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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
November 16, 2013 10:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- According to state records, nearly two-dozen mayors have been the focus of a recall attempt since 1966.
Until Saturday night, eleven had been recalled. Deedy Slaughter became the 12th when voters in Port Allen decided they no longer wanted her leading their town.
School board members... more »
November 6, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- People testified before lawmakers Wednesday, telling them traffic congestion is almost out of control here.
They are begging for help that might not come. Money to fund the projects is hard to come by and previous efforts to obtain funds have failed.
Some projects are years... more »
October 16, 2013 4:12 PM
KINDER- Multiple injuries have been reported after a charter bus crashed in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Photos from the scene show a truck and bus collided. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 165 and Highway 101. That is just north of I-10 and south of Kinder.... more »
October 3, 2013 10:32 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy was the target of jokesters on the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Stewart and his political correspondent made fun of Cassidy for signing a letter before the government shutdown that discussed a plan to fund the government in exchange for... more »
September 18, 2013 10:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- Check your tickets to see if you have the winning numbers in another Powerball record.
Wednesday, the winning numbers were for a $400 million drawing. The winning numbers pulled were: 07-10-22-32-35, Powerball: 19.
Other drawings included: Easy 5 01-05-06-20-25
Pick 3 5-7-7... more »
September 9, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy.
"It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are... more »
September 6, 2013 4:04 PM
ALEXANDRIA- State health officials announced Friday, the first death in Louisiana connected to West Nile.
A person in Rapides Parish got sick and died. Specific details about the victim were not released.
Also this week, ten more people contracted the virus. Now, 31 people are sick from West... more »
September 5, 2013 12:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials are grappling with the implications of Louisiana's continued refusal to make its driver's license compliant with a federal national identification law. Louisiana lawmakers enacted a prohibition against the federal REAL ID law in 2008, calling the security requirements too intrusive. Questions have been raised about... more »
August 7, 2013 10:52 PM
WATSON- Owners of the Cajun Lagoon, a water park where a teenager drowned last week, have not filed documents with the Louisiana Fire Marshall showing if the facility is up to code.
When Nick Kissner, 14, died at the facility, inspectors realized park operators never submitted plans. They were... more »
August 2, 2013 12:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Saturday's Powerball jackpot has climbed to $300 million, with a cash value of $172.7 million. The Multi-State Lottery Association that operates the game on behalf of 45 participating lotteries, including the Louisiana Lottery, made the announcement Friday based on a nationwide surge in sales. Before the increase,... more »
August 1, 2013 11:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- Cajun Lagoon, a water park where a teenager drowned earlier this week, will be required to submit plans for structures on the property.
The State Fire Marshal's Office said the facility was cited after the drowning for failing to submit required documents. Owners will have to show... more »
July 31, 2013 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Bennett family will celebrate July 30th for years. Three generations share the same birthday and also share the same number of years between each other's date-of-birth.
"I am exactly 28 years older than Codey. Codey is exactly 28 years older than Ainsley Claire," said grandfather Harvey... more »
July 29, 2013 11:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS - This summer's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, where there's so little oxygen that starfish suffocate, is bigger than average but not the predicted near-record. Scientists led by Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium say the area of low oxygen, called hypoxia, covers 5,840... more »
June 26, 2013 3:18 PM
CADE- One person died in a fiery crash with an Amtrak train near Lafayette Wednesday afternoon.
The van and train collided at the corner of La. Hwy. 182 and 92 as the locomotive was pulling the Sunset Limited from New Iberia toward Lafayette, with a final destination of Los... more »
June 21, 2013 9:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - He graduated in 2003, and in ten short(depending upon who you ask) years Mark Cascio is back as Catholic High's boys basketball coach.
"Just being back here in a different role has been pretty special," said the former Christian Life Academy coach. "I've kept up with... more »
June 21, 2013 4:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate edged up in May to 6.8 percent from 6.4 percent in April, even as the state added 6,100 private sector jobs over the month - and 28,000 over the year. Figures released Friday by state and federal labor officials showed non-farm employment in Louisiana... more »
June 18, 2013 3:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Scientists in Michigan and Louisiana are predicting a big summer "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. In the Chesapeake Bay, a smaller than average dead zone is expected. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released predictions Tuesday for areas with too little oxygen to support life.... more »
June 14, 2013 4:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 8 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,755 from the previous week's total of 3,306. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
May 13, 2013 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The deadline for filing 2012 Louisiana individual income tax returns is Wednesday. The state Department of Revenue says filing can be made electronically and more information is available at the department's website, www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline. Officials say the average refund processing time for electronic returns is 10 business days;... more »
May 13, 2013 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Lottery Corp. reports that nobody won the top jackpots in the multistate Powerball and Louisiana Lotto drawings on Saturday night but one Powerball ticket sold in St. Francisville matched 5 numbers to take a $1 million prize. Louisiana Lotto players matching all six numbers drawn... more »
May 6, 2013 7:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS- TV shows about Louisiana's culture aren't enough for television producers who are rolling out new features, this time about the mos "salacious stories from south of the Mason-Dixon Line."
Southern Fried Homicide and Swamp Murders join the summer line-up on Investigation Discovery, a cable network connected with... more »
April 17, 2013 4:21 PM
URANIA - A German company says construction will begin soon on a wood pellet plant in central Louisiana. An announcement posted Wednesday on the German Pellets GmbH website says the plant will be able to produce about 1.1 million tons of pellets a year in U.S. measurements. The pellets are... more »
April 15, 2013 3:03 PM
BOSTON - At least one group of runners competing in the Boston Marathon when two explosions occurred said they are all right.
Varsity Sports sporting goods in Baton Rouge had two teams competing in the marathon, and put out on social media that they were okay after the explosions... more »
April 12, 2013 4:15 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push for tougher gun measures and expanded background checks is putting several moderate Senate Democrats in a bind, forcing them to take sides on a deeply personal issue for rural voters. The Senate is scheduled to begin weeks of discussion over gun control legislation pushed... more »
April 5, 2013 10:13 PM
GONZALES- Trina Edwards, the wife of infamous former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, was recently in the hospital.
She's pregnant, and posted on her Facebook page the baby is doing okay. "The baby is fine and completely healthy," she wrote.
She was having kidney problems, according to a post... more »
April 5, 2013 5:42 PM
CLINTON - A tax proposal East Feliciana Parish residents will vote on Saturday has leaders torn down the middle.
School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. wants a $4 million proposed tax to raise money for the parish's struggling school system, which isn't meeting state requirements.
"Even though we're... more »
April 4, 2013 6:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - It won't be long until Earl K. Long Memorial is just a memory. Due to changes in the LSU Health System and budget cuts, the hospital is closing on April 15th.
To fill that void, Our Lady of the Lake will run an urgent care center... more »
April 2, 2013 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - A group of East Baton Rouge Parish parents is asking the Recovery School District to return the Prescott Middle School building to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
They are circulating an on-line petition that outlines their request, and said when RSD took over seven... more »
March 29, 2013 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Posting to Facebook or Twitter while driving could soon be illegal.
Senator Dale Erdey pre filed Senate Bill 147 which would make it illegal to "access, read or post to a social networking site" while driving.
The bill keeps the current texting while driving laws... more »
March 19, 2013 4:31 PM
LAFITTE- An emergency situation near the Gulf of Mexico has ended, according to the Coast Guard.
Last Tuesday, a tugboat and barge collided with a pipeline causing an explosion and a fire that burned for days.
The four crew onboard the tug escaped, but the captain sustained second... more »
February 28, 2013 2:22 PM
HAUGHTON - A 44-year-old man was arrested after he attacked his father with a cookie cake just East of Shreveport.
Kenneth Fulmer is charged with simple battery of the infirmed and disturbing the peace.
Deputies in Bossier Parish said he and his father got into a fight and... more »
February 27, 2013 6:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal court in Louisiana is rejecting transactions by The Dow Chemical Co. that created $1 billion in what the U.S. Justice Department calls "phony tax deductions." Justice said Wednesday that the tax-reduction scheme was created by Goldman Sachs and the law firm of King & Spalding.... more »
February 12, 2013 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- The president urged Congress to strengthen the middle class, boost job creation and promised to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in half within a year.
"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country - the idea that... more »
February 4, 2013 4:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Even though the Saints didn't play in Sunday's Super Bowl, the Crescent City was well represented by two of its sons.
Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones both played a vital role in the Baltimore Ravens capturing a 34-31 win and the second Super Bowl in franchise... more »
January 23, 2013 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Richard Turnley Jr., one of the founding members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, died recently after battling a long illness.
Turnley and nine other African American legislators established the caucus in 1977 to bring together black legislators and champion causes of the "least among us."... more »
January 9, 2013 7:38 PM
BATON ROUGE- Elton John will be making a stop at the River Center in March.
Ticketmaster.com will begin selling tickets to the concert in late January. The concert is set for March 29 at 8:00 p.m.
After fees, tickets start at $47. The website lists its most expensive... more »
January 4, 2013 11:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Former governor Edwin Edwards and his new wife are the focus of the latest reality TV series to come out of Louisiana.
Production on "The Governor's Wife" has already finished, and it is scheduled to air on A&E Feb. 27.
According to reports, the show... more »
January 3, 2013 12:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - A startup car company called Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, where it would build three-wheeled, low-price vehicles. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that Elio is buying part of the plant to assemble its unusual-looking car. The company says the two-seat... more »
December 31, 2012 10:50 PM
ATLANTA- Clemson toppled LSU 25-24 in a last second field goal during the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night.
Chandler Catanzaro kicked the game-winning, 37-yard field goal.
Clemson was ranked 14 going into the game, LSU was ranked eight.
Catanzaro's kick set off a wild celebration on the... more »
December 25, 2012 10:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Christmas storms killed at least one person in Louisiana, damaged buildings from central Louisiana into southwest Mississippi and cut power to at least 14,000 people and businesses in Louisiana and 5,000 in Mississippi. Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said that 53-year-old Allen Sullivan died around 2 p.m.... more »
December 21, 2012 2:22 PM
Louisiana payrolls rose by 13,000 jobs in November or 0.9 percent, the largest jump in percentage from October levels of any state in the nation.
Payroll employment pushed to an all-time high of 1.96 million in the state, moving beyond the pre-Hurricane Katrina peak of 1.95 million for the first time,... more »
December 20, 2012 11:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal asked the state to observe a moment of silence, to honor the victims of a school shooting on Connecticut.
The silence is set for 9:30 A.M. local time. Twenty-six people were killed, many elementary school children, when a gunman opened fire inside a school... more »
December 11, 2012 10:21 AM
BREAUX BRIDGE - Several groups including relatives of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by a Breaux Bridge police officer are demanded an independent investigation. The Advocate reports the groups have characterized the death as excessive force against an unarmed teenager who panicked. State police say Darneisha Harris was... more »
December 6, 2012 12:29 PM
COVINGTON - Two children pulled from a burning home in Covington have been taken to a burn center in Galveston, Texas. Authorities say three other people, including two other children made it out of the house uninjured. The Times-Picayune reports the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Thursday. State Fire... more »
December 5, 2012 10:33 PM
Baton Rouge - A group of Louisiana State Representatives say the state is living beyond it's means and they believe it could even be illegal.
State Rep. Hunter Greene and other House members think the 25-billion dollar state budget is too much and not affordable. They give three reasons.... more »
November 20, 2012 6:01 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Workers setting up a vent well near an Assumption Parish sinkhole encountered a dangerous gas and shut down operations, according to the parish police jury.
They said the workers drilled the well into the top of a salt dome near the sinkhole, and began venting it... more »
November 15, 2012 10:38 PM
Baton Rouge - The governor has been all over national media outlets with his take on what the Republican Party has to do to regain the trust of the American people. In interview with Politco just this week Governor Bobby Jindal challenged standard tenants of the republican party with quotes... more »
November 15, 2012 1:21 PM
WASHINGTON - From the South to the heartland, the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law is cracking. Ahead of a federal deadline Friday for states to declare their intentions, Associated Press reporters interviewed governors and state officials around the country. AP found surprising openness... more »
November 8, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Two days after President Barack Obama was reelected to his second term, some gun stores have seen increased sales, especially for high powered rifles.
Gun enthusiasts are fearful another assault weapon ban is looming, so there's a run on everything.
C.J. Hebert, owner of Hebert... more »
November 5, 2012 8:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's a little bit safer for your automobile, according to the Commissioner of Insurance.
Jim Donelon reported Monday, vehicle thefts in Louisiana have declined nearly 42 percent over a five-year period from 2006 through 2011.
"We are pleased that we continue to see progress since, in... more »
November 5, 2012 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters continued to battle a house fire this evening in an East Baton Rouge gated community.
Eldon Ledoux with St. George Fire Protection District said the fire at 18614 Amen Corner Court still wasn't under control at 4:30 p.m.
Ledoux said there were no known... more »
November 1, 2012 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal reacted to the government's fast action in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA agreed to reimburse New York and New Jersey for the full cost of emergency public transportation and power restoration.
But in Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal asked for the same... more »
October 22, 2012 9:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge councilman says the only reason he sponsored a proposal to extend bar hours to 4 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays is to create permit fees necessary to fund additional enforcement personnel in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Office. Ulysses Addison says the ABC board has... more »
October 11, 2012 2:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sample ballots are available for the 2012 election.
Besides the president's race, Louisiana voters in some districts are also choosing a U. S. Representative, Associate Supreme Court Justice, as well as a number of constitutional amendments.
Click here to search the Secretary of State's ballot... more »
October 5, 2012 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says 25 new West Nile virus infections have been reported in the state this week, including seven that caused potentially fatal neuro-invasive disease, the most serious consequence of the mosquito-borne virus. The seven were reported in Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant and... more »
September 28, 2012 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hurricane Isaac damaged nearly 59,000 homes across southeast Louisiana. That is more than four times the number officials estimated a week after the storm made landfall on Aug. 28. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the most severe damage hit houses and rental... more »
September 20, 2012 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge prosecutor's office now offers a new pre-trial intervention program for minors caught in possession of alcohol.
The $750, four-month program is intended for first-time offenders who face Minor In Possession charges. The misdemeanor MIP will be expunged once minors complete the steps.
... more »
August 31, 2012 5:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Here's an overall look at Hurricane Isaac's effects on the state of Louisiana at this point.
POWER OUTAGES - Statewide: 593,000 customers without power statewide, down from a peak of 903,000. -Parishes with more than 100,000 customers out of service: 2 Friday, 2 Thursday. -Parishes with... more »
August 26, 2012 4:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service upgraded a hurricane watch which covered much of southeast Louisiana was to a warning this afternoon.
The warning covers a swath of Louisiana, including Assumption, Ascension and Livingston parishes, and lasts until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters also put East Baton Rouge, West... more »
August 24, 2012 4:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals said three more people died this week from the West Nile Virus, and 53 new cases were reported.
That brings the year's total deaths to nine, the most in recent years according to DHH. The most was in 2002,... more »
August 7, 2012 5:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new report is suggesting state lawmakers should lessen Louisiana's generous film tax credits and cap the amount of money it can cost the state each year in lost revenue. Louisiana spent $231 million last year to attract movie productions, through a tax break program that continues... more »
August 4, 2012 10:30 AM
Officials from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana National Guard and the Department of Environmental Quality have engaged with local officials in Assumption parish who are responding to the threat of subsidence and subsurface instability in the... more »
August 2, 2012 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's action to end the brain drain in Louisiana with a call for people from Baton Rouge to come home for jobs.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to link them with good paying careers.
"The ones who maybe went to high school... more »
July 25, 2012 1:53 PM
WASHINGTON - A new report lists Louisiana among six states ranked as least-prepared to deal with voting problems.
The report from Common Cause, Rutgers Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation found Louisiana, along with Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi and South Carolina, had several defficiencies in voting preparedness.
... more »
July 11, 2012 3:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state education department has received more than 10,000 applications for Louisiana's statewide voucher program set to start in August that will use taxpayer money to send students to private and parochial schools. Superintendent of Education John White announced the applicant numbers Wednesday. As many as 2,000... more »
July 2, 2012 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a man they say forced his way into an apartment early Monday morning and then fled out a window when deputies arrived.
Sheriff's official say it happened just after 6 a.m. in the 8100 block of Jefferson... more »
May 30, 2012 3:46 PM
INDIANAPOLIS - Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in state courts. Sex offenders have successfully challenged many of the restrictions, arguing that the laws infringe on free speech and their right to participate in common online discussions. The legal battles in Indiana,... more »
May 29, 2012 5:32 PM
VENICE- Coast Guard crews from South Louisiana are working a platform fire about 20 miles off Louisiana's shoreline.
One tank caught fire this morning on a platform owned by Energy XXI. Seven people were on the platform when the fire started; all were evacuated but one person was injured.... more »
May 24, 2012 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to rewrite the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners, striking a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. Supporters say the change would give Louisiana the strongest gun protection in the nation and could guard against Supreme Court... more »
May 20, 2012 3:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Corey Magill never imagined he'd be dealing with thread, paint and a sewing machine motor. But then again, he never imagined he'd be crafting fishing poles, either. Magill began crafting fishing poles years ago after a fly fishing trip to Alaska. "I jumped at the opportunity. I... more »
April 25, 2012 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - New technology from Emergency Medical Services in Baton Rouge could save your life if you have a heart attack.
A new "12-LEAD" system allows paramedics to send information about how your heart operates to emergency rooms before you even get there.
That could shave an... more »