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  • Feds release locations, numbers of unaccompanied minors

    August 26, 2014 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Conflicting information from the federal government shows, to a degree, how many illegal children have crossed into the United States and found refuge with sponsors in Louisiana. The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports on a state-by-state list that there are 1,275 children in Louisiana. Then, on... more »
  • State GOP postpones endorsement debate

    August 24, 2014 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's Republican Party has refused to consider a proposed change for endorsements. A proposal encouraging Republicans who lose in the federal primary to unite behind a Republican in the runoff also never got to the floor Saturday. The state GOP executive committee's early endorsement of Congressman... more »
  • 71-year-old great-grandmother campaigning for police chief spot

    August 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother has entered the race for police chief in this small town. Fern Barnett, who had been a clerk for the city and the department, qualified for the election on the first day candidates could sign up. By Wednesday evening, she was the only person listed... more »
  • Candidate wants Edwards out of 6th District race

    August 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Candidate for Congress, Cassie Felder, has asked Edwin Edwards to quit the race for the 6th District. Felder, in a news release Tuesday, called Edwards' probable success through the primary a media circus. Edwards, a convicted felon, faces Felder and a list of others in the upcoming... more »
  • Residents successfully fight new bar

    August 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The planning commission denied a rezoning request for a bar in the Southdowns area Monday. Owners of Time Out Lounge wanted to open a location on Valley Street between the railroad and Perkins Road. The lounge was destroyed by a fire last year. People who live... more »
  • EBR Metro Council defeats fairness ordinance 8-4

    August 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted down a controversial fairness ordinance 8-4 Wednesday night after multiple meetings with impassioned pleas from both sides of the debate. The ordinance would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Security had been increased at City Hall since Council... more »
  • Murder-suicide claims Christie team member, spouse

    August 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    DENVILLE, N.J. - The daughter of a prominent New Jersey Republican Party leader who was killed by her husband before he committed suicide says her parents were experiencing "enormous stress" in recent weeks. Lorraine "Lori" Bramhall says John Bramhall believed his wife of 54 years was suffering from dementia. She... more »
  • President: we can not turn blind eye to genocide Play Video

    August 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    WASHINGTON- In an address to the nation that interrupted television shows Thursday, the president said he authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil, where the U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center. ... more »
  • Retirees to Col: demand your hefty retirement boost be dropped

    August 7, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state troopers asked State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to demand the LSP Retirement System to order ACT 859, a state law that enacts a hefty retirement boost for Edmonson and another, 32-year trooper. Some believe the proposal, which passed the recently adjourned legislative session, was... more »
  • La.'s Senate candidates share stage at convention

    August 2, 2014 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican competitors, Congressman Bill Cassidy and tea party favorite Rob Maness, have made their campaign pitches to Louisiana's mayors and town leaders. Saturday's speeches at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention were a rare moment where all three contenders in the... more »
  • Eli Edwards turns 1

    August 1, 2014 10:27 PM

    GONZALES- The Edwards are celebrating the birthday of Eli, born a year ago Friday. "Hard to believe it's been an entire year since we first met," Edwin Edwards tweeted. "Happy Birthday Eli!" Accompanying the tweet is a picture of Edwin holding Eli in the hospital. Eli Edwards... more »
  • Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

    August 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana. Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of... more »
  • State Police to get look at how drugs, illegals cross border and get to La. Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police are headed to the U.S- Mexican border for a look at where illegals begin their journey into the states, possibly headed to Louisiana. Col. Mike Edmonson is expected to be in McAllen, Texas, beginning Monday. Edmonson and his team will focus on how drugs... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll

    July 16, 2014 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said immigration topped their list of concerns. The issue has gained prominence as a surge in unaccompanied minors... more »
  • Reports: Cassidy's teenage daughter is pregnant

    July 3, 2014 8:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Congressman Bill Cassidy's unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, is pregnant the doctor told media outlets Thursday. Cassidy, a conservative Republican running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Mary Landrieu, is campaign on a traditional family values platform. He is considered the leading GOP candidate for the seat. CNN.com reported Landrieu... more »
  • House votes to make business tax break permanent

    June 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to make permanent a generous tax break that makes buying new equipment and improving property easier for small businesses. The tax break would allow business owners to write off such investments more quickly. It expired at the beginning of the year, along with more... more »
  • Cantor to resign as majority leader July 31

    June 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset... more »
  • Baker council closes tap on water, sewer rate increases

    June 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening. The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
  • Hershey sues over milking its chocolate bar

    June 10, 2014 7:54 PM

    WASHINGTON- What's in a name is the basis of a lawsuit filed by the Hershey company over use of political advertising that looks like its candy bar. The company sued Maryland State Senator Stephen Hershey, Jr. of improperly using campaign materials that mimic the candy bar. Hershey wants... more »
  • Tea party challenger ousts Eric Cantor in primary

    June 10, 2014 7:11 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been defeated by a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary. Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area. Cantor is the second-most... more »
  • Kissing congressman may return to politics

    May 23, 2014 10:00 PM

    MONROE- The kissing congressman is not ruling out a future career in politics. According to Politico , Vance McAllister is not quite ready to leave politics completely. The website posted this week, McAllister was quite open about his future in what is described as a brief interview about his... more »
  • Board, BRAC at odds over legislation dealing with principal powers

    May 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • Movie studios, Costco & bank now inside city limits

    April 23, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved annexing a new big box retail store, the movie production studios and a bank at their meeting Wednesday afternoon. Costco, Celtic, and a credit union along Airline Highway and its intersection with I-12 are now inside the city limits of Baton Rouge. The move... more »
  • Court may reject ban on campaign lies

    April 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Can a state make it illegal for politicians to lie about each other? The Supreme Court doesn't seem to think so. Justices today were highly skeptical about an Ohio law that makes it illegal to recklessly make false statements about candidates seeking elective office. Critics of the law... more »
  • 'Kissing Congressman' facing resignation push, Alexander would consider run

    April 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Louisiana Republican Party in saying Rep. Vance McAllister should resign amid the kissing scandal. "Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," the governor said Thursday. McAllister said a day earlier, he was not expecting to be in Washington,... more »
  • Port Allen: This is our fresh start

    April 9, 2014 10:23 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Fences are on the mend here, just days after voters elected a new mayor and ended a more than year-long ordeal that centered around the actions of the town's former mayor. The city council and Richard Lee, the newly-elected mayor, are meeting and talking about how to... more »
  • Senate proposal targets St. George, organizers say Play Video

    April 9, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor-President Kip Holden is pushing a Senate bill, he believes, would give the city-parish more time to vet a move by residents in the southeast area of the parish to breakaway and form their own city. "We don't think it's good for the City of Baton Rouge,"... more »
  • GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

    April 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have derailed an election-year Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more... more »
  • Congressman's kiss on video could be probed by the feds

    April 8, 2014 11:25 PM

    MONROE- The Louisiana congressman who was caught kissing a woman other than his wife on his office surveillance cameras plans to ask federal investigators to probe the leak of the recording Wednesday. Vance McAllister (R-Monroe), through his chief of staff, told KNOE TV , he will discuss a possible... more »
  • Cap on payday loan interest rate defeated

    April 7, 2014 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizations seeking to toughen regulations on payday loans pointed to a report by the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions that shows state residents shelled out $146 million in fees and interest on the loans last year. Supporters of a bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James argued... more »
  • Voters shocked to see Congressman's kissing video Play Video

    April 7, 2014 4:19 PM

    MONROE - Newly-elected Congressman Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness Monday, after a video purportedly showing him kissing a woman who wasn't his wife surfaced on the Internet . McAllister's staff did not answer phone calls, but released a statement hours after the video was posted. "There's no doubt... more »
  • St. George calls for school superintendent to resign

    March 18, 2014 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The organization behind the incorporation of the City of St. George asked for leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to apologize and resign amid a state audit of the education system in the parish. Tuesday, the group asked board member Belinda Davis, State Representative... more »
  • Edwin Edwards returns to politics with his famous one-liners Play Video

    March 17, 2014 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's no doubting that Edwin Edwards is trying to be his old, wise-cracking self as he returns to politics. Monday, announcing his candidacy for Congress, Edwards had a room full of people laughing and clapping like he did two decades ago. Later, on WBRZ News 2 at... more »
  • At dinner, everyone's talking about Edwin Edwards Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - People did not hold back, discussing their thoughts about Edwin Edwards' decision to return to politics after federal prison and a more than twenty-year hiatus from public service. At Don's Seafood Monday night in Denham Springs, the dinner table banter was flowing as much as beer... more »
  • Edwards talks Congressional chances on WBRZ Play Video

    March 17, 2014 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards spoke with News 2 about his chances making it to Congress. The 86-year-old Edwards announced Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge he'd seek the state's 6th District seat. Edwards served four terms as governor before his conviction on... more »
  • Port Allen mayoral candidate arrested

    March 13, 2014 9:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN- One of five people vying to be the city's next mayor was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant. Larry Bell was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge by Port Allen Police. Details about the alleged crime were not released. The mayoral election is set... more »
  • Lawmakers gearing up for legislative session

    March 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are getting ready as legislative session is set to begin Monday at noon. With more than 1,500 bills one the table, legislators expect a busy session this year. A little more than 1,000 of the bills come from the house this year with an... more »
  • Obama plans Texas fundraiser in April

    March 1, 2014 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to Houston in April to raise money for House and Senate candidates. That's according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California are scheduled to... more »
  • Oil chief skips subpoena because deposition hurt his heart

    February 24, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday. Briggs... more »
  • Edwards: No decision on Congressional run

    February 19, 2014 3:31 PM

    GONZALES- Trina Scott Edwards, the wife of former governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards, said a national report released Wednesday suggesting Edwards had made up his mind about running for Congress was inaccurate. Scott Edwards believes her husband was misquoted by the writer in a phone conversation recently where... more »
  • GOP to advance 'clean' debt limit hike

    February 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders have announced they will advance this week an increase in the government's borrowing cap that's free of any add-ons. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a plan to... more »
  • Dem plans probe of NJ gov's office over Sandy aid

    January 19, 2014 10:46 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey Democrat leading the investigation into traffic jams orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides says his committee will look into a new allegation of political retribution by the Republican administration. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (wiz-NOO'-skee) says Hoboken Mayor... more »
  • Vitter wants food stamp users to show ID

    January 15, 2014 10:55 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items. "Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
  • Edwin Edwards "considering" run for Congress Play Video

    January 3, 2014 9:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A source close to former Louisiana governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards tells WBRZ News 2 the 86-year-old is mulling a bid for the 6th Congressional House seat held by Bill Cassidy. Instead of running for re-election, Cassidy is running against Mary Landrieu for the U.S.... more »
  • Bus routes will change in 2014

    October 23, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bus routes will be changing in a few months since the Metro Council approved a measure Wednesday night. Ten routes will be added and it is expected to shorten trip times. The changes will be made in March. New routes and better times were promised since... more »
  • CATS board candidate has criminal conviction

    October 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least one city leader is raising a red flag about a candidate for an available seat on the board of directors of the bus system here. William Johnson pleaded guilty to felony attempted theft and conspiracy to commit fraud related to donations to DARE programs in... more »
  • Few voters make big decisions for communities

    October 19, 2013 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of decisions were made by very few people Saturday. Among the items voters had to weigh were taxes to fund a mosquito abatement program in Livingston Parish, an open congressional seat, a new parish president position and a host of local items from judgeships to... more »
  • Two Republicans to face off in runoff for Congress

    October 19, 2013 11:19 PM

    MONROE- No final decision on who will be Louisiana's next congressman, but one thing is for sure: they'll be a Republican. Vance McAllister, a businessman who self-funded his campaign, and Neil Riser, a second-term lawmaker, will compete in the Nov. 16 election. Both are members of the Republican Party.... more »
  • Geaux vote! Polls are open

    October 18, 2013 11:52 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Polls opened at 7 a.m. today, and people here will be deciding on a tax to fund the mosquito control operation. Currently, the agency bills people and most don't pay. Leaders have warned, if the tax fails spraying will end. There are also community elections for justice... more »
  • Cassidy targeted by comedians Play Video

    October 3, 2013 10:32 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy was the target of jokesters on the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Stewart and his political correspondent made fun of Cassidy for signing a letter before the government shutdown that discussed a plan to fund the government in exchange for... more »
  • Road project list prioritizes projects around Juban Crossing

    October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Leaders believe roads along I-12 must take priority when it comes to upgrading and rehabilitation so the parish can advance into the future. Wednesday, Parish President Layton Ricks affirmed Cook Road is at the top of a controversial list deciding which get work first. He was supposed to... more »
  • Area hunting destination closed due to gov't shutdown

    October 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters. Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues. An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
  • Last minute work as shutdown looms

    September 30, 2013 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears. It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight. "There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
  • Union politics to go more local

    September 26, 2013 7:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- The AFL-CIO plans to shift more of its political resources into state and local campaigns, including targeting Republican governors considered anti-union. Political director Michael Podhorzer says spending is expected to be the same or greater as the 2010 campaign cycle when the labor federation spent $53-million on federal... more »
  • Editors: La. most corrupt state

    September 3, 2013 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is the most corrupt state, according to Business Insider an information website catered to business and technology. The site analyzed the number of convictions for public corruption. Louisiana was the worst. Follow the Bayou State: North and South Dakota ( numbers two and three, respectively)... more »
  • Local children are not cut under Head Start funding problem

    August 19, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year. The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
  • Obama signs student loan deal

    August 9, 2013 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to restore lower interest rates on loans for millions of students heading back to college this fall. Friday's Oval Office ceremony caps a frenzy of negotiations that led to a rare bipartisan compromise to lower rates before classes resume.... more »
  • Alexander announced as new state VA secretary

    August 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office. The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has... more »
  • La. Congressman tired of Washington 'gridlock,' won't run again

    August 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    MONROE- Louisiana will lose its most senior member of the U.S. House since Rodney Alexander (R) announced he will not seek re-election today. Alexander represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers part of the Florida Parishes and mostly north east and central Louisiana. The lines of his district were... more »
  • Town employees get probation for illegal gas, parts buys

    August 5, 2013 10:46 PM

    AMITE- Three employees of the town of Independence pleaded no contest to charges related to spending town money on personal items. John Henson, Charles Garafola, and Jeffers Cook were charged with unauthorized use of an access card. The group was accused of putting gas in personal or family vehicles... more »
  • LSU employees to get pay raise Play Video

    July 26, 2013 2:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU System employees will receive a pay adjustment for the first time in four years the new president and chancellor announced Friday. "This is a long overdue action that has been precluded by financial circumstances," F. King Alexander said. The pay raises or supplements will range... more »
  • CATS board member: I did not take money from system

    July 18, 2013 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A recently former board member of the Capital Area Transit System said he is innocent of allegations he used CATS money to pay for personal expenses. "I didn't take any money from CATS," said Montrell McCaleb. McCaleb resigned from the board of directors Thursday, hours before reports... more »
  • La. National Guard employees furloughed

    July 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    CARVILLE- Half of the state's full-time National Guard employees are being furloughed. It is related to the national government sequestration. Employees, including guardsmen, could get a 20% reduction in their pay because of the unpaid days off. It started in July and continues until September. Leadership at... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • Smiles, laughter replace outrage in Port Allen

    July 3, 2013 10:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Mayor Deedy Slaughter was all smiles at a town council committee meeting Wednesday night. It was her first appearance heading a city meeting since a judge ruled, in many ways, in her favor a day earlier. Although she was smiling, she did not want to talk about... more »
  • Tony Perkins temporarily at pulpit in Baton Rouge

    June 28, 2013 10:34 PM

    GREENWELL SPRINGS- Tony Perkins, the chief of the Family Research Council, has taken over the reigns of a baptist church here. Perkins is filling-in as interim pastor at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church while church leaders look for a new senior leader. Perkins has held services the last few weekends,... more »
  • "People's filibuster" stops Texas abortion measure

    June 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol. Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
  • Jindal seeks regulatory change, after bill fails

    June 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education hit a roadblock in the Legislature. Unrelated disputes between the House and Senate stalled the bill that would have directly tied public dollars to student performance. Now, the Jindal administration is looking to make regulatory changes to... more »
  • Senate defeats Republican student loan plan

    June 6, 2013 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Senate has voted down a Republican proposal to link student loan interest rates to the financial markets. The Senate on Thursday was scheduled to next take up Democrats' proposal that would extend current interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans for the next two years at... more »
  • Opelousas senator switches to Republican Party

    May 31, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory has jumped to the Republican Party, becoming Louisiana's only black state senator in the GOP. Guillory announced Friday that he's leaving the Democratic Party. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office said Guillory filed paperwork on Wednesday registering as a Republican. The... more »
  • Toxic letters sent to Bloomberg from Shreveport

    May 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    SHREVEPORT- Officials say two threatening letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of the deadly poison ricin and were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport. New York City police said Wednesday the anonymous letters were opened Friday in New York at the city's mail facility and Sunday... more »
  • GOP continues to slam new Obama war approach

    May 26, 2013 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans keep slamming President Barack Obama's push to move away from a war footing and recalibrate his counter-terrorism strategy. Critics include Capitol Hill Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham says Obama is projecting weakness at a time when the United States ought to show resolve... more »
  • House backs big budget compromise Play Video

    May 10, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 billion budget today which sways from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The House stripped $500 million from Jindal's plan which was either one-time money, or not guaranteed. They instead opted for cuts to state... more »
  • Trina Edwards hospitalized

    April 5, 2013 10:13 PM

    GONZALES- Trina Edwards, the wife of infamous former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, was recently in the hospital. She's pregnant, and posted on her Facebook page the baby is doing okay. "The baby is fine and completely healthy," she wrote. She was having kidney problems, according to a post... more »
  • Cassidy announces Senate bid in online video

    April 3, 2013 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate this morning. Cassidy made the announcement in a video posting to his website, along with his wife, Laura. He will challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who will be running for her fourth... more »
  • Mayor calls arrests "political," employees still working

    April 2, 2013 9:56 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- Four city employees, arrested Tuesday, returned to work after getting out of jail. John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500. The arrests are related to an investigation by... more »
  • Four city workers accused of illegal fuel-ups

    April 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    INDEPENDENCE- Four town employees were arrested Tuesday, accused of using a city credit card to put fuel in personal vehicles. John Henson, Reginald Jefferson, Jeffers Cook, and Charles Garafola are charged with unauthorized use of an access card. Henson is also charged with theft under $500. All work... more »
  • Israel faces geopolitical tangle with natural gas

    March 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    JERUSALEM - Recent discoveries of massive offshore natural gas deposits, set to begin flowing in the coming days, are turning into a mixed blessing for Israel. The deposits are expected to provide Israel enough natural gas for decades and transform the country, famously empty of natural resources, into an energy... more »
  • The Next Pope: Modern twists to ancient rites

    March 11, 2013 5:34 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Ritual words, uttered in Latin, open and close the secret selection process of the new pope. It starts with "Extra omnes" - or "Everyone out" - expelling all but voting cardinals from the Sistine Chapel where conclave balloting takes place. It ends with "Accepto" - "I... more »

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