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  • Spring shrimp season to close for inshore waters Sunday

    July 1, 2016 11:20 AM

    HOUMA - The spring inshore shrimp season, marked by low prices this year, will close at 6 p.m. Sunday in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday inshore shrimping will end from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou... more »
  • Governor Edwards names May 15 start of Hurricane Preparedness Week

    May 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed on Sunday that May 15 – 21 will be Hurricane Preparedness Week. Edwards released a joint statement with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to urge residents to “get a game plan” for the upcoming hurricane season. “Now... more »
  • Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far

    February 24, 2016 3:14 PM

    NEW YORK - The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That's a big improvement from last winter's nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective. Unlike last year's vaccine, this year's is a... more »
  • Deer season could close early in parts of Atchafalaya Basin

    January 5, 2016 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Deer season in parts of the Atchafalaya Basin could close early Friday due to rising flood waters. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday that rising flood waters in the Atchafalaya Basin could trigger an automatic closure of deer hunting season in parts of... more »
  • Pecan growers experience shortage in crops this year Play Video

    December 30, 2015 6:38 PM

    NEW ROADS - Pecan growers are having to adjust their prices because of a decrease in crops this year. "Last year we shelled until about the middle of May. It may be April when we stop this year," said Andre Bergeron, owner of Bergeron Pecan Company. Bergeron told News... more »
  • Recreational red snapper season coming to close

    December 30, 2015 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's recreational red snapper season comes to a close this week. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said the season will close Friday at 12:01 a.m. The state fall red snapper season opened Nov. 20 That gave anglers a final opportunity to take 88,823 pounds... more »
  • Crawfish season has arrived Play Video

    December 15, 2015 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tis' the season. For crawfish, that is. The Louisiana delicacy can be found on many restaurants menus across the Baton Rouge area. For this this time of year, its not unusual for the mudbugs to be sold. The rarity comes with the size. Christian... more »
  • EBR schools plan for peak of flu season Play Video

    November 12, 2015 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With flu season getting started in October, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is trying to get a grip on it before it peaks. Thursday, nurses were at Claiborne Elementary School to give vaccinations to 142 students. Consent forms were sent to the parents of all... more »
  • Hunting delay at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area

    November 8, 2015 1:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising waterfowl hunters who use the Greentree reservoir at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area that water will not be available for the opening of the upcoming waterfowl season. The state's East Zone opens for waterfowl hunting on Nov.... more »
  • Recreational red snapper season closes Wednesday

    September 8, 2015 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the state recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. State officials anticipate private recreational anglers will have harvested the state's projected share of the total Gulf of Mexico private angler harvest - 745,000 pounds,... more »
  • LSU students race to snag season tickets as sale deadline looms Play Video

    August 26, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students tickets for the upcoming LSU football season are nearly gone. Tiger football fans who also attend the university have had their chance to snag their tickets since the beginning of summer, and as of the end of today, nearly 14,000 student tickets have been sold.... more »
  • Forecasters confident this hurricane season will be light

    August 6, 2015 11:56 AM

    MIAMI - Forecasters are even more confident that this Atlantic hurricane season will be a breeze. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still warns coastal residents to be vigilant as the six-month season hits its peak. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center on Thursday gave its forecast calling for... more »
  • Wildlife and fisheries to consider early fall shrimp season

    July 20, 2015 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to consider open dates for the 2015 autumn shrimp season. That means the season will likely open before the commission's next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 6. At the commission's July meeting, Louisiana Department... more »
  • Louisiana's brown shrimp season to reopen in some areas

    July 17, 2015 4:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the brown shrimp season will reopen in parts of the Mississippi Sound. The affected areas will reopen Monday at 6 p.m. For a map detailing the areas currently open to shrimping visit here. In addition to the open waters of... more »
  • LHSAA reaches deal with high school referees

    July 13, 2015 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The high school football season will go on in Louisiana without replacement referees. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association agreed to tentative terms with the referees to keep them on the field this season. The exact terms of the deal haven't been released, but a source tells... more »
  • 2015 Louisiana dove season's first split to open Sept. 5

    July 8, 2015 8:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The opening split of the 2015 Louisiana dove season in the north zone will open Sept. 5 and run through Sept. 27 if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves date submissions by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Additional north zone splits for dove would be Oct.... more »
  • Louisiana spring shrimp season to close Friday

    June 17, 2015 6:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. Friday, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday that the closure does not affect: --Lake... more »
  • Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup

    June 16, 2015 8:10 AM

    CHICAGO- The Chicago Blackhawks are drinking from the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons. Duncan Keith scored the game-winner and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves as the Hawks closed out the finals in six games, beating Tampa Bay 2-0. The game was scoreless until Keith followed... more »
  • New Roads hosts Blessing of the Boats ceremony and honors vets

    May 24, 2015 6:58 PM

    NEW ROADS - The Blessing of the Boats annual prayer ceremony happened Sunday afternoon. Every year, boaters get a prayer said over their boats to prepare for boating season. This year, more than 20 boats were blessed in a traditional event that has lasted over three decades. "It... more »
  • Saints release 2015 schedule

    April 21, 2015 9:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans will get their first chance to see the New Orleans Saints in action on August 13 when the team visits the Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m., the team announced late Tuesday. Of the four preseason games, the first and last are... more »
  • CDC: Nasty flu season has peaked, is retreating

    February 13, 2015 12:10 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A new report shows this winter's nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating. The flu reached its highest levels around the beginning of January, and stayed there for weeks. The government report out Friday shows flu has become less widespread and less intense in... more »
  • Farmers: Outlook for crawfish harvest is decent

    January 2, 2015 11:21 AM

    HOUMA - With this year's winter seeing mild temperatures so far, crawfish farmers are expecting a decent crop of crawfish in the coming months. Cold weather sends crawfish into a lethargic state where they don't feed as much and many bury themselves in the mud. Warmer temperatures make crawfish more... more »
  • Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

    December 19, 2014 2:39 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported cases were widespread in 29 states last week. If the trend continues, it could bring another early peak... more »
  • Outdoors Report: Duck Season Arrives Play Video

    November 21, 2014 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Duck season opened last weekend in the West Zone, and the East Zone is just days away from starting. "Opening morning is the best morning of them all, because you know there are going to be a lot of ducks out there," explains Ron Guidry from... more »
  • Pecan season is here Play Video

    October 31, 2014 6:32 PM

    NEW ROADS - The holiday season is here, and with it comes pecan season. Steve Bergeron from H.J. Bergeron Pecan Shelling company said this year's crops are a few weeks late in its harvest. "There's a huge crop out there. But the problem being that since we had... more »
  • Outdoors Report: Duck Season Preps Play Video

    October 31, 2014 6:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - November arrives tomorrow, which means duck season returns in a couple of weeks. In this week's Outdoors Report, John Jackson gives you a birds eye view of how to get your limit. Watch the video for more information. more »
  • Sticker shock: The price of an LSU loss Play Video

    October 6, 2014 9:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses are taking a hit with LSU's lackluster start to the season. Managers at businesses depending on LSU to attract customers said Monday, they've seen high-dollar differences the Sunday following an LSU loss. "Everybody's just in a period of mourning after a big loss," Zippy's... more »
  • Spring shrimp season nears end in some areas

    July 9, 2014 5:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana wildlife officials say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close next week in parts of the state. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. July 15 in the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to... more »
  • Outdoors Report: Not too late for crawfish Play Video

    June 13, 2014 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Crawfish season is wrapping up, but it is not too late to get out and get a little dirty. In this week's Outdoors Report, John Jackson tells you where there are plenty of mudbugs left to be found. more »
  • New Orleans metro area officials to talk hurricane

    May 30, 2014 3:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials from around the New Orleans metro area will gather to talk about the hurricane season that begins Sunday. They'll be talking Friday about hurricane preparedness and public safety, coordination among state and local organizations and agencies, and about the levee systems. They include the district commander... more »
  • Red snapper anglers' season cut from 11 to 9 days

    May 14, 2014 6:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal fisheries officials have cut this year's recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1. A NOAA Fisheries news release says the change was needed because the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reduced the snapper quota... more »
  • LSU's Mickey returning for sophomore season

    April 23, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU basketball standout Jordan Mickey has decided to return to campus for his sophomore season. Mickey made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. He said feedback from the NBA showed him he needed "to get bigger, stronger and faster" before going pro. The freshman... more »
  • Red snapper season limited to 11 days

    April 10, 2014 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The season for charters and recreational fisherman to reel in red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico will only be 11 days this year. The season will start on June 1. It was 42 days last year. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved... more »
  • NFL conference title games' TV viewership up big

    January 20, 2014 2:43 PM

    NEW YORK- The NFL conference title games' television viewership is up big from last season. The Broncos' 26-16 win over New England for the AFC championship averaged 51.3 million viewers Sunday on CBS. That's up 22 percent from the early game a year ago between San Francisco and Atlanta. The... more »
  • Commission sets king mackerel season

    January 10, 2014 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has set the 2014 commercial king mackerel season that starts July 1. Officials said Thursday that once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota of approximately 1.18 million pounds is met or projected to be met. King mackerel... more »
  • Deer mating season, drivers watch out Play Video

    December 26, 2013 10:21 PM

    RAMAH - It's a busy time of year for deer, which can pose a problem for drivers. Between the colder months of October and January, deer are on the move searching for food and a mate. "Deer are moving around a lot," said Wildlife & Fisheries biologist Tony... more »
  • Weak 2013 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close

    November 25, 2013 2:05 PM

    MIAMI- Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends Saturday, has delivered the fewest hurricanes since 1982. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a news release Monday that drier-than-expected air led to the weak season. There were 13 named storms, but only two - Ingrid and... more »
  • Mississippi tries to return to NCAA tournament

    November 1, 2013 8:52 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi's Marshall Henderson will eventually be back to help the Rebels try to make the NCAA tournament for a second straight season. It's unclear if he'll have enough help around him to make that a reality. The Rebels are coming off one of the most successful seasons in... more »
  • Broncos entertain Ravens for NFL opener

    September 5, 2013 10:16 AM

    DENVER - For football fans the wait has been difficult. A lot of time has passed since the end of the Super Bowl, when Baltimore beat San Francisco, and a new season is about to start this evening. The opening game of the 2013 schedule is being played in Denver... more »
  • Saints bring fresh faces into Week 1 vs. Atlanta

    September 2, 2013 6:37 PM

    METAIRIE - It looks like Saints coach Sean Payton will open the regular season by throwing a dose of youth and inexperience at the visiting Atlanta Falcons. As of Monday, 10 rookies - six of them undrafted - and three other players who have yet to appear in a regular-season... more »
  • Reality TV lures out-of-state gator hunters to La.

    August 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Reality television may be bringing more out-of-state alligator hunters to Louisiana. State alligator program head Noel Kinler says licenses issued to out-of-state trappers are on pace to eclipse last year's record of 507. The 30-day season opens in eastern Louisiana on Wednesday and on Sept.... more »
  • Report: Saints lose Smith to injury for season

    August 26, 2013 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans outside linebacker Will Smith, one of the Saints' top pass-rushers during the past nine seasons, has a knee injury that will sideline him for the 2013 season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity... more »
  • Undefeated '72 team honored at White House

    August 20, 2013 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - It took a long time but the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins are finally being honored with a White House celebration. The salute is taking place today as President Barack Obama will host former team members and their then-coach, Hall of Famer Don Shula, at a White House... more »
  • Shrimpers head out for season's start

    August 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    GOLDEN MEADOW - Shrimpers across south Louisiana say they are ready for the start of the white shrimp season. About 60 percent of the shrimp harvested in the U.S. comes from the Gulf of Mexico. The total domestic shrimp harvest brought in $518 million in 2011. The Courier reports the... more »
  • NOAA trims forecast for busy hurricane season

    August 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast Thursday, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of... more »
  • Supplemental red snapper season likely in Gulf

    July 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Scientists say one of the most popular fish in the Gulf of Mexico has rebounded enough to allow a second season for red snapper this year. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets in New Orleans on Wednesday to consider increased fishing quotas and a supplemental... more »
  • Several LSU games on SEC TV schedule

    July 16, 2013 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's home opener for the 2013 season against UAB will kick off at 6 p.m. CT on Sept. 7, and be televised on ESPNU. The SEC announced the time Tuesday as part of the league's release of the early season TV schedule. LSU's game against... more »
  • La. closes shrimp season in most inside waters

    July 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - State wildlife and fisheries regulators say the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close Thursday at 6 a.m. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' announcement Friday affects the remaining portions of Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake where the season had been extended,... more »
  • Fisheries officials: Below-average shrimp season

    July 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    HOUMA - Federal fisheries officials are predicting a below-average brown shrimp season for the next year in waters off Louisiana and federal waters off Louisiana and Texas. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issue an annual prediction of brown shrimp catches based on monitoring juvenile population numbers, growth... more »
  • LSU falls to North Carolina 4-2, ends CWS run

    June 18, 2013 5:10 PM

    OMAHA, Neb. - LSU ended their title run in Omaha, but not the way they wanted to. The Tigers fell to North Carolina 4-2 in today's elimination game. The LSU Tiger baseball team just couldn't find enough offense to match their relatively solid pitching performances at the College World... more »
  • NOAA: 28-day red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico

    June 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal regulators have set a 28-day recreational season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, adding days in federal waters off Louisiana, Texas and Florida and cutting days off of Mississippi and Alabama. The uniform season is required because a federal judge found that regulators illegally... more »
  • Judge: Feds must redo red snapper seasons

    June 4, 2013 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says federal regulators used a false claim of emergency to cut the federal season for red snapper off of Texas and Louisiana, and did so to punish those states for setting seasons and limits beyond federal limits. District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Texas,... more »
  • Get prepared with 'Weathering The Storm' tonight

    May 30, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and the WBRZ News 2 weather team wants you to be prepared. Tune in tonight for our special coverage, "Weathering The Storm," starting at 7 p.m. on WBRZ. Pat Shingleton, Dave Nussbaum, Ryan Davidson and Keller Watts will provide insight... more »
  • MDWFP finalizes 2013 alligator season

    May 28, 2013 8:54 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will issue 920 lottery-based permits for seven hunting zones for the 2013 alligator season. The 10-day season runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9. A private lands season is also available to landowners whose properties meet specific qualifications within 28... more »
  • La. hurricane sales tax holiday this weekend

    May 20, 2013 7:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Shoppers can prepare for the hurricane season while saving some pennies during the state's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The 2013 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 26. Louisiana law spares those shopping for hurricane-related purchases from... more »
  • LSU hosts Ole Miss for last regular-season series

    May 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Second-ranked LSU (46-7, 21-6 SEC) plays host tonight to Ole Miss for the start of their last regular season three-game series. LSU is No. 2 in the SEC with a 2.37 team ERA, and the Tigers' staff is fourth in the league in strikeouts with 412.... more »
  • 1st tropical storm of eastern Pacific season forms

    May 15, 2013 4:33 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say the first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Alvin formed Wednesday. It had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (64 kph) and was moving west at... more »
  • Ravens to open season on the road

    April 19, 2013 9:51 AM

    NEW YORK - The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season at Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game. The NFL champs usually host the opener, but the Orioles are home Sept. 5 and could not move their game. So quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens... more »
  • LSU baseball off to best start since 1986

    April 1, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Tigers' sweep of SEC opponent Missouri this weekend puts them at one of their best starts to the season in decades. No. 2 LSU improved to 26-2 overall and 8-1 in the SEC after the three-game series this weekend. It's the best start for the... more »
  • Busy day of play in the big leagues

    April 1, 2013 10:10 AM

    UNDATED - Following last night's opening season win by the Astros over the Rangers, many of the remaining Major League teams see their first action of the 2013 season today. In fact, there are 12 games on the schedule with nine of them taking place this afternoon. In matinee play,... more »
  • LSU freshmen could be guaranteed football tickets Play Video

    March 20, 2013 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One lawmaker wants to grant all incoming LSU freshmen season football tickets. Rep. Terry Brown of Colfax submitted House Bill 144 Tuesday. The legislation "requires the LSU Board of Supervisors to allocate to each first-time entering freshman enrolled at LSU-Baton Rouge on a full-time basis at... more »
  • Flu remains widespread in US; eases in some areas

    January 18, 2013 10:24 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29. In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual.... more »
  • Shrimp season to close in some La. inside waters

    January 16, 2013 7:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that fall shrimp season will close Friday in all state inside waters east of the Mississippi River - except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds. The department said in a news release Tuesday that it... more »
  • Chris Faulk latest LSU Tiger to turn pro

    January 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's list of underclassmen entering the NFL draft reached 11 when offensive tackle Chris Faulk decided to forgo his senior season. Faulk was considered a candidate for early entry before the season, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against North Texas. Apparently he... more »
  • Prepping for a truncated season

    January 8, 2013 10:36 AM

    UNDATED - Many NHL players continue to filter back to North American from Europe to prepare for an abbreviated season. The league and players are frantically trying to get ready for camp this weekend after the two sides reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday morning. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly... more »
  • NHL labor peace at last

    January 7, 2013 2:25 PM

    NEW YORK - There will be an NHL season. The league and the players' association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and begin an abbreviated season later this month. The 10-year deal was forged after a 16-hour marathon session led by federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who... more »
  • CDC says data shows worsening flu season

    January 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the more severe in recent years. Earlier reports indicated that this could be a bad flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the data now confirm it. In the last week... more »

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