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  • Louisianians urged to pre-register for disaster food aid

    June 10, 2017 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's social services agency is encouraging people to pre-register for disaster food stamp aid in case a hurricane strikes the state this year. Disaster food stamps are available to households that wouldn't regularly be eligible for the food assistance, but who need help buying groceries... more »
  • Recognizing National EMS Week Play Video

    May 26, 2017 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Paramedics working countless hours in the community are recognized for doing what they do best. This week marks National EMS Week. Friday, WBRZ joined an EMS crew in the middle of their shift as it responded to calls around East Baton Rouge Parish. The ride-along included... more »
  • Services planned for 6-year-old Mississippi boy shot to death after car theft

    May 24, 2017 11:51 AM

    CANTON - Services have been set for a 6-year-old boy shot to death after a car theft outside a Jackson grocery store. WLBT-TV reports that a celebration of life for Kingston Frazier is planned for noon Friday at Morning Star Baptist Church. Byron McBride Jr.; Dwan Wakefield Jr.; and D'Allen... more »
  • Goodwood library to offer free restoration services for flood-damaged photos

    April 19, 2017 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Library is offering photo restoration services for residents whose photos were damaged in the August flood. The library is partnering with Operation Photo Rescue to offer services for two days to those who wish to recover their photos. The two-day event will... more »
  • Massage parlor closes amid sheriff's office investigation Play Video

    April 17, 2017 9:50 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Three women are facing charges in Ascension Parish for giving massages without a license. A sign outside of the E & W Health Center on Airline Highway says the business is undergoing renovations. But the lights were off outside and no one came to the door... more »
  • $10K grant for LSU Health student program to help homeless

    January 13, 2017 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans human services nonprofit is giving $10,000 to a program run by medical students to help homeless women and children get health care and education. LSU Health New Orleans says the grant comes from La Societe des Dames Hospitalieres. Students from five of the six... more »
  • Aramark to lay off more than 200 employees at Lafayette Medical Center

    October 17, 2016 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Aramark Healthcare Services, LLC, stationed at the Lafayette Medical Center, has announced that more than 200 employees will be laid off later this year. Lafayette Medical Center did not renew its contract with the company and will result in Aramark ceasing operations at the hospital on Dec.... more »
  • Funeral services set for slain deputy, daughter

    October 1, 2016 11:28 AM

    BRUSLY - Funeral services are scheduled for a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy and her daughter who were killed following an argument with a neighbor outside their home in Glynn. Visitation for 42-year-old Donna LeBlanc, and 20-year-old Carli LeBlanc, will be from 9 a.m. until services at 2 p.m.... more »
  • Funeral services for WBR deputy and daughter set for Saturday

    September 29, 2016 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A deputy who was killed along with her daughter in a double-murder suicide on Tuesday will be laid to rest on Saturday. Corporal Donna LeBlanc and her 21-year-old daughter, Carli Jo, were killed during a shooting at their home. Police identified the shooter as their neighbor,... more »
  • New Orleans-flavored funeral for jazz musician Pete Fountain

    August 8, 2016 1:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Famed jazz musician Pete Fountain, who died Saturday, will get a New Orleans-flavored send-off during funeral services next week. Fountain's son-in-law and manager Benny Harrell said services will be held Aug. 17 at the city's St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. Harrell said the service will... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald laid to rest Play Video

    July 21, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A large crowd turned out for the first of three funerals for officers slain during last Sunday’s tragic ambush shooting. A viewing for Officer Matthew Gerald took place earlier on Friday morning at the site of his funeral service which began at 11 a.m. at Healing... more »
  • Vigil for fallen officers at Healing Place church Play Video

    July 19, 2016 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A large vigil was held Wednesday night at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. More than two-thousand people were in attendance. The crowd was made up of denominations from across the city. Watch the video of the emotional vigil here. Here's what's planned for Thursday:... more »
  • Al Sharpton among speakers at Sterling funeral Friday

    July 11, 2016 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Alton Sterling's funeral will be held Friday at Southern Univeristy, according to a release from the school. Viewing will be from 8 to 10:30 am before the funeral at 11 am in the university's F.G. Clark Activity Center. Sterling, 37, was shot to death by... more »
  • Funeral for Jefferson Parish deputy to be held Monday

    June 27, 2016 1:20 PM

    GRETNA – Funeral services for a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy that was shot and killed Wednesday, June 22 in the line of duty will be held Monday afternoon. Deputy David Michel, Jr., 51, was shot to death near a Dunkin' Donuts on Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey. Witnesses told investigators the... more »
  • Calcasieu Parish starts court with options for veterans

    January 10, 2016 4:02 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A new Veterans Treatment Court in Calcasieu Parish will offer mentoring and services instead of jail time for military veterans who are facing some criminal charges. The American Press reports the purpose of the court will be to divert veterans with service-connected substance abuse or mental health... more »
  • Mental health services see spike in demand as hospitals close Play Video

    November 30, 2015 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The growing mental health crisis in the Baton Rouge area was highlighted with the ongoing demolition of the Greenwell Springs Mental Hospital, and alternate services are struggling to keep up with the demand. Joyce Louis and Debra Kennedy are sisters who run an organization they call Shekinak... more »
  • Bill proposes beefier insurance for Uber, Lyft drivers

    May 20, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft would be required to carry beefed-up insurance policies under a proposed law advancing in the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings, said the bill is a "21st century" solution to public safety concerns that have... more »
  • State warns of reported phony 'rebate' scam

    December 11, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is warning the public of a potential scam that has been reported in the Lafayette area involving phony offers for discount store rebate cards. The con artists aim to trick people into providing credit card information. A news release... more »
  • Firefighters honor 9/11 victims Play Video

    September 10, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department gathered for a moment of silence Thursday morning to honor those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks 13 years ago. Throughout the day, many organizations in the Baton Rouge community will host multiple events to honor and give... more »
  • Savory food for a great cause at Capital Chef's Showcase Play Video

    August 22, 2014 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can enjoy some delicious food for a great cause at the Capital Chef's Showcase. It's all to benefit Cancer Services of Baton Rouge. The event is Thursday, September 4th at the Baton Rouge River Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You can find more information... more »
  • Pastor shot, killed during La. church service

    September 28, 2013 4:37 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A Louisiana pastor has been shot and killed during a nighttime revival service, and authorities say a suspect has been arrested. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers says the shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles. Myers says... more »
  • Obama: US will give allies info on spying claims

    July 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Barack Obama says all nations in the world with intelligence services try to understand what other nations are thinking. He says that's why they have intelligence services. Obama is pushing back against opposition from key allies who are upset about revelations regarding secret U.S.... more »
  • Jindal defends disabled services program veto

    June 25, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his decision to strip $4 million from next year's budget that would have expanded a program that provides at-home services to the developmentally disabled. The Republican governor has faced criticism for line-item vetoes that struck out that funding for a program called... more »
  • Family spared in crash pays respects to dead pilot

    June 12, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The family who was inside a house just minutes before a plane crashed on top of it and exploded paid respects to the pilot who was killed in the crash. Wednesday, the Smith family spent the evening at funeral services for John Fowler. Fowler died Friday when... more »
  • Services for fallen soldier today

    June 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Services are scheduled for this morning to honor a fallen soldier from Tickfaw. Spc. Chris Drake, 20, died recently in Afghanistan after the truck he was driving was hit by an RPG. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Eagle Heights Church in... more »
  • Rayville woman pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

    May 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
  • Homelessness increases in Terrebonne

    May 27, 2013 8:50 AM

    HOUMA - The number of homeless people in Terrebonne Parish is on the rise as services statewide continue to dwindle, a survey indicates. The Courier reports that a February count shows 78 adults and 34 children in Terrebonne were either in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the streets.... more »
  • PSC to revisit energy efficiency program debate

    May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program. The Public Service Commission has been sued over its handling of the issue, with three organizations claiming the commission broke the state's open meetings law by refusing to allow public... more »
  • EKL shuts down Play Video

    April 15, 2013 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The capital city enters a new era of health care Monday as a longstanding medical facility has closed its doors for good. Earl K. Long was forced to shut down due to state budget cuts and changes in the LSU Health System. The hospital has... more »
  • La. domestic violence services threatened Play Video

    April 12, 2013 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Domestic violence service providers across Louisiana are worried about their future. They are afraid Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed budget will pass among lawmakers and pass along a funding 38% cut. The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been collecting data about domestic violence related services... more »
  • OLOL taking on more responsibility, security changes Play Video

    April 2, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As care at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital winds down, services and safety changes at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center are ramping up. Earl K. Long closes on April 15th, and OLOL will begin operating several medical clinics around Baton Rouge and take over... more »
  • Jindal proposes $1.4B in new taxes on services

    March 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Your paycheck will grow larger, but in exchange, your haircut, cable TV and insurance bills will go up, if lawmakers agree to Gov. Bobby Jindal's rewrite of Louisiana's tax code. Jindal wants to do away with state income taxes, but he doesn't want to shrink the state's revenue... more »
  • Tax plan targets services Play Video

    March 14, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to reform the state's tax system and eliminate the individual income tax would also need to add taxes on some services for the first time. Traditionally, services like haircuts, landscaping, pet grooming and cable TV aren't taxed, but Jindal's plan would add the... more »
  • EKL reducing services

    March 7, 2013 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Declining staff levels at LSU's Earl K. Long Medical Center and its clinics in Baton Rouge have led to a reduction of inpatient and outpatient services to the poor and uninsured. Employee departures have picked up since late January when LSU officials moved up the Long facility's... more »
  • Program to aid Lafayette pregnant teens

    January 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    LAFAYETTE- The Lafayette Parish School System plans to launch a program next school year for teen mothers and pregnant teens that would provide on-campus child care and support services for the young mothers. Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper says the program will be housed at Northside High School with a... more »

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