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  • Louisiana's own version of 'The Nutcracker' Play Video

    December 15, 2014 6:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - 'The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou' is Louisiana's own version of the treasured holiday classic. It hits the stage again this weekend, just before Christmas. The ballet is Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.... more »
  • Voucher student performance better, but still lags

    November 3, 2014 11:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Performance is improving a bit for Louisiana students attending private schools with taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers. But it trails performance of public schools, and state officials say 23 private schools performed so poorly that they will not be allowed to enroll new voucher students. Figures released Monday showed... more »
  • Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

    July 23, 2014 2:11 AM

    NEW YORK - A major national survey finds disconcerting data about teen use of performance enhancing drugs. The survey by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids finds experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year as young people strove to boost their athletic performance... more »
  • IG: La. collected $7M too much in Medicaid enrollment bonus

    July 15, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials say Louisiana improperly received $7 million in performance bonus payments for its enrollment of children in the state Medicaid program. The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state Children's Health Insurance Program, known as LaCHIP, didn't meet federal... more »
  • Rapper Lil Boosie to take Louisiana stages

    April 18, 2014 10:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's a big weekend ahead for Louisiana-grown Lil Boosie, who for the first time since his years long prison stint for a 2009 drug conviction, takes the stage in his home state with performances scheduled in Lafayette and New Orleans. In an interview with The Associated Press,... more »
  • Senate approves public school switch bill

    April 16, 2014 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at poor-performing public schools could have the possibility of switching to higher-performing schools, under a bill that received the unanimous support Wednesday of the Senate. Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he proposed Senate Bill 61 to offer choice to public school students, like the state has... more »
  • La. performance lags in Advance Placement tests

    February 11, 2014 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's high school seniors had among the poorest performances among students nationwide in their passing scores on Advanced Placement exams. The exams are used to earn college credit. A report released Tuesday by the College Board shows that 5.3 percent of Louisiana's public high school graduates scored a... more »
  • Startisan performs on News 2 at 4 Play Video

    August 23, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Startisan, a Baton Rouge rock band, joined WBRZ today on News 2 at 4 before their big weekend at Varsity Theatre. The band performs Saturday night for their album release party and filmed performance. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. more »
  • Audit: DOE skipped steps in monitoring charters

    May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state education department had gaps in its monitoring of the academic performance of Louisiana's charter schools. The review, released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office, looked at charter school monitoring activities during the 2011-12 budget year. The audit says the Department... more »
  • Bills to revamp early childhood education advance

    May 10, 2013 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Proposals to tie public funding to student performance and issue letter grades to Louisiana's public and private early childhood education programs are finding easy passage through the Legislature. Two Senate bills are the cornerstones of Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education and to create uniform... more »
  • Virgin America best US airline performer in 2012

    April 8, 2013 9:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - A report on airline quality says U.S. airlines scored their second best performance last year, with Virgin America the leader. The annual report released Monday ranked the 14 largest U.S. airlines based on on-time arrivals, mishandled bags, consumer complaints and passengers who were bought tickets, but were turned... more »
  • Southern Jaguars honored for NCAA performance

    March 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council honored the Southern University basketball team for their performance in the NCAA tournament. The 16-seed Southern played a close game against the first-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs, but the Jaguars lost 58-64. Councilwoman Tara Wicker expressed how proud the parish was in their... more »
  • Beyonce to finally face media at Super Bowl

    January 31, 2013 7:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Beyonce is expected to face the media Thursday as she previews her halftime performance at the Super Bowl. But the focus will likely be on her performance at the inauguration earlier this month. The superstar hasn't spoken publicly since it was alleged that she lip-synched her rendition... more »
  • Oprah: Lance Armstrong admitted doping

    January 15, 2013 10:39 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Oprah Winfrey is confirming that Lance Armstrong came clean to her about his use of performance-enhancing drugs during their 2 1/2 hour interview Monday. She says the cyclist was "forthcoming" as she asked him in detail about doping allegations that followed him throughout his seven Tour de... more »
  • AP source: Armstrong tells Oprah he doped

    January 14, 2013 6:26 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A person familiar with the situation says Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network. Armstrong... more »
  • Jamie Wax's one-man Christmas show back at BRLT Play Video

    December 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Performer and Baton Rouge native Jamie Wax returns this weekend to the stage he first performed his original one-man Christmas show, "A Gift for Lyman Bourke." Wax premiered the show 20 years ago at the Baton Rouge Little Theater, and now brings the holiday comedy back... more »
  • East Feliciana teacher bonus decision delayed

    December 5, 2012 7:34 AM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board has deferred action on a move to deny bonuses to teachers no longer employed in the parish but who would be qualified for the extra pay for their performance in a special program last school year. The board voted 8-4 Tuesday... more »
  • Green Day cancels New Orleans performance

    October 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Grammy-winning rock band Green Day has canceled its upcoming performance in New Orleans. The band was scheduled to headline the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Oct. 27 but a spokesman for the group said Tuesday the performance has been canceled. The announcement... more »
  • Saints point to defensive improvement as a positive

    September 27, 2012 10:35 AM

    METAIRIE - Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan refuses to let his unit's dreadful statistical rankings discourage him. Jordan describes the Saints' defense as a veteran unit that not only isn't panicking or fracturing, but is "re-energized" and focused on mastering first-year coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's schemes. The Saints have... more »
  • Some La. voucher schools to face performance score

    July 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some private schools who participate in Louisiana's statewide voucher program will face performance scores similar to public schools, under planned accountability standards. The scoring and penalties for low-performing schools will apply to schools with sizable numbers of voucher students, estimated to be a quarter of the schools... more »
  • La. stresses performance in seeking NCLB waiver

    February 7, 2012 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's education chief has unveiled proposals to rid the state of what he called the bureaucratic red tape involved in compliance with the federal "No Child Left Behind Act." John White told reporters Tuesday the state's proposal includes, for example, lifting requirements for detailed school district... more »
  • Superintendent: Letter grades make public education look bad

    October 3, 2011 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Schools in Louisiana will now be evaluated the same way they score their students, with letter grades. The move comes after 2010 Legislation had the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education create a scale to better inform parents of schools performance. In years past, schools were... more »
  • Ed Dept.: Too early to gauge voucher effectiveness

    July 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A day after an education advocacy group called attention to the poor performance of some private New Orleans schools that accept state-funded tuition vouchers, the state Department of Education said relatively few students in the voucher program have been tested so far. The group Educate Now!... more »
  • Cyndi Lauper sings the blues at NO's Jazz Fest

    May 5, 2011 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Pop icon Cyndi Lauper is among the acts on tap Thursday as the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival opens. Lauper, in her debut at the festival, takes the stage on what's traditionally known as "locals day," when a majority of the... more »
  • More schools, districts hit state's performance target

    October 7, 2010 10:01 PM

    More Louisiana schools and districts are making the grade, according to scores released by the Louisiana Department of Education today. However, the state's top education official, Paul Pastorek, said they did not meet their overall growth goals. "Some schools and districts are showing minimal or no growth, and some schools... more »
  • Clemens arraignment set for today

    August 30, 2010 8:55 AM

    Roger Clemens is due in federal court in Washington today for arraignment on a six-count indictment charging he lied to Congress about performance enhancing drugs. He's expected to plead not guilty. A six-count federal indictment accuses Clemens of obstructing a congressional inquiry with 15 different statements made under oath, including... more »
  • Tuition hikes already in place

    August 25, 2010 5:05 PM

    The Louisiana Board of Regents gave preliminary approval for a 5 percent tuition hike at most public universities. It's part of the Grad Act Bill approved by the legislature this year. The extra money generated by the hike won't be available until performance goals at each university are finalized.... more »
  • Melancon asks BP to suspend bonuses for top execs

    June 23, 2010 5:45 AM

    U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon wants the chairman of BP to suspend performance bonuses indefinitely for the company's top executives and use those funds to assist Louisianians affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Rep. Melancon sent a letter to Carl-Henrik Svanberg stating BP's chief executive Tony Hayward's... more »
  • Board weighs how high to set standards

    January 11, 2010 7:54 AM

    Educators says Louisiana's top school board is poised to approve tougher rules for public schools to avoid state takeovers and other sanctions. The panel has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday, in part to tackle the issue. The minimum requirement is now 60 out of about 200. But that minimum requirement... more »
  • School performance grades released today

    October 13, 2009 5:19 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Education will release the 2009 performance scores for schools and school districts this afternoon. Scores are based on students' achievement on standardized tests, as well as attendance and dropout rates. Education officials also plan to release figures on the number of students who earned diplomas in... more »

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