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  • La. releases school performance scores

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of Louisiana public schools earning an A or a B under the state's performance grading system has gone up from 575 a year ago to 607 this year. State education officials released school and district performance reports Tuesday morning. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White was... more »
  • Boston man pleads guilty to LA, GA drug charges

    October 19, 2014 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. attorney in New Orleans says a Boston man has pleaded guilty to drug charges brought in both Louisiana and Georgia. Kenneth Polite says 24-year-old Maximo Stiven Bernabel-Pena pleaded guilty Friday to drug conspiracy charges brought in Georgia. He says Bernabel-Pena was among 12 people indicted... more »
  • 2 new West Nile cases in Louisiana

    October 17, 2014 6:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says two new cases of West Nile virus infections were reported in the state this week. One case was in Caddo Parish; the other, in East Baton Rouge Parish. West Nile can involve a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal... more »
  • Federal offshore oil lease sale set for March

    October 17, 2014 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil and gas leases for 40 million acres off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be offered by the federal government in a March sale at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the lease sale on Friday, calling it... more »
  • LSU flagship campus gets insurance-buying autonomy

    October 17, 2014 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have given LSU the authority to leave the state-run insurance program and buy its own coverage in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for a Louisiana college. University System President F. King Alexander says the move could save the Baton Rouge campus millions of dollars and allow it to... more »
  • Following return from Africa, LSU employee volunteers for quarantine

    October 15, 2014 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An LSU employee will be in voluntary quarantine and his temperature will be checked twice a day, the Department of Health and Hospitals said late Wednesday. The worker, in LSU's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, returned from Liberia Tuesday. LSU asked him not to return... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
  • La. AG: 9 booked in scam tied to Romanian crime

    October 14, 2014 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam. A news release from Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office on Tuesday said the nine are suspected to have ties to organized crime in Romania. They are alleged... more »
  • Cassidy to participate in his first Senate race debate

    October 14, 2014 12:05 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The three main contenders in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race are squaring off in a TV debate for the first time, with only three weeks to go until Election Day. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and Republican retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness will take... more »
  • Judge faces La. Supreme Court in disciplinary hearing Play Video

    October 13, 2014 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - West Baton Rouge Parish Judge Robin Free and his attorney Steven Scheckman went before the Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday for hearing concerning Free's alleged misuse of his judiciary power. News 2's Chris Nakamoto was on the scene as Judge Free exited the courtroom while refusing... more »
  • Internet: 19-year-old star of 'Duck Dynasty' engaged

    October 12, 2014 11:38 PM

    WEST MONROE- It appears John Luke Robertson, of 'Duck Dynasty,' is engaged. The Internet was a whirlwind of pictures and comments Sunday when the 19-year-old's fiance posted about the engagement on Instagram. Mary Kate McEacharn is standing next to Robertson, who is holding a sign with an arrow that... more »
  • La. facility won't accept ash from Ebola victim apartment Play Video

    October 12, 2014 8:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana waste disposal facility says it will not accept the ashes generated when a Texas Ebola victim's belongings were incinerated, at least not until state officials agree that it would pose no threat to the public. Chemical Waste Management Inc.-Lake Charles said in news release Monday... more »
  • Ashes of Ebola victim's belongings to be buried in Louisiana

    October 11, 2014 2:53 PM

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas - The ashes of items taken from the Dallas apartment where a man became ill with the Ebola virus will be taken to a Louisiana hazardous waste landfill for burial. The linen, bedding and carpet taken from the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan became ill were taken... more »
  • Questions raised about touted $178.5M surplus

    October 11, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration reported a $178.5 million budget surplus for the state fiscal year that ended June 30. However, legislative financial advisers are questioning the new method used to produce the surplus figure. And state Treasurer John Kennedy said Friday that if the traditional methodology... more »
  • 2 candidates square off in first La. Senate debate

    October 10, 2014 10:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race have met in their first televised debate. Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, one of her Republican opponents, debated Thursday night in New Orleans which was taped for airing Friday night on WDSU-TV. Landrieu... more »
  • Lawmaker wants oversight of OGB changes

    October 9, 2014 11:04 PM

    JACKSON- State Representative Kenneth Havard wants an oversight committee to discuss the proposed rule changes to the Office of Group Benefits. Havard said the process dealing with healthcare changes for state workers and retirees has been flawed. "The administration did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act. The APA... more »
  • Gay marriage move may mean something for Louisiana Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriages where states struck down a ban, some people in Louisiana think the move may push the state closer to the edge of allowing gay marriage. "That gives us a lot more hope than we've had... more »
  • Several finalists in La. higher ed commissioner search

    October 6, 2014 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's next commissioner of higher education likely will be named this week, after the state Board of Regents and other higher education leaders get a chance to interview three finalists for the job. None of the three has emerged as a clear front-runner for the nearly $350,000-a-year... more »
  • Louisiana college football scores

    October 5, 2014 12:11 AM

    Here are scores from college football games around Louisiana: Auburn 41 - LSU 7 Southern 51 - Arkansas Pine-Bluff 34 UL Lafayette 34 - Georgia State 31 Arkansas State 28 - UL Monroe 14 Southeastern 30 - Northwestern State 22 McNeese State 45 -... more »
  • BR leads job growth in Louisiana Play Video

    October 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital City region led the way in job growth across the state adding 12,900 jobs in the last year, nearly half of the total job surge in Louisiana, which added 26,000 jobs. The construction industry added the most jobs in the area with 8,000 more gigs... more »
  • Storms knock out power, take down trees in South

    October 3, 2014 10:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A line of thunderstorms brought down trees and power lines, closed schools and caused scattered power outages across several Southern states, but few injuries have been reported. Areas of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama were affected by the storms overnight, and about 200,000 homes and businesses remained... more »
  • La. soldier killed in Afghanistan

    October 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    MIAMI - A Louisiana soldier who had been stationed in the Florida Panhandle died two days after his unit was attacked by small arms fire in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense says Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers of DeRidder, Louisiana, died Tuesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in... more »
  • Seattle man sentenced in child porn network

    October 2, 2014 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Seattle man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for downloading videos of underage boys performing sex acts from websites that were part of an online child pornography ring run out of Louisiana. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says Nicholas Saine is... more »
  • Jindal holds meeting to discuss Ebola preparedness

    October 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a meeting Wednesday to gather updates from state agencies to ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be confirmed in Louisiana. The governor said it is important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola... more »
  • Landrieu seeking support from college-age voters

    October 1, 2014 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs. The Democratic incumbent, locked in a tight race for re-election, is making stops at colleges in Baton Rouge, New Orleans... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over charter school funding in La.

    September 29, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state teachers' union has filed a lawsuit challenging the use of Louisiana's public school funding formula to pay $60 million for certain charter schools. The Louisiana Association of Educators says the spending is illegal because the charter schools are created and operated outside of parish and... more »
  • Fair urged to modify accounting practices

    September 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - Auditors say the State Fair of Louisiana could take several steps to improve its accounting practices. Accountant James McClelland recommended the minor changes in a letter accompanying the fair's 2012 and 2013 audits made available by the legislative auditor's office. The fair ended 2012 with slightly more... more »
  • Louisiana College Football Scores 9/27

    September 28, 2014 12:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It was a successful day for college football in the state of Louisiana. Starting with LSU, who defeated New Mexico State 63-7 behind 363 rushing yards from the Tigers. True freshman running back Leonard Fournette led the way with 122 yards on the ground and two... more »
  • Jindal campaigns in New Hampshire

    September 26, 2014 8:59 PM

    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein on two education-related campaign stops, and both were quizzed by youngsters. Jindal, who's likely considering a run for president in 2016, and Havenstein visited a charter school in Manchester on Friday before touring US FIRST, a student... more »
  • Capital region has most of new West Nile cases

    September 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday. The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
  • Palin to visit La. for GOP Senate candidate Maness

    September 25, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is getting campaign help this weekend from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Maness campaign says Palin will visit a Jefferson Parish restaurant on Saturday to eat alligator with Maness. The event is a nod to a Maness TV ad that... more »
  • Study commission looking at La. death penalty

    September 24, 2014 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans state senator is trying to determine how much Louisiana's agencies spend on the death penalty. Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat, is leading a new study commission looking at capital punishment. Its first meeting was Wednesday. Morrell says he's looking for ways to streamline the... more »
  • State judge finds gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    September 22, 2014 4:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE- A state district judge ruled the Louisiana ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional Monday. Judge Edward Rubin's ruling comes not long after a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against the matter in an unrelated case. KATC.com, WBRZ's news partner in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, reported... more »
  • La. tax amnesty collections expected to be harder

    September 22, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says delinquent taxpayers seeking to take advantage of Louisiana's latest amnesty period will be allowed to pay their back-owed debts through an installment plan. Barfield hopes offering that new option will help generate more interest in the amnesty program, which needs to drum up... more »
  • Report: 144 die in Louisiana workplace accidents

    September 21, 2014 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A new federal report says 144 people died in work-related accidents in Louisiana in 2013. The data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows the total was down two deaths from 2012. Industries reporting the most fatalities in... more »
  • La delegation: How will VA fix mistakes in La?

    September 19, 2014 4:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All eight members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say the Department of Veterans Affairs is hurting the credit of hundreds of Louisiana veterans by failing to pay on time for emergency health care at private facilities. A letter sent Thursday to Secretary Robert McDonald asks how the VA... more »
  • La men make 33 percent more than women

    September 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Census data show that women in Louisiana are paid about two-thirds of what men are paid - the nation's largest gender pay gap. Figures from 2013 show Mississippi's gap was much smaller: about average nationally, at 77 percent. But average pay for both men and women... more »
  • Man who killed student sentenced to death

    September 16, 2014 2:42 PM

    ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - An escaped Louisiana inmate convicted of killing a Florida State graduate student in northeast Florida has been sentenced to death. Following a jury's recommendation, a St. Johns County judge sentenced 43-year-old Kentrell Feronti Johnson on Tuesday. He was previously convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Authorities... more »
  • La. State Fair head arrested on marijuana charge

    September 14, 2014 1:35 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - The State Fair of Louisiana's president and general manager is facing a drug charge following an arrest early Saturday morning. 43 year-old Chris Giordano was arrested for possession of marijuana according to the Shreveport Police Department. KTBS-TV reports Giordano was initially pulled over for failing to stop... more »
  • Jefferson schools: $4.6M tab to educate immigrants

    September 13, 2014 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says Jefferson Parish expects to pay $4.6 million this school year to educate 533 immigrant children who entered the U.S. without an adult. He says the state will provide $2.2 million of that. White says he's also asked for cost estimates... more »
  • Local experts warn Louisianians of virus Play Video

    September 10, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State experts said Wednesday that even though a respiratory virus that's hit other states hard hasn't appeared in Louisiana yet, people should still be on the look out. The Enterovirus D68 has hit 12 states already and some fear Louisiana will be next. Doctors have some... more »
  • Task force looks for ideas to generate road money

    September 10, 2014 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have launched their latest effort to try to chip away at a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge repair and improvement work across Louisiana. An eight-member task force created by the Legislature met Wednesday, seeking ideas for drumming up new transportation funding. It heard about... more »
  • La. shrimpers call for strike over low prices

    September 6, 2014 6:32 PM

    BELLE CHASSE, La. - Some Louisiana shrimpers say they're going on strike over low prices. Meeting Friday in Belle Chasse, members of the Louisiana Shrimp Association met to discuss a drop in prices paid by processors for their catch in recent weeks. Association leaders say shrimpers want to tie up... more »
  • Friday Night Blitz: Week 1 Play Video

    September 5, 2014 11:19 PM

    Friday Night Blitz Week 1: Acadiana 55, Northside 6 Airline 57, Bossier 0 Amite School, Miss. 27, Baton Rouge CHEF 14 Archbishop Rummel 39, East St. John 0 Archbishop Rummel 39, East St. John 0 Ascension Catholic 28, Grand Lake 0 Barbe 29, Washington-Marion 0 Bastrop 56, Huntington 7 Baton... more »
  • Appeal notices filed in La. gay marriage case

    September 5, 2014 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gay marriage supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Friday in their challenge of the ban. The appeal now goes to the New... more »
  • Judge tosses challenge to Sen. Landrieu residency

    September 5, 2014 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state judge in Louisiana has thrown out a challenge to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's qualification to run for re-election in Louisiana. District Judge Wilson Fields ruled Friday that Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis' lawsuit claiming the three-term Democratic senator lives in Washington and not Louisiana was... more »
  • Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill

    September 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of... more »
  • Appeals court says school workers improperly fired

    September 4, 2014 3:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of thousands of New Orleans public school employees who were fired after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees were denied due process rights by the New Orleans school board and the... more »
  • Want an early C-section? La. Medicaid, Blues won't pay

    September 3, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say a major insurance company is joining Louisiana Medicaid in refusing to pay for early C-sections or induced deliveries unless a doctor says they're needed for a mother's or baby's health. Officials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield joined state health Secretary Kathy Kliebert on Wednesday... more »
  • Federal judge upholds La. same-sex marriage ban

    September 3, 2014 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S.... more »
  • Cool spring hurts La. sugar crop

    September 1, 2014 1:25 PM

    THIBODAUX - The cold spring is coming back to haunt local sugarcane farmers who are expecting a stunted crop and later harvest season. American Sugar Cane League executive director Jim Simon says he expects the harvest to begin later this year because of spring's cold temperatures. Usually, harvesting starts in... more »
  • No jackpot winners in Louisiana Lottery drawings

    September 1, 2014 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Lottery Corp. says nobody won jackpots in three big weekend lotteries. That means estimated jackpots for Wednesday's drawings rise to $80,000 for Easy 5, $1.15 million for Lotto and $100 million for the Powerball. The lottery corporation says the biggest prize for any ticket sold in... more »
  • The Scott Rogers case essentially over with death of shooter

    August 29, 2014 10:25 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Following Labor Day, Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies continued their busy investigation surrounding the death of TV personality Scott Rogers. Rogers, who was the focus of a federal grand jury surrounding possible mail, wire and immigration fraud, was murdered last Wednesday. Deputies believe his lover, who is also... more »
  • Vitter: $180K in criminal justice grants for state

    August 29, 2014 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the federal government is awarding $181,269 in grants to support criminal justice services in Louisiana. The grants include: $132,984 to Shreveport and the Caddo Parish sheriff's office to buy equipment and supplies $28,856 to Bossier City and the Bossier... more »
  • Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement

    August 28, 2014 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge is asking lawyers for Louisiana and abortion clinics for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open for a while if a restrictive abortion law takes effect Sept. 1. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital... more »
  • Southern, ULL prepare for in-state clash Play Video

    August 26, 2014 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jaguars and UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are set to square off Saturday at Cajun Field. Both teams won their conference last year, but ULL returns their three-year starting quarterback while SU will break in redshirt freshman Deonte Shorts with his first collegiate start. "I... more »
  • Books balanced for last La. budget, with borrowing

    August 26, 2014 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but with a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work. To fill gaps in the budget that ended June 30, the treasury had to dip into dollars slated to pay for state agency... more »
  • State panel to look for ways to fix roads

    August 25, 2014 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A special panel is about to launch a study of ways to boost state aid for Louisiana's often-criticized road and bridge system. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which includes legislative leaders and others, was authorized by the Legislature earlier this year and is set to hold its... more »
  • State GOP postpones endorsement debate

    August 24, 2014 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's Republican Party has refused to consider a proposed change for endorsements. A proposal encouraging Republicans who lose in the federal primary to unite behind a Republican in the runoff also never got to the floor Saturday. The state GOP executive committee's early endorsement of Congressman... more »
  • Baton Rouge, New Orleans gain nonfarm jobs

    August 23, 2014 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - State labor officials say the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas each gained 12,600 nonfarm jobs over the year ended July 31. The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday that seasonally adjusted numbers show that was a 3.3 percent increase to a new total of 397,200... more »
  • Federal lawsuit filed against new La. abortion law

    August 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed its lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge on... more »
  • Hundreds visit La. job-matching site

    August 20, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say more than 700 job seekers visited the Louisiana's new online service for matching employers' needs with workers' skills. On Monday, LouisianaJobConnection.com became available for the first time to job applicants. By that time, LJC Executive Director Kristi Barnett Williams says more than 600 employers... more »
  • Candidate wants Edwards out of 6th District race

    August 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Candidate for Congress, Cassie Felder, has asked Edwin Edwards to quit the race for the 6th District. Felder, in a news release Tuesday, called Edwards' probable success through the primary a media circus. Edwards, a convicted felon, faces Felder and a list of others in the upcoming... more »
  • Jobless rate rises in La., but so do payrolls

    August 18, 2014 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the third straight month in July, but employer payrolls continued to grow strongly, telling two different stories about the state's labor market. The state's jobless rate rose to 5.4 percent in July from 5 percent in June. Louisiana's unemployment rate was... more »
  • Next year's state budget shortfall pegged at $1.2B

    August 14, 2014 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have gotten their first glimpse of next year's budget gap that they'll have to close, and it's another hefty shortfall: $1.2 billion. The grim news was delivered Thursday to the joint legislative budget committee. It barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than... more »
  • Study: 45 percent of Louisiana renters 'stressed'

    August 14, 2014 3:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new assessment of the Louisiana housing market has found that nearly 45 percent of renters are considered "rent stressed" because they're paying more than 35 percent of their monthly income in rent. The national average is at close to 43 percent. The study by LSU professors... more »
  • Age limit hits 160 Louisiana elected officials

    August 13, 2014 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - About 160 of Louisiana's local officials are barred from signing up for re-election bids next week because of an age restriction that drew little attention as it breezed to legislative passage. The law change prohibits anyone 70 years old or older from running for justice of the... more »
  • Jefferson Parish leader running for lt. governor

    August 12, 2014 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican president of Jefferson Parish has launched his campaign to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor, joining what is shaping up as a crowded field for the 2015 election. John Young announced his candidacy Tuesday with an online video saying he'll offer a strong voice for the... more »
  • Layoffs of Louisiana state employee tapering off

    August 11, 2014 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After six years of state worker layoffs, no rank-and-file state employees have been targeted for pink slips this budget year. That's according to the Department of Civil Service, which issued its latest monthly report on layoffs Monday. Nearly 8,400 classified state employees - those who have civil... more »
  • National Guardsmen honored in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 10, 2014 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - American heroes were honored Sunday afternoon for their service in the military. Members of the 844th and 1021st Engineer Company, and the 2228th Military Police Company along with the 159th Fighter Wing were all honored with the Louisiana War Cross award. More than 360 National Guardsmen... more »
  • State police to sell crash photos online

    August 9, 2014 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police say the option of ordering crash photographs through its website is now available to the public. The agency says such photos are available online at www.lsp.org . Once on the website, visitors should click on the LSP statewide crash reports and photos link for... more »
  • Retirees to Col: demand your hefty retirement boost be dropped

    August 7, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state troopers asked State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to demand the LSP Retirement System to order ACT 859, a state law that enacts a hefty retirement boost for Edmonson and another, 32-year trooper. Some believe the proposal, which passed the recently adjourned legislative session, was... more »
  • Legendary sports illustrator's work on display in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 7, 2014 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The work of legendary sports illustrator Leroy Neiman is now on display in Baton Rouge. The "Leroy Neiman: Action!" exhibit opened on August 2nd at the LSU Museum of Art. It features over eighty of his best drawings paintings and prints. Curator Katie Pfohl says Neiman... more »
  • Ways to spend $40M college fund being considered

    August 6, 2014 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials trying to decide how to split a new $40 million higher education incentive fund have hit a stumbling block: which jobs forecast to use. The issue, which surfaced at a meeting Wednesday, isn't a minor one. Deciding which degree areas... more »
  • Jindal asks judge to bar use of Common Core tests

    August 6, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a judge to prohibit state education leaders from using testing material tied to the Common Core standards in Louisiana's public schools. Jindal filed a petition Wednesday seeking an injunction that would keep the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the... more »
  • Landrieu hit on her support of abortion rights

    August 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At election time, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu always has a tricky line to walk on abortion. She's balancing her Catholic faith and Louisiana's strong anti-abortion stances with her Democratic politics and her support of abortion rights. Heading into the Nov. 4 election, Landrieu's critics are hoping to... more »
  • Board challenges law blocking 'big oil' lawsuit

    August 5, 2014 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A south Louisiana flood board has launched a legal fight against a new state law aimed at retroactively killing a lawsuit filed last year over coastal damage attributed to oil and gas drilling. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East argues in federal court papers filed Tuesday that... more »
  • Jindal: time to stop flow of illegals crossing border Play Video

    August 4, 2014 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Following an afternoon trip to the United States border with Mexico, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the 1,071 unaccompanied minors that are being cared for in Louisiana. "What doesn't make sense is to send the word out that if you get here illegally, you can stay without... more »
  • Workers trapped in equipment at fish processing plant

    August 4, 2014 10:35 PM

    EMPIRE- Two workers at a fish packaging facility had to be rescued after they became stuck in equipment for hours Monday. Emergency crews were able to free one worker two-and-a-half hours after he became stuck. As of this post, a second worker was still trapped. The Plaquemines Parish... more »
  • Judge: School voucher report order stands

    August 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney says parents and the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options will probably appeal an order for Louisiana to send reports about its school voucher program to federal attorneys. Attorney Jonathan Riches (RICH-ez) of the conservative Goldwater Institute says the parents believe the U.S. Justice Department... more »
  • Dead zone off Louisiana about at 5-year average

    August 4, 2014 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A scientist who's studied the low-oxygen dead zone off Louisiana for 30 years says this year's is about average: the size of Connecticut. Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium says it appeared likely to grow, but she doesn't know whether it would have become larger than... more »
  • Eli Edwards turns 1

    August 1, 2014 10:27 PM

    GONZALES- The Edwards are celebrating the birthday of Eli, born a year ago Friday. "Hard to believe it's been an entire year since we first met," Edwin Edwards tweeted. "Happy Birthday Eli!" Accompanying the tweet is a picture of Edwin holding Eli in the hospital. Eli Edwards... more »
  • Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

    August 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana. Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of... more »
  • State Police to get look at how drugs, illegals cross border and get to La. Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police are headed to the U.S- Mexican border for a look at where illegals begin their journey into the states, possibly headed to Louisiana. Col. Mike Edmonson is expected to be in McAllen, Texas, beginning Monday. Edmonson and his team will focus on how drugs... more »
  • Small overpayments found in La. voucher program

    August 1, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Auditors looking at state payments to private schools through Louisiana's $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year. Education Superintendent John White said Friday the money has been recouped from the schools, by backing the dollars out of the last round... more »
  • Political rift created by revelation of unaccompanied minors in La. Play Video

    July 31, 2014 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A political firestorm ignited Thursday when it was revealed more than 1000 unaccompanied minors from Central American countries have made their way to Louisiana and are living with sponsors. "[The Obama Administration is] trying to hide it; and I have a problem with that..and I think... more »
  • 551 new laws take effect Friday in Louisiana

    July 31, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 550 new laws take effect Friday, passed by lawmakers in the legislative session that ended in June. Slug a referee at your child's sports game? You'll face jail time. Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You'll have to head outside because minors are barred... more »

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