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  • NAACP to meet with mayor over poster flap

    March 20, 2015 11:27 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The president of the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP is scheduled to meet with the mayor next week following the revealing of a controversial poster for the city's annual strawberry festival. Earlier this week, the poster was unveiled and features two black figures, what appears to be a small... more »
  • Racist? Art? Ponchatoula says it's staying Play Video

    March 19, 2015 3:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - After an hour-long discussion Thursday, Strawberry Festival organizers decided to keep a controversial poster as the main piece of the popular festival's image campaign. The poster, by Kalle' Siekkinen , features two figures painted black. People took to social media immediately after it was unveiled Wednesday night,... more »
  • Report: Blacks, Hispanics doing better but lag behind whites

    March 18, 2015 4:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says African Americans and Hispanics have improved health care and are less frequently victims of violent crimes this year than last. But the State of Black America report also shows that these minorities still lag behind whites when it comes to most areas of social... more »
  • CATS CEO sorry people found comments insulting

    March 10, 2015 11:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of CATS apologized for comments he feels were misrepresented. "It was never my intention to offend anyone, and I am sorry that my comments on a recent podcast have distracted our community from our continued push to move our transit system forward," Bob Mirabito... more »
  • Iditarod mushers start crossing first checkpoint of race

    March 10, 2015 10:43 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A young musher who recently won an all-river-ice sled dog race in Alaska has grabbed an early lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Pete Kaiser of Bethel was the first to leave the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint, 161 miles into the race. He departed... more »
  • Cool Schools: Southeast Middle searches for a breast cancer cure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 10, 2015 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Some 8th graders at Southeast Middle School wanted to do something special for their math teacher, Michelle Perk. What started out as small project, quickly grew into something the whole school rallied behind. Southeast Middle has now raised $11,000 for breast cancer research. It all began... more »
  • Mushers embark on trek across Alaska as Iditarod begins

    March 9, 2015 1:30 PM

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is underway. A field of 78 mushers began the 1,000-mile trek across Alaska on Monday in the unusual start location of Fairbanks. The race usually kicks off 225 miles away in Willow. But organizers decided to move farther north because of... more »
  • Former president backs David Vitter in La. governor's race

    February 26, 2015 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is getting fundraising help for his campaign to be Louisiana's next governor from former President George H.W. Bush. The Vitter campaign Thursday was sending an email to supporters to announce the Republican ex-president's endorsement of Vitter for governor. In the email, Bush says... more »
  • NASCAR effort focuses on math, science for kids

    February 20, 2015 2:32 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Students who like NASCAR take note: You need a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top 200 mph. In a nod to the often overlooked science behind races like Sunday's Daytona 500, NASCAR is announcing... more »
  • Jindal on portrait: "I'm not white?"

    February 9, 2015 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - Governor Bobby Jindal brushed off reporters' questions Monday about a portrait which went viral on social media last week showing Jindal with a different skin tone. "You mean I'm not not white?" Jindal said, echoing comedian Richard Pryor in response to questions at a breakfast session organized... more »
  • Dozens rally on Capitol steps for change

    December 7, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cries for justice on the steps of the Capitol were loud and clear. Dozens of people rallied together in a united cause to bring about change and awareness. The group that organized the rally is Baton Rouge Organizing. The "I Can't Breathe" event was... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu's remarks on race anger Republicans

    October 31, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested that President Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race. In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Landrieu was quoted as saying that the South "has not always been the... more »
  • DC adds race to nation's debate on legalizing pot

    October 13, 2014 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - Advocates for racial justice are pushing to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital. That sets a District of Columbia pot referendum apart from states where the debate focused on taxing and regulating marijuana. Black people make up roughly half the population in the District, where an outsized number... more »
  • Performance history of officer at center of racial controversy

    September 18, 2014 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A public records request filed by the WBRZ Investigative Unit on the performance history of former Baton Rouge Police officer Michael Elsbury shows he had been the focus of Internal Affairs inquiries seven times since 2002. Elsbury left the force on September 4th, a day after WBRZ... more »
  • NAACP meeting held to address cop's alleged racist text messages check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2014 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The NAACP met for the first time Tuesday since a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found a police officer had been accused of sending racially charged text messages. At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns with the situation and Mayor-President Kip Holden broke his silence on the... more »
  • State Democrats back ex-Gov. Edwards in 6th Dist.

    September 8, 2014 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Democratic Central Committee is endorsing former Gov. Edwin Edwards in the race for the state's 6th Congressional District seat. Monday's announcement acknowledges that the conservative southeast Louisiana district, now represented by Republican Bill Cassidy, is "challenging terrain" for a Democrat. It makes no mention of the... more »
  • Cop quits after Nakamoto investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 4, 2014 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city police chief has confirmed to the Investigative Unit, the officer at the center of a scandal involving some racially charged text messages has resigned. WBRZ and the station's Investigative Unit broke the story Wednesday in an exclusive report by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto. Wednesday,... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Officer's alleged racially-charged text messages under investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 3, 2014 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police Officer is under fire for a string of text messages he is accused of sending to another person containing racial slurs. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Baton Rouge Police are in the midst of two investigations where detectives are looking into cell... more »
  • IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date

    August 27, 2014 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A person close to the situation says the IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced.... more »
  • Lance Abshire racing to the top Play Video

    August 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At 14 years old, Lance Abshire has established himself as one of the best young cyclists in the state...and the country. At the National Championships in Wisconsin this summer, Lance finished second in both the time trials and the road race. Both he and his... more »
  • Nibali starts Stage 7 of Tour with 2-second lead

    July 11, 2014 5:20 AM

    EPERNAY, France - Tour de France riders have set off on the seventh stage, 234.5 kilometers from Epernay, the capital of Champagne country, to the eastern city of Nancy. Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali has a two-second lead over Astana teammate Jakob Fuglsang and is two minutes, 37 seconds clear of... more »
  • Some runners get refund from Cosmic Run

    March 6, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least two runners who signed up for the Cosmic Run 5k race got a refund from organizers after the venue and date of the event was changed less than two weeks before the scheduled date. On Tuesday, the Cosmic Run told runners that they would have... more »
  • Republicans lead fundraising for governor's race

    February 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans considering or already in the 2015 governor's race are sitting on more sizable campaign war chests than the lone Democrat who's announced plans to run. Campaign finance reports have been trickling into the state ethics board. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who says he'll be in the... more »
  • Edwards jabs Landrieu about governor's race

    February 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only announced Democratic candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race is sending a message that he wants re-elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to stay out of it. Rep. John Bel Edwards says he expects the Democratic mayor to keep his promise to serve a full, four-year... more »
  • Black pastor has issue with race remarks, not anti-gay comments

    December 24, 2013 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The drama surrounding reality TV star Phil Robertson's comments about gays and African Americans has yet to die down, even as people leave the daily grind and move into holiday mode. Now, the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention is adding his comments to the... more »
  • Landrieu launches TV ads

    December 11, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has launched her first TV ads in her bid for re-election. The new ad talks about her push to keep people from losing their health insurance because of the federal health care overhaul. Landrieu takes credit for President Obama's decision to... more »
  • Vitter to decide on Governor's race by January

    December 3, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After months of dodging the talk, U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he's weighing whether he'll run to be Louisiana's next governor, with plans to decide by January. Vitter says he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday, announcing that he and his wife are considering the race for... more »
  • Seabaugh decides against U.S. Senate race

    November 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative who was considering running for the U.S. Senate has decided against it. Republican State Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport is endorsing Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in the 2014 race against Democrat Mary Landrieu. Seabaugh's decision helps clear the Republcian side of the race for... more »
  • Johnson wins, takes Chase lead

    November 4, 2013 8:37 AM

    FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson led 255 of 334 laps for a dominating victory that put the five-time champion back in the Chase for the Sprint Cup lead with two races left in the season. Matt Kenseth and Johnson arrived at Texas Motor Speedway tied in points, though... more »
  • Ascension redistricting trial postponed

    October 29, 2013 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge reset the trial date in a five-year-old lawsuit over the redistricting of public school attendance zones in Ascension Parish. On Monday, U.S. Chief District Judge Brian A. Jackson set trial for Feb. 3-7, though dueling motions for summary judgment remain on his desk... more »
  • Man with muscular dystrophy finishes marathon

    October 14, 2013 8:46 AM

    CHICAGO- A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon - nearly 17 hours after he started the race. Thirty-eight-year-old Maickel Melamed of Venezuela made it across the finish line of the 26.2-mile race at 1:30 a.m. Monday. About 100 people... more »
  • Group: Breakaway city "racially, economically motivated" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 10, 2013 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The push to create the City of St. George is facing harsh criticism. "What they are doing is carving out a part of the city that is wealthier and whiter than what they left behind," One Community One School District leader Belinda Davis said. "We are creating... more »
  • Hit-and-run accident ends horse race through town

    September 21, 2013 1:23 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - It was a hit-and-run accident where the offending party rode away on his horse. Opelousas police continue to investigate a Wednesday horse race through the center of this town of 16,000, reports The Daily World ( http://bit.ly/1adn4iC ). It ended with one rider racing through a... more »
  • Qualifying for Saturday night's race

    August 23, 2013 10:31 AM

    BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bristol Motor Speedway is the site of this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The 500-lap race will take place Saturday night with qualifying starting late this afternoon. The winner of last week's race was Joey Logano, with Kevin Harvick second. In the overall standings five-time winner Jimmie... more »
  • 14 candidates in 5th District congressional race

    August 21, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than a dozen candidates have signed up for the October election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana, including a former congressman. Clyde Holloway, who served three terms in the U.S. House two decades ago, registered for the election on Wednesday.... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy report latest fundraising number

    July 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has outpaced her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the latest fundraising cycle for the 2014 Senate race. But both candidates raised more than $1 million in the fundraising period from April through June 30, according to information released Tuesday by... more »
  • Jindal says no to US Senate race in 2014

    July 8, 2013 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite consistent speculation about his interest, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he has no plans to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu next year. The Republican governor offered a definitive rejection of the idea that he wanted to return to Congress, saying, "Absolutely not, emphatically no." He... more »
  • Senator calls colleagues racist, dodges questions Play Video

    May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a New Orleans state senator to apologize for her recent accusations that opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was based in racism. Senator Karen Carter-Peterson said Monday her colleagues in the Senate opposed President Obama's reform... more »
  • Harvick wins Coca-Cola 600 again

    May 27, 2013 9:07 AM

    CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick has won the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in three years, pulling away from runner-up Kasey Kahne on a restart with 11 laps left. Kahne led 156 laps and appeared to have the strongest machine in NASCAR's longest race. But Harvick took the low... more »
  • New challenger enters Senate race

    May 14, 2013 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A retired Air Force colonel from Madisonville says he plans to run for the U.S. Senate next year, seeking to oust Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. Rob Maness, a Republican who said he works for Entergy Services Inc. and owns a family farm, announced his candidacy Monday.... more »
  • Kenseth calls harsh penalties 'grossly unfair'

    April 26, 2013 10:06 AM

    RICHMOND - Matt Kenseth says NASCAR's penalties against his team are "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful." Kenseth's team was hit with some of the harshest penalties NASCAR has handed out Wednesday after his race-winning engine at Kansas failed the post-race inspection. He says one of eight connecting rods on... more »
  • Back from Boston, LSU trainer still dealing with aftermath

    April 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Trainer Ray Castle and three student trainers from LSU went to the Boston Marathon to aide with those running the race, but their work quickly went from a controlled situation to a scene of chaos when the two bombs exploded just seconds apart. Castle was about... more »
  • Memories of safe Olympics assure London runners

    April 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    LONDON- Any anxiety marathon runners have about competing in London after the Boston bombings is being allayed by the successful security measures at last year's Olympics. The elite runners have arrived in London for Sunday's race and heard assurances from the British government that security is being stepped up after... more »
  • Doctor: Metal in Boston bomb victim leg like BBs

    April 16, 2013 7:33 AM

    BOSTON - A doctor at a hospital where victims of the Boston Marathon explosions were taken says an X-ray of one victim showed what could be small ball bearings throughout the injury. Three people were killed and more than 140 injured by two explosions just seconds apart near the finish... more »
  • Boston police: No one in custody in race blasts

    April 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    BOSTON - Boston police say no suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police Commissioner Edward Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to... more »
  • Fleming won't run for U.S. Senate

    April 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming says he won't enter the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu because he doesn't want to divide GOP support. Fleming's announcement Thursday comes after his fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his candidacy Wednesday. Fleming, a doctor from... more »
  • Buser leads Iditarod, earns feast at Anvik stop

    March 8, 2013 10:54 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Four-time champion Martin Buser of Big Lake, Alaska, kept his lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. At 2:08 a.m. Friday, he reached the village of Anvik, the first checkpoint on the Yukon River, which will be the trail for mushers for the next 238 miles... more »
  • Daytona's preliminary rating up from last year

    February 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500's preliminary television ratings are much higher than last year's. Sunday afternoon's race earned a 10.0 overnight rating and 22 share on Fox. That's up 30 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday... more »
  • Fans get to vote on format of Sprint Unlimited

    January 21, 2013 12:49 PM

    CONCORD, N.C. - The format for the first NASCAR race of the year will be determined by race fans. Fans will be able to vote on the length of the race segments, pit stops and how many cars will be eliminated after the second segment of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited... more »
  • NJ Gov. Christie announces re-election bid

    November 26, 2012 2:51 PM

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced he will seek re-election to a second term. Christie says he want New Jersey residents to know that he's "in this for the long haul" as he leads the state's recovery from Superstorm Sandy. The governor confirms he... more »
  • 2 in face off for Port Allen mayor

    November 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Voters deciding who will serve as Port Allen mayor for the next four years have a choice on the Dec. 8 election ballot between the incumbent and one of his challengers in a previous mayoral election a year ago. Mayor Roger Bergeron, a Democrat, is once again... more »
  • New sponsor, new route for Orleans 10K

    November 14, 2012 11:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A popular 10-kilometer race in New Orleans has a new sponsor and a new course. The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the new chief sponsor of the Crescent City Classic race, which celebrates its 35th anniversary next year. The Sugar Bowl replaces The Times-Picayune as title sponsor.... more »
  • Guidry, Hughes head to Supreme Court runoff

    November 6, 2012 11:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - John Michael Guidry and Jeff Hughes have advanced to a Dec. 8 runoff in the race to fill Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball's seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Guidry and Hughes were the leading vote-getters among eight candidates for the 5th Supreme Court District seat in... more »
  • King wins in Maine, giving Senate 2 independents

    November 6, 2012 7:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Angus King has won the Senate race in Maine, running as an independent. King will take over the seat held by retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. Another independent, Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders, also has been re-elected. Four Democrats senators have also won re-election: Bill Nelson in... more »
  • Romney casts ballot, campaigns as people vote

    November 6, 2012 9:11 AM

    BELMONT, Mass. - Mitt Romney has cast his ballot in the presidential election. After all the flights, all the speeches, the debates, hand-shakes, nods, gestures and smiles, it was time for him to vote and then hold curtain-closing campaign rallies in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Then, he had to contemplate... more »
  • Obama vs Romney on school funding

    October 3, 2012 10:22 PM

    DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama says Republican rival Mitt Romney favors cutting a fifth of the Education Department's budget while Romney is countering that Obama directed $90 billion to so-called "green jobs" - a sum, he says, that would hire 2 million teachers. The two sparred Wednesday during their... more »
  • Lolo Jones causes stir over Eric LeGrand tweets

    October 3, 2012 10:31 AM

    UNDATED - Hurdler Lolo Jones trash-talked about head injuries to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand after he jokingly challenged her to a race on Twitter. Jones didn't know the defensive tackle was paralyzed in a game. After LeGrand tweeted to Jones "want to race me?" on Tuesday night,... more »
  • Holden: Walker's actions "childish" in BRAVE announcement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 5, 2012 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With just two months until East Baton Rouge Parish voters head to the polls to decide who will be mayor-president for the next four years, the race to be the parish's top leader is heating up. Tuesday afternoon at 3:25, Mayor-President Kip Holden's office sent out... more »
  • Prince Harry challenges USA's Lochte in swim race

    August 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    LAS VEGAS - The London games may be over, but Britain's Prince Harry isn't letting Team USA get away with the swimming gold that easily. The royal challenged Ryan Lochte during the American swimming champion's 28th birthday party Monday at a Las Vegas pool. Las Vegas Sun columnist Robin Leach... more »
  • US Anti-Doping Agency charges Armstrong

    June 13, 2012 3:52 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, questioning his victories in those storied cycling races. Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year, could face a lifetime ban from the sport if he is found to have used performance-enhancing... more »
  • Message to Gingrich: stay in the race

    April 11, 2012 10:54 AM

    NEWARK- Newt Gingrich says supporters are encouraging him to stay in the GOP presidential race after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out. Gingrich campaigned at a senior center in Newark, Del., Wednesday, one day after Santorum's announcement and two weeks before the state's April 24 primary. Gingrich says he... more »
  • Jindal backs Mitt Romney for president

    April 10, 2012 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With Rick Santorum exiting the presidential race, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced his support for expected Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Jindal issued a statement Tuesday that congratulated Romney "on winning a hard-fought race." The Republican Louisiana governor said, "I look forward to supporting him... more »
  • Romney faces tough race in Louisiana

    March 21, 2012 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mitt Romney faces another possible Southern setback - this time in Louisiana. Rival Rick Santorum is pushing for a strong showing in Saturday's primary, driven largely by the conservative religious voters who have propelled him to victory elsewhere. Santorum says he thinks he'll do well in this... more »
  • Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close

    March 21, 2012 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney says he's "almost there" in his six-year pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination, having defeated Rick Santorum in the Illinois GOP primary. The GOP front-runner is urging Republicans in a campaign email sent after Tuesday's victory to fall in line behind his bid. Romney... more »
  • Voting in Alabama, Mississippi could clarify race

    March 13, 2012 6:37 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mitt Romney is working to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South. Closely fought primaries in Alabama and Louisiana offer the former Massachusetts governor a key opportunity in a region that has been slow to embrace him. Tuesday's... more »
  • Landrieu says she's definitely in for 2014 race

    March 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she "definitely" plans to run for a fourth term in two years. The Democrat from New Orleans tossed aside speculation that she was going to end her congressional career after 18 years in the Senate. Landrieu wouldn't comment specifically Monday... more »
  • Holden and Walker at odds over state of the city-parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Mayor Kip Holden announced to the Rotary Club, "the state of the city and parish is strong," Mayor Pro Tem and mayoral candidate Mike Walker looked on as he waited to spell out the problems he said he'll fix as the next mayor. Walker officially... more »
  • Officials: Huntsman to drop out of GOP race

    January 16, 2012 5:40 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Jon Huntsman will withdraw Monday from the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Campaign officials tell The Associated Press Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney at an event in South Carolina on Monday morning. The former Utah governor placed third in last week's New Hampshire primary despite devoting... more »
  • Romney adds to lead in race for GOP delegates

    January 11, 2012 6:32 AM

    (AP) - His victories in last night's New Hampshire primary and last week's Iowa caucuses mean Mitt Romney has a strong lead in the scramble for Republican presidential delegates. But with 1,144 needed for the nomination, there's still a long road ahead. Romney picked up seven delegates in New Hampshire... more »
  • Paul: Iowa showing good enough to keep him in race

    January 4, 2012 9:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - Texas Congressman Ron Paul says he's happy with his "good showing" in Iowa, where he finished third in the Republican presidential caucuses. The Republican with a libertarian bent tells NBC's "Today" show he felt it was a sound performance, and "it's doing very well to be in the... more »
  • Signs in East Feliciana sheriff's race vandalized Play Video

    November 18, 2011 5:52 PM

    CLINTON - People in East Feliciana Parish are talking about this weekend's runoff election for sheriff, but someone's doing more than just talking. Signs for both candidates have been torn up, slashed apart or cut down across the parish. "The middle is completely cut out of it," said... more »
  • Jindal: Perry gaffe doesn't change his support

    November 10, 2011 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal said today that a flubbed debate answer by GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry doesn't change Jindal's support for him. The Texas governor said during last night's debate that he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected, but could only name two of them,... more »
  • Jindal ends Governor's race with more than $4M

    November 9, 2011 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Gov. Bobby Jindal wrapped up his campaign with an historic win - and $4.6 million remaining in his campaign account. And Jindal's top campaign strategist says the governor may just hang on to some of the money to make a bid for a third term as... more »
  • Inspector general looking into canceled seminar

    September 30, 2011 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's inspector general is looking into the cancellation of a training seminar involving one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's little-known opponents within two weeks of her entrance into the governor's race. Inspector General Stephen Street said Friday that his office was reviewing the matter at the request... more »
  • Democrats don't endorse in governor's race

    September 17, 2011 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Little-known Democratic candidates for governor made their pitches to the party's top leadership, hoping to get a bump for their candidacies against Republican incumbent Bobby Jindal. The Democratic State Central Committee didn't endorse any of the four Democrats in the race, after being unable to woo... more »
  • Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race

    August 13, 2011 5:29 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C.- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that if he's elected president, he will work to make Washington as "inconsequential" to Americans' lives as possible. Perry jumped into the Republican race on Saturday and outlined his principles in a speech at a conservative conference in Charleston, S.C. Perry... more »
  • Democratic senator considering La. Governor's race

    July 21, 2011 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Democratic state senator from Iberville Parish says he'll decide within a few weeks whether to enter the governor's race and challenge Republican incumbent Bobby Jindal. Sen. Rob Marionneaux, of Grosse Tete, would be the first major Democratic contender to get into the race. ... more »
  • Mayor race in St. Gabriel a challenge for candidates

    March 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Two candidates are feuding over campaign rallies and who can be the best mayor for St. Gabriel. Current Mayor George Grace is running for re-election against Lionel Johnson, Jr. Grace says he wants to keep turning cow pastures into progress like the community center. Johnson says... more »
  • Former BR councilman cannot be criminally charged for mayoral race flier

    March 28, 2011 9:23 PM

    District Attorney Hillar Moore says no charges can be filed against a former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman who paid for a flier attacking Mayor Kip Holden during the 2008 mayor's race. The ad was mailed to thousands and showed the mayor beaten up and also accused him of having... more »
  • Governor's race mostly a "one-man" show with eight months to go

    February 15, 2011 10:38 PM

    With eight months to go, no big names have emerged to take on Governor Bobby Jindal for his job. Jindal has raised almost $10 million in-state and during campaign trips across the country. He's been fundraising since he was elected more than three years ago and got more than... more »
  • Illinois court throws Emanuel off Chiago ballot

    January 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    CHICAGO - An Illinois appellate court on Monday threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election. The decision put Emanuel's candidacy into doubt a month before the election. He had... more »
  • David Vitter projected to win Senate re-election

    November 2, 2010 8:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Update 9:35: Melancon concedes. News 2 is projecting David Vitter will win re-election to the U. S. Senate for a second term. Vitter, a Republican, was opposed by Democratic nominee Charlie Melancon, who had served in the U. S. House of Representatives since 2005, as... more »
  • Lt. Gov. race expected to be close

    November 2, 2010 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One race that is expected to be close is the Lieutenant Governor's race. Republican Jay Dardenne and Democrat Caroline Fayard want to fill the remaining 14 months of Mitch Landrieu’s term. Landrieu left office after being elected Mayor of New Orleans. News 2’s Mike Steele is live... more »
  • News 2 crews with Melancon, Vitter campaigns

    November 2, 2010 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - News 2 crews are watching Louisiana's U. S. Senate race with crews at Democrat Charlie Melancon’s campaign in Baton Rouge and at incumbent Republican David Vitter's camp in New Orleans. News 2’s Ashley Rodrigue is at Melancon's watch party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton... more »
  • Vitter, Melancon campaign ads raising eyebrows

    October 8, 2010 9:27 PM

    Campaign ads are already raising eyebrows weeks away from election day. The spots in the senator race are causing the most chatter. Political experts said the attack ads were expected in these campaigns. Even though the jabs have reached a personal level early, experts told News 2's Ashley Rodrigue... more »
  • Tommy Nelson says indictment isn't a factor in mayoral race

    October 5, 2010 9:55 PM

    New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson said his legal trouble didn't make a difference in last weekend’s election. He made it to the runoff, despite being under federal indictment, and came in second out of six candidates. Nelson had more people vote against him than for him. Even with the... more »

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