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  • New era begins with Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee Play Video

    April 17, 2014 9:09 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Richard Lee was sworn in as the new mayor of Port Allen Tuesday. He joined us on 2une In Thursday to talk about his vision for the future of the city. Lee's swearing in signals the end of nearly a year of constant fighting and scandal... more »
  • Rapides school district to purchase up to 50 buses

    December 12, 2013 8:54 AM

    ALEXANDRIA- More than 20 school buses in the Rapides Parish School District are older than the students they carry. Twenty-four of the local school district's fleet are from 1998 - most purchased used in 2003 - and are the oldest of those used for daily routes. Rapides' Director of Transportation... more »
  • Mayor: Turner Field to be demolished in 2017

    November 12, 2013 9:01 AM

    ATLANTA - Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field... more »
  • Plans for new home for Amite police going ahead

    October 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    AMITE - Plans for a new home for the Amite Police Department are moving forward. Mayor Buddy Bel says the town was waiting to see if the half-cent jail tax would pass before moving ahead on the renovation of an old state office building. Chief Jerry Trabona tells The Daily... more »
  • IBM Service Center breaks ground Play Video

    September 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM broke ground on their new $55million service center in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday. The project is expected to directly create 800 jobs, 500 indirect jobs and 600 construction jobs. The mixed-use complex has an eight story IBM office, 11 story apartment building and a parking... more »
  • CATS begins wave of meetings for new routes, changes

    September 23, 2013 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is meeting with people in the community and talking about proposed changes to bus routes. CATS will add routes and change existing ones as part of its promise when a tax was approved by voters to dedicate money to the system. ... more »
  • IBM to begin construction on Baton Rouge offices

    September 22, 2013 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Groundbreaking for an IBM Service Center will be held Sept. 26 in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/16bhhWL ) the ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Lafayette Street, a few blocks down the street from where... more »
  • New menu items debut in Tiger Stadium

    September 6, 2013 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tiger fans will have a pick of a number of new concession items in Tiger Stadium for LSU's first home Saturday night against UAB. The traditional favorites will still be available, including hot dogs, hamburgers, Manda sauasage, sodas, peanuts, nachos and popcorn. But there will... more »
  • Planned new city in EBR gets a name

    September 5, 2013 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Organizers of a breakaway school system in East Baton Rouge Parish have started focusing on creating a new town, and apparently have settled on a name. The group said it is considering "The City of St. George" for the area in unincorporated East Baton Rouge Parish. They... more »
  • CATS looking for suggestions for new routes, changes Play Video

    September 2, 2013 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System is looking for suggestions as the system plans a new set of routes for 2014. Eight routes could be added and changes may be made to existing ones. Bus riders have ideas of their own. "Baton Rouge is growing so... more »
  • Fugitive tracked down in New Orleans

    August 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly year long fugitive hunt has come to end in New Orleans. 43-year-old Joseph Marrone was arrested Tuesday by agents with the Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension and High Technology Crime Units. Marrone was wanted by several law enforcement agencies. The Mandeville Police Department... more »
  • Tropical Depression No. 6 forms in Gulf of Mexico

    August 25, 2013 4:45 PM

    MIAMI - A new tropical depression has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that tropical depression No. 6 was located about 50 miles northeast of the Mexican state of Veracruz with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving west... more »
  • Stocks inch higher; still on track for weekly loss

    August 9, 2013 9:01 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street, not enough to erase the market's loss for the week. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up four points, just 0.03 percent, to 15,502 shortly after the opening of trading Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was... more »
  • Wall Street opens higher

    July 23, 2013 8:57 AM

    NEW YORK- The stock market is opening higher after DuPont Co. said it is exploring a sale of its performance chemicals unit and China pledged to maintain growth. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 51 points to 15,595, helped by a 4 percent gain in DuPont's stock in early... more »
  • Weak tech earnings pull down US stock market

    July 19, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW YORK- Weak earnings from big technology companies sent the stock market lower in early trading. The tech sector led the declines Friday after disappointing quarterly results from Google, Microsoft and a loss from chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 48 points to 15,500 shortly... more »
  • Stocks edge lower on Wall Street; Coke sinks

    July 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as traders are mostly unimpressed with the latest batch of corporate earnings. Coca-Cola dropped 3 percent to $39.74, the worst drop in the Dow Jones industrial average, after reporting a slump in soda sales in North America. The Dow was... more »
  • Soft open on Wall Street; Citi leads banks higher

    July 15, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are slipping in early trading on Wall Street as the market comes off its best week since January. The Dow Jones industrial average was down six points at 15,457 after the first few minutes of trading Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was off two points... more »
  • Mixed open on Wall Street ahead of Fed minutes

    July 10, 2013 9:03 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are little changed in early trading on Wall Street as investors look ahead to the release of minutes from the latest policy meeting of the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 15 points, or 0.1 percent, at 15,315 after the first few minutes of... more »
  • Thousands mark Independence Day with citizenship

    July 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Holding miniature American flags and dressed in various shades of red, white and blue, more than 50 of the country's newest citizens have taken the Oath of Allegiance in New Orleans. They are among more than 7,800 candidates becoming citizens at special ceremonies across the country and... more »
  • Proposed EBR city entertaining potential names Play Video

    June 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - During an East Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce meeting, supporters of incorporating southeast Baton Rouge discussed names like "Highlands" and "Village of St. George," but the ultimate decision would be voted on by those living in the proposed boundaries. Organizers haven't determined what the boundaries... more »
  • New CATS CEO not an LSU fan Play Video

    June 24, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-appointed Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito said he's ready to take on tough criticism, polarizing opinions and past-due deadlines. But he's not ready to fully root on the Tigers just yet. A Notre Dame alum and civil engineer with a Masters in Business... more »
  • Stock indexes open higher on Wall Street

    June 12, 2013 9:08 AM

    NEW YORK- The stock market is getting off to a strong start after two days of losses. Markets have become more volatile in the past two weeks as global central banks prepare to ease back on their economic stimulus policies. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 57 points at... more »
  • Stocks slip in early trade after weak job growth

    June 5, 2013 9:13 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after a payroll company reported sluggish job growth last month. ADP said U.S. businesses added just 135,000 jobs in May, the second straight month of weak gains. That's less than economists were expecting and far below the average of 200,000 monthly... more »
  • Stocks move higher in early trading on Wall Street

    June 4, 2013 9:01 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after encouraging news about home prices and trade. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 26 points at 15,280 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, a gain of 0.2 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up three points at... more »
  • Stocks mixed in early trade as spending falls

    May 31, 2013 9:05 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are heading slightly lower in early trading after the government reported that Americans cut back on their spending last month, a discouraging sign for the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 13 points to 15,311 shortly after the opening bell Friday, the last day of May.... more »
  • Stocks inch higher in early trading on Wall Street

    May 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street after the latest reports on the economy suggested a steady recovery in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 17 points at 15,319 shortly after the opening bell Thursday, a gain of 0.1 percent. The Dow... more »
  • Stocks open lower on Wall Street

    May 29, 2013 8:55 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down from a record. The Dow fell 87 points, or 0.6 percent, to 15,321 shortly after the opening bell on Wednesday. The Standard and Poor's 500 index fell 10 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,650.90.... more »
  • Court filing: New jail won't fix old problems

    May 24, 2013 12:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Inmates' lawyers and the U.S. Justice Department say the current design of a $145 million jail under construction in New Orleans won't meet requirements of a reform agreement signed by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. In papers filed Thursday at federal court, they say the facility lacks... more »
  • Stock slump continues on Wall Street

    May 23, 2013 8:57 AM

    NEW YORK- A global stock market slump is continuing on Wall Street as traders worry about how committed the Federal Reserve remains to keeping up its bond-buying program. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 112 points to 15,191 in early trading Thursday, or 0.7 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500... more »
  • Indexes edge higher on Wall Street in early trade

    May 21, 2013 8:54 AM

    NEW YORK- Stock indexes are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street as investors look ahead to the Federal Reserve's next moves. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 54 points at 15,390 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, a gain of 0.4 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500... more »
  • Donaldsonville gets a new logo

    May 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. - The new logo for the city of Donaldsonville features images that represent its past and hopes for its future. The Advocate reports the logo was developed under the auspices of the nonprofit Louisiana Development Ready Cities as part of a wider marketing effort for the Ascension Parish... more »
  • Stocks edge higher in early trading on Wall Street

    May 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are slightly higher in early trading on Wall Street, even as several big retailers slumped after reporting disappointing earnings. Shortly after the opening bell Friday the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25 points at 15,259, an increase of 0.2 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index... more »
  • Suspect faces 20 charges in Mother's Day shooting

    May 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jail records show that the suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people faces 20 charges of attempted second-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Akein Scott was arrested Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of New Orleans. He was already facing a gun and drug possession charge... more »
  • Weak open on Wall Street; Wal-Mart disappoints

    May 16, 2013 9:04 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street a day after the market hit its latest record high. Wal-Mart led the Dow Jones industrial average lower after the giant retailer blamed higher payroll taxes, bad weather and delayed tax refunds for a sales slump that disappointed investors. Cisco... more »
  • Stock prices ease as manufacturing softens

    May 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    NEW YORK- A report of slowing manufacturing in the Northeastern U.S. is getting the stock market off to weak start. Traders were also disappointed by news that Europe's economic slump continued, dragging France into a recession. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 30 points at 15,186 shortly after the... more »
  • Stocks open little changed after a record week

    May 6, 2013 8:54 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks prices are little changed in early trading on Wall Street after a record-setting week for the market. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 14 points at 14,960 points shortly after the opening bell Monday, a decline of 0.1 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was... more »
  • NRA's new president has penchant for bold words

    May 4, 2013 10:41 AM

    HOUSTON - The incoming leader of the National Rifle Association has a penchant for bold statements that are sure to inflame an already explosive national debate over gun control. James Porter assumes the presidency on Monday after the group's national convention wraps up in Houston. The Alabama attorney is currently... more »
  • Kobe Bryant battles mom, NJ business over auction

    May 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    CAMDEN, N.J.- Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementos from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early NBA career. A southern New Jersey auction house is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's... more »
  • Stocks open higher after GM, CBS earnings rise

    May 2, 2013 9:01 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, a day after the market's biggest fall in two weeks, after General Motors and other big companies announced higher profits. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 48 points to 14,747 shortly after the opening bell, an increase of 0.3 percent. It... more »
  • AP Source: College Football Playoff to replace BCS

    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 »
  • Solid earnings drive stocks higher on Wall Street

    April 23, 2013 9:04 AM

    NEW YORK- Strong earnings from a range of U.S. companies are driving stock prices higher in the early going on Wall Street. Coach, Travelers and Lockheed Martin were among the winners shortly after the opening bell after the companies reported better results than analysts were expecting. The Dow Jones industrial... more »
  • Man accused in 'Breaking Bad' theft arrested again

    April 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    ALBUQUEQUE, N.M.- An Albuquerque man accused of breaking into "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston's car late last year and stealing a script has been arrested again. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office records show that 29-year-old Xavier McAfee was arrested Wednesday on another count of auto burglary. Deputies arrested McAfee last month... more »
  • ExxonMobil found liable in NH pollution trial

    April 9, 2013 11:47 AM

    CONCORD, N.H.- A jury in New Hampshire has found ExxonMobil liable in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. The oil giant could pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean it up. The jury must now deliberate the cost of damages. Jurors sat through nearly... more »
  • Trial date reset in fatal buttocks injection case

    April 8, 2013 8:52 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- A suspect charged in Mississippi with the cosmetic buttocks injection blamed in the death of a Georgia woman has received a new trial date. The Hinds County Circuit Court administrator's office says the trial of Tracey Lynn Garner, also known as Morris Garner, is set now tentatively set... more »
  • No new plan for dealing with Citizens' budget gap

    April 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort isn't revisiting a $100 million borrowing plan that has stalled at the state capitol. The board for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. didn't choose an alternate approach to balance the company's books. Instead, Steve Cottrell, chief... more »
  • Proposal: West Bank Connector from BR to NO

    April 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Opinions vary among local and state officials whether or not a proposed "West Bank Connector" can get off the ground this legislative session. Wilfred Barry, president of the SJB Group, a Baton Rouge design firm, is working with six parishes on a plan that would bring an... more »
  • Stocks open higher following jump in goods orders

    March 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after factory orders for February increased sharply, reflecting a rebound in the aircraft industry. The Commerce Department reported a 5.7 percent surge in overall orders durable goods, the biggest increase in five months. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points,... more »
  • Groundbreaking March 21 for new RPCC campus

    March 12, 2013 12:40 PM

    GONZALES - School officials announced plans to break ground on a new Gonzales campus for River Parishes Community College later this month. "This building represents so much more than a bigger facility," said Dr. Joe Ben Welch, chancellor for RPCC. "It's a symbol of the growth of the River... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport hopes to land cargo carriers

    March 11, 2013 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Engineers are designing a new $11 million landing system for Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, one that officials hope will improve safety and help lure cargo carriers to the airport. Ralph Hennessy, the airport's assistant director of aviation, tells The Advocate the new system will enable planes to descend... more »
  • New TSA rules on knives draw fire from 9/11 kin

    March 6, 2013 2:11 PM

    NEW YORK - Some family members of Sept. 11 terror victims are angry over new flight-safety rules that will permit small knives on planes. The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that air passengers will now be allowed to carry folding knives with blades that are 2.36 inches... more »
  • Ex-N.O. mayor pleads not guilty to bribery, fraud

    February 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city. A 21-count indictment last month accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in... more »
  • Wrestlemania 30 coming to New Orleans in 2014

    February 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Get ready wrestling fans, Wrestlemania is coming to New Orleans. Wrestlemania XXX will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 6, 2014. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says with the city hosting some of the greatest sports and entertainment events in the world over the... more »
  • 3rd man booked in pre-Mardi Gras shooting

    February 17, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a third man has turned himself in to face charges from a shooting on Bourbon Street three days before Mardi Gras. Officer Hilal Williams says 19-year-old Malcolm Hall was booked Saturday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. An online jail roster indicates... more »
  • Ex-N.O. cop awaiting shooting retrial seeks bond

    February 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer is asking to be freed on bond while he awaits a retrial. David Warren is charged with shooting and killing a man without justification outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Another officer later burned Glover's body in a... more »
  • Big parade weekend kicks off in N.O.

    February 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The stars will be out for a number of parades in New Orleans this weekend. The Krewe of Endymion's "super float" rolls Saturday night, led by pop star Kelly Clarkson. Sunday's Bacchus parade will include more than two dozen child cancer patients, who will ride with Bacchus... more »
  • New York about to pass tough gun law

    January 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - Legislation that would give New York state the toughest gun restrictions in the nation is expected to easily pass today in the state Assembly. It's already won approval in the state Senate, where the Republican leader says it is "well-balanced" and "protects the Second Amendment." It provides... more »
  • Man sues N.O. prosecutors over withheld evidence

    January 10, 2013 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man whose convictions on charges he killed five people at a 1995 party were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year is suing the New Orleans district attorney's office. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on Juan Smith's behalf accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence from defense... more »
  • Library branches closing for new floors

    January 4, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library announced they would close for a few weeks for maintenance. Both the Bluebonnet Regional Branch and Delmont Gardens Branch are getting new flooring installed throughout the library. The Bluebonnet Regional Branch closed Jan. 3 and should... more »
  • Man loses hand from New Year's explosion Play Video

    January 2, 2013 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three people were injured when a pipe loaded with gun powder exploded on New Year's Day around 1:20 a.m. It happened at 9283 Highland Rd. after a firework display during a New Years party. According to the police report, 27-year-old Jesse Jenkins and 34-year-old Mike... more »
  • New year brings rush-hour tows to busy bridge

    January 1, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The new year is bringing free rush-hour tow trucks to help keep traffic flowing on one of the nation's busiest bridges. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says a tow truck will be stationed on the Crescent City Connection Bridge for three hours in the morning... more »
  • Music City, Sun, Liberty and Chick-fil-A today

    December 31, 2012 10:39 AM

    Four bowl games are whetting college football fans' appetite for the New Year's Day bowl extravaganza. First up is the Music City Bowl in Nashville where Vanderbilt is rated about a touchdown favorite over N.C. State. Vandy is trying for its first nine-victory season since 1915. The 8-4 Commodores... more »
  • NY woman arrested in 1984 La. death

    December 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 47-year-old woman arrested by New York authorities on Dec. 3 in the 1984 slaying of businessman has been extradited to Louisiana. Leila Mulla, of Astoria, N.Y., was transported to Baton Rouge Thursday after being arrested by New York police. Mulla was booked with criminal conspiracy, simple... more »
  • New judge assigned to case against BP supervisors

    December 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new judge has been assigned to the case against two BP supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in 2010. The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who disclosed last month that his wife owns... more »
  • New patrol cars for Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Play Video

    November 29, 2012 5:59 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is rolling out older units and making way for new ones. Due to mileage as well as wear and tear, 20 Ford Crown Victorias will be decommissioned and sold at auction. They will be replaced with 20 new Dodge Chargers, which cost... more »
  • Wednesday unveiling set for new downtown apartments

    November 26, 2012 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday the ribbon will be cut on a new living space in the city's downtown area. The development, 438 Main Street, has been in the works for about two years. It has 22 units with one and two bedrooms. It's a mixed income property. The... more »
  • Billy Crystal to walk red carpet in N.O.

    September 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Billy Crystal will walk the red carpet for a screening of his latest film, "Parental Guidance," which opens in theaters later this year and co-stars Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei. Crystal starred in the hit films "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally" and has hosted the... more »
  • New Orleans to get $27.3M from FEMA

    September 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans will receive $27.3 million in grants from the federal government to help cover some of the city's costs related to Hurricane Isaac. The grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were announced Wednesday in a joint news release by Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Cedric Richmond and... more »
  • 24 new cases of West Nile announced

    August 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 24 new cases of West Nile virus infections this week. No additional deaths from the virus have occurred, but six people have died so far this year. DHH has found a total of 92 cases of West... more »
  • Kaspersky: We've found new virus linked to Stuxnet

    August 9, 2012 3:37 PM

    LONDON - Computer security firm Kaspersky says it has discovered a new batch of malicious software linked to the infrastructure-wrecking Stuxnet virus. In a statement Thursday the Moscow-based company said it had found a virus dubbed "Gauss" which it said was aimed at stealing financial information from its mainly Middle... more »
  • George Zimmerman asks for new judge again

    July 13, 2012 3:06 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla.- The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin is again asking for a new judge. George Zimmerman filed a motion Friday asking that Circuit Judge Ken Lester be disqualified from the case. Zimmerman says Lester's comments in a bond order led him to believe Lester is prejudiced... more »
  • New head takes over FBI's New Orleans office

    July 9, 2012 2:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An agent with extensive experience in public corruption cases has been named head of the FBI's New Orleans division. Monday marked Michael J. Anderson's debut as special agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans. The 45-year-old native of Alexandria, Minn., joined the FBI in 1995... more »
  • Event planned "to teach women how to sit"

    July 3, 2012 4:32 PM

    NEW YORK- A New York state lawmaker has canceled an event for teaching women how to sit. Republican Sen. Marty Golden sent out a mailing advertising the July 24 business etiquette event on "posture, deportment and the feminine presence." His website said women would be taught to "sit,... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer: Most deleted texts were routine

    July 2, 2012 4:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for a former BP engineer are pressing federal prosecutors to explain how their client impeded a grand jury probe by deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Monday, Kurt Mix's attorneys also... more »
  • New oil spill claims administrator meets with lawmakers Play Video

    June 28, 2012 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new court appointed claims administrator for the BP oil spill made a stop at the State Capitol today. Pat Juneau of Lafayette replaced Kenneth Feinberg earlier this year. Today, he highlighted the work being done at more than a dozen claims centers, including one in... more »
  • Slate of new courses set for La. schools

    June 27, 2012 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is about to become what officials call the first state to launch a huge expansion of how courses are offered to public school students, with private firms, colleges and even former teachers expected to enter a revamped education system. Education leaders are touting the expansion as... more »
  • New lawsuit filed against Jindal voucher program

    June 22, 2012 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators boarded buses this morning on their way to file a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. The organization's leaders lodged their challenge against the education changes Friday in Baton Rouge district court. They object to the use of the state's public... more »
  • New allegations against Sandusky

    June 22, 2012 7:25 AM

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. - New accusations are being leveled against Jerry Sandusky as the jury deliberates in his child molestation trial. The jury is deciding whether the former Penn State assistant coach sexually assaulted 10 boys over a 15-year period. Now Sandusky's adopted son Matt claims that his father... more »
  • New Obama policy will spare some from deportation

    June 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system "more fair, more efficient and more just." The president says it "makes no sense to expel talented young people" who are essentially Americans. He says... more »
  • N.O. police investigate Algiers double shooting

    June 14, 2012 2:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting in Algiers that has left one man dead and another in critical condition. It happened about 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Police say the two people were shot while inside a car. Police say the shooter was sitting in the back... more »
  • Iberville School board approves 4 new jobs

    June 13, 2012 6:57 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board decided to create four new positions that will give the district a supervisor of technology and three new program directors at its two Math, Science and Arts academies. The board was divided during Monday's meeting on whether or not to approve the proposal.... more »
  • Saints Wrap up OTAs

    June 13, 2012 2:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints will wrap up Organized Team Activities this week before breaking for six weeks. Sports 2 will catch up with Interim Coach Joe Vitt and the team to gauge its off-season progress, and what to expect from the franchise before the long hiatus leading... more »
  • Film designer dies of stroke in New Orleans

    June 12, 2012 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Oscar-nominated production designer J. Michael Riva, whose film credits include "The Amazing Spider-Man," ''A Few Good Men" and "The Pursuit of Happyness," has died after suffering a stroke in New Orleans. He was 63. In a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sony Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer... more »
  • Prosecutors: No need for new trial in Katrina case

    June 6, 2012 6:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors are urging a judge to reject defense attorneys' claims that a "secret public relations campaign" by federal authorities deprived five former police officers of a fair trial on charges stemming from deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge following Hurricane Katrina. In a court filing Tuesday,... more »
  • Prosecutors: No need for new trial in Katrina case

    June 5, 2012 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors are urging a judge to reject defense attorneys' claims that a "secret public relations campaign" by federal authorities deprived five former police officers of a fair trial on charges stemming from deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge following Hurricane Katrina. In a court filing Tuesday,... more »
  • New magnet school announced in Ascension Parish

    June 4, 2012 10:31 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - School administrators in Ascension Parish announced plans to build a new magnet school to provide more challenge to high-achieving students. The Westside Magnet Program will be available starting this fall. Admission will be selective, according to a press release from the school system. Rob Krieger will... more »
  • 2 adults, 1 child killed in New Orleans shootings

    May 30, 2012 3:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A day of sporadic gun violence in New Orleans, including an evening rush-hour shooting near a major thoroughfare, has left two adults and one child dead. The latest police report indicated the child, a girl, was 5 years old. She was among those hit in the rush... more »
  • Hornets future rides on ping pong balls

    May 30, 2012 2:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets could end up with the top overall pick in this summer's draft if the ping pong polls fall their way tonight. The annual NBA draft lottery gets underway from New York this evening around 6:55. Entering the Lottery, New Orleans holds a 14.8%... more »
  • New details released in search for student Play Video

    May 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Investigators in Lafayette released new details this afternoon in their search for missing college student Michaela "Mickey" Shunick. Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department said detectives sent Shunick's bike to the State Police Crime Lab for further testing. It was found Sunday submerged in water... more »
  • Gov't taking new steps to combat food stamp fraud

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government is trying to crack down on food stamp recipients who are ripping off taxpayers by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash. The Agriculture Department wants to curb the practice by giving states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards... more »
  • New exit to be built Interstate 12 westbound at Essen Ln Play Video

    May 23, 2012 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development announced plans to add an exit on Interstate 12 at Essen Lane. State engineers call it a flyover ramp that will feed southbound Essen Lane. Traffic will exit a ramp that would be built above the existing Essen overpass. It... more »
  • Iberville school chief suggests new starting times

    May 15, 2012 7:39 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish School Superintendent Ed Cancienne has proposed a plan to reverse start times of the district's elementary and high school students in the upcoming school year. The plan got a lukewarm reception from school board members Monday night. Cancienne told the board he wants to bump up... more »
  • Iberville opens new learning center

    May 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School System has opened its new $2.4 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning center. Project manager Patrick Norris said the new 11,000-square-foot center took a little more than a year to construct. Five classrooms were added to the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West... more »
  • Four teens shot in New Orleans

    May 3, 2012 6:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four New Orleans teenagers, not old enough to drink or drive, have been shot. All four teenagers under 15-years old were shot in the last 5 days. The latest victim was a 13-year-old boy who was shot after getting off a school bus. Police... more »
  • How to nab a seat in the Tiger Stadium Expansion

    May 1, 2012 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Applications for new seats in Death Valley are being accepted now. The LSU board of supervisors approved the expansion on the south end-zone of Tiger Stadium Friday. Now fans who want to nab a prime spot in the expansion may have to put up at most... more »
  • St. James authorizes traffic study for new school

    April 30, 2012 6:58 AM

    LUTCHER - The St. James Parish School Board has voted to authorize a traffic study on the 54-acre tract designated as the future site of St. James High School. The board also authorized the central office staff to apply for necessary permits from the St. James Parish Council. The district... more »

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