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  • Southern University dominates UAPB 49-17

    October 21, 2016 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Austin Howard passed for three touchdowns, Lenard Tillery ran for two more and Southern beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49-17 on Saturday night. Howard completed 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards without an interception and Tillery had 135 yards rushing on 19 carries. It was Tillery's third consecutive... more »
  • Southern University hosts disaster recovery fair

    October 16, 2016 12:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - D'Andrea Lee is looking for help after the August flood forced her out of her home. "I lived in my home for 20-years and I have never thought that this would happen," Lee said. She is among dozens of flood victims who attended the Disaster Recovery... more »
  • One Cottages apartment shooter indicted on assault charge

    September 21, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A grand jury chose to take no action against the man accused of killing two Southern University Students caught in the crossfire of a shootout at the Cottages Apartment in April. According to District Attorney Hillar Moore, the jury considered second-degree murder, illegal use of a... more »
  • Funeral of Alton Sterling Play Video

    July 15, 2016 9:59 AM

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR LIVE COVERAGE BATON ROUGE - A large number of family and friends of a man killed during a BRPD officer-involved shooting spent midday Friday at the man's funeral despite mid-morning storms. Hearse just arrived at F. G. Clark Activity Center at Southern... 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 »
  • Southern University unveils new football turf

    June 27, 2016 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Jaguars will take to a freshly surfaced stadium for their home opener at A.W. Mumford Stadium on Sept. 17. Construction crews are installing a new state-of-the-art turf as the final phase of stadium renovations gets underway ahead of the project’s July 18 scheduled... more »
  • Two lawn mowers stolen from Southern University Play Video

    June 13, 2016 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two riding lawnmowers were stolen from Southern University recently and officials say they cost $10,000 each. However, university officials are not saying much about about the stolen mowers. The director of the facility where the mowers were taken from says the chancellor of the university told... more »
  • No bond reduction for man charged with murder in The Cottages shootout

    June 13, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There will be no bond reduction for a man facing murder charges after he was connected to a shootout that left a pair of Southern University students dead at a Baton Rouge apartment complex. 22-year-old Ernest Felton remains in EBR Parish Prison on a bond of... more »
  • Man re-arrested after escaping from Southern Campus Police HQ

    June 7, 2016 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man is behind bars in East Baton Rouge Parish after he escaped from the Southern University Campus Police Department as officers were booking him. 25-year-old Frederick White was booked on charges of resisting an officer, theft, criminal damage to property and simple escape after he... more »
  • Southern Ag Center researchers look to vertical farms

    June 7, 2016 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For years, government officials and activists have struggled to find a solution to the state's food deserts, areas where residents lack access to fresh food. Researchers at Southern University's Agricultural Research and Extension Center believe they may have the answer: vertical farming. The researchers are looking at... more »
  • Slain college student's mother leads anti-violence march Play Video

    May 24, 2016 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The family of one of the Southern University students killed during a shooting at The Cottages Apartment Complex has held a march on Thursday in honor of her slain daughter. The mother of LaShuntae Benton, Theresa Tillman, and friends and family held peaceful march and rally on Thursday.... more »
  • Muggings at apartment complex near Southern leads to arrest, breaks in cases

    May 21, 2016 8:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man they said is responsible for a series of violent robberies. Ofari Berry was booked into jail Saturday on seven charges ranging from theft and armed robbery to resisting arrest. Berry was apprehended after an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery... more »
  • EBRSO: Deputy fired over Battle of the Bands pepper spray use

    May 20, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Sheriff’s Office says a prison employee was fired Friday as a result of an investigation into the misuse of pepper spray. EBRSO reports the employee was accused of misusing the FREEZE+P handheld chemical agent while working a private extra-duty detail assignment at the... more »
  • Congressman Cedric Richmond to deliver SU Commencement address

    April 28, 2016 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- United States Congressman Cedric Richmond will deliver the commencement address for the Southern University Baton Rouge 2016 Spring Commencement. Congressman Richmond represents Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security where he works to ensure New... more »
  • Southern loses game, series in 7-1 loss to South Alabama

    April 24, 2016 6:19 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. – Right-hander Austin Bembnowski turned in his fourth quality start of the season to lead the No. 23 University of South Alabama baseball team to a 7-1 series-clinching win over Southern Sunday at Stanky Field. Bembnowski (5-1) allowed one run on five hits, and struck out five while... more »
  • Southern University awards posthumous degrees to students Play Video

    April 22, 2016 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - On Friday, Southern University awarded Annette January and Lashuntae Benton's family with posthumous degrees during the university's commencement ceremony. The posthumous degrees were presented to January and Benton's mothers on stage as the crowd applauded. Chairs were also set up for Benton and January at the... more »
  • New NCAA sanctions make Southern teams ineligible for postseason

    April 20, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sanctions released by the NCAA on Wednesday mean a total of 10 Southern University athletic programs will be ineligible for postseason play in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. While the entirety of SU’s athletic program was reinstated from a two-year ban from postseason play 11 months... more »
  • Ballistics results return in The Cottages shooting

    April 20, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police have received preliminary results on ballistics tests on bullets taken from victims in a triple shooting where two Southern University students died almost two weeks ago. LaShuntae Benton and Annette January were shot and killed in crossfire between two suspected shooters at the Cottages apartment... more »
  • Man wounded in deadly shootout released from hospital

    April 14, 2016 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 24-year-old man who was wounded in a shootout that killed two 19-year-old Southern University students has been released from a Baton Rouge hospital. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said he was notified Thursday that the man had been released from Our Lady of the Lake... more »
  • The Cottages apartment shooter bonded out of jail Play Video

    April 13, 2016 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Ernest Felton, the 22-year-old charged in a shooting where two Southern University students died Sunday, has bounded out of jail overnight, WBRZ has learned. Felton’s bond was set by a judge at $90,000. A bail bondsman posted the bond which required 12 percent of the total amount. Felton... more »
  • March against violence to be held at Southern

    April 13, 2016 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University students and community members will march against violence on campus Wednesday. The march will begin at 11 a.m. and start from the campus circle to the Student Union. This march comes after Southern students, Annette January and Lashuntae Benton, were shot and killed... more »
  • Police on double murder investigation: All resources in play Play Video

    April 12, 2016 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crime scene investigators and detectives have worked double shifts, some groups logging nearly two-dozen hours, investigating a high-profile double-murder and shooting. Sunday, two Southern University students were killed and a third person was shot at the Cottages on Ben Hur. Soon after the shooting, police arrested... more »
  • Candlelight vigil to be held for 2 Southern University students following shooting

    April 11, 2016 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University will hold a candlelight vigil on Tuesday for two students that were killed in a shooting Sunday at an off campus apartment complex. Students Lashuntae Benton, a Lake Charles native, and Annette January, of Gary, Indiana, were killed during a gun exchange involving Ernest Felton, and... more »
  • SU holds brief news conference on deadly shooting, arrest of former player

    April 11, 2016 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University made its first public comments on television since the shooting deaths of two students and the arrest of a former football player this weekend. Freshman track athlete Annette January and sophomore trainer Lashuntae Benton were shot and killed at an off-campus housing complex near... more »
  • Southern University nursing school to host annual Simulation Day

    April 8, 2016 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Southern University Baton Rouge School of Nursing is set to host its fourth annual Simulation Day on Friday. The school has invited local high school students interested in the field of nursing to visit the campus. Student participating in the event will be introduced to the latest... more »
  • Southern University announces football schedule for upcoming season

    April 5, 2016 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University announced its football schedule for the upcoming season on Tuesday afternoon. The Jaguars will open the first two weeks of the season on the road against University of Louisiana at Monroe and Tulane University. The Jaguars will travel to ULM on Sept. 3 in the... more »
  • John K. Pierre named chancellor of Southern University Law Center

    March 18, 2016 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials named a new chancellor for the Southern University Law Center Friday. The SUS Board named John K. Pierre to become the seventh chancellor of the Southern University Law Center. Pierre is currently serving as interim SULC chancellor. He was one of four finalist selected... more »
  • Devon Gales house fund edges toward donation goal Play Video

    March 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It’s been a busy week for Devon Gales and his family since he returned to Baton Rouge from Atlanta where he’s been since September recovering from a spinal injury he suffered during a football game last season. More was in store today though as his parents were... more »
  • 1st African American female astronaut to speak at Southern University Founders' Day

    March 9, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University will host its 136th Founders' Day on Thursday with the Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, as the key note speaker. Jemison flew into space in 1992 aboard NASA’s Endeavor Space Shuttle. Jemison will speak at the mid-morning Community Prayer Brunch and... more »
  • Devon Gales' road to recovery Play Video

    March 9, 2016 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Since suffering a serious spinal injury back in September, Southern University's Devon Gales has inspired people all over the world with his courage and positive attitude. He arrived back in Baton Rouge last weekend after spending the last six months at a rehab facility in Atlanta. Gales... more »
  • Devon Gales Fund raises over $400,000

    March 7, 2016 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Since setting up a fund for injured Jags football player Devon Gales, university administrators say $400,000 has been generated to go toward getting the player's family set up in Baton Rouge. The fund was set up by the Southern University System following the player's devastating injury... more »
  • Injured Southern football player receives heartfelt welcome home Play Video

    March 5, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Devon Gales took a life-changing hit in a football game against the Georgia Bulldogs last fall, and ever since then he's been fighting his way back to a full recovery at an Atlanta hospital. On Saturday, the Jaguar Nation welcomed him back home. After his flight... more »
  • Upon Saturday return home, Devon Gales will be honored at SU basketball game

    March 1, 2016 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University will throw a welcome home party for injured football player Devon Gales Saturday. Gales, who was hurt in a game in September. During a collision during a third-quarter kickoff, Gales suffered several fractures in his neck in what doctors described as a "burst injury."... more »
  • Recovery: Devon Gales' story of coming home Play Video

    February 26, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One kick, one block can change a life forever. A third quarter kickoff in the Georgia Dome in September forever changed the life of one man. “I remember the whole thing. Going to block, putting my head down, and knowing that I couldn’t get up.”... more »
  • Four candidates for SU Law Center post announced Thursday

    February 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee looking to select the next chancellor of the Southern University Law Center will pick from four candidates announced Thursday morning. Three of the four candidates are closely tied to the university already as internal candidates. The other is a state appellate court judge... more »
  • Foundation to build Devon Gales, family a new home Play Video

    February 25, 2016 10:03 AM

    ATHENS, Georgia - In his last public appearance before returning to Baton Rouge next week, Southern University football player Devon Gales met with the opposing team from the game that changed his life. ( LIVE STREAM HAS ENDED; WATCH REPORTS ON NEWS 2 BROADCASTS TODAY ) The... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Devon Gales says 'I will walk again' Play Video

    February 24, 2016 11:30 PM

    ATLANTA – A Southern University Jaguar, injured in a football game in September, is one step closer to returning home to Baton Rouge. WBRZ News 2 was the only station there as Devon Gales completed his last day of physical therapy Wednesday. Also Wednesday, Gales was discharged from the Shepherd... more »
  • Audit: Safety issues at Southern University's main campus

    February 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state audit finds Southern University's leaky roofs, moldy walls, sewage backups and broken smoke detectors and sprinkler systems plague many of the buildings that thousands of students and faculty inhabit every day. A new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor finds many of the deficiencies were... more »
  • Audit: Safety issues at Southern University's main campus

    February 23, 2016 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A state audit finds Southern University's leaky roofs, moldy walls, sewage backups and broken smoke detectors and sprinkler systems plague many of the buildings that thousands of students and faculty inhabit every day. A new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor finds many of the deficiencies were documented... more »
  • Woman accused of threatening students on SUBR campus with handgun

    February 22, 2016 1:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Campus Police reported the arrest of a woman accused of brandishing a pistol while threatening two students at the North Baton Rouge university last Thursday. 20-year-old Brittany Henry was booked on charges of carrying a firearm on school campus, aggravated assault and obstruction/interference with... more »
  • Audit sounds the alarm on serious code violations at Southern

    February 22, 2016 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Infrastructure issues abound in a state audit that highlights a growing problem at Southern University. Among the most serious problems found in the audit made public Monday morning, are a lack of fire alarm systems at two buildings on campus: John B. Cade Library and laboratory... more »
  • Southern Jags set to bring on 22 at end of National Signing Day

    February 3, 2016 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While LSU’s National Signing Day may be snagging a lot of press attention, the football program up on The Bluff is also welcoming a powerful class of new Jaguars to take the fields of the SWAC by storm. Head Coach Dawson Odums and his coaching staff... more »
  • Stage set for LSU to have a big National Signing Day

    February 3, 2016 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In a few hours the LSU football team will find out what players it has to work with next season. Colleges across the country will spend the entire day tracking prospective players, hoping their program ends up at the top of the players list. Many college football analysts... more »
  • Jags basketball sweeps Braves

    January 30, 2016 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Adrian Rodgers had 20 points and eight rebounds and Southern beat Alcorn State 75-64 on Saturday night to snap the Braves' five-game winning streak. Alcorn State took a 37-35 lead early in the second half but did not score again for four minutes and trailed 44-39. Southern... more »
  • Southern revises budget plans, says closures aren't in the picture Play Video

    January 26, 2016 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The morning after saying deep cuts to state funding could effectively close their doors, Southern University said that is not the case. SU Baton Rouge spokesperson Henry Tillman sent out a narrative Monday night which described the effects of a proposed 32 percent mid-year cut in... more »
  • Southern releases midyear budget cut details

    January 25, 2016 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plan released Monday night, Southern said worst-case-scenario budget cuts could effectively close the institution. Because of the dire budget situation in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards has asked state colleges and universities to submit proposals on cutting spending. The state currently faces a $750... more »
  • Southern University working to fill 3 chancellor posts

    January 22, 2016 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University system is working to fill three chancellor openings. Six semifinalists have recently been named in the search for a new Southern University at Shreveport chancellor, and search committees are working to find new leaders for Southern University's Law Center and Agriculture Center. ... more »
  • 6 finalists for Southern University-Shreveport chancellor

    January 16, 2016 11:33 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Six semifinalists are in the running for chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport. The Southern University System Board of Supervisors' Chancellor Search Committee named them Friday as: - Rodney Ellis, higher education consultant and former chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical and Community College in Alexandria - Aubra Gantt,... more »
  • Audit notes problems in Southern U tuition waiver program

    December 14, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An audit of a Southern University scholarship program finds that some students received awards in excess of a $1,000 maximum, criteria for the awarding of scholarships lacks specifics and that reports on the program to the Legislature have been incomplete. The report, released Monday by the... more »
  • Southern University rolls to 96-69 victory over Ecclesia

    December 13, 2015 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christopher Hyder had 10 points and seven assists and Southern University rolled to a 96-69 victory over Ecclesia on Sunday. Shawn Prudhomme scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers to lead Southern (7-2), which is 4-0 at home. Adrian Rodgers had 14 points and LaQuentin... more »
  • Southern University student set to graduate, spent semester homeless Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A student at Southern University will be one of the last students to cross the stage with a bachelor's degree in architecture from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Two years ago, the Board of Regents voted to terminate the architecture program citing declining enrollment. Taikian Brooks... more »
  • The city of Central raises thousands for Devon Gales' expenses Play Video

    December 5, 2015 9:28 PM

    CENTRAL - As Devon Gales continues to recover, the central community raised more than $16,000 to help Devon gales' medical bills. Southern football player Devon Gales is still recovering in a hospital in Atlanta after a spinal injury back in September. He will have to learn basic skills all over... more »
  • Jags lose 4 football staffers Wednesday

    December 2, 2015 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Three assistant coaches and a coordinator all departed the Southern University football program Wednesday. The most recent was Chad Germany, a coordinator, who resigned. The other three left after being terminated, sources confirmed to the WBRZ Sports Department. Coaches Lorick Atkinson, Myron Jackson and Chris... more »
  • Southern U. student accused of threatening teachers, officers

    November 30, 2015 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Campus Police arrested a student after authorities said he refused to leave the classroom where he was caught attempting to cheat on an exam. Malik Collins, 19, was booked on charges of battery on a police officer (two counts), resisting arrest, threatening a public... more »
  • South Africa's ambassador to visit Southern University

    November 18, 2015 4:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- South Africa's ambassador to the United States, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, will visit Southern University in Baton Rouge this week. The event is scheduled Thursday at 11 a.m. in the atrium of Rodney Higgins Hall at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs on the Baton... more »
  • Southern University reaches settlement in '08 band hazing incident

    October 19, 2015 6:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University has reached a settlement with two former band members who claim they were hazed during unsanctioned initiations into the French Horn Fraternity. Today, a trial was scheduled to begin, but that never happened. At least one band member claims he suffered organ failure after... more »
  • Homecoming Parade yet another attraction on busy weekend for Jaguar Nation

    October 16, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jaguar Spirit is expected to reach fever pitch at the upcoming Southern University Homecoming Parade and event ahead of the Jags’ meeting on the field with the Prairie View A&M University Panthers. With music and dancing just as integral to the Jaguar Nation as the men... more »
  • Devon Gales hitting rehabilitation efforts hard

    October 15, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Injured Southern Jaguars football player, Devon Gales, continues to exhibit the same kind of grit he brought to the practice and gameday gridiron at The Bluffs, but the new fans he's impressing are hospital officials and staff at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. Less than a month has... more »
  • Man arrested on Southern campus for driving with parking boots attached

    October 9, 2015 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Police arrested a man outside of the campus student union after he caused a disturbance and then resisted arrest for trying to drive his car with parking boots attached. 18-year-old La’Quincy Stewart was taken into custody and booked on charges of two counts of... more »
  • Doctors say Gales could be in hospital 8 weeks

    October 1, 2015 1:59 PM

    ATLANTA - Doctors said Thursday that Southern University football player Devon Gales will likely be in the hospital for eight weeks or more as he recovers from a spinal injury suffered while playing Saturday against the University of Georgia. Dr. Brock Bowman, Gales' attending physician at the Shepherd Center... more »
  • Southern University Jaguar Jamboree Play Video

    October 1, 2015 10:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University's alumni federation, "Home Chapter," is getting ready to hold their annual "Jaguar Jamboree" Scholarship and Alumni Recruitment Event. This year's jamboree will feature an evening of live music, food, fun and prizes. The event raises scholarship funds for incoming students that need financial assistance. It also... more »
  • Southern football player has spinal surgery after injury Play Video

    September 28, 2015 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Southern University football player had successful spinal surgery in Georgia after an injury on the field Saturday. Devon Gales remains in a hospital in Athens where he can now move his upper body. Devon was carted off the field after a collision during a kickoff in... more »
  • Update on Gales: Southern WR has successful spinal surgery

    September 27, 2015 7:52 PM

    ATHENS, GA - Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales underwent a successful spinal surgery Sunday afternoon. Gales suffered several fractures in his neck that were stabilized. He continues to have movement in his upper body and remains in good spirits and will remain at Athens Regional until... more »
  • Southern falls to Georgia 48-6, Jags' WR Gales suffers spinal injury

    September 26, 2015 6:27 PM

    ATHENS, Ga. - Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a TD pass to lead No. 7 Georgia to a 48-6 win over Southern on Saturday. Chubb had scoring runs of 9 and 49 yards in the third quarter. The 49-yarder gave him 12 straight... more »
  • Southern names former Alcorn president as new provost

    September 25, 2015 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University has named former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Brown resigned from Alcorn in 2013 as Mississippi's College Board moved to suspend him amid inquiries into bid-law violations. The Southern University System Board of... more »
  • Southern fans to pay to park for sold-out home opener

    September 18, 2015 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tickets for a hotly anticipated game between the Southern Jags and Jackson State sold out before noon Friday, and a packed campus means parking will be at a premium. Saturday's game marks the first time fans have had to pay to park on game day. Kickoff... more »

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