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  • Shreveport woman killed by large tree limb

    July 24, 2014 11:18 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Shreveport authorities say a 64-year-old woman died after being hit by a large limb that fell to street during strong storm. The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office says Connie Wilson Johnson died Wednesday of blunt force trauma from the collapse of the limb. Neighbors said Johnson was walking down... more »
  • Light up Louisiana at the Old State Capitol Play Video

    July 24, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A celebration of the sights of Louisiana opens today. The Louisiana Photographic Society is opening the "Light up Louisiana" art exhibit to celebrate its 60th year. The exhibit features photos from local artists that demonstrate the life, culture, natural beauty and wildlife of the Bayou State.... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 47th in national Kids Count survey

    July 23, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana fell one spot to 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked at 46th in 2013.... more »
  • No more arguments in Louisiana gay marriage case

    July 23, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples legally married in... more »
  • Teachers prepared for Common Core despite turmoil Play Video

    July 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a dispute at the state level over who will provide the year-end testing assessment for Louisiana students, teachers are ready for the school year and think the best path forward is Common Core. "Common Core is a good thing," said Sandra Guilbeau, a teacher at Scotlandville... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises in June for second month

    July 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market softened in June, as the unemployment rate rose for a second month in a row and payroll growth slowed. The state's jobless rate rose to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in May. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. A separate survey... more »
  • Heavy rain being monitored across southern La.

    July 18, 2014 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials said they're monitoring heavy rainfall across much of Louisiana Friday that's also expected to continue into the weekend. GOHSEP representatives said several parishes are already under flood watches. The state agency said they're keeping in contact with local emergency management officials to keep... more »
  • Woman, daughter killed when car crashes into canal

    July 16, 2014 9:15 PM

    THERIOT- A woman and her child died after driving off a road through the wetlands in Terrebonne Parish. Ashley Worrell, 31, and Delaney Lirette, 3, were killed when Worrell ran off Highway 315, south of Falgout Canal Road around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The truck they were in became submerged.... more »
  • 2014 state annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 1-2

    July 15, 2014 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most retail purchases in Louisiana will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys... more »
  • IG: La. collected $7M too much in Medicaid enrollment bonus

    July 15, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials say Louisiana improperly received $7 million in performance bonus payments for its enrollment of children in the state Medicaid program. The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state Children's Health Insurance Program, known as LaCHIP, didn't meet federal... more »
  • La. voucher program enrollment again on the rise

    July 9, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 8,800 students have been awarded vouchers to attend Louisiana private schools with taxpayer dollars in the upcoming school year, a 30 percent growth in the program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Louisiana's voucher program, approaching its third year, has continued to grow since it was expanded... more »
  • Spring shrimp season nears end in some areas

    July 9, 2014 5:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana wildlife officials say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close next week in parts of the state. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. July 15 in the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to... more »
  • La. officials refuse to disclose oil train records

    July 7, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are refusing to disclose the details of crude oil shipments railroads haul through the state. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the information freight railroads are required to provide to Louisiana is considered confidential. Louisiana was responding to a records request from... more »
  • Sports 2-A-Days: St. Amant Play Video

    July 6, 2014 11:05 PM

    ST. AMANT - The St. Amant football team was 8 points away from a perfect regular season in 2013: Gators head coach David Oliver is determined to cover that difference with a veteran team in 2014. "A football game usually comes down to three plays and if you make... more »
  • Sports 2-A-Days: Glen Oaks Play Video

    July 5, 2014 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Glen Oaks football team suffered through a rough season last year, but Panthers head coach Donald Clark believes his young team can turn things around in 2014. The Panthers went 3-6 last year, 0-6 in Class 3A district 7, and have just four returning starters... more »
  • La. school bus law could add costs and travel time

    July 5, 2014 11:32 AM

    MONROE, La. - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross... more »
  • Audit: Risk management privatization saves $16M

    June 30, 2014 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana has saved nearly $16 million in the first three years of a privatization contract for the Office of Risk Management, the state's self-insurance agency. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration hired Mandeville-based F.A. Richard and Associates in June 2010 to take over much of... more »
  • Common Core controversy heats up Play Video

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department... more »
  • Budget has $134M gap as fiscal year nears its end

    June 26, 2014 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $134 million in piecemeal funding used to balance this year's budget has yet to arrive in the state treasury, with the end of the fiscal year only days away. The dollars are largely supposed to come from hospital lease payments, property sales and hurricane recovery... more »
  • Judge foresees multi-faceted gay marriage ruling

    June 25, 2014 3:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal court hearing Wednesday focused on whether gay marriages performed legally in other states must be recognized in Louisiana, but that's not the only issue U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman will be deciding. Wednesday's arguments centered on the recognition issue but were part of a more... more »
  • Gas prices make Louisiana ideal spot for summer vacation

    June 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - We are in the heart of summer, which means many families are still counting down the days until summer vacation. Before you hit the road, you may need to save some extra cash. Gas prices are rising all across the country, and the crisis in Iraq... more »
  • SELU teams up with St. Charles Parish

    June 23, 2014 3:53 AM

    HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's department of teaching and learning has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to partner with the St. Charles Parish public school system to redesign teacher preparation programs. The effort is intended to give teacher candidates more classroom time by matching... more »
  • People in Livingston parish rally against domestic violence

    June 22, 2014 6:25 PM

    Denham Springs- People from the Livingston parish community showed up to show their support at the domestic violence rally, Sunday. Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment, S.A.F.E., led the rally. The Executive Director of S.A.F.E., Pam Hutcheson, says they will provide more services to people in Livingston parish who... more »
  • Jindal OKs 6-year driver's license renewal

    June 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will have a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. A bill by Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge, will change the renewal period to six years. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill Friday. The change kicks... more »
  • House GOP picks Louisiana's Scalise for whip

    June 19, 2014 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have picked Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise to be their No. 3 leader. Scalise was elected majority whip Thursday. He's joining his party's leadership team following last week's unexpected defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election. The 48-year-old Scalise has been in... more »
  • We asked a teacher to explain Common Core lessons Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A public school teacher explained Common Core as a method to encourage students to take control of the conversation when it comes to solving problems and developing their critical thinking skills. "We really become facilitators. We facilitate questions to them and they are the ones that are... more »
  • Vitter says he'd consider Medicaid expansion

    June 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed... more »
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    June 15, 2014 8:03 PM

    Baton Rouge- Sunday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Department of Health and Hospitals has reported that more than 7300 cases involving the elderly and vulnerable adults was reported in Louisiana, last year. " It's very difficult for them to speak out. And sometimes that adult is not... more »
  • SU gives kids an appreciation for math, science Play Video

    June 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kids from all over Louisiana are getting exposed to educational seminars, workshops and games at Southern University this weekend. The Southern Agriculture Youth Exposition is going on and kids are excited to learn more about math, science, and agriculture. "I love science, and being here... more »
  • Tour guide issued cease & desist for gator show

    June 12, 2014 10:42 PM

    LAFITTE - Deputies in Jefferson Parish issued a cease and desist order to a swamp tour guide who operates out of the swamp below New Orleans and has become infamous for swimming and feeding alligators. There is no Louisiana law prohibiting luring and feeding of alligators, but it's against... more »
  • Louisiana economic growth lags nation in 2013

    June 11, 2014 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New figures show Louisiana's economy grew by 1.3 percent in 2013, lagging neighboring states and the nation. Gross domestic product numbers released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Louisiana's 2013 growth rate was below... more »
  • 60,000 jobs needed in Louisiana through 2015 Play Video

    June 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 60,000 jobs are needed in Louisiana, by next year. The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced the top industries for job growth in the state, construction and engineering are at the top of that list. Through 2015, those two industries alone are expected to grow by... more »
  • Report: La. nursing homes rank poorly on quality

    June 9, 2014 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A recent state legislative audit puts Louisiana at the bottom when it comes to running Medicaid nursing facilities. The state of Louisiana was cited with more than 7600 deficiencies. Out of the ten nursing facilities with the most deficiency violations, Affinity Nursing and Rehab Center was the... more »
  • MISS USA DRAWS IN THE STARS

    June 8, 2014 9:40 PM

    Baton Rouge- The Miss USA pageant kicked off in the capitol city tonight and the stars came out in droves. Some of them say Louisiana is a one of a kind place. "They welcome you with open arms here in Louisiana and Baton Rouge, and also the food,... more »
  • Watch this swamp guide swim, feed alligators

    June 6, 2014 11:19 PM

    BARATARIA- A swamp tour guide is quickly becoming an Internet sensation, after an out-of-town visitor posted a video on YouTube showing the man swimming with alligators in the swamp south of New Orleans. The guide also feeds the swamp creatures, sometimes with marsh mellows directly from his mouth to... more »
  • Bill signed to shrink cell phone use near schools

    June 6, 2014 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers who use handheld cell phones in some school zones soon could face fines. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a measure by Rep. Jeff Thompson that calls for penalties against drivers who use handheld cellphones in school zones that choose to post a sign saying such use... more »
  • Miss USA misspells "Miss Louisiana", locals fix mistake

    June 5, 2014 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Miss USA pageant is printing new programs after a typo was discovered on a page featuring Miss Louisiana. Locals notice the error at Wednesday's preliminary event where a picture spells "Louisianna" next to a picture of Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana. The pageant's media staff... more »
  • Budget relies on nearly $1B in piecemeal funding

    June 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration have patched their way through another budget year, assembling a $24.6 billion budget that relies on nearly $1 billion in piecemeal financing. Spending increases for health care services, public colleges and other favored programs muffled most criticism for the 2014-15 spending... more »
  • Louisiana companies gain, lose on Fortune 500 list

    June 4, 2014 12:49 PM

    MONROE- The Fortune 500 company based here, one of only two in Louisiana, dropped in the rankings when the 2014 list was released. CenturyLink fell from 150th to 158th. Its revenue was in the ball park of $18 billion. But, New Orleans' Entergy Corp. grew in the rankings.... more »
  • OMV now accepting payment in debit, credit, e-check form

    June 4, 2014 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An official from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles said residents of the state will now be able to pay their fees using debit cards, credit cards, and electronic checks. Devices have already been installed at locations across the state in an effort to make payment... more »
  • Lawmakers give themselves expanded weapons rights

    May 29, 2014 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers will be able to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings, under a bill that has received final passage. The bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain started as a proposal to let lawmakers carry concealed handguns in the Louisiana Capitol. Senators rejected the idea. So, the... more »
  • La. Senate debates $24.6B budget for next year

    May 28, 2014 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started debating a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year. The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health... more »
  • Senators refuse to restrict use of coastal fund

    May 27, 2014 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House-approved bill to limit the use of Louisiana's coastal protection fund has stalled in the Senate. Senators on the Finance Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday against the proposal by Republican Rep. Brett Geymann, of Lake Charles. Gov. Bobby Jindal has used the fund as a way to... more »
  • Budget remains to be resolved in last session week

    May 26, 2014 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators came in for late-afternoon Memorial Day meetings to work on rebalancing this year's budget and clearing out some less controversial bills as Louisiana's legislative session enters its final week. The Senate Finance Committee spent Monday making changes to this year's $25 billion budget, passing a bill... more »
  • Beach season begins, state tests water quality

    May 23, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health experts have started testing the water off the coast of Louisiana's popular beach locations. Twenty-five locations are tested weekly during the beach season of May, June, July, August, September and October. Scientists check water for enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria, common bacteria in sewage pollution.... more »
  • Kissing congressman may return to politics

    May 23, 2014 10:00 PM

    MONROE- The kissing congressman is not ruling out a future career in politics. According to Politico , Vance McAllister is not quite ready to leave politics completely. The website posted this week, McAllister was quite open about his future in what is described as a brief interview about his... more »
  • DOTD: new bridge could be beneficial to traffic

    May 22, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Traffic leaders said they'll likely look at traffic counts and the other data when studying the feasibility of a new bridge over the Mississippi River. The Department of Transportation and Development talked about the proposal Thursday, a day after state lawmakers backed a resolution requesting an additional... more »
  • Senate confirms Green for US Attorney's post

    May 22, 2014 3:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Senate unanimously has confirmed Walt Green as U.S. Attorney for Louisiana's Middle District based in Baton Rouge. Green, who has been serving as acting U.S. attorney since Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. resigned the post, was recommended for the position by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The... more »
  • Engineers to talk about Pete's Highway exit today

    May 21, 2014 10:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Thursday, state traffic leaders will discuss the possibility of adding a new exit and interchange to I-12. Engineers will display drawings for changes to I-12 at Pete's Highway. Adding an exit there could help ease congestion on Range Avenue. Other routes are being discussed. A population... more »
  • La. House approves abortion restriction bill Play Video

    May 21, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's abortion clinics will be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, a restriction that abortion-rights groups say will shutter three of the state's five abortion clinics. With an 88-5 vote Wednesday, the House sent the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat... more »
  • Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off Saturday

    May 21, 2014 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 7th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off will be on Saturday and pits 10 chefs from top Louisiana restaurants competing for the coveted "King of Louisiana Seafood" title. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are hosting the event, which is part of... more »
  • La. Legislature tries to rebalance budget

    May 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget, to fill $75 million in gaps in education and prison programs, began advancing Tuesday in the Louisiana Legislature. The House Appropriations Committee agreed without objection to the budget-balancing proposal (House Bill 1094), sending it to the full House... more »
  • Monday night crash closed I-12

    May 19, 2014 9:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Westbound lanes of I-12, east of O'Neal Lane closed for a portion of Monday night as emergency crews worked a crash scene. The wreck involved an 18-wheeler and smaller vehicles. Police had not released the exact details at the time of this post. There were no... more »
  • New law offers more room to borrow under debt cap

    May 16, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to put more limits on how state government spends its money had an unintended consequence, boosting the amount of money the state can borrow each year under its debt ceiling. The issue is tied to the complex way Louisiana calculates its annual cap on state debt.... more »
  • Senators pick through $74M savings from consultant

    May 16, 2014 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are questioning whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration can deliver the $74 million in savings it is promising from the ideas of an outside consultant. Members of the Senate Finance Committee bristled Friday at some suggestions from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, like plans to close... more »
  • La. payrolls grow as jobless levels stay flat

    May 16, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market continued to chug along in April, as the unemployment rate remained low and employers kept adding to payrolls. The jobless rate was steady for the third month at 4.5 percent, the 10th lowest rate among the states. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in... more »
  • Bill would allow survey on teen sex risk behavior

    May 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A measure to allow the state education department to survey students on sex-related risk behaviors has narrowly advanced to the Louisiana House for debate. The House Education Committee voted 7-6 Tuesday for the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Pat Smith, a Democrat. Supporters say it would help... more »
  • State Police memorial for fallen officers tonight

    May 12, 2014 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police announced that they will hold a candlelight vigil and memorial ceremony on to honor officers killed in the line of duty. The ceremony will be held at the memorial in front of the Louisiana State Police Headquarters on Independence Boulevard on Wednesday, May... more »
  • Louisiana public defenders struggle financially

    May 12, 2014 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 40 percent of Louisiana's public defender offices ran deficits last year as they struggled to come up with enough money to handle the cases of people too poor to afford their own attorneys. That was the finding of an annual report released Monday. ... more »
  • More study planned for elevator inspection idea

    May 12, 2014 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers want more study about creating a statewide elevator and escalator inspection system for Louisiana. The Senate Finance Committee decided Monday to replace a bill by Sen. Ben Nevers that would establish the inspection system into legislation asking the state fire marshal's office to look at how... more »
  • Jindal: religious war against Christians in U.S.

    May 10, 2014 5:23 PM

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told graduates of Liberty University that many in this country are waging a religious war against Christians. Jindal said much of American culture has become secular, but religious freedom invented America and faith sustains it. He and university president Jerry Falwell Jr. spoke during a ceremony... more »
  • Louisiana Band of Choctaws support Wounded Warriors Play Video

    May 9, 2014 8:08 AM

    SPRINGFIELD - The Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians is hosting the Louisiana Heritage Cook Off on Saturday. Chief Shaun Murphy visited 2une In Friday to talk about the event. The Louisiana Heritage Cook Off will feature tepees and crafts, live bands, entertainment for kids and more. Proceeds will... more »
  • Protestors demonstrate against abortion bill Play Video

    May 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Demonstrators with Planned Parenthood spoke out against legislation that critics said could shut down almost every abortion clinic in Louisiana. Lawmakers are considering a bill which would require all doctors that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Critics said that would only... more »
  • Zachary truck driver wins safety competition

    May 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    ZACHARY - Local truck driver Leroy Williams placed first in his division at the 2014 Louisiana State Truck Driving Championships last week. The annual contest is designed to test safety practices on the road for truck drivers across the state. Williams was the best this year in the straight-truck... more »
  • Louisiana House approves $25 billion state budget

    May 8, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a $25 billion budget for next year, supporting Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to increase spending on health care and colleges. No changes were made to financing for privatization deals involving the LSU hospitals, though federal officials have rejected the funding... more »
  • Locals will be alerted to dangerous trains moving through town

    May 7, 2014 10:57 PM

    ST. JAMES - First responders will now be notified when a potentially dangerous train is headed their way. Wednesday, the federal government issued an emergency order requiring train companies to tell state emergency managers before moving large shipments of Bakken Shale crude through communities. Recently, the WBRZ News 2... more »
  • House votes to allow raw milk sales in Louisiana

    May 7, 2014 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to lift the state's ban on sales of raw milk from farmers to the public. While the agriculture committee had spent hours debating the idea, the House spent less than five minutes on the proposal before passing it in a 77-19 vote... more »
  • Who is playing in our sandbox?

    May 7, 2014 9:56 AM

    Year after year, storm driven and natural erosion contour and change the Louisiana landscape. Much of the region was initially shaped by sand and silt deposits left behind by the southward flowing Mississippi River. As washouts erode and compact more land while upstream dams block the flow of additional sand,... more »
  • Judge rules in favor of pro-Vitter super PAC

    May 2, 2014 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter can raise unlimited amounts of money for Vitter, who is running for governor in 2015. Judge Martin Feldman issued the decision Friday, declaring that the Fund for Louisiana's Future won't have to... more »
  • Pensacola deluge parallels Southeast Louisiana flood of 95

    May 2, 2014 11:17 AM

    "The forecast area is on the optimistic side of a very wet and highly efficient boundary that has been pummeling Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle overnight. This event is remarkably similar to May 9, 1995, just displaced about 70 miles east." Those remarks topped the area forecast discussion issued... more »
  • Committee approves Green for La. U.S. Attorney

    May 1, 2014 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Walt Green's nomination to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Green has been serving as Acting United States Attorney since Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. resigned in July of 2013. Green was recommended for the position by... more »
  • Saturday is election day in Louisiana

    May 1, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Saturday is election day across Louisiana with polls opening at 7:00 a.m. and closing at 8:00 p.m. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says 35 parishes are holding elections May 3. In East Baton Rouge, Central voters will choose between Jason Ellis and Ralph Washington in... more »
  • Speed camera ban on interstates gets final passage

    May 1, 2014 5:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Speed cameras and other automated speed enforcement devices will be prohibited on Louisiana's interstates, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to the ban. The Senate gave final passage to the proposal by Sulphur Rep. Mike Danahay, a Democrat, with a 37-0 vote Wednesday. The House already had approved... more »
  • Gray triggerfish season closes; red grouper limits

    April 30, 2014 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says recreational fishing for gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will remain closed until Jan. 1. The state is matching a closure in federal waters. NOAA Fisheries biologists said Wednesday the annual recreational catch... more »
  • House backs six-year driver's license for La.

    April 30, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could be on the road to a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. But the House on Tuesday unanimously supported a proposal by Republican Rep. Franklin Foil, of Baton Rouge, that would change the renewal period to... more »
  • 'Dallas Buyers Club' actress talks Louisiana International Film Festival Play Video

    April 29, 2014 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana International Film Festival is coming up next week. Baton Rouge native and 'Dallas Buyers Club' actress Jency Hogan visited 2une In Tuesday to talk about all the festival has to offer. The festival runs from Thursday, May 8th- Sunday, May 11th at Perkins Rowe.... more »
  • Limit on La. lobbyist spending edges up to $58

    April 29, 2014 3:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a little bit more wining and dining legislators and others they seek to influence. Starting in July, the dollar amount that can be spent per person for an occasion is increasing to $58. The per-event limit had been $57. The limit applies to... more »
  • La. sets new tourism record

    April 28, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana drew a record 27.3 million tourists to its cities, festivals, outdoor activities and other events last year, drawing $10.8 billion in visitor spending. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne outlined the 2013 figures Monday at a tourism promotion lunch, saying the state attracted more outside visitors than the last... more »
  • La. graduation rates lag, even among non-poor

    April 28, 2014 2:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's high school graduation rate has improved markedly over the years, but at around 72 percent it remains among the nation's lowest. A report released Monday shows Louisiana is one of seven states where a low graduation rate is a problem even among households that aren't poor. The... more »
  • Poll: You probably don't like living in Louisiana

    April 25, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Chances are, you're not very happy to be a Louisianan. According to a new Gallup poll, most people in the Bayou State don't think Louisiana is the best place to live. Only about 27% of people surveyed here said this was the best, or one of the... more »
  • Senators reject Medicaid expansion bill

    April 23, 2014 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee. The definitive 6-2 vote Wednesday against expansion likely ends the Senate's debate on the issue for the session. Sen. Ben Nevers' bill would have... more »
  • Local woman killed in suspected teenage drunk driving crash

    April 21, 2014 10:36 PM

    PINEVILLE- An 18-year-old from Livingston Parish faces charges after a crash in Central Louisiana, State Police said Monday. Trinity J. Sullivan, of Holden, is charged with vehicular homicide and reckless operation. Investigators said they also believe the teenager was impaired when the crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. in... more »
  • Jackpots unclaimed in top Saturday lotteries in La

    April 20, 2014 10:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says nobody won the jackpots for three big weekend lotteries sold in Louisiana. That means Wednesday's estimated jackpots rise to $60,000 for Easy 5, $275,000 for Lotto and $150 million for the Powerball. The lottery corporation says the most valuable ticket sold in... more »

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