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  • 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 »
  • State reps to governor: protect our border

    July 30, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fifteen members of the Louisiana House of Representatives asked the governor in a letter Thursday; to take preventative measures to secure the state should the federal government use facilities in Louisiana to house illegals. "We already know the border agents and facilities near the our border with... more »
  • Hearing dates set in both Common Core lawsuits

    July 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools. Judge Tim Kelley will hear arguments Aug. 15 in a lawsuit filed by 17 state lawmakers who are seeking an immediate suspension of the multi-state English... more »
  • Legislator says La. abortion law not in jeopardy

    July 29, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Tuesday to overturn... more »
  • Most of you are happy living in EBR, WBRZ.com poll finds

    July 29, 2014 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Most people responded they are satisfied with their life in East Baton Rouge, according to a poll posted on WBRZ.com overnight. Nearly 41% of respondents essentially said they are happy in the parish. About 31% said they are not satisfied with their lives in the state's largest... more »
  • Magee's moment at LSU Play Video

    July 28, 2014 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Terrence Magee has watched teammates at his position bask in the spotlight, have breakout seasons and move on to the pros and now that it's Magee's turn it seems the spotlight has already passed to a true freshman - not that Magee seems to... more »
  • What your neighbors think about where we live

    July 28, 2014 8:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Locals are more open to walking around at night, letting people with illnesses smoke marijuana, and allowing people of the same sex to get married, according to an annual survey conducted by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Sixty-five percent of people responded that they would be in... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • La. joins support of Indiana same-sex ban appeal

    July 25, 2014 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said they would join support for Indiana's appeal of a federal judge's ruling that found their state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell joined nine other state attorneys general to file an amicus brief in support of the appeal.... more »
  • Shreveport woman killed by large tree limb

    July 24, 2014 11:18 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Shreveport authorities say a 64-year-old woman died after being hit by a large limb that fell to street during strong storm. The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office says Connie Wilson Johnson died Wednesday of blunt force trauma from the collapse of the limb. Neighbors said Johnson was walking down... more »
  • Light up Louisiana at the Old State Capitol Play Video

    July 24, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A celebration of the sights of Louisiana opens today. The Louisiana Photographic Society is opening the "Light up Louisiana" art exhibit to celebrate its 60th year. The exhibit features photos from local artists that demonstrate the life, culture, natural beauty and wildlife of the Bayou State.... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 47th in national Kids Count survey

    July 23, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana fell one spot to 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked at 46th in 2013.... more »
  • No more arguments in Louisiana gay marriage case

    July 23, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples legally married in... more »
  • Teachers prepared for Common Core despite turmoil Play Video

    July 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a dispute at the state level over who will provide the year-end testing assessment for Louisiana students, teachers are ready for the school year and think the best path forward is Common Core. "Common Core is a good thing," said Sandra Guilbeau, a teacher at Scotlandville... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises in June for second month

    July 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market softened in June, as the unemployment rate rose for a second month in a row and payroll growth slowed. The state's jobless rate rose to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in May. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. A separate survey... more »
  • Heavy rain being monitored across southern La.

    July 18, 2014 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials said they're monitoring heavy rainfall across much of Louisiana Friday that's also expected to continue into the weekend. GOHSEP representatives said several parishes are already under flood watches. The state agency said they're keeping in contact with local emergency management officials to keep... more »
  • Woman, daughter killed when car crashes into canal

    July 16, 2014 9:15 PM

    THERIOT- A woman and her child died after driving off a road through the wetlands in Terrebonne Parish. Ashley Worrell, 31, and Delaney Lirette, 3, were killed when Worrell ran off Highway 315, south of Falgout Canal Road around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The truck they were in became submerged.... more »
  • 2014 state annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 1-2

    July 15, 2014 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most retail purchases in Louisiana will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys... more »
  • IG: La. collected $7M too much in Medicaid enrollment bonus

    July 15, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials say Louisiana improperly received $7 million in performance bonus payments for its enrollment of children in the state Medicaid program. The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state Children's Health Insurance Program, known as LaCHIP, didn't meet federal... more »
  • La. voucher program enrollment again on the rise

    July 9, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 8,800 students have been awarded vouchers to attend Louisiana private schools with taxpayer dollars in the upcoming school year, a 30 percent growth in the program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Louisiana's voucher program, approaching its third year, has continued to grow since it was expanded... more »
  • Spring shrimp season nears end in some areas

    July 9, 2014 5:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana wildlife officials say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close next week in parts of the state. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. July 15 in the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to... more »
  • La. officials refuse to disclose oil train records

    July 7, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are refusing to disclose the details of crude oil shipments railroads haul through the state. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the information freight railroads are required to provide to Louisiana is considered confidential. Louisiana was responding to a records request from... more »
  • Sports 2-A-Days: St. Amant Play Video

    July 6, 2014 11:05 PM

    ST. AMANT - The St. Amant football team was 8 points away from a perfect regular season in 2013: Gators head coach David Oliver is determined to cover that difference with a veteran team in 2014. "A football game usually comes down to three plays and if you make... more »
  • Sports 2-A-Days: Glen Oaks Play Video

    July 5, 2014 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Glen Oaks football team suffered through a rough season last year, but Panthers head coach Donald Clark believes his young team can turn things around in 2014. The Panthers went 3-6 last year, 0-6 in Class 3A district 7, and have just four returning starters... more »
  • La. school bus law could add costs and travel time

    July 5, 2014 11:32 AM

    MONROE, La. - Officials are warning that a new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across Louisiana. The law, which takes effect in August, prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross... more »
  • Audit: Risk management privatization saves $16M

    June 30, 2014 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana has saved nearly $16 million in the first three years of a privatization contract for the Office of Risk Management, the state's self-insurance agency. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration hired Mandeville-based F.A. Richard and Associates in June 2010 to take over much of... more »
  • Common Core controversy heats up Play Video

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department... more »
  • Budget has $134M gap as fiscal year nears its end

    June 26, 2014 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $134 million in piecemeal funding used to balance this year's budget has yet to arrive in the state treasury, with the end of the fiscal year only days away. The dollars are largely supposed to come from hospital lease payments, property sales and hurricane recovery... more »
  • Judge foresees multi-faceted gay marriage ruling

    June 25, 2014 3:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal court hearing Wednesday focused on whether gay marriages performed legally in other states must be recognized in Louisiana, but that's not the only issue U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman will be deciding. Wednesday's arguments centered on the recognition issue but were part of a more... more »
  • Gas prices make Louisiana ideal spot for summer vacation

    June 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - We are in the heart of summer, which means many families are still counting down the days until summer vacation. Before you hit the road, you may need to save some extra cash. Gas prices are rising all across the country, and the crisis in Iraq... more »
  • SELU teams up with St. Charles Parish

    June 23, 2014 3:53 AM

    HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's department of teaching and learning has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to partner with the St. Charles Parish public school system to redesign teacher preparation programs. The effort is intended to give teacher candidates more classroom time by matching... more »
  • People in Livingston parish rally against domestic violence

    June 22, 2014 6:25 PM

    Denham Springs- People from the Livingston parish community showed up to show their support at the domestic violence rally, Sunday. Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment, S.A.F.E., led the rally. The Executive Director of S.A.F.E., Pam Hutcheson, says they will provide more services to people in Livingston parish who... more »
  • Jindal OKs 6-year driver's license renewal

    June 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will have a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. A bill by Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge, will change the renewal period to six years. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill Friday. The change kicks... more »
  • House GOP picks Louisiana's Scalise for whip

    June 19, 2014 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have picked Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise to be their No. 3 leader. Scalise was elected majority whip Thursday. He's joining his party's leadership team following last week's unexpected defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election. The 48-year-old Scalise has been in... more »
  • We asked a teacher to explain Common Core lessons Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A public school teacher explained Common Core as a method to encourage students to take control of the conversation when it comes to solving problems and developing their critical thinking skills. "We really become facilitators. We facilitate questions to them and they are the ones that are... more »
  • Vitter says he'd consider Medicaid expansion

    June 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed... more »
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    June 15, 2014 8:03 PM

    Baton Rouge- Sunday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Department of Health and Hospitals has reported that more than 7300 cases involving the elderly and vulnerable adults was reported in Louisiana, last year. " It's very difficult for them to speak out. And sometimes that adult is not... more »
  • SU gives kids an appreciation for math, science Play Video

    June 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kids from all over Louisiana are getting exposed to educational seminars, workshops and games at Southern University this weekend. The Southern Agriculture Youth Exposition is going on and kids are excited to learn more about math, science, and agriculture. "I love science, and being here... more »
  • Tour guide issued cease & desist for gator show

    June 12, 2014 10:42 PM

    LAFITTE - Deputies in Jefferson Parish issued a cease and desist order to a swamp tour guide who operates out of the swamp below New Orleans and has become infamous for swimming and feeding alligators. There is no Louisiana law prohibiting luring and feeding of alligators, but it's against... more »
  • Louisiana economic growth lags nation in 2013

    June 11, 2014 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New figures show Louisiana's economy grew by 1.3 percent in 2013, lagging neighboring states and the nation. Gross domestic product numbers released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Louisiana's 2013 growth rate was below... more »
  • 60,000 jobs needed in Louisiana through 2015 Play Video

    June 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 60,000 jobs are needed in Louisiana, by next year. The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced the top industries for job growth in the state, construction and engineering are at the top of that list. Through 2015, those two industries alone are expected to grow by... more »
  • Report: La. nursing homes rank poorly on quality

    June 9, 2014 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A recent state legislative audit puts Louisiana at the bottom when it comes to running Medicaid nursing facilities. The state of Louisiana was cited with more than 7600 deficiencies. Out of the ten nursing facilities with the most deficiency violations, Affinity Nursing and Rehab Center was the... more »

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