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  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

    October 2, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.... more »
  • Democrats say McCarthy comments on Clinton are shameful

    September 30, 2015 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are criticizing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his comments crediting the House's Benghazi investigation committee with hurting Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers. Democrats said McCarthy's comments in a Fox News Channel interview contradict claims by GOP leaders that the panel is merely seeking the truth... more »
  • Economists question Bush's prescription for lower gas prices

    September 29, 2015 7:02 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Oil industry economists say a link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal. Bush's overall premise that lifting the... more »
  • Trump unveils tax plan that would lower taxes for millions

    September 28, 2015 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is calling for an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate income taxes for millions of Americans, and lower them for the rich. Trump is unveiling his tax plan at a press conference Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The... more »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole becomes attack point in governor's race

    September 25, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a new flashpoint in the governor's race. Republican candidate David Vitter is accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe. Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August... more »
  • Pope crosses ideological lines in US

    September 23, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a single sentence, Pope Francis has shown how he transcends the ideological polarities of U.S. politics. In his address to bishops, the pope spoke out against abortion, an issue close to the heart of Republicans, and against environmental devastation, a surefire applause line for Democrats. He... more »
  • Late mayor's wife to serve rest of his term

    September 23, 2015 12:06 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The late mayor's wife was appointed to serve the rest of his term Tuesday night. Mary Gulotta will be mayor through next year. Gulotta's husband, Tony, died nearly two weeks ago of a heart attack. The next mayoral election will be November 2016. ************** ... more »
  • Two city governments approve lodging taxes Tuesday night

    September 23, 2015 12:01 AM

    BAKER - City leaders here and in neighboring Zachary approved a measure to funnel more tax money from out-of-towners into city governments. Each city council approved a hotel/motel tax that will need to be approved by voters in upcoming elections. In both Zachary and Baker, city leaders hope to... more »
  • Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

    September 22, 2015 4:46 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is breaking her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying at a campaign stop in Iowa that she opposes the controversial project. Clinton says the project has been a distraction and she doesn't believe it's in the best... more »
  • Chief refuses to answer questions about hiring convicted officer check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2015 11:15 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - The chief of police here refused to answer questions related to the hiring of a police officer with a criminal record. When asked about the hiring of Jasmione Clark, Chief Mario Brown left a town council meeting Monday night. Brown has refused to answer questions posed... more »
  • Town will decide if police chief should be elected

    September 21, 2015 9:09 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT- In November, residents of this small town in Livingston Parish will be asked to change the way their police chief is selected. Currently, the chief is elected. But, Monday night, the board of aldermen approved asking people to vote on if the chief should be elected. ... more »
  • At debate, Jindal compares Texas student to Kim Davis

    September 16, 2015 7:21 PM

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - At Wednesday night's first Republican presidential debate for CNN, Governor Bobby Jindal connected the plight of a Muslim student in Texas who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school to the Kentucky county clerk who refused to give same-sex couples a marriage license. ... more »
  • Ahead of GOP debate, Biden knocks climate change doubters

    September 16, 2015 5:52 PM

    ANAHEIM, Calif. - Taking aim at his potential political opponents, Vice President Joe Biden railed Wednesday against Republicans who "deny climate change" and want to shut down the federal government over funding for Planned Parenthood, and pleaded with them to "just get out of the way." Biden came to... more »
  • Jindal staffer leaves state politics for healthcare

    September 15, 2015 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the governor's term winds down and his campaign for president moves him from state-to-state, his staff at the Capitol are planning their next moves. Tuesday, it was announced Kristy Nichols, the commissioner of administration was leaving state politics. Nichols' department oversees state functions such as... more »
  • Measure to force vote on government style falls short

    September 14, 2015 10:14 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Three parish council members were two votes short of allowing voters to vote again on what form of government should be used to manage West Feliciana Parish. In 2012, voters approved changing from a police jury to a parish council. By 2013, a parish president had... more »
  • Springfield mayor resigns after plea deal, could come back check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 11, 2015 6:36 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The mayor of Springfield in Livingston parish is on his way out of office, but that may not be the last time people see him working for the town. Mayor Charles Martin will resign Sunday after getting caught in a DWI cover-up investigation. In 2011, investigators say Martin... more »
  • Newspaper owner misses election deadline

    September 10, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businessman John Georges will not be included on the upcoming gubernatorial ballot since he failed to qualify, or sign up, for the election by 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Late this week, political insiders stirred the political pot with claims Georges was considering a run. By adding his... more »
  • Candidate sign-up reaches final day with few surprises

    September 10, 2015 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The final hours of the candidate sign-up period for the Oct. 24 election are winding down. No unexpected twists have stirred up things at the top of the ballot, where Louisiana has wide open races for governor and lieutenant governor. At least eight candidates already have registered to... more »
  • State investigators say former parish attorney illegally accessed emails check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police released more information about the issuance of a misdemeanor summons to former parish attorney Mary Roper Wednesday. State Police said cyber-analysts assigned to the Louisiana State Police Fusion Center investigated a complaint about suspicious email activity originating from the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney's Office... more »
  • Iran deal seems on track after day of discord

    September 9, 2015 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - A day of maneuvering and speechifying in and outside Congress has done little to change the reality. Barring unlikely success of an eleventh-hour gambit by the House, the international accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions will move ahead. Congressional Republicans... more »
  • Area police department adds "In God We Trust" to cruisers

    September 7, 2015 10:44 PM

    CENTRAL - The police chief said a recent increase in violence toward law enforcement officers prompted his department to add "In God We Trust" to police cars. The graphic was installed to the back of cruisers Monday. Written in silver, the text matches letters of the department on the... more »
  • Courting unions on Labor Day, Obama pushes paid sick leave

    September 7, 2015 11:50 AM

    BOSTON - President Barack Obama says Republicans who stand in the way of helping workers have been wrecking the economy for "a long, long time." Obama is marking Labor Day by addressing a major union rally and breakfast in Boston. He says he's glad Republicans are trying to rebrand themselves... more »
  • Trump signs pledge to back GOP's 2016 presidential nominee

    September 3, 2015 2:16 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he has signed a Republican loyalty pledge to back the GOP's 2016 nominee for president and skip a potential third-party bid. The billionaire businessman and presidential candidate roiled the GOP race when he refused to make such a promise in the campaign's first debate.... more »
  • Angelle campaign takes issue with ad from pro-Vitter PAC

    September 2, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Scott Angelle's campaign for governor is fighting back against an attack ad launched by a super PAC supporting GOP contender David Vitter. Angelle's campaign says the ad falsely accuses the state utility regulator of wanting to "tax the Internet." Campaign officials say Vitter supported a state... more »
  • McAllister seeks political comeback after cheating scandal

    August 21, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, who lost his re-election bid after a cheating scandal, is trying to return to Louisiana politics. Only this time, he's set his sights lower than Congress. McAllister, a Republican, said Friday he intends to run for a state Senate seat... more »
  • Trump released from New York jury duty, now back to campaign

    August 17, 2015 4:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump has been sent home without being picked for a jury. The billionaire candidate for president reported for jury duty in New York City on Monday. He was released at the end of the day without being selected to serve on a case. He has now... more »
  • Governor's next address won't be 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    August 13, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's not Washington, D.C. but the Jindals will have a new home in 2016 - in the upscale University Club neighborhood. "U Club", as some call it, is an 18-hole golf course community. Homes are built around the course and a neighborhood version of Camp David:... more »
  • Council committee to watch body camera pilot program in BR

    August 12, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members set up a committee to review the potential of outfitting police officers in the city with body cameras. At its meeting Wednesday evening, Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discussed what she called a body camera review board. The board, the happy medium between council... more »
  • Glass collection isn't broken, but it'll cost $1 more now

    August 12, 2015 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Waste fees for East Baton Rouge Parish residents will increase $1 after decisions by Metro Council members Wednesday afternoon. The extra charge will cover glass recycling, which had been under the crusher and was set to be canceled. Glass is not a competitive item for recyclers,... more »
  • Republicans look for more Democrats to oppose Iran deal

    August 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Now that the leading Jewish Democrat in the Senate has announced his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans are urging other Democrats to defy the administration and vote against the agreement. But there's no indication yet that the announcement by Chuck Schumer of New York will... more »
  • New law increases minimum wage for some in New Orleans

    August 6, 2015 7:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Thursday, the city council here approved a law requiring people working for a company that receives city large city contracts or subsidies from the city government pay workers a minimum of $10.55 an hour. The proposal received no opposition. The pay change starts next year, the... more »
  • State Representative Alfred Williams died Tuesday night check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 4, 2015 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Alfred Williams died late Tuesday night, WBRZ confirmed. Williams, who represents the 61st district, had been recovering from surgery. People who knew him and confirmed his death said he died from complications related to the surgery. Sources tell us Williams suffered complications... more »
  • Dirty barge cleaning emails Play Video

    July 30, 2015 11:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An email chain with foul language and offenses turned up in a public records request dealing with a controversial barge cleaning operation planned for south of LSU. Tubal-Cain wants to build its plant across the levee from Farr Park and neighborhoods. Since a WBRZ report about... more »
  • Jindal piggybacks #CeciltheLion to push Planned Parenthood videos

    July 30, 2015 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What do a lion shot by a trophy hunter in Africa and sting videos of a Planned Parenthood executive have in common? For Governor Bobby Jindal, they were a way to try and get his views out on social media during the crowded GOP presidential race.... more »
  • Louisiana GOP backs Republican attorney general's opponent

    July 28, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party of Louisiana is backing former Congressman Jeff Landry to be the state's attorney general, snubbing GOP incumbent Buddy Caldwell. Party leaders say it's the first time the GOP has chosen to back a challenger to a statewide Republican incumbent since the 1991 governor's race.... more »
  • Gabby Giffords wants to meet with Jindal over theater shooting

    July 27, 2015 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, have asked to meet with Governor Bobby Jindal to discuss the movie theater shooting in Lafayette. "Gabby and I agree that states can and must do more to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.... more »
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable entry into GOP race

    July 21, 2015 12:19 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race. The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again." He's the 16th... more »
  • Governor offers national guard to protect military facilities

    July 17, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor is making the Louisiana National Guard available to protect military facilities in Louisiana. The move was announced late Friday, in an executive order by the governor's press staff. The governor was not in the state , but campaigning for president in Iowa where he... more »
  • '41' hospitalized after fall

    July 15, 2015 10:41 PM

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized after a fall at his summer home here, CNN.com reported late Wednesday evening. A family spokesperson said Bush, who was president from January 1989 to January 1993, broke his vertebrae in his neck but should recover completely. The spokesperson... more »
  • Bipartisan plan would overhaul business taxes, fund highways

    July 8, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators are unveiling a bipartisan framework to overhaul the taxes paid by U.S. firms on foreign profits while potentially providing much-needed funding to repair the nation's roads and bridges. Many of the details need to be worked out, and huge hurdles remain. But if successful, it would... more »
  • As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

    July 6, 2015 6:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Worried about "Republican on Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party's top 20 donors... more »
  • Miss USA distances itself from Trump's statements check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 29, 2015 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the women who will participate in the upcoming Miss USA pageant here settle in for their first or second night in the city, the pageant released a statement concerning the recent turn of events that have it off the air. "We are disheartened by recent... more »
  • Baton Rouge to fight for its crowning moment amid pageant scandal

    June 29, 2015 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after NBC announced it was not going to broadcast this year's Miss USA pageant, city leaders closest to the production remained mostly tight-lipped about the situation while others were discussing their frustrations over the ordeal. "We miss out on... exposure," councilman John Delgado said in... more »
  • Jindal launches 2016 campaign by blasting big government check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 24, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With Garth Brooks blaring behind him, Governor Bobby Jindal charged into his first speech as a 2016 presidential candidate by blasting big government, Democrats in Washington, and even his own party. In his first speech as a presidential candidate Jindal touted his record of cuts as... more »
  • After white supremacist donation, Cassidy gives money to church victim fund

    June 23, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-elected U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy said he has donated $1,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund after it was revealed Earl Holt donated to his campaign. Holt, the leader of a white supremacist group, was idolized by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof. Roof is in... more »
  • Veto session possible check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not once in modern history has a Louisiana governor vetoed the budget, but that might happen if lawmakers aren't willing to play ball. Governor Bobby Jindal has said he's willing to veto the budget if lawmakers don't give him the tax breaks he wants to offset the... more »
  • City leaders haggle over body camera issue

    May 27, 2015 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders dealt another delay to a plan requiring all police officers in the city to wear body cameras that record their interactions with citizens. After voting to veto the ordinance proposed by C. Denise Marcelle the council instead deferred a decision. The measure was moved... more »
  • Lawmakers in NY ask their governor to ban travel to Louisiana

    May 20, 2015 9:07 PM

    ALBANY, NEW YORK - Two state lawmakers from New York have asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban non-essential state travel to Louisiana following Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order essentially enacting a failed house bill into law. "This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax... more »
  • Union dues bill pulled before vote check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 12, 2015 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill that would have put the clamps on unions was pulled before a vote Tuesday at the Capitol. House Bill 418 would outlaw police officers, firefighters and teachers from having union dues automatically taken out of paychecks. Unions would then have a tougher time collecting... more »
  • Chris Christie visits Baton Rouge for David Vitter Tuesday

    May 5, 2015 12:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will make two campaign stops in the area for Senator David Vitter Tuesday. Christie will join Vitter, who is running for governor, at an open event at a local brewery then attend a private reception. Earlier in the day, Christie is... more »
  • Vitter picks up backing from treasurer in governor's race

    May 4, 2015 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy, a popular state politician who once considered running for governor, is instead supporting U.S. David Vitter for the job in this fall's election. Vitter announced the endorsement from his fellow Republican at an event Monday. In a statement declaring his support for the GOP... more »
  • Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the 'gender card'

    April 17, 2015 12:57 PM

    NASHUA, N.H. - Carly Fiorina wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But the lone Republican woman eyeing the White House is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Fiorina is a former business executive with limited political experience.... more »
  • U.S. Attorney: Former oversight board member sold test answers for $500

    April 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology official pleaded guilty to selling answers to board-administered exams, U.S. Attorney Walt Green's office announced Thursday. Winn Johnson, 71, appeared in federal court Thursday where the plea happened. Prosecutors said Johnson accepted cash for answers. He sold the... more »
  • Lawmakers to tackle budget, controversial issues in session

    April 13, 2015 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers slogged through rainy traffic and higher security to gavel in what's going to be a crucial legislative session in Louisiana. Legislators must figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole which threatens to hobble or even cripple higher education and healthcare in the... more »
  • Jindal won't release emails from time in office

    April 10, 2015 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's office has refused to release any of the Republican governor's emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature. The Associated Press filed a public records request seeking the documents from the governor,... more »
  • Clinton to launch campaign on Sunday

    April 10, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The guessing game is over -- and the launch date of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign is known. According to people familiar with her plans, Clinton will make the announcement Sunday with an online video posted on social media. She will then make stops in some key... more »
  • Louisiana Water Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2015 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The legislative session is coming up, and on its agenda: budget cuts, Common Core, and the Louisiana environment. The Green Army is getting ready for the session as well; they're planning a big rally this weekend in downtown Baton Rouge. This morning, Lieutenant General Russel Honoré stopped... more »
  • Jindal staff leave state government, focus on Iowa

    March 31, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after the governor's office announced staff members were leaving their positions, the Associated Press reported they are headed for Governor Bobby Jindal's political organization, the America Future Project. The organization was created last month. Taylor Teepell and Matt Parker will work with the group in... more »
  • Public safety facing $7-10 million budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Police superintendent says public safety will face $7-10 million in budget cuts this year. Col. Mike Edmonson and lawmakers went over the cuts Tuesday at the State Capitol. With budget cuts on the horizon, Edmonson will shift gears into penny-pinching mode to find ways... more »
  • Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

    March 27, 2015 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for... more »
  • St. George organizers plan to report signature forgers to authorities

    March 26, 2015 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the St. George effort said Thursday night they will likely give the names of two signature collectors to law enforcement who they believe forged the names of three people on the petition backing the proposed City of St. George. The people whose names were... more »
  • Union optimistic about pay plan

    March 6, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Union approved one of the first pay raise proposals in years for officers Friday evening. In a 232 to 201 vote, 54% of union members signed off on the city's plan that institutes between two and four percent raises for the police... more »
  • Governor's LSU prayer rally cost $10,289 in police overtime

    March 6, 2015 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A prayer rally at LSU cost about $10,289 to pay overtime for state police officers. The rally, called The Response , was at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) on January 24. The governor was a large supporter and promoter of the event. The Associated... more »
  • Ricks announces plans for second term

    March 5, 2015 10:26 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish President Layton Ricks announced Thursday, he is running for re-election. In a news release Thursday, Ricks touted his last three years in office when there has been a surge in new developments and infrastructure improvements. The Juban Crossing development opened for business late last year and... more »
  • Senate moves ahead on bill to fund Homeland Security agency

    February 25, 2015 1:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to move forward on a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department, days ahead of a threatened partial agency shutdown. The vote was 98 to 2 as senators of both parties overwhelmingly signaled their support for funding the department without including contentious immigration provisions.... more »
  • After reality check, Edwards moving on to realty

    February 19, 2015 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After losing the race to represent Louisiana's sixth district in Congress, former governor Edwin Edwards said he was done with politics. Today, he took his first steps down a different path as a real estate broker. Edwards, who was convicted in 2001 of racketeering and served... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP

    February 6, 2015 2:01 AM

    DENVER, CO - As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. The stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, but it's generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws. This week, Democrats... more »
  • Board starts work on replacing superintendent

    February 5, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board formed a search committee to begin the process of replacing Superintendent Bernard Taylor. Taylor's contract is up this summer and it has already been agreed upon that he will leave. The board chose not to renew his contract... more »
  • Mayor puts blame on governor for ER's closure

    February 4, 2015 9:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor put some of the blame on Governor Bobby Jindal for the closure of the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City . The hospital announced this week, it was losing too much money and would close the ER in two months. It was... more »
  • Maringouin mayor calls for an end to 'fire fiasco' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 2, 2015 10:30 PM

    MARINGOUIN - Monday, the new mayor broke her silence about her decision to replace the town's fire chief; a decision that has brought controversy to the streets of this usually quiet Iberville Parish community. "At the end of the day, he's out," Mayor Demi Vorise said. "It's my decision;... more »
  • Jindal slips in Iowa GOP polls

    February 2, 2015 11:05 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Bobby Jindal's numbers slipped among Iowa Republicans according to a new poll of likely voters one year away from the presidential caucuses. Fewer respondents said they were favorable of Jindal today than when the previous poll was taken in October, 39 percent today to... more »
  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    January 29, 2015 11:27 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They include Chicago investor Craig Duchossois, who is among several former Romney supporters who plan to... more »
  • Council approves plan to build sidewalks on deadly road

    January 28, 2015 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved two items Wednesday dealing with sidewalk construction . The approvals allow DPW to move forward with accepting federal money to build sidewalks in Gardere and a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge. The city will used surplus money from similar projects to fund its... more »
  • Lawmaker threatens to 'out' hypocrites opposing gay marriage

    January 27, 2015 11:56 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs but say gay marriage is immoral or bad for children. State Rep. Patricia Todd, a Birmingham Democrat, says she was furious over some of the comments made by some colleagues after they... more »
  • Tangi's long-serving parish president retiring

    January 22, 2015 3:39 PM

    AMITE - The longest-serving parish president announced he will retire from public office when his term ends near the end of the year. Gordon Burgess, who has been in charge of Tangipahoa Parish for almost thirty years, said he is retiring with pride on December 31. He was the... more »
  • Super PAC created to boost Bobby Jindal presidential bid

    January 22, 2015 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal are creating a super PAC to back a possible 2016 presidential campaign by the Louisiana governor. Paperwork setting up the political action committee, called the Believe Again PAC, was to be filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, according to Brad... more »
  • Ads warning of crime in French Quarter play on BR television

    January 13, 2015 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A businessman from New Orleans has expanded a commercial campaign to this city, highlighting violence on the streets of the French Quarter. Sidney Torres, who lives in New Orleans' historic district, started by buying television airtime in New Orleans and expanded it to Baton Rouge this week.... more »
  • Comite project land issue will be discussed Tuesday

    January 12, 2015 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, members of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project Task Force are expected to get an update from the Department of Transportation and Development and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about how to handle an issue over receiving federal money to help build the long-planned diversion... more »
  • Council makes decision on two temporary members

    December 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    GONZALES- In an unheard of unanimous vote by the city council Wednesday night, two people were nominated for open positions on the council. Barbara Duhe, a retired city worker, was appointed to fill the seat left vacant when Timothy Vessel was recalled earlier this month. Seventy-five percent of voters... more »
  • Town council approves 'Going out of Business Sale' for police

    December 16, 2014 10:45 PM

    SORRENTO- The town council overwhelmingly approved selling off police equipment Tuesday night. City leaders declared police cruisers, guns, desks - everything once used by officers - as surplus property. It allows the city to sell the merchandise to other area departments or at a public auction. Last month,... more »
  • Council to tackle open seats, special election Wednesday

    December 15, 2014 9:49 PM

    GONZALES- Governor Bobby Jindal will need to appoint someone to fill the council seat of Gary Lacombe since the deadline for the city to appoint someone passed at midnight. Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will suggest someone to the governor's office. The city had twenty days to appoint someone... more »
  • Angola warden considering run for governor check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    ANGOLA - Warden Burl Cain says he's thinking about running for governor next year. Cain has spent more than three decades as a warden, the last two at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. "Angola's fixed, and it's not what it was," he said. "It's kind of like the job... more »
  • Kip Holden kicks off Lt. Governor run Play Video

    December 10, 2014 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - He's dressed as a cowboy, Santa, and a pirate to promote East Baton Rouge, and now Mayor-President Kip Holden wants to add "lieutenant governor" to his wardrobe. Holden officially kicked off his campaign for the office Wednesday in Baton Rouge. He said he's dedicated to using... more »
  • With budget approval, council agrees to more police academies

    December 9, 2014 9:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers. The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about... more »
  • Landrieu getting little help before Senate runoff

    December 4, 2014 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is heading toward her Saturday runoff against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy with almost no financial help from outside allies. How disparate is their support? In all, 97 cents of every political dollar spent outside the two campaigns since Nov. 5 has been... more »
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    BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week . Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »

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