February 25, 2015 1:49 AM
FAIRFAX, VA - A U.S. State Department official has been jailed on charges of soliciting a minor. Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell says 44-year-old Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon Tuesday and was in custody at the D.C. jail Tuesday night.... more »
February 23, 2015 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials say some state government offices in 42 parishes will be closed on Tuesday due to forecasted severe winter weather.
Commissioner Kristy Nichols announced the closures Monday afternoon due to the forecasted hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages forecasted from the severe weather.
... more »
February 13, 2015 5:06 PM
LIVINGSTON - Another fatal crash took place on Highway 63, south of Highway 449.
According to the The Department of Transportation and Development, It's the second fatality to happen in that area within recent years.
Louis Gurka III, 55, of Baton Rouge was traveling north on the highway... more »
February 11, 2015 3:01 PM
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says his new war-powers request to Congress won't become the authorization for another ground war like the U.S. fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama spoke on Wednesday after submitting his request for a new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State group.
Obama... more »
February 5, 2015 5:16 PM
CENTRAL - With the recent measles outbreak hitting 14 states around the country, Louisiana has managed to escape being included in that number.
However, officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals said they are prepared if cases do start showing up.
"If we find a kid in... more »
February 2, 2015 11:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - With tax season entering full swing, Mayor-President "Kip" Holden's Office of Social Services is offering free help from IRS-certified workers to assist Baton Rouge residents in filing their federal and state taxes.
The service is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which offers free... more »
January 28, 2015 5:07 PM
ST. HELENA - A new library is in the works for St. Helena Parish.
After complaints the current library was too small to serve the entire parish, officials went to the state to ask for funds.
"Through capital outlay and appropriations, they gave us enough funds to start... more »
January 21, 2015 2:11 PM
PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed.
Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
January 14, 2015 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that a proposed $3.8 million mid-year budget cut from the Jindal administration could force them to furlough employees starting as early as next week.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he's been given until Friday to figure out... more »
December 29, 2014 8:04 AM
YOUNGSVILLE - State police say a Youngsville man was attempting to walk across U.S. Highway 90 in St. Martin Parish when he was hit by a small SUV. Master Trooper Brooks David says 48-year-old Brian Bearden was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced death Sunday night. David said the... more »
December 12, 2014 3:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - Compensation for Louisiana's lawmakers has fallen slightly. The payment legislators get for each day they are in session, attending interim committee meetings or participating in other meetings related to their position has dropped from $153 to $150. Under state law, that "per diem" payment is tied to... more »
November 16, 2014 6:28 PM
GROSSE TETE - The battle to keep Tony the Tiger in his cage, in front of Tiger Truck Stop, is not over.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, an animal rights group based out of California, is suing the tiger's owner, Michael Sandlin as well as the state.
According... more »
November 6, 2014 6:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - State legislators are trying to figure out just how much it cost the state to execute an inmate on death row.
Each inmate sitting on death row costs tax payers a lot of money but the question on the minds of man is exactly how much... more »
November 6, 2014 6:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - State legislators are trying to figure out just how much it cost the state to execute an inmate on death row.
Each inmate sitting on death row costs tax payers a lot of money but the question on the minds of man is exactly how much... more »
November 3, 2014 6:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state is monitoring 7 people in 5 homes on the chance who recently traveled to ebola-infected countries.
It's part of new recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control. The Department of Health and Hospitals says it is monitoring the people who recently traveled to... more »
October 30, 2014 9:51 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A woman says a state vehicle restriping the highway painted her car yellow and she's getting the run-around to fix it.
Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Danielle Landry was driving along Highway 10 in St. Francisville when a Department of Transportation and Development truck was heading toward... more »
October 11, 2014 5:05 PM
WALKER - Some people aren't wasting time when it comes to getting their hunting license.
Classes are being held all over the state for people trying to prepare for hunting season.
Saturday, dozens of people went to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Shooting Range to complete the second stage... more »
September 25, 2014 4:22 PM
PLAQUEMINE - The Louisiana National Guard conducted an anti-terrorism exercise Thursday morning.
Several local, state, and federal agencies took part in the exercise along with the National Guard.
Officials say the exercise happened so that they could see how well everyone worked together in the event an emergency... more »
August 25, 2014 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state has returned $84,400 in unclaimed money to hundreds of Lafayette-area residents during an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day weekend event. The Louisiana Department of the Treasury, in a news release Monday, said the average claim is usually around $900, but several claims filed at the Acadiana... more »
August 25, 2014 2:13 PM
St. Amant - State Troopers are asking for your help in finding a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run crash in St. Amant last week.
It happened on August 17 on LA Hwy 429 east of LA Hwy 431.
Troopers say an unknown silver vehicle... more »
August 5, 2014 5:22 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - The KPAQ paper mill is back in business in a big way, boasting more than $38 million in investments since it came back online in 2010.
The mill got incentives from the state that helped investors pump enough money into the facility to get things back... more »
August 3, 2014 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it.
Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed... more »
June 2, 2014 5:07 PM
BATON ROUGE- The State Legislative Auditor is raising serious questions tonight about scholarships awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
At issue is the way the scholarships were awarded and who was keeping those records.
"They didn't log in the applicants when an application was received," Ernest Summerville... more »
May 29, 2014 6:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House refused to carve out an ethics exemption for members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that would have let them enter into contracts with state government. The proposal got tacked onto a separate Senate bill by a House committee. But the... more »
May 22, 2014 3:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - After years of trying, a West Monroe lawmaker has successfully persuaded the full Legislature to ban smoking within 25 feet of a public entrance to a state-owned office building. The Senate gave final passage to Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann's bill with a 31-6 vote Wednesday. Hoffmann has... more »
May 13, 2014 11:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - The deadline for filing Louisiana state tax returns and extension requests is Thursday, May 15.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue said that electronic filing is the fastest way to submit returns and get refunds processed.
The state offers a free tax filing web application to... more »
May 6, 2014 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers put the brakes on proposed laws that would give voters regulation over red light cameras that snap pictures of drivers breaking traffic laws and mail them a ticket.
One proposal would have also regulated speed enforcement camera systems, too. But, none got approval from the House... more »
April 30, 2014 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana doesn't require regular safety inspections of elevators, and while some municipalities have set their own regulations, most parishes are without those rules. A bid to put Louisiana in line with other states that require annual checkups to make sure elevators are operating properly has started advancing in... more »
April 11, 2014 11:52 AM
COLUMBUS - Regulators in Ohio say they have liked earthquake activity in the eastern part of the state to hydraulic fracturing.
State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers says the state has halted drilling indefinitely at a site near Youngstown where five minor tremors occurred in March. It follows... more »
April 10, 2014 2:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court. A House municipal committee advanced the bill Thursday with an 8-5 vote. Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody, of Shreveport, says he sponsored the... more »
March 11, 2014 11:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- State leaders know there is a traffic problem, and they are trying to address the issue.
"We are conducting a surface street study to see how we can address traffic when an incident occurs on the interstate," Rodney Mallett with the DOTD said Tuesday.
Mallett was... more »
February 28, 2014 2:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mack "Bodi" White, a republican senator from Central, is reportedly pre-filing a bill to create four independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The districts would be under an "umbrella" of schools in East Baton Rouge.
One of them would be the Southeast district that... more »
February 21, 2014 6:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- A proposed law would add Louisiana to the 21 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.
Louisiana currently follows the federal minimum wage rate. Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb pre-filed Senate Bill No. 46 for the upcoming session, which would change... more »
January 29, 2014 2:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana State Police say motorists should not expect to see Interstate 10 reopened before Thursday. Capt. Doug Cain says the state's major north-south thoroughfare remains closed between the Jefferson/Orleans parish line through Lafayette. Cain says the concern is that temperatures won't warm up enough to thaw bridges along... more »
January 24, 2014 11:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed a $25 billion budget for next year that includes more money for higher education, public schools and disabled services.
The budget was unveiled to lawmakers at the State Capitol Friday.
The plan is $624 million lower than this year's budget,... more »
January 22, 2014 11:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state contract with a company for an efficiency study has been amended to require $500 million in savings ideas.
The consulting firm of Alvarez & Marsal is getting $4.2 million from the Jindal administration for the study. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols initially had said... more »
January 14, 2014 2:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- The price tag for defending Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies against legal challenges is growing. The Department of Education is boosting its contracts for outside lawyers by $750,000, to represent the department in lawsuits against Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send children to private schools.... more »
January 9, 2014 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education formally launched an investigation into discrepancies among student graduation records within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
The investigation is for school years ending between 2010 and 2013. State investigators will interview administrators and look at all relevant electronic and... more »
January 8, 2014 8:38 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Superintendent of Education John White announced an investigation is underway concerning problems involving academic records within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. It's a story the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit broke on WBRZ.com Wednesday afternoon.
Leaders within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System... more »
December 9, 2013 11:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Retired state workers could see an increase in their pension checks for the first time in five years.
The four statewide retirement boards are preparing to ask the legislature to approve a cost of living increase for tens of thousands of retirees over the age of... more »
November 18, 2013 6:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - There's nearly a $1 million in fines owed to the state and our own public officials and political groups are running up the bill. The Louisiana Ethics Commission fines politicians who fail to file financial reports properly.
Public officials who are late or ignore deadlines can... more »
November 13, 2013 11:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - A judge has ruled against the use of money from a retirement fund to balance the state budget.
The ruling says Governor Jindal and the legislature shouldn't have used $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers retirement fund in the budget.
The legislature and... more »
November 6, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- People testified before lawmakers Wednesday, telling them traffic congestion is almost out of control here.
They are begging for help that might not come. Money to fund the projects is hard to come by and previous efforts to obtain funds have failed.
Some projects are years... more »
November 6, 2013 12:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's layoff of more than 7,700 LSU hospital workers has put a major dent in the state employee retirement system's debt, dropping it hundreds of millions of dollars. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed to turn over the operations of LSU hospitals to private companies. Seven deals... more »
October 31, 2013 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities evacuated the Claiborne building in downtown Baton Rouge after an alarm Thursday morning.
Police say the alarm was set off accidentally by someone cleaning in the building.
Fire trucks and police responded after the alarm prompted state workers to evacuate the building, which houses... more »
October 18, 2013 11:48 PM
CENTRAL- Hooper Road will get a needed upgrade soon.
A $1 million project will expand the highway to four lanes. The state is paying for the work.
Only a section will be done at first, then more will be expanded. The plan calls for the stretch from Blackwater... more »
October 11, 2013 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - Higher revenue forecasts and low interest rates have Louisiana's construction projects back on track.
Louisiana had been close to its constitutional limit on debt.
State Treasurer John Kennedy said the money to pay for ongoing construction was running out, with no room to borrow more.... more »
October 10, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today.
Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
October 7, 2013 9:13 AM
BATON ROUGE- With the help of a private consultant, the Jindal administration plans to give a tuneup to a state government IT system that employs hundreds of workers and costs nearly half a billion dollars a year. The Advocate reports the administration recently sought proposals on how to repair a... more »
October 1, 2013 11:39 AM
HENDERSON - Louisiana State Police have rescued a missing 5-month-old child from Florida. Officers were on the lookout for a blue Chrysler Town and Country van traveling west on I-10.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says officers stopped the van yesterday afternoon around 4:30 and found the child in the vehicle... more »
September 26, 2013 7:47 PM
WASHINGTON- The AFL-CIO plans to shift more of its political resources into state and local campaigns, including targeting Republican governors considered anti-union.
Political director Michael Podhorzer says spending is expected to be the same or greater as the 2010 campaign cycle when the labor federation spent $53-million on federal... more »
September 22, 2013 5:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers begins Monday, state officials are grappling with dueling concerns as they urge people to pony up what they owe. Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration need the program to help drum up $200 million in back-owed taxes to balance... more »
September 22, 2013 11:31 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
September 18, 2013 2:03 PM
WASHINGTON - Gov. Bobby Jindal is demanding that the Justice Department drop its challenge to his state's school voucher system. Jindal says President Barack Obama wants "to trap these children in failing schools." Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush say Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn't send their... more »
September 18, 2013 8:55 AM
STARKVILLE, Miss.- A Lucedale, Miss., man has been charged with aggravated DUI in connection with an accident in which a Mississippi State University student was killed. Starkville police say 18-year-old Sawyer Tomas Steede is free on $50,000 bond after his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in the Starkville Municipal... more »
September 9, 2013 10:15 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- State Senator Troy Brown is clearing confusion, he said, was spawned by a coincidence of political chatter and highway work.
People who use the Sunshine Bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parishes over the Mississippi River believe tolls booths are being installed.
"When people drive past and... more »
September 6, 2013 8:58 AM
MANSFIELD- State District Judge Robert Burgess in Mansfield has set a Nov. 5 execution date for child killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado was convicted 20 years ago for the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old stepson, Wesley Allen Mercer. The Times reports Burgess' decision Thursday to sign another execution warrant comes less... more »
September 4, 2013 8:48 AM
SULPHUR- State police in southwestern Louisiana are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck on Interstate 10 west of Sulphur after leaving an earlier accident scene. A news release from Louisiana State Police Troop D said the fatality happened shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday in the eastbound lanes... more »
September 2, 2013 10:56 PM
TIMPSON, Texas- A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled an area known as East Texas Monday. Aftershocks were felt along the Louisiana-Texas state line.
Authorities said there were no injuries or major damage reported.
The ground shook about 5 p.m.
People in this area have been reporting earthquakes since... more »
August 26, 2013 11:10 AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday the 12 are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and multiple dog fighting charges, including promoting... more »
August 23, 2013 9:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state is spreading the word about traffic issues with a new smart phone app.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation's "Way to Geaux" traffic app was released to iPhones and Android smart phones Thursday.
The app works by sending a voice alert to traffic incident... more »
August 21, 2013 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU is looking for $450 million dollars to cover maintenance projects which have been repeatedly put off across the campus, including improvements to the building where historic maps are housed.
John Anderson, the director of the Cartographic Information Center, said he has to stay vigilant to... more »
August 13, 2013 3:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
August 12, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue.
CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
August 3, 2013 10:19 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Fees for using state parks in Louisiana are going up, the result of state budget cutbacks. Stuart Johnson, the state's assistant secretary for state parks, tells The Advocate that the administration's budget relies on $1.3 million in self-generated funds from park operations. Johnson says the money... more »
August 1, 2013 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to let Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration sell state property in Iberville Parish and downtown Baton Rouge. The House and Senate natural resources committees approved the sales Thursday at a special meeting in Grand Isle, held where lawmakers were attending a weekend fishing rodeo.... more »
July 29, 2013 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - More than 1,000 students are on a waiting list for a state education department program offering courses to Louisiana students online. The "Course Choice" program was limited to a pilot program after a court ruling that the Legislature had illegally chosen to fund it through a program... more »
July 29, 2013 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy said he's seriously considering a run for the Louisiana governor's office, but stopped short of throwing his hat into the race.
He made the statement while speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.
Kennedy also announced today he's planning to give... more »
July 29, 2013 10:50 AM
HOUMA - A state audit finds Terrebonne's former sheriff must repay more than $19,000 and may have violated several state laws during his four years in office, including during filming of the reality TV show 'Cajun Justice.' Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera tells The Courier copies of the report have been... more »
July 24, 2013 2:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A law firm run by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's former executive counsel has received more than $1.1 million in no-bid contract work from Jindal appointees and state agencies since leaving the governor's office. The Faircloth Law Group, headed by Jimmy Faircloth, is becoming a fixture in high-profile legal... more »
July 16, 2013 1:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - About 1,900 state employees received pink slips in the just-ended budget year, nearly as many workers as were laid off during the four prior years of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The layoff figures were released Tuesday by the Department of State Civil Service for the 2012-13 fiscal... more »
July 5, 2013 2:38 PM
SANFORD, Fla.- Prosecutors say they are resting their case in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the judge Friday afternoon that the state would rest its case. Over two weeks, prosecutors called more than... more »
July 1, 2013 3:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's social services department says all juvenile detention facilities in the state are now licensed and inspected by its agency. The 15 facilities previously had been required to meet fire marshal and health department regulations. But as of Monday, they also are licensed by the Department of... more »
June 17, 2013 11:48 AM
GRAMBLING - Grambling State University produces not only undergraduate and graduate students but also a large group of retirees. The News-Star reports GSU President Frank G. Pogue identified this ready-made pool of highly-qualified and skilled professionals and workers and recently established the Grambling State University Association for Retired Faculty and... more »
June 11, 2013 8:52 PM
HAMMOND- Brazen crooks used a vehicle to back into the front of the Office of Motor Vehicles and infamously take the store's ATM.
Like in similar cases, the crooks used the vehicle to break the machine free from floor mounts before fleeing away with the ATM and the cash... more »
June 11, 2013 2:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new state agency is being created to beef up Louisiana's efforts to collect delinquent accounts owed to the state. Lawmakers who overwhelmingly agreed to set up the Office of Debt Recovery are hoping to drum up new dollars for the treasury in a state struggling through six... more »
June 7, 2013 5:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of kids will go to private schools next fall thanks to the approval of the state budget this week.
The Louisiana Association of Educators spoke out about how the state originally planned to pay for the program. Last year, the union filed a lawsuit against the... more »
June 7, 2013 10:42 AM
STARKVILLE, MS - The NCAA has put Mississippi State's football program on probation for two years and cut two scholarships for the upcoming year for infractions that included recruiting violations. Former assistant coach Angelo Mirando, who resigned on Aug. 19 just days before the school announced the NCAA's investigation, was... more »
May 31, 2013 8:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman will apparently be playing in tomorrow's baseball game.
Bregman was taken to an area hospital after a collision with left fielder Raph Rhymes during Friday's game against Jackson State at Alex Box Stadium. He needed to be checked for possible fractures to bones... more »
May 23, 2013 10:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- A member of the Republican Party asked the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to peek into the finances of the GOP in the state WBRZ News 2 learned.
The new information came a day after a WBRZ News 2 report about outrage in the party after leaders received a... more »
May 22, 2013 9:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Questions surround the state Capitol after the Legislative Auditor told the Republican Party of Louisiana to hand over financial documents.
"State law says they are suppose to submit it," Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said. Recently, a legislator brought the law to his attention.
State statute... more »
May 21, 2013 10:16 PM
INDEPENDENCE- State Police have not filed charges against a 15-year-old, unlicensed driver who investigators said crashed the car she was driving and killed a ten-year-old sibling.
The driver was with her two brothers and sister, headed to baseball practice Monday when the crash happened on Highway 1054.
"We... more »
May 16, 2013 2:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest financial disclosure report shows his annual nearly $128,000 state salary provided the main source of income for he and his wife in 2012. That's according to the Board of Ethics. The report shows the couple also received income from capital gains and dividends paid... more »