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  • FACT CHECK: Truth vs exaggeration in GOP presidential debate

    August 7, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - The 10 Republican presidential hopefuls who took to the stage for their first debate in Cleveland faced a daunting task in distinguishing themselves among a sprawling field of candidates. Along the way, they puffed up their own records in office and public life and veered occasionally from the... more »
  • Uncomfortable and possibly record setting heat

    August 7, 2015 7:10 AM

    Along with potentially record-breaking high temperatures near 100°, high humidity will make for a very uncomfortable outdoor weekend. THE FORECAST: Today and tonight: Shower chances look even bleaker for this afternoon. Sunshine will warm morning temperatures into the 90s by 11am with upper 90s by mid-afternoon. Humidity will... more »
  • July scorches a spot into history

    August 3, 2015 6:35 PM

    As far as the weather goes, July 2015 will be remembered for heat—and more of it than is typical for South Louisiana. This past July was the second warmest on record, with an average temperature of 85.3°. The only hotter July was the 1980 edition, with a sizzling 85.6°... more »
  • Organizers to host Expungement event in Port Allen

    July 31, 2015 7:40 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Organizers are expecting a big crowd at the an expungement event this weekend. Rax Worldwide, a non profit organization will be helping people with arrests records get them clear for the second year in a row. "You can actually come, potentially get your record expunged... more »
  • Another month, another global heat record broken

    July 20, 2015 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Earth dialed the heat up last month, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that world's average temperature in June hit 61.48 degrees Fahrenheit (16.33 Celsius), breaking the old record set last year... more »
  • Common question with a complicated answer

    July 3, 2015 11:25 AM

    Many WBRZ viewers have emailed and tweeted our weather team asking if the area had just experienced a record-setting wet June. In true meteorologist fashion, the best answer available is, "it depends where you live." First, as far as history goes, the month was simply average. This is... more »
  • Scotlandville man's death could be drug related

    June 29, 2015 7:51 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Neighbors said a shooting that left a man dead in his driveway could have been drug related. Neighbors said they heard two people arguing outside of his home before hearing shots fired. Police said early Saturday morning a witness found Clay's body lying in his driveway and... more »
  • Officials explain how kids can face lengthy arrest records check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2015 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Getting a handle on kids that break the law can be a challenge for law enforcement, especially for kids that continue to get into trouble. However, if they've been arrested more than 50 times like sheriff's deputies said Marcus Ester was, it can be even more... more »
  • US Judge: Gulf oil spill records can't be kept secret

    May 20, 2015 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal magistrate judge has rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against Taylor Energy Co., which... more »
  • Schedler, insurance program reach deal over records

    December 19, 2014 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has agreed to archive all the state employee health insurance program's records with the Secretary of State's office. The agreement comes after the administration refused for several months to follow the state's archiving requirements. Secretary of State Tom Schedler oversees the archiving of... more »
  • Prairieville cemetery must turn records over to state

    November 4, 2014 3:46 PM

    GONZALES - A state district judge has ruled the operator of a Prairieville cemetery facing financial woes and an investigation by the Louisiana Cemetery Board must turn over the business' records to investigators by the end of the week. According to court papers, state board officials say they suspect... more »
  • Police: Parish water records inconsistent

    September 3, 2014 10:33 AM

    EDGARD - State police are investigating water treatment records in St. John the Baptist Parish. The Department of Health and Hospitals asked for the investigation because brain-eating amoebas were found in parish water, even though records indicated chlorine levels high enough to kill them. The agency said last week that... more »
  • Lawsuits seek any Michael Brown juvenile records check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 3, 2014 1:50 AM

    CLAYTON, MO - Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday as two news organizations seek the release of any possible juvenile records for the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a Missouri police officer last month. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a California online journalist have filed petitions... more »
  • Breaker of humidity, deflector of hurricane

    August 13, 2014 8:42 AM

    Barely noticeable, but undeniably welcome, an August "cold front" is providing South Louisiana and Southern Mississippi with a slight downswing in the oppressive summertime humidity. The third and most subtle such occurrence this summer will keep temperatures near or just a touch below average, but mitigate the steam to greater... more »
  • Auditors unable to give financial status for USS KIDD check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 26, 2014 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S.S Kidd is trying to stay afloat after the state audit was unable to do a proper audit report by giving an opinion on financial shape of the Kidd because of the lack of expense records. Amy Torres and her family made the trip from... more »
  • La. officials refuse to disclose oil train records

    July 7, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials are refusing to disclose the details of crude oil shipments railroads haul through the state. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections says the information freight railroads are required to provide to Louisiana is considered confidential. Louisiana was responding to a records request from... more »
  • LSU, newspapers reach deal over search records

    September 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU's governing board and two state newspapers have reached a temporary agreement about the records involved in the board's presidential search. The documents - including resumes and information about 35 job candidates - will be turned over to Judge Janice Clark to comply with her order that the... more »
  • Public records suit filed against superintendent

    September 10, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A college student from Baton Rouge has filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White. Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, says White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he's sought about the state's voucher program and a law that... more »
  • Driving somewhere? There's a government record of it

    July 17, 2013 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union says in a new report that local police departments are amassing millions of digital records on the location and movement of Americans using automated license plate scanners. The report, released Wednesday, found that there are tens of thousands of license plate scanners scattered... more »
  • Judge allows school records in Zimmerman trial

    July 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors at George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial have been presenting evidence about his work in a college criminal justice course. They say the work shows that Zimmerman knew about Florida's self-defense law. In an interview last year with Fox News, Zimmerman had maintained that he did not... more »
  • Records show some reports of problems at plant

    June 13, 2013 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Records obtained by WBRZ News 2 show reported problems at the Williams Olifens plant in Geismar in previous years; although, no issues were found on the most recent site visit by state inspectors. In January 2009, hazmat crews were called for a leak of six chemicals that... more »
  • ACLU sues over NSA phone records program

    June 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW YORK - Two prominent civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over its program that reportedly collects the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon. The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say in a lawsuit filed... more »
  • Report: Poor accounting means no Jonesboro audit

    June 10, 2013 2:01 PM

    JONESBORO - The state Legislative Auditor says the town of Jonesboro's financial records could not be audited for the 2012 fiscal year because of accounting inadequacies. A report released Monday by auditor Daryl Purpera also noted other problems. They include improper accounting of traffic tickets, water and sewer collection issues,... more »
  • LSU board votes to appeal public records ruling

    May 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that requires the university system to turn over names of three dozen candidates considered during it presidential search. The board's lawyer recommended the appeal, and board members agreed Tuesday without objection. LSU has refused to release... more »
  • AG removed himself from decision to subpoena AP

    May 14, 2013 12:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder removed himself from a decision to subpoena phone records of The Associated Press. A Justice Department statement Tuesday says that Holder stepped aside - a procedure known as recusal. The statement says Holder stepped aside because he had been interviewed... more »
  • DOJ obtains wide set of AP phone records

    May 13, 2013 5:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists for The Associated Press in what AP's top executive says is an "unprecedented intrusion" into newsgathering. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual... more »
  • Records in LSU presidential search not released

    May 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Two Louisiana news organizations are asking a judge to punish LSU's Board of Supervisors for not releasing documents related the university's presidential search. Lori Mince is an attorney representing The Times-Picayune/NOLA Media Group and The Advocate newspaper. She filed a motion Friday asking Judge Janice Clark... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Altered records, misspent money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2013 4:24 PM

    WALKER - A winding country road in Livingston Parish is at the heart of controversy. Parish council members discussed evaluating work for Duff Road near Walker. Then, official records were altered and tens of thousands of dollars unknowingly spent on design and a route survey, all without council approval. Tonight,... more »
  • LSU rebuffs public records request from newspaper

    February 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will continue to keep secret the names and qualifications of candidates in the running to become the university's next president after rejecting a public records request from The Advocate. The Advocate formally requested access last week to the applications, background materials and other information related to... more »
  • Live action: Twitter grabs Super Bowl spotlight

    February 5, 2013 6:24 AM

    NEW YORK - Twitter is reporting record numbers from the Super Bowl. Beyonce's splashy show, the power outage and a captivating game combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts. That's up from 13.7 million last year -- and that doesn't even include the chatter surrounding the ads. Twitter said... more »
  • School records may relate to alleged Colo. gunman

    December 5, 2012 2:51 PM

    DENVER- The University of Colorado at Denver has released thousands of documents that may relate to the man accused in the Colorado theater shootings, but much of the material appears to be heavily redacted. More than 2,000 records were released Wednesday after news organizations, including The Associated Press, requested them... more »
  • Officer fired from force after fake ticket arrests

    November 9, 2012 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A police officer has been fired after two arrests for writing fake tickets. Derek Burns has been accused of injuring public records, forgery and malfeasance in office. The two arrests stem from four false summonses. According to court documents, Burns forged the victims' signatures on the... more »
  • BR officer arrested for falsifying records

    October 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    Baton Rouge- A police officer in Baton Rouge accused of falsifying records, has been arrested. This is the second time in less than two months that Derek Burns has been accused of injuring public records, forgery and malfeasance in office. Burns was arrested and booked back in September... more »
  • High-flying Louisiana Tech leads NCAA in scoring

    October 25, 2012 1:38 PM

    RUSTON - Three years into his North Louisiana venture, Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes is making the production of Bulldogs legends Terry Bradshaw and Tim Rattay look rather pedestrian. No. 24 Louisiana Tech (6-1, 1-0 WAC) is smashing offensive records and opponents. The Bulldogs lead the NCAA in scoring... more »
  • La. education dept. withholding voucher records

    August 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education chief is refusing to provide records from the deliberations over how schools were chosen to participate in Gov. Bobby Jindal's new statewide voucher program, which is using tax dollars to send students to private and parochial schools. The Department of Education isn't claiming an exemption... more »
  • Jindal budget office refuses to provide records

    July 17, 2012 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget office won't provide most of its records tied to the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit program and a controversial ruling about qualifying vehicles that was rescinded by the governor. A lawyer for the Division of Administration said records requested by The Associated... more »
  • Faulty background checks hurting job hunters

    April 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Consumer advocates say thousands of U.S. job hunters are losing out because employers use faulty background-check data drawn from shoddy records. They want the government to make sure people know what information prospective employers see so errors can be corrected and abusive companies can be held responsible. The... more »
  • Missing medals? Contact the Natl. Personnel Records Ctr.

    December 14, 2011 5:09 PM

    If you feel that you or a loved one who served in the U. S. armed forces didn't receive all the medals they were due, you can request a records check from the National Personnel Record Center. Click on the link below to get started. National Personnel Record... more »
  • State moves to revoke BR daycare's license

    November 29, 2011 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators have moved to revoke the child care license of a Baton Rouge facility because of alleged falsified attendance records and inadequate supervision. Ruth Johnson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, says the department issued the revocation notice last week against... more »
  • Auditor: Jindal administration refusing records

    May 2, 2011 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has refused to hand over some information about a proposal to hire a private company to run a state worker health insurance program. Purpera says without the information, his auditors can't determine whether the privatization would be... more »
  • New Orleans records its 1st slaying of 2011

    January 2, 2011 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans has recorded its first slaying of 2011. Police say a 21-year-old man was shot to death Sunday, shortly after midnight. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of family. Officers found him lying in the doorway of a residence. He'd been shot... more »

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