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  • Thousands lost power in Sunday storms

    May 1, 2016 12:05 PM

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

    April 29, 2016 11:16 AM

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

    April 27, 2016 9:33 AM

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

    April 25, 2016 2:55 PM

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

    April 25, 2016 12:07 PM

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

    April 22, 2016 8:01 PM

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

    April 22, 2016 8:58 AM

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

    April 21, 2016 4:32 PM

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

    April 21, 2016 8:59 AM

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

    April 21, 2016 4:39 AM

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

    April 20, 2016 6:56 AM

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

    April 19, 2016 4:38 AM

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

    April 18, 2016 6:03 AM

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

    April 14, 2016 8:26 PM

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

    April 14, 2016 7:45 AM

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

    April 14, 2016 4:38 AM

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

    April 14, 2016 4:14 AM

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

    April 13, 2016 4:09 AM

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

    April 12, 2016 10:33 AM

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

    April 12, 2016 8:26 AM

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

    April 12, 2016 4:42 AM

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

    April 11, 2016 7:52 PM

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

    April 8, 2016 6:46 PM

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

    April 8, 2016 4:20 PM

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

    April 8, 2016 11:29 AM

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

    April 7, 2016 5:53 PM

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

    April 6, 2016 1:50 PM

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

    April 6, 2016 1:41 PM

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

    April 5, 2016 5:51 PM

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

    April 4, 2016 8:23 PM

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

    April 1, 2016 1:28 PM

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

    April 1, 2016 5:18 AM

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

    March 31, 2016 4:26 AM

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

    March 30, 2016 7:37 PM

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

    March 30, 2016 5:47 AM

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

    March 29, 2016 6:28 PM

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

    March 29, 2016 2:03 PM

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

    March 29, 2016 4:28 AM

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

    March 28, 2016 7:13 PM

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

    March 28, 2016 12:42 PM

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

    March 23, 2016 5:45 AM

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

    March 23, 2016 4:51 AM

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

    March 22, 2016 5:29 PM

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

    March 22, 2016 1:20 PM

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

    March 21, 2016 7:24 PM

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

    March 18, 2016 11:02 AM

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

    March 18, 2016 6:04 AM

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

    March 17, 2016 8:16 AM

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

    March 16, 2016 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Health and Human Services says roughly 102,000 of the more than 214,000 Louisiana residents who bought health coverage for 2016 through the federal marketplace are new customers. Louisiana customers were also shopping for new Affordable Care Act plans. Those who switched insurers and plans saved... more »
  • I-10 remains closed at the Louisiana-Texas state line

    March 16, 2016 8:03 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Louisiana State Police say Interstate 10 is closed in both directions at the Texas state line. Sgt. Gary Smith with Troop D in Lake Charles says rising flood water from the Sabine River is covering the interstate Wednesday morning on the Texas side. Troopers say drivers should use... more »
  • Coroner's Office says Derrick Todd Lee died of heart disease

    March 16, 2016 4:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials say serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was suspected of killing seven women, died of heart disease. Chaillie Daniel, a representative for West Feliciana Parish Coroner, revealed the cause of death on Tuesday. Lee died Jan. 21, days after being taken to a hospital outside the Louisiana... more »
  • State supreme court justice: Public defender system going broke Play Video

    March 15, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the Louisiana Supreme Court told lawmakers the court is concerned about financing for the public defender system for the poor. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says public defenders in 33 of the state's 42 judicial districts have restricted services, and half of the offices... more »
  • Noranda alumina plant keeps workers; holds off on possible layoffs until May

    March 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    GRAMERCY - The alumina plant here is hoping to stay open by relying on changes to its operation model but Noranda executives said if changes do not work the company could temporarily close the plant in May. Already, Noranda had announced plans to layoff workers this week but the... more »
  • State utilized rare cell phone alert to warn drivers of interstate closure Tuesday

    March 15, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state used the federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to send notifications to cell phone users across Louisiana warning them about an interstate closure Tuesday. Mike Steele, the spokesperson for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the notification was sent after... more »
  • UPDATE: DOTD closes I-10 La./Texas state line

    March 15, 2016 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that is has closed I-10 West (before Texas/Louisiana State Line) to traffic due to flooding. The closure comes on the heels of a flood warning that was issued for the area by the National Weather Service. DOTD did not initially... more »
  • New legislative session, same budget problems

    March 14, 2016 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are kicking off a new legislative session, with the same financial problems that have kept the state staggering from one budget crisis to the next. The House and Senate were unable to fully dig out of the budget gaps in a contentious special session on taxes... more »
  • Breached levee prompts evacuations in northeast Louisiana

    March 14, 2016 5:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials say reports of a breached levee prompted evacuations in a rural northeastern Louisiana community, but residents are being allowed to return to their homes after flooding was less severe than expected. Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Deputy Jack McKeithen says the department began evacuating residents in rural Hebert after... more »
  • Obama mobilizes federal aid to north La. parishes

    March 13, 2016 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared Louisiana flooding as a major disaster Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in north Louisiana. According to a White House press release, Obama’s order will make federal funding available to individuals affected in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse,... more »
  • MS official: No problems at Percy Quin

    March 11, 2016 4:10 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Concerns torrential rain could cause issues north of Tangipahoa Parish were eased by officials in Mississippi who said Friday there are no reported problems at Percy Quin. Percy Quin is the Mississippi state park surrounding Lake Tangipahoa and dams that keep a flood of water from entering... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to tour northern La. flood damage Friday

    March 11, 2016 5:44 AM

    BOSSIER CITY- Governor John Bel Edwards is making a trip to survey the damage left behind by massive flooding in northern Louisiana. A spokesperson for the Edwards administration says the governor plans to visit Shreveport, Bossier City and a shelter in Monroe on Friday, weather permitting. Weather officials near... more »
  • Governor addresses severe weather response

    March 10, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards received an update Thursday on the state's efforts to deal with widespread flooding in North Louisiana and the preparations underway for severe weather along the I-10 corridor. Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a UCG mtg at GOHSEP concerning the current... more »
  • FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect until Saturday Night

    March 10, 2016 8:59 AM

    Today and Tonight: Periods of rain and thunderstorms will dampen the Baton Rouge area Thursday. Where particularly heavy bands of rain set up, several inches could fall and create flash flooding. A general 1-3” of liquid will fall everywhere else. Temperatures won’t get out of the middle 70s on account... more »
  • 3,500 homes in north Bossier City evacuated

    March 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    BOSSIER CITY- Officials in north Louisiana have evacuated 3,500 homes in Bossier City as a precaution as Red Chute Bayou approaches the top of its levee. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Hansford says the bayou may top the levee or be breached. Hansford say heavy rain continued across much of... more »
  • Special session ends: A breakdown of what passed in final hours Play Video

    March 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana’s lawmakers wrapped up a special legislative session Wednesday night at 6 p.m. aimed at balancing this year’s budget. Decisions on several tax proposals that could help get the state treasury back in decent shape went down to the wire as the debate ended in a flurry... more »
  • Who will pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers

    March 9, 2016 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are wrapping up work Wednesday in a special legislative session aimed at balancing this year's budget, with decisions on several tax proposals that could help drum up more money for the state treasury still pending. Here's what passed and what's still pending in the final hours:... more »
  • Wet weather arrives Wednesday Play Video

    March 9, 2016 12:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southeast Louisiana is bracing for some wet weather over the next few days, but norther portions of the state are already being hit hard. Flash flood warnings are in effect for Bienville, Jackson and Lincoln Parishes until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Similar warnings in De Soto, Natchitoches... more »
  • Look at CC Lockwood's 'Loch Ness Monster' of the Mississippi

    March 8, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Popular wildlife photographer CC Lockwood wonders if he is a victim of some trick photography. Recently, on a photography mission down the Mississippi River, a piece of driftwood looked very different once it was photographed. Jokingly, Lockwood shared his find on social media that is making... more »
  • Slain deputy US Marshal to be memorialized at Federal Courthouse in Baton Rouge

    March 8, 2016 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities will honor a Deputy U.S. Marshal who was killed in the line of duty while working in Baton Rouge last year. Josie Wells will be memorialized at the Federal Courthouse in downtown. A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Thursday and organizers said they... more »
  • Settlement reached over state's multi-million dollar melting ice whistle-blower case Play Video

    March 7, 2016 7:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fired state worker will settle his whistle-blower lawsuit. Bruce Ellis believed he was fired from his job at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness after speaking up about what he thought was waste in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Ellis said the... more »
  • Out of office, Jindal looms over Louisiana budget crisis

    March 7, 2016 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Bobby Jindal left the governor's office nearly two months ago, but his legacy permeates a special legislative session aimed at digging Louisiana out of deep financial troubles. Louisiana's worst budget crisis in nearly 30 years is threatening public colleges with cuts that could shutter campuses mid-semester and... more »
  • More than 600,000 registered Democrats & Republicans voted Saturday

    March 6, 2016 12:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Registered democrats and republicans cast votes for the Louisiana Presidential Primary Saturday. Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump and Cruz. A total... more »
  • 2-vote loss, other upsets in Saturday election

    March 6, 2016 12:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The presidential preference primary and numerous municipal elections brought voters to polling locations across the region Saturday. Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump... more »
  • Trump, Cruz rally in New Orleans area ahead of LA primary Play Video

    March 5, 2016 12:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were in the New Orleans area Friday evening ahead of the Louisiana presidential preference primary. Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP talked about the problems he says the country faces including the military, health care, and education. " We can't win... more »
  • Supreme Court puts hold on Louisiana abortion clinic law

    March 4, 2016 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that could force all but one of the state's abortion clinics to close, a sign that a similar law in Texas also could be in peril. The justices on Friday are effectively reversing an order by the... more »
  • Annoyed Edwards hammers lawmakers over budget Friday

    March 4, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hopes that the state budget crisis was nearing a resolve were shattered Friday when the legislative body that monitors finance determined a plan to generate $75 million before the end of the budget year wouldn't work out. The plan called for a change to the payment... more »

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