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  • Southern hires Lafayette-based company for marijuana grow operation

    September 22, 2017 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University selected Lafayette-based Advanced Biomedics, LLC, to handle its marijuana cultivation and production. Southern and LSU were assigned the state's marijuana grow operation. “...We are excited about the opportunity to enter into this venture that has the potential to bring health benefits to improve... more »
  • Southern turns over documents related to staff attorney tied up in Council on Aging

    August 28, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern released 133 pages of documents related to its internal investigation of law professor Dorothy Jackson and her involvement in the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and the questionable will of a deceased client of the organization. The data was made available Monday afternoon after... more »
  • Southern University stands by decision to fire Dumas

    August 16, 2017 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Board of Supervisors say they made the right decision after voting to uphold the firing of former Vice Chancellor Brandon Dumas. Last week, Dumas filed a lawsuit saying his firing was a violation of due process according to court documents. Southern stands... more »
  • Brandon Dumas files suit over his Southern University firing

    August 10, 2017 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Fired Southern University official Brandon Dumas has sued the university, WBRZ has learned, alleging the board did not fire him correctly. Dumas' attorneys argue the board did not correctly fire him. Instead of making a decision and voting on a board item to fire Dumas, the... more »
  • Southern University upholds firing of Brandon Dumas Play Video

    July 20, 2017 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE –The Southern University Board of Supervisors has decided to uphold the firing of Brandon Dumas, the former university's vice chancellor. His last day at the university will be August 10. Dumas' termination was discussed at the board meeting held on Friday. The possibility of appealing his... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Southern University fires well-respected, high-profile employee Play Video

    June 27, 2017 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University officials aren't saying much about what led to the termination of Southern University's beloved registrar, Caronda Bean. Bean says she did things strictly by the book and followed all policies. Sources say being unwilling to bend on those policies may have led to her departure. For... more »
  • High-ranking Southern official on leave; University in middle of two scandals

    June 23, 2017 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University made the boldest step yet Friday toward acknowledging things are amiss at its campus overlooking the Mississippi River. In an email sent just before 6 p.m., the university announced Brandon Dumas was on administrative leave. The university said Dumas was on leave “pending a... more »
  • Sex tape scandal, other issues frustrate some Southern supporters Play Video

    June 23, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Southern University alumnus and community news and opinion website publisher chastised the school's administration for its handling of mounting issues on campus – most recently a sex tape purportedly leaked amid a scandal involving a high-ranking campus official and an underling. BREAKING: Southern announced it... more »
  • Campus sex tape scandal could result in punishment

    June 20, 2017 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University released more information about its handling of a sex tape purported to involve a high-ranking school administrator and an underling. WBRZ.com first reported details of the video Tuesday. Then, Southern stopped short of confirming an investigation into the video but by Wednesday insinuated there... more »
  • Video shows Southern's Devon Gales walking with robotic exoskeleton Play Video

    May 25, 2017 2:36 PM

    ATLANTA – Family members shared video of Southern University’s running back Devon Gales walking with the help of a powered brace. “Look out world because here he comes!” Tanisha Deans-Gales shared on Facebook Thursday. “He is feeling so good right now!” Tanisha Gales said her son is walking... more »
  • Boyfriend proposes to Southern University graduate at ceremony Play Video

    May 12, 2017 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One Southern University student received more than a diploma after walking across the stage Friday morning. After hearing “Audreana Marshall” called to receive her degree, Julian Singleton waited by the stage steps with an engagement ring. WBRZ cameras captured the next moments forever. Mashall’s fellow graduates... more »
  • SU student accused of campus rape turns himself in

    May 12, 2017 2:53 PM

    UPDATE: Clayton Bossier turned himself in to Southern University Police Tuesday night. He was charged with third-degree rape and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Bossier’s attorney said he intends to fight the charges. The university said it cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. --- ... more »
  • Roman Banks appointed as SUS Director of Athletics

    March 31, 2017 4:02 PM

    LORANGER – Roman Banks is the new director of athletics for the Southern University System, the university announced Friday. The SUS Board approved the appointment Friday, removing the interim title from Banks’ position that he has held for 18 months. Banks also serves as the head coach for the... more »
  • Southern University's disrepair could affect enrollment Play Video

    March 22, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wires hanging out of the ceilings, makeshift air-conditioning units, and water damaged classrooms have left many buildings at Southern University in Baton Rouge resembling condemned structures. Administrators fear the enormous maintenance backlog is driving students away. "The students are a different breed these days," said Vice... more »
  • Second suspect arrested in November shooting at Southern University

    March 9, 2017 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A second person was arrested Wednesday night in connection to a November shooting on Southern University’s campus. According to arrest records, Davone Malane Tyler was charged with attempted first degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and violation of... more »
  • SU Lady Jags come up short in 63-59 loss

    March 4, 2017 9:31 PM

    Southern University women’s basketball erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit before falling to Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63-59 Saturday night in the H.O. Clemmons Arena. Sophomore guard Skylar O’Bear scored 21 points and junior forward Briana Green added 20 points and eight rebounds but it wasn’t enough to prevent SU from... more »
  • Body found on Mills Ave. prompts murder investigation

    February 14, 2017 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a body found off Mills Avenue has prompted a possible murder investigation Tuesday morning. Baton Rouge Police say that 53-year-old Roosevelt Florida Jr. was found shot to death and lying on the side of the roadway in the 700 block of Mills Avenue around... more »
  • 6 universities to benefit in health care case

    February 7, 2017 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's insurance commissioner says six state higher education institutions will divide more than $2.7 million - the result of the dissolution of a failed health maintenance organization. Jim Donelon says in a Monday news release that LSU-Shreveport, Southern University, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, the University of New Orleans and... more »
  • Southern University graduate makes Alabama history as youngest judge

    January 26, 2017 6:08 PM

    CAMDEN - At just 27 years old, Briana Westry-Robinson has become the youngest African-American female judge in Alabama history. WSFA-TV reports Westry-Robinson became a district judge in Wilcox County after voters elected her in November to a 6-year term. She turned 28 two days after taking the oath-of-office last week.... more »
  • SU law center to host free title-clearing event for flood survivors

    January 24, 2017 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Southern University Law Center will host a free title-clearing event for flood survivors. The legal aid session is open to flood survivors to provide services regarding title issues affecting flood-damaged property in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes. The event is being held at... more »
  • Wanted man arrested after fleeing through Southern dorm hall, flipping officer

    January 14, 2017 1:48 PM

    BATON ROGUE - Authorities said a 20-year-old Houma man with multiple warrants through Lafourche Parish was arrested at Southern University after he attempted to flee. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 13 around 2:40 p.m., deputies assisted a local bails bondsman in apprehending the suspect,... more »
  • Truck flips, crashes into power line near Southern University

    January 12, 2017 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A semi-truck has overturned and crashed into a power line near Southern University on Thursday morning. The accident occurred on B.A. Little street, near Southern University's Ag Center. It is unclear if anyone was injured at this time. Truck wreck on B.A. Little... more »
  • Program to aid community college grads to attend Southern

    December 4, 2016 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - High-achieving students at Louisiana's community colleges will be eligible for scholarships to move to Southern University's campuses in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for further coursework. The Pathway Scholarship transfer agreement was announced by Gov. John Bel Edwards and college system leaders. The program will guarantee admission... more »
  • Bayou Classic attendance numbers hit post-Katrina high

    November 30, 2016 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 2016 Bayou Classic football game which draws fans and alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University to New Orleans hit a post-Katrina attendance record. In a news release Wednesday, organizers say nearly 5,000 more people attended the 43rd Annual Bayou Classic game on Saturday than... more »
  • Grambling routs Southern in Bayou Classic, claims SWAC West

    November 26, 2016 4:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Martez Carter had 279 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as Grambling defeated Southern 52-30 to claim the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title in the Bayou Classic on Saturday. The Tigers (9-1, 9-0) advanced to the SWAC title game for the second consecutive year. They'll face... more »
  • FINAL: Southern tops Mississippi Valley 55-0

    November 19, 2016 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lenard Tillery broke Odie Posey's 67-year-old record for the season rushing mark at Southern University, and the Jaguars stayed undefeated in conference play with a 55-0 rout of Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night. The Jaguars (8-2, 8-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) will close the... more »
  • Police identify suspect in Thursday shooting on Southern's campus Play Video

    November 17, 2016 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police have identified the suspect arrested in connection to a shooting on Southern University's campus Thursday night. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. identified the shooter as 20-year-old Larry McCray of Reserve, La. McCray will be charged with attempted first degree murder. He was taken... more »
  • NCAA: Southern gets 5 years probation after issues with athlete eligibility

    November 16, 2016 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The National Collegiate Athletic Association reports that Southern University faces several penalties due to the university's lack of "institutional control" when it failed to monitor student-athlete eligibility, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. The university faces up to five years probation, a $5,000... more »
  • Tillery rushes for 245 yards in Southern's 44-34 win

    November 12, 2016 6:24 PM

    PRAIRIE VIEW - Austin Howard threw for four touchdowns and Lenard Tillery rushed for 245 yards on 29 carries as Southern University defeated Prairie View A&M 44-34 on Saturday. Howard threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Herbert Edwards to give the Jaguars a 37-20 lead with 9:49 left in the... more »
  • Tillery, turnovers lift Southern U over Texas Southern 26-10

    November 5, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lenard Tillery rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Southern University converted two interceptions into scoring drives to beat Texas Southern 26-10 on Saturday. Tillery scored on a 3-yard run and Herbert Edwards scored on a 1-yard run after Treveon Epps picked off a second-quarter pass... more »
  • Suspect booked in Snapchat police chase, officer-involved shooting Play Video

    October 28, 2016 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wearing a hospital gown and a sling holding his arm, Devonte Stewart was escorted from an interrogation room at State Police headquarters to a waiting police car where he'll be transported to jail for charges related to an officer-involved shooting and police chase this week.... more »
  • WATCH: Suspect appears to Snapchat overnight police chase Play Video

    October 27, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man claiming to be the suspect in a high-speed chase and officer-involved shooting told followers on a social media app he loved his friends and was going away "for a very long time" as he documented his run from the law Wednesday night. Authorities have... more »
  • Suspect in officer-involved shooting, pursuit identified

    October 26, 2016 11:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN - State Police identified the man in a Wednesday night police chase and officer-involved shooting as Devonte Stewart. Investigators said shortly before 10 p.m., Stewart was stopped by Southern University Police at Totty Hall dorms where he had been banned. When officers attempted to stop him, police... more »
  • 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 »

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