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  • Board makes exception, current online nursing students allowed to get licensed Play Video

    June 14, 2018 12:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of nursing students from an out-of-state online college will be able to take Louisiana's licensure exam. Excelsior College based in New York offers a registered nurse program in Louisiana without an on-the-job training component known as clinicals. In April, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing toughened... more »
  • Special Session ends in failure; TOPS cut thirty-percent Play Video

    June 5, 2018 2:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Frustrated state lawmakers shouted at each other in the House of Representatives late Monday night as last-ditch efforts to raise sales taxes failed. The $29 billion state budget beginning July 1 is short $540 million with pro-rata cuts to services including the TOPS college scholarship program. TOPS... more »
  • Women and minorities encouraged to join Louisiana Medical Marijuana industry Play Video

    May 8, 2018 11:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One industry advocacy group attending the country's largest marijuana business convention in New Orleans this week held a presentation in the capital city Tuesday night. The group, Women Grow, encourages women and minorities to become leaders in the emerging industry. "We want them to have an equal... more »
  • Fantasy sports betting passes Louisiana House of Reps Play Video

    April 17, 2018 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill to allow a statewide referendum on fantasy sports betting passed the Louisiana House of Representatives without questions Tuesday night. If lawmakers approve it during the session, the issue would be added to the ballot in November for voters to approve. Representative Kirk Talbot (R-River Ridge)... more »
  • New tax plan for bridge across Mississippi River Play Video

    April 5, 2018 11:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Would you vote for higher taxes if it paid for a new bridge across the Mississippi River? Voters in five parishes may soon get the chance. State Senator Rick Ward (R-Port Allen) has proposed creating a special taxing district encompassing East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension,... more »
  • Louisiana lawmaker also wants restrictive abortion law

    March 20, 2018 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mississippi recently passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country and now a Louisiana lawmaker wants to do the same. Senator John Milkovich (D-Shreveport) wants to ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks from conception, just like the Mississippi law. "Ultimately our goal is... more »
  • Something to turn your nose at: many allergy reports not worth a sneeze

    March 14, 2018 10:01 PM

    According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Louisiana’s Capital City is among the worst to live in if you suffer from spring allergies. Like the tropics in summer or Saturday afternoons in the fall, Louisianans check the pollen count regularly. But according to experts, depending on your source,... more »
  • Louisiana capitol doors to reopen this summer Play Video

    March 14, 2018 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The front doors of the state capitol have been shut for two years now as repair crews waterproof and reset limestone panels on the building's exterior. The 86-year-old structure is the tallest building in Baton Rouge and the work being done is more than routine maintenance. ... more »
  • La. cheerleaders warned of possible mumps exposure at Texas competition Play Video

    March 7, 2018 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Cheerleader groups from Louisiana and 38 other states are being warned to watch for symptoms of mumps after a popular cheerleading competition in Texas last month. Teams from Baton Rouge were among the groups who attended the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship at the Kay... more »
  • Reality TV show exploiting New Orleans' raunchy 'sin' seeks tax credits

    March 6, 2018 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A reality TV show set in Louisiana that promised more than “boobs, beads and booze” in its trailer released Tuesday reportedly spent less than half of its $3.7 million budget in the state but is seeking to obtain the lucrative tax credits offered to the production industry.... more »
  • No work, no food stamps if lawmakers agree Play Video

    February 26, 2018 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Able-bodied adults without dependents who don't have jobs (ABAWDs) are not supposed to receive food stamps long-term according to federal rules. However, Louisiana's governor can request the rule be waived because the state has a higher than average unemployment rate. For the better part of a decade,... more »
  • Louisiana auto insurance rates increase, second highest in the nation Play Video

    February 9, 2018 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For a fourth straight year in a row, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says residents in Louisiana can expect increases in their auto premiums. In some cases, it may be a double-digit increase. The increases can be blamed on a host of factors that ultimately boil down... more »
  • No cost flu shots to be offered while supplies last Play Video

    February 5, 2018 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Free flu shots are still available to residents who have not received the vaccine. Due to widespread flu activity remaining throughout the state, the Louisiana Department of Health will continue to offer flu vaccines at no cost at Parish Health Units across the state while supplies last.... more »
  • Restore Louisiana holds event for Ascension Parish flood victims Play Video

    January 25, 2018 8:47 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Many continue to recover from the floods of 2016. Some are still looking for answers. Restore Louisiana assisted those people Thursday at a homeowner outreach event in Ascension Parish. The event was supposed to start at 2 p.m., but anxious homeowners strolled in all afternoon. "I'm... more »
  • Free flu shots available next week Play Video

    January 25, 2018 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – No cost flu shots will be available to the more than 55 parish health units in Louisiana. The shots will be available Wednesday, January 31, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The vaccine is available to anyone who has not received a vaccine this flu... more »
  • Strawberry farmers try to save crop amidst freezing temperatures Play Video

    January 16, 2018 12:24 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Farmer Eric Morrow is hoping for the best as temperatures drop below freezing in the coming nights. "The plants will make it but the fruit may not if temperatures go down to 19 degrees as predicted," said Morrow. If the crop is lost, prices for Louisiana... more »
  • Damaged artwork under repair at Louisiana Capitol Play Video

    January 14, 2018 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Rugged scaffolding now dominates the ornate aesthetics of Memorial Hall in the center of Louisiana's State Capitol. A delicate process is underway to repair small tears in the ceiling's mural. "It's in very good condition actually," said artist Elise Grenier. After a quick climb to the top,... more »
  • Husband found dead after wife searched 'how to kill someone and not get caught'

    January 12, 2018 3:56 PM

    MAYPEARL, Tex. - A woman has been arrested after authorities connected her suspicious search history to the recent murder of her husband. According to a report from the Star-Telegram , 55-year-old Sandra Garner was arrested Wednesday in connection with her husband's death. Police say Garner reported the incident... more »
  • Wrong Vermilion: Louisiana arrest prompts hate mail to Ohio

    January 12, 2018 9:08 AM

    VERMILION, Ohio- An Ohio police department receiving angry emails and Facebook messages about the controversial arrest of a teacher is asking the senders to stop for one key reason: It actually happened in a similarly named community in Louisiana. Police in Vermilion, Ohio, have received sometimes profane messages... more »
  • Missing paperwork keeping flood victims from potential Restore LA funding Play Video

    December 27, 2017 7:21 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A family in Livingston Parish is having trouble providing proof of home ownership following the August 2016 flood. They need proof in order to move forward with their Restore LA application. Cathy Sanchez says the water came up fast and reached the doorway to her parent's home.... more »
  • Woman booked into jail for sneaking into LSU graduation, snatching someone else's diploma

    December 21, 2017 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old woman was booked into jail this week, nearly four months after LSU officials said she managed to sneak her way into one of LSU's graduation ceremonies and take someone else's diploma. WBRZ.com first reported on December 21, Bianca White was accused of inserting herself... more »
  • Drunk driver with previous DWIs crashes vehicle, sends victim to hospital

    December 14, 2017 8:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man Thursday after he was involved in a drunk-driving crash that sent another driver to the hospital. According to BRPD, officers responded to the 6100 block of Beechwood Drive due to a crash that left one person hurt. Police say the other driver... more »
  • Four arrested, one hospitalized after fight at local middle school

    December 13, 2017 5:32 PM

    GONZALES - Police were called to a local middle school after a fight between students got out of hand Wednesday. The Gonzales Police Department confirmed that officers were called to Gonzales Middle School early Wednesday afternoon in response to a fight involving several students. Police say all involved were... more »
  • Court hearing reveals brutal details in molester's murder Play Video

    December 11, 2017 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ongoing trial in the 2015 murder of Robert Noce has revealed unsettling details from the night the convicted child molester was murdered. In 2015, Noce took a lesser charge in the sexual abuse of Crehan's girlfriend when she was a child. Crehan and his... more »
  • Springfield couple's weather pictures go viral Play Video

    December 10, 2017 7:27 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - Those who call Louisiana home are used to the unpredictable weather. One day wearing shorts, the next day needing a winter coat. One man, James Verbois, captured the extremes from his patio perch. "Periodically you get bit in Louisiana," Verbois said. "Whether it be a hurricane or... more »
  • Deputies seeking suspect in snow-day armed robbery

    December 8, 2017 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It turns out not even the joy of snow can put a halt to crime in the capital area. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed the Circle K on Jones Creek Road at gunpoint during Baton Rouge's snowy Friday.... more »
  • WATCH: Holiday burglar tries (and fails) to trick security camera with towel Play Video

    December 6, 2017 3:35 PM

    SLIDELL - The search for a burglar on the Northshore shouldn't prove too difficult for police after a surveillance camera got a nice, clear look at his face. According to the Slidell Police Department, the less-than-stellar criminal broke into a home on Park Drive while the occupants were away... more »
  • LSU's Derrius Guice to make NFL Draft decision after bowl game

    December 5, 2017 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's star running back, Derrius Guice, says he's still unsure whether or not he's going to enter the next NFL Draft, and he won't know until the Tigers' last game of the season. Guice took to social media Monday to express his frustration with this past... more »
  • Louisiana part of 13 state lawsuit over eggs Play Video

    December 5, 2017 8:27 AM

    Over a dozen states are part of a lawsuit over eggs. The states want the U.S. Supreme Court to block California's 2008 law that requires any eggs sold there to come from hens that have room to roam and stretch their legs inside their habitats. Yesterday, the case to... more »
  • Sports betting case heard in Supreme Court Play Video

    December 5, 2017 12:17 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court is wrestling with a case that could make sports betting widely available. The case heard Monday is a result of New Jersey's yearslong effort to bring sports betting to its casinos and racetracks. The case pits New Jersey and other states against all four major... more »
  • 12 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

    December 4, 2017 2:52 PM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- A dozen states want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. The Missouri attorney general says a lawsuit will be filed Monday alleging California's law has... more »
  • Popular Hammond park restocked with tons of fish Play Video

    November 29, 2017 2:35 PM

    HAMMOND- The City of Hammond recently announced that a popular area park has restocked their pond with 400 pounds of catfish. The City of Hammond's Facebook page posted a video Wednesday morning thanking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the 400 pounds of catfish recently added to... more »
  • Former LSU student pleads guilty to sharing child porn online

    November 29, 2017 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former LSU student accused of taking photos of teenage girls showering in an on-campus dorm has pled guilty to sharing sexually explicit images of minors online. According to US Attorney Corey Amundson, 20-year-old Andrew Easterly pled guilty of storing inappropriate images featuring minors on his... more »
  • After governor's aid resigns, State senator calls for inquiry over harassment allegations

    November 29, 2017 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A state senator called for an investigation following the abrupt resignation of a high-ranking governor's office administrator last week. First reported by LaPolitics and locally by WBRZ, Johnny Anderson resigned as deputy chief of staff from the governor's office just before Thanksgiving. Anderson had been accused... more »
  • Louisiana man accused of putting deputy in chokehold

    November 28, 2017 4:54 PM

    MARRERO- Authorities say a Louisiana man who put a sheriff's deputy in a chokehold has been arrested. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune 29-year-old John Haaff is charged with several offenses including battery of a police officer with injury. An arrest report says... more »
  • Man leads authorities two-state police chase

    November 27, 2017 7:50 AM

    VINTON- A North Carolina man was arrested for leading police on a pursuit from Louisiana into Texas. The incident began Sunday morning with Louisiana State Police receiving reports of an unsafe driver speeding and passing vehicles on the shoulder in Calcasieu Parish. Shortly after 9 a.m., troopers located the... more »
  • Eight Louisiana hunters facing penalties for deer hunting violations

    November 24, 2017 11:46 AM

    LINCOLN, Neb.- Nebraska authorities say eight hunters from Louisiana have been cited for several deer hunting violations. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said in a news release Wednesday that the eight were cited earlier this month for illegal activities in southeast Nebraska's Gage and Jefferson counties. The violations... more »
  • Michigan police threaten to serve Lean Cuisine if you're caught drunk driving

    November 21, 2017 1:24 PM

    TROY, Mich. - It's never a good idea to drink a drive, but police in Michigan are taking some unorthodox measures to deter drunk drivers and keep everyone safe on the road this holiday season. A tweet from the Troy Police Department laid out the master plan to curtail... more »
  • Facebook post rekindles memories of ferry service in Baton Rouge

    November 21, 2017 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A growing Facebook page shines the spotlight on yesteryear with pictures of a bygone Baton Rouge. A post Tuesday morning reminded us of the commute across the river before I-10 – a ride on the City of Baton Rouge ferry. Ironically, the post comes hours before... more »
  • Audit: Nursing home payments up, but not patient numbers

    November 20, 2017 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new audit says Louisiana's payments to private nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients have risen substantially over the last decade. But while the facilities are pocketing ever-higher dollars from the state, their occupancy rates stayed largely flat. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said Louisiana uses... more »
  • Reality TV star visits Southern, plans to attend in the fall

    November 17, 2017 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University's about to get some star power of sorts. One of the stars of a reality dance show on cable visited campus this week for part of the show's filming and also ahead of her enrolling in Southern next year. Bring It! shot at Southern... more »
  • Bicyclist in critical condition after being struck in Plaquemine

    November 9, 2017 2:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Authorities say a man riding a bicycle was struck in Iberville Parish, leaving him in critical condition. The crash was reported sometime Thursday morning. According to Plaquemine police, the man was riding in the center lane of Edmund Drive when he was struck by a vehicle attempting... more »
  • Sheriff's office seizes mistreated horses, deputy volunteers to take them in Play Video

    November 8, 2017 6:30 PM

    NEW ROADS - When it comes to animals, one deputy is going beyond the call of duty, to care for two horses seized by the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office last week. Deputy Jordan Cannon brought home two horses she helped seize from a property in Maringouin.The owner, Matthew... more »
  • WATCH: Scalise challenges fellow congressman to scooter race in US capitol

    November 8, 2017 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON- Representative Steve Scalise lightheartedly challenged Congressman Sam Johnson to a scooter race in our nation's capitol building Wednesday. The Whip posted the video to his Twitter account on Wednesday. I challenged @SamsPressShop to a scooter race. Here's what happened next. pic.twitter.com/qcK2fZhRuu — Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise)... more »
  • WATCH: Matthew McConaughey helps hand out thousands of turkeys for Thanksgiving Play Video

    November 7, 2017 4:16 PM

    LAWRENCEBURG, KY - Actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey celebrated his 48th birthday this weekend. But instead of partying, he spent it by giving back to thousands of families. Over the weekend announced he had partnered with the Wild Turkey bourbon distillery and Butterball to hand out 4,500 frozen... more »
  • Cancer patient dies days after wedding ceremony at hospital Play Video

    November 7, 2017 2:25 PM

    CHARLESTON, SC - A woman diagnosed with stage 4 cancer died Saturday, just two days after a hospital held a wedding ceremony for her and the love of her life. Kizzie Priestly passed away at age 39 Saturday, according to a post from her husband, David Hall, on Facebook.... more »
  • Comite River Diversion Canal not making much progress due to lack of funding Play Video

    November 6, 2017 8:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A task force meeting was held Monday to discuss funding for the slow-moving Comite River Diversion Canal project of nearly 25 years. Rep. Valerie Hodges questioned the priority of the project, and recalled the 2016 flood. "This is a priority that saves lives," Hodges said. ... more »
  • Man finds family memories buried in flood debris, seeks out owners Play Video

    November 6, 2017 5:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The holiday spirit is already making its way into a community that's still recovering from last year's record flood. Landon Richard found three handmade Christmas ornaments, with children's hand prints and names, in a debris pile on the banks of his backyard pond. "Something... more »
  • US Army names LSU student No. 1 ROTC cadet in the nation

    November 6, 2017 3:56 PM

    FORT KNOX, KY - An LSU student has been ranked the number one ROTC cadet across the country by the US Army. College seniors from universities around the US were selected by Cadet Command as the top Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets for its annual national order-of-merit list.... more »
  • Teen dies in Baton Rouge hospital after Thibodaux shooting

    November 6, 2017 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 19-year-old woman has died in Baton Rouge after she was shot in the head in Lafourche Parish late last month. According to the Lafourche Sheriff's Office, Shantell Pollard died at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Friday. Authorities say she was in critical condition... more »
  • Speeders endangering pets, pedestrians in BR neighborhood Play Video

    November 5, 2017 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For residents living on Capitol Heights Avenue, a speeding car is a typical sight. However, the zooming vehicles are causing safety concerns for joggers, bikers and pets. Residents John Reed and Melissa Kennedy said they walk down Capitol Heights often. “Sometimes the cars are going... more »
  • $15B in Louisiana Medicaid contracts stalled

    November 3, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE-House Republican lawmakers have blocked contract extensions for managed-care companies that coordinate services for 1.5 million Medicaid patients in Louisiana. The extensions sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration were up for approval Friday in the joint House and Senate budget committee. Senators unanimously backed the 23-month extensions,... more »
  • Anthony Daisy sworn in as interim mayor of New Roads

    November 2, 2017 8:28 PM

    NEW ROADS - Anthony Daisy was sworn is as interim mayor of New Roads Wednesday, following former mayor Robert Myer's resignation earlier in the month. Daisy previously acted as mayor pro-tem before entering the new position. He will act as mayor until the end of 2018. Myer took... more »
  • 19-year-old charged with negligent homicide after accidentally shooting grandmother Play Video

    November 2, 2017 5:58 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A 67-year-old woman is dead after police say her grandson accidentally shot her and the family dog at their home Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. in the 58000 block of Bubba Street. According to Police Chief Kenneth Payne, 19-year-old Blaise Horton was holding... more »
  • Police search home of accused killer's sister, still seeking murder weapon

    November 2, 2017 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest search warrants issued in connection with the arrest of accused Baton Rouge killer Kenneth Gleason reveal that his sister's home was searched as part of the investigation, but investigators have still yet to find the weapon used in the attacks. According to search warrants... more »
  • Groups want protections restored for Louisiana black bear

    November 2, 2017 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Some environmental groups say they plan legal action to force federal officials to return the Louisiana black bear back to a list of threatened species. Officials announced removal of the bear from the list in March 2016 - a move opposed by some conservationists. The Washington-based... more »
  • Electricity the focus of Puerto Rican Shelter at Home program Play Video

    November 1, 2017 12:32 AM

    RINCON, PUERTO RICO - Rincon is a city on the western coast of Puerto Rico. It's a difficult area to get supplies into, that's why Deshawn Sargent and Michael Falcone set up their own distribution center there. "Everything wasn't going the way it should have, so Mike and I... more »
  • Five arrested in string of Gonzales burglaries

    October 31, 2017 2:52 PM

    GONZALES - Police have made five arrests in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries that plagued parts of Ascension Parish throughout mid-October. According to the Gonzales Police Department, officers responded to a burglary in progress off of Cornerview Road on Oct. 23. There, police found 23-year-old LeeRoy Hernandez,... more »
  • Old riverboat to float down MS River, become jazz joint in New Orleans

    October 31, 2017 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A rare sight will soon pass – more like float – along the levee and down the river. A shuttered casino riverboat will be sent from Evansville, Indiana, to New Orleans. The boat will eventually be a floating jazz club and restaurant paying homage to Louis... more »
  • BRPD: Arrest made in 2013 attack on jogger near LSU lakes Play Video

    October 30, 2017 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a man four years after he allegedly strangled a woman while she was jogging around the LSU lakes. On Monday, police announced the arrest of 26-year-old Akeem Yarbrough of Brusly in connection with the 2013 attack. According to BRPD, the 30-year-old victim was... more »
  • Supreme Court rejects Louisiana dirt farmer's appeal

    October 30, 2017 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Louisiana dirt farmer who complained that a local flood control district took his soil without paying enough for it. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling against Chad Jarreau (JAR'-roh)... more »
  • Louisiana college sought to host teacher training consortium

    October 30, 2017 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's education department is looking for a college in the state willing to be the home base for a teacher training initiative. The education department released its application for higher education institutions to apply to house the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium for a five-year period. The... more »
  • One airlifted to hospital after single-vehicle crash in Walker

    October 29, 2017 11:13 PM

    WALKER - Police say one person was transported to an area hospital after a single-vehicle crash on Florida Boulevard Sunday night. Police say the crash occurred on Florida Boulevard near LA 449. According to the Walker Police Department, the driver was taken to a hospital via Airmed. The... more »
  • Report: 3-year-old helps to save dad's life after shooting

    October 29, 2017 10:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Family members say a 3-year-old boy is responsible for saving his father's life after a shooting last week. According to a report from WWL, 30-year-old Joshua Youngblood was shot twice while driving along Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans Wednesday. His son was in the back... more »
  • Steve Gleason brings Hurricane Maria evacuee with ALS to Saints game

    October 29, 2017 6:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints safety Steve Gleason brought a Hurricane Maria evacuee suffering from ALS to Sunday's game. A post from Steve Gleason's Twitter account showed the former Saints hero alongside Carmelo Diaz and his family. According to the Advocate , Diaz, a former tennis player, needs a... more »

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