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  • Edwin Edwards admitted to hospital with pneumonia

    November 25, 2015 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most infamous politician was admitted into an area hospital for pneumonia, a source close to the family revealed Wednesday. Doctors were treating Edwin Edwards with antibiotics. Edwards' condition quickly improved, WBRZ learned. Sources said the former governor has already returned to his witty self, asking... more »
  • Another $48M taken from roadwork, steered to plug deficit

    November 25, 2015 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a multibillion-dollar list of transportation needs, Gov. Bobby Jindal has swiped $48 million that would have been used on roadwork to instead plug this year's budget deficit. The maneuver was backed by lawmakers on the joint House and Senate budget committee last week. It received little public... more »
  • Republican contender Jeb Bush names Louisiana campaign team

    November 24, 2015 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has named his Louisiana steering committee and finance chairs, ahead of the state's March 5 primary. Leading the fundraising efforts for the former Florida governor in Louisiana are New Orleans real estate developer, Joe Canizaro, Lockport shipbuilder Boysie Bollinger and Ruston... more »
  • Blue Bell ice cream to return to Louisiana on Dec. 21

    November 24, 2015 12:43 PM

    BRENHAM, Texas - Lovers of Blue Bell ice cream are preparing to scream for ice cream once again as the brand readies for its to return to Louisiana in about four weeks. The Texas-based company announced Tuesday that it would begin “phase four” of its reopening process with deliveries... more »
  • Edwards still plans to expand Medicaid check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 23, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards plans to expand Medicaid early on in his term. Louisiana is one of twenty states that hasn't expanded the program offered under the Affordable Care Act. "We're going to do it as soon as we can, as responsibly as we possibly can, and... more »
  • Tom Cruise filming in downtown Baton Rouge

    November 23, 2015 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Filming for the movie "Jack Reacher 2" starring Tom Cruise will close downtown streets today. Police said North Street will close between the River and the state parking garage from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Police officers will be around to direct people through the area. No parking... more »
  • Democrats celebrate victory in Louisiana governor's race

    November 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Democrats in Louisiana rejoiced as they reclaimed the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years, while the state's GOP leader insisted "our Republican brand is strong" even amid the defeat of a one-time political powerhouse, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. John Bel Edwards' victory in... more »
  • Landry unseats Caldwell in attorney general's race

    November 21, 2015 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Acadiana congressman Jeff Landry unseated Louisiana's incumbent attorney general Buddy Caldwell in Saturday night's election. Landry defeated Caldwell 609,883 to 473,165 in the unofficial results, a 56-44 percent margin. Landry honed in on Caldwell's connections during his campaign, accusing the incumbent of a "Buddy... more »
  • Nungesser wins lieutenant governor's seat Play Video

    November 21, 2015 8:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser defeated East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden in the runoff for lieutenant governor Saturday night. Nungesser won by a 55-45 percent margin over Holden -- 628,596 to 505,514 in the unofficial tally. In his victory speech Nungesser called Holden... more »
  • 100-year-old casts vote Saturday Play Video

    November 21, 2015 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A one-hundred year old man braved unfriendly weather Saturday to cast a ballot in the statewide governor's race. Willie Johnson has been voting since the law allowed him to vote, after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since, he has made sure to participate in the... more »
  • Judge to decide if cop in jail should be released on bond

    November 20, 2015 4:07 PM

    MARKSVILLE - Lawyers for Norris Greenhouse, Jr., one of two part time city marshals in Avyolles Parish charged with the murder of a six-year-old, have filed a motion for Greenhouse to be immediately released from jail. Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford, the other officer involved in the death investigation, are... more »
  • State Police to alert sheriffs of refugees

    November 19, 2015 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police will discuss re-settlement initiatives of Syrian refugees with local sheriffs. In a conference call with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association Thursday, it was revealed the Fusion Center at State Police Headquarters will share information with local authorities. State officials will provide information to others as... more »
  • Long, long list of projects could mean a new bridge in 30 years

    November 19, 2015 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 30 year transportation dream still includes a new bridge across the Mississippi River in the capital area, but it's on a long list that is second to another long list of other projects DOTD released to lawmakers Thursday. "This plan provides the vision for our... more »
  • Tom Cruise movie to limit parking, close downtown streets starting today

    November 19, 2015 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A movie starring Tom Cruise will close downtown streets Monday. Police said North Street will close between the River and the state parking garage. The street will be closed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. November 23rd. Police said officers will be in place to direct... more »
  • Lieutenant governor's runoff a low-key affair in Louisiana

    November 19, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Though Louisiana is in the midst of a lieutenant governor's race, it's been hard to tell, overshadowed by the state's competitive race for governor. Democrat Kip Holden and Republican Billy Nungesser have been running quieter campaigns for lieutenant governor, trying to build off grassroots support and... more »
  • GOP attorney general candidates fight over Democratic votes

    November 18, 2015 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the two Republican candidates in the Louisiana attorney general's race, it's all about the Democrats. Incumbent Buddy Caldwell and challenger Jeff Landry have been touting Democratic endorsements from lawyers, lawmakers and others as both GOP contenders try to cobble together the votes needed in Saturday's... more »
  • Jindal says state will be better no matter who's elected governor

    November 18, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he has a plan to help Louisiana get out of the fiscal hole it's in and back in the black, without raising taxes. In his first press conference since ending his presidential campaign, Jindal provided no details about the plan. He... more »
  • State suspends tax amnesty program over incorrect info

    November 17, 2015 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials announced Tuesday they were suspending Louisiana's tax amnesty program for the rest of November due to incorrect information sent out to taxpayers. The Department of Revenue said they discovered some amnesty invitation letters said people the wrong amounts of money, and determined it... more »
  • Louisiana private sector jobs see fewer illnesses, injuries

    November 17, 2015 7:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana private companies fell to their lowest level in 13 years. Figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal the state had two incidents per 100 full-time employees in 2014. Those figures are down from 2.2 in 2013. Louisiana ranked first among... more »
  • WATCH: The cost of trailing the governor out of town check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2015 12:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has spent millions on sending a team of State Troopers with the governor when he travels outside of Louisiana. In the last few years, there has been an increased amount of travel as Bobby Jindal built a platform to run for president. He traveled... more »
  • Fusion Center at State Police HQ would monitor refugees check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2015 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after discussing frustrations over how the federal government is handling Syrian refugees being placed in Louisiana and other states, the chief of the State Police showed off the Fusion Center where refugees would be monitored. "T here's no local vetting," Col. Mike Edmonson said at... more »
  • More budget cuts coming: New $370M state deficit emerges check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The budget hits keep on coming in Louisiana. The state has a $370 million midyear budget deficit, amid oil and gas price drops and lower-than-expected business tax collections. A downgrade of the state's income projections was approved Monday by the Revenue Estimating Conference. Gov.... more »
  • Jindal issues order to halt refugee resettlement in La.

    November 16, 2015 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday telling state agencies to not accept the resettlement of any more refugees of the Syrian civil war into Louisiana. Jindal's order comes after the U. S. State Department said 14 refugees had been resettled in Louisiana so far... more »
  • Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program starts Monday

    November 16, 2015 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 begins today. The program gives a fresh start to individuals and businesses who have fallen behind on their taxes. The 30-day amnesty period applies to taxpayers who have failed to file a tax return, claimed incorrect credits or committed other tax penalties. You... more »
  • Local enforcement honored Sunday morning

    November 15, 2015 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local leaders honored law enforcement officers and military personnel Sunday morning at the First Pentecostal Church. State Senator David Vitter and State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson were among those who praised the servicemen and women for their contributions. "I've been doing this for 35 years,... more »
  • Candidates react ot Jindal's non-endorsement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some have considered Jindal's non-endorsement a slight to Republican candidate David Vitter. Jindal did not endorse Vitter's 2010 re-election to the U.S. Senate following his prostitution scandal. "Based on their strong disagreements, we certainly weren't expecting one," said a Vitter spokesperson. The Republican has consistently... more »
  • Nasty weather on the way, is El Nino at work?

    November 13, 2015 2:50 PM

    As expected, a fall season featuring El Niño has been active in the Southern United States. So far, record breaking rain events have grabbed headlines, but severe storms may be the next act. One week after damaging winds and white-out wintry weather in the Midwest, a similar set... more »
  • Louisiana official: Army Corps needs big-scale coastal plan

    November 13, 2015 2:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A top Louisiana coastal official says the federal government's lack of an over-arching plan on how to fight land loss in Louisiana is wasting money that could be spent on fixing the state's problems. Kyle Graham, executive director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority,... more »
  • Council budget hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon

    November 12, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro council members are getting ready to take a look at next year's budget proposal. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden unveiled his 2016 budget proposal. The $880.4 million budget includes more money for safety agencies and a pay bump for government employees. On Thursday, Metro... more »
  • Veteran chastised Edwards for pandering check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2015 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A wounded Afghanistan War veteran and David Vitter supporter got political Wednesday at a state sponsored Veterans Day ceremony. Mike McNaughton who currently works for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker at the event held at the Old State Capitol. In his speech... more »
  • Humbling research: Baton Rouge isn't that snobby

    November 11, 2015 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Humble pie must be served everywhere, since website RoadSnacks ranked Baton Rouge the 140th most snobby place in the United States. Researchers analyzed data from 250 cities and ranked them based on income, median home price, the number of theaters and art galler ie s, education... more »
  • Prime-time gubernatorial debate ends like daytime tabloid show Play Video

    November 10, 2015 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Political arguing over records became a spirited tête-à-tête where debate moderators had to sternly warn candidates for Louisiana governor to follow procedures. The emotional discussion came in the last five minutes of one of two televised debates between Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards.... more »
  • The second severe weather season awakens

    November 9, 2015 1:45 PM

    The spring surge of tropical moisture clashing with winter leftovers in the Midwest and Gulf South, makes March to May prime tornado season. Not to be underestimated though, is the arrival of cold air displacing lingering summer humidity southward. Indeed, October – December offers a fair... more »
  • Plattenville resident killed in Assumption Parish accident

    November 7, 2015 5:44 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A Plattenville man was killed in a crash on Louisiana Highway 1 after his car crossed the highway's center line. State police say it happened around 4 a.m. Saturday. A northbound car driven by 25-year-old Anthony Cox crossed into the southbound lane in a curve. The car struck... more »
  • Police officers arrested for shooting, killing 6-year-old check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 6, 2015 10:26 PM

    MARKSVILLE – Two of four city marshals involved in a deadly shooting where a six-year-old died were booked into jail Friday night. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse were charged with murder and attempted murder for the shooting death of Jeremy Mardis and the shooting and injury of his father,... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    November 6, 2015 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 31 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,439 from the previous week's total of 2,502. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Mississippi woman killed in accident on I-20 in Louisiana

    November 6, 2015 11:46 AM

    SIMSBORO - Louisiana State police say a 29-year-old Mississippi woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Lincoln Parish. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says the accident happened shortly after 7:20 Thursday night about three miles west of Simsboro. Reichardt says a small SUV driven by Noura Makki, of... more »
  • Louisiana gets another 'F' for premature births

    November 6, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new national survey by the March of Dimes finds Louisiana continues to get a failing grade when it comes to the number of premature births. Louisiana received an F on the report card that for the first time also graded the state's cities. Louisiana's pre-term birth rate... more »
  • More than 1,100 places deemed 'WellSpots' in Louisiana

    November 6, 2015 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has given more than 1,100 small businesses, schools and higher education institutions a special designation designed to show they're making healthy choices. The state health department announced this week that a little more than a year after launching the initiative, 1,166 places have been named "WellSpots" across... more »
  • Pollster: Dardenne endorsement likley insignificant check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 5, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) said Thursday's endorsement by former gubernatorial opponent Jay Dardenne (R) is a "big deal" in his campaign against Sen. David Vitter (R). But long time pollster Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media & Opinion Research doesn't think it will make much difference. Pinsonat... more »
  • Bookstores sue over La. age-verification law

    November 4, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of Louisiana booksellers joined civil rights groups to file a lawsuit Wednesday over a new law requiring publishers to put age gates on their websites. The American Civil Liberties Union and Media Coalition filed the suit on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and... more »
  • Alabama man killed in crash near Louisiana-Mississippi line

    November 4, 2015 7:33 AM

    BAY ST. LOUIS - Authorities have identified the truck driver whose 18-wheeler plunged into the Pearl River near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line following an accident on Interstate 10. Louisiana State Police say the victim was 26-year-old Steven Shawn Clark, of Theodore, Alabama. Troopers say the accident late Tuesday involved Clark's... more »
  • Experts expect cuts to state agencies before higher education

    November 3, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cuts for higher education and health care could roll out in three weeks. Governor Jindal's administration has vowed to close the latest budget hole before leaving office in early January. Jindal's plan to plug last year's budget deficit and the mid-year budget deficit will be presented to... more »
  • Runner-up endorses Landry for AG's race check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 2, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Geri Broussard Baloney endorsed former attorney general's race opponent Jeff Landry at the Baton Rouge Press Club for the upcoming runoff. Baloney, a New Orleans attorney, ran as a Democrat for the office but came in third overall, missing the chance for a runoff on Nov.... more »
  • Angola officials offer new plan to reduce heat on death row

    November 2, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three ailing condemned killers who claim Louisiana's death row is unbearably hot can look forward to a daily cool shower, personal ice chests and more fans. But state corrections officials say opening the death-row tier doors to let cooler air flow from the guard pod is a bad... more »
  • More La. high schools get A's, but tougher standards ahead

    October 29, 2015 12:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Increases in graduation rates and ACT scores are among factors state education officials are citing as the number of Louisiana high schools earning an A in the state's accountability system jumped from 10 percent last year to 23 percent this year. Statistics released Thursday also show... more »
  • State collects $2.2 million on old auto insurance fines

    October 29, 2015 8:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Officials say the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has collected about $2.2 million in penalties since it sent out 1.2 million letters Oct. 13 seeking $444 million in fines on lapsed auto insurance. State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson, who's in charge of the OMV, said as of... more »
  • New TOPS data shows who received tuition aid over 10 years

    October 29, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The latest data has been released about students who receive state-financed tuition from the TOPS program. The study, presented Wednesday to the Board of Regents, shows students who start college with the free tuition aid graduate at higher rates than students without TOPS. Awards from the program, which... more »
  • Lawmaker: 99 percent of people don't pay online sales tax check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 28, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A lawmaker is hoping to tackle a growing $808 million loss in tax revenue due to sales being made online. People are not paying the taxes on out-of-state purchases made online. Buyers are supposed to report online purchases each year on tax returns. “You're legally... more »
  • As roundabout design support grows, another planned for Livingston Parish

    October 28, 2015 4:01 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The state is planning another roundabout for a highway here and will meet with drivers about the construction. The roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Juban Road and Buddy Ellis Road. The intersection is south of I-12 and the Juban Crossing shopping development. ... more »
  • 'Nation's Report Card' a mixed bag for Louisiana

    October 28, 2015 7:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Results from exams given to a cross section of fourth-and eighth-graders nationally showed Louisiana lagging the nation in terms of proficiency in subject matter - with improvements in some areas and declines in others. The Nation's Report Card figures released Wednesday show that, while Louisiana fourth-graders' performance improved,... more »
  • State puts out call for more foster parents check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 27, 2015 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials are asking more people to consider becoming foster parents to help find homes for a growing number of children in Louisiana's foster care system. Sheri Soper is a foster parent of two children. For her and her husband, being foster parents is the way... more »
  • Elizabeth Banks will return to direct 'Pitch Perfect 3'

    October 27, 2015 3:44 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Elizabeth Banks is coming back to the world of a cappella to direct "Pitch Perfect 3." Universal Pictures made the announcement Tuesday. The actress and producer made her directorial debut with this summer's "Pitch Perfect 2." The $29 million film has grossed $286 million worldwide to... more »
  • Attack ads launched in Louisiana governor's race runoff

    October 27, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An onslaught of attack ads is being unleashed in the Louisiana governor's race, by candidates and outside groups seeking to influence the two-man runoff between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter. In Edwards' first TV ad for the runoff, the state lawmaker from Tangipahoa Parish... more »
  • Walker loses $83M annually, residents spend money elsewhere

    October 27, 2015 7:31 AM

    WALKER- A new Southeastern Louisiana University study finds the city of Walker is missing out on $83 million in retail sales every year. Researchers met with city officials and Livingston Parish business leaders last week to discuss their findings and begin talking about ways to lure businesses and shoppers to... more »
  • Democrat Edwards seeks support from GOP anti-Vitter voters

    October 26, 2015 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As the Louisiana governor's race moves to a runoff, Democrat Rep. John Bel Edwards is trying to build support from GOP voters who didn't choose Republican David Vitter in the primary. Vitter is trying to make his head-to-head matchup with Edwards a partisan competition. Less than four... more »
  • Burn ban lifted after heavy La. rains

    October 26, 2015 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A heavy, soaking rain this weekend caused state fire authorities to life Louisiana's burn ban on Monday. The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry agreed the ban should be lifted Monday evening at 6 p.m. after the rains reduced the chance... more »
  • Schedler re-elected as La. secretary of state

    October 24, 2015 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler will keep his job as Louisiana's chief elections official for another four years. The Republican from Mandeville fended off a challenge Saturday from Democrat Chris Tyson, a Baton Rouge law professor, to win a second term. Schedler's held the job since 2010,... more »
  • SLU runs past Houston Baptist 22-7

    October 24, 2015 6:26 PM

    HOUSTON, TX - Kody Sutton rushed for 156 yards on 23 carries and D'Shaie Landor passed for 167 yards and one score as Southeastern Louisiana ran past Houston Baptist 22-7 on Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana (4-3, 3-2 Southland Conference), which totaled 455 yards (288 rushing) while limiting the Huskies to 199... more »
  • Rain may be affecting La. election turnout

    October 24, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rain in parts of the state may be affecting turnout as Louisiana voters make their choices for governor, lieutenant governor, other statewide posts and, in many areas, the Legislature. Meg Casper, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office says turnout has been light to steady,... more »
  • Election 2015 - Everything you need to know

    October 23, 2015 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters will choose or begin to choose a new governor Saturday, while also voting on six other statewide offices and four constitutional amendments. Early voting turnout has been low according to the Secretary of State's Office, with 222,162 of the state's eligible voters going to the... more »
  • Veterans Affairs employee arrested in state investigation

    October 22, 2015 11:47 PM

    JACKSON - A state employee was arrested on a warrant from the Office of State Inspector General Thursday. Todd Price is accused of deleting public records dealing with a patient who fell out of a bed at the Louisiana Veterans Home. Price was the director of nursing at the... more »
  • Louisiana tops states this year on TV campaign ad spending

    October 22, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana leads the nation in spending on TV political ads this year, as candidates and outside political groups devote millions mainly to the competition for governor. An analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity shows Louisiana's TV campaign advertising has reached $15.8 million. That edged... more »
  • Leaders: Super region needed to compete with Houston

    October 22, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The heads of two regional economic development organizations say Baton Rouge and New Orleans need to team up to form a super region to help south Louisiana better compete with Houston for jobs. Michael Hecht, president and chief executive officer of GNO Inc. told the Rotary Club of... more »
  • Candidates to voters: look who showed up at debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 21, 2015 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In a sixty-minute debate broadcast on TV stations and streamed on websites across Louisiana, three of the four main candidates running for governor discussed what each would do if elected Saturday. Senator David Vitter, a republican, did not appear at the debate. Vitter has missed many... more »
  • Last governor's race debate scheduled for Wednesday night

    October 21, 2015 1:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The final TV debate among candidates for Louisiana governor is being held without Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Wednesday night's event at LSU will include Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards. Debate organizers... more »
  • Hunter's record deer got him in legal trouble

    October 19, 2015 11:51 PM

    SIMMESPORT - A hunter's record-breaking buck won't get him in any record book, but it might get him the court record since he was cited for hunting illegally. The state Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday, an agent was asked to measure a deer shot Monday morning for record. Upon... more »
  • Religious leaders take issue with Bible used in death penalty sentencing case

    October 19, 2015 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 religious leaders asked the Louisiana Supreme Court, headquartered here, to throw out the death penalty given to a man who killed his son three years ago. In his case to get jurors to put Rodricus Crawford, Caddo Parish District Attorney Dale Cox told... more »
  • Future of higher ed major challenge for next governor

    October 19, 2015 4:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's next governor will have his hands full when it comes to addressing the future of higher education in the state. After years of budget cuts and tuition raises, higher education has become an issue in this Saturday's election. All the candidates have vowed to... more »
  • Judge: Louisiana must fund Planned Parenthood for 14 days check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 19, 2015 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered Louisiana to continue providing Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics for 14 more days while a legal battle continues over Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent order to block the funding. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles in Baton Rouge ruled early Monday.... more »
  • Firefighter charged with setting woods fires

    October 16, 2015 10:14 PM

    JONESBORO - Authorities arrested a man for setting a string of woods fires in 2010 and 2011. Justin Murphy, 22, was charged with setting six fires in Jackson Parish where he was a volunteer firefighter, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a news release Friday. Investigators questioned... more »
  • Escaped Louisiana prison inmate caught in Arizona

    October 16, 2015 3:32 PM

    PHOENIX - Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a Louisiana prison this summer has been caught in metropolitan Phoenix. The U.S. Marshals Service says 23-year-old Michael Anthony Elliot Jr. was arrested Thursday in Youngtown, roughly 20 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. Marshals say they received a tip that he... more »
  • Vitter attacked by other candidates after debate Play Video

    October 16, 2015 12:04 AM

    RUSTON - As the race for governor weans closer to election day, candidates are getting edgier and are speaking more of what's on their minds. Thursday, there was a debate featuring all four major candidates. It was held at Louisiana Tech in North Louisiana. Three of the candidates... more »

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