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  • Budget work gets derailed at Capitol

    April 20, 2015 6:36 PM

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

    April 2, 2015 11:28 AM

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

    March 19, 2015 4:20 PM

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

    March 6, 2015 10:22 PM

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

    February 20, 2015 4:27 PM

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

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

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

    February 11, 2015 5:52 PM

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

    February 9, 2015 10:51 AM

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

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

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

    February 5, 2015 3:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 148,500 Louisiana residents have enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, as the sign-up deadline nears. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, covering insurance plan selections through the end of January. The numbers exceed last year,... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises even as job totals hit record highs

    January 27, 2015 2:44 PM

    UNDATED - Louisiana's economy keeps creating jobs, but it can't keep up with the state's growing workforce. The state's unemployment rate rose in December for the eighth straight month, to 6.7 percent from 6.5 percent in November. Louisiana now ties for the sixth-highest jobless rate among the states. But at... more »
  • More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    January 14, 2015 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials say more than 126,000 Louisiana residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, saying 126,454 people in the state had selected an insurance plan by last week.... more »
  • $10M in additional debt payments expected from new office

    January 13, 2015 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says Louisiana's new debt collection office is on track to boost state debt repayment by $10 million this year. But lawmakers hoping the office will solve the state's budget woes need to scale back their expectations. The budget already assumes the extra $10... more »
  • Citing costs, 2 clinics drop La. abortion suit

    December 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortion clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have dropped their challenge to Louisiana's newest abortion law. An earlier lawsuit filed by clinics in Metairie, Shreveport and Bossier City remains intact. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital... more »
  • La. gets break from 'No Child Left Behind' rules

    December 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from No Child Left Behind's ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by... more »
  • Second wreck closes Basin Bridge Thursday

    December 4, 2014 8:42 PM

    HENDERSON - For the second time Thursday, I-10 through the Atchafalaya Basin closed due to a wreck involving semis. Eastbound lanes closed near the beginning of the bridge in St. Martin Parish shortly after 7 p.m. It remained closed late into the night as crews worked to tow the... more »
  • Oil prices create havoc for Louisiana's budget

    November 14, 2014 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will need to slash state spending to keep this year's $25 billion budget balanced, as plummeting oil prices helped hammer Louisiana's revenue picture. The state's income forecasting panel, known as the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Friday dropped projections of revenue for this year by... more »
  • Shreveport woman killed by large tree limb

    July 24, 2014 11:18 AM

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

    June 16, 2014 2:12 PM

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

    June 13, 2014 5:14 PM

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

    May 8, 2014 6:55 PM

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

    April 15, 2014 5:42 PM

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

    April 7, 2014 8:37 PM

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

    April 7, 2014 8:34 PM

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

    March 24, 2014 3:15 PM

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

    March 18, 2014 6:23 PM

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

    March 14, 2014 3:55 PM

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

    March 12, 2014 10:35 PM

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

    March 12, 2014 10:49 AM

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

    March 11, 2014 1:28 PM

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

    February 28, 2014 11:28 PM

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

    February 28, 2014 5:28 PM

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

    February 27, 2014 11:26 PM

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

    February 10, 2014 10:58 PM

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

    February 3, 2014 2:42 PM

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

    January 31, 2014 11:14 PM

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

    January 27, 2014 11:09 PM

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

    January 10, 2014 10:19 PM

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

    December 24, 2013 5:49 PM

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

    December 16, 2013 10:32 AM

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

    November 21, 2013 11:46 AM

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

    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 »
  • The road work wish list that likely won't get done

    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 »
  • Injuries reported after charter bus crash

    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 »
  • Cassidy targeted by comedians check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Check Powerball numbers here!

    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 Lotto 01-08-11-28-30-37 Pick 3 5-7-7... more »
  • Port Allen residents frustrated by back-to-back mayoral trouble check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • State's first death from West Nile reported Friday

    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 »
  • Louisiana officials revisiting REAL ID law

    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 »
  • Inspectors still waiting for plans of water park

    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 »
  • Powerball jackpot Increased to $300 million

    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 »
  • News 2 Investigates: water park cited after drowning check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Three generations share same birthday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Gulf 'dead zone' above average but not near record

    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 »
  • Driver killed after not moving from tracks as train approached

    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 »
  • Bears hoping their new leader brings new success check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Jobs added but unemployment rate edges up in La.

    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 »
  • Dead zone predictions much less spread than 2012

    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 »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims increase

    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 »
  • Deadline to file La. taxes is Wednesday

    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 »
  • $1M Powerball ticket sold in La.

    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 »
  • Violence hidden behind "Christian values" in La. swamp plot of new TV show

    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 »
  • German Pellets: Construction starting soon in La.

    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 »
  • La. marathon runner: "People without limbs" after explosions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Gun measures put moderate Senate Dems in bind

    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 »
  • Trina Edwards hospitalized

    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 »
  • E. Feliciana split over proposed tax to fund schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Urgent care to fill void left by EKL closure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Petition: Parents want Prescott Middle returned check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Lawmaker wants to ban social media while driving

    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 »
  • Coast Guard: emergency ends where tug hit pipeline

    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 »
  • Man arrested in cookie cake attack

    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 »
  • Court rejects $1B in 'phony tax deductions' by Dow

    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 »
  • Voters, area lawmakers react to State of the Union check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Jacoby Jones, Ed Reed make New Orleans proud in Super Bowl

    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 »
  • La. Black Caucus founder Richard Turnley Jr. dies

    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 »
  • 'Rocket Man' to play BR, Elton John jams in March

    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 »
  • New reality series to focus on Trina and Edwin Edwards check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Startup auto company moving into former GM plant

    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 »
  • LSU loses to Clemson in last-second field goal

    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 »

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