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  • Louisiana avoids credit rating drop, stays on negative outlook

    August 6, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has escaped a credit rating downgrade. National rating agency Moody's Investors Service announced Thursday that it is keeping Louisiana at its same credit rating for an upcoming bond sale that will be used to finance work on Interstate 49 South. The agency, however, left Louisiana on... more »
  • Train accident closes Airline Highway near South Choctaw Drive

    July 31, 2015 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Airline Highway was briefly closed in both directions near South Choctaw Drive due to an accident involving a train. The Department of Transportation and Development reported that traffic was backed up for more than two miles to Plank Road on US 61 South and Tom Drive... more »
  • A look at calls to remove Confederate symbols across South

    June 23, 2015 12:36 PM

    In the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a bipartisan mix of officials across Southern states are calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy. Here's a look at what's happening and what's being proposed: ___ South Carolina Lawmakers... more »
  • Celebrate a Southern Spring in St. Francisville check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 7:53 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - This weekend St. Francisville will host the 44th annual Audubon Pilgrimage . Christian Tregle and St. Francisville Mayor, Bill D'Aquilla stopped by 2une In this morning to tell us more about this celebration of southern spring, and explain why John James Audubon called the city his "happy... more »
  • La. lawyers argue against gay marriage in fed court

    January 9, 2015 4:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has made its case against gay marriage to a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Attorney Kyle Duncan, special counsel for the Louisiana attorney general's office, says same-sex weddings are a "novel perception" with unforeseen consequences, and states can and should decide whether... more »
  • 4 killed as severe weather sweeps South

    December 23, 2014 6:39 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Severe storms have killed at least four people in Mississippi and damaged homes and businesses throughout the state. leading to the governor declaring a state of emergency for two counties. Gov. Phil Bryant's office says thousands were without power Tuesday night around Columbia, which is about 80... 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 »
  • Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

    December 18, 2014 11:29 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - Apple CEO Tim Cook is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced the contribution Thursday. The amount isn't being disclosed, but the organization calls it "substantial." Human Rights Campaign spokesman... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu's remarks on race anger Republicans

    October 31, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested that President Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race. In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Landrieu was quoted as saying that the South "has not always been the... more »
  • Saints defeat Buccaneers 37-31 in OT

    October 5, 2014 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints locked up their second win of the season with a touchdown 5 minutes and 36 seconds into overtime. The win puts the Saints (2-3) tied for second in the NFC South with Atlanta and 1 game behind Carolina for the division lead. The Saints... more »
  • Youth soccer championship kicks off on Thursday

    June 17, 2014 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With soccer fever taking over the country after the U.S. victory over Ghana on Monday, fans and families will have a chance to see the future of U.S. Soccer as the 2014 Region III Youth Soccer Championships kick off Thursday in Baton Rouge. Hundreds of youth... more »
  • All lanes on LA 1 South reopened

    May 12, 2014 1:44 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Two lanes of LA 1 South in Port Allen that were blocked due to an overturned truck, have now been reopened. The right and center lanes were blocked on LA 1 South at Avenue G after the truck's load shifted, causing it to roll over. The... more »
  • Deadly storms leave behind devastation, flooding

    April 30, 2014 3:40 AM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle, the latest area of the country to be pummeled by a dayslong chain of severe weather. Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson says rescue crews can't respond to some calls early Wednesday... more »
  • Police: 2 dead after car crashes into Texas crowd check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - Police say two people have died after a car drove through temporary barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians. Lt. Brian Moon says the two victims were confirmed dead at the scene in downtown Austin, along a block where... more »
  • Falcons trying to come to terms with dismal season

    November 19, 2013 3:47 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - These are strange times for the Atlanta Falcons. They are 2-8, have lost four in a row and are pretty well assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints (8-2). Players such as quarterback Matt Ryan... more »
  • Saints look to stay atop NFC South

    November 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints(7-2) will attempt to knock off the team who beat them in the 2011-12 NFC Divisional Game and stay atop the NFC South Division. The Carolina Panthers trail the Saints with a 6-3 record and play New England on Monday Night Football. One record... more »
  • SKorea says NKorea has fired long-range rocket

    December 11, 2012 7:16 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea says North Korea has fired a long-range rocket in a defiant move just days ahead of South Korea's presidential election. It was the second rocket launch under leader Kim Jong Un. Kim took power following his father Kim Jong Il's death one year ago.... more »
  • GOP-led states start warming up to health care law

    November 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - From the South to the heartland, the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law is cracking. Ahead of a federal deadline Friday for states to declare their intentions, Associated Press reporters interviewed governors and state officials around the country. AP found surprising openness... more »
  • Putin to fly with cranes

    September 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to take a page out of the the movie "Fly Away Home" by putting on a fake beak to lead a flock of endangered Siberian white cranes on part of their migration to Asia. He'll pilot a motorized hang-glider to guide them since the... more »
  • One dead, two cases confirmed in La. E Coli outbreak

    June 8, 2012 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One person is dead in Louisiana and two more cases have been confirmed to be part of an E-Coli outbreak in the South. In other states, 12 more people have recently became ill from E-Coli. Find out how many other people could be exposed, and... more »
  • Tiger Stadium expansion benefits other LSU sports check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 3, 2012 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Applications are available for the new suites and club seats in Tiger Stadium's South End Zone expansion. The 60 Tiger Den Suites and 3000 Stadium Club seats will be awarded to fans who request them on a priority point basis. A donation of $69,000 is required... more »
  • Brown widows creeping into south La.

    April 18, 2012 7:36 AM

    HOUMA - Brown widow spiders - a breed of poisonous invasive spiders - are on the march across Louisiana and have already been sighted in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. According to Louisiana State University AgCenter officials, the spiders are generally found in tropical areas. The brown widow spider is closely... more »
  • GOP hopefuls look South

    March 11, 2012 9:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Polls show a close race in the two Republican presidential primaries set for Tuesday. Alabama and Mississippi are seen as critical to Newt Gingrich's ability to stay in the race. A Gingrich aide has said the former House Speaker must win both primaries. Rick Santorum is looking to... more »
  • Gingrich campaign doubles down on South

    March 8, 2012 7:13 AM

    ATLANTA - Newt Gingrich's poor showing in every Super Tuesday state except Georgia gives him an increasingly narrow path to win the nomination, one that now depends on the South. The Gingrich campaign has canceled plans to visit Kansas, instead zeroing in on Mississippi and Alabama, which hold primaries next... more »
  • ATV fatal crash

    February 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 52-year-old Belle Rose man was killed in an All Terrain Vehicle accident on Jolimar Street by LA 1 in Assumption Parish. Michael Harris Sr. was traveling north on the southbound shoulder on LA 1 approaching Jolimar Street according to State Police. Harris turned onto... more »
  • Update: Right lane near I-110 S at Chippewa blocked

    February 1, 2012 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An accident is blocking the right lane on I-110 southbound past the Chippewa exit. The left and center lanes remain open. more »
  • Tornado warnings as storms cross Midwest, South

    January 23, 2012 6:57 AM

    Update: Emergency officials say 2 people have died in Birmingham from the storms. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas as storms moved through parts of the South and Midwest late Sunday and early Monday, prompting reports of damaged homes and tornado warnings in some areas. The National... more »
  • Bachmann ends her campaign for GOP nomination

    January 4, 2012 9:38 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign - leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race. She said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President... more »
  • Obesity rates still rising in many states

    July 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - In 1995, not one state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Today, all but one does. An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state with the lowest obesity rate... more »
  • St. Joseph Academy students work in South Africa

    June 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    Instructor John Richardson and student Margeaux Marks from St. Joseph's Academy stop by 2une In to talk about their project to bring internet and new computers to students in South Africa. more »
  • Floodwaters in South falling, but misery remains

    May 25, 2011 3:44 AM

    MEMPHIS- Floodwaters from the Mississippi River are slowly falling, but for people from Tennessee to Louisiana, the misery it left behind is only beginning as they face gutting their ruined houses soaked in polluted water. The bloated river has crested through the South and farmers with any hope of salvaging... more »
  • Water spreading south of Morganza slower than expected

    May 17, 2011 5:11 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS - Water flowing south from the Morganza Spillway is spreading slower than expected. At Three Mile Lake, near Krotz Springs, a dark green algae line marks where the water level has gone down more than an inch. The Corps of Engineers says that's because drough conditions are... more »
  • NOAA: Record 312 tornadoes in 24 hours last week

    May 2, 2011 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Preliminary government estimates say there were more tornadoes in a single day last week than any other day in U.S. history. Government analysts said Monday there were 362 tornadoes during last week's outbreak, including a record-setting 312 in one 24-hour period. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric... more »
  • Red Cross spread thin with severe weather damage across the south

    April 26, 2011 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Red Cross is on stand by at this hour as another round of severe weather threatens to tackle our area once again. But the organization is making plans to help with fewer workers and volunteers because of the high demand for help that weather disasters are... more »
  • La. leaders ask Obama for meeting on Gulf drilling

    February 2, 2011 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Political leaders in south Louisiana are asking President Barack Obama to meet with them to discuss how local economies have been hurt by the slowdown in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Six parish presidents and two mayors sent a letter Tuesday to Obama asking him... more »
  • US shrimpers push to keep tariffs on imports

    February 1, 2011 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. shrimpers want the United States to extend tariffs imposed on shrimp imports from Asian and South American countries. At a hearing Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission began looking into whether the tariffs should be renewed five years after they were first imposed on shrimp imports... more »
  • Blast of winter weather grips parts of the South

    January 9, 2011 10:45 AM

    A blast of winter weather gripped parts of the South on Sunday, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain that coated bridges and roads and causing hundreds of flight cancellations. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in preparation for severe conditions. He said the weather is likely... more »
  • Census: South leads US in fastest growth

    December 21, 2010 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Census director Robert Groves says the South and West continued their strong population growth over the last decade. The total national count was 308,745,538, representing the slowest growth over the last decade since the Great Depression. Groves spoke at a briefing announcing 2010 census results.... more »
  • Farmers across the South contend with drought

    December 12, 2010 9:49 AM

    LYONS, Ga.- Farmers across the South are dealing with dry conditions that are killing crops. The dry weather started this spring and was compounded by record-setting heat that hurt crops in already dusty fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared disasters in parts of 16 states, with... more »
  • US, S Korean warships take position in Yellow Sea

    November 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea - A U.S. supercarrier and South Korean destroyer have taken up position in the Yellow Sea for joint military exercises. The united show of force comes just days after a deadly North Korean artillery attack. North Korea says it will be "merciless" if U.S.-South Korean military... more »
  • Chinese envoy in Seoul to discuss North Korea

    November 27, 2010 1:14 PM

    YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea - China has reportedly sent a senior official to Seoul, amid growing tension between North and South Korea. A South Korean news agency says the Chinese official met with South Korea's foreign minister about North Korea's artillery bombardment that killed four South Koreans. The report says... more »
  • Damage widespread after shelling in S. Korea

    November 24, 2010 11:52 AM

    INCHEON, South Korea - The South Korean island that was attacked yesterday by the North still looks like a war zone. Korean television is showing burned-out buildings that are still smoldering and huge craters from shells pockmarking homes. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling it one of the "gravest incidents"... more »
  • US: China needs to help restrain North Korea

    November 24, 2010 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is pressuring China to restrain North Korea from further provocative acts against the South following what the U.S. called a "premeditated" violation of the truce that ended the Korean War. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Wednesday called China "pivotal" to changing North Korea's behavior... more »
  • La. ranks low in passing college-level exams

    November 12, 2010 6:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study finds Louisiana ranks next to last in the South and nationally when it comes to public high school seniors earning early college credit. The study by the Southern Regional Education Board says just over 4 percent of Louisiana students passed at least one Advanced... more »
  • Teenager shot twice in Baton Rouge

    September 21, 2010 5:57 PM

    Police are investigating a shooting in Baton Rouge this afternoon that sent a 15-year-old boy to the emergency room. Sgt. Don Kelly with the Baton Rouge Police said investigators believe the victim was shot twice at Lake Calais Court and Town South Avenue. The boy then ran down Town... more »
  • Lawyer for SC mother asks "keep an open mind"

    August 18, 2010 11:32 AM

    The 29-year-old South Carolina woman accused of suffocating her two sons is expected to appear before an Orangeburg County judge this afternoon for an arraignment hearing on two murder charges. Authorities say Shaquan Duley suffocated her young sons, then strapped their lifeless bodies into their car seats before rolling the... more »
  • Netherlands advances to World Cup final

    July 6, 2010 5:25 PM

    The Netherlands will play in their first World Cup final since 1978. It will only be their third finals appearance in history. The Dutch will look to make the third time the charm. Both of their previous finals appearances were losses. They fell to Argentina in 1978 and West... more »
  • College World Series preview

    June 29, 2010 4:21 PM

    South Carolina will look to win the College World Series and national championship Tuesday night in game 2 against UCLA. The win would give the Gamecocks their first mens' national championship ever. Left-handed pitcher Michael Roth will get the start for the Gamecocks in game 2. The sophomore leads... more »
  • Tuesday World Cup scores

    June 22, 2010 4:17 PM

    Four World Cup games were in action today. Tournament host South Africa was first in action defeating France 2-1. However despite the victory, South Africa became the first host nation to be knocked out of the World Cup during the group stage. In game 2, Uruguay edged a win... more »
  • CWS update

    June 20, 2010 6:15 PM

    After rain delays in Omaha, the first game of the day is under way at the College World Series. Oklahoma currently leads South Carolina 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning. Clemson and top-seeded Arizona State are set to square off following this game at 9:00. more »
  • USA goalkeeper Tim Howard injured

    June 13, 2010 5:51 PM

    USA goalkeeper Tim Howard suffered several broken ribs Saturday afternoon during his World Cup debut. The 31 year-old's ribs were evaluated again Sunday, but he is expected to play in USA's next match set for Friday against Slovenia. Howard is highly regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in... more »
  • Early SEC tournament scores

    May 26, 2010 4:47 PM

    In early SEC Tournament scores, Alabama defeated Auburn 7-1 in Game 1. In Game 2, Ole Miss shut out South Carolina 3-0. Winners Alabama and Ole Miss will square off Thursday at 4:30 p.m. while the elimination game between Auburn and South Carolina is set for 9:30 a.m. more »
  • Governor Jindal to hold press conference on Ida

    November 9, 2009 9:57 AM

    Governor Bobby Jindal will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to discuss preparedness efforts for Hurricane Ida. News 2 will carry the press conference live on WBTR Channel 19. On Friday, Governor Jindal declared a state of emergency for the southeast coast of the state in anticipation... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport remains open

    November 9, 2009 7:50 AM

    Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will remain fully operational during Hurricane Ida. The airlines serving Baton Rouge will be evaluating the flight status of all their routes in the gulf south. Passengers are advised to check with their individual airline for the most up to date information. more »
  • Louisiana graduation rate falls

    October 19, 2009 7:06 AM

    A new report says Louisiana suffered the biggest drop in its public high school graduation rate of any state in the Southern region over a five-year period. The Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta says Louisiana's figure dropped from 64 percent in 2002 to 60 percent in 2006. The national... more »

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