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  • La. jobless rate rises even as job totals hit record highs

    January 27, 2015 2:44 PM

    UNDATED - Louisiana's economy keeps creating jobs, but it can't keep up with the state's growing workforce. The state's unemployment rate rose in December for the eighth straight month, to 6.7 percent from 6.5 percent in November. Louisiana now ties for the sixth-highest jobless rate among the states. But at... more »
  • New $103M midyear deficit because of oil price plummet

    January 26, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a more than $103 million deficit to close in its $25 billion budget because of the continuing fall in oil prices. And next year's budget shortfall now reaches $1.6 billion. The state's budget troubles deepened Monday with the adjustments of the state's income forecasting panel,... more »
  • La. forecasting panel expected to deliver grim budget news

    January 26, 2015 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's income forecasting panel is accounting for the steep drop in oil prices in the state revenue projections. The forecast adjustments planned Monday by the Revenue Estimating Conference are expected to worsen next year's already $1.4 billion shortfall - and create another midyear deficit the state has... more »
  • Some want language changed in state's deaf child bill of rights

    January 25, 2015 9:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Several deaf advocacy groups gathered together Saturday morning until the afternoon to discuss ways they want to see legislation changed for deaf children in the state. Around a hundred people were at The Louisiana Summit for Deaf and Education Reform. Groups including Lighthouse Louisiana and... more »
  • Jindal names new leader of state coastal restoration agency

    January 23, 2015 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's coastal restoration agency has a new leader. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday announced the appointment of Chip Kline to be chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, known as CPRA. The job involves overseeing state work on a massive, multibillion-dollar coastal restoration plan. The... more »
  • Colleges negotiating for ways to lessen deep budget cuts

    January 23, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The threat of up to $380 million in budget cuts to Louisiana's public colleges has higher education officials and lawmakers scrambling for ideas to stop the slashing They're weighing everything from tax break suspensions to tuition and fee hikes. College system leaders are suggesting a special legislative... more »
  • Louisiana to save millions by refinancing state debt

    January 23, 2015 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has refinanced $649 million in highway project borrowing to take advantage of lower interest rates. Treasurer John Kennedy's office said Friday that the refinancing, done this week, will save the state $109 million over 26 years in lessened interest payments on the debt. Under state law,... more »
  • Tangi's long-serving parish president retiring

    January 22, 2015 3:39 PM

    AMITE - The longest-serving parish president announced he will retire from public office when his term ends near the end of the year. Gordon Burgess, who has been in charge of Tangipahoa Parish for almost thirty years, said he is retiring with pride on December 31. He was the... more »
  • More than 2 years after closing, Swamp Walk opens again

    January 21, 2015 2:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed. Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
  • Jump Start program preparing students for industry boom Play Video

    January 21, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana added nearly 19,000 industry jobs over the last year. As that number continues to grow, the Department of Education's Jump Start Program aims to fill the growing demand with skilled workers from Louisiana. Industry leaders will be meeting today to map out a blueprint for 2015... more »
  • New video archive features Louisiana's rich history Play Video

    January 20, 2015 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Secretary of State's Office launched a digital archive Tuesday with video dating back more than 60 years. It's a way for anyone to dive into Louisiana's history to explore. The archive features around 1,500 video clips ranging from inaugurations of the... more »
  • Louisiana Digital Media Archive chronicles state history

    January 20, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LPB and the Secretary of State's Office officially launched a new project squarely aimed at giving the general public an intimate look at Louisiana history through archived video of historic state events, places and cultures. The newly launched Louisiana Digital Media Archive is the culmination of... more »
  • Tax Season 101 Play Video

    January 20, 2015 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue began accepting state individual tax returns today, as did the Internal Revenue Service. This morning on 2une In we were joined by the LDR's Director of Criminal Investigations Barry Kelly who had some tips to survive Tax Season 2015. "You need... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise in La.

    January 16, 2015 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 10 increased to 3,601 from the previous week's total of 1,814. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,330 initial claims, officials said Friday. An increase in initial... more »
  • Vitter pledges special legislative session on budget, taxes

    January 15, 2015 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says if he's elected governor this fall, he'd immediately call a special legislative session to address Louisiana's ongoing budget problems. The session, according to Thursday's announcement, would focus on: removing budget protections that leave public colleges and health services more vulnerable to cuts,... more »
  • Panel divided on how to reform film tax credit program

    January 15, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana's generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. They say the most recent estimates costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated... more »
  • More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    January 14, 2015 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials say more than 126,000 Louisiana residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, saying 126,454 people in the state had selected an insurance plan by last week.... more »
  • Report: It takes more than $55k to live securely in BR

    January 13, 2015 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city has the second-highest cost of living in the state and, according to a new study by Loyola University, it is contributing to peoples' struggle to make ends meet. A family with two adults and two children must take home at least about $63,648 each year... more »
  • $10M in additional debt payments expected from new office

    January 13, 2015 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says Louisiana's new debt collection office is on track to boost state debt repayment by $10 million this year. But lawmakers hoping the office will solve the state's budget woes need to scale back their expectations. The budget already assumes the extra $10... more »
  • Comite project land issue will be discussed Tuesday

    January 12, 2015 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, members of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project Task Force are expected to get an update from the Department of Transportation and Development and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about how to handle an issue over receiving federal money to help build the long-planned diversion... more »
  • Justices won't hear Louisiana gay marriage case pre-appeal

    January 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before the federal appeals court in New Orleans considers it. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Friday. But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had... more »
  • Task force looking for ways to spend more on La. roads

    January 12, 2015 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rather than offer specific recommendations for directing new cash to Louisiana's roadways, a legislatively-created task force is forwarding all the ideas it heard. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which ends in March, isn't prioritizing proposals it submits to lawmakers, instead letting them sift through concepts to see... more »
  • Jindal headed to Europe on economic development trip

    January 11, 2015 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed to Europe, on a trip seeking new foreign investment for Louisiana, with the added opportunity for the possible presidential candidate to burnish his foreign policy credentials. The travel contingent was leaving Sunday for an economic development mission that starts in London... more »
  • New higher education chief faces budget headaches

    January 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On the job for only a week, Louisiana's newest higher education commissioner, Joseph Rallo, quickly got hit with the grim reality of the state's budget. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has given Rallo and state college system leaders a troubling figure, warning them the governor's budget proposal may... more »
  • Anticipation mounts for the Louisiana Marathon Play Video

    January 9, 2015 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of runners from around the world are already signed-up for next weekend's Louisiana Marathon. They're coming from all fifty states, as well as ten countries. News 2's Rebecca Buchanan had Breakfast with 2une In this morning with the race founders at Blend as they prepare... more »
  • La. edges up, but still near bottom in education rankings

    January 8, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is still ranked near the bottom in the annual "Quality Counts" survey released by the publication Education Week. But the state did edge up from 49th last year to 44th in the latest rankings, which were released Thursday. The Quality Counts survey this year gives the state... more »
  • Louisiana's new U.S. House members to be sworn in Tuesday

    January 6, 2015 3:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The newest members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are officially taking their seats. Recently-elected U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves, both members of the GOP, will be sworn into office Tuesday, along with 56 other freshmen lawmakers from around the country. They will join a growing Republican... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    January 5, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 27 decreased to 1,566 from the previous week's total of 2,531. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,721 initial claims, officials said Monday. The shorter work-week due... more »
  • A look at the top stories in Louisiana during 2014

    December 27, 2014 10:57 AM

    The following is a list of Louisiana's top stories in 2014. U.S. SENATE RACE Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term in runoff election in early December. Landrieu had narrowly led a Nov. 4 primary ballot that included eight candidates from all parties.... more »
  • La. tops California as the place to film

    December 26, 2014 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national media report has labeled Louisiana as the number one place to produce movies. The report , featured on morning television Friday, pointed out Louisiana leads Canada and California as locations of productions. Eighteen movies released last year were shot here. Producers interviewed said the... more »
  • Artist jailed on $1,000,000 bond following murder

    December 26, 2014 9:02 PM

    ALEXANDRIA- An artist is being held on a $1,000,000 bond in Rapides Parish after a holiday murder. Authorities arrested Tony Forrest, 64. He is charged with second degree murder in the death of his son-in-law, Tommy Thompson, 45. Detectives said Forrest and Thompson had an argument earlier this... more »
  • Nearly 2 dozen new Louisiana laws kick in with 2015

    December 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly two dozen new laws take effect with the start of 2015 in Louisiana. The measures were passed in the last legislative session. They are mostly minor changes, as most new laws approved by lawmakers each year begin in August. Smoking will be banned near state-owned office... more »
  • Mystery child gives trooper loving Christmas card

    December 25, 2014 9:37 PM

    HOUMA - A state trooper was shocked by a little girl, who handed him a Christmas card at a store. The girl handed him a card, then left. When the trooper opened it, it read "the gift of love, the gift of peace, and the gift of joy; May... more »
  • State planning traffic relief for busy interchange Play Video

    December 23, 2014 11:11 PM

    GONZALES - The state announced it is planning two, short-term projects to deal with congestion and safety issues at the Highway 30 interchange with I-10. One project will install an eastbound left-turn lane from La. 30 to Veterans Boulevard. The other will install an additional eastbound lane from near... more »
  • Feds: La. must repay $190M from LSU hospital deals

    December 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Medicaid agency has approved financing plans for contracts that turn six LSU hospitals over to private companies. That ends questions about whether care for Louisiana's uninsured could be in jeopardy. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also ordered Louisiana to repay $190 million... more »
  • Surge in workers keeps pushing up La. jobless rate

    December 19, 2014 2:34 PM

    Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the seventh straight month in November, and what had been strong growth in employer payrolls waned. The state's jobless rate rose to 6.5 percent, as growth in job seekers continued to outstrip increases in the number of people reporting they have jobs. The unemployment rate... more »
  • Louisiana Bayou Bistro's spin on a holiday classic Play Video

    December 19, 2014 1:45 PM

    BRUSLY - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Chef Chucky Lejeune joined us Friday on News 2 at Noon to talk about some of his favorite Christmas dishes. In addition to traditional meals like chicken and sausage or seafood gumbo, Chef Chuck says he enjoys combing his pork and deer roasts! He... more »
  • Baton Rouge home to cheapest gas in USA

    December 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A price war between competing stations helped the price for a gallon of regular gasoline drop to $1.77 Thursday. This made it the second-lowest in the country. The only other city where a store was selling cheaper gas Thursday was in Oklahoma City for $1.68. Costco... more »
  • Lawmakers back Jindal plan to close $170M deficit

    December 18, 2014 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million. The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection Thursday, only days before the budget had... more »
  • Justices to discuss Louisiana gay marriage case

    December 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has added the challenge to Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban to the agenda for the justices' closed-door conference on Jan. 9. The action Wednesday does not mean the court will decide that day to hear a gay-marriage case. But the January meeting will be the first... more »
  • Rewritten LSU hospital deals still pending in federal review

    December 16, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health secretary told lawmakers that the state expected to receive federal approval for six LSU hospital privatization contracts by last week's end. That approval still hasn't arrived. Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said Tuesday the lack of an approval letter doesn't mean the rewritten deals... more »
  • Economist: La. tax break programs are 'open-ended' spending

    December 15, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana's long list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget. Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money... more »
  • I-12 reopens late Monday night

    December 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    HAMMOND - State Police sprayed foam across I-12 Monday afternoon to clean up a fuel tanker truck which flipped with a full load of gasoline near Hammond, blocking the highway. Troopers closed I-12 in both directions after the big rig wreck on the eastbound side of the highway. Pictures... more »
  • Do you have unclaimed money? Check here!

    December 12, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Just in time for Christmas, the state's looking for people to receive $635 million in unclaimed money. The money belongs to people business could not track down and are from old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments... more »
  • Citing costs, 2 clinics drop La. abortion suit

    December 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortion clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have dropped their challenge to Louisiana's newest abortion law. An earlier lawsuit filed by clinics in Metairie, Shreveport and Bossier City remains intact. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital... more »
  • Former Lion Miley will don Red Sox

    December 11, 2014 6:44 AM

    HAMMOND - After experiencing success during his three seasons in the desert, former Southeastern Louisiana University Lion Wade Miley is on the move. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Wednesday night to exchange Miley for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, as well... more »
  • Angola warden considering run for governor Play Video

    December 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    ANGOLA - Warden Burl Cain says he's thinking about running for governor next year. Cain has spent more than three decades as a warden, the last two at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. "Angola's fixed, and it's not what it was," he said. "It's kind of like the job... more »
  • Louisiana wins federal grant for pre-K education

    December 10, 2014 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will receive up to $32 million in federal grant money over four years to improve preschool access for low-income children across the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Louisiana was one of 18 states to get grants aimed at giving more quality educational... more »
  • La. gets break from 'No Child Left Behind' rules

    December 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from No Child Left Behind's ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by... more »
  • 2 clinics ask to drop suit against La abortion law

    December 8, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two clinics challenging Louisiana's newest abortion law now want their suit dismissed. An earlier lawsuit would remain intact. Attorney Ellie Schilling says cost is the only reason for the request. It was filed Friday for Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • Some area teams leave Mercedes Benz Superdome without the bling

    December 5, 2014 10:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Superdome provided mixed news for football fans of the two lab schools associated with LSU and Southern Friday night. University High was declared the state champions in Division 2 by outplaying Parkview Baptist, also of Baton Rouge in a 46 to 32 final. Kick off was... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop

    December 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 29 decreased to 1,698 from the previous week's total of 2,547, a drop attributed to a short work week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Second wreck closes Basin Bridge Thursday

    December 4, 2014 8:42 PM

    HENDERSON - For the second time Thursday, I-10 through the Atchafalaya Basin closed due to a wreck involving semis. Eastbound lanes closed near the beginning of the bridge in St. Martin Parish shortly after 7 p.m. It remained closed late into the night as crews worked to tow the... more »
  • La. asks US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

    December 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the rare step of hearing an appeal of Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages before a federal appeals court rules. Attorney Kyle Duncan filed the request this week. He's asking the justices to hear appeals of... more »
  • Driver killed in La. 30 construction zone crash

    December 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    GONZALES - A driver died overnight after State Police said they wrecked at an Ascension Parish construction zone, the second wreck to happen there in recent days. Troopers said Kirk Canova, 42, died after he smashed into a dump truck on Highway 30 west of I-10 near South St.... more »
  • Education board moves ahead with licensing revamp

    December 2, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana's child care centers and preschool programs. A majority of Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members backed the new rules Tuesday, with final passage expected Wednesday. The vote was 7-2 from a BESE committee, with nearly all board... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    December 1, 2014 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 22 increased to 2,547 from the previous week's total of 2,377. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,854 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • La., Miss. investigate body found near Slidell

    November 30, 2014 6:09 PM

    SLIDELL, La. - The St. Tammany parish sheriff's office says a man's body has been found near Slidell, and detectives are working with Mississippi authorities to find a person of interest. Sheriff's spokesman George Bonnett says in a news release that the body was found about 4 a.m. Sunday in... more »
  • 5 cited for wildlife violations in Caddo, Bossier

    November 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five north Louisiana residents have been cited for alleged hunting violations in Caddo and Bossier parishes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says enforcement agents cited 44-year-old Daniel Owens and 17-year-old Tristen Owens, both of Vivian; and 19-year-old Ethan Mikesell and 18-year-old Devynn England, both of... more »
  • DHH head: 'alarming rate' of ADHD medication in La

    November 27, 2014 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health secretary says the state has an "alarming rate" of medicating kids for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Secretary Kathy Kliebert will hold a free symposium about the syndrome in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Dec. 9. She says parents, teachers, health care professionals and others are welcome.... more »
  • Cassidy has $1.3M for final days of Senate race

    November 26, 2014 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has $1.3 million to spend in the final days of his front-runner campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. Cassidy's campaign released its latest fundraising report Wednesday, outlining donations and spending through Nov. 16. The report was due to the Federal Election... more »
  • Protesters demonstrate in several La. cities

    November 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Micheal Brown. About 100 people marched through the streets of New Orleans Tuesday night, blocking traffic and nearly making their... more »
  • Louisiana-Lafayette drops Oral Roberts 76-52

    November 26, 2014 1:59 AM

    LAS VEGAS - Kasey Shepherd, who missed just one shot all night, scored 22 points to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 76-52 victory over Oral Roberts in the MGM Grand Main Event on Tuesday night. Shepherd, who made 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, was almost perfect as he made... more »
  • Senator talks about finding intruder in apartment

    November 24, 2014 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week . Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
  • High School Football Playoffs: Round 2 Play Video

    November 21, 2014 11:08 PM

    Louisiana High School Football Class 5A Second Round Acadiana 38, Ponchatoula 28 C.E. Byrd 37, East Ascension 20 Destrehan 68, East St. John 14 Hahnville 28, Haughton 14 Mandeville 24, Barbe 21 Scotlandville 27, Thibodaux 15 West Monroe 24, Covington 7 Zachary 35, Denham Springs 10 Class 4A Second... more »
  • State senator, wife find burglar in downtown apartment Play Video

    November 21, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night. According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
  • What to know as early voting starts Saturday

    November 21, 2014 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting opens Saturday for any of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters seeking to cast their ballots in advance of Louisiana's December runoff. The Dec. 6 election will settle the hotly-contested U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy, along with U.S.... more »
  • Dept. of Education proposes new child care rules

    November 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has proposed a new set of rules for child care centers as part of the state's effort to overhaul its pre-K system. According to the agency, the rules changes are intended to give educators more time to focus on child development... more »
  • Locals split on Obama's immigration changes Play Video

    November 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People around Baton Rouge have mixed feelings about President Obama's expected changes to immigration policy. Legal immigrants we spoke with say the new policy gives them and their family members hope. "It's a great opportunity. Everyone is waiting for that, and it's been so long... more »
  • La. tax amnesty program estimates raising $169M

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers is expected to bring in $169 million. That's more than lawmakers included in this year's budget, but not enough to close a midyear deficit that has emerged since then. The Department of Revenue announced the tax amnesty program's projected haul... more »
  • Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit

    November 20, 2014 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Obama administration lawyer told a federal judge that Louisiana's decision to use the Common Core education standards was voluntary, not coerced by the federal government. Attorney Caroline Lewis Wolverton asked U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick on Thursday to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit against the... more »
  • Report: La black bears unlikely to go extinct

    November 19, 2014 5:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study of the bear subspecies that inspired teddy bears finds that Louisiana black bears are unlikely to disappear in the next century, as long as conditions remain stable. The head of Louisiana's large predator program, Maria Davidson, says that could lead to the bears' removal... more »
  • Gov. Jindal to announce state budget cuts Friday

    November 18, 2014 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal will unveil his proposal Friday to rebalance this year's budget, which contains a $171 million hole. The Jindal administration announced Tuesday that it will present its deficit-closing plan to lawmakers within three days, rather than take the full month available to devise its strategy. Despite... more »
  • School workers fired after Katrina return to court

    November 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for teachers and other school workers fired in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have asked Louisiana's Supreme Court to take another look at their lawsuit over the firings. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees. But the... more »
  • Unclaimed property program returns $36M last year

    November 18, 2014 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unclaimed property program gave back more money during the last budget year than at any time in its 42-year history. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the program returned $35.5 million to 116,000 people in the fiscal year that ended June 30, exceeding the previous record by... more »
  • 2 judges throw out suits about big cat ban

    November 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judges in Baton Rouge have thrown out two lawsuits involving Louisiana's law against owning exotic cats. One lawsuit challenges an exemption to the ban. That exemption allows the owner of a Baton Rouge-area truck stop to continue keeping his live tiger mascot on exhibit. The other lawsuit... more »
  • Latest Louisiana tax amnesty period closes Friday

    November 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With a deadline looming, Louisiana's latest tax amnesty program was close to reaching its collection goal from delinquent taxpayers. The state's revenue forecasting panel was told Friday that as of midday, the program had collected $96 million. The program needed to bring in $100 million to keep... more »
  • Spending plans approved for college incentive fund

    November 14, 2014 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Money from a $40 million higher education incentive fund should begin flowing within weeks now that the Board of Regents has signed off on spending plans submitted by colleges. Approval from the Regents' executive committee Friday was the final step before the colleges could receive the money.... more »
  • Oil prices create havoc for Louisiana's budget

    November 14, 2014 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will need to slash state spending to keep this year's $25 billion budget balanced, as plummeting oil prices helped hammer Louisiana's revenue picture. The state's income forecasting panel, known as the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Friday dropped projections of revenue for this year by... more »
  • Robertson musical will quack Vegas up

    November 13, 2014 11:40 PM

    WEST MONROE- The Robertson family is venturing into musical theater. The Louisiana stars of cable TV's "Duck Dynasty" are working with a veteran producer from Broadway on "The Duck Commander Family Musical." The show will take to the stage at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as... more »
  • PAR urges oversight changes for insurance program

    November 11, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A government watchdog organization suggests Louisiana's state worker health insurance program shouldn't be overseen solely by the governor's office. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana says a third-party committee, similar to the one that oversees state retirement programs, should decide premium rates for the Office of... more »
  • Celebrate veterans this weekend in St. Francisville Play Video

    November 11, 2014 6:27 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Tuesday is Veterans Day, but the celebration continues this weekend at the Louisiana Vets Fest in St. Francisville. Johnny Palazzotto, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard, joined us on 2une In Tuesday with all the details. The Louisiana Vets Fest is Saturday from 10:00 a.m.... more »
  • HUD says less homeless in La., but some disagree

    November 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development the number of homeless people in Louisiana has dramatically decreased. A recent study done by the government, said homelessness in the state has gone down more than 50 percent since 2010. The study also said that currently there are... more »
  • Entergy misses third-quarter profit forecasts

    November 4, 2014 12:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Entergy Corp. on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings of $230 million. The New Orleans-based company said it had profit of $1.27 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.68 per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by... more »
  • Campaigns bring ground game as elections near Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out. Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
  • Louisiana Legacy: KBON 101.1 Play Video

    November 3, 2014 9:31 AM

    EUNICE - KBON in Eunice, Louisiana claims to be one of the most visited radio stations in the world. Since 1997, it's been the only radio station in the state that plays local Louisiana music. Cajun and Zydeco can be heard from Lake Charles to New Roads. In the... more »
  • La. Supreme Court dismisses school workers' suit

    October 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005. It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the... more »
  • La. shelves plans for computerized tests in spring

    October 31, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's new Common Core-aligned standardized tests will be given entirely on paper this year, rather than on computers as had been planned for some students. Education Superintendent John White announced the change Friday for the testing for students in third through eighth grades. Some education leaders have said... more »
  • Constitutional amendments explained Play Video

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters will have to consider 14 constitutional amendments when they hit the polls next Tuesday, and with a three-minute time limit behind the curtain it could prove difficult to tackle the ticket without some studying ahead of time. Some of the amendments only affect the New Orleans... more »

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