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  • 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 »
  • Economist says Jindal 'misinterprets' jobs data

    October 29, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's chief economist and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration are at odds about what state employment data shows about Louisiana's job growth. Greg Albrecht, with the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Office, says the Jindal administration has been inaccurately describing Louisiana as outperforming much of the South and the... more »
  • Ruling expected Friday in charter schools lawsuit

    October 29, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state district judge says he will rule Friday on whether he'll issue a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from getting $60 million under Louisiana's public school financing formula. Judge Wilson Fields heard testimony and arguments Wednesday in the case and said he would take... more »
  • In debate, gloves come off as election day approaches

    October 27, 2014 10:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- In a debate where WBRZ anchor Michael Marsh was a panelist, two of the three leading candidates for U.S. Senate hounded political gridlock and Congressman Bill Cassidy who did not appear in the Monday evening debate. "I believe that America is the last great hope on earth,... more »
  • 50 percent voter turnout predicted for Louisiana

    October 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election. That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at the... more »
  • Cassidy won't say who he backed in 6th District

    October 27, 2014 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After he cast his ballot in early voting, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy wouldn't say who he chose to replace him in Congress. Cassidy, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate, leaving his Baton Rouge-based 6th District seat up for grabs. Eleven candidates are vying for the... more »
  • Find a new book, meet your favorite author at LA Book Festival Play Video

    October 27, 2014 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can meet your favorite author and find your next book at this year's Louisiana Book Festival. Rebecca Hamilton from the State Library joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning to tell you what to expect this weekend. This is the 11th year of the... more »
  • La. discontinues use of dangerous guardrails

    October 24, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana highway chiefs said Friday, the state has discontinued the use of guardrails caught up in an investigation and lawsuit surrounding allegations the design was changed and have caused people to lose limbs or even die in crashes across the country. "DOTD has discontinued the use of... more »
  • $200M borrowing plan tied up in surplus dispute

    October 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A dispute over whether Louisiana ended last year with a budget surplus threatens to delay borrowing needed to keep state construction work on track. Treasurer John Kennedy said Friday he won't sign financial documents needed for the $200 million in borrowing until he believes they accurately depict... more »
  • Polling locations and information for EBR early voters Play Video

    October 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The early voting period for the Nov. 4 election continues through the weekend as some Baton Rouge voters will surely use the open polls to make their voice heard. On Friday and Saturday, early voting locations in the Capital City will be open from 8:30 a.m.... more »
  • Tabasco is saving lives of Ebola medical workers

    October 23, 2014 11:12 PM

    AVERY ISLAND - Some orders shipping out of the Tabasco factory in south Louisiana aren't going to homes or restaurants; instead, a hospital in Texas is making orders to use in training workers about how to handle patients possibly sick with Ebola. At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical... more »
  • La. DHH monitoring N.O. area man for Ebola signs

    October 23, 2014 6:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State health officials are monitoring a New Orleans man for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, but say the patient is at low risk and is only under observation out of an "abundance of caution". Officials from Centers for Disease Control contacted state Department of Health... more »
  • OMV aims to ease wait times for senior drivers

    October 23, 2014 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles announced Thursday a pilot program they hope will help older drivers dodge the long lines and wait times often associated with the average OMV experience. The Louisiana OMV's "Senior Day" program will be held participating locations with one day of... more »
  • GOP candidates in La. not embracing Bobby Jindal

    October 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
  • Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective'

    October 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new state report says 92 percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in the second year of a statewide evaluation process. Last year, the figure was 89 percent. The latest figures were released Wednesday. The new system does not yet require... more »
  • La. releases school performance scores Play Video

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM

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

    October 19, 2014 1:31 PM

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

    October 17, 2014 6:56 PM

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

    October 17, 2014 1:45 PM

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

    October 17, 2014 12:23 PM

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

    October 15, 2014 11:03 PM

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

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

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

    October 14, 2014 5:34 PM

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

    October 14, 2014 12:05 PM

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

    October 13, 2014 6:31 PM

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

    October 12, 2014 11:38 PM

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

    October 12, 2014 8:40 PM

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

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