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  • Alligator seen near home, others spotted Monday

    April 17, 2017 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Alligators seemed to be on the move Monday in various areas of South Louisiana. Among the sightings and calls for help was a situation outside a home on Plains-Port Hudson Road. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home east of Hwy. 61 between 3 p.m. and... more »
  • Masses crowded as Christians gather for Easter Sunday

    April 16, 2017 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pews were filled, leaving only room to stand. It's Easter Sunday mass at St Joseph's Cathedral where Catholics have gathered to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Nebe Kadair had to kneels in prayer on the floor, the only open spot he could find. "Today, Easter Sunday is... more »
  • Video shows possible tornado near Alexandria

    April 2, 2017 4:37 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Central Louisiana has already experienced severe weather in the area, and more is expected to continue into the night. According to KALB-TV, confidence is growing that widespread severe weather will hit central Louisiana Sunday afternoon through much of Sunday night. Video submitted to KALB shows... more »
  • 19 horses killed when semi driver from La. flips rig

    March 2, 2017 5:00 PM

    GREENVILLE, Mississippi - A man from Louisiana was behind the wheel of a horse rig when it overturned, killing more than a dozen livestock in Mississippi. KNOE TV reported the driver is from Bastrop, Louisiana. Bastrop is in the Monroe area. The driver survived the crash, the TV station... more »
  • La.'s weather predicting nutria contradicts Groundhog Day forecast

    February 2, 2017 10:30 AM

    NEW IBERIA – Louisiana's Cajun weather rodent did not see his “shadeaux” Thursday., insinuating a longer Spring for the Bayou State. According to The Daily Iberian newspaper in Iberia Parish, nutria Pierre C. Shadeaux appeared from his habitat under heavy fog early Thursday to decipher the weather forecasters apparently... more »
  • Photos: Governor, Pope meet at the Vatican Wednesday Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican released pictures of Governor John Bel Edwards interacting with Pope Francis Wednesday. Photos published by the Vatican indicate the meeting happened on January 18th. It's not clear at what time the meeting happened – the Vatican is about 7 hours ahead of local Baton... more »
  • Surveyors count 8 tornadoes from Monday storms in Louisiana

    January 4, 2017 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service counts at least eight tornadoes that hit Louisiana Monday. Survey teams conclude twisters damaged parts of Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline, Rapides and Tangipahoa parishes. The most powerful storm, rated EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale, hit south of Ragley in Beauregard Parish, with top... more »
  • All LSP patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017 Play Video

    December 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All Louisiana State Police patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017, law enforcement leaders announced on Wednesday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the iniative in a joint press conference at the Governor's mansion Wednesday afternoon. Edwards said LSP will purchase 1,500 body cameras in... more »
  • No surprises expected with Louisiana's electoral votes

    December 17, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana electoral voters say they've been inundated with emails and letters trying to persuade them to change their minds about casting ballots for Donald Trump. That doesn't mean any of the state's eight electoral voters is expected to make a switch. State officials expect a quick, straightforward... more »
  • November Louisiana jobless rate dips as labor force shrinks

    December 16, 2016 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in November as more people left the labor force. The jobless rate fell from 6.3 percent in October, but remained above the 5.9 percent level from November 2015. Fewer people reported having jobs and fewer people were looking. The number... more »
  • Here's how to attend the Trump event in Baton Rouge Friday

    December 6, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President-elect Donald Trump will speak to a crowd of people at the Dow Chemical aircraft hangar at the Baton Rouge airport Friday afternoon. Organizers revealed details of the event to WBRZ.com first. People will likely be asked to park away from the hangar and will walk... more »
  • Louisiana's motor vehicle office to stop accepting cash

    October 31, 2016 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Beginning Tuesday, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will not accept cash for transactions. State officials say acceptable forms of payment will include debit cards, credit cards, checks, money orders and cashier checks for driver's licenses, identification cards, mobility impaired hang-tag and vehicle transactions. For reinstatement transactions,... more »
  • Update on Shelter at Home and FEMA mobile home processes Play Video

    September 22, 2016 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal emergency officials released new information Thursday about post-flood disaster housing options. GHOSEP said that the purpose of the meeting was to address immediate housing needs for residents impacted by last month's historic flooding. Many residents have complained that the federal government response... more »
  • 2 Louisiana metro areas grow fast in 2015, 2 shrink fast

    September 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation's fastest growing economies and two of its fastest shrinking in 2015. Lake Charles' economy grew 8.3 percent, third fastest in the nation according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. That growth was boosted... more »
  • Audit: Agencies not complying with tax break reporting law

    September 19, 2016 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says four state agencies didn't comply with a 2013 state law aimed at better tracking of Louisiana's tax break programs. In a report released Monday, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says 46 of 79 tax incentive reports that agencies are supposed to submit under... more »
  • 2 psychologists plead guilty in $25 million Medicare scam

    September 7, 2016 10:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say two psychologists have admitted participating in a $25 million scam that billed Medicare for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A Justice Department news release says 62-year-old Beverly Stubblefield of Slidell, Louisiana, and 46-year-old John Teal... more »
  • Salvation Army to open distribution center Monday in Gonzales

    August 28, 2016 12:40 PM

    GONZALES - The Salvation Army will open a distribution center in Gonzales on Monday, Aug. 29. The distribution and limited case management center will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be located at 218 E Bayou Narcisse St. in Gonzales. Food, water, toiletries, and limited... more »
  • Louisiana floods not expected to raise Zika risk

    August 17, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials tracking the mosquito-borne Zika virus say they aren't expecting an increased risk in flood-ravaged south Louisiana. Flooding and storms often boost the mosquito population. But Dr. Ben Beard with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that those aren't the mosquito types... more »
  • Taylor Swift donating $1 million to Louisiana flood efforts

    August 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    NEW YORK - Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people. Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her... more »
  • How to mark yourself SAFE on Facebook

    August 15, 2016 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Facebook users living in areas affected by the severe flooding can now let their loved ones know that they are safe. The feature is only activated in serious events with possible loss of life. The safety check was activated during the Paris terror attacks as well... more »
  • Small plane crashes off Florida coast, kills Louisiana man

    August 3, 2016 6:45 PM

    DESTIN - Authorities say a small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle coast, killing a Louisiana man. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says on social media that 63-year old Al Habetz's twin engine eight-seat Cessna went down Tuesday night near Destin. Officials don't think anyone... more »
  • Yuengling Lager finally makes its way to Louisiana

    August 1, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Yuengling Lager has finally made its way to select locations in the state with some of those sellers receiving their supply on Monday. It makes Louisiana the 19th state where suds from "America's oldest brewery" can now be purchased. Restaurants and stores in Baton Rouge... more »
  • La. seafood industry told to think beyond daily catch

    July 28, 2016 9:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Leather made of tuna skin. Canned seafood marketed to tourists as souvenirs. Dried shrimp shells sold as a soup seasoning or used to extract chitin, a protein that has various agricultural, industrial and medical uses. Those were a few potential revenue generators for Louisiana's seafood industry... more »
  • Louisiana election registration period enters its second day

    July 21, 2016 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The candidate registration period for the Nov. 8 election has entered its second day. But it was a much slower pace Thursday than on opening day, when 15 candidates packed into the Secretary of State's Office to sign up for the U.S. Senate race. Republican incumbent... more »
  • While Baton Rouge teeters, mayor appears absent

    July 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor stressed teamwork in a news conference Friday, and said state leaders are working with Baton Rouge city officials despite a noticeable absence of Mayor Kip Holden. Holden, who first commented in a quick phone conversation with WBRZ the night of Alton Sterling's death -... more »
  • La. governor orders flags at half-staff for Florida mass shooting victims

    June 13, 2016 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flags will fly at half-staff at Louisiana public buildings to honor the victims of a weekend mass shooting in Florida, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday. Edwards said the American flag will fly with the state flag at half-staff until sunset Thursday. Sunday, hours after the... more »
  • Louisiana joins more than 20 states in 'banning the box'

    June 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State employers will soon evaluate job applicants based on skills and interview conversations, not a checkmark. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the "ban the box" legislation into law Monday to block state employers from asking about job applicants' criminal histories before interviews. The law will apply to... more »
  • Louisiana adds police protections to hate-crime laws

    May 26, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose family includes four generations of sheriffs, signed the law on Thursday. He said it protects "men and women who... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 29, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,684 from the previous week's total of 2,791. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Whooping crane chick: Louisiana's 1st in wild since 1939

    April 13, 2016 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- For the first time since 1939, a whooping crane chick has hatched in the wild in Louisiana. Biologist Sara Zimorski of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday she's been smiling all day. She says a department technician spotted the chick Monday evening. Whooping cranes are... more »
  • Baker named #1 safest city in La.

    April 8, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baker has been named the safest city in the state by BackgroundChecks.org . Baker tops a list of ten cities the web site ranked. The website is a public safety focused organization committed to increasing public safety, community involvement, transparent government, and education. The site’s list was compiled... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,497 from the previous week's total of 2,878. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

    February 12, 2016 6:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- From a decline in arrests to the number of visitors, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hailing the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success. On Thursday, the city released numbers on arrests, the cleanup and the number of visitors. Landrieu also thanked city workers for their efforts at... more »
  • Baton Rouge is a political hotbed Thursday; three events to be streamed on WBRZ.com

    February 11, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the second time this year, the capitol city will be buzzing with political activity Thursday evening. First, Governor John Bel Edwards is set to discuss the state's budget crisis and sell his plan on fixing it in a rare state-wide address. The governor will appear... more »
  • Livingston Parish plays key role in galactic discovery confirmed Thursday Play Video

    February 10, 2016 4:05 PM

    LIVINGSTON - It's almost unimaginable to think a seven-mile drive north of I-12 and the Livingston exit will take you to the home of where scientists have proven a 10 0 -year-old scientific phenomenon. Thursday, scientists from across the country gathered at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in Livingston... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Lawsuit filed to block removal of Confederate monuments

    December 17, 2015 10:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four hours after the mayor signed a city ordinance into law that removes Confederate monuments, a lawsuit was filed to block the removal. The Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Monumental Task Committee and Beauregard Camp No. 130 challenged the city council's vote to remove... more »
  • Report: Life of 'Pistol' Pete to become another feature film Play Video

    December 15, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A filmmaker and NBA star are teaming up to put the life of LSU great "Pistol" Pete Maravich on the big screen. It is the second movie about the basketball legend in the last two decades. This time, filmmaker Brett Rapkin will work with NBA All-Star... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 10th in charter school promotion

    December 15, 2015 9:17 AM

    LAFAYETTE- A new study finds Louisiana ranks 10th in the country when it comes to state policies that promote a strong charter school sector. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers gave Louisiana 24 points out of a possible 33 points. It also noted that 73 percent of the state's... more »
  • Audit: Monitoring of Medicaid program deemed deficient

    December 8, 2015 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A state legislative audit shows the state health agency failed to properly oversee an $18 million a year program that provides non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid recipients. The audit, released Monday, marked the seventh time the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals received audit findings that could result... more »
  • Senators seek plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program

    December 7, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are asking Louisiana's health department to draw up a Medicaid expansion proposal within weeks, as they ready for a new governor who wants to tap into that provision of the federal health care law. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion plans, siding with Republican Gov.... more »
  • Credit agency says La. deficit plan was only 'stop-gap' fix

    December 4, 2015 5:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A national credit rating agency says the maneuvers used by Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers to close a $487 million midyear budget gap were only temporary fixes. Fitch Ratings released its analysis Thursday of the work recently done to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget. The assessment was... more »
  • 2 SW Louisiana stations playing nothing but Christmas

    November 29, 2015 1:21 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas - and nothing but Christmas - on two southwest Louisiana radio stations. KBIU-FM and KHLA-FM are playing only Christmas music until Dec. 26. At KHLA, brand manager and on-air personality Gary Shannon tells the American Press that "all Christmas... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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