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  • New study calls on La. to change sentencing laws

    October 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study by right-leaning policy organizations recommends that Louisiana shrink its prison population and costs by repealing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes. The groups suggest that Louisiana could maintain public safety while also reducing a per capita incarceration rate that is the highest in the... more »
  • Bill to reduce film tax credits pulled

    May 6, 2013 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The author of a bill which sought to cut lucrative tax credits for film companies in half pulled the bill today before it could be discussed at a legislative committee. Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) deferred the bill without testimony, saying he wanted to discuss the... more »
  • DEQ urges steps to reduce ozone air pollution

    May 4, 2013 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - With the weather warming and the formation of ozone air pollution more likely, the state Department of Environmental Quality is asking people to take steps to help reduce it. Ozone forms when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds combine in the air during hot and sunny... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss low Miss. River with Corps

    November 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy did tell him and senators from Iowa and... more »
  • Weight training improves memory skills

    April 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    NEW YORK - A new study suggests weight training may help reduce the risk of dementia. According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers in Canada studied 86 women who had memory complaints. Researchers conducted random testing among the group for six months which involved aerobic training, balance... more »
  • Heart disease, one family's journey Play Video

    March 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Reduce Your Risk, a series of reports on the dangers heart disease, continues today on News2. Tonight, find out how heart disease suddenly changed one family's world forever. Sadness, and then inpiration; one family's journey to beat heart disease. News2 Anchor John Pastorek has their story tonight... more »
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease Play Video

    March 12, 2012 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. News2 wants to help you Reduce Your Risk with a series of reports this month on heart disease. News2's John Pastorek gets answers on what it takes... more »
  • State workforce cuts "devastating", union rep says

    February 10, 2012 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A representative from the state employee's union said today that job cuts in Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget could have "devastating" effects on the Baton Rouge and state economy. Leonal Hardman from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees spoke to News 2 today... more »
  • Judge refuses to reduce ex-lawmaker's prison term

    January 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to reduce a prison sentence for a former Louisiana lawmaker who pleaded guilty to helping an unlicensed bond broker launder money. Former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd had asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in November to reduce his prison sentence from 37... more »
  • Suspected serial killer wants reduced sentence

    April 23, 2010 7:48 AM

    A man suspected in the slayings of three women in Baton Rouge is asking a judge to reduce the 50-year sentence he received last month in the attack of a Lafayette woman. Jeffery Lee Guillory's attorney argues that the 50-year-term is excessive. Guillory was convicted of attempted second-degree murder and... more »

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