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  • Edwin Edwards admitted to hospital with pneumonia

    November 25, 2015 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most infamous politician was admitted into an area hospital for pneumonia, a source close to the family revealed Wednesday. Doctors were treating Edwin Edwards with antibiotics. Edwards' condition quickly improved, WBRZ learned. Sources said the former governor has already returned to his witty self, asking... more »
  • Blue Bell ice cream to return to Louisiana on Dec. 21

    November 24, 2015 12:43 PM

    BRENHAM, Texas - Lovers of Blue Bell ice cream are preparing to scream for ice cream once again as the brand readies for its to return to Louisiana in about four weeks. The Texas-based company announced Tuesday that it would begin “phase four” of its reopening process with deliveries... more »
  • Tom Cruise filming in downtown Baton Rouge

    November 23, 2015 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Filming for the movie "Jack Reacher 2" starring Tom Cruise will close downtown streets today. Police said North Street will close between the River and the state parking garage from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Police officers will be around to direct people through the area. No parking... more »
  • Fusion Center at State Police HQ would monitor refugees check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2015 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after discussing frustrations over how the federal government is handling Syrian refugees being placed in Louisiana and other states, the chief of the State Police showed off the Fusion Center where refugees would be monitored. "T here's no local vetting," Col. Mike Edmonson said at... more »
  • State puts out call for more foster parents check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 27, 2015 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials are asking more people to consider becoming foster parents to help find homes for a growing number of children in Louisiana's foster care system. Sheri Soper is a foster parent of two children. For her and her husband, being foster parents is the way... more »
  • Attack ads launched in Louisiana governor's race runoff

    October 27, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An onslaught of attack ads is being unleashed in the Louisiana governor's race, by candidates and outside groups seeking to influence the two-man runoff between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter. In Edwards' first TV ad for the runoff, the state lawmaker from Tangipahoa Parish... more »
  • Burn ban lifted after heavy La. rains

    October 26, 2015 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A heavy, soaking rain this weekend caused state fire authorities to life Louisiana's burn ban on Monday. The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry agreed the ban should be lifted Monday evening at 6 p.m. after the rains reduced the chance... more »
  • Rain may be affecting La. election turnout

    October 24, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rain in parts of the state may be affecting turnout as Louisiana voters make their choices for governor, lieutenant governor, other statewide posts and, in many areas, the Legislature. Meg Casper, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office says turnout has been light to steady,... more »
  • Voucher enrollment drops slightly in Louisiana this year

    October 12, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Enrollment in Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program has dipped a bit this year. The latest data from the state education department, released Sunday, shows 7,110 students are receiving vouchers from the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the current school year. That's 252 students fewer than last year, when... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    October 9, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 3 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,341 from the previous week's total of 2,342. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole becomes attack point in governor's race

    September 25, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a new flashpoint in the governor's race. Republican candidate David Vitter is accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe. Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    September 18, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 12 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,015 from the previous week's total of 2,417. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Newspaper owner misses election deadline

    September 10, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businessman John Georges will not be included on the upcoming gubernatorial ballot since he failed to qualify, or sign up, for the election by 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Late this week, political insiders stirred the political pot with claims Georges was considering a run. By adding his... more »
  • La. clarifies DL policies for transgender people

    September 10, 2015 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will allow people who identify as opposite genders to take a license photo representing their day-to-day lifestyle. For instance, the OMV will allow people who identify as female but still have legal documents listing them as male to take a... more »
  • La. high school football player dies after hit during game Friday

    September 5, 2015 12:20 AM

    WINNSBORO - A high school football player died from injuries sustained at a Friday night football game in Franklin Parish. Sheriff Kevin Cobb identified the victim as 16-year-old Tyrell Cameron. Officials said he died at a hospital after being rushed there from the game. Franklin Parish High School... more »
  • Angelle campaign takes issue with ad from pro-Vitter PAC

    September 2, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Scott Angelle's campaign for governor is fighting back against an attack ad launched by a super PAC supporting GOP contender David Vitter. Angelle's campaign says the ad falsely accuses the state utility regulator of wanting to "tax the Internet." Campaign officials say Vitter supported a state... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    August 28, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 22 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,414 from the previous week's total of 2,544. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • WATCH: Officers caught in the crossfire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2015 12:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff is worried the next generation of law enforcement officers might be rethinking their careers after watching so many officers die in the line of duty. "There's just no care about what happens to the man standing next to you,"... more »
  • WATCH: Amoeba testing in state lab check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 25, 2015 12:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – In a lab requiring security clearance similar to military compounds, scientists are working to test water from water systems across Louisiana. This summer, three systems have been found to contain a brain-eating amoeba. At a state lab, experts are checking and testing samples from other systems.... more »
  • Police identify suspect connected to Walker credit card fraud

    August 20, 2015 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police in McComb, Miss. have identified one of the suspects who police say stole credit card information from a Walker man and made fraudulent purchases at a Mississippi Walmart. Investigators identified Bradley J Boudreaux, 32, of Mamou, La., as the suspect shown in security footage wearing... more »
  • Traffic should be expected during 60-day I-10 project

    August 19, 2015 4:08 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Thirty-year-old sections of I-10 will be replaced in a two-month construction project set to start Friday, the DOTD announced Wednesday afternoon. Asphalt will be replaced between the I-10 exit at La. 415 in West Baton Rouge and the Iberville Parish line, about half-way through the thickly... more »
  • Rate for adult cycling deaths in Louisiana rises

    August 17, 2015 8:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has the third-highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation. That's according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state's bicyclist death rate fell 34.4 percent since 1975, but that was mostly due to the lower child mortality rate because... more »
  • Dangerous heat warning this weekend

    August 7, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials warned people in Louisiana about dangerous heat and humidity levels expected to scorch the state this weekend. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness urged people to use caution because of the triple-digit temperatures forecast for Saturday and Sunday. The National... more »
  • Bridge inspection to close La. 73 next week

    August 4, 2015 6:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Highway 73 between Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge will be closed at the end of the morning rush next Thursday. The state issued the traffic advisory Tuesday afternoon. The portion of the highway that will be closed will be over Bayou Manchac. Crews will be inspecting... more »
  • Sanders visits Louisiana, talks civil rights, gun control

    July 26, 2015 6:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A rally in a new Orleans suburb is set to cap a weekend of campaigning in Louisiana for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. Sunday evening's rally in Kenner comes after Saturday appearances in Baton Rouge, where he addressed a meeting... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims hold steady

    July 10, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 4 remained the same from the previous week's total of 2,707. For the comparable week a year earlier, the state department of labor said Friday there were 2,301 claims. Construction had the largest decrease in... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    July 6, 2015 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 27 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,707 from the previous week's total of 2,731. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Gay marriage licenses almost everywhere in La on Tuesday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 30, 2015 6:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is changing the lines labeled "bride" and "groom" on its marriage licenses to "bride/spouse" and "groom/spouse" to accommodate same-sex marriages. But same-sex couples don't have to choose who is bride or groom. Holly Vining, president of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, said Tuesday they can... more »
  • Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses

    June 30, 2015 2:07 PM

    MOREHEAD, KY - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday morning to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she turned away a lesbian couple who walked... more »
  • State says accommodations needed for religious objectors

    June 29, 2015 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top lawyer for Governor Bobby Jindal's administration said Monday that protections are still in place for any in Louisiana who have religious objections to same-sex marriage. The Jindal administration sent out executive counsel Thomas Enright's memo after multiple clerks of court began issuing marriage licenses... more »
  • La. Senate starts approving tax bills for next year's budget

    June 5, 2015 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started passing tax bills to help raise new dollars for next year's budget. With a 28-7 vote Friday, the Senate agreed to temporarily suspend a 1-cent state sales tax exemption on the purchase of electricity, steam and water for utilities by businesses. The suspension would... more »
  • Bill to outlaw revenge porn gets final legislative passage

    June 2, 2015 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to make revenge pornography a crime. With a 97-0 House vote Tuesday, the bill sponsored by Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, moves to the desk of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it. Under the measure, anyone who shares a nude or... more »
  • Bills would steer money to road projects

    June 1, 2015 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A package of bills aimed at steering more money to road repairs and bridge work across Louisiana is edging nearer to final legislative passage. The proposals by Sen. Robert Adley, the Senate transportation committee chairman, are an effort to chip away at the state's $12 billion... more »
  • Emergency declared as La. officials eye rising Red River

    May 29, 2015 7:45 PM

    SHREVEPORT - State officials and authorities in northwestern Louisiana are keeping an eye on the Red River, which is expected to surpass flood stage late next week. Caddo Parish authorities noted the Red is currently expected to crest four feet above its 30-foot flood stage on June 6. The governor's... more »
  • Discussion continues on Baton Rouge body cameras check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 27, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The fight for body cameras rages on in Baton Rouge. Councilwoman Denise Marcelle is continuing her push for an ordinance that would require patrolling officers to wear the cameras, starting January 1st. The topic has already been deferred three times at council meetings. Marcelle says it's been... more »
  • Louisiana House passes $24B budget proposal for next year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to a more than $24 billion budget proposal for next year that contains fewer cuts than lawmakers had feared but still leaves some public health care programs short. Lawmakers voted 65-37 Thursday for the spending plan to finance government operations in the... more »
  • Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list

    May 20, 2015 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal and Louisiana officials say it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list... more »
  • Louisiana borrows $335M to continue construction projects

    May 6, 2015 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite budget question marks and the collapse of a recent LSU bond sale, Louisiana has borrowed $335 million without problems. The state sold general obligation bonds Wednesday to low bidder Wells Fargo Bank. The Bond Commission agreed to the sale without objection, with the money slated to... more »
  • Tornado warning for East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish

    April 27, 2015 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Weather Service says a line of severe thunderstorms is moved across south Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Tornado Warning for: Southeastern West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Southwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Lousiaiana. Northwestern Livingston Parish... more »
  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, that would repeal a local property tax on inventory. The repeal... more »
  • $335M borrowing plan approved for state-funded construction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2015 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will borrow $335 million next month to replenish its construction project fund and keep the money from running dry in June. The State Bond Commission agreed to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection. The bond sale will keep work humming on state-financed construction projects through February.... more »
  • Financial adviser: Louisiana moving nearer to its debt cap

    March 19, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's financial adviser is warning that the state is edging closer to its debt ceiling and will need to tightly manage construction spending to stay under the cap. Lamont Financial Services Corp. provided an update Thursday to the State Bond Commission about the state's debt load. Gov.... more »
  • Governor's LSU prayer rally cost $10,289 in police overtime

    March 6, 2015 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A prayer rally at LSU cost about $10,289 to pay overtime for state police officers. The rally, called The Response , was at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) on January 24. The governor was a large supporter and promoter of the event. The Associated... more »
  • Initial claims for unemployment fall

    February 20, 2015 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 14 decreased to 2,522 from the previous week's total of 2,939. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,993 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... more »
  • People buying Powerball tickets by the droves check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 11, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The big Powerball jackpot reached $500 million Wednesday, bringing people out in droves to buy tickets before the drawing. People all over the city have been swarming gas stations and stores to purchase their combination of numbers, hoping to win the big prize. "I've never... more »
  • Audit: Workers' comp costs growing at La. state agencies

    February 9, 2015 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of workers' compensation claims filed by Louisiana state employees dropped significantly over the last eight years. But a legislative audit says workers' compensation costs for state agencies continued to increase. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed claims and costs for state employees from the 2006... more »
  • Jindal administration releases mid-year cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration released their plans Friday to deal with a mid-year budget deficit of more than $103 million. The plan calls for $60.66 million in cuts from state agencies and includes $42.84 million in "revenue opportunities," mostly stopgap spending from state trust funds and one-time... more »
  • 148,000 sign up for coverage through federal marketplace

    February 5, 2015 3:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 148,500 Louisiana residents have enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, as the sign-up deadline nears. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, covering insurance plan selections through the end of January. The numbers exceed last year,... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • $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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Shreveport woman killed by large tree limb

    July 24, 2014 11:18 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Shreveport authorities say a 64-year-old woman died after being hit by a large limb that fell to street during strong storm. The Caddo Parish Coroner's Office says Connie Wilson Johnson died Wednesday of blunt force trauma from the collapse of the limb. Neighbors said Johnson was walking down... more »
  • Vitter says he'd consider Medicaid expansion

    June 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed... more »
  • SU gives kids an appreciation for math, science check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 13, 2014 5:14 PM

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

    June 8, 2014 9:40 PM

    Baton Rouge- The Miss USA pageant kicked off in the capitol city tonight and the stars came out in droves. Some of them say Louisiana is a one of a kind place. "They welcome you with open arms here in Louisiana and Baton Rouge, and also the food,... more »
  • Bill signed to shrink cell phone use near schools

    June 6, 2014 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers who use handheld cell phones in some school zones soon could face fines. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a measure by Rep. Jeff Thompson that calls for penalties against drivers who use handheld cellphones in school zones that choose to post a sign saying such use... more »
  • La. Senate debates $24.6B budget for next year

    May 28, 2014 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have started debating a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year. The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health... more »
  • Beach season begins, state tests water quality

    May 23, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health experts have started testing the water off the coast of Louisiana's popular beach locations. Twenty-five locations are tested weekly during the beach season of May, June, July, August, September and October. Scientists check water for enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria, common bacteria in sewage pollution.... more »
  • Bill would allow survey on teen sex risk behavior

    May 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A measure to allow the state education department to survey students on sex-related risk behaviors has narrowly advanced to the Louisiana House for debate. The House Education Committee voted 7-6 Tuesday for the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Pat Smith, a Democrat. Supporters say it would help... more »
  • Protestors demonstrate against abortion bill Play Video

    May 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Demonstrators with Planned Parenthood spoke out against legislation that critics said could shut down almost every abortion clinic in Louisiana. Lawmakers are considering a bill which would require all doctors that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Critics said that would only... more »
  • Technology changes the scene for first responders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2014 5:42 PM

    GONZALES - First responders in Louisiana tested the state's emergency response system to get ready for hurricane season this week. Teams from across Louisiana took a test run of the multi-state emergency response system, Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Mobilization Unit. Just like in a real emergency, everyone checks... more »
  • Cap on payday loan interest rate defeated

    April 7, 2014 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizations seeking to toughen regulations on payday loans pointed to a report by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions that shows state residents shelled out $146 million in fees and interest on the loans last year. Supporters of a bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James argued... more »
  • La. Senate refuses to protect 'chicken boxing'

    April 7, 2014 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The sport of "chicken boxing" doesn't have many friends in the Louisiana Senate. Senators refused Monday to protect chicken boxing from Louisiana's ban on cockfighting, despite pleas from their colleague, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory. Guillory says chicken boxing is similar to human kickboxing, with none of the knives,... more »
  • Jetson property could be sold, smaller facility planned

    March 24, 2014 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State juvenile justice leaders pledged to return a juvenile justice facility to the state's largest parish Monday afternoon during a House Appropriations committee hearing at the capitol. The goal could be to sell all but fifty acres of the property north of the airport and use the... more »
  • EMS stipend considered by lawmakers

    March 18, 2014 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are considering whether the state should start paying Emergency Medical Service workers the same monthly supplement that local law enforcement officers and firefighters receive. A Senate judiciary panel agreed without objection Tuesday to a constitutional amendment that would add full-time EMS workers to the list to... more »
  • Economy growing jobs in southeast Louisiana

    March 14, 2014 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans region needs to prepare itself for economic growing pains. That's the message delivered Thursday by Michael Hecht, who leads the economic development group Greater New Orleans Inc. The New Orleans Advocate reports Hecht spoke to business leaders at the organization's annual meeting. He told... more »
  • Leaders approve road takeover

    March 12, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a plan to take control over busy roads from the state, streamlining and expediting road construction on the major thoroughfares. Wednesday, the metro council approved a move to take Government Street, a section of Nicholson Drive, and River Road from the control of the... more »
  • Appeals court delays disclosure on execution drugs

    March 12, 2014 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has delayed a judge's order that Louisiana reveal information about the seller and manufacturer of drugs the state uses in executions. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday agreed to stay the order by U.S. District Judge James Brady. ... more »
  • La. appeals order to release execution drug source

    March 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana corrections officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that would require disclosure of the seller and manufacturer of the state's execution drugs. Judge James Brady ruled last week that the corrections department must reveal this week the information about where it... more »
  • Lawmaker pushes for bible as official state book

    February 28, 2014 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state lawmaker wants the bible to be the official state book. State Representative Thomas G. Carmody (R- Shreveport) prefiled the bill for the upcoming legislative session. Carmody specifically wants the Holy Bible published by Johannes Prevel to be recognized as the state's official book. Carmody said... more »
  • More food stamp users disqualified after misuse check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said more people have been disqualified from the food stamps program due to abuse during an outage last fall, bringing the total up to 13. The Department of Child and Family Services said they're still going after 500 of the most extreme cases of... more »
  • Researchers: wind turbines could fight hurricanes

    February 27, 2014 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Soon, a part of Old South Baton Rouge will be turned into the center of research to deal with issues about sustaining the coastline, a vital part of hurricane protection. But, other researchers said they have an idea about a way to cut a hurricane's power and... more »
  • La. braces for another winter wallop

    February 10, 2014 10:58 PM

    MONROE- Louisiana is under a state of emergency as parishes in the northern area of the state deal with another round of severe winter weather. The declaration, announced Monday, will help in the deployment and staging of state assets to support northern parishes in responding in case of snow... more »
  • Execution on hold over lethal injection procedure concerns

    February 3, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man will not be executed later this week since his execution was put on hold because of concerns surrounding how it would have been handled. The state made changes to the drug cocktail used on death row. Christopher Sepulvado was scheduled to die by lethal... more »
  • State Police investigating explicit social media accounts

    January 31, 2014 11:14 PM

    LAFAYETTE- State Police in southwestern Louisiana are investigating the Instagram accounts of teenagers after reports of cyberbullying and child pornography being posted on the picture sharing site. Investigators said the images likely appeared as teens were stuck at home, bored during the recent winter storm that closed schools for... more »
  • Overnight and Tuesday morning: what to expect

    January 27, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A winter storm warning will be activated at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning since forecasters predict sleet, ice, icing and possible snow accumulations. The low temperature Tuesday will be 29 degrees; the high 32. Liquid precipitation will likely freeze and remain frozen through the afternoon and into... more »
  • After six year absence, State Police host academy

    January 10, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This weekend, people who want to become state troopers will begin the rigorous process of becoming a member of the Louisiana State Police force. Fifty future troopers will start training and will graduate in May. They are part of the first cadet class in six years. ... more »
  • Black pastor has issue with race remarks, not anti-gay comments

    December 24, 2013 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The drama surrounding reality TV star Phil Robertson's comments about gays and African Americans has yet to die down, even as people leave the daily grind and move into holiday mode. Now, the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention is adding his comments to the... more »
  • Coming home for the holidays

    December 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of Louisiana families will be getting their Christmas present early this year. Their loved ones are coming home. After a flight delay, members of the Louisiana National Guard touched down Monday in Baton Rouge. They spent the last year in Kuwait. Family and friends were... more »
  • McAllister sworn in as Congressman

    November 21, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Vance McAllister has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress. He will represent northeast, central, and a portion of southeast Louisiana. The Republican newcomer defeated State Senator Neil Riser in a runoff for Louisiana's 5th District. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner held the... more »

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