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  • Harvey: grading the local forecast and thanking you

    September 1, 2017 8:15 AM

    After an unusual event like Hurricane Harvey, it is important to take a look at the forecast, how it evolved and if it verified. On Friday, the WBRZ Weather Team made a forecast for 4-7 inches of rain, primarily for the next week, with little impact to area rivers. The... more »
  • Officials: Texas girl found dead kidnapped over drug theft

    July 3, 2017 10:34 PM

    DALLAS - Court records indicate that a 13-year-old girl who was found dead in a house over the weekend was kidnapped after the boyfriend of one of her relatives stole about 22 pounds of marijuana. The body of Shavon Randle was discovered at the Dallas house late Saturday... 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 »
  • Many factors play into record warm winter

    March 3, 2017 2:16 PM

    Baton Rouge - The Southeastern U.S. has wrapped up one of its warmest winters on record. For instance, since data collection began at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in 1930, no winter has seen more days reach 80°F. There were 23 of them, normally there are four, and the previous record... more »
  • More warm winter records in Baton Rouge

    February 13, 2017 12:16 PM

    This winter has been warm, really warm. Since January, the WBRZ Weather team has been providing updates to note that the current meteorological winter (December through February) is well on its way to becoming the warmest on record in Baton Rouge. Current Standings After a pair of 80... more »
  • Unsealed records shed some light on Roof's mental state

    February 2, 2017 2:18 PM

    CHARLESTON - Recently unsealed federal court documents reveal new details about mental health diagnoses faced by convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof. One filing notes a psychiatrist found Roof showed signs of diagnoses including social anxiety disorder, schizoid personality disorder and possible autistic spectrum disorder. The information is among hundreds... more »
  • Rivers crest above flood stage after near-record wet stretch

    January 23, 2017 11:02 AM

    The new year is picking up where 2016 left off—wet. So far, the Baton Rouge area is running a 5.57 inch surplus in the rain gauges on the heels of one of the wettest stretches in January history. 6.65 inches fell from January 19-22. However, the three-day span from... more »
  • Unseasonable warmth continues, changes soon

    November 1, 2016 7:06 AM

    THE FORECAST: For the second straight day, at 88 degrees, Baton Rouge Metro Airport registered a record high temperature. For Tuesday, the record high is 88 degrees, a mark set in 1936. Today and Tonight: Expect another unseasonably warm afternoon with high temperatures in the mid 80s. Plenty... more »
  • Hottest Halloween?

    October 31, 2016 6:49 AM

    THE FORECAST: After the record-breaking heat yesterday, it's very possible that we could break the Halloween heat record today. Today and Tonight: Your Monday will bring morning fog followed by an unseasonably warm afternoon. Skies will be sunny with high temperatures in the upper 80s. Overnight will be... more »
  • Deadly Hurricane Matthew breaks several Atlantic Basin records Play Video

    October 10, 2016 11:10 AM

    To date, Hurricane Matthew has claimed over 1,000 lives—21 in the United States, most in Haiti. According to financial experts, the damages will total between $4-6 billion making it one of the 20 costliest storms in U.S. history. After devastating Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and parts of the Southeastern United... more »
  • Ex-Verizon worker accused for selling customer phone records

    September 26, 2016 11:40 AM

    ATLANTA - Federal prosecutors in Alabama say a former Verizon Wireless technician used the company's computers to obtain customers' private call records - plus data showing where customers' phones were - and sold them to an unnamed private investigator. Newly filed court records accuse Daniel Eugene Traeger of selling the... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Former EFP Coroner refuses to answer questions about missing records Play Video

    August 9, 2016 5:20 PM

    CLINTON- The former Coroner in East Feliciana Parish lifted her silence today, following an investigation into missing records while she was in office. In April, the WBRZ Investigative Unit showed that Laura DeJohn apparently kept no written records while she was in office. "Whatever happened before I entered office on... more »
  • Bill to require pet store record-keeping nears final passage

    May 23, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People buying dogs and cats in Louisiana pet stores often don't know where the animals were bred. A state senator is attempting to change that, with a bill nearing final passage to require pet store record-keeping. The proposal from Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican,... more »
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: White Castle plans to follow judge's order regarding records requests Play Video

    April 6, 2016 12:17 AM

    WHITE CASTLE - White Castle town officials agreed to adhere to orders from a district judge to better handle public records requests in the future after two citizens filed a lawsuit against the town in late 2015. The council, mayor, town clerk and town attorney spent more than two hours... more »
  • The heat goes on: Earth sets 9th straight monthly record

    February 17, 2016 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The January figures are in, and Earth's string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the highest margin of any month on record. NASA said January 2016 was 2.03 degrees (1.13 degrees Celsius) above... more »
  • Unseasonable warmth through Saturday, gusty storms possible Sunday

    December 11, 2015 7:25 AM

    A pair of warm days will be followed by a strong cold front crossing the region on Sunday. With that, there is a chance of severe weather. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wrapping up the week, the Baton Rouge area will have a partly sunny sky... more »
  • Rename the "Red Stick" the "Wet Stick"

    November 20, 2015 1:30 PM

    After another dousing Tuesday night, Baton Rouge has cracked the top 10 for wettest years in city history—with more than a month to go. Since records began at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in 1930, only nine years found more rain. 2015 is currently in the tenth spot with... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 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 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 »
  • Auditors unable to give financial status for USS KIDD 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 »
  • 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 »

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