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  • As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

    November 27, 2015 10:40 AM

    FORT LAUDERDALE - As many black voters see it, there are two Ben Carsons. There's the renowned doctor and inspirational speaker. And then there's the Republican presidential candidate who pushes conservative politics and wants to "de-emphasize race." How voters reconcile the two may determine whether Republicans can dent the support... more »
  • Edwin Edwards admitted to hospital with pneumonia

    November 25, 2015 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most infamous politician was admitted into an area hospital for pneumonia, a source close to the family revealed Wednesday. Doctors were treating Edwin Edwards with antibiotics. Edwards' condition quickly improved, WBRZ learned. Sources said the former governor has already returned to his witty self, asking... more »
  • GOP campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge

    November 24, 2015 4:16 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 are on edge over the call for more surveillance from some Republican presidential candidates. They say rhetoric from the campaign is recklessly playing on people's fears. Donald Trump has said law enforcement... more »
  • Landry unseats Caldwell in attorney general's race

    November 21, 2015 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Acadiana congressman Jeff Landry unseated Louisiana's incumbent attorney general Buddy Caldwell in Saturday night's election. Landry defeated Caldwell 609,883 to 473,165 in the unofficial results, a 56-44 percent margin. Landry honed in on Caldwell's connections during his campaign, accusing the incumbent of a "Buddy... more »
  • Nungesser wins lieutenant governor's seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 21, 2015 8:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser defeated East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden in the runoff for lieutenant governor Saturday night. Nungesser won by a 55-45 percent margin over Holden -- 628,596 to 505,514 in the unofficial tally. In his victory speech Nungesser called Holden... more »
  • Judge to decide if cop in jail should be released on bond

    November 20, 2015 4:07 PM

    MARKSVILLE - Lawyers for Norris Greenhouse, Jr., one of two part time city marshals in Avyolles Parish charged with the murder of a six-year-old, have filed a motion for Greenhouse to be immediately released from jail. Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford, the other officer involved in the death investigation, are... more »
  • State Police to alert sheriffs of refugees

    November 19, 2015 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police will discuss re-settlement initiatives of Syrian refugees with local sheriffs. In a conference call with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association Thursday, it was revealed the Fusion Center at State Police Headquarters will share information with local authorities. State officials will provide information to others as... more »
  • WATCH: The cost of trailing the governor out of town check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2015 12:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has spent millions on sending a team of State Troopers with the governor when he travels outside of Louisiana. In the last few years, there has been an increased amount of travel as Bobby Jindal built a platform to run for president. He traveled... more »
  • Report: Father of murdered boy released from hospital

    November 12, 2015 5:37 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - The survivor of a police shooting was released from the hospital a week and a day after being admitted. Chris Few was sent home and is with family, KALB TV reported. Few was shot and his son, Jeremy Mardis, was killed. Mardis, 6, was in the front... more »
  • Prime-time gubernatorial debate ends like daytime tabloid show check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 10, 2015 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Political arguing over records became a spirited tête-à-tête where debate moderators had to sternly warn candidates for Louisiana governor to follow procedures. The emotional discussion came in the last five minutes of one of two televised debates between Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards.... more »
  • The Marksville shooting: What happened

    November 9, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Attorney General announced it was handling the prosecution of two part time marshals, accused of murder following the death of a six-year-old in Avoyelles Parish last week. Also Monday, a district judge issued a gag order for the case. Jeremy Mardis' family also buried... more »
  • Police officers arrested for shooting, killing 6-year-old check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 6, 2015 10:26 PM

    MARKSVILLE – Two of four city marshals involved in a deadly shooting where a six-year-old died were booked into jail Friday night. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse were charged with murder and attempted murder for the shooting death of Jeremy Mardis and the shooting and injury of his father,... more »
  • City leaders concerned department at center of deadly shooting has gone rogue Play Video

    November 4, 2015 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office is mulling an opinion on what powers a rural marshal should have after complaints from a city council in Central Louisiana. The concerns come from Marksville city leaders and are centered on the department that was involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting... more »
  • Lawmakers meet with hospital chief to shutdown closure rumor mill

    October 30, 2015 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In an effort to try and ease the nerves of many, lawmakers met with the CEO of Baton Rouge General to discuss the plans for the Mid City campus. Earlier this week , the hospital announced it was moving its burn unit to the Bluebonnet facility.... more »
  • State ordered to keep funding Planned Parenthood

    October 29, 2015 10:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge extended protection of funding for Planned Parenthood clinics with a preliminary injunction Thursday. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles' order continues a temporary order he issued last week protecting funding for 14 days. The order comes after Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and some of... more »
  • Council approves garbage rate hike, TIF for downtown hotel Wednesday

    October 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders approved two monetary items at their meeting Wednesday. The Metro Council approved a $1 increase in garbage collection. The rate increase comes with a new contract for the service which was approved in August. The rate increase was procedural Wednesday night. The extra... more »
  • Incoming House speaker Ryan says he'll vote for budget pact

    October 28, 2015 9:53 AM

    WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Ryan - expected to be the next House speaker - says he'll vote for a bipartisan budget bill even though he thinks the process that produced the measure "stinks." A House vote is expected Wednesday on legislation that settles fights over defense and domestic spending, and federal... more »
  • Attack ads launched in Louisiana governor's race runoff

    October 27, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An onslaught of attack ads is being unleashed in the Louisiana governor's race, by candidates and outside groups seeking to influence the two-man runoff between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter. In Edwards' first TV ad for the runoff, the state lawmaker from Tangipahoa Parish... more »
  • Conservatives concede they can't block budget deal

    October 27, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans in the House concede that there's not much they can do to stop a two-year budget deal that was agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House. In his final days as speaker, John Boehner is trying to get the measure approved, in order to... more »
  • Amid complaints and concerns, fake TV news report ad pulled from airwaves

    October 23, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A political ad was pulled from the airwaves amid concerns the ad was deceiving to viewers. "The intentions are obvious in this situation. The call letters on the ad reference a fake television station 'WBRD' but are too similar to call letters of our station, WBRZ.... more »
  • Candidates to voters: look who showed up at debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 21, 2015 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In a sixty-minute debate broadcast on TV stations and streamed on websites across Louisiana, three of the four main candidates running for governor discussed what each would do if elected Saturday. Senator David Vitter, a republican, did not appear at the debate. Vitter has missed many... more »
  • Council clears rezoning for Mid City beer garden

    October 21, 2015 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The metro council approved a rezoning request, paving the way for bar developers to build a new establishment in the Mid City area. Wednesday, the council voted unanimously to rezone land at the corner of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. The land is currently empty. ... more »
  • Vitter attacked by other candidates after debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2015 12:04 AM

    RUSTON - As the race for governor weans closer to election day, candidates are getting edgier and are speaking more of what's on their minds. Thursday, there was a debate featuring all four major candidates. It was held at Louisiana Tech in North Louisiana. Three of the candidates... more »
  • Democratic debate a break-out chance for O'Malley, others

    October 12, 2015 4:51 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Martin O'Malley needs a breakout moment in the first Democratic presidential debate, and he knows it. The former governor of Maryland is stuck far behind Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He says the Tuesday night debate in... more »
  • Amid VA probe in La., administrator on leave

    October 9, 2015 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An administrator at the Louisiana Veteran’s Home in Jackson was placed on administrative leave with pay, WBRZ learned a day after reporting the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs resigned amid scandal. There have been allegations that the administrator, identified as Todd Price, deleted... more »
  • Early voting starts Saturday

    October 9, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Early voting begins Saturday for Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. Candidates are urging supporters to cast their ballots in advance as the various statewide and local races are expected to compete for attention on Election Day with college football games and hunting plans. Top of the ballot is the... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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