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  • NOLA tourism pays LSP $2.5 million for added patrols check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 12, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a busy tourism season, city leaders in New Orleans are dolling out cash for extra protection. The tourism industry is paying state police $2.5 million to stick around long after the last beads fall. Superintendent Mike Edmonson says troopers are carefully selected from... more »
  • Feds impose new rules to protect Bluefin tuna

    December 1, 2014 4:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing. On Monday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules, which affect commercial fishing vessels and take effect in January.... more »
  • Ascension Parish gets more flood protection

    November 24, 2014 6:50 PM

    GALVEZ - Officials in Ascension Parish opened their latest addition of flood protection on the Henderson Bayou just south of Lake Villar. The flood gate will keep back water from the Amite river from flowing into Henderson Bayou and flooding homes in the Lower Galvez area. "It's right... more »
  • BR company producing Ebola protective gear Play Video

    October 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Convergence Equity, LLC, a company based out of Baton Rouge, is teaming up with medical supply partners to produce thousands of vital protective suits used in treating and dealing with patients infected by the deadly Ebola virus. The company is currently ramping up production of the bright... more »
  • Nonprofit gives up on saving sinking cemetery

    October 28, 2014 3:03 PM

    LEEVILLE - A nonprofit has given up its proposal to protect the little that remains of a nearly submerged cemetery in Leeville. Launch Leeville wanted to build a 280-foot-long bulkhead between what's left of Lefort Cemetery and the intersection of Bayou Lafourche and the Southeast Canal. Director Janet Rhodus tells... more »
  • Too close for comfort

    October 23, 2014 7:48 PM

    LONDON- A police officer assigned to the Royal Protection Unit at Buckingham Palace was arrested after ammunition was found in personal lockers on the grounds of the palace. The ammo is thought to have come from Metropolitan Police supplies. The officer is suspended from duty and is being... more »
  • Giffords to begin 9-state tour on women, guns

    October 14, 2014 12:16 PM

    AUGUSTA, ME - Gabby Giffords has launched a nine-state tour to promote tougher gun laws that she says will help protect women and families. The former Arizona congresswoman urged law enforcement officials and domestic violence advocates in Maine on Tuesday to help her bring about change, saying "We can lead... more »
  • 'Undercover' nail polish protects against date rape check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:20 AM

    Women have a new weapon to protect themselves from date rape: nail polish. Four North Carolina State University students are developing a polish that can detect drugs associated with date rape. When dipped in a drink, the polish will change colors if the drink is laced. Once the product... more »
  • EPA discussing use of popular weed killer

    August 13, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it. Critics say more study is needed on the effects of... more »
  • Jindal signs bills to crack down on sex trafficking

    June 9, 2014 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed four bills into law on Monday that would help protect sex trafficking victims, and creates a new crime targeting people who purchase such services. HB 1025 permits the court to seize the personal property directly used in connection with sex trafficking and... more »
  • La. House rejects eviction protection bill

    May 29, 2014 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House rejected a proposal to give domestic violence victims new protections from eviction in Louisiana, amid concerns it would take away landlords' rights and lead to lawsuits. The Senate had unanimously passed the anti-discrimination measure (Senate Bill 233) by Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton... more »
  • Study: Coastal plan would create jobs, grow economy

    March 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study says funding the state's 50 year plan for coastal protection would create 109,000 to 212,000 jobs and help grow the economy. The study by economist and former University of New Orleans president Timothy Ryan, was commissioned by Restore Louisiana Now. That group was formed... more »
  • Councilman: let there be light

    December 6, 2013 9:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There is a push to get more lights around the LSU lakes after a series of attacks in the neighborhood. Metro Councilman John Delgado believes the running path is not lit well enough and wants action taken. He believe the light issue is unsafe. There have... more »
  • Even in shutdown, Corps still plans to talk Ascension levees Wed.

    October 1, 2013 10:27 PM

    GONZALES- The government shutdown will not cancel a planned meeting to talk about levee protection in Ascension Parish. The Army Corps of Engineers will meet with residents Wednesday night at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The federal delegation will discuss design plans for a new levee system. Ascension... more »
  • Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit

    August 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies. The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the... more »
  • Corps flood plans leave out Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish. The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate... more »
  • Teacher's union calls for collaboration over Act 1

    August 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators called today for Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White to work with them over a teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional by two state judges this year. LAE leaders said they they will continue to push for policies... more »
  • Experts discuss Louisiana "stand your ground" law check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 15, 2013 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Talk of the "stand your ground" law has made its way to Baton Rouge. A local group called "Leaders with Vision" hosted a public forum which focused on Louisiana's version of the law. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, along with District Attorney Hillar Moore, an... more »
  • Oil and gas industry will fight coastal protection lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 12:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials in the oil and gas industry say they will vigorously defend against a lawsuit accusing companies of damaging hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against hurricane flooding. A statement from Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas... more »
  • Pope encourages protection of children from abuse

    May 5, 2013 10:31 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is calling for courageous defense of children to protect them from abuse. Francis made no mention of the church scandals in many countries in which clergy abused children and hierarchy covered up for them. At a Mass he celebrated Sunday in crowded St. Peter's Square,... more »
  • Ascension to get increased flood protection

    March 25, 2013 7:50 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials hope two major drainage projects will provide parish residents with increased flood protection. A floodgate, which will help alleviate backwater flooding from the Amite River, is expected to be finished next spring, while a sixth pump at Marvin Braud could go online within the next... more »
  • Body not yet ID'd as Dorner, so protection continues

    February 13, 2013 4:14 PM

    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. - Police said protection for people threatened by former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner will continue, even though Dorner is believed dead after a confrontation with police at a mountain cabin. Otherwise, Los Angeles police say they've returned to normal patrol operations. Coroners... more »
  • Turtle protection device plans shelved by NOAA

    November 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials are scrapping a proposed rule that would have forced shrimpers to install devices on their nets to save endangered sea turtles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing plans to require "turtle excluder devices" for small fishing operations that... more »
  • White: 4 districts violating anti-seniority law

    October 18, 2012 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says four school districts are not complying with a law forbidding seniority-based teacher layoffs. But officials with those districts - St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion and St. Bernard - say their systems comply with the law, by giving seniority a low priority... more »
  • Piccadilly files for bankruptcy protection

    September 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge-based restaurant chain Piccadilly's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. According to The Advocate, Piccadilly Restaurants LLC said the filing was to head off "an aggressive legal maneuver" by its lender, Atalaya Capital Management. Piccadilly filed for protection in U. S.... more »
  • Federal protection for dwarf seahorse

    May 3, 2012 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The government will study whether the inch-long dwarf seahorse should have federal protection. The seahorse, the smallest of four species found in U.S. waters, lives only in seagrass beds in the Gulf of Mexico. Center for Biological Diversity conservation biologist Tierra Curry says the beds have declined... more »
  • Senators reject bill removing smoker protection

    April 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bid to repeal a law that bans employers from discriminating against smokers has failed to win traction in the Legislature. The repeal, sought by hospitals and health care leaders, was narrowly rejected in a 3-2 vote by the Senate labor committee amid concerns it could lead to... more »
  • Increase in concealed carry permits seen in La.

    April 23, 2012 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of residents in Louisiana are arming themselves to stay safe. Approximately 44,000 people have concealed carry permits in the state. Coming up at six, News 2's Chris Nakamoto takes a look at a recent shooting in Baton Rouge where the victims had concealed carry permits and... more »
  • Santorum exploring Secret Service protection

    February 15, 2012 5:30 AM

    BOISE, Idaho - Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is exploring Secret Service protection following a rowdy rally in Washington state earlier in the week. Santorum says it's "a sad state of affairs," especially after he spent several weeks campaigning in a supporter's pickup truck. But for his family's sake, he... more »
  • Kodak files for bankruptcy protection

    January 19, 2012 6:44 AM

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Photography icon Eastman Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as it seeks to boost its cash position and stay in business. The move comes as the ailing company has failed to find a buyer for its trove of 1,100 digital imaging patents. Kodak... more »
  • Suit filed over turtle excluder devices

    October 13, 2011 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several wildlife protection groups are suing the federal agency that regulates fishing in U.S. waters, claiming the government isn't doing enough to protect endangered sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violates the Endangered... more »
  • Feds ramp up sea turtle protection enforcement

    September 18, 2011 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Since mid-April, federal fisheries agents on the 1,631-mile Gulf Coast have spent almost all their time making sure shrimpers are using equipment designed to let sea turtles swim safely out of shrimp trawls, officials say. Weather permitting, the National Marine Fisheries Services enforcement agents based in Slidell... more »
  • Ex-girlfriend says victim in LSU fight was stalking her

    August 25, 2011 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorney representing four people injured in a fight involving LSU football players said a recently-filed protective order against one of his clients is "irrelevant" to the situation. "The timing and motives behind the filing of this petition for restraining order have to seriously be questioned,"... more »
  • Bill to require ID with credit card purchases fails

    April 26, 2011 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill intended to offer more protection against identity theft while shopping was squashed on the first full day of the legislative session. The bill by Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, would have required people to show identification like a driver's license when making a credit... more »
  • Projected Gulf coastal land loss dramatic

    March 2, 2011 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists and others say that without action to protect and restore Louisiana's coast, the Gulf of Mexico will cover large chunks of coastal parishes in 90 years. America's Wetland Foundation and other sponsors released a report Tuesday from the Deltas 2010 World Dialogues conference, which brought... more »
  • Jindal pushing bills to ease protection for funds

    February 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal will again ask lawmakers to make it easier to tap into protected funds when Louisiana faces a budget shortfall. The governor wants lawmakers to allow dedicated funds that are usually protected to be cut up to 10 percent when the state faces... more »
  • Mobile security cameras could help fight crime

    September 30, 2010 6:17 PM

    The perception of escalating crime in Baton Rouge has entire neighborhoods looking for protection. News 2’s Michael Shingleton found out mobile security cameras could be an option. more »
  • Gulf Oil Spill-Moratorium Fund

    August 2, 2010 11:14 AM

    An estimated 9,000 people could be eligible for grants from a $100 million fund to help struggling oil rig workers that are idle because of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 from rig workers who are... more »
  • More protection efforts requested for La. coast

    April 29, 2010 10:20 PM

    Containment booms are being stretched along Louisiana's coastline to keep oil out of eco-systems and communities. The efforts were caught on tape by News 2 during a flyover with the National Guard Thursday. But Governor Bobby Jindal hopes more help is on the way from the Coast Guard... more »
  • Reorganization to speed coastal aid

    January 12, 2010 7:22 AM

    The new head of the state Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration said he's reorganizing the agency because the state can no longer afford the time it takes to battle through a bureaucracy in dealing with coastal restoration and protection projects. Steve Mathies was hired in August as the office's... more »

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