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  • Baton Rouge gets ready to welcome Donald Trump Play Video

    February 11, 2016 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Presidential candidate Donald Trump is in town today for a campaign event at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will open to the public at 5 p.m., with Trump expected to take the stage at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but guests... more »
  • State economist: La. entering recession Play Video

    February 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The economic outlook of the state took a dramatic, somber turn Wednesday morning when revenue estimators met at the capitol. The deficit for the current fiscal year grew to almost $1 billion. It had hovered around $750 million until Wednesday. The fiscal year ends at the... more »
  • Trump, Sanders look to emerge from New Hampshire with wins

    February 9, 2016 4:08 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire's primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders' pursuit of their parties' nomination. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in... more »
  • Plans for reopening Istrouma to be released Wednesday

    February 8, 2016 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Future plans for Istrouma High School will be discussed at a community meeting Wednesday. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is working to re-open the shuttered high school. After being taken over by the state, it was closed and the campus was recently given back... more »
  • Ahead of special session, governor's site solicits budget ideas from voters

    February 8, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking the advice of a different kind of expert in how to deal with the state's looming budget crisis. Monday, the state posted a special web page soliciting comments from Louisiana citizens. The site provides information on the governor's plan... more »
  • Say it ain't so: Study finds I-10 should be widened, new bridge needed

    February 2, 2016 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gaggle of business executives issued a report on the region's road issues Tuesday, blaming a backlog of projects in part for a lack consensus over its highest priority projects. The analysis by CRISIS - Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions - identified four key... more »
  • Metro councilman shocked many people still go to the library Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A simple item on Wednesday's Metro Council agenda about leasing space for a temporary downtown library turned into a bizarre discussion about how many people visit libraries and the economic differences between people on either side of town. The library board wants to spend $14,583.33 a... more »
  • Edwards passes the abortion buck to Landry

    January 26, 2016 8:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lucrative contracts for outside lawyers handling the state's defense of a law requiring abortion doctors to have certain admitting privileges at area hospitals will be supervised by the State Attorney General. The AG will take responsibility from the Department of Health and Hospitals, which had been... more »
  • Orleans government official wants to rework marijuana laws

    January 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City councilwoman Susan Guidry will try to change how police deal with marijuana possession cases, WWL TV reported Monday. Guidry will ask police be able to issue court summons for subsequent offenses instead of just first-offense. Currently, a summons can be issued for first-time possession offenses.... more »
  • Southern releases midyear budget cut details

    January 25, 2016 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plan released Monday night, Southern said worst-case-scenario budget cuts could effectively close the institution. Because of the dire budget situation in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards has asked state colleges and universities to submit proposals on cutting spending. The state currently faces a $750... more »
  • Ted Cruz says Donald Trump becoming 'rattled' by his gains

    January 18, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON, New Hampshire - Ted Cruz is accusing his Republican rival Donald Trump of exhibiting inconsistent conservativism, suggesting he is not prepared to be president. Cruz accused the billionaire investor of becoming "rattled" and "dismayed" by the Texas senator's gains. The war of words between Cruz and Trump intensified in... more »
  • Democratic candidates speak at King Day rally

    January 18, 2016 2:03 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - All three Democratic presidential candidates are in South Carolina speaking at the state NAACP's rally on the holiday to commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Hillary Clinton was the only candidate Monday to discuss at length the Confederate flag that was removed from the capitol grounds... more »
  • President Obama left the 747 in Washington for his trip to Baton Rouge

    January 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama landed at Baton Rouge Metro Airport ahead of his estimated time of arrival Wednesday evening. Air Force One touched down about 7:42. He flew in a smaller airplane than the typical Boeing 747 famously associated with the Air Force One tag. Instead, he... more »
  • President arrives in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 13, 2016 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Kip Holden welcomed the President to Louisiana shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday. President Obama will stay the night in Baton Rouge. Thursday, he is scheduled to speak at McKinley High School. The president arrived in a modified 757, not... more »
  • Inauguration, Ted Cruz and President Obama put spotlight on Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 11, 2016 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's rare for Louisiana to get such political spotlight that is not involving scandal but this week, three major events put the state and the city of Baton Rouge at the center of politics. Monday, democrats and republicans were cross-town rivals. First, Governor John Bel Edwards,... more »
  • City council appoints replacement for Matassa's seat

    January 11, 2016 9:35 PM

    GONZALES - The city council here appointed David Guitreau to fill the rest of former councilman Kenny Matassa's term. Matassa was elected parish president in December. He had to resign from the council to run the parish. The vote Monday night is the second time Guitreau, a contractor,... more »
  • On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

    December 25, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - In their fight against Republicans who call for a war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush. President Barack Obama is citing his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West.... more »
  • Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race

    December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job. The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian... more »
  • Culprit destroying signs of Baker police chief candidate Play Video

    December 18, 2015 5:50 PM

    BAKER - More than $2000 in political funding is down the drain for Darryl Rainwater, who's running for the chief of police in Baker. An unknown culprit, or culprits has started damaging campaign signs at the beginning of this month and Rainwater told News 2 it's costing him money. The... more »
  • Lawsuit filed to block removal of Confederate monuments

    December 17, 2015 10:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four hours after the mayor signed a city ordinance into law that removes Confederate monuments, a lawsuit was filed to block the removal. The Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Monumental Task Committee and Beauregard Camp No. 130 challenged the city council's vote to remove... more »
  • Amid controversy, planning leaders approve piece of new development

    December 17, 2015 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL - The city planning and zoning commission approved lot sizes and other matters related to the development of a mixed-use community Thursday evening. The group had a concern over lot sizes, but ended up approving the plan. Next, the city council will make the final decision. Project... more »
  • Bobby Jindal speaking at Press Club Monday

    December 14, 2015 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is making a few public appearances during his last few weeks in office. On Monday he'll speak at the Baton Rouge Press Club. Jindal is expected to talk about his time in office over the past eight years and how he believes the state is... more »
  • Former city leader experienced heart attack at fire station

    December 11, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former metro councilman and mayoral candidate Mike Walker is recovering from heart surgery, a spokesperson said in a statement. Walker attributed his recovery to the quick response of first responders at the East Side Fire Department on Old Hammond Highway. In November, Walker was driving near... more »
  • Search warrant issued to check state office in possible malfeasance investigation

    December 10, 2015 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A state investigator searched the office of a former government official Thursday in relation to possible malfeasance in office. The WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained the search warrant signed by 19th JDC Judge Beau Higginbotham. The order g a ve a criminal investigator with the Louisiana Office... more »
  • Next Baton Rouge mayor will earn more than Kip Holden

    December 9, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The next mayor will earn $175,000 a year each year they are mayor thanks to a raise approved by the Metro Council Wednesday. The pay increase is for a flat, four-year salary. The mayor will not earn any pay raises. Voters in East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Council approves 2016 city budget; funds city's largest police force

    December 8, 2015 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved the mayor's spending plan for next year Tuesday evening. No one voted against the $880 million spending plan that includes significant growth for public safety . The entire budget is about 6% more than the spending plan for 2015. The budget... more »
  • C. Denise Marcelle won't resign council seat in time for special election

    December 2, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said in a phone conversation late Wednesday afternoon, she will not resign from her metro council seat until her term begins in the State House of Representatives, effectively requiring the council to appoint her replacement to city government instead of forcing a special... more »
  • Louisiana presidential primary sign-up period is beginning

    December 2, 2015 4:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The sign-up period for presidential candidates interested in being on Louisiana's March 5 primary ballot is starting. Qualifying for the presidential primary runs from Wednesday through Friday. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he doesn't expect to see any presidential candidates show up in person to sign up... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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