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  • Red Stick Moms Blog releases Shop Local Guide check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 9, 2015 5:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of local moms is trying to keep your money around Baton Rouge. The Red Stick Mom Bloggers have released a new Shop Local Guide just in time for the holiday season. Red Stick Moms Blog is a group of mothers in the Baton Rouge area... more »
  • Greater Baton Rouge State Fair plagued by rain this year

    November 2, 2015 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two straight rain-soaked weekends left the midway a mess at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair. The rain forced organizers keep the gates closed for more than half of the fair's 11-day run this year. Fair officials called the record-breaking rainstorms the worst weather for the fair since... more »
  • BP drops effort to retrieve Gulf oil spill business payouts

    October 31, 2015 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has decided to end its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Friday, the company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said... more »
  • New TOPS data shows who received tuition aid over 10 years

    October 29, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The latest data has been released about students who receive state-financed tuition from the TOPS program. The study, presented Wednesday to the Board of Regents, shows students who start college with the free tuition aid graduate at higher rates than students without TOPS. Awards from the program, which... more »
  • Louisiana Lottery's first quarter transfer to state up

    October 28, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation has transferred $38.9 million to the state's coffers, up 6 percent from 2015. Lottery President and CEO Rose Hudson, in a news release Tuesday, says scratch-off sales continue to be a player favorite with $3... more »
  • Livingston Parish outlines plans for BP money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 27, 2015 5:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Leaders in Livingston Parish have a plan on how to spend more than a half million dollars from penalties for the BP oil spill. Around $400,000 will go to cleaning debris like fallen trees and large household appliances from waterways in the parish. In all, the money will... more »
  • Walker loses $83M annually, residents spend money elsewhere

    October 27, 2015 7:31 AM

    WALKER- A new Southeastern Louisiana University study finds the city of Walker is missing out on $83 million in retail sales every year. Researchers met with city officials and Livingston Parish business leaders last week to discuss their findings and begin talking about ways to lure businesses and shoppers to... more »
  • Baton Rouge police seek $10.6M in additional funds in 2016

    October 19, 2015 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department's 2016 budget request includes money to buy hundreds of new vehicles to replace aging, high-mileage cars and motorcycles. Government departments and agencies recently submitted their lists of budgetary needs for next year from the East Baton Rouge Parish government. The Police Department, which... more »
  • Louisiana may do bridge loan to finance construction work

    October 15, 2015 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are considering a short-term bridge loan to keep money flowing to state-financed construction work, while the next governor starts to dig the state out of its budget mess. The Bond Commission, which oversees construction spending, was told Thursday that without an influx of new... more »
  • Southern University holding Give Day on Thursday

    October 15, 2015 5:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University is asking for donations to help strengthen their student programs. The school is hosting "Give Day" on Thursday, October 15th. It's the final appeal for the Million Dollar March viral fundraiser that kicked off back in July. So far, over 2,000 online donors have contributed to... more »
  • Spending reaches $13.5M by candidates for Louisiana governor

    October 14, 2015 7:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's four major candidates for governor have spent $13.5 million on the race, with Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter's campaign shelling out more than $6 million. The latest fundraising reports were due Wednesday. Candidates have raised nearly $24 million through Oct. 4. And the pace... more »
  • Pointe Coupee jail plans to implement monitoring system for juveniles

    October 7, 2015 7:50 AM

    POINTE COUPEE- The Pointe Coupee Parish jail is implementing a new system to save money on housing juvenile offenders. It will now use tracking devices to keep track of the non-violent juvenile offenders. The parish does not have the facilities or resources to house juveniles. They're currently spending about $180... more »
  • $116 million in FEMA reimbursements tied up check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 5, 2015 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two reports detail how $116 million in FEMA disaster reimbursement requests is tied up waiting for paperwork to be filled out correctly. The reports come from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor who is paid around $4 million a year to check the documents along with the Governor's Office... more »
  • Most state employees did not get their Oct. 1 pay raises check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 5, 2015 7:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 35,000 of Louisiana's rank-and-file classified employees received their favorable evaluations, but they're not getting their pay raises. Officials at most state government agencies say they don't have the money and would have to lay off employees to grant the 4 percent salary increases. The pay bumps... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on the state budget deficit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2015 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state budget deficit is looming over lawmakers' heads. A key economist with the state has already told residents to expect cuts before the end of the year. Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In Wednesday morning to explain the state's financial predicament. "We're spending more money than... more »
  • Clerk's scandal the talk of town Play Video

    September 25, 2015 6:27 PM

    PORT VINCENT - A former clerk's arrest and accused theft of more than $16,000 is the talk of town Friday in the Village of Port Vincent. Brandi Deaton faces charges of felony theft, injuring public records and malfeasance in office after investigators said she stole thousands of dollars from Port... more »
  • Council approves splitting money between current, future road projects check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 6:12 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a deal to split a pot of money between road construction and right-of-way acquisition. At a council meeting Thursday, the group approved putting $750,000 toward existing road work. Another $250,000 will be spent to buy land for a possible extension of Juban Road.... more »
  • Man finds $1,300 in pizza box, returns it, gets free pies for a year

    September 21, 2015 2:39 PM

    BERKELEY, Calif. - A Berkeley man who found $1,300 in cash in a home delivery pizza box struggled with what to do with the money. KGO-TV reports Monday that Mike Vegas ordered Domino's pizza and chicken wings and when the food arrived, he ate one slice — and no... more »
  • Roof repair program benefits Ascension hurricane victims

    September 15, 2015 6:59 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - A new federally-funded program will provide money to households with roof damages caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac. The $200,000 in federal funds are currently in the hands of the Ascension Parish government. During the next few months they will determine which homes deserve a portion... more »
  • Ascension council seeks private group to create sewer system

    September 14, 2015 7:44 AM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council is expected to recommend late this year what team of engineers and financiers should design, build and operate a $300 million to $500 million regional sewer system. The partnership with the parish would last for the next three decades. Parish officials say advertisements asking for... more »
  • Grants to help Louisiana schools educate disabled students

    September 10, 2015 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Education is seeking applications from school districts and charter schools seeking a share of $4 million in grants aimed at improving graduation rates for students with disabilities. In a Wednesday news release, the department says the federal money is available for districts and charter schools... more »
  • BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

    September 3, 2015 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments have wrapped up at a federal appeals court in a case involving those who claimed economic harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Oil giant BP wants some of the money returned that it paid in damage claims under a 2012 settlement. BP eventually... more »
  • Ava and Jacob Saucier Memorial Schlorship Fund Benefit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2015 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Five years ago Ava Dawn Saucier, Jacob Michael Saucier and their grandparents were killed in a house fire. Now, Kristen and Blake Saucier hold the Ava and Jacob Saucier Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit every year to give children an opportunity that their kids never got, the chance... more »
  • Livingston Parish road work may get more money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 26, 2015 5:56 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks plans to ask the parish council to add another $1 million to the overlay project Thursday. Ricks says the extra money was generated through the parish's sales tax that is dedicated to road work and the parish jail. The $1 million would possibly... more »
  • US stocks expected to open higher Tuesday

    August 25, 2015 9:23 AM

    BEIJING (AP) - Global markets are rebounding this morning, after China's central bank cut its key interest rate. It's a move aimed at supporting growth in the world's second-biggest economy. And it came after a 7.6 percent drop in the Shanghai stock index today. The index plummeted 8.5... more »
  • $150K in unclaimed property returned at Baton Rouge event

    August 25, 2015 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of the Treasury has returned $150,506 in unclaimed money to hundreds of residents during an event in Baton Rouge. State Treasury John Kennedy, in a statement Monday, said one lady found $20,000 during Saturday's Unclaimed Property event at the Mall of Louisiana. Kennedy says a... more »
  • Spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rebounds in June

    August 21, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 5.6 percent in June, breaking a string of two months where economic activity was lower than the year before. According to figures released by the city-parish Finance Department, businesses and consumers spent nearly $728.5 million in June.... more »
  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on Unclaimed Property check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 20, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Unclaimed property is just lost money. When a business or government has your money, it has to turn it over to the State Treasurer. It's the treasurer's responsibility to get the money back to its rightful owner. This morning, State Treasurer John Kennedy came on 2une... more »
  • Vitter beginning TV ad campaign in Louisiana governor's race

    August 19, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Sen. David Vitter is sitting on the largest campaign account in the Louisiana governor's race. And now he's finally pumping some of the money into TV advertising. The Republican candidate launches his first 30-second TV ad Thursday. Campaign spokesman Luke Bolar says the spot will run across... more »
  • Kennedy joins Dardenne, says Jindal should pay for campaign security detail check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 17, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last month, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who is also running for governor, said taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for Gov. Bobby Jindal's campaign travel. Now, State Treasurer John Kennedy says Jindal should use his campaign funds for security protection while he's campaigning. According... more »
  • CATS prepares to improve operations, polish its image

    August 17, 2015 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is preparing to spend some serious money to improve its operations - and its image. The board will be asked to approve purchasing eight new buses at a cost of $450,000 each to replace vehicles in its aging fleet. The agency also is... more »
  • Increase to child care assistance program gets BESE support

    August 12, 2015 5:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state school board has given initial backing to a proposal boosting day care assistance to low-income families. A plan that won preliminary support Tuesday from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will increase subsidies available to parents, using $10 million in available federal funding. When the... more »
  • Hospital manager offers rebuttal to LSU mismanagement claims

    July 31, 2015 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The manager of LSU's Shreveport and Monroe hospitals, accused by university leaders of not fulfilling its contract terms, says it has sought to bring in an outside mediator to work out the disputes. But the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF, says LSU has refused... more »
  • Apartment managers accused of stealing rent money

    July 30, 2015 11:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Deputies arrested a couple, accused of stealing rent money from the apartment complex they managed. Monica Berzas, 43, and her husband Michael, 44, face felony theft charges. Investigators said the pair collected rent from renters, wrote fake receipts and pocketed the money. Deputies believe the pair took... more »
  • Obama administration wants to give prisoners Pell grants

    July 28, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration wants to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. He and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, on Friday to announce the plans. In a speech Monday, Duncan said the administration wants to... more »
  • Pointe Coupee superintendent brings change, saves money

    July 27, 2015 8:38 AM

    NEW ROADS- Pointe Coupee Parish School Board members say newly hired Superintendent Kevin Lemoine has shaved off nearly $1.3 million in expenditures from the 2015-16 proposed $22.2 million budget. Board members rejected a previous spending plan, primarily from former superintendent Linda D'Amico, which included a projected deficit of nearly $630,000... more »
  • Constable calls meeting about misdemanor jail "a waste of time"

    July 22, 2015 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight, Constable Reginald Brown is sounding off after a meeting about opening the city's misdemeanor jail ended with no results. The meeting was held on June 11 with top law enforcement brass and Baton Rouge City Leaders. Days after that meeting, Clerk of Court Lon Norris sent... more »
  • New plan to save the lakes

    July 16, 2015 11:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday, experts revealed the master plan to save the Baton Rouge Lakes around LSU. The plans focus much attention on water quality. Current, shallow lakes are contributing to the problem of the lakes drying up. "They're silting in, too many nutrients are getting into the... more »
  • Ascension school board looks to April date for bond election

    July 8, 2015 8:08 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board is looking at an election date of April 2, 2016, to bring a bond proposal to voters. But the exact amount of money they want to raise and the projects they would fund have yet to be determined. Board committees have talked about using... more »
  • Baton Rouge library applies for permit for new branch

    July 8, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has applied for a building permit to replace its downtown River Center branch. The new 50,000-square-foot branch is budgeted at $19 million. Mary Stein, assistant library director, says construction documents for the new branch are currently being reviewed by the library system... more »
  • 2 Baton Rouge-area women accused of Medicaid fraud

    July 7, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two Baton Rouge-area women have been booked with Medicaid fraud. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a news release Monday that the women allegedly claimed services that were never rendered. Caldwell said 55-year-old Beatrice Scott, of Springfield, allegedly filed 149 false claims, billing Medicaid for $8,500. She... more »
  • Increased cigarette tax goes into effect today

    July 1, 2015 8:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting Wednesday, smokers in Louisiana will be shelling out a little more money for cigarettes. The state cigarette tax is going up 50 cents to 86 cents a pack. Lawmakers approved the tax increase during this year's legislative session. The money generated from the new tax will... more »
  • New proposal may raise overtime requirements

    June 29, 2015 9:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has some new things to say about overtime pay. The Labor Department is proposing a plan that would make some 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay. The president says the current requirements are based on outdated numbers, and many people are working... more »
  • Elderly couple victims of violent attack check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 25, 2015 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An elderly couple was held up in their apartment Wednesday morning and are now out hundreds of dollars. Adene Erron, 81, and Becky Smarr, 71, said they feel violated and the whole incident has left them shaken. "The pistol, pointing right between my eyes," said... more »
  • Denham Springs spending more on roads check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 23, 2015 6:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs plans to spend more than $1 million to improve a handful of roads. That's roughly $340,000 more than the city spent on roadwork last year. Plans to widen and overlay Maple Street account for about half the money. Contractors will... more »
  • After 6 months of consideration, Jeb Bush ready for '16 race

    June 15, 2015 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON- Jeb Bush is ready to launch a presidential campaign months in the making with a focus on the "most vulnerable in our society." Six months after he got the 2016 campaign started by saying he was considering a bid, the 62-year-old former Florida governor will formally enter the race... more »
  • Director of municipal retirees' system put on paid leave

    June 6, 2015 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The director the Municipal Employees Retirement System of Louisiana has been put on paid leave after the disclosure that law enforcement officers are investigating possible document tampering. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that the system's board was told Friday that director Robert Rust spent three weeks removing from his... more »
  • Lack of money causes delay for misdemeanor jail check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 2, 2015 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite legislators passing a law creating a dedicated funding source for a misdemeanor jail in Baton Rouge, one year later it sits unused and obsolete on the first floor of Baton Rouge City Court. That could change in the next few weeks as law enforcement figures... 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 »
  • SEC generates NCAA-record $455.8M in revenue for 2014-15

    May 29, 2015 4:21 PM

    DESTIN, FL - The powerful Southeastern Conference is now the NCAA's richest league. Thanks to the successful debut of the SEC Network, the conference generated an NCAA-record $455.8 million in revenue in 2014-15. The league's revenue was $309.6 million last year. The SEC will distribute $31.2 million to... more »
  • Media wants Benson trial to be public

    May 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More people are getting involved in Tom Benson's legal battle. ESPN and other media outlets are saying the trial should be open to the public. Earlier this month a judge ruled the trial would be closed. Now, the media is asking to have that decision... more »
  • Army to pay cost of destroying material at Camp Minden

    May 29, 2015 3:58 AM

    MINDEN- The Army has agreed to pay for burning 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant and 160 tons of other material at Camp Minden. The Environmental Protection Agency says that should clear the way for the Louisiana National Guard to sign a contract with Explosive Service International of Baton... more »
  • Class action members are owed on average $1,640

    May 19, 2015 3:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana state treasurer is holding money for more than 4,500 people who participated in a class action lawsuit against the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Treasurer John Kennedy says in a news release Monday that most class action members are owed on average $1,640. He says there are... more »
  • One suspected counterfeiter arrested

    May 13, 2015 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said they arrested a man suspected of using counterfeit money in East Baton Rouge Parish recently. Detectives said Tyrone Clark, 20, was arrested Wednesday in Jefferson Davis Parish as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge. Clark is one of two men who deputies... more »
  • Men sought after using counterfeit money

    May 12, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released photos Tuesday of two men who used counterfeit money at an East Baton Rouge gas station recently. Detectives said on April 13 two different men came into the Circle K at 6678 Siegen Lane to purchase money orders worth $300 each, using money... more »
  • Audit: State contracts out of control check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An audit by the Legislative Auditor found that the state has nearly 15,000 contracts worth $21.3 billion and there's no way to keep track of them. State Treasurer John Kennedy says 4,600 of the contracts are not even cataloged in the registry and could be "back-door"... more »
  • $3.5 million in federal funds given to 6 La. health centers

    May 6, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Six Louisiana health centers have been awarded $3.5 million in federal funds. The centers will use the funding from the Affordable Care Act to provide primary health care services in needy communities. Two community health centers in New Orleans and one in Clinton are among the six... more »
  • La. House votes to limit diversions on gasoline tax spending

    April 28, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House wants to put the brakes on spending state gasoline tax money for items other than roadwork. Lawmakers voted 92-5 Tuesday for a proposal by Rep. Terry Landry, a New Iberia Democrat, that would cap the dollars that can be diverted from the gas tax trust... more »
  • Two arrested and one at large in funny money case

    April 23, 2015 4:30 PM

    GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested two people and said a third is wanted for using counterfeit money around Ascension Parish. Deputies charged 27-year-old Randal Bridges and 25-year-old William Bridges of St. Amant with theft and monetary abuse. Investigators said they're still looking for a third person, 24-year-old Kristen Dufrene... more »
  • Suspects in counterfeit cash scam caught

    April 18, 2015 2:29 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Two suspects that were caught on camera using counterfeit money in St. Francisville are now in custody. According to the St. Francisville Police Department, the two men were caught in a raid in Morgan City, last night. A female suspect involved in a counterfeit money... more »
  • Counterfeit cash scam hits St. Francisville check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 17, 2015 5:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Yesterday News 2 looked into a fake money scheme in St. Amant, but it seems that another counterfeit scam has reached West Feliciana Parish. A week ago, police got a call from the Dollar General in town saying they detected counterfeit money. Investigators say two suspects... more »
  • Fake money making rounds in Ascension Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 16, 2015 6:21 PM

    ST. AMANT - Deputies have some leads in a funny money scheme where hundreds of dollars in fake bills have been passed around Ascension Parish. Thursday, investigators spent the day questioning people who were seen on surveillance video with the fake money. Earlier in the day, WBRZ cameras recorded... more »
  • Money needed for special needs baseball field in Walker Play Video

    April 16, 2015 4:55 PM

    WALKER - A new baseball field is in the works in Walker for special needs children. Mayor Rick Ramsey says the city wants to raise around $300,000 to build a baseball field suitable for mentally and/or physically challenged children in the area. Right now, at least 60 special needs... more »
  • Two sought for using counterfeit bills

    April 15, 2015 6:06 PM

    GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies released pictures of two people who investigators said passed counterfeit bills at an Ascension Parish store recently. Investigators said they were called to the Lake Market store on Highway 31 on April 1. Detectives said a man and a woman at the store used the... more »
  • Metro Council approves Miss USA spending

    April 8, 2015 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members unanimously approved a request Wednesday for $230,000 to bring the Miss USA pageant to Baton Rouge again. The six-figure expenditure will help cover costs for the pageant, and was part of the agreement to bring it back to Baton Rouge for another year.... more »
  • Public safety facing $7-10 million budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Police superintendent says public safety will face $7-10 million in budget cuts this year. Col. Mike Edmonson and lawmakers went over the cuts Tuesday at the State Capitol. With budget cuts on the horizon, Edmonson will shift gears into penny-pinching mode to find ways... more »
  • Facebook to let users send money to friends via Messenger

    March 17, 2015 2:14 PM

    NEW YORK- Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network's Messenger app. The new tool announced Tuesday joins a crowded field of services aimed at an increasingly wireless and cashless generation that let people beam money to their friends and... more »
  • Denham Springs council proposes synthetic marijuana fines

    March 11, 2015 10:00 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs may soon be able to collect money from the growing number of criminals fined for possession of synthetic marijuana. Possession of the drugs is already illegal, but money from fines goes to the local judicial district. Following public comment at the council's... more »
  • Gas prices in Baton Rouge spiking check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the last two weeks, gas prices have surged above the $2 mark and experts warn they could continue to rise over the next few weeks. The state average is now $2.16; in Baton Rouge, the average is $2.14. The price for a gallon of regular... more »
  • Film industry could suffer if tax credits sunset check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The popular film tax credits that have helped create "Hollywood South" in Louisiana could face some changes as the state searches for ways to save money. Some lawmakers have proposed changing the program to include a cap of $300 million on the amount of credits doled... more »
  • Wrongfully convicted man fighting for compensation from state check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2015 7:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A wrongfully convicted man is fighting for compensation he is owed from the state. Glenn Ford was exonerated of a crime he did not commit and released from Angola on March 11, 2014, just before sunset. He'd spent nearly 30 years on death row before a... more »
  • La. colleges looking for their own money

    February 21, 2015 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Threatened with the loss of up to half of their state financing, Louisiana's higher education leaders are devising their own package of ideas to generate new cash for their campuses. College system heads have asked for ideas from campus leaders, and they've been floating suggestions to lawmakers... more »
  • Check your Powerball tickets!

    February 11, 2015 10:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People across the capital region checked tickets Wednesday night as the numbers for the third-largest Powerball jackpot were announced. The numbers pulled were: 11-13-25-39-54 and the Powerball was 19. The jackpot was more than half-a-billion dollars. Fourteen million tickets were sold in Louisiana. "I... more »
  • Saving butterflies

    February 9, 2015 7:43 PM

    WASHINGTON- The federal government is coming to the aid of the monarch butterfly with more than $3 million since the population has declined by 90 percent. Most of the money goes to restore more than 200,000 acres of habitat from California to the Midwest, including more than 750 schoolyard... more »
  • Court prodding people to pay tickets check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 9, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 19th Judicial District Court spent nearly $600,000 more than it took in last year, it's why they're hoping more people will pay outstanding ticket fines to help make up the difference. The court has millions of dollars worth of outstanding tickets on file and now... more »
  • 21 miles in his shoes

    February 2, 2015 7:49 PM

    DETROIT- Tens of thousands of dollars are pouring in for a man who says he typically walks 21 miles a day to and from work and has had perfect attendance for the more than 12 years. Spotty bus service doesn't cover James Robertson's entire route at the times he... more »
  • Man claims he stole $80,000 then tossed it all over O'Neal Lane

    January 27, 2015 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City police continue to search for $80,000 stolen from the Loomis armored car company. A guard for the company was arrested on theft charges in early January, but the loot he is accused of stealing is still missing. Kenneth Kelly, Jr, 24, was charged with felony... more »
  • Council settles with firm, details not released

    January 22, 2015 10:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates . The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
  • Cool Schools: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 20, 2015 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Every time you throw a way a canned drink, you're actually throwing away money. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School collected those tabs to raise money for a great cause that's close to their hearts. They recently hit a fundraising goal, and are now being challenged to... more »
  • Baker looking for other ways to keep finances afloat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2015 5:26 PM

    BAKER - City officials in Baker will have a special meeting this week to discuss ways to solve the city's money problems. Councilwoman Joyce Burgess called for what she said will be a "brainstorming" meeting after the council turned down a water rate increase. The council voted 4-1 to... more »
  • Cuts likely after utility rate hike veto check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 13, 2015 10:19 PM

    BAKER - For the third time Tuesday night, the Baker City Council voted down a proposal to raise water and sewer rates to off-set a budget deficit. Nearly a dozen residents spoke on the issue; some said they were concerned about how the money would be spent if the... more »
  • Denham Springs could overhaul street signs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 12, 2015 4:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs could get a grant to replace 1,500 street signs in dire need of improvement. That's if a $48,000 grant is approved through the state's local Governor's Assistance Program. City leaders say the reflective coating on street signs typically lasts around 8-10... more »
  • Suspected Texas gang member arrested after La. police chase

    January 8, 2015 10:25 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A man and woman from Texas face charges after a morning police chase that, when it ended, turned up $940 in counterfeit $20 bills inside the pair's Mercedes. State Police said troopers initially tried to pull the vehicle over on I-10 east near Highway 415. The... more »
  • Last-minute donations roll in before 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 31, 2014 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army and other charities across Baton Rouge saw a last-minute surge of donations Wednesday, the last day for this year's tax deduction. The Salvation Army says it's one of the busiest days of the year for donations. The charity on Airline Highway saw around... more »
  • Entergy customers brace for possible bill increase

    December 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher Entergy bills might be coming to a mailbox near you as the company sets to meet the demands of Louisiana's booming industrial renaissance. Entergy is looking at ways to create more power for the state. New plants and plant expansions need more electricity and new... more »
  • State's top school system could cut teachers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 29, 2014 5:56 PM

    ZACHARY - After ranking number one overall for public school districts in the state, the Zachary Community School District is now looking for new ways to bring in money. A legislative audit shows the district spent nearly $4 million more than it made in the last school year, dipping... more »
  • Did you spend what everyone else did on gifts today?

    December 24, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shoppers took to area stores Wednesday to make last minute buys for Christmas. As last as 9 p.m., people were still on the streets. Many people had to visit drug or convenience stores because they waited until all other establishments were closed. Shoppers had procrastinated... more »

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