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  • Locals celebrate Mardi Gras from snowy Ohio to New Roads Tuesday

    February 9, 2016 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well Tuesday as revelers take to the streets and even snow banks from the capital region to the northeast. Around the area, two parades are planned: a morning parade in New Roads and a 2 p.m. parade following it.... more »
  • State using new way to collect fines for insurance lapses

    February 9, 2016 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has implemented new ways of collecting fines from people who the state believes are driving without insurance. The recently formed Office of Debt Recovery has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax refunds and recommend that a person's state-issued professional license be suspended. The... more »
  • Attorney General seeks to take over Jindal Common Core suit

    February 8, 2016 6:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's new attorney general has moved to take over a lawsuit that former Gov. Bobby Jindal filed against the federal government over the Common Core Education Standards. It's a lawsuit the new governor, John Bel Edwards, was ready to drop, saying new federal law renders the... more »
  • Ahead of special session, governor's site solicits budget ideas from voters

    February 8, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking the advice of a different kind of expert in how to deal with the state's looming budget crisis. Monday, the state posted a special web page soliciting comments from Louisiana citizens. The site provides information on the governor's plan... more »
  • Guest-worker program helps Louisiana seafood facilities

    February 8, 2016 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Congress' decision to quadruple the size of a guest-worker program might be described as a gift to Louisiana's seafood processing industry, which struggles to fill the seasonal jobs each year. The LSU AgCenter says about 60 Louisiana seafood processing facilities hire more than 2,000 guest workers each year... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Chevron expected to cut hundreds of jobs in Covington and Lafayette

    February 5, 2016 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Chevron North America issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Friday, announcing possible layouts at five of their offices in Covington and Lafayette. In a news release sent out today, the company said it's refocusing its efforts on increasing its efficiency and cutting costs due to the... more »
  • State judge to hear challenge to Confederate statue removal

    February 5, 2016 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- An opponent to the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans gets a chance to make his case in state court. Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee Inc., filed a lawsuit in late January to stop the removal. His group maintains the monuments and he... more »
  • Edwards to outline parameters Friday for special session

    February 5, 2016 4:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14. Edwards says... more »
  • Just about perfect weather for parades Friday night, Saturday

    February 4, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It'll be a bit nippy, but near perfect for this weekend's parades. The Krewe of Southdowns rolls at 7 p.m. Friday through the neighborhood it is named after. The theme for the Southdowns 2016 parade will be "Under The Big Top". The WBRZ weather team... more »
  • 214,148 people sign up for health coverage in Louisiana

    February 4, 2016 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New enrollment numbers show 214,148 people in Louisiana signed up for coverage under President Obama's health care act. The third open enrollment period ended Sunday. National and state enrollment figures were released Thursday. They mark an increase in Louisiana. More than 186,000 signed up during... more »
  • Louisiana Senate race draws its first Democratic candidate

    February 4, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's U.S. Senate race has its first Democratic contender. New Orleans lawyer Caroline Fayard, who has never held elected office, announced her campaign Thursday, saying she represents a "new generation of leadership." Fayard ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2010, and has been eyeing another... more »
  • LDR: State tax filings not affected by IRS system outage

    February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana tax filings are not being affected by the IRS' hardware failure. In a news release sent out Thursday morning, the Louisiana Department of Revenue said its tax processing systems are not being impacted by the system outage. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that it had stopped... more »
  • Today: Duplantier murder suspects set for grand jury hearing

    February 4, 2016 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A grand jury is expected to meet today to determine the official indictments against the two men accused of killing an elderly couple in Baton Rouge. Ernesto Alonso, 42, and Frank Garcia, 48, were arrested in connection to the kidnapping and murders of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier. The... more »
  • Possible gas tax hike for road work Play Video

    February 3, 2016 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some lawmakers want you pay a little more at the pump to help fix the roads. There's no official proposal yet but a 10 cent bump has long been discussed. Currently, Louisiana has a 20 cent gas tax, the ninth lowest in the country. Nationally it's... more »
  • Voter registration ends today for Louisiana's presidential primary

    February 3, 2016 9:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Today is the last day for Louisiana residents to register to vote for the state's upcoming presidential primary. Voters will cast their ballots on March 5th. People who still need to register can do so online through the Secretary of State's Office or at the parish registrar of... more »
  • Prosecutor talks about heir's proposed sentence

    February 3, 2016 5:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal prosecutor says the proposed sentence for New York real estate heir Robert Durst was worked out in "very intense negotiations." Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon calls the plea agreement "a good result." Durst pleaded guilty Wednesday to a weapons charge and agreed to seven years and... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • Say it ain't so: Study finds I-10 should be widened, new bridge needed

    February 2, 2016 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gaggle of business executives issued a report on the region's road issues Tuesday, blaming a backlog of projects in part for a lack consensus over its highest priority projects. The analysis by CRISIS - Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions - identified four key... more »
  • Panel approved Louisiana Common Core revisions

    February 2, 2016 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A panel of Louisiana educators has voted to recommend a package of revisions to the Common Core education standards. Approval came Tuesday in New Orleans. The panel's decision sends the recommendation to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for a vote in March. ... more »
  • Magazine: BR #3 for movie production

    February 2, 2016 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city is one of the best to shoot a movie in, film industry insiders reported in a magazine catered to the movie business. Baton Rouge ranked third in the small cities list on Movie Maker Magazine. It followed Savannah, Georgia (#1) and New Orleans (#2).... more »
  • Deputy's vacation gets attention of ethics commission

    February 1, 2016 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office employee faces ethics fines and charges after an investigation by the state ethics commission. The watchdog body said Mike Crawford accepted gifts from a vendor while working as a purchaser for the sheriff's office in 2013. Crawford identifies himself... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 29, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,658 from the previous week's total of 3,485. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Gov. Edwards fills out remaining cabinet secretary positions

    January 29, 2016 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new governor has filled most of his remaining cabinet spots. Gov. John Bel Edwards named Marketa Garner Walters to lead the Department of Children and Family Services, the social services agency, and Thomas Harris to head the Department of Natural Resources. Walters was an... more »
  • La. Medicaid expansion plan up for first legislative test

    January 29, 2016 6:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is facing its first legislative test. The Democratic governor's administration is seeking support to hire new health department workers to sign people up for the expanded coverage. The Department of Health and Hospitals wants to add 248 new... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • Watson woman dies after head-on crash

    January 28, 2016 9:41 AM

    WATSON- Louisiana State Police say a Watson woman died after being involved in a head-on crash in Livingston Parish. According to State Police, the crash happened just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 23. Kristy Badeaux, 45, was driving on LA 1019 when her car drifted into oncoming traffic... more »
  • Louisiana's Affordable Care Act enrollment swells

    January 28, 2016 8:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The number of Louisiana residents enrolling for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act continues to grow. The number of residents who got health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace has climbed to 198,511. That's about 12,000 more than last year's total. The final deadline for individuals to... more »
  • Man gets high school diploma 72 years after leaving for WWII

    January 28, 2016 7:47 AM

    COVINGTON- A Louisiana man has received his high school diploma, 72 years after leaving his New Orleans high school- and its football team- early to join the military during World War II. Michael Decker, 89, received his diploma and letterman jacket Wednesday during a surprise ceremony organized at the Covington... more »
  • State high court overturns bar to felons running for office

    January 27, 2016 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has overturned a constitutional amendment barring felons from running for office because voters approved a version without a last-minute legislative change. Wednesday's 6-1 ruling says citizens did not vote on the amendment enacted by the legislature. The justices ruled in the case of... more »
  • New AG plans to continue appeal in Planned Parenthood case

    January 27, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will continue to try to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics. Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday that his office is taking over the case left from former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Landry says he intends to move ahead with an appeal... more »
  • Report says nearly half of La. residents struggle to make ends meet

    January 27, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new report from the United Way says nearly half of the people living in Baton Rouge, along with 40 percent of homes in Louisiana, are hovering in an area where they're not quite in abject poverty but not quite able to keep their heads above water... more »
  • Prayers, blood drive for officer wounded in New Orleans

    January 27, 2016 4:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Friends and family are praying for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy critically wounded in New Orleans while serving a warrant as well-wishers donated blood for his recovery. Debbie Webber, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said late Tuesday that Stephen Arnold was still in the intensive care unit... more »
  • Special cell signal truck will be parked in New Roads for Mardi Gras

    January 26, 2016 11:56 PM

    NEW ROADS - Cell phone service will be boosted for one of the state's largest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans. AT&T said Tuesday, a special truck will be parked in the city ahead of the two parades. Thousands of people attend the parades each year. New Roads... more »
  • Edwards passes the abortion buck to Landry

    January 26, 2016 8:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lucrative contracts for outside lawyers handling the state's defense of a law requiring abortion doctors to have certain admitting privileges at area hospitals will be supervised by the State Attorney General. The AG will take responsibility from the Department of Health and Hospitals, which had been... more »
  • Judge rules La. anti-abortion law unconstitutional

    January 26, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Jindal-era law which would have required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals is unconstitutional. U. S. District Court Judge John deGravelles said the law, Act 620, places too much of an undue burden on women in... more »
  • La. TV personality arrested in decades-old sex case

    January 26, 2016 2:30 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Authorities from various parishes will discuss the arrest of a 1970s TV personality Tuesday. Frank Selas – known on TV in northwest Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi as "Mr. Wonder" – was taken into custody in California after a decades-long search. Selas was the suspect... more »
  • State Treasurer Kennedy to run for U.S. Senate

    January 26, 2016 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In an email statement, Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy made it official that he is running for U.S. Senate in 2016. Kennedy was just sworn in as state treasurer after winning reelection in October 2015 by an overwhelming 80% of the vote. Kennedy is running for the... more »
  • Judge: Ruling Tuesday in challenge to Louisiana abortion law

    January 26, 2016 5:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The federal judge who heard a challenge to Louisiana's abortion law says he'll rule in the case Tuesday. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. Supporters say it's meant to protect women's health. Opponents say the... more »
  • Cabinet jobs remain to be filled in Edwards administration

    January 26, 2016 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two weeks into Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, a few cabinet secretary positions remain to be filled by Louisiana's new governor. Edwards has chosen leaders of most of the executive branch departments. But he has yet to name the secretaries of the Department of Natural Resources, which oversees... more »
  • Orleans government official wants to rework marijuana laws

    January 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City councilwoman Susan Guidry will try to change how police deal with marijuana possession cases, WWL TV reported Monday. Guidry will ask police be able to issue court summons for subsequent offenses instead of just first-offense. Currently, a summons can be issued for first-time possession offenses.... more »
  • Southern releases midyear budget cut details

    January 25, 2016 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plan released Monday night, Southern said worst-case-scenario budget cuts could effectively close the institution. Because of the dire budget situation in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards has asked state colleges and universities to submit proposals on cutting spending. The state currently faces a $750... more »
  • State ends mandatory use of online hotel booking firm

    January 25, 2016 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is scrapping a requirement that Louisiana government agencies must use an out-of-state company to book their employees' hotel rooms. Edwards' top financial adviser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, announced Monday that he was ending mandatory use of HotelPlanner.com. In a... more »
  • Gov. Edwards hasn't made decisions on Jindal-era lawsuits

    January 25, 2016 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican Bobby Jindal left the governor's office with his administration embroiled in three high-profile lawsuits - on Planned Parenthood, Common Core and same-sex marriage. Decisions on those cases now rest with John Bel Edwards. But the new Democratic governor appears in no rush to wade into the controversies.... more »
  • LSU releases plan for possible 32 percent budget cut Play Video

    January 25, 2016 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with Louisiana State University released a list of possible cuts and savings in order to absorb a possible $65 million midyear budget cut, which represents 32 percent of its total state funding. University President F. King Alexander said LSU's share of the cuts alone, which... more »
  • HUD sends $234M down to help flood-prone Louisiana

    January 22, 2016 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government is sending $233.8 million in grants to Louisiana to relocate a coastal American-Indian village, prevent damage from hurricanes and make a suburban slice of New Orleans better at handling storm flooding. The funds are part of a $1 billion package the U.S. Department of... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 16 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,485 from the previous week's total of 4,203. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Louisiana casino revenue down 7.5 percent from December 2014

    January 22, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah's New Orleans brought in $217.2 million in December, a 7.5 percent drop from the December 2014 total of $234.8 million. The revenue figures were released Thursday by state police. Casino winnings in New Orleans fell by 13.5 percent in... more »
  • WBRZ camera records potentially dangerous cloud formation Play Video

    January 21, 2016 10:55 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A weather phenomenon was captured on video Thursday. As a line of severe weather moved east across West Baton Rouge, WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington was recording video of the sky. At the WBRZ weather office, meteorologists were tracking the system with the National Weather Service when... more »
  • Sheriff: Louisiana man fatally shot after hostage standoff

    January 21, 2016 9:14 AM

    PORT BARRE- Authorities in central Louisiana have fatally shot a man after a four-hour hostage standoff with police at a home. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz tells news outlets that 40-year-old Timothy R. Albert died from two gunshot wounds after police entered the home near Port Barre on Wednesday... more »
  • Possible sales tax increase by April part of plan to balance budget

    January 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards proposed, among other things, a one-cent sales tax increase to help balance the budget. The plan was revealed at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Edwards discussed ways he plans to fill a $750 million shortfall in the current budget and a shortfall... more »
  • State income tax filing begins Tuesday

    January 19, 2016 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State income tax filing begins on Tuesday. Taxpayers are able to file their taxes on paper or electronically. The average return time for returns filed electronically is up to 60 days. For paper returns, taxpayers should expect to wait about 12 to 14 weeks. The Department of Revenue... more »
  • Immunization Director: Worst of Louisiana flu season ahead

    January 19, 2016 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana flu season has been quiet so far, but that could change as cases of the illness increase across the country. Despite the lull in the season, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. Dr. Frank Welch, immunization medical... more »
  • Mississippi River cresting this week Play Video

    January 18, 2016 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The swollen Mississippi started cresting Monday. At Red River Landing, the river crested at 60 1/2 feet, 12 feet above flood stage. In downtown, the crest is forecast to happen Tuesday ten feet above the 35-foot flood stage. " It was pretty amazing watching it... more »
  • Gas prices falling to record lows Play Video

    January 18, 2016 11:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fuel prices could drop to pre-Katrina levels by the end of the week. Prices at the pump fell as the trading price of a barrel of crude continued to drop. With an already large supply, the amount of crude on the market will thicken as Iran... more »
  • Nobody wins 3 big weekend lotteries; jackpots rise

    January 17, 2016 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says nobody won big weekend lotteries, so Wednesday's jackpots are going up. The lottery corporation says Wednesday's jackpots are estimated at $60,000 for Easy 5, $425,000 for Lotto and $50 million for the Powerball. Its winnings summary says $1,381 was the biggest prize... more »
  • Jury finds man guilty in shooting, murder of Baton Rouge college student

    January 15, 2016 10:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A jury found Trung Le guilty in the shooting death of a nursing student from Hammond and the injuring of nine others on Bourbon Street in June 2014. The verdict was read by the jury Friday night. The shooting shocked the area. Le maintained he... more »
  • Obama promise could help I-10 congestion Play Video

    January 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wheels appear to be in motion for Louisiana to get some badly needed road money from the federal government. Governor John Bel Edwards said Friday his administration received phone calls from Washington D.C. about a potential $100 million grant. This comes after President Obama visited earlier... more »
  • Louisiana sheriff's deputy killed, former inmate arrested

    January 14, 2016 2:53 PM

    HOMER, La. - Authorities have arrested a former inmate in the death of a sheriff's deputy whose body was found earlier this week in a shallow grave near her north Louisiana home. Louisiana State Police Trooper Matt Harris says 35-year-old Jermaine Johnson was booked with second-degree murder on Tuesday. Bond... more »
  • President Obama greets excited crowd in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 14, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A crowd of hundreds greeted President Barack Obama with cheers and shouts as he entered McKinley High School Thursday, and the president responded with "Geaux Tigers!" The president was introduced by Che'dra Joseph , McKinley High School's Student of the Year. The school gym where Obama's... more »
  • Louisiana ACA's enrollment tops 193,000

    January 14, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of Louisiana residents who got coverage through the federal insurance marketplace reached 193,249 as of Jan. 9, roughly 7,000 more than last year's total. For the first time, HealthCare.gov's figures included numbers for the state's metro areas. In the New Orleans area, 79,984 consumers either picked... more »
  • President Obama left the 747 in Washington for his trip to Baton Rouge

    January 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama landed at Baton Rouge Metro Airport ahead of his estimated time of arrival Wednesday evening. Air Force One touched down about 7:42. He flew in a smaller airplane than the typical Boeing 747 famously associated with the Air Force One tag. Instead, he... more »
  • Lawmakers urged to raise state sales tax Play Video

    January 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers were told to face the music and raise the sales tax Wednesday. LSU professor Jim Richardson said it's one of the only ways to raise money immediately. Lawmakers have till June to raise $700-$750 million. Otherwise Medicaid, public schools and state colleges could run out... more »
  • Inauguration, Ted Cruz and President Obama put spotlight on Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 11, 2016 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's rare for Louisiana to get such political spotlight that is not involving scandal but this week, three major events put the state and the city of Baton Rouge at the center of politics. Monday, democrats and republicans were cross-town rivals. First, Governor John Bel Edwards,... more »
  • Thousands pack the State Capitol to welcome Edwards Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite a chilly morning, there wasn't an empty seat available today at the State Capitol. Many of those who came to Baton Rouge travelled long distances to get here. James Stewart, a retired teacher, said he made a bucket list and attending an inauguration was... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    January 11, 2016 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 2 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims increased to 2,459 from the previous week's total of 2,398. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Lawmakers to select their leaders with start of new term

    January 11, 2016 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers are readying to choose their leaders as the new term in office begins. The House and Senate meet Monday morning, ahead of the inauguration ceremony where Democrat John Bel Edwards will be sworn in as Louisiana's governor. The Senate is expected to maintain its current president,... more »
  • Louisiana's sugar cane farmers see decent yields in 2015

    January 11, 2016 8:24 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Farmers and industry experts say Louisiana's 2015 sugar cane harvest was a wet, muddy mess. The state's 11 sugar mills finished grinding for the season last week. Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, says despite the challenges, this year's crop yields have been decent, and... more »
  • Edwards sworn in as Louisiana's 56th governor

    January 11, 2016 6:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards has been sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana. Edwards is promising that he will not be a "business-as-usual governor," as he takes office. Edwards said he planned to tackle healthcare and wage issues as governor. He said... more »
  • Data doesn't support Jindal food stamp claim

    January 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal claimed the threat of kicking people off food stamps spurred them into the job market, but data released Thursday shows that's not exactly accurate. In October the Jindal administration announced 61,000 able-bodied adults had 3 months to find work or lose food stamps.... more »
  • GOP contender Donald Trump names Louisiana campaign team

    January 7, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has named his Louisiana campaign team, ahead of the state's March 5 primary. New Orleans businessman Jay Batt, a former city councilman and current chairman of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is chairing Trump's Louisiana campaign effort. Co-chairmen are Tim Breaux of... more »
  • Take a look at nighttime Louisiana from space

    January 6, 2016 11:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The capital region's bright lights are the center of an image tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station Tuesday. Kelly used the hashtag "year in space" when he shared the image. While he called attention to New Orleans, shown as the cluster... more »
  • Carnival season rolls into season Wednesday night

    January 6, 2016 10:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Carnival season got off to a musical start as the Phunny Phorty Phellows rolled down St. Charles Avenue Wednesday night. The gaggle parades each Twelfth Night, Jan. 6. In 2016, as they do each year, the group ro de a street car as festival goers... more »
  • Corps warns opening Morganza is likely after Jan. 11th Play Video

    January 6, 2016 8:47 PM

    MORGANZA - At a meeting Wednesday night with people who live near a flood control structure north of Baton Rouge, the Army Corps. of Engineers warned the floodgates may need to be opened. The US Army Corp says #MississsippiRiver will likely force them to open the Morganza Floodgates... more »
  • You can Uber yourself a king cake Wednesday

    January 5, 2016 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ride-sharing service Uber will deliver king cakes on Wednesday, the official start of Carnival. Uber announced app users can request the popular treat between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans can request the king cakes and drivers will... more »
  • WATCH Governor-Elect Edwards talks possible tax increase

    January 4, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards gave some indication Monday about a possible plan to raise taxes to fill Louisiana's budget deficit. Specifically he would be in favor of eliminating some income tax deductions for individuals and corporations while lowering income taxes overall. Edwards said people would pay a... more »
  • Edwards' inauguration festivities not comparable to previous governor's plans

    January 2, 2016 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards may have cannon fire and a black-tie ball, but the approach for his Jan. 11 inaugural festivities is more understated compared to past governors. Among Edwards' immediate predecessors, Bobby Jindal had a free festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Kathleen Blanco's team created... more »
  • Number of jobs in state down compared with last year

    December 30, 2015 6:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Total civilian employment in Louisiana dropped by more than 30,000 from November 2014 to November 2015. Figures released Wednesday by the state's Louisiana Workforce Commission and adjusted to account for seasonal changes showed the number of civilians employed at just over 2.008 million in November. That's... more »
  • Medicaid, TOPS, public schools all running out of money Play Video

    December 30, 2015 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's budget woes keep getting worse. Louisiana now has a $2.65 billion budget hole to be filled by June. Incoming Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced the sobering news Tuesday at LSU. "This is the clear view, the true picture for where we are today. It's... more »

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