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  • Democrat Edwards trying to break party slump in Louisiana

    October 2, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards has surged in recent polls, raising hopes among Democrats that they might be able to reclaim the Louisiana governor's mansion. Right now, Republicans hold every statewide elected job. And in the conservative state, Edwards remains a long-shot at becoming... more »
  • LSU AgCenter gets $1.25M for project to improve rural health

    October 2, 2015 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU AgCenter and three partners have a two-year, $1.25 million federal grant for research and outreach to reduce obesity and chronic diseases in three rural Louisiana parishes: Madison, St. Helena and Tensas. AgCenter dietitian Denise Holston-West says those parishes have some of Louisiana's highest rates of poverty... more »
  • Mistakenly released killer arrested in Georgia

    October 2, 2015 1:52 AM

    ATLANTA- Authorities have captured an inmate that was mistakenly let out of a jail earlier this week in Louisiana. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Benjuiel Johnson, 32, just after midnight Friday morning at a motel just outside of Atlanta. Authorities in Georgia said a Gwinett County deputy assigned to... more »
  • New rules mean 62,000 could lose food stamps check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 1, 2015 7:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - 62,000 people in Louisiana have three months to either find work or get kicked off food stamps. The new rule applies to able-bodied adults, ages 18-49, who have no dependents. The federal government funds the food stamp program and allows Louisiana to give them to able-bodied adults... more »
  • PACs pump $1.3M so far into Louisiana governor's race TV ads

    October 1, 2015 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Outside political groups have poured $1.3 million into TV advertising for the Louisiana governor's race. An analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity shows the spending, largely on attack ads, accounts for 29 percent of all $4.5 million in TV advertising devoted to the governor's... more »
  • Changes to food assistance program starts Thursday

    October 1, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Changes are coming for some people receiving food assistance benefits. Effective Thursday, the state says able-bodied adults without dependents must meet a minimum work requirement to qualify for the benefits. The state, in a news release, said those in that category will be required to work at least... more »
  • Financial health of state worker insurance program improved

    September 30, 2015 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After hemorrhaging cash for months, Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers, public school employees and retirees is back on solid footing. The financial improvement, however, came only after Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lessened benefits and raised costs on many workers. An update released this week from... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo coming in October check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2015 9:36 AM

    ANGOLA- The Angola Prison Rodeo is coming back to town for the month of October. The rodeo has become a staple in Louisiana, where people from all over the state travel to the prison to watch the inmates participate in various events. The nation’s longest-running prison rodeo features events like... more »
  • Common Core test results to be released in mid-October

    September 29, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White says the first glimpse of how Louisiana students fared on Common Core tests will be Oct. 12. Those statewide results will show how about 320,000 students did on the exams in March and May, and eventually how they compare with their... more »
  • LSU's prez wants next governor to stabilize higher education funding Play Video

    September 28, 2015 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's president wants the next governor to put his money where his mouth is. President F. King Alexander told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday he wants the next governor to help stop slashing state funds for colleges, invest in workforce training, and provide more money... more »
  • Program designed to help with new health cooperatives fails

    September 28, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal program designed to aid federally created health plans such as the Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. instead became the final nail in the ailing nonprofit's coffin. Louisiana Health - taken over by state regulators on Sept. 1 - was one of 23 plans created nationally under the... more »
  • Louisiana man pleads guilty to explosives charge

    September 26, 2015 1:57 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. - A Catahoula Parish man has pleaded guilty to firearms and explosives charges. Bill W. Womack, 56, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Dee Drell to possessing an unregistered explosive device and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The plea allows him to appeal a... more »
  • Caldwell, Landry in close fundraising competition in AG race

    September 25, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In Louisiana's attorney general's race, Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell is locked in a tight fundraising competition with one GOP opponent, former Congressman Jeff Landry. Caldwell ended the latest two-month fundraising period ahead of the Oct. 24 election with nearly $1.2 million in the bank after raising $179,000. Landry... more »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole becomes attack point in governor's race

    September 25, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a new flashpoint in the governor's race. Republican candidate David Vitter is accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe. Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August... more »
  • Lawmakers want budget transparency from Jindal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers want to know why the governor will not tell them how much money the state overspent last fiscal year. They want transparency from Governor Jindal's administration. "Well it puts us in a bind trying to make the proper adjustments," said Sen. Dan Claitor(R-Baton Rouge). A... more »
  • Downtown Syracuse bars opening early for LSU football game

    September 24, 2015 9:24 AM

    SYRACUSE- Bars in downtown Syracuse are ready to let the good times roll for the thousands of Louisiana college football fans expected to hit the area this weekend. Syracuse University hosts the eighth-ranked Louisiana State University (2-0) at noon Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The LSU Alumni Association says it... more »
  • Sheriff: Naked jogging couple left infant alone on beach

    September 23, 2015 11:17 AM

    CAMERON - Authorities say a Louisiana couple left their 1-year-old daughter alone on a beach while they went on a lengthy naked jog. Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson says his office received a report Tuesday morning of a 20-month-old child alone on Holly Beach. Deputies located the baby and then,... more »
  • Voter registration for Oct. 24 election ends Wednesday

    September 23, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Time is running out for people to sign up to vote in Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. The deadline to register as a voter is Wednesday. That's for citizens who have never registered to vote or who want to make changes to their voter registration. The October ballot will... more »
  • Louisiana gets 8600 doses of opioid overdose treatment

    September 21, 2015 7:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says a manufacturer has donated 8,640 doses of an emergency treatment for overdoses of heroin and related drugs. Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said Monday officials are working to get the naloxone auto-injectors to local police and fire departments statewide for emergency... more »
  • LSU grants more academic criteria waivers

    September 21, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- To get into LSU, students have to score 22 or higher on the ACT, with at least an 18 in the English subsection and 19 in math, as well as receive a 3.0 GPA in high school. That is, unless they manage to get one of the university's... more »
  • Louisiana serial killer loses appeal case

    September 19, 2015 11:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man convicted of murdering two women and linked to five other south Louisiana slayings has lost his latest appeal in a death penalty case. Louisiana's Supreme Court on Friday rejected Derrick Todd Lee's appeal of his conviction and death sentence in the 2002 death of LSU... more »
  • Census: Louisiana poverty rate at nearly 20 percent in 2014

    September 18, 2015 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest U.S. Census data shows that one in five Louisiana residents lived in poverty last year, unchanged from the previous year. Louisiana had the third-highest rate of poverty in the country for 2014, at 19.8 percent, falling behind only New Mexico and Mississippi. Released Thursday, the... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    September 18, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 12 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,015 from the previous week's total of 2,417. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Former Popeyes franchisee official charged with embezzlement

    September 18, 2015 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Federal prosecutors say a former executive of a Louisiana-based chain of Popeyes chicken restaurants has been indicted on embezzlement charges. The indictment alleges that 45-year-old William Ros, of Cortez, Florida, bought a $225,000 race car using some of the nearly $1 million he embezzled when he had store... more »
  • $80M in new construction work approved by state officials

    September 17, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has won approval for $80 million in state construction plans, using all available spending capacity for the budget year before the governor exits office in January. The State Bond Commission, which must sign off on construction spending, agreed to the plans without... more »
  • La.'s Common Core test scores to be released in November

    September 17, 2015 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Common Core test results will be released in November. The exams were given to nearly 320,000 students in the spring after months of controversy over the new benchmarks in reading, writing and math. The state typically issues annual school performance scores, including letter grades, in... more »
  • State sales tax expansion possible

    September 16, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's talk around the Capitol of expanding a state sales tax for everyday items. Under the Louisiana's constitution things like groceries, gasoline, prescription drugs, and residential electric bills are exempt from a state sales tax. "Those are some of the most stable and consistent purchases consumers make,"... more »
  • Farmers in 21 parishes eligible for drought disaster aid

    September 16, 2015 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in 21 Louisiana parishes are eligible for drought disaster aid. It designated 10 parishes - Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union and Webster - as primary disaster areas. News releases Wednesday said the others are... more »
  • Jay Dardenne unveils his first TV ad in La. governor's race

    September 16, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican candidate for governor Jay Dardenne has started his TV advertising, pitching himself as a nonpartisan, straight talker who will "make Louisiana proud." With the launch of his 30-second spot Tuesday, Dardenne, the state's lieutenant governor, became the last of the four major contenders for governor to begin... more »
  • Flyers could see harder security checkpoints check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - If you're planning on flying next year, you may have a harder time getting on a plane. The REAL ID Act requires several documents that properly identify a person. As of now, Louisiana Driver's Licenses do not meet those federal regulations which went into effect... more »
  • Jindal staffer leaves state politics for healthcare

    September 15, 2015 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the governor's term winds down and his campaign for president moves him from state-to-state, his staff at the Capitol are planning their next moves. Tuesday, it was announced Kristy Nichols, the commissioner of administration was leaving state politics. Nichols' department oversees state functions such as... more »
  • Louisiana oil and gas lease sales slump in September

    September 15, 2015 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sales of oil and gas drilling rights on Louisiana state and local lands fell to $476,400 in September. The state saw relatively lucrative lease sales in June and August despite falling oil prices. The Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board awarded 10 leases covering nearly 1,600 acres during the... more »
  • Court: New Orleans mayor can remain free during appeal

    September 15, 2015 8:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu can remain free while his overriding contempt of court appeal is being resolved. The state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a state judge "abused" his discretion when he denied a request to suspend his contempt... more »
  • Auditor: Report on Jindal Medicaid privatization improved

    September 15, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's legislative auditor says the health department is doing a better job of submitting required information about Gov. Bobby Jindal's Medicaid privatization. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office issued a blistering commentary in 2014 that said Jindal's Department of Health and Hospitals submitted a privatization evaluation to lawmakers that... more »
  • Last of Louisiana's surviving Tuskegee Airmen pilots dies

    September 14, 2015 9:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Calvin Moret, a New Orleans native and the last surviving pilot from Louisiana of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 90. Moret was a Congressional Gold Medal honoree for his World War II service along with others in the African-American unit of military airmen. New Orleans... more »
  • No big winners after Saturday night lottery drawing

    September 13, 2015 2:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says nobody won the two major jackpots in the Louisiana Lotto and multistate Powerball drawings on Saturday night. Louisiana Lotto players matching all six numbers drawn would have won or shared a $2.6 million prize, which will rise to an estimated $2.67 million... more »
  • Louisiana prison escapee found in Florida

    September 13, 2015 11:58 AM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Authorities have captured an inmate who escaped from Louisiana after a two-day manhunt that ended in the Florida Panhandle. A Bay County deputy saw Christopher Dale Stringer walking through the dunes near the beach along the Bay and Walton County line Saturday night. Authorities said... more »
  • Louisiana Marine killed in California training exercise

    September 12, 2015 11:18 AM

    SAN DIEGO - Officials say the Marine killed in a truck rollover during training at a California base is a 21-year-old from Louisiana. The Marine Corps said in a statement Friday night that the man who died in Thursday night's accident at Camp Pendleton is Cpl. Bryan Michael Lauw of... more »
  • Former Louisiana police chief pleads guilty to stalking

    September 12, 2015 11:05 AM

    LEESVILLE, La. - Former Rosepine Police Chief James Parrott has pleaded guilty to charges of simple battery and stalking. Attorney General James Caldwell, in a news release Friday, said the 50-year-old Parrott entered the plea in state court in Leesville. Parrott was indicted in December 2014 after evidence revealed he... more »
  • New TV ad hits David Vitter on his prostitution scandal

    September 11, 2015 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Talk of David Vitter's prostitution scandal is being revived in the Louisiana governor's race. A political action committee launched a TV ad this week reminding voters the Republican U.S. senator, running for governor, was linked to a Washington prostitution ring in 2007. The 30-second ad says: "We can... more »
  • Newspaper owner misses election deadline

    September 10, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businessman John Georges will not be included on the upcoming gubernatorial ballot since he failed to qualify, or sign up, for the election by 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Late this week, political insiders stirred the political pot with claims Georges was considering a run. By adding his... more »
  • La. clarifies DL policies for transgender people

    September 10, 2015 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will allow people who identify as opposite genders to take a license photo representing their day-to-day lifestyle. For instance, the OMV will allow people who identify as female but still have legal documents listing them as male to take a... more »
  • Candidate sign-up reaches final day with few surprises

    September 10, 2015 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The final hours of the candidate sign-up period for the Oct. 24 election are winding down. No unexpected twists have stirred up things at the top of the ballot, where Louisiana has wide open races for governor and lieutenant governor. At least eight candidates already have registered to... more »
  • Grants to help Louisiana schools educate disabled students

    September 10, 2015 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Education is seeking applications from school districts and charter schools seeking a share of $4 million in grants aimed at improving graduation rates for students with disabilities. In a Wednesday news release, the department says the federal money is available for districts and charter schools... more »
  • More candidates qualify for state office on second day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2015 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The last of Louisiana's incumbent statewide elected officials running for re-election has signed up for his race. Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office is where candidates for statewide positions submit their qualifying paperwork and filing fees. But Schedler waited until Wednesday, the second-day of the sign-up... more »
  • La. National Guard serviceman buried at Arlington National Cemetery

    September 8, 2015 5:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Louisiana National Guard serviceman and Baton Rouge native, killed during a helicopter training exercise off the Florida coast in March, was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich's burial comes three months after the U.S. Army decided to grant an... more »
  • Louisiana-shot 'Jurassic World' takes bite out of records

    September 7, 2015 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers debated the future of the state's film credits, a Louisiana-shot movie was soaring to enormous new heights this summer. When "Jurassic World" premiered earlier this year, it quickly raked in millions. Now, Monday, it was announced it surpassed the $1 billion mark when international... more »
  • State police: Georgia man dies in fiery Louisiana crash

    September 7, 2015 11:16 AM

    CROWLEY, La. - State police in Louisiana say a Georgia man died in a fiery weekend highway accident. It happened Sunday around 9:40 a.m. State police say a tractor-trailer rig driven by 63-year-old Michael Ransom of Villa Rica, Georgia, was heading west on Interstate 10 when it ran... more »
  • Imported cucumbers in Louisiana are being recalled due to Salmonella

    September 5, 2015 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Cucumbers across Louisiana are being recalled after they were identified as the source of a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. The Department of Health and Hospitals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration teamed up to recall all imported cucumbers that were distributed by Andrew & Williamson... more »
  • Feral hogs costs Louisiana $74 million

    September 5, 2015 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A new study by the LSU AgCenter says feral hogs cost Louisiana farmers more than $74 million in crop losses and other damage in 2013. AgCenter economist Shaun Tanger, who's been gathering data from farmers about feral hog activity for more than a year, says the... more »
  • La. high school football player dies after hit during game Friday

    September 5, 2015 12:20 AM

    WINNSBORO - A high school football player died from injuries sustained at a Friday night football game in Franklin Parish. Sheriff Kevin Cobb identified the victim as 16-year-old Tyrell Cameron. Officials said he died at a hospital after being rushed there from the game. Franklin Parish High School... more »
  • 4 candidates set for New Orleans governor forum

    September 4, 2015 4:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four candidates to succeed term limited Bobby Jindal as governor all agreed that major reforms are needed in state spending and tax policy as Louisiana deals with year-to-year budget shortfalls. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Sen. David Vitter, all Republicans, and... more »
  • Louisiana Police pay tribute to slain Houston deputy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 4, 2015 1:18 PM

    SLIDELL – Multiple Louisiana law enforcement agencies paid tribute to a fallen Texas sheriff’s deputy by lining a street in Slidell Friday. Police from around the nation were among thousands of people gathered at a Houston church for the funeral of slain Harris County Sherriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth. ... more »
  • Angelle campaign takes issue with ad from pro-Vitter PAC

    September 2, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Scott Angelle's campaign for governor is fighting back against an attack ad launched by a super PAC supporting GOP contender David Vitter. Angelle's campaign says the ad falsely accuses the state utility regulator of wanting to "tax the Internet." Campaign officials say Vitter supported a state... more »
  • Oldies but Goodies Festival 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 2, 2015 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Oldies but Goodies Festival is coming back to Port Allen. The event will have rockin' music, tricked out cars and of course some of the best barbeque in Louisiana. Cooks from all over the south will be at the festival competing for top barbeque honors. Teams will... more »
  • After parking lot arrest and ahead of football, bars talk underage drinking

    September 1, 2015 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bar managers have been invited to a meeting with the head of the state Alcohol Tobacco Control. Commissioner Troy Hebert said he will meet with area bar business people Wednesday to discuss issues ahead of LSU and Southern University home football games. LSU opens the season... more »
  • Excessive force award against Baton Rouge police upheld

    September 1, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Supreme Court has let stand a jury's award of $239,000 to a former Baton Rouge resident who claimed a city police officer's use of excessive force in 2007 caused him to suffer a ruptured bladder. The high court refused to review a lower court ruling that... more »
  • Coast Guard makes rescue as fishing vessel sinks

    August 31, 2015 11:23 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Three people were rescued from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank just off the coast of Louisiana Monday. The Coast Guard said a passing helicopter reported seeing the vessel sinking with two life-rafts in the water. Crews from stations in Morgan City and New Orleans were... more »
  • Louisiana files response to Planned Parenthood lawsuit

    August 31, 2015 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration tells a federal judge Louisiana can boot Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program. Lawyers for Jindal health secretary Kathy Kliebert filed documents in advance of a Wednesday court hearing. The documents argue Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast shouldn't be given a restraining order to... more »
  • Cadets have first day of training in Baton Rouge

    August 30, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Dozens of cadets reported to their first official day of training at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. "We want to make sure that the right people are here," Sgt. Nick Manale told News Two. "We want to make sure that these men and women are... more »
  • Louisiana Supreme Court to use two Mississippi cases to aid murder trial

    August 30, 2015 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court says prosecutors may use evidence about the disappearances of two Mississippi women when Felix Vail is tried in his first wife's death. Vail's case was among nearly 90 rejected Friday without comment. Justice Jefferson Hughes III voted to hear the case. Vail is... more »
  • CenturyLink will cut dozens of Louisiana jobs

    August 29, 2015 11:29 AM

    MONROE, La. - CenturyLink says dozens of positions will be reduced in Louisiana as part of the company's proposal to eliminate 1,000 jobs companywide. The company will cut the headcount in Louisiana by about 55 positions. She did not indicate when the layoffs were expected to begin. CenturyLink, the largest... more »
  • While mourning, state police readies to train more troopers

    August 28, 2015 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after the Louisiana State Police buries one of its own, a new class of cadets begin their training to be troopers this weekend. The men and women will report to the state police training academy Sunday for 16 weeks of training. It's the third cadet... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    August 28, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 22 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,414 from the previous week's total of 2,544. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • With 2 killings this week, Louisiana police deaths rising

    August 27, 2015 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police badges in Louisiana are banded with black ribbons more than usual this year, a grim reminder that officer deaths are on the rise with two killings just this week alone. Louisiana has had more job-related police fatalities in 2015 than any other state but Texas,... more »
  • WATCH: Officers caught in the crossfire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2015 12:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff is worried the next generation of law enforcement officers might be rethinking their careers after watching so many officers die in the line of duty. "There's just no care about what happens to the man standing next to you,"... more »
  • 3 new charges against man accused of killing state trooper

    August 26, 2015 3:42 PM

    LAKE CHARLES- Louisiana authorities say a man accused of killing a state trooper is now implicated in the death of another man. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says Kevin Daigle was booked Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Blake Brewer of Moss Bluff. A news release says... more »
  • Louisiana moves up in rankings based on ACT test scores

    August 26, 2015 7:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana still ranks below the national average - and near the bottom among all states - in average composite scores for students taking the ACT college readiness test. However, state officials note that the state did move up in the latest national ACT data. And the state education... more »
  • Perfect weather welcomes Wednesday

    August 25, 2015 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Expect a near record low overnight. WBRZ weather experts said the forecast low Wednesday will be 63 or 62 degrees. The record low for Wednesday was set in 1966 at 62. It has not been since May that temperatures have reached this low. Wednesday, the... more »
  • Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 25, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has domestic violence rates that are two to three times higher than the national average. This morning Beth Meeks from the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence talked to News 2's Kylie Dixon about what the state need to do to address the problem. One method that is... more »
  • Jindal orders flags lowered in honor of fallen trooper

    August 25, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In honor of fallen Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent, Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered flags on all state and parish buildings to be lowered to half-staff and continue to be flown in that manner until sunset Friday. Vincent was shot in the line of duty Sunday while assisting... more »
  • WATCH: Amoeba testing in state lab Play Video

    August 25, 2015 12:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – In a lab requiring security clearance similar to military compounds, scientists are working to test water from water systems across Louisiana. This summer, three systems have been found to contain a brain-eating amoeba. At a state lab, experts are checking and testing samples from other systems.... more »
  • La. colleges owed $15M from racing commission, audit says check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 24, 2015 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says higher education, which has struggled with budget cuts, has been shortchanged more than $15 million it was owed from the Louisiana State Racing Commission. The Legislative Auditor's Office says the money should have been paid from a slice of the license fee on... more »
  • Roommate of man accused in trooper's murder found dead check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 23, 2015 6:02 PM

    BELL CITY, La. - The roommate of the man accused of shooting and killing Trooper Steven Vincent was found dead Monday morning and homicide is suspected, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso Sheriff Mancuso said deputies found the body Monday morning after the man did not go to... more »
  • Officials found in Ashley Madison hack, other addresses to be probed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 20, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After emails belonging to state workers were shown to be used for accounts on adultery website Ashley Madison, the state said Thursday, it is against policy for employees to use state-owned email addresses for this type of activity. Ashley Madison is an online dating site that... more »
  • Fugitive sex offender arrested in Shreveport

    August 20, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Attorney General “Buddy” Caldwell’s office announced Thursday that a fugitive with a history of evading sex offender registration in Texas and Louisiana was captured in Shreveport. Agents with the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit captured Kentrell Debose, 27, Tuesday in Shreveport. Caldwell’s office said Debose... more »
  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Police identify suspect connected to Walker credit card fraud

    August 20, 2015 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police in McComb, Miss. have identified one of the suspects who police say stole credit card information from a Walker man and made fraudulent purchases at a Mississippi Walmart. Investigators identified Bradley J Boudreaux, 32, of Mamou, La., as the suspect shown in security footage wearing... more »
  • Traffic should be expected during 60-day I-10 project

    August 19, 2015 4:08 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Thirty-year-old sections of I-10 will be replaced in a two-month construction project set to start Friday, the DOTD announced Wednesday afternoon. Asphalt will be replaced between the I-10 exit at La. 415 in West Baton Rouge and the Iberville Parish line, about half-way through the thickly... more »
  • State disaster agency watching TS Danny check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's disaster response agency will start coordinating with parish and municipal leaders Wednesday about Tropical Storm Danny. A spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said it's standard protocol whenever a tropical depression forms in the Atlantic. If the storm does threaten... more »

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