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  • Louisiana mayor cancels all public meetings

    August 12, 2017 2:03 PM

    CLARENCE - The mayor of a Louisiana town is canceling public meetings of city officials in a possible violation of state law. Mayor Tommy Evans of the Village of Clarence informed the three-member board of alderman in a letter Wednesday that all meetings are canceled until further notice.... more »
  • Denham Springs splash pad remains closed amid reports of skin infection Play Video

    July 6, 2017 1:17 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A splash pad in Denham Springs remains closed to the public amid reports of a skin infection being contracted by children after visiting the location . The Kidz Korner Playland in Denham Springs is closed after reports of children becoming infected with Impetigo, a... more »
  • Ascension Public Schools summer classes, camps canceled for Wednesday

    June 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Public Schools summer classes and camps are canceled for Wednesday, June 21 as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches. All administrative services for Ascension Public Schools shall remain open with 12-month employees reporting to work as scheduled. Any employees who feel they cannot safely travel to or... more »
  • Public input wanted for proposed Plaquemine Riverfront Recreational Trail

    June 19, 2017 2:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Officials are looking for public input on the proposed master plan for the Plaquemine Riverfront Recreational Trail. Two possible plans for the trail landing and river overlook will be shown for public input. The plans also include a stage, terraced seating and other amenities. Plans also... more »
  • Sheriff blocking public records request for jail fight video

    June 18, 2017 12:10 PM

    MCCOMB, Miss. - A Mississippi sheriff is blocking public-records requests for a jail security video, four months after a fight that injured five inmates and sent two to a hospital. The Enterprise-Journal reports the Pike County Sheriff's Department says it is still investigating the Feb. 14 fight. ... more »
  • Public meeting scheduled to discuss possible railroad crossing closures in Plaquemine

    June 9, 2017 2:00 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A public meeting will be held in Plaquemine to discuss the possible closures of some railroad crossings in the area. Currently, between 20 to 30 trains pass through Plaquemine on a daily basis and each must blow their whistles as they pass through the city's railroad crossings,... more »
  • Louisiana K-12 education board tweaks public school formula

    May 11, 2017 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has redrafted its proposal for financing the state's public schools next year. Action Thursday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education came at the request of lawmakers. They wanted two provisions added to the $3.7 billion financing formula proposal for the... more »
  • Deputy superintendent of EBR Parish School District to resign

    May 8, 2017 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School District announced the resignation of its deputy superintendent, Dr. Michelle Clayton, Monday. The announcement came late in the afternoon, along with a statement from Superintendent Warren Drake. "On a personal level, Michelle and I have worked together for over... more »
  • House rebuffs corporal punishment ban for Louisiana schools

    May 8, 2017 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's local public school districts still will be allowed to paddle and spank students for misbehavior. The House overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ban corporal punishment in Louisiana's public schools. Only 34 lawmakers Monday voted for the prohibition bill by Rep. Barbara Norton, a Shreveport Democrat. Sixty-one... more »
  • Lafayette council bans smoking in bars

    April 20, 2017 1:19 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has voted to ban smoking in bars, clubs and other public places. Media outlets report the ban passed with a 7-2 vote during a Tuesday night council meeting. The ordinance bans smoking inside, but smokers can light up as long as they're at least... more »
  • 1 dead, 3 wounded in Atlanta transit station shooting

    April 13, 2017 6:00 PM

    ATLANTA - A spokesman for Atlanta's public transit system says one person is dead after a multiple shooting. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spokesman Erik Burton tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that four people were shot Thursday afternoon at the West Lake MARTA station and one of them has died. Burton... more »
  • Authorities dispel threats at Denham Springs school

    April 11, 2017 5:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Livingston Parish Public School System responded to reported threats at a local school Tuesday. On Monday, several students and parents reported possible threats directed at the school on social media. The school system released a statement Tuesday saying that... more »
  • On Louisiana's public schools' fees, report urges caution

    March 5, 2017 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public school districts charge fees for everything from uniforms and school supplies to lockers and parking. A new report prepared for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education urges districts to use "extreme caution" in enacting such fees in a state where many students come from... more »
  • Study: Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than needed

    February 25, 2017 12:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study released by the American Bar Association says Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than it needs to effectively represent poor people caught up in the criminal justice system. The study was released this month against a backdrop of recurring litigation and public debate over the... more »
  • Institute outlines challenges still facing Orleans schools

    February 15, 2017 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A think tank studying New Orleans public schools says the city's school board faces challenges as it prepares to take back governance of close to 50 schools from the state. All of those schools are now operated by independent charter organizations. And Tulane University's Cowen Institute says... more »
  • Justice Department reaches agreement to desegregate St. James schools

    January 31, 2017 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the St. James Parish School District that will end court supervision of the district’s schools. The consent order, approved Monday by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, addresses all remaining issues in the school... more »
  • Ascension public schools delay installation of temporary buildings

    January 31, 2017 10:51 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Weather delays have officially pushed back Ascension Parish public schools' plans for temporary buildings. The buildings were intended to help schools cope with heavy flooding that occurred in 2016. According to Supertintendent David Alexander, the buildings originally slated for installation on Feb. 3, 2017 were delayed... more »
  • Public school report cards under renewed scrutiny by panel

    December 6, 2016 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An influential state panel is spending time wrestling with how to change public school report cards, including the all-important issue of rewarding annual academic gains. The effort is part of the state's plan to revamp public school policies to comply with a 2015 federal law called the... more »
  • State: School evaluation tools needs improvement

    November 17, 2016 9:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials say the latest performance scores for public schools and public school districts show improvements in "nearly every measure of academic progress." However, the state Education Department says in a Thursday news release that the school performance grading system needs improvement. It says, for instance,... more »
  • Three companies selected to manage BR downtown parking

    November 8, 2016 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor Holden announced on Tuesday that three companies have been selected to manage the City-Parish public parking downtown. The companies will help improve street and garage parking by providing better facility management, customer service and security along with modernizing the downtown parking system, according to City-Parish... more »
  • Investigative Unit captures public equipment doing private jobs Play Video

    October 27, 2016 5:25 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Freshly cut grass and nicely manicured parking lots are things you'd expect on public property. But, you don't expect your tax dollars to pay to maintain private property. Our cameras captured that happening in the quaint town of St. Francisville. It has been going on for decades... more »
  • USS Kidd Veterans Museum reopens Saturday following flood

    September 15, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The USS Kidd Veterans Museum will reopen to the general public on Saturday for the first time since last month's flood. The veteran's museum sustained the flood without any damage. However, the evacuation shelter that was set up across the street at the Baton Rouge River Center... more »
  • Public input meetings for phase 2 of Green Light Plan start next week

    August 25, 2016 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Some of the public meetings set to discuss the next phase of the Green Light Plan are set to start next week. The proposed next phase of Mayor Holden's Green Light Plan call for a parish-wide 5-mill property tax over 30 years to fund an estimated... more »
  • CATS to hold public meeting on bus crash

    April 15, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Capital Area Transit System will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss safety issues in the wake of Thursday's bus crash. That crash sent three people to the hospital after a city bus hit a SUV and then crashed into a house near the intersection of Acadian Thruway... more »
  • Livingston council announces public hearing for term limits, gravel pits

    April 15, 2016 12:24 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council made headway on a pair of items at a meeting Thursday night that have been in the works for months. The council briefly discussed and set a date for a public hearing about administering term limits for themselves. Voters replaced the entire council last... more »
  • Jimmy Carter to discuss cancer diagnosis publicly

    August 20, 2015 8:20 AM

    ATLANTA- Former President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis for the first time since announcing his illness. Carter is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning in Atlanta. The event is closed to the public. The 90-year-old announced this month that recent liver surgery found cancer... more »
  • Body cameras deployed for Plaquemine police Play Video

    August 7, 2015 6:48 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Police officers in Plaquemine are now required to wear body cameras while on patrol, and the cameras started hitting the streets this week. Officers started wearing the devices Monday. Police Chief Kenneth Payne said it's already proving to be beneficial. "Body cameras just make sense. They... more »
  • Hepatitis increasingly goes hand in hand with heroin abuse

    August 7, 2015 11:40 AM

    MACHIAS, Maine - Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to catch up with a dramatic rise in hepatitis C they believe stems, at least in part, from growing heroin use. Hepatitis C affects about 3 million Americans. The number of acute cases grew by more than... more »
  • Public safety concerns after Lafayette shooting Play Video

    July 27, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge are beefing up security in the wake of the tragedy in Lafayette. Officials are encouraging the public to let this tragedy open their eyes to possible dangers around them. Two people were killed and nine others were injured when a gunman... more »
  • USS Kidd embarks on fundraising effort

    July 13, 2015 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Struggling to stay afloat financially, the USS Kidd has embarked on a fundraising effort selling what officials describe as "unique war bonds" to the public. Executive Director Alex Juan says the Louisiana Naval War Memorial, which includes the World War II-era destroyer ship USS Kidd, is at no... more »
  • Florida man faces sentencing for having sex on the beach

    July 6, 2015 9:19 AM

    BRADENTON, FL.- A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families will soon learn how long he must spend in prison. Jose Caballero is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. He faces a possible 15 years in prison, but prosecutors say they will seek 2.5 years.... more »
  • Media wants Benson trial to be public

    May 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More people are getting involved in Tom Benson's legal battle. ESPN and other media outlets are saying the trial should be open to the public. Earlier this month a judge ruled the trial would be closed. Now, the media is asking to have that decision... more »
  • Contractors help with delayed storm debris pick up Play Video

    May 11, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works has activated its storm debris removal contractor after delays to pick up storm debris. It's been two weeks since a severe storm blasted through the area, but storm debris still seems be sitting on the sides of the road in most... more »
  • Baton Rouge school board, superintendent work out contract

    May 7, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Warren Drake and East Baton Rouge Parish School Board leaders say they have worked out a deal to allow the former Zachary superintendent to take the helm of the second-largest public school system in Louisiana. Drake's proposed employment contract is on Thursday's agenda for a School Board meeting.... more »
  • National Charter Schools Week Play Video

    May 6, 2015 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- May 3rd through May 9th is National Charter Schools Week, giving charter schools throughout the country the chance to become more prominent and highlight their success. In Louisiana there are over 134 schools serving over 70,000 students. This morning, State Representative, Steve Carter, and Sarah Broome stopped... more »
  • New Louisiana public school student ID system developed

    May 5, 2015 5:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school students will soon be assigned new student identification numbers. The state education department says the Louisiana Secure Student ID system required under state law has been developed. Agency spokesman Barry Landry says the department is working with school districts to test the new system and regional... more »
  • Public talks budget at the Capitol

    April 15, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Discussions on the budget will continue at the capitol today as day three of the legislative session gets underway. Several education items are also on the senate committee's agenda. Yesterday, the public got a chance to weigh in on the current financial fiasco that's facing the state.... more »
  • Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers

    April 14, 2015 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care services are urging lawmakers to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget. Parents of disabled children on waiting lists for at-home care, leaders of community clinics that rely on state financing and hospitals... more »
  • Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking's effects

    February 23, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - America's biggest tobacco companies say they're ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they won't go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars. In 2006, a federal judge... more »
  • Gap between public and scientists

    January 29, 2015 8:12 PM

    WASHINGTON- Scientists and the public in the U.S. are miles apart on issues about science. Almost all the scientists polled say its a problem we don't know what they are talking about. The researchers say they are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power... more »
  • Report: BR parents rather private school over public than most cities

    August 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national report released this week listed the Capital City as the fourth-largest percentage of private school enrollment. New Orleans topped the list and was followed by Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA, and then Louisiana's capital. According to data, 19.1% of students attend a private school here.... more »
  • Louisiana schools go smoke-free Friday

    July 31, 2014 7:03 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - Starting Friday, public colleges and universities in Louisiana will be required to make their campuses smoke-free. Several schools have taken a step beyond that, making their campuses tobacco-free as well, including all of Central Louisiana's colleges and universities. Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Louisiana State University of Alexandria... more »
  • White finishes statement, Holden to render decision Play Video

    February 18, 2013 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dwayne White has finished his testimony at a special hearing into his future. Mayor-President Kip Holden said he would have a decision in the matter in about ten minutes. White testified for more than an hour telling Holden he and the police department had... more »

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