 26 years in lessened interest payments on the debt. Under state law,... more »
  • Tangi's long-serving parish president retiring

    January 22, 2015 3:39 PM

    AMITE - The longest-serving parish president announced he will retire from public office when his term ends near the end of the year. Gordon Burgess, who has been in charge of Tangipahoa Parish for almost thirty years, said he is retiring with pride on December 31. He was the... more »
  • More than 2 years after closing, Swamp Walk opens again

    January 21, 2015 2:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed. Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
  • Jump Start program preparing students for industry boom Play Video

    January 21, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana added nearly 19,000 industry jobs over the last year. As that number continues to grow, the Department of Education's Jump Start Program aims to fill the growing demand with skilled workers from Louisiana. Industry leaders will be meeting today to map out a blueprint for 2015... more »
  • New video archive features Louisiana's rich history Play Video

    January 20, 2015 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Secretary of State's Office launched a digital archive Tuesday with video dating back more than 60 years. It's a way for anyone to dive into Louisiana's history to explore. The archive features around 1,500 video clips ranging from inaugurations of the... more »
  • Louisiana Digital Media Archive chronicles state history

    January 20, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LPB and the Secretary of State's Office officially launched a new project squarely aimed at giving the general public an intimate look at Louisiana history through archived video of historic state events, places and cultures. The newly launched Louisiana Digital Media Archive is the culmination of... more »
  • Tax Season 101 Play Video

    January 20, 2015 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue began accepting state individual tax returns today, as did the Internal Revenue Service. This morning on 2une In we were joined by the LDR's Director of Criminal Investigations Barry Kelly who had some tips to survive Tax Season 2015. "You need... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise in La.

    January 16, 2015 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 10 increased to 3,601 from the previous week's total of 1,814. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,330 initial claims, officials said Friday. An increase in initial... more »
  • Vitter pledges special legislative session on budget, taxes

    January 15, 2015 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says if he's elected governor this fall, he'd immediately call a special legislative session to address Louisiana's ongoing budget problems. The session, according to Thursday's announcement, would focus on: removing budget protections that leave public colleges and health services more vulnerable to cuts,... more »
  • Panel divided on how to reform film tax credit program

    January 15, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana's generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. They say the most recent estimates costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated... more »
  • More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    January 14, 2015 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials say more than 126,000 Louisiana residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, saying 126,454 people in the state had selected an insurance plan by last week.... more »
  • Report: It takes more than $55k to live securely in BR

    January 13, 2015 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city has the second-highest cost of living in the state and, according to a new study by Loyola University, it is contributing to peoples' struggle to make ends meet. A family with two adults and two children must take home at least about $63,648 each year... more »
  • $10M in additional debt payments expected from new office

    January 13, 2015 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says Louisiana's new debt collection office is on track to boost state debt repayment by $10 million this year. But lawmakers hoping the office will solve the state's budget woes need to scale back their expectations. The budget already assumes the extra $10... more »
  • Comite project land issue will be discussed Tuesday

    January 12, 2015 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, members of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project Task Force are expected to get an update from the Department of Transportation and Development and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about how to handle an issue over receiving federal money to help build the long-planned diversion... more »
  • Justices won't hear Louisiana gay marriage case pre-appeal

    January 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before the federal appeals court in New Orleans considers it. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Friday. But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had... more »
  • Task force looking for ways to spend more on La. roads

    January 12, 2015 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rather than offer specific recommendations for directing new cash to Louisiana's roadways, a legislatively-created task force is forwarding all the ideas it heard. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which ends in March, isn't prioritizing proposals it submits to lawmakers, instead letting them sift through concepts to see... more »
  • Jindal headed to Europe on economic development trip

    January 11, 2015 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed to Europe, on a trip seeking new foreign investment for Louisiana, with the added opportunity for the possible presidential candidate to burnish his foreign policy credentials. The travel contingent was leaving Sunday for an economic development mission that starts in London... more »
  • New higher education chief faces budget headaches

    January 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On the job for only a week, Louisiana's newest higher education commissioner, Joseph Rallo, quickly got hit with the grim reality of the state's budget. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has given Rallo and state college system leaders a troubling figure, warning them the governor's budget proposal may... more »
  • Anticipation mounts for the Louisiana Marathon Play Video

    January 9, 2015 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of runners from around the world are already signed-up for next weekend's Louisiana Marathon. They're coming from all fifty states, as well as ten countries. News 2's Rebecca Buchanan had Breakfast with 2une In this morning with the race founders at Blend as they prepare... more »
  • La. edges up, but still near bottom in education rankings

    January 8, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is still ranked near the bottom in the annual "Quality Counts" survey released by the publication Education Week. But the state did edge up from 49th last year to 44th in the latest rankings, which were released Thursday. The Quality Counts survey this year gives the state... more »
  • Louisiana's new U.S. House members to be sworn in Tuesday

    January 6, 2015 3:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The newest members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are officially taking their seats. Recently-elected U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves, both members of the GOP, will be sworn into office Tuesday, along with 56 other freshmen lawmakers from around the country. They will join a growing Republican... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    January 5, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 27 decreased to 1,566 from the previous week's total of 2,531. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,721 initial claims, officials said Monday. The shorter work-week due... more »
  • A look at the top stories in Louisiana during 2014

    December 27, 2014 10:57 AM

    The following is a list of Louisiana's top stories in 2014. U.S. SENATE RACE Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term in runoff election in early December. Landrieu had narrowly led a Nov. 4 primary ballot that included eight candidates from all parties.... more »
  • La. tops California as the place to film

    December 26, 2014 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national media report has labeled Louisiana as the number one place to produce movies. The report , featured on morning television Friday, pointed out Louisiana leads Canada and California as locations of productions. Eighteen movies released last year were shot here. Producers interviewed said the... more »
  • Artist jailed on $1,000,000 bond following murder

    December 26, 2014 9:02 PM

    ALEXANDRIA- An artist is being held on a $1,000,000 bond in Rapides Parish after a holiday murder. Authorities arrested Tony Forrest, 64. He is charged with second degree murder in the death of his son-in-law, Tommy Thompson, 45. Detectives said Forrest and Thompson had an argument earlier this... more »
  • Nearly 2 dozen new Louisiana laws kick in with 2015

    December 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly two dozen new laws take effect with the start of 2015 in Louisiana. The measures were passed in the last legislative session. They are mostly minor changes, as most new laws approved by lawmakers each year begin in August. Smoking will be banned near state-owned office... more »
  • Mystery child gives trooper loving Christmas card

    December 25, 2014 9:37 PM

    HOUMA - A state trooper was shocked by a little girl, who handed him a Christmas card at a store. The girl handed him a card, then left. When the trooper opened it, it read "the gift of love, the gift of peace, and the gift of joy; May... more »
  • State planning traffic relief for busy interchange Play Video

    December 23, 2014 11:11 PM

    GONZALES - The state announced it is planning two, short-term projects to deal with congestion and safety issues at the Highway 30 interchange with I-10. One project will install an eastbound left-turn lane from La. 30 to Veterans Boulevard. The other will install an additional eastbound lane from near... more »
  • Feds: La. must repay $190M from LSU hospital deals

    December 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Medicaid agency has approved financing plans for contracts that turn six LSU hospitals over to private companies. That ends questions about whether care for Louisiana's uninsured could be in jeopardy. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also ordered Louisiana to repay $190 million... more »
  • Surge in workers keeps pushing up La. jobless rate

    December 19, 2014 2:34 PM

    Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the seventh straight month in November, and what had been strong growth in employer payrolls waned. The state's jobless rate rose to 6.5 percent, as growth in job seekers continued to outstrip increases in the number of people reporting they have jobs. The unemployment rate... more »
  • Louisiana Bayou Bistro's spin on a holiday classic Play Video

    December 19, 2014 1:45 PM

    BRUSLY - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Chef Chucky Lejeune joined us Friday on News 2 at Noon to talk about some of his favorite Christmas dishes. In addition to traditional meals like chicken and sausage or seafood gumbo, Chef Chuck says he enjoys combing his pork and deer roasts! He... more »
  • Baton Rouge home to cheapest gas in USA

    December 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A price war between competing stations helped the price for a gallon of regular gasoline drop to $1.77 Thursday. This made it the second-lowest in the country. The only other city where a store was selling cheaper gas Thursday was in Oklahoma City for $1.68. Costco... more »
  • Lawmakers back Jindal plan to close $170M deficit

    December 18, 2014 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million. The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection Thursday, only days before the budget had... more »
  • Justices to discuss Louisiana gay marriage case

    December 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has added the challenge to Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban to the agenda for the justices' closed-door conference on Jan. 9. The action Wednesday does not mean the court will decide that day to hear a gay-marriage case. But the January meeting will be the first... more »
  • Rewritten LSU hospital deals still pending in federal review

    December 16, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health secretary told lawmakers that the state expected to receive federal approval for six LSU hospital privatization contracts by last week's end. That approval still hasn't arrived. Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said Tuesday the lack of an approval letter doesn't mean the rewritten deals... more »
  • Economist: La. tax break programs are 'open-ended' spending

    December 15, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana's long list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget. Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money... more »
  • I-12 reopens late Monday night

    December 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    HAMMOND - State Police sprayed foam across I-12 Monday afternoon to clean up a fuel tanker truck which flipped with a full load of gasoline near Hammond, blocking the highway. Troopers closed I-12 in both directions after the big rig wreck on the eastbound side of the highway. Pictures... more »
  • Do you have unclaimed money? Check here!

    December 12, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Just in time for Christmas, the state's looking for people to receive $635 million in unclaimed money. The money belongs to people business could not track down and are from old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments... more »
  • Citing costs, 2 clinics drop La. abortion suit

    December 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortion clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have dropped their challenge to Louisiana's newest abortion law. An earlier lawsuit filed by clinics in Metairie, Shreveport and Bossier City remains intact. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital... more »
  • Former Lion Miley will don Red Sox

    December 11, 2014 6:44 AM

    HAMMOND - After experiencing success during his three seasons in the desert, former Southeastern Louisiana University Lion Wade Miley is on the move. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Wednesday night to exchange Miley for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, as well... more »
  • Angola warden considering run for governor Play Video

    December 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    ANGOLA - Warden Burl Cain says he's thinking about running for governor next year. Cain has spent more than three decades as a warden, the last two at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. "Angola's fixed, and it's not what it was," he said. "It's kind of like the job... more »
  • Louisiana wins federal grant for pre-K education

    December 10, 2014 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will receive up to $32 million in federal grant money over four years to improve preschool access for low-income children across the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Louisiana was one of 18 states to get grants aimed at giving more quality educational... more »
  • La. gets break from 'No Child Left Behind' rules

    December 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from No Child Left Behind's ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by... more »
  • 2 clinics ask to drop suit against La abortion law

    December 8, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two clinics challenging Louisiana's newest abortion law now want their suit dismissed. An earlier lawsuit would remain intact. Attorney Ellie Schilling says cost is the only reason for the request. It was filed Friday for Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • Some area teams leave Mercedes Benz Superdome without the bling

    December 5, 2014 10:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Superdome provided mixed news for football fans of the two lab schools associated with LSU and Southern Friday night. University High was declared the state champions in Division 2 by outplaying Parkview Baptist, also of Baton Rouge in a 46 to 32 final. Kick off was... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop

    December 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 29 decreased to 1,698 from the previous week's total of 2,547, a drop attributed to a short work week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Second wreck closes Basin Bridge Thursday

    December 4, 2014 8:42 PM

    HENDERSON - For the second time Thursday, I-10 through the Atchafalaya Basin closed due to a wreck involving semis. Eastbound lanes closed near the beginning of the bridge in St. Martin Parish shortly after 7 p.m. It remained closed late into the night as crews worked to tow the... more »
  • La. asks US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

    December 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the rare step of hearing an appeal of Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages before a federal appeals court rules. Attorney Kyle Duncan filed the request this week. He's asking the justices to hear appeals of... more »
  • Driver killed in La. 30 construction zone crash

    December 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    GONZALES - A driver died overnight after State Police said they wrecked at an Ascension Parish construction zone, the second wreck to happen there in recent days. Troopers said Kirk Canova, 42, died after he smashed into a dump truck on Highway 30 west of I-10 near South St.... more »
  • Education board moves ahead with licensing revamp

    December 2, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana's child care centers and preschool programs. A majority of Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members backed the new rules Tuesday, with final passage expected Wednesday. The vote was 7-2 from a BESE committee, with nearly all board... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    December 1, 2014 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 22 increased to 2,547 from the previous week's total of 2,377. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,854 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • La., Miss. investigate body found near Slidell

    November 30, 2014 6:09 PM

    SLIDELL, La. - The St. Tammany parish sheriff's office says a man's body has been found near Slidell, and detectives are working with Mississippi authorities to find a person of interest. Sheriff's spokesman George Bonnett says in a news release that the body was found about 4 a.m. Sunday in... more »
  • 5 cited for wildlife violations in Caddo, Bossier

    November 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five north Louisiana residents have been cited for alleged hunting violations in Caddo and Bossier parishes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says enforcement agents cited 44-year-old Daniel Owens and 17-year-old Tristen Owens, both of Vivian; and 19-year-old Ethan Mikesell and 18-year-old Devynn England, both of... more »

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