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  • Humane Society investigates dying horse after photo goes viral

    January 19, 2017 5:28 PM

    POINTE COUPEE- A picture of a dying horse taken by a concerned citizen has prompted the Humane Society of Louisiana to review parish investigative procedures and protocols. According to the Humance Society, several parish entities, individuals and departments were alerted to the condition of the horse while it was... more »
  • Judge removed from string of cases after trial's abrupt end

    January 19, 2017 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mystery behind unusual happenings in a federal judge's courtroom is deepening. Court records show the judge has removed herself from more than two dozen cases since a trial she presided over abruptly ended last month. The one-page orders reviewed by The Associated Press say U.S. District... more »
  • High water closes roads across Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and other parish officials are urging motorists to use caution when driving across the Baton Rouge area Thursday. “We are urging caution as drivers travel on our highways as there is high water and flooding in some areas,” Broome said. Several... more »
  • New Orleans expanding plans for new airport terminal

    January 18, 2017 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is expanding plans for a terminal being built to replace the international airport's current one, built in 1959. He says increased flights and passengers prompted the change in plans from 30 gates to 35. Officials say that will add... more »
  • Photos: Governor, Pope meet at the Vatican Wednesday Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican released pictures of Governor John Bel Edwards interacting with Pope Francis Wednesday. Photos published by the Vatican indicate the meeting happened on January 18th. It's not clear at what time the meeting happened – the Vatican is about 7 hours ahead of local Baton... more »
  • Man seeking new trial in 1971 rape claims state hid evidence

    January 17, 2017 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana man serving a life sentence for the rape of a nurse in 1971 claims authorities concealed evidence that the crime was committed by another man linked to two similar attacks. Innocence Project New Orleans attorneys on Tuesday asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to review Wilbert... more »
  • Man turns himself in for fatal hit and run in Chauvin

    January 17, 2017 4:03 PM

    CHAUVIN - Troopers have arrested a man for the fatal hit and run crash that killed one person Tuesday morning. Christopher Little, 47, of Chauvin called state troopers from his residence Tueaday to inform them he was involved in the fatal crash. Police arrived at his home and found... more »
  • Man attacks victim with crutch after argument with girlfriend

    January 17, 2017 12:35 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police arrested a man Friday for attacking another man with a crutch. Police say Justin LeBlanc, 20, became angry after a conversation with his girlfriend around noon and began breaking things around the home at 1604 Badt Avenue. The victim allegedly came out of his room after... more »
  • LSU Gymnastics ranked second after two weeks

    January 16, 2017 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With two of the four highest team scores in the country two weeks into the 2017 season, the LSU gymnastics team is No. 2 in the latest RoadToNationals.com rankings released Monday. The Tigers are 2-0 overall after a 197.575 - 197.100 victory over No. 4 Alabama.... more »
  • AgCenter: OK strawberry season likely despite bad weather

    January 16, 2017 1:14 PM

    AMITE - The LSU AgCenter says some strawberry growers were hit by floods, wind and freezing temperatures, but others are optimistic about the season. AgCenter agent Whitney Wallace in Tangipahoa Parish says that overall, the damage is not too bad. Natalie Jones, farm manager of Faust Farms in Amite says... more »
  • Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group reopens pre-flood location

    January 16, 2017 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Group in Baker reopens it location at 6516 E. Myrtle Ave. Monday. The clinic took on roughly 10 inches of water and closed for five months after the Baton Rouge area experienced major flooding in August. The... more »
  • Runners speed to Baton Rouge for Louisiana Marathon Play Video

    January 13, 2017 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of runner from across the globe will line up at the capitol for the Louisiana Marathon. Events kicked off Friday, and runners are already getting pumped up. Kristin Slay has been running for years and says it's easier than it looks. "That's the beauty... more »
  • Burglars break into cop's rented car, get keys to truck, police car

    January 13, 2017 3:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say burglars broke into an officer's rented car and found keys to an unmarked police car and a truck, and stole them both. A police spokesman says the unmarked car held the officer's gun and ammunition. Officer Aaron Looney says both vehicles were missing Friday, a... more »
  • Cuts loom as latest budget deficit tops $300 million

    January 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's midyear deficit has been pegged at $313 million, a figure that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says will trigger the governor to call a special legislative session to re-balance the budget. An income forecasting panel downgraded Louisiana tax collection estimates Friday, to account for unemployment that... more »
  • Baton Rouge chemical plant to experience intermittent flaring

    January 13, 2017 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge chemical plant will experience intermittent flaring over the weekend. A public affairs manager from ExxonMobil says the flares are a result of scheduled maintenance activities over the next couple days. Flares are primarily safety control devices intended to consume excess hydrocarbons during... more »
  • Carrie Lane shooting victim dies, additional arrest made in 'gangsters with guns' incident

    January 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    GEISMAR - The victim of a Monday shooting in Ascension Parish died Friday morning. Kermit Jackson, 39, was shot multiple times on Carrie Lane Monday Morning. The charges have been upgraded to second-degree murder for all four suspects involved. Two of the suspects, Jyvariel Harvey and Kentrell Lewis,... more »
  • Shreveport man charged with murder in death of small child

    January 13, 2017 11:15 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A Shreveport man has been charged with second-degree murder following an investigation into the death of a small child. News outlets report that 11-month-old Mar'sharrd Ross died at a hospital Monday after authorities were told the boy stopped breathing inside a relative's home earlier that morning. Police say... more »
  • School buses to receive new engines in Volkswagen settlement

    January 13, 2017 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - School buses in Louisiana will receive new engines that cut down on pollution as part of a settlement with Volkswagen. Volkswagen Group agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $4.3 billion for attempting to defraud the U.S. government by rigging more than a half-million... more »
  • Man ejected from vehicle, killed on Old Hammond Highway

    January 13, 2017 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man was killed in a single vehicle crash on LA 426 early Friday morning. Kenneth Salinas, 26, ran off the road while traveling westbound on US 190 in a 2012 Lexus IS250. Louisiana State Police say his vehicle struck a culvert and became... more »
  • Edwards going on anti-human trafficking trip, will meet Pope

    January 13, 2017 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is spending a week in Rome to meet with an order of nuns working to combat human trafficking, and will talk personally about the effort with Pope Francis. The Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy are constructing a shelter in Louisiana for juvenile victims of... more »
  • Group: New Orleans inmates held months after sentences end

    January 13, 2017 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans inmates held in a north Louisiana jail well past the time their sentences ended could be released as early as Friday. However, attorneys for inmate advocates say they believe there are others in the same predicament at the East Carroll Parish jail, where some... more »
  • Central leaders levy blame for unfinished Comite River Canal Play Video

    January 13, 2017 12:01 AM

    CENTRAL- City politicians and residents hashed out why the Comite River Diversion Canal lies unfinished Thursday evening. The small group met at the Knights of Columbus hall off Greenwell Springs Road. According to reports the diversion canal would have reduced the August flooding by several feet in certain areas.... more »
  • Governor will pay his own way to Italy; New details in Friday overseas trip

    January 12, 2017 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor and a posse of state officials will travel to Italy, Friday, his office announced late Thursday. The trip – which includes State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson – will focus on human trafficking and how the state has taken a leading role in fighting... more »
  • Runners ready for 6th Louisiana Marathon Play Video

    January 12, 2017 7:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Commercial ice boxes are in place, tents are up and the barricades are stacked and ready to block traffic for the sixth Louisiana Marathon Weekend Friday. “Sunday, when we have our featured marathon, we should have large crowds, cheering and thousands of runners running,” marathon organizer... more »
  • Violent Baton Rouge drug dealer sentenced to 21 years in prison

    January 12, 2017 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal grand jury sentenced a violent drug dealer to 21 years in prison Wednesday for a litany of crimes. Myron Hart, 39, of Baker Louisiana, was faced with significant drug trafficking, racketeering, firearm, and conspiracy charges. This includes allegations of a murder plot, threats to... more »
  • Lane closure on North Street until 5 p.m.

    January 12, 2017 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One lane of North Street at North 13th Street will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The Baton Rouge Water Company will be repairing a water main, requiring workers to shut down the south/left lane at North 13th Street. The right lane... more »
  • Three arrested with counterfeit bills after shoplifting incident

    January 8, 2017 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three men were arrested after two were caught stealing items from stores inside the Mall of Louisiana. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, on Saturday Jan. 7, Baton Rouge Police and Mall Security personnel were patrolling inside the mall when they were contacted... more »
  • After departing Louisiana, two jets landed at Florida airport during shooting

    January 6, 2017 4:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Two aircraft that departed from a Louisiana airport landed at the Ft. Lauderdale airport as a gunman went on a rampage Friday afternoon. A Jet Blue flight and an Emirates flight both landed at 1:23 EST. The suspected gunman, Esteban Santiago, opened fire at 12:55 –... more »
  • Edwards administration defends flood response Play Video

    January 6, 2017 12:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Edwards' Administration pushed back against criticism Thursday that it's too slow in responding to the August flood. Friday Edwards will present the state's first disaster relief program 147 days after the storm. "Only twenty of the days have been in the control of the state," said... more »
  • Front doors of capitol still closed due to failing facade

    January 5, 2017 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Capitol's front doors will remain closed will into the summer since work to repair falling masonry above won't start until after lawmakers end their annual meeting in June. WBRZ's political reporter, Mark Armstrong , tweeted Thursday the front steps and entrance remain closed months... more »
  • Surveyors count 8 tornadoes from Monday storms in Louisiana

    January 4, 2017 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service counts at least eight tornadoes that hit Louisiana Monday. Survey teams conclude twisters damaged parts of Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline, Rapides and Tangipahoa parishes. The most powerful storm, rated EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale, hit south of Ragley in Beauregard Parish, with top... more »
  • Governor's office urging residents to brace for wintry weather conditions

    January 4, 2017 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is urging residents to prepare for the coldest weather of the winter season that is expected in the state later this week. The National Weather Service says that winter rain will impact parts of the state starting Friday.... more »
  • Shreveport group to protest southern Louisiana pipeline

    January 1, 2017 1:33 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A newly formed Shreveport environmental activist group is making plans to travel to Baton Rouge to protest an incoming pipeline that many worry would hurt the environment. North Louisiana for Climate Justice was created on Friday at a Whole Foods market in Shreveport. Currently about a dozen members... more »
  • Statewide fee hike for drinking water begins January Play Video

    December 29, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Next year water systems across the state will increase fees by about seventy-five cents per month to pay for increased state inspections. Customers will pick up the tab but Louisiana health inspectors say it's badly needed since funding was slashed back in 2012. "What we witnessed was... more »
  • Report: Many mentally ill people needlessly in nursing homes

    December 28, 2016 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal investigation has found that Louisiana unnecessarily isolates and segregates thousands of mentally ill people in costly nursing facilities instead of providing them with community-based services. In a 30-page letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards last week, the Justice Department says its civil rights division concluded... more »
  • Louisiana to begin accepting state tax returns on Jan. 23

    December 28, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue says it will start accepting 2016 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 23. That's the same date that the IRS begins accepting federal tax returns. Jan. 23 also is the date when taxpayers can begin downloading paper tax forms from the... more »
  • Louisiana fireworks hurt nearly a dozen people each New Year's Eve Play Video

    December 26, 2016 11:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN- One of the best ways to ring in the New Year is with a bang but state officials caution people about fireworks. An average of nine people in Louisiana are hurt every firework season (July 4th and New Year's Eve) according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.... more »
  • January meeting set to discuss flood spending plans

    December 25, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans for spending more than $1 billion in newly approved federal flood recovery money will be discussed at a Jan. 6 meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Friday that Louisiana would receive more than $1.2 billion, part... more »
  • More budget cuts, special session worries ahead in Louisiana

    December 24, 2016 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana's lawmakers didn't need to wait for Christmas to get the lump of coal in their stockings. They already knew about the financial headaches they'll have to tackle in 2017. Louisiana's 15th midyear budget gap in nine years is expected to be... more »
  • Legislative conference, event trips costs $98K since session

    December 24, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature has spent at least $98,000 for lawmakers to travel to conferences and meet with colleagues in other states since they wrapped up their legislative sessions this year. Thirty-five of 105 House members and 13 of 39 senators traveled to Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, Arkansas and... more »
  • Louisiana woman killed in Alabama crash

    December 24, 2016 11:26 AM

    LIVINGSTON, Ala. - A Louisiana woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Sumter County. Alabama State troopers tell Al.com that 36-year-old Angela Michelle Primeaux, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was seriously injured when the 2001 Jeep in which she was a passenger struck a 2013 Ford Escape before leaving the... more »
  • Shelter at Home finishing on time and in budget Play Video

    December 22, 2016 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards wanted his flood program wrapped up by Christmas and it looks like it's going to happen. As of Thursday, about 10,500 houses have received temporary repairs in the Shelter at Home program with a few hundred still left to be done. "A lot... more »
  • All LSP patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017 Play Video

    December 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All Louisiana State Police patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017, law enforcement leaders announced on Wednesday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the iniative in a joint press conference at the Governor's mansion Wednesday afternoon. Edwards said LSP will purchase 1,500 body cameras in... more »
  • Amazon to start charging sales taxes on Louisiana shoppers Play Video

    December 20, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax-free shopping on Amazon for Louisiana residents is ending. The online retail giant will start charging sales taxes on all purchases shipped to destinations in Louisiana starting Jan. 1. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that a state revenue department spokesman confirmed Amazon will begin collecting both state and local... more »
  • No surprises expected with Louisiana's electoral votes

    December 17, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana electoral voters say they've been inundated with emails and letters trying to persuade them to change their minds about casting ballots for Donald Trump. That doesn't mean any of the state's eight electoral voters is expected to make a switch. State officials expect a quick, straightforward... more »
  • November Louisiana jobless rate dips as labor force shrinks

    December 16, 2016 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in November as more people left the labor force. The jobless rate fell from 6.3 percent in October, but remained above the 5.9 percent level from November 2015. Fewer people reported having jobs and fewer people were looking. The number... more »
  • Louisiana colleges spared some cuts for now

    December 15, 2016 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana colleges took a lighter hit to their budgets Thursday than state lawmakers had feared a month earlier. Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget recognized a $312 million mid-year budget cut at the capitol and higher education took a $12 million hit. In November,... more »
  • White shrimp season closing Monday in most of Louisiana

    December 15, 2016 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The fall white-shrimp season is about to close for most waters in Louisiana. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced most inshore waters will be closed to harvesting white shrimp beginning Monday. The department said recently sampling by its biologists shows the average... more »
  • Special election for treasurer to be scheduled for October

    December 14, 2016 9:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The special election to choose Louisiana's next state treasurer will be held in October. Republican John Kennedy won last week's runoff election for the U.S. Senate and will be sworn into office Jan. 3. His resignation will trigger the need for a special election to replace him as... more »
  • Advocacy group aims to improve La. women's lives

    December 13, 2016 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new advocacy group was launched Tuesday aimed at improving the lives of women in Louisiana. Ignite Advocacy Network is an extension of the #ItsNoJoke effort, started by New Orleans State Representative Helena Moreno last May. The effort was created in response to Jackson Rep. Kenneth... more »
  • Republicans sweep Louisiana runoffs, ending 2016 elections

    December 11, 2016 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's extra-long election cycle has ended with a Republican sweep. The GOP has cemented its U.S. Senate majority and is holding onto the two remaining House seats that were still undecided before Louisiana's runoff election Saturday. Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy won Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat,... more »
  • State-run insurer shifts 10K policies to private companies

    December 10, 2016 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-run property insurance company of last resort is planning to shed more than 10,000 policies, shifting the coverage to private insurers. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced this week that eight insurance companies have agreed to take over 10,304 residential coverage policies from the Louisiana Citizens Property... more »
  • Louisiana runoff election results

    December 10, 2016 12:05 PM

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW ELECTION RESULTS BATON ROUGE - The campaign season is ending in Louisiana a month later than the rest of the country. Voters Saturday are deciding the nation's final three congressional seats in runoff elections. Top of the ballot is the competition for an open U.S.... more »
  • State investigates fraud for disaster food stamps Play Video

    December 9, 2016 12:07 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Susan Hicks, a teacher in Livingston Parish, is one of thousands of people under scrutiny for her disaster food stamps. After her home flooded in August, she got $400 when she told the state she was broke. "I put zero because I just didn't know," said Hicks.... more »
  • Social services leader seeks money for child welfare cases

    December 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's social services agency is asking for a sizable jump in next year's budget, largely to deal with child welfare cases that the department leader says are overwhelming workers. Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters told the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday without additional funds,... more »
  • Here's how to attend the Trump event in Baton Rouge Friday

    December 6, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President-elect Donald Trump will speak to a crowd of people at the Dow Chemical aircraft hangar at the Baton Rouge airport Friday afternoon. Organizers revealed details of the event to WBRZ.com first. People will likely be asked to park away from the hangar and will walk... more »
  • Program to aid community college grads to attend Southern

    December 4, 2016 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - High-achieving students at Louisiana's community colleges will be eligible for scholarships to move to Southern University's campuses in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for further coursework. The Pathway Scholarship transfer agreement was announced by Gov. John Bel Edwards and college system leaders. The program will guarantee admission... more »
  • Online portal opens for review of standards for science

    December 3, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has launched the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal , which gives parents, educators, and all other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana's Student Standards for science. The portal provides the public with the first look at the initial draft of... more »
  • USDA aerial gunnery at feral hogs: 1st refuges, now farms

    December 3, 2016 11:59 AM

    NATCHITOCHES - The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation says farmers are paying to join a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that brings marksmen to shoot from helicopters at feral hogs. It says the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has been using aerial gunning to kill hogs in wildlife refuges, and... more »
  • 6 Louisiana parishes tagged as disaster areas due to drought

    November 30, 2016 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Six Louisiana parishes have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by recent drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the designation to Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Madison, Richland and Tensas parishes on Nov. 23, making all qualified farm operators in those... more »
  • Windy storm brings rain to parts of Mississippi

    November 28, 2016 8:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Roaring winds have been followed by an inch or more of rain across much of Mississippi Monday but not enough to break a months-long drought. National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Carpenter says areas of northeast Louisiana and Mississippi's Delta region got more than an inch, and parts... more »
  • Kennedy skips Baton Rouge Senate forum Play Video

    November 28, 2016 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican John Kennedy was absent Monday from the Baton Rouge Press Club forum for U.S. Senate candidates. It's a move his rival Democrat Foster Campbell didn't let go unnoticed. "Mr. Kennedy doesn't want to debate," said Campbell. "He really doesn't want me to call him out on... more »
  • Man wanted in Louisiana slaying arrested in Oklahoma

    November 26, 2016 2:29 PM

    OWASSO, Okla. - A man wanted in connection with a shooting death in Louisiana has been arrested in northeastern Oklahoma. The U.S. Marshals Service says 42-year-old Leland Hamm was arrested Friday in Owasso. Online records show Hamm is being held without bond in the Tulsa County jail on a fugitive... more »
  • Teachers of students with disabilities receive federal grant

    November 26, 2016 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with LSU, is one of seven states awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The state will receive nearly $6.1 million over five years. This year's State Personnel Development Grant provides professional development to educators with a focus... more »
  • Insurance program CEO ousted by Jindal rehired by Edwards

    November 26, 2016 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The office that oversees Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers and retirees is getting a new leader - and he's a familiar face for the agency. Tommy Teague will again work as chief executive officer of the Office of Group Benefits, beginning Dec. 12. Teague was... more »
  • FEMA gives recovery update 100 days after flood

    November 22, 2016 11:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been 100 days since the historic August flood. An estimated seven trillion gallons of rainwater was dumped across southeast Louisiana, according to FEMA. That's more than four times the amount of water in Lake Pontchartrain. Tuesday FEMA announced more than 153,000 individuals and families registered... more »
  • Homes from Bayou Corne donated to tornado victims Play Video

    November 21, 2016 11:52 PM

    Napoleonville- The small community of Paincourtville sits on Bayou Lafourche in northeast Assumption parish, an area still recovering from tornadoes last February. "It completely destroyed the True Value, Lablanc Brothers Cement, the water tower and then a great deal of homes right here," said Brad Collins, a local pastor... more »
  • Preservation foundation restarted for Governor's Mansion

    November 20, 2016 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First lady Donna Edwards says she is restarting a preservation foundation for the Louisiana Governor's Mansion, to help raise money for the home's upkeep and beautification. Edwards talked about the plans during a recent appearance on the governor's radio call-in show. Edwards says she worked with former... more »
  • Studio boss hopes sluggish movie-making industry rebounds

    November 19, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of Louisiana's largest film and television production studio says he hopes to see the sluggish movie-making industry rebound in the coming year after a steep downturn that followed changes to the state tax incentive program. Patrick Mulhearn, director of Celtic Media Centre, says he's cautiously... more »
  • Gov. Edwards declares Nov. 19 Adoption Awareness Day

    November 19, 2016 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - November 19 is now Adoption Awareness Day in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a press release Saturday. Edwards said the day is dedicated to raise awareness for adoption, and for families willing and able to provide a home to a child in foster care.... more »
  • Calcasieu bans smoking, vaping in public buildings, parks

    November 19, 2016 2:48 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Changes are on the horizon for Calcasieu parish smokers. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury unanimously voted Thursday to ban smoking and vaping in parish buildings and parks. KPLC-TV reports the ordinance will not affect RV or campground sites, private residences, restaurants or bars. Originally, it would have... more »
  • Cake with innuendo causes turmoil at Louisiana capitol Play Video

    November 18, 2016 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a cake? At least that's what State Representative Mark Abraham thought Friday when he offered to share his bikini cake with his colleagues at the state capitol. The cake was shaped like a woman's body in a... more »
  • New power plant approved for Entergy Louisiana

    November 17, 2016 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Public Service Commission has given Entergy Louisiana approval to build a new natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in St. Charles Parish. Entergy said in a news release Thursday's vote by the PSC clears the way for company to move forward with construction on the 980-megawatt unit... more »
  • Louisiana looks into another debt refinancing

    November 17, 2016 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are considering another state debt refinancing, hoping it may save the state some money as it struggles through repeated budget gaps. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, asked staff of the Bond Commission to look into the idea. Dardenne... more »
  • State: School evaluation tools needs improvement

    November 17, 2016 9:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials say the latest performance scores for public schools and public school districts show improvements in "nearly every measure of academic progress." However, the state Education Department says in a Thursday news release that the school performance grading system needs improvement. It says, for instance,... more »
  • Governor's office emails reveal concerns about Shelter at Home Play Video

    November 11, 2016 12:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Emails from the staff of Governor John Bel Edwards show the administration had concerns about the Shelter at Home program just two weeks after its launch. The emails reveal how officials struggled to manage the emergency program and rectify complaints from victims of the August flood. "The... more »
  • High heel wearing, pot smoking musician did better than some politicians Tuesday

    November 10, 2016 12:03 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Perhaps the loudest message voters sent came in the quiet loss of Jacob "Dorian Phibian" Hebert's congressional bid for the Lafayette area Tuesday night. While his political career is over for now - maybe forever, as he wrote before the election he doesn't "ever want to talk... more »
  • Trump wins Louisiana's electoral votes

    November 8, 2016 2:15 PM

    Louisiana's eight presidential electoral votes are going to Republican Donald Trump. As expected, voters in the state Tuesday selected Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton and 11 other third party contenders. Louisiana was considered so solidly in the Republican column for the presidential election that Trump and Clinton spent little time... more »

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