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  • 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 »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • MISS USA DRAWS IN THE STARS

    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 »

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