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  • Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $500 million in flood aid

    September 28, 2016 10:28 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus as well as $500 million for Louisiana flood aid. The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after... more »
  • How big is Louisiana's deficit? Figure expected next month

    September 27, 2016 8:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A dollar figure for Louisiana's budget deficit will be released next month, after the state's financial analysts finish reconciling the accounting books. Louisiana leaders expect the state spent more than it brought into the treasury in the budget year that ended June 30. Gov. John Bel Edwards'... more »
  • Bogue Chitto River OK to use river after sewage leak

    September 25, 2016 3:38 PM

    MCCOMB, Miss. - Mississippi and Louisiana authorities say it's again safe to swim, wade, and fish in the Bogue Chitto River, and people who live and work on the waterway are relieved. People have been warned away from the river since Sept. 16, when a levee breach at a Mississippi... more »
  • Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

    September 24, 2016 1:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who introduced zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68. His longtime manager Ted Fox told The Associated Press that Dural died early Saturday morning. He had suffered from lung cancer. Fox said... more »
  • High school football week 4 scoreboard

    September 23, 2016 10:58 PM

    Acadiana 28, Barbe 27 Airline 17, Southwood 0 Albany 56, Sophie B. Wright 0 Ascension Episcopal 48, Hanson Memorial 18 Assumption 34, Lakeshore 17 B.T. Washington 32, North Caddo 20 Bastrop 47, Mansfield 21 Baton Rouge Catholic 23, St. Thomas More 12 Beau Chene 41, False River Academy 14 Ben... more »
  • Update on Shelter at Home and FEMA mobile home processes Play Video

    September 22, 2016 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal emergency officials released new information Thursday about post-flood disaster housing options. GHOSEP said that the purpose of the meeting was to address immediate housing needs for residents impacted by last month's historic flooding. Many residents have complained that the federal government response... more »
  • 2 Louisiana metro areas grow fast in 2015, 2 shrink fast

    September 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation's fastest growing economies and two of its fastest shrinking in 2015. Lake Charles' economy grew 8.3 percent, third fastest in the nation according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. That growth was boosted... more »
  • Audit: Agencies not complying with tax break reporting law

    September 19, 2016 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says four state agencies didn't comply with a 2013 state law aimed at better tracking of Louisiana's tax break programs. In a report released Monday, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says 46 of 79 tax incentive reports that agencies are supposed to submit under... more »
  • Drug makers spend big on Louisiana candidates, lobbying

    September 18, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $1 million to Louisiana candidates and hired an average of 40 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies. The findings are part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and... more »
  • Louisiana's poverty rate third in nation, nearly 20 percent

    September 16, 2016 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly one in five Louisiana residents lived in poverty last year. That's according to the latest U.S. Census data, released Thursday, which shows little change in Louisiana's poverty rate from 2014 to 2015. Louisiana had the third-highest rate of poverty in the country for 2015, at 19.6... more »
  • Appeal court: Louisiana can't block Planned Parenthood money

    September 14, 2016 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has lost another legal round in its attempt to take Medicaid funding away from Planned Parenthood clinics. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling ensuring that needy women can get Medicaid-funded non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood... more »
  • White House asks Congress for $2.6 billion to help Louisiana

    September 13, 2016 10:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is asking Congress for $2.6 billion to help Louisiana rebuild from disastrous floods that have ravaged the state. The White House request is for rebuilding damaged homes and infrastructure, helping small businesses and funding community development projects. It comes as Gov. John Bel Edwards returns... more »
  • New Orleans mayor backs Caroline Fayard in US Senate race

    September 12, 2016 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate Caroline Fayard has picked up the high-profile support of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race. Landrieu announced his backing of Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer and businesswoman, in a statement Monday that listed his endorsement in several races on the Nov.... more »
  • Louisiana asking feds to pay more of response to March flood

    September 11, 2016 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While the federal government has agreed to pay 90 percent of the response costs for Louisiana's catastrophic mid-August flooding, the state hasn't been able to get a similar deal for flood damage in north Louisiana in March. The state's congressional delegation and Gov. John Bel Edwards have... more »
  • Man wanted in Pennsylvania slaying arrested in Louisiana

    September 11, 2016 1:33 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Authorities say a man wanted in a drive-by shooting outside a western Pennsylvania bar that killed a man and injured two women last month has been arrested in Louisiana. Allegheny County police said Sunday that 21-year-old Joshua Wardlaw was stopped by police in Louisiana for a traffic violation... more »
  • $2B in damage to Louisiana businesses blamed on flooding

    September 10, 2016 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state economic development agency says August's devastating flooding caused more than $2 billion in damage to businesses. The office, known as LED, commissioned a damage assessment and released the findings of Friday, saying more than 6,000 businesses in 22 parishes took in floodwaters. LED estimates nearly... more »
  • Louisiana confirms another 10 West Nile cases in the state

    September 10, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Another 10 cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health said Friday that brings the total to 24 cases in the state this year. Of the latest cases, five are dangerous infections of the brain or other parts of the... more »
  • 2 psychologists plead guilty in $25 million Medicare scam

    September 7, 2016 10:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say two psychologists have admitted participating in a $25 million scam that billed Medicare for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A Justice Department news release says 62-year-old Beverly Stubblefield of Slidell, Louisiana, and 46-year-old John Teal... more »
  • Police: Mississippi man claimed to be immune from arrest

    September 3, 2016 8:08 PM

    SLIDELL - Police in Louisiana say a Mississippi man claimed to be a "sovereign citizen" who's immune from arrest during a traffic stop. Slidell officers on Friday charged 54-year-old James Doyle Webb of Bay St. Louis with several violations, including not having a driver's license, a license plate or insurance.... more »
  • Louisiana retains worst adult obesity rate in 2015

    September 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    It was another year of too much jambalaya and crawfish pie for Louisianans, with new government data showing they remain the nation's fattest. More than 36 percent of Louisiana's adults were obese in 2015, higher than any other state. Louisiana's rate didn't change from 2014. An advocacy group, the Trust... more »
  • Q & A: Do I need to elevate my home? Play Video

    September 1, 2016 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The unnamed storm that swept through our area last month will go down as the fourth most expensive flood in the National Flood Insurance Program's history, according to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. A group of lawmakers gathered at the Capitol today to discuss flood recovery and response. ... more »
  • For Tiger fans going to Green Bay, traveling with crawfish is essential Play Video

    September 1, 2016 12:57 PM

    GREEN BAY - LSU fans are arriving in Wisconsin ahead of Saturday's game with all the essentials: spirit, excitement, fan gear and crawfish! "We've brought 31 pounds of crawfish tails for Étouffée on Friday night," Lisa Francise said as she arrived at the airport this week. For many... more »
  • FEMA to open disaster recovery center at Celtic Studios

    August 30, 2016 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA will open a disaster recovery center Wednesday, Aug. 31 in East Baton Rouge to assist flood victims. The center will be located at Celtic Studios at 10000 Celtic Drive, Baton Rouge and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Representatives... more »
  • Flood victims, city leaders attend disaster information meeting

    August 30, 2016 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A meeting to discuss disaster relief efforts for flood victims was held Tuesday night at the Leo S. Butler Center. Councilwoman Tara Wicker along with representatives from FEMA, DSNAP, the Department of Public Works, EBR School System, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and others gathered to... more »
  • Sentence cuts benefit 2 from Louisiana; 1 from Mississippi

    August 30, 2016 5:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Among 111 federal inmates whose sentences were cut in the latest round of commutations by President Barack Obama are two from Louisiana and one from Mississippi. Kevin Huff of New Orleans was originally sentenced on cocaine possession-for-distribution charges in 2001 to 25 years - a sentence cut... more »
  • Salvation Army to open distribution center Monday in Gonzales

    August 28, 2016 12:40 PM

    GONZALES - The Salvation Army will open a distribution center in Gonzales on Monday, Aug. 29. The distribution and limited case management center will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be located at 218 E Bayou Narcisse St. in Gonzales. Food, water, toiletries, and limited... more »
  • Filing, payment extensions for those affected by flooding

    August 28, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, business and critical tax records are located in 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas following recent flooding. The Louisiana Department of Revenue says for sales, severance and excise taxes due on or after Aug. 11 and... more »
  • Bodies of 2 Louisiana men recovered from Missouri lake

    August 27, 2016 2:26 PM

    SUNRISE BEACH, Mo.- The bodies of two men from Louisiana have been recovered after a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified the two men as 49-year-old Richard Prince of Metairie and 40-year-old Bradley Dunphy of Lafayette. The... more »
  • Where to volunteer in Louisiana this weekend (Aug. 26-28)

    August 26, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There's still plenty of work to be done in Louisiana after historic flooding destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. A large portion of that will be done by volunteers. If you can spare the time, please consider the following volunteer opportunities this weekend. LOOKING TO... more »
  • State opens warehouse to streamline donation process

    August 26, 2016 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has opened a warehouse to take donations from locals along with items from people and businesses across the country following the flood disaster. The warehouse is being operated as a partnership with the state and Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Adventist Community... more »
  • Post flood 'normal' means more traffic in BR; Road repairs underway

    August 25, 2016 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State road engineers are busy checking highways and bridges as water recedes from areas inundated by the flood last week. More than 1,400 bridges have been checked and every highway that was flooded has also been scrutinized by experts, Shawn Wilson, the head of the state... more »
  • Some Louisiana sugarcane fields still flooded

    August 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Experts in Louisiana say some sugarcane fields remain flooded, with water unable to drain into full rivers and bayous. Sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois of Louisiana State University says farmers have been able to plant only 15 to 20 percent of their expected acreage - and need... more »
  • Denham Springs sets guidelines for building repair permits

    August 23, 2016 9:14 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The City of Denham Springs released a statement regarding permits for repairs to structures following the recent flood events. City officials reminded everyone that the first step in the process is to remove all wet materials and let the building dry out. After “gutting” the structure,... more »
  • President tours flood ravaged areas, snaps selfies with flood victims Play Video

    August 23, 2016 5:28 PM

    ZACHARY - People in the Castle Place Subdivision in Zachary received a high profile visitor to their subdivision Tuesday. President Obama shook hands with flood victims and offered them words of encouragement during a three-hour visit to the flood ravaged region. Tamika Bennett's home filled with nearly four... more »
  • High water in South affecting US rice crops

    August 21, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - High water in Louisiana and Arkansas has put a damper on the nation's rice harvest. While much of Louisiana's crop was in before record floods this month, Arkansas farmers had just started harvesting before rainy weather began last weekend. So far, the biggest losers are farmers whose... more »
  • Officials: 60,000 homes damaged by flooding

    August 20, 2016 8:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana officials say an estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged by massive flooding that swept through the southern part of the state. Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Saturday that 102,000 people have also registered for federal assistance. He... more »
  • LSU: So far rice farmers losses total about $14M

    August 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A university scientist says flooding has cost south Louisiana rice farmers an estimated $14 million in fields that were destroyed after being completely submerged. Dustin Harrell, Louisiana State University's rice specialist, tells The Advertiser that doesn't include yield or quality losses from rice that was damaged, but... more »
  • Louisiana floods not expected to raise Zika risk

    August 17, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials tracking the mosquito-borne Zika virus say they aren't expecting an increased risk in flood-ravaged south Louisiana. Flooding and storms often boost the mosquito population. But Dr. Ben Beard with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that those aren't the mosquito types... more »
  • Determination, disbelief as waters recede

    August 17, 2016 3:57 PM

    ALBANY - Flood waters have receded in Louisiana's Livingston Parish, but they've left behind an atmosphere of determination to recover mixed with disbelief and uncertainty. In conversations, residents and business owners in the town of Albany repeatedly note that the area had never flooded before - and flood insurance wasn't... more »
  • Edwards order suspends deadlines in various legal cases

    August 17, 2016 3:55 PM

    GONZALES - Gov. John Bel Edwards has taken a step to make sure widespread flooding in Louisiana doesn't cause problems in pending legal proceedings. Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said in a Tuesday news release that Edwards has issued an executive order imposing an emergency suspension of all... more »
  • Staying ahead of the mold, residents salvage what they can

    August 17, 2016 3:51 PM

    GONZALES - The heartbreaking task of sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets and drywall is kicking into high gear in flood-wracked southern Louisiana. Residents will continue going back to their homes Wednesday, assessing damage and getting to work on repairs, in areas where the waters have receded enough.... more »
  • Taylor Swift donating $1 million to Louisiana flood efforts

    August 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    NEW YORK - Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people. Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her... more »
  • Louisiana National Guard rescues 7,600 after severe floods

    August 15, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE -The Louisiana National Guard began providing shelter support for the Baton Rouge River Center Sunday night. According to a statement Monday, the national guard has 3,300 guardsmen assisting with emergency flood operations, evacuations, search and rescue, engineering missions, food distribution and security. As of Monday afternoon,... more »
  • How to mark yourself SAFE on Facebook

    August 15, 2016 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Facebook users living in areas affected by the severe flooding can now let their loved ones know that they are safe. The feature is only activated in serious events with possible loss of life. The safety check was activated during the Paris terror attacks as well... more »
  • Judge hears of possible solutions to heat at Angola

    August 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money to fight a lawsuit that claims three death row inmates are exposed to dangerous heat levels in their cells. After more than three years of litigation, prison officials may have finally found a low-tech... more »
  • Gas prices continue to fall with decline expected to continue

    August 8, 2016 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Average retail gas prices in the Capital Area fell another 2.2 cents per gallon last week, bringing the average to $1.89 a gallon. According to GasBuddy’s records, prices at the pump yesterday were 41.4 cents per gallon lower than the same time last year. Prices have... more »
  • WATCH: Pete Fountain on Johnny Carson, hear his albums on iTunes

    August 6, 2016 12:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans are remembering Pete Fountain's sound after news of his death spread across the country Saturday. Fountain, 86, was a musical legend. Born in 1930, by 16-years-old he was earning as much as $150 a night playing the clarinet. Click HERE to read more about his... more »
  • In bizarre, embarrassing moment, Pete Fountain's group was once kicked out of BR Play Video

    August 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As South Louisiana remembers and celebrates the life of legendary musician Pete Fountain Saturday, it brings up an embarrassing moment from the first time Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club appeared in Baton Rouge. Club members were escorted out of a parade through downtown Baton Rouge in February... more »
  • Small plane crashes off Florida coast, kills Louisiana man

    August 3, 2016 6:45 PM

    DESTIN - Authorities say a small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle coast, killing a Louisiana man. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says on social media that 63-year old Al Habetz's twin engine eight-seat Cessna went down Tuesday night near Destin. Officials don't think anyone... more »
  • Yuengling Lager finally makes its way to Louisiana

    August 1, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Yuengling Lager has finally made its way to select locations in the state with some of those sellers receiving their supply on Monday. It makes Louisiana the 19th state where suds from "America's oldest brewery" can now be purchased. Restaurants and stores in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Study: Louisiana has worst school system in America

    August 1, 2016 3:43 PM

    In light of back-to-school season, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016's States with the Best & Worst School Systems. In order to identify the best school systems in America, WalletHub ’s analysts compared the quality of education in the 50 states and the District of... more »
  • More than 400 new Louisiana laws take effect in August

    July 30, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 400 new Louisiana laws take effect with the start of August. Skipping the seatbelt in a car will carry heftier fines Monday. Sex offenders won't be allowed careers in door-to-door sales. Children's lemonade stands will be shielded from ticketing. Hunters looking to vary their wardrobe... more »
  • 15th travel related Zika virus case confirmed in Louisiana

    July 29, 2016 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Health officials Friday announced that another travel related case of the Zika virus was discovered in Louisiana. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, the latest case brings the total to 15 cases of travel associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. Health officials say local... more »
  • La. seafood industry told to think beyond daily catch

    July 28, 2016 9:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Leather made of tuna skin. Canned seafood marketed to tourists as souvenirs. Dried shrimp shells sold as a soup seasoning or used to extract chitin, a protein that has various agricultural, industrial and medical uses. Those were a few potential revenue generators for Louisiana's seafood industry... more »
  • Cuba could be powerful trade ally for Bayou State

    July 26, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. just returned from a visit to the island nation of Cuba where he led a delegation to promote agricultural trade, economic development and tourism. “We accomplished a great deal during our short visit to Cuba,... more »
  • Average composite ACT score edges up in Louisiana

    July 25, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The average composite score on the ACT college readiness test has edged up in Louisiana, from 19.4 in 2015 to 19.5 this year. Louisiana's Department of Education said in a Monday news release that the average has gradually increased by 0.4 percentage points since 2013. ... more »
  • Louisiana election registration period enters its second day

    July 21, 2016 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The candidate registration period for the Nov. 8 election has entered its second day. But it was a much slower pace Thursday than on opening day, when 15 candidates packed into the Secretary of State's Office to sign up for the U.S. Senate race. Republican incumbent... more »
  • Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

    July 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    SAN DIEGO - Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have struck a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement. Veterans and active-duty troops started posting messages on social media almost immediately after the news broke last weekend that a... more »
  • Medicaid expansion enrollment reaches 250,000 in Louisiana

    July 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 250,000 people have been enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, which began offering health insurance coverage this month. The Louisiana Department of Health announced the latest figures Friday. The state's budget estimates 375,000 will eventually be enrolled, to reach the $180 million savings target assumed... more »
  • While Baton Rouge teeters, mayor appears absent

    July 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor stressed teamwork in a news conference Friday, and said state leaders are working with Baton Rouge city officials despite a noticeable absence of Mayor Kip Holden. Holden, who first commented in a quick phone conversation with WBRZ the night of Alton Sterling's death -... more »
  • Film tax credit program review to focus on creating sustainable industry

    July 5, 2016 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office says Louisiana Economic Development will execute a comprehensive review of the state’s film tax credit program in order to provide recommendations for reform and best practices for the 2017 fiscal session. The goal is to create a sustainable Louisiana film and TV production... more »
  • Suit challenges new abortion restrictions in Louisiana

    July 1, 2016 3:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Abortion clinics in Louisiana and their doctors have filed a lawsuit to block a series of new restrictions on abortion, including making women wait longer before an abortion can be performed and taking away medical options in the second trimester. The lawsuit was filed in federal court... more »
  • A balanced Louisiana state budget, but for how long?

    July 1, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasts have been adjusted to reflect recently-passed tax increases, providing a balanced budget for the state's 2016-17 fiscal year, which starts Friday. But that balance could be short-lived, as more financial problems loom for state government. Economists have warned the state could close the... more »
  • Cattle were stolen from farm, left on I-12 authorities reveal

    June 28, 2016 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighteen stolen cattle will be returned to the owner Wednesday after the cattle were found in a trailer abandoned on the side of I-12 last week . The cattle were left on the side of I-12 eastbound near Hammond in a stolen cattle trailer. The trailer... more »
  • Pei Wei restaurant closes in BR; to close all locations in state

    June 28, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Pei Wei Asian Diner, a sister restaurant of P.F. Chang's, is closing all three of its locations in Louisiana. The restaurant has locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Metairie. The Baton Rouge location in Acadian Village Shopping Center on Perkins Road and the New Orleans location... more »
  • Louisiana judge to stop jailing defendants over fees

    June 28, 2016 12:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Louisiana judge and a civil rights group that accused him of running a debtors prison have reached a temporary agreement under which the judge will stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and stop assessing certain costs on defendants. The news came during a joint motion filed... more »
  • La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law Play Video

    June 27, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Right to Life says the Supreme Court's ruling on a Texas abortion law may indicate trouble ahead for a similar Louisiana law. Legislative Director Deanna Wallace says Monday's decision doesn't invalidate Louisiana's law requiring doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a... more »
  • LSU's Hawthorne inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

    June 25, 2016 9:50 PM

    NATCHITOCHES – Four people associated with LSU athletics were inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night in Natchitoches. The ceremony, held at the Natchitoches Events Center, is the 57 th Hall of Fame Ceremony for the organization. Jim Hawthorne, “The Voice of the Tigers,” led... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    June 24, 2016 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 18 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,822 from the previous week's total of 3,445. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Oil canals in national preserve in Louisiana to be filled

    June 21, 2016 1:41 PM

    BARATARIA PRESERVE - In the heyday of oil exploration on Louisiana's coast after World War II, companies dug about 10,000 miles of canals as straight as Kansas highways through a natural world that's unraveling today - due, in part, to those canals. Soon, about 16.5 miles of canals are... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    June 17, 2016 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 11 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,445 from the previous week's total of 3,590. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Louisiana takes step to save coast and oyster industry

    June 16, 2016 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is taking a step it hopes will save both its coast and its oyster industry: It's renewing an oyster leasing program. The Louisiana Legislature recently passed two bills that lift a 14-year-old moratorium on new leases for oyster farmers. Lifting the moratorium will help oyster farmers... more »
  • Pay raises suspended for Louisiana's state workers next year

    June 16, 2016 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tens of thousands of Louisiana state workers won't be getting pay raises next year. The Civil Service Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to block annual "performance adjustments" for more than 38,000 government workers, called classified employees. The pay raise suspension covers the budget year that begins July 1.... more »
  • La. governor orders flags at half-staff for Florida mass shooting victims

    June 13, 2016 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flags will fly at half-staff at Louisiana public buildings to honor the victims of a weekend mass shooting in Florida, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday. Edwards said the American flag will fly with the state flag at half-staff until sunset Thursday. Sunday, hours after the... more »
  • Louisiana joins more than 20 states in 'banning the box'

    June 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State employers will soon evaluate job applicants based on skills and interview conversations, not a checkmark. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the "ban the box" legislation into law Monday to block state employers from asking about job applicants' criminal histories before interviews. The law will apply to... more »
  • Meet the legislative players preparing to tackle state's budget holes

    June 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards often says Louisiana is in the worst budget crisis of a generation facing the largest state deficit in all its history. Simply put, the state does not have enough money to pay for critical and popular services like hospitals and the TOPS college... more »
  • Edwards agrees to ban sex offenders from door-to-door sales

    June 3, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Convicted sex offenders in Louisiana won't be able to work in door-to-door sales. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced this week that the governor has signed a bill enacting the prohibition. It will take effect Aug. 1. Already in Louisiana, registered sex offenders can't drive a bus... more »
  • School board to revisit Lee HS naming issue later Play Video

    June 2, 2016 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board committee decided not to pursue renaming Lee High School Thursday night. The issue was first reported by WBRZ and WBRZ.com earlier in the week when the school board agenda was released. At a separate meeting Tuesday, a committee... more »
  • Judge rules out next Louisiana execution before 2018

    June 1, 2016 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge's order bars Louisiana from carrying out its next scheduled execution before January 2018. Attorney General Jeff Landry's office asked U.S. District Judge James Brady to extend an earlier order that kept Christopher Sepulvado's execution on hold. Brady granted the 18-month extension in an order... more »
  • Gov. signs law banning second-trimester abortion

    June 1, 2016 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a ban on the second-trimester abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, making Louisiana the sixth state to prohibit the commonly used method. The procedure, known as D&E, will only be allowed if necessary to prevent "serious health risk" to the mother... more »
  • Already hurting for doctors, Louisiana could lose even more

    May 31, 2016 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's deep, persistent budget troubles are endangering the future of state medical training programs. Proposed cuts to safety net hospitals could damage the stream of new doctors for a generation, in a state that has chronic shortages of health care workers and some of the worst health... more »
  • Enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion opens Wed.

    May 31, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana's new Medicaid expansion can begin signing up Wednesday. Residents can apply online at www.healthy.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-342-6207. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee also are expected to announce local application centers at... more »
  • Emergency officials prepare for hurricane season

    May 28, 2016 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Emergency managers along the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast say they have their plans in place for the 2016 hurricane season that begins Wednesday. State officials warn it's been several years since Louisiana and Mississippi have been hit by a hurricane. Mississippi emergency managers met in Biloxi recently to... more »
  • Louisiana adds police protections to hate-crime laws

    May 26, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose family includes four generations of sheriffs, signed the law on Thursday. He said it protects "men and women who... more »
  • Paychex announces 100-job expansion in Baton Rouge

    May 26, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Payroll and HR services company Paychex has announced a 100-job expansion for its operations in Baton Rouge. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Paychex Senior Vice President of Service John Gibson made the announcement Thursday. Paychex is a provider of human capital management solutions for payroll, human... more »
  • Charter school restriction bill heads to governor's desk

    May 26, 2016 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has won one victory in his effort to put more limits on charter schools in Louisiana. With a 78-12 vote Thursday, the House gave final passage to a bill pushed by Edwards to remove an unused method for creating charter schools, which are... more »
  • Lawmakers back call for US constitutional convention

    May 26, 2016 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is joining a call for the first U.S. constitutional convention since the nation's founding, under legislation backed by state lawmakers. The House voted 62-36 Wednesday to support the call, giving it final passage. Less than 10 states have signed onto the effort, which requires 34 states... more »
  • Study finds out what each state Googles more than any other

    May 26, 2016 11:45 AM

    What’s on the minds of Louisiana residents when they go to Google the questions that really matter in life? German suplexes and Jim Ross apparently. It seems Louisianians love their pro wrestling, but they're also interested in scientology while being terrified of hurricanes (with good reason). Estately.com completed... more »
  • Assembly of Bell Helicopter Jet Ranger X leaving Louisiana

    May 20, 2016 9:37 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Bell Helicopter says it will assemble its 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada, and abandon plans to build the new-model aircraft at a $26.3 million Lafayette facility. Louisiana financed the facility and was promised 115 jobs. Bell CEO and President Mitch Snyder said in a conference call Thursday... more »
  • The route and destination, have an evacuation plan

    May 16, 2016 10:22 AM

    Determine if whether or not you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you would go and how you would get there if told to evacuate. You do not need... more »
  • Coast Guard: vessels pick up oil from Shell spill

    May 14, 2016 5:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Vessels are continuing to skim oil off the Gulf of Mexico after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a Shell flow line about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Shell said in a news release on Saturday that oil is not expected to reach... more »

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