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  • Mayor: power will be restored in Donaldsonville by tonight Play Video

    February 8, 2017 8:04 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE –Crews in Donaldsonville worked through the night to restore power and clear streets for Wednesday morning. Entergy reports that more than 800 customers are still without power in Ascension Parish. Those without power are concentrated in the Donaldsonville area, where the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touchdown... more »
  • Lineman killed in Oklahoma Panhandle was Louisiana man

    January 25, 2017 4:25 PM

    BEAVER, Okla. - A power company lineman who was killed while working to restore power in the Oklahoma Panhandle was a Louisiana man. Echo Powerline says 30-year-old employee Nathan Evans of Sarepta, Louisiana, was electrocuted Sunday while helping restore electricity in Beaver County after the area was hit hard by... more »
  • Grace period for flood victim utility disconnections will soon end Play Video

    January 18, 2017 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of residents exempt from utility disconnection following August's historic flooding will soon lose that exemption. Starting on March 1, the Louisiana Public Service Commission's plan to get money owed to utilities will go into effect. In 17 disaster parishes, people benefited from an executive... more »
  • Garbage truck strikes power line, causes outages in Denham Springs

    January 16, 2017 5:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – First responders assisted a garbage truck driver who struck a power line on Monday afternoon. The truck hit a power line in the 24000 block of Homestead Drive in Denham Springs and caused some downed lines. The District 5 fire chief confirmed to WBRZ that units... more »
  • Storm causes flight cancellations, power outages

    January 7, 2017 9:18 AM

    DURHAM, N.C. - A snow storm in the South is causing airline cancellations and power outages. Duke Energy said early Saturday there were about 14,000 outages in the Carolinas. That includes about 3,000 in the county surrounding Charlotte and more than 4,000 in neighboring Union County. Raleigh-Durham International Airport said... more »
  • DEMCO: Felicianas will have power restored Wednesday night Play Video

    January 4, 2017 8:33 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Work crews lined both sides of State Highway 66 near Bayou Sara Wednesday evening repairing broken power lines strung through dense forests. It's the third day of repairs from Monday's windstorm that at one point left tens of thousands in the dark. "The lines that we serve... more »
  • 1,300 West Feliciana residents still without power following Monday's storms

    January 4, 2017 1:49 PM

    WEST FELICIANA – Residents in West Feliciana Parish are still without power on Wednesday following Monday's severe weather. The Demco outage map shows more than 1,300 customers are still without power as of noon Wednesday. Demco told WBRZ that the damage to the area caused from the storms was... more »
  • Power restored to most following outage to 4,000 residents

    January 2, 2017 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE – According to Entergy, power has been restored to most after thousands of residents were out of power on Monday morning. The Entergy power outage map showed that about 4,460 residents were without power from Industriplex Boulevard near the Airline/Jefferson area to Highland Road. Additionally, residents in... more »
  • Fake news story sets off Israel-Pakistan Twitter clash

    December 25, 2016 1:21 PM

    JERUSALEM - A fake news story has touched off a tense Twitter confrontation between nuclear power Pakistan and Israel, which is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal of its own. In an apparent response to a story claiming Israel's former defense minister threatened a nuclear attack against Pakistan if... more »
  • Some Entergy Louisiana customers to receive January refund

    December 21, 2016 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some customers of a major Louisiana utility will see a refund in their January electricity bills. Entergy Louisiana says in a news release that refunds totaling $70 million will go to customers in 40 parishes. It's the result of an agreement approved Wednesday by the Louisiana Public... more »
  • Vegas Strip resort closed, guests evacuated after power outage

    November 3, 2016 9:30 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A hotel official says the darkened Paris Las Vegas resort could remain closed overnight, displacing thousands of guests and gamblers, while work crews repair its damaged main power line. Caesars Entertainment Corp. spokesman Rich Broome says authorities decided at nightfall Thursday that it was getting too late... more »
  • New Tennessee reactor becomes nation's first of 21st century

    October 21, 2016 11:45 AM

    SPRING CITY, Tenn. - A Tennessee reactor is now complete, making it the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century. News outlets report the Tennessee Valley Authority on Wednesday morning officially declared the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant operational after more than... more »
  • More than 1 million without power in Florida

    October 7, 2016 4:16 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The steady march of Hurricane Matthew has left more than 1 million customers in Florida without power. State officials released updated totals on Friday that showed that the powerful Category 3 storm had knocked out electricity over a wide stretch of the state's eastern coast. Most... more »
  • Thousands still without power Wednesday

    August 17, 2016 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Thousands are still without power Wednesday after storms and historic flooding downed powerlines and damaged substations. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 11,000 Entergy customers and 5,300 DEMCO meters are without power. The vast majority of customers without power are in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and... more »
  • 9,500 may lose power if waters rise at Gonzales substation

    August 16, 2016 8:39 PM

    GONZALES – Entergy officials say that about 9,500 customers may lose power if waters continue to rise at the Gonzales substation. Entergy is asking customers to be prepared in case the substation needs to be shut off. The boundaries of the customers that could potentially affected are from Black Bayou... more »
  • Thousands without power as high water threatens equipment

    August 15, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More 16,000 Entergy customers and 22,000 DEMCO meters are without power Monday as crews work across central Louisiana to restore power. Entergy Louisiana crews expect to restore power to all customers that can accept it by Monday night, however floodwater is continuing to hinder restoration efforts... more »
  • Power back on in Plaquemine after planned power outages Play Video

    August 4, 2016 11:51 PM

    IBERVILLE - The power is back on in Plaquemine after repairs to an Entergy substation were completed overnight. The power was expected to be out from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., but many residents saw unplanned outages in advance of the planned work due to severe weather earlier in... more »
  • Power restored for 1,700 residents

    July 29, 2016 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A crash on Airline Highway at Greenwell Street left 1,700 people without power Friday morning. A vehicle hit a power line at around 5 a.m. Baton Rouge Police Department said the injuries from this accident are non life-threating. According to Entergy, power was restored to... more »
  • Thousands without power as afternoon storm passes

    July 13, 2016 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Thousands of people are without power Wednesday afternoon after a small thunderstorm brought heavy rains and lightning to the Baton Rouge area. According to Entergy, more than 5,500 people are without power in East Baton Rouge Parish. As of 5:45 p.m., outages include areas south of... more »
  • Police warn of scam involving fake Entergy representatives

    June 21, 2016 9:17 PM

    WALKER - Police in Walker are warning residents of a reported scam in the area where a 1-800 number contacts Entergy customers and tells them their balance is past due. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the caller informs the resident that the owe between $900... more »
  • Part of North St. closed after car knocks over light pole

    May 17, 2016 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - North Street is closed to traffic at N. 30th St. following a crash involving a car and a power pole. #BREAKING North St closed because of nasty wreck involving car and a power pole. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/n0LcabLFrf — BrettBuffingtonWBRZ (@BrettBuffington) May 18, 2016 ... more »
  • City says it can't afford to save or condemn Brandywine Play Video

    May 6, 2016 10:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents at the derelict Brandywine Apartment complex are on day 3 without power . The Investigative Unit has learned the power may never be turned back on, and the water could be turned off soon too. The conditions at Brandywine are almost unlivable. People living in... more »
  • Power shut off at Brandywine complex because of overdue payments Play Video

    May 5, 2016 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Entergy says power has been shut off to the Brandywine apartment complex because of overdue payments totaling more than $60,000. News 2 began asking questions after receiving calls from several concerned residents claiming they hadn't had electricity since Wednesday morning. They're concerned about... more »
  • Entergy 1Q adjusted profit tops analysts' estimates

    April 26, 2016 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Entergy's first-quarter adjusted profit topped analysts' expectations and it reaffirmed its full-year profit outlook. The power company earned $235.2 million, or $1.28 per share, for the quarter. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.35 per share. That easily topped the $1.17 per share that analysts... more »
  • Solar plane's Pacific crossing going smoothly

    April 23, 2016 3:34 PM

    A solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey has traveled 80 percent of the way from Hawaii to California. The project's website says the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is 48 hours into a three-day flight over the Pacific. The aircraft's destination on this leg of the journey is Mountain View, California,... more »
  • 'Special inspection' underway at River Bend power plant

    February 9, 2016 12:15 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced they've begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Jan. 9th. According to a press released issued Monday, a lightning strike caused a "momentary surge" at the plant's offsite power... more »
  • Broadway's back; power's still out for thousands in South

    January 24, 2016 2:43 PM

    Broadway turned the stage lights back on, rail service was expected to resume in New York, and emergency travel bans were lifted Sunday in Washington, D.C., and Maryland following a historic snowstorm that dumped 2 feet or more on some major cities. But thousands were still without power in the... more »
  • Winds in Walker overturn truck, down power lines

    December 28, 2015 12:41 PM

    WALKER - Viewers in Walker reported several types of wind damage in connection with Sunday night’s bout of severe weather. Trucks and trailers were overturned near CEI on Florida Blvd in Walker. An worker for the transportation company also observed other storm damage, mostly from winds, to bay doors... more »
  • Space station suffers short circuit, power system degraded

    November 16, 2015 2:09 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The International Space Station has taken a power hit, and spacewalking repairs may be needed. First, though, a replacement part must be delivered via rocket. NASA said Monday the six astronauts were left with one less power channel Friday. A short circuit in equipment on... more »
  • Power outage to end charter school classes early

    November 5, 2015 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Administrators at a Baton Rouge charter school said a power outage forced them to end classes early and call parents to pick up their children Thursday. Director Diana Haynes of JK Haynes Elementary said the outage was expected to last through the rest of the school... more »
  • Nearly 4,000 homes in the dark after storms

    October 25, 2015 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As of Monday morning nearly 4,000 homes people were in the dark around southern Louisiana due to bad storms. Entergy said more than 1,800 homes lost power in East Baton Rouge Parish as of Monday morning, with most of those outages along Perkins Road between Bluebonnet... more »
  • Poll: Americans concerned most over China's economic power

    September 9, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new survey finds that China's economic muscle remains a more serious concern for Americans than security threats posed by cyber attacks and the Asian nation's growing military power. The survey was released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center ahead of a U.S. state visit this month by... more »
  • Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

    August 24, 2015 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama wants to give Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president is traveling to Las Vegas on Monday to attend a clean energy conference. He'll announce new efforts to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy... more »
  • Air pollution settlement pays for Ascension Parish solar panels Play Video

    August 5, 2015 6:33 PM

    GONZALES - Energy company NRG spent over $1 million on an Ascension Parish solar project as part of an air pollution settlement. More than 1,000 solar panels were installed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Complex. The facility houses a number of parish government offices with 150 employees. The solar panels... more »
  • Zachary loses power in storm

    July 1, 2015 4:23 PM

    ZACHARY - Strong weather knocked out power to almost the entire population of Zachary Wednesday afternoon. Entergy reported more than 6,700 people in East Baton Rouge Parish were in the dark around 3:15 p.m., with virtually all those outages in Zachary. Strong weather has caused traffic delays and... more »
  • Landlords file sewage claims with city of Baton Rouge Play Video

    June 25, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four apartment owners whose sewer lines were backed up in April are waiting for a settlement from the city of Baton Rouge to cover the damage it caused, a situation that's also causing red ink to overflow in the city's budget. Since 2006 the city-parish has... more »
  • Line of thunderstorms brings rain, high winds to Louisiana Play Video

    May 26, 2015 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A line of thunderstorms brought heavy rain and gusting winds through southeastern Louisiana Monday night. The storms that passed through didn't do much damage in the Baton Rouge area, but left a lot of standing water on the roads early this morning. Some houses did lose power.... more »
  • Utility companies learning from April storm Play Video

    May 13, 2015 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Utility companies explained what they learned from last month's storms to the Louisiana Public Service Commission Wednesday. The Public Service Commission oversees utility companies. Both Entergy and DEMCO had about 60,000 outages each when heavy wind and rain hit the Baton Rouge region on April 27.... more »
  • Public Service Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday

    May 13, 2015 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Public Service Commission will meet this morning to look for answers on why thousands of people were left in the dark during the storms two weeks ago. More than 30,000 people in Baton Rouge were without electricity 12 hours after the storms hit. Weather experts... more »
  • Regulators want to know about storm power outage, meeting set for Wednesday

    May 12, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday, the Public Service Commission will discuss with power suppliers issues associated with the April 27th storm that knocked out power to thousands of people across the region. In the city of Baton Rouge, some Entergy customers did not get power restored until four days after... more »
  • Storm recovery to continue in Assumption this weekend

    May 1, 2015 1:30 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Entergy reports there are about 148 customers still without electricity in Assumption Parish as power restoration and debris pickup efforts stretch into the weekend following Monday's heavy rains and high winds in one of the hardest hit areas of the state. Parish officials say utility crews have... more »
  • Power restored to schools, all EBR public students return Thursday

    April 29, 2015 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System campuses will open for class Thursday. A spokesperson for the district said power was restored to all campuses Wednesday, allowing administrators to ready buildings for students Thursday. All students should report to their regularly scheduled classes Thursday morning.... more »
  • Hardest hit areas without power could be restored by 11 p.m.

    April 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The hardest hit areas still without power after Monday's storms slammed East Baton Rouge will likely have power by 11 p.m. Wednesday. Entergy updated its website to show anticipated times when power will be restored. Some areas were listed as 10 p.m., others were at 11... more »
  • Residents, schools still dealing with storm effects

    April 29, 2015 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The effects of Monday's severe weather is still lingering. Today, thousands of residents across the Baton Rouge area are still without power. Groups are working to restore power throughout the area, but it's a slow process. Entergy has announced it's bringing in linemen from out-of-town to help... more »
  • Power cancels classes at some EBR schools again Wednesday

    April 28, 2015 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prolonged power outages will keep nine East Baton Rouge Parish public schools closed Wednesday. The school system announced late Tuesday that Belfair Elementary, Buchanan Elementary, Westminister Elementary, Keel Center, McKinley High, Southdowns, Glasgow Middle, and Melrose Elementary will not open Wednesday for classes. All other... more »
  • Since all schools have power, classes resume in Iberville Wednesday

    April 28, 2015 10:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Students in Iberville Parish will return to school as scheduled Wednesday. The superintendent said Tuesday, all facilities had power restored and classes would resume. Some schools were closed Tuesday because power was out following a day of severe weather. As of this post, only about 1500... more »
  • Entergy customers still without power

    April 28, 2015 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy says about 90 percent of its Louisiana customers impacted by Monday morning's bout of severe storms will have power restored by Tuesday night. Nearly all others can expect to have their electricity back on by Wednesday. Entergy spokesperson Will Johnson III says a crew of... more »
  • Red Cross shelter in Assumption Parish Play Video

    April 28, 2015 9:02 AM

    ASSUMPTION- Severe weather across the Baton Rouge area left many houses in Assumption Parish without power. Due to the extensive power outages, Red Cross opened a shelter at the Belle Rose Middle School last night. Governor Jindal has declared a state of emergency for Assumption Parish, with the biggest... more »
  • Cleanup underway from Monday's severe weather

    April 28, 2015 7:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Power company workers continue to restore electricity to homes and businesses across southeast Louisiana that lost power during Monday's severe weather. Entergy says 5,000 customers in New Orleans and 9,000 customers in Jefferson Parish remain without power Tuesday. Over 100,000 last power during the storms. High winds downed... more »
  • Numerous schools closed Tuesday, due to damages

    April 27, 2015 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sixteen East Baton Rouge School System public schools will be closed Tuesday, the system announced late Monday. The severe weather throughout the area has caused mass power outages, most of which are still being attended to. Here are the schools that are closed: Assumption Parish •... more »
  • Storm snaps trees, knocks out power in West Feliciana Play Video

    April 27, 2015 5:46 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A few hundred people are still without power in West Feliciana Parish after storms rolled through the area Monday morning. As the storm made its way through the parish some residents took shelter only to find that debris trapped them inside their neighborhood without power. A... more »
  • Power outages remain widespread following Monday storms Play Video

    April 27, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people will spend Monday night in the dark after strong storms knocked down trees and power lines across the capital area. Some people were warned, services may not be restored until Wednesday. Additional severe weather systems hindered the repair effort after following Monday morning's... more »
  • Regulators to discuss nuclear power plant

    April 1, 2015 10:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting for people to learn about issues with the area's nuclear power plant, River Bend. Inspectors have been at the plant recently for incidents relating to two unplanned shutdowns and a security violation. The NRC calls the meeting... more »
  • Obama open to changes to military authority against ISIS

    February 23, 2015 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on many elements of his request for war powers against Islamic State militants. That includes his proposed three-year limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops. But the White House says... more »
  • At least 18 killed in accident involving Carnival float, power line

    February 17, 2015 3:59 AM

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - At least 18 people on a packed Carnival float in Haiti's capital have been electrocuted by a power line. The accident occurred as thousands filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration. People at the scene say someone on the float used a pole... more »
  • Nuclear plant shutdown report due in 45 days

    January 30, 2015 10:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will likely leave the Entergy nuclear power plant here Saturday after spending a week investigating an unplanned reactor shutdown. The incident happened on December 25th but was made public Monday. Friday, a spokesperson said regulators had concluded their on-site visit... more »
  • Entergy customers brace for possible bill increase

    December 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher Entergy bills might be coming to a mailbox near you as the company sets to meet the demands of Louisiana's booming industrial renaissance. Entergy is looking at ways to create more power for the state. New plants and plant expansions need more electricity and new... more »
  • West Monroe rocked by severe thunderstorms

    October 13, 2014 1:07 PM

    MONROE - Strong thunderstorms moved through northeast Louisiana Monday morning and caused significant damage in West Monroe. MyArkLaMIss.com reported several tornado warnings were issued in the area throughout the morning, and strong winds caused widespread outages that left more than 39,000 people in the dark in Ouachita Parish. ... more »
  • Solar panels to save expo center money Play Video

    July 29, 2014 5:41 PM

    GONZALES - Lamar Dixon Expo Center will soon have more than 1,000 solar panels pumping energy into the facility. The panels are part of a $1.5 million grant that will allow Ascension Parish to cut costs at the expo center. "It's the perfect application in the perfect location,"... more »
  • Several dead, 70K without power after upstate NY storms

    July 9, 2014 5:28 AM

    SMITHFIELD, N.Y.- Officials in central New York say four people are dead, numerous homes are destroyed or damaged and more than 70,000 utility customers are without power after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region. The Madison County Sheriff's Office says the deaths occurred in the rural town of Smithfield, between... more »
  • Hurricane Arthur weakens to a Category 1 storm

    July 4, 2014 8:13 AM

    KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Hurricane Arthur has weakened to Category 1 storm in the Atlantic after bringing flooding and power outages to North Carolina's Outer Banks overnight. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Arthur's maximum sustained winds have decreased to 90 mph with additional weakening expected. Meanwhile, a new... more »
  • Woman says neighbor stole her electricity Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman living in North Baton Rouge says she's the victim of electricity fraud. Michelle Williams owes more than $1,000 to Entergy. Bills she can't pay because of her fixed income. "Stressed and depressed. That about sums it up, stressed and depressed," she said about... more »
  • Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

    June 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    NEW YORK - Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal, or that produce power-saving technology, are likely to benefit from the Obama Administration's new proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Natural gas producers, nuclear generators, wind farm operators, solar panel makers and efficiency technology... more »
  • Legislators set to discuss school board changes

    May 28, 2014 6:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A heated debate is expected at the capitol today, as lawmakers discuss changes to how the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board operates. A bill on the table would take power away from the superintendent and give it to the principals. They would be given authority... more »
  • Power outages across the area

    May 28, 2014 6:09 AM

    Storms overnight Tuesday have knocked out power for some residents in the area. Power has been restored to most residents who had lost it in Livingston and Tangipahoa Parish. Here are the combined outage numbers for Entergy and Demco are still reporting roughly 1,700 outage in East Baton... more »
  • NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

    April 24, 2014 2:58 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS- The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization. The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what... more »
  • Power back on in Baton Rouge after mass outage Play Video

    April 23, 2014 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Power is back on for nearly 30,000 people in Baton Rouge after a widespread outage Wednesday night. Entergy blamed the mass power outage on equipment failure in a news release Wednesday evening. The two-line synopsis of what happened came about two hours after services spiraled off... more »

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