May 15, 2014 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - A measure backed by the payday loan industry has passed the Senate after lawmakers failed to add tougher restrictions. Senators voted 28-10 Wednesday for Baton Rouge Rep. Erich Ponti's bill to require online payday lenders to register with the Office of Financial Institutions and be subject to... more »
December 2, 2013 10:07 AM
NEW YORK- It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called Cyber Monday seems to have... more »
September 30, 2013 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - City-parish government in Baton Rouge has hit the million dollar mark in selling off surplus items online.
Over the past 18 months the city-parish has sold vehicles, electronics, office equipment and much more for $1,168,290.42 in non-tax revenue.
The online surplus auctions started last Spring... more »
August 9, 2013 5:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police say a group is using a fake female profile on a dating website to rob men.
25-year-old David Washington has already been charged with six counts of robbery in connection to the crime. Police believe there are at least two other accomplices, including a woman.... more »
August 5, 2013 7:32 PM
NEW YORK- A man is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after he tried to sell a woman's two-month-old on Craigslist for $100. Authorities say Paul Marquez had been out with the baby's mother a few times but felt she wasn't paying him enough attention. Police... more »
July 29, 2013 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - More than 1,000 students are on a waiting list for a state education department program offering courses to Louisiana students online. The "Course Choice" program was limited to a pilot program after a court ruling that the Legislature had illegally chosen to fund it through a program... more »
July 15, 2013 7:28 PM
WASHINGTON- Hundreds of accused child sex predators were busted in a nationwide crackdown dubbed Operation I-Guardian. It focused on identifying and rescuing victims of online sexual exploitation from May through June and 255 people were busted. Authorities say one of the men traded and produced online child pornography and face... more »
June 28, 2013 5:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - News 2's social media expert talked about the do's and don'ts of sharing your online information with a significant other today.
Christi Domingue discussed what to keep in mind if you're sharing accounts with someone you're in a relationship with, as well as reasons why you... more »
May 7, 2013 7:13 AM
WASHINGTON - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.
The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases.
Under the... more »
May 5, 2013 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat. That's right, even if Internet retailers don't collect sales tax at the time of purchase, you're required by law to pay it in 45 states and the... more »
April 23, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Online shoppers could be in for a surprise if lawmakers pass a bill that would allow states to require Internet retailers to charge sales tax on out-of-state purchases.
Right now, companies that sell online but don't have a "brick-and-mortar" presence in the state aren't required to... more »
March 26, 2013 10:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - Taxpayers in Louisiana who need more time to submit their individual income or Corporation Income and Franchise Tax returns can no longer file an extension the traditional paper way, according to the state Department of Revenue.
A spokesperson said extensions must be filed online before the... more »
March 5, 2013 8:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU is set to extend its campus beyond Baton Rouge. On Monday, the university launched LSU Online, a new, completely Web-based, distance-learning initiative. Administrators hope the online program will increase enrollment, generate revenue and build the university's "brand" nationwide. The initial launch offers graduate students a choice... more »
February 26, 2013 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - In efforts to curb illegal downloading and file-sharing on-line, a number of Internet companies are initiating an educational approach to help customers understand their actions.
It's called the Copyright Alert System. Providers including AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner and Comcast, with the help of copyright holders,... more »
February 20, 2013 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Marketplace Fairness Act, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.
The bill is intended to help small businesses that often lose out to online retailers who don't have to charge... more »
February 15, 2013 7:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University System President Ronald Mason spent the bulk of a Thursday faculty meeting fending off charges that he's recklessly negotiated a partnership with an online education service provider that will hurt the university in the long run. Members of Southern's Faculty Senate accused Mason of freezing... more »
February 14, 2013 7:26 PM
The IRS requests taxpayers stop checking its website and phone app every few minutes for updates on when their refunds are going out. It says its "Where's my refund?" feature is being overwhelmed. Instead of checking every five minutes, the IRS says check the site once a day. The agency... more »
February 14, 2013 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue talked with News 2 on Valentine's Day about the recent explosion of online dating.
About 45 million people use online dating sites to meet other people.
Domingue says a lot of dating services have apps as well, which puts online... more »
February 7, 2013 2:40 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online classes that are reshaping higher education. The American Council on Education says it's recommending degree credit for five courses offered by Coursera, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that offers so-called massive open... more »
January 3, 2013 4:25 PM
RESTON, Va. - A report released Thursday says holiday shoppers spent $42.3 billion online in November and December, 14 percent more than in the same months a year ago. ComScore found that shoppers started the holiday season strong in November but a dip in consumer confidence hurt early December sales.... more »
December 26, 2012 6:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says commercial licenses can now be renewed online.
People who have commercial licenses from the department can renew them at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses .
Until now, commercial licenses could be renewed only by mail or in person at the department's... more »
December 18, 2012 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says his department's new online system will make it easier for Louisiana residents to shop for the best insurance rates in their cities. You can't get quotes for your house and car. The auto insurance guide compares quotes for a 2004, 2007 or... more »
December 6, 2012 10:53 AM
NEW YORK - Online game company Zynga says it has asked Nevada gambling regulators for a decision that could pave the way for it to enter the U.S. gambling market. This follows Zynga's October disclosure that it has signed a deal to offer online poker and casino games, played with... more »
November 29, 2012 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - You may not be charged tax when online shopping, but that doesn't mean your purchases are tax-free.
Web retailers like Amazon.com aren't required to collect sales tax in states like Louisiana because there's no 'brick-and-mortar' store in the state, but Louisiana still requires consumers to pay... more »
November 26, 2012 2:17 PM
NEW YORK - Cyber Monday appears on track to becoming the biggest online shopping day ever, and web traffic isn't expected to peak for another several hours. IBM Benchmark says, as of noon Eastern time, sales were up more than 24 percent compared with last year. And ComScore says nearly... more »
November 2, 2012 12:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A south Louisiana landfill owner charges in a lawsuit that a second federal prosecutor defamed him in anonymous online posts. Fred Heebe of New Orleans makes the allegation against Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Maselli Mann in a lawsuit filed Friday in state court. Sal Perricone (PEHR' ih... more »
October 6, 2012 2:24 AM
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its fight against counterfeit and other potentially harmful medicine sold over the Internet. The agency is ordering operators of about 4,100 websites to immediately stop selling unapproved medications to U.S. consumers. The FDA has sent warning letters to three companies... more »
August 23, 2012 5:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - In Livingston Parish a crackdown on child porn lands a 70-year-old man behind bars.
William Nason was arrested at his home in Denham Springs Wednesday. Investigators say he had hundreds of pornographic pictures of children on his computer.
According to Denham Springs City Marshal's Office,... more »
August 23, 2012 10:14 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities arrested a 70-year-old Denham Springs man on 20 counts of child pornography this week.
It happened Wednesday after what the Denham Springs City Marshal's Office said was an online undercover operation.
Officers said they found found hundreds of child porn images on electronics in... more »
July 2, 2012 11:02 AM
NEW YORK - CNN's Anderson Cooper came out in a letter online, saying "the fact is, I'm gay." Cooper said Monday in a note to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan that he had kept his sexual orientation private for personal and professional reasons, but came to think that remaining silent... more »
June 4, 2012 12:36 PM
TAMPA, Fla. - A recent spate of gruesome incidents has fueled talk online and elsewhere about a "zombie apocalypse." The horrifying incidents, including the case of a Florida man who chewed off part of another man's face, are anything but funny. But America seems fascinated: The Daily Beast has assembled... more »
May 1, 2012 5:38 PM
DETROIT - Police say they're holding two men for questioning in the slayings of four women, three of whom had been linked to online ads for escorts. Two men, 32-years-old and 24-years-old were placed in police custody for questioning in regards to the online escort murders. The men were arrested... more »
May 1, 2012 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- A senate committee approved a bill making it illegal to create a face website, e-mail or Facebook account with the intention of hurting someone.
State Representative Helena Moreno, D- New Orleans, says eight other states have passed similar legislation within the last two years.
Some say... more »
May 1, 2012 1:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Senate judiciary committee approves HB 96.
It creates the crime of online impersonation.
The bill now goes to the Senate floor for debate.
Mike Steele has the story tonight on News2 at 6pm. more »
April 17, 2012 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A senate committee approved a bill dealing with what's commonly known as "Murderabilia."
Senator Yyvonne Dorsey-Colomb filed the bill.
Her family has close ties to a victim of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Two sketches by Lee recently showed up for sale online.
Dorsey-Colomb's bill... more »
April 6, 2012 6:36 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - The University of Mississippi School of Business Administration and University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions have launched a new part-time option for the online master of health care administration program. Bethany Cooper, director of corporate relations and MBA/MHA services, says the new three-year,... more »
March 15, 2012 7:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue says taxpayers can check the status of their state individual income tax refunds online. The Where's My Refund webpage is: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund . Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges says that site gives instant answers about refunds and can be especially helpful during tax... more »
February 27, 2012 3:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge said the sex trade has moved off of street corners and onto the internet, forcing them to adapt to the times if they want to make arrests.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested ten people at a hotel off Essen... more »
February 10, 2012 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - This is the time of year millions of Americans dread, tax season.
This year the tax deadline is April 16th.
If you haven't filed your taxes yet, then watch NEWS2 tonight at 6pm.
Olivia LaBorde has tips from the Internal Revenue Service that can... more »
January 25, 2012 6:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - File your state income tax return online, and you could have money in your pocket in days instead of weeks.
If you file by paper, the Louisiana Department of Revenue estimates it will take between 12 and 16 weeks to get your return. E-file on the... more »
January 4, 2012 7:20 AM
HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a Houston man who had used a hotel business center to post online ads offering a woman for prostitution faces up to 10 years in prison. Jerald Bland pleaded guilty Tuesday to transportation of a woman for commercial sex. Sentencing is March 20 for Bland,... more »
December 27, 2011 10:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- The federal government is giving the thumbs up to online gambling tonight, but it's up to states to take the next step in expanding the business or not.
The Justice Department says a 50-year-old law does not prohibit Internet gaming. Online sports betting is still off the... more »
December 11, 2011 4:15 PM
NEW YORK - U.S. online sales in the holiday season to date are up 15 percent to $24.6 billion, according to comScore. The Reston, Va., research firm says sales on six individual days during the first 39 days of the November-to-December shopping season have exceeded $1 billion, led by Cyber... more »
December 5, 2011 1:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The company that manages LSU's official online merchandise store issued an apology Monday morning after they claimed a "human error" mistakenly displayed Alabama merchandise on the shop's homepage.
Between 10:40 p.m. and 2:45 a.m. on Sunday night and Monday morning, lsushop.net was painted with crimson and... more »
October 11, 2011 4:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says it has put most of its waste permit applications online, as part of its E-business initiative.
A statement Tuesday said landfill, surface impoundment, wood waste processing or separation and Type I/II Processing are online. It says it's working to... more »
August 15, 2011 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- Students gearing up for classes at Southern University can register and pay for classes online rather than waiting in line.
The school is now using an online system known as Banner. It's the first semester students have not been required to register in-person.
"Pretty much you... more »
April 12, 2011 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - The federal tax deadline is next Monday, but you have over a month to get your state taxes in.
The state tax deadline is Monday, May 16. For years, more and more people have filed online rather than mailing their returns.
Last year, over 1.3... more »
March 21, 2011 4:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Four Romanian-Moldovan nationals that investigators believe scammed millions from Americans over the Internet are on their way to face racketeering charges in Baton Rouge.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that Dimitar Dimitrov, 22, Radu Manolache, 40, Ion Antohi, 25, and Andrei Golovco, 27, had all... more »
February 10, 2011 12:52 PM
DETROIT - Authorities say a 54-year-old Massachusetts man traveled to Michigan to have sex with a 13-year-old girl who was his bride in an online role-playing game.
John Phillips of Fitchburg, Mass., is charged with sexual assault, child sexually abusive activity and accosting a child for immoral purposes.
... more »
November 29, 2010 9:35 PM
Baton Rouge- Five LSU website have been hijacked.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, LSU says the domain names for LSUsports.net, lsudining.com, lsupix.net, lsuauctions.net, lsuday.com and lsu150.com were taken by someone out of the country when they hacked into the GoDaddy.com system. GoDaddy.com hosts those domain names for the university, and... more »
November 17, 2010 9:29 AM
MONROVIA, Ca. - Black Friday's just around the corner, but a new survey by CouponMountain.com suggested many Americans would rather click and save than fight the crowds at the malls.
CouponMountain.com's Online Holiday Shopping Survey found 69% of online shoppers disliked the crowds, their number one complaint of Black... more »
October 3, 2010 1:33 PM
The Navy is teaming up with a highly regarded addiction treatment center to provide Web-based support for thousands of sailors, their families and retired personnel who are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. The $3.25 million program is intended to keep sailors with addiction problems on the road to recovery... more »
September 15, 2010 6:04 AM
The nonpartisan Council for a Better Louisiana has posted information online to aid people voting on local school board races next month. The website includes demographic information on school districts, school and district performance scores, student performance data on key tests, district financial information and comparisons of districts. The Advocate... more »
September 14, 2010 5:18 PM
Chase's online banking service is down because of a technical problem, and the bank said it's working to resolve it. The service has been down since Monday night, but bank spokesman Thomas Kelly couldn't specify the exact time service was disrupted. Chase has 16.5 million customers who bank online. ATMs... more »
August 29, 2010 5:28 PM
It's been in print for over a century, but in future the Oxford English Dictionary - the authoritative guide to the English language - may only be available to peruse online. Publisher Oxford University Press said Sunday that burgeoning demand for the dictionary's online version has far outpaced demand for... more »
August 26, 2010 5:05 AM
The state's ethics administration office is offering online ethics training for Louisiana elected officials. The Legislature has mandated ethics training for all elected officials to complete each year, to describe the restrictions with which they must comply while in office. The new online site will let them get that training... more »
August 1, 2010 9:57 AM
Louisiana residents seeking food stamps, welfare payments and other social service assistance can now apply online. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the state's social services agency, announced Friday that the application is available at www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/ApplyOnline. Completed applications will be reviewed by department staff. Follow-up interviews can be... more »
July 16, 2010 5:41 AM
Today there will be an online discussion about the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on sea turtles with government agencies and sea life experts. Friday's "Turtle Talk" brings together sea turtle experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National... more »
March 29, 2010 8:23 PM
A prosecutor in Northhampton, Massachusetts says nine teens are charged for the "unrelenting" bullying of a young girl who killed herself and two are charged with rape. Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel says 15-year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley sufferent months of constant stalking and harassment in person and online.... more »
March 4, 2010 6:39 AM
Senator Mike Michot of Lafayette wants public schools to start using Internet-based textbooks. Michot says he will ask the Senate staff to look into the possibilities and costs of replacing paper textbooks with books that are available to students using computers only. He also says the idea is an example... more »
March 4, 2010 5:26 AM
The Louisiana Department of Revenue says its online sales tax collection service has taken in more than $1 billion in state and local sales and use taxes. Known as Parish E-File.com, the free web application lets businesses file returns and remit those taxes online. The application was launched in August... more »
February 16, 2010 6:01 AM
The city of Alexandria may add an online payment method for utility bills, as well as credit card and debit card payments at the city's downtown Customer Service Center. The idea was discussed with city council members after concerns regarding utility bill payments being sent to New Orleans for processing.... more »
February 2, 2010 4:45 PM
You can now go online and compare cost and quality of hospitals and health care facilities in Louisiana.
The state health department and Gov. Bobby Jindal launched a new website today that will allow you to compare the costs and quality of hospitals, nursing homes and health plans within... more »
January 29, 2010 10:59 PM
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January 6, 2010 6:45 AM
A 19-year-old college student from North Carolina has admitted he used the Internet in an attempt to solicit sex from an undercover Louisiana state trooper posing as a 15-year-old girl. Hugh James Passerini Jr., who was initially charged with online solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile,... more »
November 16, 2009 10:07 AM
Drivers can now pay most tickets from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office online, a move Sheriff Sid Geautreaux hopes will cut down on outstanding traffic warrants. People ticketed for speeding, failure to yield or running a red light can take care of them using the EBRSO web site .... more »
October 28, 2009 9:37 PM
Wal-Mart is now in the funeral business, selling caskets and urns on its website at prices meant to undercut most funeral homes. All are less than $2000, except for the Sienna Bronze Casket which sells for $3,199. Caskets ship within 48 hours and federal law requires funeral homes to accept... more »