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  • Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal report

    March 11, 2015 3:36 PM

    FERGUSON - The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. A city official with knowledge of the situation said Thomas Jackson submitted... more »
  • Ferguson leaders, DOJ officials to meet again

    March 6, 2015 11:32 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Ferguson city leaders will meet with Justice Department officials in about two weeks and provide a plan for ways to improve the police department following a scathing report released this week. Mayor James Knowles III told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that the goal is... more »
  • Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

    March 3, 2015 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court. The official says the investigation found that officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too... more »
  • Report: State budget's biggest problem isn't oil

    February 25, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new report released by the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office cast doubt Wednesday on the Jindal administration's claims that a massive budget gap is largely due to falling oil prices. The Fiscal Office's report says the upcoming year's budget deficit was pegged at $1.2 billion before... more »
  • Safety board: Systemic flaws in gas pipelines oversight

    January 27, 2015 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Accident investigators say there are systemic weaknesses in the way natural gas providers protect against the rupture of major, high-pressure pipelines in populated areas. They are pointing to three powerful accidents in California, Florida and West Virginia in recent years. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board... more »
  • Army: Fort Hood lacked system to ID threat of 2014 rampage

    January 23, 2015 11:37 AM

    FORT WORTH, TX - A U.S. Army report says Fort Hood did not have a system in place that could have anticipated a deadly rampage last April that left four soldiers dead and 16 wounded. The report released Friday says there were no clear warnings that Spc. Ivan Lopez would... more »
  • Senate, CIA agree torture program was mismanaged

    December 24, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation. But both reports largely agree on one major failure: the CIA's mismanagement of the operation. The 525-page summary from the Senate Intelligence Committee paints... more »
  • Report: Torture leaves long-term psychological scars

    December 23, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Neuroscientists say the harsh techniques the CIA used to interrogate terrorism suspects can leave long-term psychological scars. The Senate torture report released earlier this month describes how interrogators sought to make detainees passive and powerless. They used techniques from sleep deprivation to stress positions to waterboarding to... more »
  • CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

    December 12, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan is acknowledging that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to captive terror suspects, and he says he can't prove the harsh treatment made the prisoners cooperate. But he defends the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives. That is the carefully balanced... more »
  • Outdoors Report: Go-Pro Christmas Gifts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 11, 2014 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE -BATON ROUGE - We are just 12 days from Christmas, and News Two's John Jackson has some gift ideas for your favorite outdoorsman or woman. Every hunter or fisherman wants to relive their great moments in the outdoors. They'll be able to brag a lot easier in... more »
  • CIA chief uses 9/11 horrors to defend torture

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan is defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation. Breanna opened a rare news conference Thursday by recounting the horrors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his agency's... more »
  • CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

    December 11, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal prosecution worldwide. The Senate Intelligence Committee's... more »
  • Report questions role of wealth in Newtown shooter's care

    November 22, 2014 10:47 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - A review of the educational and mental health background of the man who carried out the 2012 Newtown massacre asks whether the race and affluence of his family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems. A report released Friday by the Connecticut Office... more »
  • Report faults Red Cross response to Isaac, Sandy

    October 29, 2014 12:09 PM

    NEW YORK - A report from the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR says the American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The story was published Wednesday on the second anniversary of Sandy. It says the Red Cross was often more focused on... more »
  • Report: Federal budget deficit falls to $486B

    October 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says the federal government's budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama's six-year span in office. The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows better results than earlier projections by both CBO and the White House budget Office.... more »
  • Officials think West Nile is killing birds check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2014 3:37 AM

    THIBODAUX - Officials in Lafourche Parish are asking residents to report dead birds. The request is tied to concerns about West Nile virus, which can be carried by birds. Authorities say residents should exercise caution around dead birds and report them to the parish mosquito control department at 985-580-1629... more »
  • Auditor questions data in Medicaid program review

    August 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor's office is raising questions about the usefulness of an annual report evaluating private managed-care networks handling health services for Louisiana Medicaid patients. In a review released Monday, the auditor's office says the report that the Department of Health and Hospitals provided to lawmakers in... more »
  • Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

    August 5, 2014 5:51 PM

    NEW YORK - A published report says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites. The New York Times says the thievery was uncovered by Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of sifting out online security... more »
  • Medicaid rolls grow in states resisting health law

    May 13, 2014 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says at least a half-million more people have signed up for Medicaid in states that thus far have refused a federal offer to expand eligibility for the safety-net program for the poor. The report Tuesday from the market analysis firm Avalere Health found that 550,300... more »
  • NEW: BR man's book cover, claims father is Zodiac Killer

    May 12, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Zodiac Killer's son lives here and he's ready to tell-all in a new book, according to New York Magazine. Monday, the magazine posted a story on its website that Gary Stewart, of Baton Rouge, will be releasing a book through Harper Collins chronicling the search... more »
  • Report: Newtown shooter obsessed with Columbine

    November 25, 2013 2:09 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - A report on the Newtown school shooting says that the gunman had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence he had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime. The summary of the investigation by Connecticut State's Attorney... more »
  • Report due on Sandy Hook shooting investigation

    November 25, 2013 7:25 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Investigators are planning to release a long-awaited report on the Connecticut school shooting, nearly a year after the massacre of 20 children and six women inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. The summary report could provide some of the first official answers to questions about the history... more »
  • Scammer taking advantage of deaf students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 14, 2013 8:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Con artists are taking advantage of people with disabilities. The Louisiana School for the Deaf said at least one person is attempting to con people into donating money to a basketball team for the deaf. The school says over a two year period, and as recent... more »
  • Sheriff: Rape report filed before pastor slaying

    September 30, 2013 2:07 PM

    Lake Charles- A Louisiana sheriff says the wife of a man accused of killing a pastor filed a rape complaint against the preacher two days before he was killed. However, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Monday that investigators are trying to determine whether the woman's relationship with the pastor... more »
  • SI releases part 3 of report on OSU football program

    September 12, 2013 10:27 AM

    STILLWATER, Okla. - The third part of a report by Sports Illustrated about allegations surrounding the Oklahoma State football program has been released. It focuses on the lack of control with the Cowboys drug problem. LSU head football coach Les Miles was the coach at OSU from 2001... more »
  • Les Miles: Administration of OSU was 'done right'

    September 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU coach Les Miles says he's proud of his time as head coach at Oklahoma State and takes issue with "the idea that somebody would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct." Miles, who spoke on a Southeastern Conference teleconference Wednesday,... more »
  • Miles gets support from former player after allegations surface in magazine check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2013 11:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU's head football coach got some support from a former football player after a scathing Sports Illustrated report Tuesday. The magazine criticized Miles for his program at Oklahoma State University, alleging that NCAA rules were broken. Miles left OSU for LSU and his replacement's program was also... more »
  • Report: Violations at OSU while Miles was coach check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    STILLWATER, Okla.- Sports Illustrated released the first installment of a five-part series looking into allegations surrounding the Oklahoma State football program, and LSU's head coach figures prominently in the first installment. The issues stem back to the time Les Miles served as the head coach for OSU. In the... more »
  • Report: Water park "likely" violates Disabilities Act check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A preliminary report by the state fire marshal's office shows that the Cajun Lagoon Water Park is "likely" in violation of the American Disabilities Act, and will be shut down until those issues are resolved. The Denham Springs water park has been under scrutiny since the... more »
  • Father of drowning victim wants water park closed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2013 10:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The father of a teenager who drowned at an area water park is not happy after reading the incident report. The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained a copy of the report, written by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, dealing with the incident at Cajun Lagoon,... more »
  • Report details circumstances of Cajun Lagoon drowning

    August 27, 2013 4:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Owners of the Cajun Lagoon water park where a 14-year-old boy drowned last month told investigators they had four lifeguards on duty at the time of the accident. Yet, the insurers of the park only required one lifeguard to be on duty. That statement is part... more »
  • Report details fight between constable, student

    August 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A city constable encountered a student registering at Southern University several times before they got into an altercation which was caught on tape, according to an arrest report. The video showed the constable physically "body-slamming" the student, according to witnesses, and was viewed thousands of times... more »
  • Report: La. ranks 2nd worst in nursing home care

    August 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana nursing home care ranked second-worst in the nation, failing every staffing measure in a report by Families for Better Care, a nonprofit group whose goal is to improve long-term care. The group scored, ranked and graded states on eight federal quality measures, such as the average... more »
  • Family of seven killed in crash protest sentencing

    July 23, 2013 10:56 AM

    CLINTON - Family members of seven people killed by a drunken driver in Slaughter rallied outside the Clinton courthouse today, where they will finally get to review a pre-sentence report for Brett Gerald. The family members held signs claiming judicial racism on the part of the judge in the... 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 »
  • Official claims sinkhole depth exceeds estimates

    July 15, 2013 2:26 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - An official says the deepest part of the 22-acre sinkhole near Bayou Corne is at least 500 feet deep, and not between 110 to 220 feet deep that has been estimated by Texas Brine. John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security, says previous... more »
  • More likely Fed could ease bond buys

    July 5, 2013 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve could now be more likely to slow its bond purchases in the next few months, after a jobs report that was stronger than expected today. The government reported that employers added 195,000 jobs in June, and many more in April and May than previously thought.... more »
  • Report: Slain infant slapped, beaten by father check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 28, 2013 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A police report reveals more disturbing details about the events leading up to an infant's death last weekend in Baton Rouge. According to an affidavit of probable cause, the mother of 11-month-old Aaliyah Heard told investigators that on June 20 the girl's father, 26-year-old Larry Leflore,... more »
  • Report: La. has too few dentists for its residents

    June 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new national report says Louisiana has one of the worst dentist shortages in the nation. The analysis, released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, comes as the state Department of Health and Hospitals is slashing reimbursement rates paid to dentists through the Medicaid program with the... more »
  • Coroner: Infant had old injuries, death ruled homicide

    June 24, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An autopsy revealed the 11-month-girl who died this weekend also had several old injuries, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner. The coroner's office ruled Aaliyah Heard's death a homicide today, saying the child died from blunt force trauma to the head. The coroner... more »
  • Report says immigration bill cuts deficit

    June 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says a sweeping immigration bill before the Senate would cut deficits by $197 billion over 10 years. The bill would add $262 billion in new spending and tax credits over 10 years, a sum more than covered by $459 billion in increased revenues, according... more »
  • Report: VA hospital in N.O. is $370M over budget

    May 19, 2013 4:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A government report says construction of a new Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans is $370 million over budget and 14 months behind schedule. The Advocate reports that the hospital was initially expected to cost $625 million and be completed by December 2014. But a new report... more »
  • Benghazi report authors offer to testify in public, not private

    May 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The authors of a report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are telling a House Republican that they will testify in public -- but they won't submit first to private interviews with investigators for a House oversight panel. Thomas Pickering and former Joint... more »
  • Stock prices ease as manufacturing softens

    May 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    NEW YORK- A report of slowing manufacturing in the Northeastern U.S. is getting the stock market off to weak start. Traders were also disappointed by news that Europe's economic slump continued, dragging France into a recession. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 30 points at 15,186 shortly after the... more »
  • State Police shows off suspicious activity app check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 10, 2013 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police showed off a free app today designed to let people quickly report suspicious activity using their phones. The "See Something, Send Something" app is part of a initiative between intelligence centers across the U. S. People can take pictures of suspicious activity they... more »
  • Report shows persistence of TV violence

    May 1, 2013 10:21 AM

    NEW YORK - Violence has shown no signs of disappearing from prime-time television. A study of nearly 400 prime-time scripted programs finds that even in the sensitive period directly following the Connecticut school shooting, there were plenty of shootings, stabbings and beat-downs on TV. Violence was seen in nearly half... more »
  • Sandy dumped 11B gallons of sewage in waterways

    April 30, 2013 8:09 AM

    NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut. That's according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that's equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high... more »
  • Report issued on helicopter crash

    April 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation and Safety Board finds the two tail rotors were missing from a helicopter that crashed near the Calcasieu/Cameron Parish line in March. The American Press reports three people were killed when the Era helicopter went down while on a... more »
  • Report: Mathieu told NFL he'd failed 10+ drug tests

    April 12, 2013 12:51 PM

    PHOENIX, Ariz. - According to reports, former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu told an assistant NFL coach that he'd failed more than ten drug tests at LSU before he was kicked off the team. USA Today reported Mathieu told the unnamed coach he "stopped counting" once he got to ten... more »
  • People report trouble with complaint line check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2013 10:31 PM

    WALKER - A smelly situation has a community in Livingston Parish complaining. But, it's the inability to get through on the Department of Environmental Quality complaint line that worsened the situation. "It went straight to voice-mail," said resident Wayne Breaud. "And after the voice-mail it said that the voice-mail... more »
  • Virgin America best US airline performer in 2012

    April 8, 2013 9:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - A report on airline quality says U.S. airlines scored their second best performance last year, with Virgin America the leader. The annual report released Monday ranked the 14 largest U.S. airlines based on on-time arrivals, mishandled bags, consumer complaints and passengers who were bought tickets, but were turned... more »
  • DHH report: La. could save on Medicaid expansion

    March 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has quietly released a new financial analysis that estimates the state could save as much as $368 million over 10 years by expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program under the federal health law. The analysis was posted on DHH's website this week with... more »
  • 2012 BR stats show drop in serious crimes

    February 25, 2013 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite an uptick in violent crimes, police in Baton Rouge said the number of major crimes dropped overall last year. Baton Rouge Police released the FBI's 2012 uniform crime report, which showed the city had a 3.65 percent decrease in total major crimes. The report... more »
  • CATS members blast management

    February 1, 2013 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system's governing board began a series of meetings Thursday to discuss how to move the system forward following a recent report that recommended replacing CATS' top managers with contracted employees from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports some members of the Capital Area... more »
  • Fresh juicing allegations made against MLB players

    January 29, 2013 3:54 PM

    NEW YORK - Major League Baseball says it is "extremely disappointed" about new allegations of performance-enhancing drug use against Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and other players contained in a newspaper report. The Miami New Times says it had obtained files through an employee at a recently closed clinic in the... more »
  • Experts say 2nd industrial revolution starting in La. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new LSU energy report shows industry will invest $60 billion dollars in Louisiana projects over the next decade. The investments are tied to Louisiana's natural gas resources and production development, and expected to generate more than $20 billion directly to the state economy. Louisiana Chemical... more »
  • Report shows Randy Travis was drunk in crash

    January 11, 2013 7:31 PM

    Blood alcohol results in Texas show country star Randy Travis was almost twice the legal limit and drunk when he was arrested naked following a traffic crash in the town of Tioga, north of Dallas. The arrest was in August and he also faces charges for threatening officers. The D.A.... more »
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    January 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem... more »
  • US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.

    January 4, 2013 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during tense fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate stayed at 7.8 percent last month. November's rate was revised higher from an initially reported 7.7 percent. ... more »
  • Report: Online holiday sales up 14 percent

    January 3, 2013 4:25 PM

    RESTON, Va. - A report released Thursday says holiday shoppers spent $42.3 billion online in November and December, 14 percent more than in the same months a year ago. ComScore found that shoppers started the holiday season strong in November but a dip in consumer confidence hurt early December sales.... more »
  • Zachary Police report tornado

    December 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    ZACHARY - Police in Zachary tell the National Weather Service that one of its officers spotted a tornado near the Zachary-Slaughter Highway just east of East Cental Avenue. The report came in just after 3 p.m. as a strong line of thunderstorms raced over the area. No reports... more »
  • FBI: Hate crimes down slightly in 2011

    December 10, 2012 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2011 declined slightly compared to the previous year. Nearly half of the reported hate crimes in 2011 were motivated by racial bias, and one of every five hate crimes was motivated by a sexual orientation bias... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    December 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 1 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,048 from the previous week's total of 2,705. The department said similar spikes have occurred... more »
  • Stocks mixed as investors work through jobs report

    December 7, 2012 11:52 AM

    NEW YORK - Stocks are trading mixed on Wall Street as investors work through the government's latest jobs report. It turns out Superstorm Sandy didn't have as much of an impact on the employment picture last month as economists had expected. The government says the storm played only a minimal... more »
  • US new home starts jump to fastest pace in 4 years

    November 20, 2012 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government reports that the nation's home builders began construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008. It is fresh evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum. The Commerce Department says builders broke ground on homes in October at a seasonally adjusted annual... more »
  • Recall organizers fined $500 each by ethics board

    November 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Calcasieu Parish teachers who led failed recall efforts against Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley have been fined $500 each for failing to file campaign finance reports on time. Angie Bonvillian and Brenda Romero missed a deadline to file a report 45 days after... more »
  • Inspector General report sparks change with State Fire Marshal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2012 6:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A report by the Inspector General's Office highlights some inefficiencies with the way the State Fire Marshal's Office handles carnival ride inspections and investigations. The report focuses on an accident at a Greensburg fair in 2011 where two teens were injured on the "Zipper" ride. The... more »
  • Hurricane Sandy could delay October jobs report

    October 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy could complicate Friday's release of the October jobs report, the final snapshot of employment before the presidential election. U.S. Labor Department officials are still hopeful that they can release the report as scheduled. But they acknowledged that the storm could cause a delay. "Our intention is... more »
  • Report: Husband used kitchen knife to stab wife, fetus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 24, 2012 3:26 PM

    WALKER - An arrest report revealed more details today about what investigators found when they arrived at the scene of a stabbing in Walker. According to the report by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Jeffrey Reynolds used a kitchen knife to slash his pregnant wife's throat before cutting... more »
  • Club Palace owner speaks out about SI report check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 17, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The fallout continues after a report in Sports Illustrated cited possible NCAA violations for members of the LSU football team, including former stand-out Tyrann Mathieu. The magazine's claim stems from the players appearing in promotional flyers and videos for The Palace club in Baton Rouge. ... more »
  • Ethics board hears appeals for fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2012 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state ethics board denied several lawmakers' appeals to have ethics fines against them waived today. The fines in dispute ranged from a few hundred dollars to $8,000, and mostly dealt with campaign finance reports which were filed late or improperly. State Senator Elbert Guillory,... more »
  • Storm soaks Charlotte hours before Obama's speech

    September 6, 2012 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The jobs outlook in the U.S. brightened a bit Thursday just before President Barack Obama was to make his case for re-election to the American people. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government reported. And companies boosted hiring in August, according to a private survey.... more »
  • LSU Police: Photo-taking man harassed student

    August 22, 2012 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Police said they were investigating a report of a man on campus harassing a female student and taking pictures of her. Spokesperson Ernie Ballard said a student reported around 10:05 a.m. today she was approached by a man who claimed to be an art student... more »
  • Report shows US drought rapidly intensifying

    July 26, 2012 10:51 AM

    ST. LOUIS - A new report shows the drought in the nation's midsection is rapidly intensifying and shows no signs of abating. The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows the range of the drought in the continental U.S. has increased only slightly in the past week. But the severity... more »
  • Report: Louisiana among most vulnerable to voting problems

    July 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report lists Louisiana among six states ranked as least-prepared to deal with voting problems. The report from Common Cause, Rutgers Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation found Louisiana, along with Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi and South Carolina, had several defficiencies in voting preparedness. ... more »
  • Lawmakers seize on report detailing impact of cuts

    July 17, 2012 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats alike are pointing to a new report estimating that automatic budget cuts will cost the economy 2 million jobs. With five months to go before the across-the-board cuts kick in, the Aerospace Industries Association unveiled a report today that warned of job losses, billions of... more »
  • Report: Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse to avoid bad publicity

    July 12, 2012 2:27 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - An internal investigation into the child sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State concludes that top school officials, including longtime football coach Joe Paterno, hushed up allegations against Jerry Sandusky for fear of bad publicity. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says the investigation he headed found that "the... more »
  • Report: Penn St. disregarded children's welfare

    July 12, 2012 8:15 AM

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal concludes that the administrators who fielded a 2001 complaint about him created a dangerous situation for future victims by not reporting the matter. The Freeh Group's report issued Thursday said that in order to avoid bad publicity,... more »
  • Report on Sandusky internal investigation to be released today

    July 12, 2012 7:06 AM

    STATE COLLEGE - Joe Paterno's son Jay says the family is eagerly awaiting the release of Penn State's internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal and wants "the truth to come out." Asked today if he would have an open mind about the conclusion of the investigation by former... more »
  • PSU report on sex-abuse scandal due out Thursday

    July 10, 2012 2:55 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa.- A Penn State investigation into whether university officials helped cover up that Jerry Sandusky was molesting children will be released Thursday. The review is being led by former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh. Freeh on Tuesday announced the time frame for the release of the report.... more »
  • Shaw Group posts 3rd-quarter loss of $16 million

    July 10, 2012 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Shaw Group Inc. said today that losses narrowed in its fiscal third quarter, though most of that was because the company took a special impairment charge in the same period last year. The Baton Rouge technology and engineering firm reported a net loss of $16 million,... more »
  • Report: Gerald had been drinking at golf course before deadly wreck check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 29, 2012 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A State Police report said Brett Gerald, the man accused of driving drunk and killing seven people in a wreck, told investigators he'd been drinking for several hours at a local golf course. The report says following the crash, Gerald told investigators he was at the... more »
  • Gov't report: health cost relief only temporary

    June 12, 2012 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's been enjoying a respite from rising health care costs, but government experts say don't look for it to last. Health care spending will grow faster than the economy for the foreseeable future, says a report Tuesday from Medicare's nonpartisan economic analysts. President Barack Obama's health care... more »
  • Penn State making workers report abuse allegations

    June 8, 2012 2:59 AM

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State has instituted a new policy requiring all employees to report suspected child abuse to state authorities. The policy announced Thursday also requires annual training for any staffer in a position to report abuse. A school spokeswoman says the policy goes beyond current Pennsylvania law,... more »
  • Report: 1 detective wanted Zimmerman charged

    May 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - At least one police investigator wanted George Zimmerman to be charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. In a report released Thursday along with other evidence, the Sanford, Fla., detective told prosecutors that the fight between Zimmerman and Martin could have been avoided if Zimmerman had... more »
  • Treasurer, Jindal Administration disagree over job report check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy says the state workforce has been cut by about 7 percent over the past six years, but state employment costs have risen $650 million. The treasurer says proof is in a state audit made public in February. He says the only solution... more »
  • Stocks tumble after jobs report

    April 9, 2012 6:09 PM

    NEW YORK - Investors have had a three-day weekend to brood over disappointing job growth in March. When they got back to work today and delivered their verdict, it wasn't good. Stocks closed sharply lower, sending the Dow and S&P 500 to only their second four-day losing streak this year.... more »
  • Child sex abuse bill approved

    March 29, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Senate has approved a bill that would make it a crime to not report child sex abuse. The bill states any adult who sees child abuse would be required to report it, or face a felony charge with a prison sentence up to five years.... more »

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