February 20, 2015 1:48 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet. The YouTube for Kids app scheduled to be released Monday will only work on smartphones and tablets... more »
February 5, 2015 2:03 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A new survey of the nation's college freshmen shows that teenagers across the United States are spending much less time partying and socializing with friends during their last year of high school than their parents' generation did. The annual survey released Wednesday, conducted by the Higher... more »
January 22, 2015 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - While there may not have been a reported case of measles in Louisiana since 2008, local doctors warn that keeping kids up-to-date with vaccines is just as important as the country is seeing a rise in cases.
Mesles is booming this year in the U.S. as... more »
January 15, 2015 12:39 PM
BALTIMORE - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for parents and other workers. Visiting a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick leave to its small workforce, Obama said he's astonished that so many people don't get it. The White House said this week that Obama will... more »
January 2, 2015 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Parents and business owners connected to Redemptorist High School met Friday to begin work on a plan that would keep the Catholic school open.
The group organized on social media and said they would put a plan together to show the diocese by Jan. 8. The... more »
December 19, 2014 11:55 AM
DENVER - Some victims of the Colorado theater shooting are outraged that the parents of suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty just weeks before his trial is set to begin. In a statement released Friday, Robert and Arlene Holmes say their son is... more »
December 15, 2014 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army will begin distributing presents to children Tuesday, but for the first time some parents took a special class before getting free toys.
Instead of just giving parents a fish, the Salvation Army says it wants to teach parents how to fish. That's why... more »
December 10, 2014 5:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Center for Disease Control has named the week of December 7-13 National Influenza Vaccination Week.
Louisiana continued to report a high number of flu cases this week, according to the CDC. State officials took time Wednesday to tell people about the importance of getting a... more »
December 7, 2014 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Cries for justice on the steps of the Capitol were loud and clear.
Dozens of people rallied together in a united cause to bring about change and awareness.
The group that organized the rally is Baton Rouge Organizing.
The "I Can't Breathe" event was... more »
December 6, 2014 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of kids got early Christmas gifts this year.
The annual "Breakfast with Santa" event rolled around once again for the Baton Rouge chapter of the Jack and Jill of America organization.
The group hosted the breakfast amid a toy drive for the kids. Hundreds... more »
October 4, 2014 11:48 AM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Noting their heart-wrenching wait for answers, the parents of a missing University of Virginia student appealed Saturday for whoever is responsible for her disappearance three weeks ago to help them find their daughter. Sue and John Graham, whose 18-year-old daughter Hannah disappeared on Sept. 13, issued a... more »
October 2, 2014 10:18 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Two Livingston Parish schools asked parents to pack bottled water for their kids to use at school Friday since there is a boil order for part of the French Settlement area.
"I'm going to send them three each. I'm guessing that is going to be enough.... more »
August 28, 2014 2:43 AM
Nearly half of parents say they're not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. A majority, however, say they haven't prevented their child from playing the game they love. In the poll, 44 percent of parents... more »
February 20, 2014 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Challengers of the Common Core met Thursday night to discuss the academic standards that are affecting students across the nation.
"I can tell you that my daughter wants to quit school," said parent Sara Wood.
Common Core will take full effect in Louisiana this fall.... more »
November 4, 2013 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - When parents in Louisiana don't pay child support, taxpayers are left footing the bill in a lot of ways.
Sometimes, it is an increased need for food and housing assistance. Other times, it's even the price of locking up those deadbeat parents if they're arrested.
... more »
October 30, 2013 7:45 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The fight over government-funded private school tuition vouchers is back in federal court.
At issue in a Wednesday hearing is whether parents voucher students should be allowed to intervene in a court case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders.
The U.S. Justice Department filed... more »
October 23, 2013 3:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Justice Department says parents of Louisiana students attending private schools with taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers should not be allowed to intervene in a legal case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, a voucher proponent, accused Justice lawyers Wednesday of trying to "muzzle"... more »
September 28, 2013 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - More than one hundred people rallied in front of the Department of Education in the capital to oppose the education standards called Common Core.
The "Stop Common Core Coalition of Louisiana" hosted the rally. The group is made up of parents who say they believe in... more »
September 9, 2013 2:53 PM
GONZALES - A three-year-old died after his head got stuck in an open car window, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the child was able to climb onto the car and was trapped when he put his head through the partially open window at a house... more »
September 8, 2013 12:28 PM
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP - More and more parents are telling their kids to stay home the day of standardized tests. They're opposed to standardized tests for many reasons and don't want kids taking them. Some say they're being used to measure teacher performance and fear testing narrows the curriculum. This year,... more »
August 13, 2013 7:49 PM
NEW YORK- J C Penny says a back to school ad was not intended to "Trivialize or Promote" bullying but it caught heat for what a mom tells her son and what he's seen doing at school. The ad features a voice-over from a mother saying a son's clothes could... more »
July 27, 2013 11:19 PM
MONROE - Authorities hope a graphic jailhouse letter will convince a judge to keep a teenager incarcerated in the shooting deaths of his parents. The letter attributed to Dalton L. Fletcher says he regretted not causing greater suffering in the September 2010 shooting deaths of his parents at their home... more »
July 10, 2013 5:52 PM
SORRENTO - Police arrested Nicholas Lewis, 32, and his wife Kristen Lewis, 25, after an hours-long standoff in front of their Lee Street home.
The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop that turned sour, leading police to the home.
Witnesses said the couple barricaded themselves in the home... more »
July 10, 2013 3:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- A set of parents were arrested and charged with running a prostitution ring from their home on Colonel Allen Court Wednesday.
Police said Charles and Kaelice Smith were busted when an undercover detective found an ad on the website backpage.com, soliciting sex. Investigators said the wife was... more »
July 2, 2013 7:54 PM
TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI- Arrest warrants were issued for a state lawmaker and his parents in Mississippi after they were indicted on embezzlement charges. State Representative Brian Aldridge of Tupelo and his father, Louis Aldridge were out of town. His mother, Janice Aldridge turned herself in to Lee County authorities and was... more »
June 27, 2013 10:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - There's a smartphone app giving kids the opportunity to share inappropriate photos and some parents are clueless.
It's called Snapchat. It promotes itself as a fun-private way to exchange pictures.
The photos swapped among friends only appear on the screen for a few seconds. An... more »
June 4, 2013 11:33 AM
OPELOUSAS - Opelousas police have arrested a 33-year-old man after he left his four young children unattended in a business parking lot without supervision. The Advertiser reports Opelousas police responded to a complaint over the weekend in which four young children were located inside of a vehicle without ventilation or... more »
May 30, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House of Representatives approved one of the proposed laws needed to establish a breakaway school district in the southeast part of East Baton Rouge Parish.
A similar measure failed to pass the House last year.
Next, a second proposed law will have to be... more »
May 20, 2013 10:17 PM
GONZALES- More experts suggest a state law needs to be changed, so drivers have a clearer understanding of the proper way young children should be restrained in car seats.
A WBRZ News 2 Investigation found the law is outdated. Doctors recommend babies remain rear facing until they are two-years-old.... more »
May 16, 2013 4:44 PM
GONZALES - Tonight council members in Ascension Parish approved an ordinance making it illegal for anyone under 18 to drink alcohol in private homes, unless they are with their parents or guardians.
It's currently against state law for anyone under 21 to buy alcohol. However, Council Chairman Chris Loar... more »
May 14, 2013 9:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers plan to take a look at resolving the frontwards/backwards child seat requirements.
State law tells parents to face kids a year and older forward in their car seats.
But a American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 study showed children under two are 75 percent... more »
April 25, 2013 10:42 AM
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he want to overhaul the way the U.S. grants asylum to immigrants after the Boston Marathon bombing. Rep. Bob Goodlatte is a Virginia Republican. He says U.S. authorities should consider whether asylum applicants are, quote, "engaging in aggressive tactics" in... more »
April 22, 2013 9:36 PM
CLINTON- Students at some schools in East Feliciana Parish will attend different schools next school year.
Monday, the school board voted to swap locations for the high school and middle school. The high school campus will move to Clinton and the middle school will move to Jackson. A judge... more »
April 15, 2013 9:14 AM
HARTFORD, Conn. - The parents of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Newtown school shooting are seeking answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence. Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel on Monday announced a scientific advisory board for the Avielle Foundation, which was established with the goal... more »
April 12, 2013 10:19 AM
TAMPA, Fla. - The couple accused of kidnapping their boys and sailing with them to Cuba to elude authorities are staying in jail. On Friday, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken's public defender didn't contest a request by prosecutors in Tampa that they remain in jail without bond. The Hakkens didn't appear... more »
April 10, 2013 10:44 PM
HAMMOND - The Louisiana foster parents of the two children allegedly kidnapped from Florida and taken to Cuba spoke exclusively to News 2 about the ordeal.
Liz and Tom took little Chase and Cole Hakken into their home last summer, after the boy's parents were arrested at a hotel.... more »
February 21, 2013 6:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - School security in West Baton Rouge remains an issue of concern for parents and the parish school board.
At a meeting last night, a board member suggested the schools start using metal detectors and initiate lock down procedures to keep trespassers away and prevent students from... more »
February 12, 2013 7:53 PM
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Authorities say a 64-year-old Dallas man is accused of staging a home invasion at his parents' Natchitoches home to cover his theft of coins and cash from a safe at the house. Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies say Burton Paul Dupuy III was arrested Monday and booked with... more »
February 6, 2013 6:18 PM
UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 6, 2013 -
Baby boomers are living longer, but not better because they're not as healthy as their parents were.
Those born between 1945 and 1964 are more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure and... more »
January 14, 2013 12:59 PM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Parents of Connecticut first-graders slain in last month's mass shooting have joined a new group in calling for a national dialogue to help prevent similar tragedies. Nicole Hockley's son Dylan was one of 20 first-graders and six adults killed a month ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.... more »
January 3, 2013 12:38 PM
ROCKLIN, Calif. - Police say two California teenagers used a prescription sleeping medication to spike the milkshakes of too-strict parents so they could log onto the Internet. The parents called police and the 15-year-old Rocklin girl and a 16-year-old friend were taken to Juvenile Hall. Rocklin is 20 miles northeast... more »
December 17, 2012 2:01 PM
UNDATED - Most of the nation fell back into the familiar routine of dropping off children at school, as teachers and parents wrestled with how best to quell children's fears after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. School districts across the U.S. increased patrols and security... more »
October 23, 2012 10:31 AM
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears' former self-styled manager is set to take the stand in his lawsuit against the superstar's parents as he goes after a share of her millions in earnings.
Sam Lutfi was expected to testify when court resumes today in his acrimonious defamation suit against her... more »
October 22, 2012 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - The parents of 50 kids are trying to find a childcare provider after a fire destroyed their daycare center.
The Istrouma Early Head Start is a daycare for children ages one to three. Many of the children's parents are teenagers or young adults who work or... more »
October 21, 2012 7:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Dozens of families are trying to figure out where to take their kids on Monday.
The Istrouma Early Head Start is closed until further notice after it went up in flames Saturday night.
According to Baton Rouge Fire Department, the blaze started in a classroom.... more »
August 6, 2012 6:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, some parents will have to decide whether or not they'll fully vaccinate their children.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says it's the law, but parents have the right to opt out for religious or philosophical reasons.... more »
July 19, 2012 7:44 AM
MIRAMAR, Fla. - The parents of the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer reject the shooter's claim that the shooting was a part of God's plan.
In an new television interview, George Zimmerman said he felt the events of the night 17-year-old... more »
July 11, 2012 7:45 AM
ORLANDO - The parents of a Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed are suing the university.
Robert Champion's parents say they're filing the lawsuit in Orlando today, more than six months after their son died after being hazed aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.... more »
June 15, 2012 12:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced the parents of an 8-year-old boy who died and was found with dozens of bruises and a bite mark will be booked on charges of first-degree murder today.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's office released their findings from the autopsy of Xzayvion Riley,... more »
May 15, 2012 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- The voices against a breakaway school district in Baton Rouge are getting louder.
People opposed say there's a lack of information about the move. Now they're trying to push-back against the breakaway before it's too late.
The group One Community, One School District is calling on... more »
May 9, 2012 5:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Due to frustrations with t Louisiana's public school system, dozens of parents in Baton Rouge have decided to home school their children.
But the parents we spoke to aren't home schooling their children on their own, but instead paying someone else to do it.
Terri... more »
April 19, 2012 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Some people are upset over a new initiative in Louisiana to use taxpayer dollars to pay for every high school junior to take a college entrance exam for free.
The move, costing $2 million a year, will be paid for from the State Department of Education's budget,... more »
March 13, 2012 10:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- No school today has parents in East Baton Rouge Parish shrugging their shoulders for an alternative to their childrens' classrooms.
Classes were canceled after so many teachers requested Wednesday off to protest Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan at the Capitol. A House committee takes up the... more »
March 1, 2012 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Parents across the district tonight are rejoicing that the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is creating a task force to review school safety.
The board made the call at its committee meeting Wednesday night.
That's two days after a loaded gun was found on a... more »
February 27, 2012 10:37 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE- Some parents are questioning school officials' decision to have third graders at Lukeville Upper Elementary in Brusly read a book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Their concern isn't only about the topic being taught to 8-year-olds, but about how it's being taught, with the n-word.
... more »
February 24, 2012 3:39 AM
VIDALIA, La. - State police say a 25-year-old Vidalia woman tried to extort $350 from her parents after she called her mother and father and falsely claimed that she would be killed unless they wired the money to businesses. On Thursday, state police said they arrested Tabitha Fisher on charges... more »
February 2, 2012 1:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Deadbeat parents owe millions of dollars in unpaid child support and the state is cracking down on the worst offenders.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto found one that owes upwards of $350,000. You won't want to miss why his family believes he doesn't need to pay. Watch... more »
December 26, 2011 4:00 AM
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say the parents and three children of a well-known advertising executive were killed in a fire that tore through the family's waterfront Connecticut home on Christmas morning. Stamford Police say Madonna Badger and a male acquaintance managed to escape the blaze, but Badger's three daughters... more »
December 22, 2011 10:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal got an earful from those on the front lines of education Thursday, parents and teachers.
He met with the groups as part of his stakeholder meetings to shape the legislative package he'll be revealing next month. Jindal wanted them to chime in on what... more »
December 8, 2011 10:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- The governor's on a crusade to get better teachers into classrooms, and he wants you to be involved.
He hopes it will fix the education system in Louisiana.
This week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education decided teachers will be evaluated on student performance. One-third... more »
November 16, 2011 4:33 PM
SLIDELL - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's investigators blame an argument about household chores for the bloody beating deaths of a Slidell couple.
Sheriff Jack Strain said Wednesday that 25-year-old John Willis was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lewis Willis, 62, and Helen Willis,... more »
October 3, 2011 5:23 PM
PLAQUEMINE, La.- Students and parents rallied against cyberbullying today at Iberville Parish Math, Science and Arts Academy West.
More than 800 people at the rally wore shirts with the word "delete." It's a message that stands for delete the digital drama.
Skylar McCormick, a student at MSA West,... more »
September 15, 2011 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Just one week into a pilot program to collect unpaid child support, some families are getting the money they're owed.
Louisiana Child and Family Services started a program in conjunction with casinos.
Due to tax purposes gamblers that win over $1,200 are subject to forfeiting... more »
August 29, 2011 5:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services launched a new website today to help find parents who owe child support.
The site gives access to the 53,000 delinquet parents by first or last name, city, amount owed and parish where their court-ordered support was established.
... more »
August 18, 2011 6:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Just seven days into the school year, authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish have their hands full keeping kids off the streets and in the classroom.
Last year the number of students skipping school was down 5 percent compared to the 2009 school year, and sheriff's... more »
July 22, 2011 2:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Doctors and health officials are encouraging parents to schedule appointments to get their children's medical needs taken care of, and avoid the usual back-to-school rush.
Pediatricians say the two weeks before school starts are always booked full with children getting vaccinations, physicals or just routine checkups... more »
July 20, 2011 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- A charter school switch, that got a bunch of parents riled up, has been settled.
Capitol High School is being handed back to the state. The group "100 Black Men" had been in charge. It took over from the East Baton Rouge School System because of poor... more »
July 18, 2011 10:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- Threats of breaking off and creating a new school district in Baton Rouge forced change to the system's busing plan.
Monday night, the district revealed a transportation plan for gifted and talented students that was a compromise between the district and parents.
Those parents started complaining... more »
June 16, 2011 7:11 PM
BATONR ROUGE - Now that kids are out of school, law enforcement agencies wants to make sure they stay out of trouble. If not, their parents could end up in trouble with them.
Rickey Jones, 18, says he's the leader of a Baton Rouge gang called the "City Boyz".... more »
May 19, 2011 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's a truce over budgets and bus routes for some parents in South Baton Rouge, but they still want more.
The school district faces a $39 million budget deficit. Last month, the school board voted to save $850,000 by cutting dozens of direct bus routes for gifted... more »
April 9, 2011 11:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal court filing in New Orleans says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair Manuel settled with... more »
January 30, 2011 3:10 PM
MONROE- Parents of eight Monroe City School students who have been habitually truant have been ordered to appear in court and could face jail time.
Safe Schools Healthy Students director Phedra Brantley tells The News Star that the system is targeting 20 families whose students have been truant for... more »
November 10, 2010 7:33 PM
A judge in France says the car company Renault can name its new car Zoe even though the parents of two girls named Zoe Renault sued to stop it. The lawyer for the parents says, "First names are for humans", and says they shouldn't be co-opted by multinational companies to... more »
October 11, 2010 10:19 PM
Outrage and understanding emerged from a standing room only crowd in Central Monday night. The reactions came after the school board addressed an audit that outlined bid law violations, money and record mismanagement.
News 2's Ashley Rodrigue found out more on why some said they understand the school system... more »
September 30, 2010 7:44 PM
A mom in Massachusetts who lost her only son in Iraq won the right for parents like her to be buried alongside their children in national veterans cemeteries. Denise Anderson fought for two-years to get Congress to change the rule and approve the Corey Shea Act, named for her 21-year-old... more »
September 12, 2010 1:26 PM
The Ouachita Parish district attorney says a grand jury on Monday will consider the case of a teenager charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of his parents. The 15-year-old boy was arrested in class Friday at West Ouachita High School. District Attorney Jerry Jones tells the... more »
September 10, 2010 3:53 PM
Update : A Ouachita Parish sheriff's detective said two people were shot to death, and their son is being questioned. Deputy Meghan Russell wouldn't give the victims' names but said Friday both were killed by a shotgun. Schools superintendent Bob Webber said the 16-year-old student was taken into custody without... more »
July 29, 2010 6:00 AM
The parents of a Lafayette woman who fell to her death from a roller coaster are suing Dixie Landing amusement park in Baton Rouge. George and Karen Zeno claim Dixie Landing failed to properly inspect and maintain the Xtreme roller coaster and failed to secure the locking mechanism necessary to... more »
June 25, 2010 5:39 AM
Gambling winnings will soon be subject to seizure from parents who haven't paid their child support. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the measure by Sen. Nick Gautreaux into law Thursday that allows for the taking of the gambling wins for back-owed child support. It will let the state intercept a person's... more »