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  • 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 »
  • 3 winning tickets in $1.6B Powerball drawing

    January 13, 2016 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lottery officials say tickets sold in California, Tennessee and Florida won Wednesday's world record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing. The top prize for Saturday's drawing will be $40 million. There was one Match 5 ticket purchased in Franklinton and it's worth $1 million. There... more »
  • Did you win? Check Wednesday's Powerball numbers here Play Video

    January 6, 2016 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People showed up at convenience stores across the city and region Wednesday, hoping to get a lucky ticket to the night's Powerball drawing. Just before 10 p.m., the numbers were drawn. The numbers are: 47-2-63-62-11 and the Powerball is 17. The jackpot is about $500... more »
  • State announces plan to provide more funding for child care services Play Video

    January 6, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education released information on Wednesday about a plan to provide more benefits to daycares that receive state funding and to low income families that use them. Some of the benefits include making more money available to increase the available care these families can... more »
  • Colorado pot banking case tests federal drug rules

    December 27, 2015 2:30 PM

    DENVER - A marijuana banking case set for arguments Monday is testing the federal government's stated goal of addressing the cash-only nature of the quasi-legal pot industry. But should pot sellers be able to use the nation's banking system as long as marijuana is an illegal drug? It's a question... more »
  • Grant money would help Denham Springs Animal Shelter Play Video

    December 23, 2015 5:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A $50,000 grant would go a long way for repairs at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter. City leaders plan to apply for the state grant in the coming weeks. Right now, the no-kill shelter relies heavily on donations and grants to get by each day. Every penny... more »
  • Red Stick Moms Blog releases Shop Local Guide 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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