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  • TOPS cuts may continue through next year Play Video

    February 23, 2017 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Edwards' administration proposed a state budget Thursday that keeps the cuts to the TOPS scholarship program intact. In the proposal, students would only receive 70 percent of their scholarships beginning fall 2017. It's the same amount students are receiving this year after lawmakers cut the program... more »
  • Police respond to shooting near Garden District

    February 21, 2017 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police responded to a shooting off Government Street near the Garden District Tuesday. Shots were fired shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of South 16th and Oleander. One victim has been taken to a hospital in stable condition. Check back with WBRZ for updates.... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss bias claims over salon inspections

    February 21, 2017 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's ruling Tuesday clears the way for a jury trial next month in Baton Rouge for the... more »
  • Livingston mobile disaster recovery center closes Wednesday

    February 21, 2017 1:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish mobile disaster recovery center at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Government Blvd. will close this week. The center is set to close Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. FEMA announced that the need for center has diminished and parish... more »
  • Congressional aides tour flood damaged region Play Video

    February 20, 2017 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Aides of a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee took a bus ride through flood-damaged areas of the capital region while state officials asked them for more aid. Six months after the flood, state officials said many neighborhoods are in danger of falling apart without another congressional aid package. ... more »
  • Convicted felon arrested after shooting himself in the leg on Elm Drive

    February 19, 2017 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a convicted felon after he accidentally shot himself in the leg on Elm Drive Sunday afternoon. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, they received a call that a victim was shot in 4600 block of Elm Dr. at Shelley St. around... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis rolls through downtown Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 18, 2017 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Marching bands, floats all decked out, and some real fancy cars highlighted the Krewe of Artemis Saturday night. The parade, composed of an entirely female krewe, was started by parade captan Joanne Harvey 16 years ago. "Our whole reason why he started it to be... more »
  • LSU's Jared Poche throws 7-inning no-hitter against Army

    February 18, 2017 9:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jared Poche threw a seven no-hitter and LSU beat Army 6-0 on Saturday for the 2,500th victory in Tigers history. Poche (1-0) struck out four, didn't walk a batter and threw 79 pitches. Army had its lone baserunner in the fourth when leadoff hitter Josh White reached... more »
  • Authorities searching for suspect in multiple August flood fraud cases

    February 18, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple police agencies are searching for a man after he allegedly committed contractor fraud against several victims of the 2016 Baton Rouge floods. Matthew Morris, owner of Complete Construction Contractors, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Walker Police department... more »
  • Calcasieu gives airport access to land to control wildlife

    February 18, 2017 6:21 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has granted Chennault International Airport access to land close to the runway in order to deal with nuisance wildlife. Chennault's executive director, Randy Robb, says they've had to shoot five coyotes in just the past 2½ months. They had been living across... more »
  • Saturday parade guide for downtown Baton Rouge

    February 18, 2017 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two major parades will make their way through downtown Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon. KREWE MYSTIQUE Founded in 1976, Mystique is Baton Rouge's oldest krewe and remains dedicated to being a family-friendly parade. Krewe Mystique rides on Saturday at 2 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. ... more »
  • More than 400,000 enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion

    February 18, 2017 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion has reached a new milestone, with more than 400,000 people enrolled for health services through the government-financed program started in July. The Department of Health announced the latest figures Thursday, saying the program is driving down Louisiana's uninsured rate. The agency says more than... more »
  • Police presence will remain unchanged for weekend downtown events

    February 17, 2017 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The parades will roll on this weekend in Baton Rouge without an increased police presence, despite a violent week across the city. Thousands of people will be downtown this weekend as huge parades roll through the streets. Downtown business owners said they are not concerned, because they... more »
  • House Republicans advance budget plans with deeper cuts

    February 15, 2017 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Republicans have started advancing two budget-rebalancing proposals that cut more deeply than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants and hit agencies he wanted to protect. The Appropriations Committee approved both plans Wednesday. The first proposal from Chairman Cameron Henry would use nearly $75 million from Louisiana's "rainy... more »
  • LSU Professor Melvin DeFleur dies at 93

    February 15, 2017 7:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Renowned mass communication scholar Melvin DeFleur, a Manship School of Mass Communication Distinguished Professor, died Monday at the age of 93. DeFleur and his wife, Margaret DeFleur, joined the Manship School faculty in 2004 after he retired as professor emeritus of mass communication in the College... more »
  • New info on contractor accused of stealing thousands from flood victim

    February 15, 2017 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor is set to be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail Wednesday after he allegedly took thousands of dollars in payments from a flood victim without completing repairs. According to the victim, she paid 49-year-old Gregory Gager an initial deposit of $2,500, plus... more »
  • Flood-damaged home bakery bounces back for Valentine's Day Play Video

    February 14, 2017 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim isn't letting damage to her home keep her from running her small business. Kennedy Meyers' home bakery has received a jump start since the flood. Meyers and her son were trapped in their home with chest-level waters during last August's flood. After... more »
  • Prairieville man charged for beating, raping woman

    February 14, 2017 6:01 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - An Ascension Parish Grand Jury indicted a man Wednesday after he turned himself in for beating and raping a woman in November. According to District Attorney Ricky Babin, 55-year-old Stephen Janis was charged with first degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a... more »
  • Governor Edwards opens special session to address state budget Play Video

    February 13, 2017 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards opened a special session to address Louisiana's $304 million budget deficit Monday night. In his opening address, he pleaded for Republicans and Democrats to compromise in order to solve the state's budget crisis. The governor's plan, if approved, would use $119.6... more »
  • Grand jury hears case against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa

    February 13, 2017 5:22 PM

    GONZALES- A grand jury convened today to hear bribery allegations against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. Matassa is accused of offering a bribe to get a man running for office in Gonzales to drop out of the race. Last year, a team of investigators met with District Attorney Ricky... more »
  • Missing Prairieville woman found safe

    February 13, 2017 4:45 PM

    UPDATE: Deputies said Dara Givens was found safe Tuesday morning. PRAIRIEVILLE - The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for 34-year-old Dara Givens who was reported missing by a family member on Sunday, Feb. 12. According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, Givens was last seen leaving her residence... more »
  • 10 LSU players invited to NFL Combine

    February 13, 2017 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is sending 10 football players to the NFL Combine in late February. LSU and Alabama lead all Southeastern Conference teams for NFL Combine invites, followed by Texas A&M with nine and Arkansas and Florida with eight each. The SEC as a whole will send... more »
  • Five arrested for child porn in cyber crime sweep

    February 13, 2017 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced the arrests of five men, two from the Baton Rouge area, on more than 300 counts of sexual exploitation of children Monday. The arrests are a result of a cyber crime sweep aimed at taking child predators off the streets.... more »
  • St. Amant High reopens for the first time since flood Play Video

    February 12, 2017 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Amant High School is ready to open its doors for the first time since the August floods. The school has been shut down for six months. In that same time, Principal Mia Edwards and much of the faculty have also been displaced by the flood.... more »
  • FEMA details federal aid programs for tornado victims

    February 12, 2017 3:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released details on the federal aid programs that will be available to victims of the recent tornadoes in certain parishes. The programs can be made available as needed and warranted under Governor John Bel Edwards declaration as approved by President Trump.... more »
  • Arkansas rallies to beat LSU 78-70

    February 11, 2017 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dusty Hannahs and Daryl Macon scored 17 points each and Arkansas rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat LSU 78-70 on Saturday night. The Razorbacks (18-7, 7-5 SEC) trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and took control of the game with... more »
  • Officials: Paradis pipeline fire contained, missing worker presumed dead

    February 11, 2017 10:14 PM

    PARADIS - Officials say the fire at the Phillips 66 Partners Paradis Pipeline Station is contained and continues to burn at a reduced size. Ongoing air monitoring of the area indicates no health impacts to the surrounding community. The evacuation order was lifted Friday morning... more »
  • Catholic charities welcome Iraqi refugee family to Baton Rouge

    February 11, 2017 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Catholic Charities and volunteers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church were on hand Saturday afternoon to greet an Iraqi family of five as they arrived at the Baton Rouge airport. They join other family members CCDBR resettled last year. The family initially fled to Turkey after... more »
  • Residents struggle to recover after tornado rips through Livingston Play Video

    February 8, 2017 7:39 PM

    WATSON - Residents of a Livingston Parish town were terrified as a tornado wreaked havoc Tuesday morning. Neal and Jennifer Aucoin were home when the storm came through their neighborhood. They took cover in the bathroom as a tornado crossed their home Nan Wesley Road. "I was holding... more »
  • Man arrested after traffic stop leads to discovery of 150 ecstasy tablets

    February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

    ST. TAMMANY - A man was arrested after deputies discovered 150 ecstasy tablets in his vehicle during a traffic stop. A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy pulled over 21-year-old Dominic Walker of Houston on Jan. 31 after the deputy noticed his vehicle swerving on the shoulder of I-12. The... more »
  • Livingston community bands together after tornado destroys multiple homes Play Video

    February 7, 2017 9:56 PM

    WATSON- Neighbors in a Livingston community are helping one another recover after severe weather tore through the area. The area in northern Livingston Parish saw some of the worst weather that the storm had to offer as a tornado passed through the area Tuesday morning. One 62-year-old woman... more »
  • GOHSEP: 28 injuries, no deaths after severe weather strikes southeast Louisiana

    February 7, 2017 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Crisis Action Team has been activated in order to address any requests for support from parishes and other state agencies due to today’s tornadic activity. Seven areas across southeast Louisiana sustained possible tornado damage during several rounds of... more »
  • State launches #OnlyLouisiana ambassador campaign Play Video

    February 6, 2017 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The state's launching a social media campaign aimed at getting Louisianans involved in promoting the state on the internet. The #OnlyLouisiana ambassador program asks people to take pictures and share them on various accounts – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tourism officials hope people will share sights,... more »
  • Denham Springs Elementary reopens after being closed by flooding Play Video

    February 5, 2017 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of schools destroyed in the August flood, thousands of families displaced, and thousands of students scattered around at different campuses. It has been months of hard times and hard work for the Livingston Parish School Board, but t he wait is finally over for Denham... more »
  • Edwards unveils plan to bridge $304 million budget gap Play Video

    February 3, 2017 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards unveiled his plan to bridge a $304 million budget gap for the upcoming special session Monday. Edwards revealed plans to take advantage of the state's $119.6 million Rainy Day Fund to stabalize the budget. The governor's plan does not include raising... more »
  • National shortage of paramedics being felt in Louisiana Play Video

    February 2, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national shortage of paramedics across the nation is currently being felt across our region. Both Acadian Ambulance and Baton Rouge EMS said they are working overtime to fulfill the calls that come in. Baton Rouge EMS said last month medics responded to 5,200 calls. That's more than... more »
  • La.'s weather predicting nutria contradicts Groundhog Day forecast

    February 2, 2017 10:30 AM

    NEW IBERIA – Louisiana's Cajun weather rodent did not see his “shadeaux” Thursday., insinuating a longer Spring for the Bayou State. According to The Daily Iberian newspaper in Iberia Parish, nutria Pierre C. Shadeaux appeared from his habitat under heavy fog early Thursday to decipher the weather forecasters apparently... more »
  • Baton Rouge tax preparer arrested for "ghost company" fraud scheme

    January 31, 2017 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge tax preparer faces felony charges for a tax fraud scheme involving “ghost” companies and phony business losses that cost Louisiana taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Joseph A. Gillies of Baton Rouge prepared and submitted hundreds of tax returns that contained fabricated business... more »
  • Tigerland apartment destroyed in fire

    January 31, 2017 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A unit at the Cambridge Apartments complex in Tigerland was destroyed by a fire Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 1221 Bob Pettit Blvd early Tuesday afternoon. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, four surrounding units took damage as well. No injuries were... more »
  • U.S. Department of Energy grants LSU $1.5 million industrial engineering grant

    January 30, 2017 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is one of 27 universities across the country that will receive funding from U.S. Department of Energy in the form of an industrial engineering grant. LSU will receive about $1.5 million over five years. The award will be in the form of cooperative agreements and... more »
  • Louisiana sets 2017 recreational red snapper season

    January 28, 2017 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the 2017 recreational red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin on Feb. 1 and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per... more »
  • Two face federal charges for bank robberies in New Orleans area

    January 27, 2017 1:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two men are facing federal charges after they were accused of being involved in bank robberies in New Orleans and Slidell. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 22-year-old Dwayne Anthony "Butter" Winans Jr. and 21-year-old Bryson Tuesno are charged together in connection with the Aug. 15 robberies.... more »
  • Three arrested for child exploitation in Baton Rouge

    January 27, 2017 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced the arrest of three men on nearly 50 charges of child exploitation Friday. Harold White, 31, of Metairie, Andrew Wiltcher, 25, of Oak Grove, and Justin Davis, 27, of Laplace, face multiple charges involving the exploitation of juveniles. According... more »
  • Baton Rouge sex offender wanted for attempted kidnapping

    January 27, 2017 11:06 AM

    HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of a convicted sex offender wanted for attempted kidnapping. According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, 54-year-old John Lester of Baton Rouge is accused of attempting to kidnap a 38-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon. Lester... more »
  • Nominate a 2017 Louisiana Young Hero Today Play Video

    January 27, 2017 11:02 AM

    Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge are looking for their 2017 Louisiana Young Heroes. Now in its 22 nd year, these awards spotlight students who are inspirational to those around them. No two Young Heroes have the same story. Some Young Heroes have battled various... more »
  • Funeral services slated for Friday for slain officer

    January 27, 2017 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Westwego police officer killed last week is slated to be laid to rest Friday. Officer Michael Louviere was shot and killed Jan. 20 on his way home from work when he stopped to investigate a car crash. The crash resulted from a shooting that started that... more »
  • State budget cuts loom Play Video

    January 26, 2017 11:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards is scheduled to address state lawmakers in a joint budget meeting Friday morning at the capitol where he's expected to disclose more details on an upcoming special legislative session. The Louisiana budget is short $304 million for the current fiscal year leaving state services... more »
  • Mortgage company donates $15,000 to local food bank

    January 25, 2017 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Local mortgage company Assurance Financial donated $15,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in December. The donation was funded in part by an annual "Jeans Fund," which allowed team members to wear casual dress attire to work in exchange for contributing to the donation. ... more »
  • Aaron Neville to debut at this year's French Quarter fest

    January 24, 2017 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - For the first time, New Orleans' homegrown talent Aaron Neville will appear at this year's French Quarter Festival. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announced the 2017 lineup Tuesday, noting that Neville is scheduled to perform on the opening day, April 6, on the Abita Beer Stage. The 34th... more »
  • 2 Northern Louisiana tornadoes confirmed, homes damaged

    January 23, 2017 9:56 PM

    PLAIN DEALING - Authorities say two weekend tornadoes destroyed or damaged 31 houses and recreational vehicles in Louisiana: 29 in the state's northwest near Plain Dealing, and two homes in the central town of Natchez. Officials say nobody was seriously injured. The National Weather Service tells local news organizations that... more »
  • More fight over 163-mile pipeline through Atchafalaya Basin

    January 22, 2017 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163-mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James. A public hearing last week for a required U.S. Army Corps... more »
  • Homeless rates in Louisiana decline since 2009

    January 21, 2017 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal data shows there's been a significant drop in homelessness in Louisiana over the past seven years. According to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Point-in-Time count, which tracks the number of homeless people living in shelters or on streets on a single night in January, there... more »
  • Baton Rouge man arrested for possession of child pornography

    January 20, 2017 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man after finding child pornography in his Baton Rouge home Friday. State Police searched the home of 32-year-old Timothy Carriere after an investigation led them to believe that he was in possession of child pornography. Carriere willingly agreed to let police search his... more »
  • Among latest commutations: 2 dozen from Louisiana

    January 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - About two dozen people convicted in Louisiana are among the 330 federal inmates granted sentence reductions in one of Barack Obama's last acts as president. The commutations were announced Thursday by the White House. They affect people convicted of federal drug offenses around Louisiana. Some sentences were... more »

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