October 25, 2013 3:11 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Army National Guard has extended its sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr. through the 2014 season with Hendrick Motorsports. The Guard will be the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet for 20 Sprint Cup races, including the Daytona 500. Hendrick Motorsports said Friday the Guard will... more »
October 24, 2013 2:31 PM
MILLINGTON, Tenn.- Police say a member of the National Guard opened fire Thursday afternoon at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being taken into custody. Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback says the shooter was apprehended by other National Guard members. Stanback says the... more »
October 17, 2013 2:21 PM
Lacombe- Operations have resumed at National Wildlife Refuge facilities operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Southeast Louisiana.
This includes all facilities at Atchafalaya, Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Breton, Delta, and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges.
Hunting, fishing, boating, hiking activities and... more »
August 31, 2013 10:30 AM
NEW ORLEANS - An advocacy group is making a second attempt to place a site where a levee breached during 2005's Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places. This time the group's application is trying to get around opposition by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built... more »
July 31, 2013 12:34 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national security team has been arguing today that the government's sweeping domestic surveillance powers need to be retained. But in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they acknowledged that some limits appear inevitable. They said they want to work with lawmakers who seem intent on... more »
June 27, 2013 12:34 PM
WASHINGTON - A new Asian elephant is being introduced to the other elephants at the National Zoo and will begin sharing the same living space. Officials say 37-year-old Bozie joined the zoo's two other females Thursday in the elephant community center. Bozie arrived in May from the Baton Rouge Zoo... more »
June 17, 2013 2:54 PM
WASHINGTON - The Republican establishment hopes an overhaul of immigration laws will help the party run stronger presidential races. But that goal is about to hit big hurdles in the form of House Republicans. Many House Republicans are hostile to the bipartisan immigration bill before the Senate. Even substantial changes... more »
May 23, 2013 2:02 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has signed new policy guidelines to oversee when the U.S. can use drone strikes against suspected terrorists. Obama says clear guidelines, oversight and accountability are spelled out in "policy guidance" he signed Wednesday. He says Thursday in a national security speech that the... more »
May 12, 2013 2:32 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The National Science Foundation has awarded a $315,000 grant to the University of New Orleans to help support the school's summer undergraduate research program for three years. The program is heavily focused on exposing minority students to scientific research. The program is operated by UNO's department of... more »
April 23, 2013 3:35 PM
PASADENA, Calif. - The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the new four-team playoff starting after the 2014 regular season will be called the College Football Playoff, and the conference commissioners will make it... more »
April 16, 2013 6:40 PM
NEW YORK - The Chinese Consulate in New York says a Chinese national is the third person killed in the Boston marathon blasts. An official at the consulate's press section, who was not authorized to give his name, said that one Chinese student was injured and another died in the... more »
February 22, 2013 2:11 PM
JACKSON, Miss. -Several cars from a freight train derailed Friday morning near Jackson, Mississippi, that's according to Canadian National Railway officials.
The derailment happened about 6:45 a.m. on tracks that run parallel to I-55 south through Hinds County.
The derailment is affecting trains running between Jackson and New... more »
February 21, 2013 8:55 AM
THOMSON, Ga.- The National Transportation Safety Board says in a statement that a small jet "overran" a runway during its landing and crashed into a wooded area in eastern Georgia. Authorities say five people died in the crash shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and two others were taken to a... more »
February 17, 2013 12:43 PM
WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says there's "a grave concern" about delays in assembling President Barack Obama's second-term national security team. Senate Republicans have stalled the nominations of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary and John Brennan to be CIA director. GOP lawmakers want more answers... more »
February 7, 2013 6:38 AM
WASHINGTON - A think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan to provide preschool for all children within five years. The Center for American Progress released a road map Thursday for providing pre-kindergarten programs for all 3- and 4-year-olds. For families with younger children, federal... more »
January 22, 2013 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marine Corps is backing off statements that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem during her performance at President Barack Obama's inauguration. The Marine Corps issued a statement Tuesday saying it determined that a live performance by the Marine Band was ill advised because there was no opportunity... more »
January 17, 2013 5:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Poverty Point State Historic Site and National Monument in West Carroll Parish has been nominated for inclusion on the World Heritage site list. If approved, the prehistoric earthworks would join the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef on... more »
January 10, 2013 2:36 PM
CROWLEY- The Louisiana National Guard sent high-water trucks to Crowley and Marksville for evacuations, and says units are on standby statewide. Staff Sgt. Denis Ricou says the 225th Engineer Brigade in Marksville and the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Crowley each sent a truck and two soldiers. He says... more »
January 7, 2013 10:31 AM
MIAMI - The battle lines are drawn for tonight's BCS Championship at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
Notre Dame, the top-ranked team with a 12-0 mark, has the distinction of being a fairly heavy underdog against 12-1 Alabama. Oddsmakers are rating the Crimson Tide about a 9-point favorite, largely... more »
January 4, 2013 10:48 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Alabama assistant coach Kirby Smart runs the stingiest defense in the country when it comes to yards allowed, but as he looks at Notre Dame, he sees plenty of reasons for concern. The second-ranked Crimson Tide play the No. 1 Fighting Irish on Monday in the... more »
January 3, 2013 4:03 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - There were some dark days at Notre Dame and Alabama, dark years really, during which two college football's proudest programs flailed and foundered. As the 21st century dawned, the Fighting Irish and the Crimson Tide were old news, stodgy remnants of a glorious past, not moving... more »
December 18, 2012 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is breaking its silence four days after a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 26 were killed, including 20 children. The nation's largest gun rights organization made its first public statements Tuesday after a self-imposed media blackout that left many wondering how it would... more »
December 10, 2012 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is launching an independent inquiry into what worked in 2012's elections - and, perhaps more importantly, what did not. RNC chairman Reince Priebus on Monday rolled out his effort, called the Growth and Opportunity Project, to look at how GOP nominee Mitt Romney came... more »
November 23, 2012 10:45 AM
UNDATED - LSU's role in the SEC and national championship pictures have faded with two losses this season, but the No. 8 Tigers aren't totally dead yet. Just close to it. LSU tries to keep hope alive when it visits disappointing Arkansas this afternoon. A Tigers win is a must... more »
November 14, 2012 4:53 PM
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Southeastern Conference's six-year streak of national championships could be in jeopardy. And the SEC has expansion to thank for making it happen. No. 9 Texas A&M and Missouri are making their presence felt since the SEC invited them into the fold. The Aggies (8-2, 5-2 SEC)... more »
October 8, 2012 2:56 PM
KEENE, Calif. - President Barack Obama has designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument. The 187-acre site, known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or simply La Paz, served as the planning and coordination center of the United... more »
September 4, 2012 4:36 PM
WASHINGTON - The national debt has topped $16 trillion as chronic government deficits have piled more than $50,000 worth of debt onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States. Barack Obama's GOP rivals used the grim but expected news to blast the president for the... more »
August 26, 2012 4:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service upgraded a hurricane watch which covered much of southeast Louisiana was to a warning this afternoon.
The warning covers a swath of Louisiana, including Assumption, Ascension and Livingston parishes, and lasts until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters also put East Baton Rouge, West... more »
August 24, 2012 8:39 AM
WASHINGTON - Republican delegates will begin the roll call vote to officially nominate Mitt Romney for president on Monday at the national convention in Tampa, which could allow Romney to accept the GOP nomination earlier in the week than has occurred at previous conventions.
Republican officials on Thursday said... more »
July 17, 2012 3:36 PM
NEW YORK - A nationwide prescription drug ring bought mountains of HIV medications and other drugs from down-and-out Medicaid recipients in New York City, then marketed the pills to pharmacies that dispensed them to unsuspecting consumers, authorities said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan detailed the scheme at a news conference... more »
May 28, 2012 1:08 PM
McLEAN, Va. - At 6 years old, Lori Anne Madison is the youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee. At a glance, she seems like a child that age: She talks at 100 mph and wears a T-shirt that says "Little Miss Sunshine" on it. But she... more »
April 3, 2012 8:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Kentucky won its eighth national championship in New Orleans Monday, holding off Kansas for a 67-59 victory Monday night.
The Wildcats (38-2) led by as many as 18 points in the first half and were still up 15 with 5:13 to play. Kansas (32-7), a team... more »
April 2, 2012 10:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - The price of gas increased 3.7 cents a gallon in Baton Rouge last week, averaging $3.78. The increase nationally was 3.2 cents upping the average price to $3.89 a gallon. Gas prices in Baton Rouge are now 27.7 cents higher compared to a year ago and up... more »
March 21, 2012 4:54 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Wednesday that the damage incurred on homes in Prairieville were caused by a tornado.
The NWS has not finalized the strength of the tornado but has said that it is won't be classified as anything less than an EF1.... more »
February 24, 2012 11:18 AM
WASHINGTON- Sales of new homes dipped in January but only after the government said the final quarter of 2011 was stronger than first estimated. The Commerce Department says new-home sales fell 0.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 321,000 homes. That followed four straight months of... more »
February 10, 2012 2:23 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. -The Louisiana National Guard is scheduled to welcome home Soldiers of the 204th Theater Airfield Operations Group at Esler Field in Pineville, Feb. 10.
More than 20 Soldiers from the 204th, based in Hammond, will return from their 365-day deployment to Kuwait, with detachments in both... more »
February 1, 2012 3:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in the Center for Social Research will be observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
There will be lectures, demonstrations and powerful testimonials at the free event set for Tuesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Royal... more »
February 1, 2012 2:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - National Signing Day has been a mixed bag of results for the LSU Tiger football program, as they've filled needs on their roster, however missed out on some of the top talent in the state.
The Tigers, who plan to take 25 commitments, have signed 22... more »
January 5, 2012 7:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Rammer jammer. Tiger bait. Roll Tide. Geaux Tigers.
The sounds of a healthy college football rivalry are all over New Orleans tonight, after thousands of fans descended on the Big Easy ahead of Monday's BCS National Championship between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.
... more »
January 4, 2012 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Tigers are kicking into high gear for the next six days as they prepare for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 9.
The team's schedule is filled with practices, media appearances and other special events, such as private team parties and a visit to the... more »
December 14, 2011 5:09 PM
If you feel that you or a loved one who served in the U. S. armed forces didn't receive all the medals they were due, you can request a records check from the National Personnel Record Center.
Click on the link below to get started.
National Personnel Record... more »
November 29, 2011 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - With the BCS National Championship game 41 days away, regardless of what happens this weekend in Atlanta, many LSU fans are shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars just to reserve tickets to the game.
The 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship committee is offering fans reservations... more »
November 29, 2011 1:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - The head of the state education board doesn't expect a national search for candidates to be state education superintendent.
Penny Dastugue, president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, says she expects any search would be brief, if there is one.
Dastugue says BESE... more »
November 24, 2011 6:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana Guardsman ate dinner with his family for the first time in a year today after he arrived home yesterday from a tour in Afghanistan.
Sgt. First Class Garrick St. Romain talked with Rob Krieger about why the meal was one of his tastiest in... more »
November 23, 2011 11:52 AM
CARVILLE - Family members welcomed home 120 members of the Louisiana National Guard this morning after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.
Gov. Bobby Jindal was also on hand as the 415th Military Intelligence Unit arrived in Carville this morning.
"Many mothers and fathers have been away from their... more »
November 22, 2011 2:10 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Approximately 120 Louisiana National Guard Soldiers from the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion are scheduled to return home from a 365-day deployment to the Gillis W. Long Center in Carville on Wednesday.
The soldiers, headquartered in Carville, were deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring... more »
October 19, 2011 10:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- It's a top headline on sports television, and it's splashed across sports publications.
The news of three LSU players possibly being suspended is causing chatter across the country.
Analysts at ESPN are slamming the players' potential actions calling it betrayal. In the other tiger town, sports... more »
September 25, 2011 1:14 PM
CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 12 cents over the past two weeks.
That's according to the Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, released Sunday. It puts the average price of a gallon of regular at $3.54.
Midgrade costs... more »
September 1, 2011 2:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the Louisiana National Guard's UH-60 Black Hawks have dropped more than one million gallons of water in the aerial firefight against the marsh fires in the Bayou Sauvage area.
Governor Jindal said, "Our guardsmen have worked tirelessly to fight the... more »
April 29, 2011 11:27 AM
NORMAN, Okla. - The National Weather Service says one of the tornadoes that killed hundreds in the South had winds of 205 mph and was the first EF-5 tornado in Mississippi since 1966.
That's the highest rating given by the weather service for tornado damage. Meteorologist Jim LaDue at... more »
April 12, 2011 10:30 AM
ZACHARY - Family members and dignitaries gathered in Zachary to see off members of the Louisiana Army National Guard this morning.
About 100 members of the 926th Mobilization Augmentation Company unit are deploying for a year to Afghanistan. While there they'll be conducting route-clearance operations in support of Operation... more »
February 11, 2011 7:42 PM
GONZALES - The family and co-workers of a man seriously injured in a car crash this week are asking for help paying his medical bills.
An account has been set up with Whitney National Bank for Charles "Itchy" Etienne, who was critically injured in a collision Wednesday at the... more »
January 28, 2011 11:40 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has convened his national security team on the growing protests in Egypt as aides voice concern about violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Obama's 40-minute session in the Oval Office on Friday took the place of his daily national security briefing. It included Vice President... more »
January 8, 2011 10:28 AM
BRETON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. - After months of being closed to the public due to the BP oil spill, the Breton National Wildlife Refuge is open again. The refuge encompasses areas at the mouth of the Mississippi River and a chain of barrier islands in Chandeleur Sound. The U.S.... more »
December 31, 2010 12:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most of the Baton Rouge area until 7 p.m. A Tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in severe thunderstorms at any time.
The main threats from any severe thunderstorms this... more »
December 22, 2010 10:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The parent companies of two historic Southern banks - Hancock Bank in Mississippi and Whitney National Bank of New Orleans - have announced a merger. A Wednesday morning news release says Hancock Holding Company and Whitney Holding Corporation have entered into an agreement to merge in a... more »
December 8, 2010 1:37 PM
GAINESVILLE - Florida football coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Gators appearance in the Outback Bowl. Meyer led Florida to two national titles but began to show the strain of his high-profile job last season when he briefly quit but then returned to the team. In a statement... more »
November 27, 2010 11:30 AM
IOTA - The National Weather Service says three tornadoes damaged houses in Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes, but no injuries have been reported. Meteorologist Donald Jones said Friday that two twisters touched down in Acadia Parish late Thursday and one hit the east side of Jennings. Acadia Parish sheriff's spokeswoman... more »
November 15, 2010 2:26 PM
BATON ROUGE – The K9 Division at Baton Rouge Police Department finished fifth in the nation in a recent competition with other law enforcement dog teams from across the country. Several BRPD handlers also placed in individual categories at the USPCA National Dog Trials in Hammond. They include:
... more »
November 14, 2010 10:00 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. - The National Park Service will help four Acadiana parishes create a Bayou Teche paddle trail for canoes, kayaks and pirogues. Public meetings are planned Tuesday in Port Barre and Thursday in Charenton about the proposed route through St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes. Kristen... more »
November 2, 2010 10:25 AM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado warning that had been issued for parts of northern Assumption Parish until 11:00a.m.
Meteorologists at the NWS said a storm capable of producing a weak tornado had been spotted in the area around 10 a.m., and weakened to... more »
October 28, 2010 4:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden tells News 2 there will be a national search for Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff's replacement.
He also says there will be local input during the process.
Earlier this week Holden released a letter that said LeDuff had told him he... more »
October 25, 2010 5:29 PM
Louisiana is four times above the national average when it comes to domestic abuse incidences and domestic violence related murders. Meanwhile, women's shelters statewide are facing serious budget cuts.
Calls to Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center keep coming in, but money to provide help to abused women doesn’t.... more »
October 18, 2010 5:16 PM
A man from Virginia is traveling the country with hopes of creating a national symbol. George Lutz has been to 45 states and traveled more than 21,000 miles on a mission called “Honor and Remember.” Lutz established flags with that slogan on them more than two years ago and presents... more »
October 13, 2010 6:14 PM
The number of people on food stamps in Louisiana is staggering. The state is well above the national average. One in five people gets help paying for food, and that’s about 850,000 people. That’s also 19 percent of the population, compared to the national average of about 13 percent. News... more »
September 13, 2010 10:48 AM
UPDATE: Officials with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office say they've arrested one man after an attempted bank robbery this morning.
43-year-old Louis W. Allen of Denham Springs was arrested in suspicion of attempted armed robbery and other charges after the incident at Whitney National Bank on Jones Creek... more »
September 10, 2010 11:06 AM
Football fever has spread all the way to Iraq, where soldiers from Louisiana’s National Guard recently displayed their SEC pride. Members of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry regiment based in Shreveport received a pair of LSU flags signed by members of the Tigers football team. The regiment posed for photos... more »
August 18, 2010 5:24 AM
Community planners and national experts on everything from housing to transportation issues are gathering in Baton Rouge this week. The Center for Planning Excellence, a Baton Rouge-based organization, is hosting its fifth annual Smart Growth Summit to talk about comprehensive planning efforts for neighborhoods, communities and cities. The summit runs... more »
August 17, 2010 5:58 AM
For the third year in a row, LSU is ranked in the first tier for best national universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges. LSU ranks number 124. Harvard tops Princeton coming in number one. Yale is ranked number three followed by Columbia, and... more »
July 27, 2010 11:48 AM
Louisiana has been named a finalist in the second round of the federal "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition.
18 other states and the District of Columbia have also been named.
The ranking gives our state the chance to win a share of $3 billion.
... more »
June 29, 2010 4:21 PM
South Carolina will look to win the College World Series and national championship Tuesday night in game 2 against UCLA. The win would give the Gamecocks their first mens' national championship ever.
Left-handed pitcher Michael Roth will get the start for the Gamecocks in game 2. The sophomore leads... more »
May 12, 2010 2:58 PM
The GOP is headed to Florida.
Republicans have picked Tampa for their 2012 presidential convention.
Florida is a swing state with a hefty 27 electoral votes.
The choice still needs the approval from the full Republican National Committee in August. The last Republican convention in Florida was... more »
May 7, 2010 2:15 PM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the Breton National Wildlife Refuge to public entry.
This includes the Chandeleur Islands chain (Chandeleur, Grand Gossier, Curlew, New Harbor Island, North Islands, Free Mason).
The refuge is being close to keep the public safe, not to disturb the nesting... more »
May 4, 2010 2:44 PM
The Louisiana National Guard is stepping up to help protect the coast from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Soldiers from the 1022nd Engineer Company, 527th Engineer Battalion in West Monroe, are helping load boats with boom and stakes at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale.
... more »
April 20, 2010 5:31 AM
A group of retired military officers says high-calorie school lunches are threatening national security. A study by the group Mission: Readiness finds that school lunches are making American kids so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards, putting recruitment in jeopardy. The report says 27... more »
March 29, 2010 5:22 AM
Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and with the new health overhaul law, newly insured patients will put an extra strain on the supply. Only 30 percent of U.S. doctors currently practice primary care, and 65 million people live in areas designated as... more »
August 14, 2009 4:39 PM
Some families of Louisiana National Guard troops will get $250,000 dollars in benefits from the state. State lawmakers finalized the plan today for five families. It applies for soldiers killed on or after July 7th, 2007. The state benefits will be in addition to federal benefits...including military life insurance. They... more »