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  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Convicted former CATS Board member involved in more questionable activities Play Video

    June 21, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A convicted thief who stole money from the Capital Area Transit System is now involved in other questionable activities. Those who encountered Montrell McCaleb are calling him a master manipulator. Norelle Feinauer is passionate about her community and the city of Baton... more »
  • Rio de Janeiro Olympics cost $13.1 billion

    June 14, 2017 11:04 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the cost of putting on last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympic was $13.1 billion. At a news conference Wednesday, officials of Brazil's Public Authority for Olympic Legacy said the cost for only "sports-related venues" was 7.23 billion reals... more »
  • Louisiana House passes $28 billion-plus budget

    June 14, 2017 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the narrowest vote, lawmakers in the Louisiana House spurned their GOP leaders and backed a $28 billion-plus operating budget that would use every dollar forecast to be available for spending. The vote was a blow to House Republican leaders who wanted to withhold $100... more »
  • Louisiana budget debate resumes in latest special session

    June 12, 2017 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have returned for another special legislative session, trying to strike a budget deal they didn't reach before the clock ran out on a regular session last week. While the regular session ended with finger-pointing and angry words, House Speaker Taylor Barras says the... more »
  • Louisiana Senate rejects House budget offer

    June 7, 2017 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate has rejected the House's initial offer in negotiations over a final version of Louisiana's budget. Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Ville Platte Democrat, said senators have notified House leaders that they won't accept it. The proposal, obtained by The Associated Press, is $50 million... more »
  • Lawmaker delays vote on Louisiana gas tax hike

    May 24, 2017 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker pushing to increase Louisiana's gas tax is urging his House colleagues to consider the proposal, which so far doesn't have enough votes to win passage. Republican Rep. Steve Carter, of Baton Rouge, delayed a scheduled vote on the tax hike bill until next week.... more »
  • House tax committee votes in favor of gas tax hike Play Video

    May 16, 2017 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House Ways and Means Committee advanced a proposal to increase Louisiana's gasoline tax by 17 cents per gallon, with inflationary adjustments in future years. Lawmakers say the money would go toward improving the states infrastructure, specifically aiming to improve the state's roads and bridges. ... more »
  • Secret Baker Police bank accounts revealed by audit Play Video

    May 8, 2017 8:51 AM

    BAKER - Former Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps had for years kept secret police department bank accounts of seized money with little accounting, an audit released Monday shows. The revelation, contained in the city’s annual audit report, appears along with other Knaps actions cited in previous stories by The... more »
  • Sheriff's office seeking suspect in card skimming investigation

    May 6, 2017 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is seeking a suspect in connection to a card skimming and bank fraud investigation. According to EBRSO, the victim reported an unauthorized transaction of over $120 at a local business using her credit card Saturday. An investigation led to a... more »
  • Contractor admits spending elderly customer's money, arrested

    May 6, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mississippi contractor was arrested after he admitted spending over $2,000 an elderly person gave him to complete repairs. According to arrest records, on April 20, a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was informed of the case. The victim, who is over... more »
  • Fourth extension for flood victims to submit Proof of Loss forms

    May 5, 2017 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - National Flood Insurance Program policyholders have another chance to submit Proof of Loss forms for damage stemming from the August flood. The deadline to submit Proof of Loss forms was extended to Friday, September 1, 2017. FEMA representatives say the additional time allows policyholders to... more »
  • Louisiana corrections agency to get $1.5M for flood costs

    April 29, 2017 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's corrections department is getting $1.5 million in federal funds to cover costs related to last summer's historic flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Friday that the funding will reimburse the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections for emergency work at nine... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Slaughter Mayor caught on tape offering monetary rewards for warrants Play Video

    April 26, 2017 6:34 PM

    SLAUGHTER- The Slaughter mayor is under fire again for offering to pay police officers money for each warrant they execute in town. In a recording obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Mayor Robert Jackson can be heard offering up to $25 for each warrant. Paying law enforcement a financial reward... more »
  • FEMA offers free legal assistance to victims of disaster fraud

    April 25, 2017 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA is offering a service that provides free legal assistance to disaster survivors who have fallen victim to disaster fraud. Disaster Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low-income survivors who have been the victims of fraudulent contractors and other scammers. DLS will allow these victims... more »
  • Louisiana to receive $8.1M to help combat opioid addiction

    April 21, 2017 7:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is slated to receive 8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid epidemic. News outlets report the grant is part of $485 million the federal government has set aside to help states with prevention, treatment and recovery services.... more »
  • Cash crunch has Louisiana parks seeking money-raising ideas

    April 15, 2017 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state parks and historic sites don't draw enough visitors or deep-pocketed donors to stay afloat without state subsidies, and the funds to operate them are getting tighter. The state's continuing cash crunch has Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who oversees Louisiana's recreation and tourism department, searching for... more »
  • EBRSO: Women wanted for stealing money from College Drive Walmart

    April 10, 2017 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies are searching for two women who they say stole money from cash registers at Walmart in the 3000 block of College Drive. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred on April 9 when two women entered the store, walked to the... more »
  • State flood assistance survey now open Play Video

    April 9, 2017 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey opened to all homeowners affected by the March and August 2016 floods Monday. This homeowner assistance program will help flooded homeowners with rebuilding assistance and some reimbursement. The initial survey was made available for all flood-impacted homeowners on... more »
  • Edwards: Congressman 'can no longer be trusted' on flood aid

    April 6, 2017 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is accusing a Baton Rouge congressman of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding. The Democratic governor's office released a memo Thursday saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted"... more »
  • EBR Metro Councilman wants to fix neighborhood's traffic troubles Play Video

    April 5, 2017 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman is trying to fix a traffic issue in the Woodland Ridge neighborhood, but he says it could take a while. The city's traffic engineer said they have to first gather traffic data in the congested neighborhood to help narrow down the... more »
  • Woman arrested after stealing thousands through delinquent loans

    April 5, 2017 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An ex-employee of a consumer finance and loan company has been arrested after she allegedly altered customers' loans. Deputies met with the manager of Delta Credit Inc. in December after he found that several loans prepared by an ex-employee had become delinquent loans. According to... more »
  • Hidden cash? Louisiana Senate leader tries to track accounts

    April 4, 2017 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana struggles with budget woes, lawmakers are realizing millions remain socked away in savings accounts that agencies, boards and commissions never told them existed. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur has been trying to get an accounting of what's out there. In the legislative session that... more »
  • 'Cooking in Central' returns to help flood victims Play Video

    April 1, 2017 11:37 PM

    CENTRAL - It's been more than 10 years since hurricane Katrina struck, but the 'Cooking in Central' fundraiser has returned to help disaster victims once again. Whether you're in the mood for delicious eats, an auction or you just want to play, you can find it all at the... more »
  • Recent car burglaries drive concerns for New Roads residents Play Video

    March 29, 2017 10:53 PM

    NEW ROADS - Residents are asking police to crack down on car burglars, but officials say they are having a hard time keeping them locked up when they are caught. One resident told WBRZ her car was broken into in the Fairfield subdivision one week ago. She said she... more »
  • Family claims 95-year-old swindled by Council on Aging director Play Video

    March 29, 2017 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are allegations of coercion and violations of state ethics rules at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. All of this centers around a will that was drawn up late last year for a 95-year-old woman. Helen Plummer died this month, and that's when the family... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Long-time employee quits, allegations surface over missing money Play Video

    March 24, 2017 5:33 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- A long-time employee in the Town of White Castle abruptly quit her job this week. Sources tell the WBRZ Investigative Unit upwards of $10,000 went missing or was misappropriated. Monica Hamilton most recently worked as White Castle's Clerk. Sources say she was told to resign this week, when... more »
  • Commission ready to fund highway safety proposals

    March 14, 2017 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is inviting government agencies and private sector groups to apply for grants aimed at reducing highway fatalities. The commission says in a Monday news release that the applications should be for projects aimed at reducing fatalities, injuries and crashes. The proposals are... more »
  • New option for Louisiana parents to pay their child support

    March 11, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana parents who pay child support through the state's social services department have a new tool for payment: MoneyGram, a money transfer company located at Walmart, CVS and 780 other locations in the state. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced Thursday that the company... more »
  • Trump offers Planned Parenthood funds if it halts abortions

    March 6, 2017 9:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stops providing abortions. Its president has spurned the proposal and noted that federal money already is not allowed to be used for abortion. Trump confirmed there had been discussions after The New York... more »
  • Woman sentenced to 10 months for stealing from New Iberia company

    February 25, 2017 6:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Federal prosecutors say a Breaux Bridge woman has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for stealing more than $64,000 from a New Iberia company. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release, said 66-year-old Joan C. Edgar was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Dee D.... more »
  • No decision made on $4M sitting in Louisiana escrow account

    February 25, 2017 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As they wrapped up their special legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers didn't resolve a disagreement between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry. At issue was $4 million sitting in an escrow account. The Democratic governor wanted to move the money elsewhere to fill gaps in... more »
  • Student body presidents express concern over threats to higher education

    February 16, 2017 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plea to the governor, the Council of Student Body Presidents expressed their concern over "constant cuts" to higher education. More than 30 student body presidents from Louisiana schools, including Louisiana State University and Southern University, issued a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards and... more »
  • HUD approves plan for appropriation of flood relief money

    February 16, 2017 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had approved the first part of an action plan on how to use flood recovery money. The first appropriation is for about $438 million. "This is great news for nearly 200,000 families who were impacted by historic... more »
  • Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

    February 1, 2017 10:07 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Pork industry experts say U.S. consumers shouldn't worry about a bacon shortage. The reassurance comes amid news that demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low for December. Pork bellies are the cut of the hog from which bacon... more »
  • Marrero woman charged with embezzling over $500,000 via health care fraud

    February 1, 2017 5:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Marrero woman has been charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Medicaid program. Monica Sylvest, 52, embezzled $536,724 during her time as a practice administrator for a local pediatric clinic from August 2014 through September 2016. She embezzled the money in the... more »
  • Baton Rouge tax preparer arrested for "ghost company" fraud scheme

    January 31, 2017 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge tax preparer faces felony charges for a tax fraud scheme involving “ghost” companies and phony business losses that cost Louisiana taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Joseph A. Gillies of Baton Rouge prepared and submitted hundreds of tax returns that contained fabricated business... more »
  • U.S. Department of Energy grants LSU $1.5 million industrial engineering grant

    January 30, 2017 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is one of 27 universities across the country that will receive funding from U.S. Department of Energy in the form of an industrial engineering grant. LSU will receive about $1.5 million over five years. The award will be in the form of cooperative agreements and... more »
  • Trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials

    January 28, 2017 6:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is imposing a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments, and a five-year ban for other lobbying. Trump used his executive authority Saturday to put in place the bans - fulfilling part of his campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington. Trump... more »
  • Ascension residents furious over Matassa trial delay Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:21 AM

    GONZALES - Frustrated residents met to discuss the lack of action taken against embattled Parish President Kenny Matassa. Matassa is accused of bribery , allegedly offering money to a man if he dropped out of a Gonzales council race. District Attorney Ricky Babin scheudled a grand jury for Matassa last... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Make America Great Again' hats bring big business for Louisiana company Play Video

    January 25, 2017 10:56 PM

    LAFAYETTE - It was the fashion of the campaign; a red sea of "Make America Great Again" hats could always be found at every rally for now-President Donald Trump. But did you know the heart of the operation to get those hats and other gear to supporters was located right... more »
  • Raining $20s: Money falls out of armored car on NC interstate

    January 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Police say a number of people grabbed some quick cash when the back of an armored car opened on Interstate 40 in Raleigh. By the time officers arrived Thursday morning, those who had grabbed the cash were gone. A statement from police spokesman Jim Sughrue said a... more »
  • Post-flood water bill flooding woman with debt Play Video

    January 17, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim owes hundreds of dollars to the Baton Rouge Water Company. Cotrina Burton's home flooded in August. It wasn't until she planned to move into her new home did she notice a problem with her bills. She owes the water company about $800.... more »
  • Town suspends panhandling prohibition pending lawsuit

    January 12, 2017 11:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A suburban New Orleans city has told a judge it won't enforce its law requiring people who beg for money at traffic intersections to get panhandling permits. Court records show the city of Slidell agreed Tuesday that it won't enforce the law until a federal judge determines... more »
  • Appeal ruling affects funding for over 30 charter schools

    January 10, 2017 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state appeal court ruling could endanger the funding of more than 30 of Louisiana's 150 public charter schools. The schools in question were all granted charters by Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. But they were funded through a state education formula that distributes... more »
  • Flood plan expected to get money to homeowners by April

    January 6, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is submitting its plan to spend $438 million in federal flood recovery aid, a move Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says should have money flowing by April. Nearly all the money, under the plan being sent Friday to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,... more »
  • Flood victims frustrated with mortgage companies, AG offering help Play Video

    December 30, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims continue to feel frustration when it comes to mortgage companies releasing their insurance money. Some have called 2 On Your Side for help, but now a state office is stepping in. The State Attorney General's Office says it will help put pressure on mortgage... more »
  • January meeting set to discuss flood spending plans

    December 25, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans for spending more than $1 billion in newly approved federal flood recovery money will be discussed at a Jan. 6 meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Friday that Louisiana would receive more than $1.2 billion, part... more »
  • Baton Rouge Community College gets new chancellor

    December 14, 2016 9:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Community and Technical College System's board of supervisors has picked a new chancellor for Baton Rouge Community College. The board unanimously selected Larissa Littleton-Steib for the position on Wednesday. Her appointment takes effect on Jan. 2. Littleton-Steib, a Louisiana native, currently serves as vice chancellor... more »
  • Special election for treasurer to be scheduled for October

    December 14, 2016 9:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The special election to choose Louisiana's next state treasurer will be held in October. Republican John Kennedy won last week's runoff election for the U.S. Senate and will be sworn into office Jan. 3. His resignation will trigger the need for a special election to replace him as... more »
  • Fed expected to raise rates for first time in a year

    December 14, 2016 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its key interest rate for the first time in a year when its policy meeting ends Wednesday. The move would lift the rate by a quarter point to a range between 0.5 percent and 0.75 percent, likely nudging up the cost... more »
  • Commission approves money to rebuild damaged Baker schools

    November 17, 2016 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Bond Commission approved $310 million for state projects and approved more than $12.5 million in interest savings Thursday, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. Baton Rouge area projects include bonds for the Baker School District to finance rebuilding schools damaged by August's historic... more »
  • Louisiana looks into another debt refinancing

    November 17, 2016 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are considering another state debt refinancing, hoping it may save the state some money as it struggles through repeated budget gaps. Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, asked staff of the Bond Commission to look into the idea. Dardenne... more »
  • Tax law rewrite proposals released to Louisiana lawmakers

    November 2, 2016 9:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are being urged to make sweeping changes to the state's sales tax, personal income tax and property tax policies. The effort is aimed at stabilizing state government finances and ending its boom-and-bust budgeting cycles. A study group created by lawmakers to recommend a tax revamp... more »
  • Three wanted for using counterfeit money in Livingston Parish

    October 17, 2016 5:30 PM

    LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects wanted for using counterfeit money. On Oct. 3 around 8 p.m., two black men and one black woman entered into a Denham Springs business along Hwy. 16. Each of the suspects bought a pack of T-shirts using... more »
  • Houma woman arrested in insurance fraud scheme

    October 12, 2016 10:23 PM

    HOUMA - Louisiana State Police have arrested a woman accused of fraudulent insurance claims dating back to 2014. 38-year-old Shanta Simmons was arrested Wednesday morning. In March, investigators in the insurance fraud/auto theft unit in Houma were contacted by fraud investigators with Progressive Insurance Company concerning fraudulent claims... more »
  • Grant to reduce crime in popular Tigerland area denied Play Video

    October 12, 2016 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grant requested by Baton Rouge officials, LSU and the District Attorney's office to reduce crime in Tigerland has been denied. Crime statistics were released along with the request for the square-mile area of Tigerland. According to the summary, the violent crime rate was more than 33... more »
  • $146 million paid so far in ongoing flood recovery

    October 3, 2016 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has received $146 million in disaster assistance from FEMA, the federal government announced Monday. The funds are for the state to use to reimburse local entities for expenses related to response and recovery efforts as a result of August’s severe storms and floods. The... more »
  • Unclaimed Powerball ticket in BR worth $1 million

    October 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There's an unclaimed, $1 million Powerball ticket somewhere. The ticket was sold at a Romero's Food Mart on Joor Road. The ticket matched five numbers. Winning numbers drawn Saturday were: 2-12-50-61-64, Powerball: 1, Power Play: 2. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball... more »
  • Port Barre traffic clerk arrested for theft of town's money

    September 13, 2016 8:50 PM

    PORT BARRE - St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Port Barre traffic clerk accused of stealing more than $19,000 from the town. A sheriff's spokesman says an investigation began after the town clerk reportedly suspected employee Nicole R. Duff of theft. One of Duff's duties was to retrieve... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Disaster restoration company under microscope for questionable actions Play Video

    September 12, 2016 4:55 PM

    ***Disclaimer: A number of businesses are named in a public document released to the Investigative Unit by the Ascension Parish School Board. Only Wallace, Rush and Schmidt Inc. (WRS) is the subject of this report. Blackmon Mooring/BMS has no affiliation with WRS.*** BATON ROUGE- There are serious allegations of... more »
  • FEMA: federal aid to flooded Louisiana has passed $1 billion

    September 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA reports that federal aid to help disaster survivors has surpassed $1 billion less than four weeks after historic flooding devastated south Louisiana. FEMA says more than 63,000 families are receiving assistance through one or more of the housing options available. The agency approved more... more »
  • Wisconsin businesses prepare for huge economic impact from football fans

    September 2, 2016 8:45 PM

    GREEN BAY - Wisconsin business owners are expecting Saturday's matchup between LSU and University of Wisconsin to make a huge economic impact. "We knew from this very onset this would be huge," hotel manager Tara Campbell said. On a typical Green Bay Packers gameday, the city usually makes an impact... more »
  • Suspects wanted for stealing money from Airline Hwy gas station

    September 1, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police detectives are attempting to identify a man and woman who are accused of stealing money from a Chevron gas station. According to BRPD, the two stole money from the Bengal Chevron gas station located in the 9900 block of Airline Highway on May... more »
  • Feds to distribute $53 million to states to fight opioids

    August 31, 2016 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the funding will focus on reducing over-prescribing of pain killers, increasing access to treatment and making sure the antidote naloxone is... more »
  • Eight-year-old boy makes $2.2K donation to first responders fund Play Video

    July 26, 2016 8:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Restaurants, corporations and individuals have been donating money to help Baton Rouge Area Foundation's First Responders Fund, but one tremendous donation came from an unlikely source. One donator, eight-year-old Benjamin Chiasson, gave to the fund after he opened his own lemonade stand to raise money. "I just... more »
  • Do you have unclaimed cash? Click here!

    June 30, 2016 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Officials say more than 4,000 people in Louisiana have unclaimed money after a recent settlement with mortgage services. State Treasurer said the state received $2.4 million after a settlement stemming from the 2008 housing bubble burst. “If you lost your home to foreclosure during the... more »
  • Foreign officials say Trump appealing for funds

    June 29, 2016 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Foreign officials are complaining that they're being "bombarded" by fundraising appeals from U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. And now, two watchdog groups are filing complaints against the Republican's campaign saying the practice breaks the law. Sir Roger Gale, a member of the British Parliament, complained in the House... more »
  • Alaska could end to oil checks paid to residents since 1982

    June 29, 2016 11:19 AM

    ANCHORAGE - As Alaska faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit, the oil fund wealth checks distributed yearly to nearly every Alaskan could be on the chopping block. It could mean the first time in more than 30 years that most Alaskans won't get a check from the government just for... more »
  • Audit: Privatization of state insurance program saved $10M

    June 27, 2016 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says former Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana's self-insurance program saved the state money, though less than projected. The Jindal administration privatized the Office of Risk Management work in June 2010, awarding the $75 million contract to... more »
  • Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

    May 21, 2016 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need. With federal financing in limbo, health officials are shifting resources... more »
  • Was a high ranking parish employee fired over campaign promise? Play Video

    May 12, 2016 4:57 PM

    GONZALES- Tonight, there are allegations the "good ole boy" network is running strong in Ascension Parish. A prominent land owner claims he brought Parish President Kenny Matassa money to fire a high ranking parish employee. That land owner donated hundreds of dollars to Kenny Matassa. What is unclear tonight was... more »
  • Representative says actress Emma Watson had offshore company

    May 11, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW YORK - A representative for "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson said she had an offshore company for privacy reasons only. The company, Falling Leaves Ltd., was named in the so-called Panama Papers, a series of leaked documents that revealed how some politicians and celebrities hide money. More files were... more »
  • In budget crunch, state agencies leaving money unclaimed

    May 3, 2016 12:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Money is tight in Louisiana, but there are millions of dollars just waiting to be cashed. State agencies are not staying on top of unclaimed property owed to them. Some seem to have forgotten its there. "We've returned $315 million, and we got a long... more »
  • Car owners frustrated after CATS bus totals their car Play Video

    April 29, 2016 11:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A couple from Baton Rouge is frustrated tonight after their car was involved in a crash with a CATS bus. The CATS bus totaled the Charlats' Toyota, just before it hit a home in Baton Rouge two weeks ago. Now the Charlats say CATS is taking the... more »
  • Edwards: State gets $1.6 million disaster grant

    April 13, 2016 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Louisiana a $1,699,317 million disaster assistance grant. The grant will help provide temporary jobs in the 21 Louisiana parishes devastated by the recent storms and flooding. Edwards, in a news release Tuesday, said the Disaster... more »
  • Two injured in fire at multi-million dollar home

    March 30, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a multi-million dollar home in the exclusive Country Club of Louisiana injured two people Wednesday. Firefighters with the St. George Fire Department said the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. at 18433 N Mission Hills in the southwestern area of the gated community.... more »
  • Expert: TOPS situation shows need for other scholarships; tips for students here

    February 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Educators advise high school students to take a serious look at how they will pay for college outside of state assistance since TOPS funding could be suspended or decreased. In a 24-hour window this week, TOPS officials caused panic among students and parents of college-aged children when... more »
  • LDR: State tax filings not affected by IRS system outage

    February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana tax filings are not being affected by the IRS' hardware failure. In a news release sent out Thursday morning, the Louisiana Department of Revenue said its tax processing systems are not being impacted by the system outage. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that it had stopped... more »
  • Shadowy companies, big bucks: Election mystery money returns

    February 3, 2016 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this presidential election. And more than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping candidates came from unknown or masked donors. An Associated Press analysis of new campaign finance data finds more than two dozen obscure groups gave at least... more »
  • Say it ain't so: Study finds I-10 should be widened, new bridge needed

    February 2, 2016 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gaggle of business executives issued a report on the region's road issues Tuesday, blaming a backlog of projects in part for a lack consensus over its highest priority projects. The analysis by CRISIS - Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions - identified four key... more »
  • White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic

    February 2, 2016 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation's heroin addiction epidemic. The administration will seek a $1 billion increase in spending to expand access to treatment during the next fiscal year. It will also seek about $90 million more... more »
  • Use of federal drinking water money varies in Deep South

    January 30, 2016 2:35 PM

    ATLANTA - Money from a federal fund aiming to help states comply with drinking water requirements goes toward a mix of state employee salaries and expenses and private contractors throughout the Deep South. The Associated Press reviewed state records in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to providing loans... more »

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