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  • 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 »
  • Louisiana lawmakers boost wait for an abortion to 72 hours

    May 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will become the sixth state to make women wait three days before they can have an abortion after meeting with the doctor. Lawmakers in the House gave final passage Wednesday to the mandatory 72-hour waiting period. The 83-0 vote sends the bill to Gov. John Bel... more »
  • Gov. Edwards signs TOPS cost containment bill into law

    May 10, 2016 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Awards from Louisiana's TOPS program are no longer guaranteed to fully cover tuition if the costs grow. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Tuesday the governor has signed a bill that locks in the TOPS payment rate at next year's tuition level. If tuition grows... more »
  • La. troopers killed in the line of duty

    May 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, State Police will add two names to a memorial of State Troopers who have been killed in the line of duty. Twenty-nine troopers have died while serving the people of Louisiana since the department formed in 1922. Tuesday, the names of Steven J. Vincent and... more »
  • Lawyer says DA correct for ruling out charges in shooting of mentally ill man

    May 6, 2016 12:03 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - An attorney for the sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a mentally ill man at his Louisiana home last year is praising authorities for reaching the "correct result" and ruling out any criminal charges against his client. Attorney Pay Magee says Sgt. Pittard Chapman of the... more »
  • State lawmaker makes bribe-like accusation Play Video

    May 4, 2016 8:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state representative has accused a well respected lobbying firm of making him a shady offer. Representative Terry Brown (I-Colfax) said Wednesday a lobbyist with Southern Strategy Group in Baton Rouge offered to shower his district with corporate investments if he agreed to kill a bill he's... more »
  • La GOP releases statement about Trump's likely nomination

    May 4, 2016 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Donald Trump's path to the Republican Presidential nomination became a lot clearer Wednesday when his final opponent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did the same Tuesday night after Trump won the primary in Indiana. Wednesday afternoon, the state Republican party... more »
  • TV personality who hid from sex abuse allegations will return to La.

    May 4, 2016 4:54 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A former Louisiana TV personality will return to the state for the first time in nearly four decades shackled and accused of sexually assaulting children on a camping trip in the 70s. Frank John Selas, 76, performed as " Mr. Wonder " on his TV show... more »
  • Medical marijuana expansion effort edges ahead in La. House

    May 3, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A year after lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, medicinal-grade pot hasn't reached the hands of a single patient amid regulatory hurdles built into the law. A new effort in the Legislature aims to jumpstart... more »
  • Louisiana's high school graduation rate continues to improve

    May 2, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana four-year high school graduation rate continues its upward trend, reaching 77.5 percent in 2015. The state education department says that's an all-time high and the fifth year the rate has improved. The education department says black students remain below the average, but their improvement outpaced... more »
  • Thousands lost power in Sunday storms

    May 1, 2016 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of customers were left without power Sunday morning after sever weather passed over the Baton Rouge area. Over 9,000 Entergy customers were without power across Louisiana as strong storms passed Sunday afternoon. Around noon Sunday, Entergy said more than 1500 homes experienced loss of... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 29, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,684 from the previous week's total of 2,791. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Lieutenant governor plans statewide tourism promotion tour

    April 27, 2016 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is launching a statewide tour next week to promote Louisiana's tourism efforts and to celebrate National Tourism Week. The Republican lieutenant governor, in office since January, will have multiple stops at visitors' centers, historic sites and other tourist locations around Louisiana from Monday... more »
  • Common Core testing begins Monday in La. public schools

    April 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 300,000 public school students are taking tests this week tied to the Common Core education standards without the boycotts or heated political rhetoric that marked the testing last year. Hollis Milton, president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and West Feliciana Parish schools superintendent,... more »
  • Estimate of Louisiana's budget shortfall drops to $600M

    April 25, 2016 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The price tag for Louisiana's budget shortfall next year has dropped to $600 million. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne told state senators Monday that a gap once pegged at $750 million is lower. Dardenne says that's thanks to savings from Edwards' planned Medicaid... more »
  • Nursing home patients could get more choice Play Video

    April 22, 2016 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Putting a loved-one in a nursing home is a tough decision but advocates for the elderly say it shouldn't be the only choice. Funding for nursing homes is guaranteed under Louisiana's constitution, not the case for at-home care. "The way our system is structured, most people are forced... more »
  • Jazz Fest kicks off Friday in New Orleans

    April 22, 2016 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival begins on Friday. This year's festival features headline performances from artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Steely Dan. The artists will perform over two weekends from April 22-24 and April 29-May... more »
  • State to require job training for food stamps

    April 21, 2016 4:32 PM

    HAMMOND - The governor said he plans to require able-bodied adults ages 18-49, who have no dependents, to get workforce training for food stamps Thursday. The new regulation would keep 47,000 people on the food stamp program if they all participate. The individuals faced being kicked off food stamps... more »
  • UnitedHealth to pull out Affordable Care Act coverage

    April 21, 2016 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- UnitedHealth is pulling out of the Affordable Care Act health coverage in Louisiana next year. That will force about 29,000 people to find a new insurance provider under the federal health care law. The nation's biggest health insurer notified Louisiana Insurance Department officials last week that in January... more »
  • Treasury uncovers almost $45M for insurance beneficiaries

    April 21, 2016 4:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of the Treasury has found nearly $45 million in death benefits that should have been paid to Louisiana residents. State Treasurer John Kennedy, in a news release Wednesday, said that kind of discovery is why they check insurance company records. The department has been conducting... more »
  • 'Pastor protection' religious objections bill passes House

    April 20, 2016 6:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposal to allow clergy and churches to refuse to perform or host same-sex marriage ceremonies has passed the Louisiana House. Republican Rep. Mike Johnson, of Bossier City, says his bill will protect clergy and religious organizations from being forced to violate a "sincerely held religious belief." Lawmakers... more »
  • Shell to move some jobs from New Orleans to Houston

    April 19, 2016 4:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Shell says it plans to move some jobs from New Orleans to Houston as part of plans to cut its global workforce. The company said that relocations this year would affect less than 5 percent of its New Orleans workforce. The oil company has about 1,900 workers based... more »
  • Audit: Changes needed to strengthen oversight of work release program

    April 18, 2016 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released a new audit that slams the Department of Public Safety and Corrections' Transitional Work Program. The program, also known as work release, is run by local sheriffs and private companies. According to the audit, the program saved the state an estimated $12.1 million... more »
  • Students out of time to raise ACT score

    April 14, 2016 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Students hoping to boost their ACT scores to save their TOPS scholarships have run out of time. The last day to take the test to qualify for the next school year was Saturday. Before the latest round of state budget cuts were announced, students only needed an... more »
  • Senate backs bill letting police automatically scan plates

    April 14, 2016 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Lake Charles senator is back with his proposal to allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill last year, so Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns asked senators to try again this year now that Gov. John Bel Edwards is... more »
  • Proposal to double seatbelt fine passes Louisiana House

    April 14, 2016 4:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has backed a proposal to double fines against people caught not wearing seatbelts. Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, says his bill to increase the fine from $25 to $50 will generate more money for the state and save lives. Drivers would pay $75... more »
  • Nungesser: Tourism up in 2015, another record-breaking year

    April 14, 2016 4:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of tourists coming to Louisiana keeps going up. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says 28.9 million visitors came to Louisiana last year, up by 200,000 from 2014. He says it marked the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism in Louisiana. The data on tourism is part of... more »
  • Whooping crane chick: Louisiana's 1st in wild since 1939

    April 13, 2016 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- For the first time since 1939, a whooping crane chick has hatched in the wild in Louisiana. Biologist Sara Zimorski of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday she's been smiling all day. She says a department technician spotted the chick Monday evening. Whooping cranes are... more »
  • LSU President warns current students they could lose TOPS under governor's proposed cuts Play Video

    April 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Healthcare and TOPS took the brunt of the cuts in the governor's proposed budget cutbacks presented to the legislature Tuesday. Here's most the cuts that matter #lalege pic.twitter.com/EShyf63key — Mark Armstrong (@TV_MarkA) April 12, 2016 Governor John Bel Edwards and his budget advisers... more »
  • New website geared to help unemployed oil workers

    April 12, 2016 8:26 AM

    LAFAYETTE- State and local agencies have developed a website to connect the unemployed and underemployed from the battered energy sector to jobs and training for the now-hiring petrochemical and liquid natural gas plants in Louisiana. AcadianaOpportunity.com was unveiled Monday, a website through which the unemployed can connect to jobs and,... more »
  • $1.1M spent on Gov. Edwards' inauguration and transition

    April 12, 2016 4:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spent about $1.1 million on his inauguration festivities and other transition expenses as he prepared to take office. By law, Edwards was required to pay for transition and inauguration activities with private donations, not taxpayer funds, with a cap of $5,000 per donor.... more »
  • Coincidentally, gun proposals up for discussion following violent weekend Play Video

    April 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite gun violence having the attention of lawmakers following two high-profile weekend killings, the conversation at the capitol is not about restricting gun rights. "Laws that restrict possession of firearms only do so for the law abiding," Central republican House of Representatives member Barry Ivey said.... more »
  • Mother fights for medical marijuana Play Video

    April 8, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Nine-year old Connor Corkern's epilepsy is so severe he once had a seizure that lasted 36 hours. To control his condition his mother Katie was forced to put him on a number of prescription medications. She said the medications break her heart because the side-effects are almost as... more »
  • Baker named #1 safest city in La.

    April 8, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baker has been named the safest city in the state by BackgroundChecks.org . Baker tops a list of ten cities the web site ranked. The website is a public safety focused organization committed to increasing public safety, community involvement, transparent government, and education. The site’s list was compiled... more »
  • In Ponchatoula this weekend, it's a strawberry celebration

    April 8, 2016 11:29 AM

    PONCHATOULA - This quiet small town becomes one of the state's largest cities this weekend, as more than a quarter-of-a-million people converge on southern Tangipahoa Parish for the annual Strawberry Festival. Billed as the state's largest free festival, festival-goers will be welcomed with strawberries of all shapes and sizes... more »
  • Data: People here tweet about crime more than just about everyone else

    April 7, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisianans Tweet about crime more than any other state but Nevada, researchers at an apartment finding website reported. ABODO.com, founded in 2012 to help people find apartments to rent, went through 18 months of data. Analysts looked for crime-related words - "assaulted," "violence against women," "killing,"... more »
  • Public defender's office warns it's too poor to represent the poor

    April 6, 2016 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The public defender's office in East Baton Rouge started warning judges of its inability to represent poor defendants in the criminal justice system. The letter, which was obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday, cites budget issues and warns of layoffs at the office beginning next... more »
  • Officials confirm two new Zika Virus cases in La.

    April 6, 2016 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials notified the Center for Disease Control Wednesday of two new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, two Louisiana residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and South America were found to have the virus. Both... more »
  • Free crawfish boil for flood responders

    April 5, 2016 5:51 PM

    HAMMOND - Fidelity Bank will host a crawfish boil for first responders who assisted in the aftermath of wide-spread flooding in southeast Louisiana last month. The boil will be Thursday at the bank's Hammond CM Fagan Drive branch from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone is invited to attend;... more »
  • Lawmakers seek to stop gun purchases by domestic abusers Play Video

    April 4, 2016 8:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill aimed at ending gun sales to people convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse was moved forward by the Louisiana legsilature Monday. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Helena Moreno (D-New Orleans) said she hopes to close a loophole in a 2014 law. City courts oversee misdemeanor cases... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,497 from the previous week's total of 2,878. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Tornadoes hit 3 southern states as storm heads to Carolinas

    April 1, 2016 5:18 AM

    ATLANTA- Tornadoes swirled through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as the severe storms head toward the Carolinas. Emergency management officials Rita White and Harry Markham say one tornado touched down in Eldridge in central Alabama around 8 p.m. Thursday and another hit about hour before in Ardmore in the northern part... more »
  • Probe launched after rapper releases song from Angola

    March 31, 2016 4:26 AM

    ANGOLA- Authorities in Louisiana believe rapper C-Murder recorded and released a rap song while in prison. The rapper, who real name is Corey Miller, released a video for a new single, "Dear Supreme Court," last week. The rapper is serving a life sentence at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola... more »
  • Lawmaker wants to prove politicians are lying about Medicaid Play Video

    March 30, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Ryan Gatti is taking a bold step, he sponsoring a bill he actually opposes. The Bossier City Republican wants to steal the thunder from opportunistic politicians who like to blame Medicaid patients for Louisiana's budget woes. The freshman senator said he's tired of hearing rumors... more »
  • Senators refuse to change Louisiana's absentee voting rules

    March 30, 2016 5:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have refused to loosen Louisiana's absentee voting rules. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to allow any people who expect to be away from their home parishes on Election Day to be able to vote absentee by mail. Currently, people can only vote absentee... more »
  • Giant snail poses danger to Louisiana rice farmers Play Video

    March 29, 2016 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Scientists fear the Giant Apple Snail could destroy rice crops in west Louisiana. The snail is an invasive species from South America that is slowly eating up aquatic plants across the southern part of the state. "They're considered one of the worst invasive species in the world,"... more »
  • Governor hopes to bring an ER back to North Baton Rouge Play Video

    March 29, 2016 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced he hopes to bring an emergency room back to the North Baton Rouge area. Edwards made the remarks at a health care summit at Pennington Biomedical Research Center Tuesday morning. The governor suggested Medicaid expansion could lead the way in returning... more »
  • Louisiana House votes to curb state spending on public art

    March 29, 2016 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House wants to scale back a 17-year-old program that requires state agencies to spend a portion of their construction dollars on public art. Lawmakers in the House voted 86-4 on Monday to put new restrictions on the program, with supporters saying the state has to curb... more »
  • FEMA: What to expect when the disaster damage inspector visits

    March 28, 2016 7:13 PM

    Know What to Expect When the Inspector Visits Once Louisiana homeowners register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a FEMA housing inspector will call to schedule an inspection for those living in designated parishes. Here’s what survivors need to know about the inspection process: Everyone should know: ... more »
  • Two schools close as area deals with losses due to oil price free fall

    March 28, 2016 12:42 PM

    MORGAN CITY - An elementary school in this onetime oil rich St. Mary Parish city will close because of a significant loss in sales taxes. M.D. Shannon Elementary is one of two schools slated for closure recently. The other, J.A. Hernandez Elementary in Franklin, will also close its doors.... more »
  • Tax filing extensions for those in flood disaster areas

    March 23, 2016 5:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana taxpayers affected by recent storms and flooding will receive filing extensions for tax returns due by May 30, including individual state income tax returns due May 16. The extended deadline for all eligible tax returns is June 15. The Louisiana Department of Revenue will waive any late... more »
  • Veto override decision expected Wednesday in the La. House

    March 23, 2016 4:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican lawmakers in the Louisiana House are considering an override of Gov. John Bel Edwards' line-item vetoes that lessened some budget cuts. House Speaker Taylor Barras said he expects the House to decide Wednesday whether to override the vetoes. The Republican leader acknowledges the effort is unlikely to... more »
  • Burl Cain cleared of wrongdoing; Ex-Angola warden to hold press conference Wednesday

    March 22, 2016 5:29 PM

    ANGOLA - Allegations of wrongdoing made against former State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain are unfounded, a multi-agency investigation revealed Tuesday afternoon. The Inspector General, State Police and Department of Corrections has spent the last few months investigating complaints that Cain acted inappropriately in his role as chief of the... more »
  • Two abducted teens rescued by State Police on I-10

    March 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    CONVENT - Two abducted teenagers from North Carolina were rescued and will be reunited with their family later today after Louisiana State Police arrested their uncle on I-10. State Police released the details of the case around lunchtime Tuesday. Troopers said Jose Melchor, 40, of Clemmons, NC, was attempting... more »
  • In live WBRZ interview, congressman calls for progress dealing with I-10 traffic Play Video

    March 21, 2016 7:24 PM

    B ATON ROUGE - Congressman Garret Graves argued there needs to be more solid communication among traffic engineers and state lawmakers about planning construction projects in I-10 through Baton Rouge. Graves, the newly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, appeared on WBRZ's morning news program, 2une-In , Monday... more »
  • Baton Rouge council to take up smoking ban

    March 18, 2016 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An ordinance that would ban smoking in Baton Rouge's casinos and bars is finally headed to the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council. The council should vote on the ordinance in April, and it already has five of the seven votes it will need to pass. While... more »
  • Louisiana's oldest whooping cranes learning how to be adults

    March 18, 2016 6:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's small flock of whooping cranes has already equaled last year's nest total with four, and could double that number. But if the eggs hatch, will the young adults be good parents? The question arises because birds taught to migrate by following ultralight planes from Wisconsin to Florida... more »
  • Third day of I-10 closure at Louisiana-Texas border

    March 17, 2016 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Interstate 10 remains closed at the Texas-Louisiana border. Traffic officials are keeping the interstate closed due to flooding from the Sabine River. This is the third consecutive day the road has been closed. The Department of Transportation and Development advises people traveling west to use I-49 North to... more »
  • Louisiana's Affordable Care Act enrollees 102K new customers

    March 16, 2016 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Health and Human Services says roughly 102,000 of the more than 214,000 Louisiana residents who bought health coverage for 2016 through the federal marketplace are new customers. Louisiana customers were also shopping for new Affordable Care Act plans. Those who switched insurers and plans saved... more »

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