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  • McKinley High honors slain student with balloon release Play Video

    May 16, 2017 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Students at McKinley High School gathered for a ceremony and a balloon release to honor their senior quarterback who was killed at a graduation party. Bryant Lee was shot early Saturday and later died at a local hospital. Lee was set to graduate Wednesday night with... more »
  • After WBRZ report, killer's parole rescinded Play Video

    April 20, 2017 5:11 PM

    UPDATE: The Governor's Office has confirmed that the case will be reheard and the parole will be rescinded based on a technicality that notification went to the wrong state. Click HERE to read more. Read the original story below: ST. GABRIEL- A convicted rapist and murderer who detectives... more »
  • Officials: Overnight release at plant was 'minor,' no off-site impact Play Video

    April 12, 2017 12:07 PM

    GEISMAR – There was a release of a substance from a plant on the Ascension-Iberville Parish line overnight, though authorities said there has been no off-site impact. As of this post, it's not clear what was released or what happened but Ascension Parish emergency officials said the release happened... more »
  • Family holds balloon release to honor Deputy Brad Garafola

    March 2, 2017 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Family members and colleagues held a balloon release for one of the deputies killed in July’s police ambush. The ceremony was held Thursday on EBRSO Deputy Brad Garafola’s birthday. Those attending released black and blue balloons. Garafola and two Baton Rouge Police officers were killed... more »
  • West Baton Rouge work release inmate captured in Oklahoma

    March 1, 2017 12:22 PM

    UPDATE: U.S. Marshals confirmed that David Graham was captured in Oklahoma Friday morning, two days after he escaped from West Baton Rouge Parish. BATON ROUGE- The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for another work release inmate that apparently walked off of a job site this... more »
  • Trump says he'll release new health information

    September 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says he's planning to release detailed health information from a new physical exam in the coming days. The Republican nominee told "Fox and Friends" that he had a physical examination last week. He said he expects a report this week and he'll "be releasing very, very... more »
  • Clinton to release 2015 tax returns soon

    August 11, 2016 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will soon release her 2015 tax returns. A source close to the Democratic presidential nominee says she will release them in "the coming days." Her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Houlton, will also release the last 10 years of their returns.... more »
  • Typo leads to suspect's release In Lafourche Parish

    July 20, 2016 9:27 AM

    THIBODAUX - Authorities say a typographical error caused the release of an armed robbery suspect on a lower bond. The Daily Comet reports Lafourche sheriff's deputies took 24-year-old Brent LeBouef (luh-BUF'), of Houma, back into custody Monday. LeBouef was set for trial this week in state District Judge Christopher Boudreaux's... more »
  • LEAN seeks more information on handling of mercury release

    February 4, 2016 3:10 PM

    CONVENT - A Louisiana environmental non-profit organization wants more information from a St. James facility and state agency about the handling of a mercury release concern. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network tells Noranda Alumina and previous owner, Kaiser Aluminum Corp., in a notice of intent to sue letter that... more »
  • Johnson waives extradition after mistaken prison release

    October 5, 2015 12:35 PM

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Authorities said an inmate mistakenly released from prison and recaptured in Georgia chose not to fight extradition back to Louisiana. Benjuiel Johnson waived extradition in a hearing Saturday in Gwinnett County. Authorities will now begin the process of moving him back to Louisiana, where he will... more »
  • Rehabilitated, critically-endangered sea turtle released into Gulf of Mexico Play Video

    October 5, 2015 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Audubon Nature Institute, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, rescued, rehabilitated and released a critically-endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico last Wednesday. On July 15, LDWF was contacted by a concerned family fishing in the Gulf of... more »
  • Manhunt continues for killer accidentally released from jail Play Video

    September 29, 2015 2:09 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - U.S. Marshals have joined the search for a convicted killer who was mistakenly released from jail this weekend. The search, which was revealed Tuesday, will continue overnight and into Wednesday morning since Benjuiel Johnson, 32, remains at large. Johnson was allowed to be released Saturday. The state... more »
  • La.'s Common Core test scores to be released in November

    September 17, 2015 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Common Core test results will be released in November. The exams were given to nearly 320,000 students in the spring after months of controversy over the new benchmarks in reading, writing and math. The state typically issues annual school performance scores, including letter grades, in... more »
  • Prosecutors say judge went too far in 'Angola Three' case

    September 2, 2015 10:57 AM

    LOUISIANA- Louisiana prosecutors say a judge went too far when he barred the state from trying longtime state inmate Albert Woodfox for the 43-year-old murder of a prison guard and ordering the inmate's immediate release. The lawyers made the argument Wednesday as they presented their case to a federal appeals... more »
  • Court extends order blocking 'Angola 3' member's release

    June 12, 2015 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has extended an order blocking the release of Albert Woodfox, the last incarcerated member of a group of Louisiana prisoners known as the Angola Three. A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's release and barred the state from trying him a third time... more »
  • People flock to opening night of "Pitch Perfect 2"

    May 15, 2015 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A movie that was shot throughout Baton Rouge is now in theatres. "Pitch Perfect 2" was shot in Baton Rouge, and hundreds of local extras can be seen throughout the film. Over 3,000 people from Louisiana and beyond participated in the filming of the movie's final scene... more »
  • Weak eagle rehabilitated at LSU, to be released Friday

    May 15, 2015 4:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State University's wildlife hospital is releasing a juvenile bald eagle brought in by a wildlife agent after Pierre Part residents reported that it seemed to be listless. Veterinary school spokeswoman Ginger Guttner says veterinarians plan to release it Friday at Lake Verret in Napoleonville. Guttner says X-rays... more »
  • Dow reports gas release at area facility

    April 20, 2015 10:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Dow said there was a release of pyrolysis gasoline, or Pygas, from its chemical plant in Iberville Parish Monday evening. "The release has been stopped and Dow is in the process of recovering the product," a spokesperson said in an email with WBRZ. The company was... more »
  • Louisiana germ release likely due to lax use of lab garments

    March 13, 2015 10:19 AM

    NEW YORK - Investigators have determined the accidental release of dangerous bacteria at a Louisiana research center probably occurred because workers were lax about how they wore protective garments in the lab where the germ was kept. Federal officials believe that in November, the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria spread from a... more »
  • AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

    March 11, 2015 10:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press is suing the U.S. State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The international news organization filed suit Wednesday morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The legal... more »
  • Convicted child killer released from jail

    January 22, 2015 11:56 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Corrections officials released a Louisiana man overnight who confessed to killing an 11-year-old Natchitoches girl in 1990 after he served only half his 50-year sentence. KTBS reports Phillip Deselle was released from the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer Wednesday night. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in... more »
  • US releases 5 Guantanamo prisoners, sends them to Kazakhstan

    December 31, 2014 1:59 AM

    MIAMI, FL - Five men held for a dozen years without charge at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan for resettlement. The two men from Tunisia and three Yemenis are among dozens of men held at Guantanamo who... more »
  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop

    December 24, 2014 2:14 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Tuesday that Seth Rogen's North Korea farce "will be in a number of theaters" beginning Thursday. He... more »
  • Hackers gloat over 'The Interview' cancellation in new email

    December 19, 2014 11:33 AM

    NEW YORK - Hackers have sent a new email to Sony Pictures Entertainment, praising the studio as "very wise" to cancel the release of "The Interview" and saying Sony's data is safe "as long as you make no more trouble." The email was confirmed Friday by a person close to... more »
  • More people flee Sydney hostage-crisis building

    December 15, 2014 4:55 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - Two more people have run out of a Sydney building where a hostage situation has been unfolding. Both women appeared to be employees of the chocolate shop and cafe where the hostage situation has been ongoing since Monday morning. They were both wearing aprons bearing the cafe's... more »
  • After Ebola recovery, doctor set to leave hospital

    November 11, 2014 2:03 AM

    NEW YORK - An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city is scheduled to be released from a hospital after beating the virus. Dr. Craig Spencer is expected to speak, but not take questions, as he leaves Bellevue Hospital on Tuesday. The city... more »
  • Nurse who had Ebola to be released

    October 28, 2014 7:19 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - An Emory University Hospital spokeswoman says a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola will be released Tuesday. Emory spokeswoman Holly Korschun told The Associated Press that Vinson will be leaving the hospital Tuesday after a 1 p.m. news conference to make a statement after tests... more »
  • OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court

    October 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    LAS VEGAS, NV - O.J. Simpson's appeal for release from a Nevada prison is now up to the state's Supreme Court. Simpson lawyers argue in a final brief to the Nevada high court that a lower court judge was wrong to deny the former football star a new trial in... more »
  • North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

    October 22, 2014 5:51 AM

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH - An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home. Officials say a plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton. The State Department announced Tuesday that the 56-year-old Miamisburg resident had... more »
  • US journalist to head home after Ebola recovery

    October 22, 2014 1:51 AM

    OMAHA, NE - An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will be released soon from an Omaha hospital. The Nebraska Medical Center says Ashoka Mukpo is scheduled to be discharged Wednesday morning from the hospital's biocontainment unit. Medical staff involved in his care plan to speak about his... more »
  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    October 21, 2014 6:20 PM

    OMAHA, NB - An Omaha hospital says an American video journalist is free of Ebola and will be released soon. The Nebraska Medical Center said Tuesday afternoon that Ashoka Mukpo's blood tested negative for the virus. He will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit on Wednesday. Mukpo said in... more »
  • US: 1 American released from North Korea

    October 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - After nearly six months in custody in North Korea, American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released. The State Department today announced the release of Fowle, who had been awaiting trial on charges of leaving a Bible at a nightclub in a northern port city last May. He's now... more »
  • Workers monitored at hospital following chemical exposure at plant

    September 24, 2014 3:36 PM

    GEISMAR- Employees at the Rubicon facility on Highway 75 in Ascension Parish are being observed for exposure to nitro benzene. A company spokesperson said there was a release of the solvent when a ruptured disk blew around 1:45 Wednesday afternoon. Six employees were showered on site. Three of the... more »
  • Newly released Rodrigue work to benefit LSU Play Video

    September 5, 2014 3:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The work of famed "Blue Dog" artist George Rodrigue will benefit LSU's School of Music. Prior to his 2013 death, Rodrigue designed what he termed "Take Five," a work that features his iconic Blue Dog surrounded by lush vegetation and symbols of the "rich musical heritage of... more »
  • Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

    August 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    HARVEY, IL - Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the last four hostages have been released unharmed to end a standoff with two armed men in a southern Chicago suburb. Dart says the two adults and two children still being held were freed Wednesday morning without a shot being fired.... more »
  • LSU vet school to release eagle

    March 28, 2014 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An eagle being treated at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Wildlife Hospital will be released Monday. The release will take place at 8:30 a.m. on the levee near the LSU vet school. The school is located at the corner of River Road and Skip Bertman... more »
  • MORE: man released from Angola, relishes in freedom

    March 11, 2014 11:02 PM

    ANGOLA- A man tasted freedom for the first time in three decades Tuesday evening, and he said his mind raced the second he stepped foot outside the walls of the State Penitentiary. Glenn Ford was released after a judge overturned his murder conviction and ordered him to leave Angola.... more »
  • La.'s longest-serving death row inmate released

    March 11, 2014 4:46 PM

    ANGOLA - A state District Court judge has vacated a Caddo Parish man's murder conviction and death sentence and ordered the man's release from Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola, where he spent the past 30 years. Glenn Ford has been on death row since 1984. Gary Clements and... more »
  • Documents from Clinton years being released

    February 28, 2014 6:46 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Archives says about 5,000 pages of previously unreleased documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration will be released Friday through the Clinton Presidential Library. The documents are expected to include confidential communications between the former president and his advisers along with records related to Clinton's... more »
  • Saints cut Hartley, sign Graham

    December 18, 2013 5:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Coach Sean Payton promised changes following the Saints loss, and a fan favorite was the first to go. The Saints released kicker Garrett Hartley on Tuesday. Hartley was integral in the team's Super Bowl run. He made the game-winner in OT against the Minnesota Vikings in... more »
  • Newtown to release 911 calls from school shooting

    December 4, 2013 6:29 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn.- Recordings of 911 calls from the Newtown school shooting are being released. A state prosecutor dropped his fight to continue withholding the tapes this week after an order to provide them to The Associated Press, which has sought the recordings in part to examine the police response to... more »
  • Ex-officers who won new trial seek bond

    November 6, 2013 9:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two of the former New Orleans police officers who won a new trial in connection with deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina have asked a federal judge to release them from prison. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately rule on the separate requests for... more »
  • LSU board members threatened with jail time

    September 10, 2013 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state judge has warned members of the LSU Board of Supervisors they could face jail time for failing to comply with a court order to turn over documents detailing their search for a new system-president earlier this year. District Judge Janice Clark issued the order... more »
  • Other options on the table for sinkhole buyouts

    August 22, 2013 10:58 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - There are other options on the table for property owners near the Assumption Parish sinkhole negotiating buyouts with Texas Brine. Some homeowners who want to stay are considering releases of liability, which would allow them to stay in their homes and receive a settlement, but then... more »
  • Plant reports chemical release after outage

    August 14, 2013 11:51 AM

    CONVENT - A fertilizer plant in St. James Parish reported a chemical release today after a power outage at the facility. According to an incident report, the Mosaic Fertilizer plant reported the release of sulfur dioxide after an outage at 10:15 a.m., but said there were no injuries. ... more »
  • GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

    May 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House's release of nearly 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans demanding more information. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says that Republicans hoped the limited release of... more »
  • LSU not releasing presidential candidates' names

    April 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU intends to appeal a judge's ruling that required the university system to turn over the names of about three dozen candidates considered during its presidential search. And the Board of Supervisors doesn't plan to immediately release the names. Board Chairman Hank Danos released a statement Friday... more »
  • Billy Cannon released from hospital after stroke

    February 21, 2013 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU football legend Billy Cannon left the hospital today after treatment for a stroke, according to the university's athletic department. Spokesperson Herb Vincent said Cannon's family told him the former Heisman winner was on his way home. He was rushed to the hospital Tuesday from Angola... more »
  • Chemical smell closes schools, senior center

    February 8, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A chemical smell closed elementary schools and a senior center in the Scotlandville area this morning. Crestworth Elementary, J. K. Haynes Elementary Charter and Crestworth Learning Academy all closed as a result of the smell Friday. Parents were intially told to pick their children up... more »
  • Edwards asks feds to end supervised release early

    January 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's flamboyant former Gov. Edwin Edwards says he's done his time, paid $2 million in fines and forfeitures and done everything required for his supervised release, and wants the supervision to end now. Federal prosecutors support the request. They say Edwards has served more than 18 months... more »

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