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  • People gearing up for hunting season by getting certified Play Video

    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 »
  • National guard hosts mock terrorist attack Play Video

    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 »
  • State returns $84K in unclaimed property

    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 »
  • State Police looking for vehicle involved in hit and run

    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 »
  • State investment helps bolster paper mill Play Video

    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 »
  • Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues Play Video

    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 »
  • State audit finds major issues with LSU Scholarships Play Video

    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 »
  • House lawmakers reject ethics exemption for BESE

    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 »
  • Smoking ban at state office buildings wins passage

    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 »
  • State tax deadline is on May 15th

    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 »
  • Not enough support to regulate red light, speed cameras

    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 »
  • Bill would set up state elevator inspection system

    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 »
  • Ohio regulators link fracking to earthquakes

    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 »
  • Bill naming the Bible as Louisiana state book passes in committee

    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 »
  • State has plans to deal with terrible traffic

    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 »
  • Senator files bill for more EBR school districts

    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 »
  • Bill proposes $10 minimum wage for La. Play Video

    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 »
  • State Police: I-10 may reopen Thursday

    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 »
  • Governor unveils $25 billion budget

    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 »
  • Efficiency study contract amended

    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 »
  • State voucher defense costs increasing by $750,000

    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 »
  • State formally launches investigation into EBR Schools Play Video

    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 »
  • State launches investigation into EBR Schools over alleged cheating Play Video

    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 »
  • Retired state workers could see bigger checks

    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 »
  • Politicians uncovered breaking rules, not paying fines Play Video

    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 »
  • Judge rules against budget tactics

    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 »
  • The road work wish list that likely won't get done

    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 »
  • LSU hospital layoffs reduce state retirement debt

    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 »
  • State office building evacuated due to false alarm

    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 »
  • State pays for local construction projects

    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 »
  • State construction projects back on track

    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 »
  • Former legislator pleads guilty to tax fraud

    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 »
  • State moving to upgrade IT

    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 »
  • La. State Police rescued missing Fla. child

    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 »
  • Union politics to go more local

    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 »
  • Analysis: La. budget needs $200M from tax amnesty

    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 »
  • Ascension may borrow to build sewer system

    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 »
  • Gov. Jindal demands feds drop suit against state

    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 »
  • MSU student dies in one-vehicle accident

    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 »
  • Toll confusion on Sunshine Bridge

    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 »
  • Execution date reset for convicted child killer

    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 »
  • Man leaves 1 accident, struck and killed on I-10

    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 »
  • Earthquake reported near LA/TX state line

    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 »
  • Feds announce dog fighting charges in 4 states

    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 »
  • Traffic app gives hands and eyes free alerts Play Video

    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 »
  • Blue tarps used to protect historic LSU maps Play Video

    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 »
  • Louisiana first in recovered Medicaid fraud money

    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 »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    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 »
  • State park fees rising in La.

    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 »
  • Lawmakers approve property sales Thursday

    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 »
  • White: Course Choice list 'cannot be ignored'

    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 »
  • Kennedy seriously considering governor's run Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: 'Cajun Justice' sheriff owes $19,000 to state

    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 »
  • Gov. Jindal's ex-counsel draws in state contracts

    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 »
  • State worker layoffs reach 1,900 in fiscal year

    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 »
  • Prosecutor: State will rest in Zimmerman trial

    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 »
  • Juvenile detention facilities face new licensing

    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 »
  • GSU establishes faculty, staff retiree association

    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 »
  • Crooks use car in ATM smash and grab

    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 »
  • New state office to target debt collection

    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 »
  • Teacher's union says battle not over, even though vouchers are funded Play Video

    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 »
  • NCAA penalizes MSU for recruiting violations

    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 »
  • Bregman: I'm playing Saturday

    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 »
  • Republican prompts inquiry into party finances

    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 »
  • Republicans question reason behind financial records request Play Video

    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 »
  • Unlicensed driver doesn't face charges in deadly crash

    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 »
  • Jindal's state salary provides main income in 2012

    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 »
  • State lawmakers kill law requiring equal pay for men, women

    May 15, 2013 8:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers rejected a law that would prohibit some employers from paying women less than men doing the same job. Sen. Edwin Murray's "Equal Pay for Women Act" was killed by one vote. Nineteen senators voted for it and 18 against; 20 votes are needed to pass. ... more »
  • State may alter some Road Home requirements

    May 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana may ease some of the restrictions on the use of federal aid money in the state Road Home program for homeowners who were looking to rebuild, repair or sell property damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state's Office of Community said its proposals include... more »
  • State Farm appeals Katrina fraud ruling

    May 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss.- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury's finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., also seek a new trial. The verdict came in April in... more »
  • Familiar name propelling U-High to baseball state tournament Play Video

    May 7, 2013 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A familiar name will don the back of U High's ace pitcher on the mound this weekend at the baseball state tournament. Sports 2's Brian Holland has more on the Cubs. more »
  • LSU softball hosts Northwestern St. in home finale

    April 30, 2013 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The No. 12 LSU softball team is set for their final home game of the 2013 regular season against Northwestern State Tuesday at Tiger Park. LSU (40-11, 15-6 SEC) is coming off a three-game sweep over No. 4 Alabama to earn a share of the SEC... more »
  • LSP looking for hit-and-run driver

    April 24, 2013 4:57 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Louisiana State Police asked for the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver who injured a man walking down the side of a road. Trooper Jared Sandifer said it happened in Livingston Parish around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night near the intersection of Linder Road and Clinton Allen... more »
  • Flags at La. buildings lowered to half-staff

    April 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered that state flags at government buildings in Louisiana be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday. The executive order issued Tuesday is an expression of respect for victims of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon. Similar gestures are being made by local governments.... more »
  • Downsville man dies in wreck

    April 8, 2013 9:14 AM

    RUSTON- State police say a Downsville man died from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle wreck. The accident happened Sunday morning on La. Highway 3072 at Highway 33 north of Ruston. Troopers say a 2012 Mack tractor trailer, driven by 61-year-old Lester Jordan, was westbound on Highway 3072 when it crossed... more »
  • State offices close for Good Friday holiday

    March 29, 2013 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most Louisiana state offices are shut down for the Good Friday holiday. The Friday holiday is a legal day of rest in state law. Some legislative employees may be working, however, since Friday is the final day for bills to be pre-filed for the regular... more »
  • Police: MAP employee hit, killed by his vehicle

    March 25, 2013 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police released the details about a crash that killed a Motorist Assistance Patrol worker Monday. Jim Gilmer, 68, was killed when his specialized state vehicle ran over him after it was rear-ended by a semi. The crash happened Monday morning in a westbound lane on I-10... more »
  • MAP worker killed in Monday crash

    March 25, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man killed on the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge Monday worked for the state Motorist Assistance Patrol, known as MAP. State transportation leaders said the employee was called to the westbound lanes of the bridge to remove debris. He was killed in a two-vehicle crash. Details of... more »
  • Committee approves state property sale

    March 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A joint legislative committee today approved the sale of a state property as proposed in Governor Jindal's executive budget. Wooddale Towers has been vacant since April 2011. State budget officials say some of the last tenants were state offices that have since been consolidated. A... more »
  • Lawsuit against Jindal considered over reef money

    March 13, 2013 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointees on the state's wildlife and fisheries regulatory panel are threatening to sue the Jindal administration. At issue is Jindal's continuing diversions of millions of dollars donated by oil companies to turn old drilling rigs into artificial reefs to instead pay for other items across... more »
  • Sale of state buildings are a part of Jindal's proposed budget Play Video

    February 27, 2013 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal plans on selling $47 million dollars in state property to help balance next year's budget. The properties on the market include Wooddale Towers, the state office building at the corner of Convention Street and 3rd Street, and the parking lot where the old state... more »
  • Jindal faces trouble in home state

    February 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is facing trouble in Louisiana, even he gives advice on how the GOP can regroup and looks to position himself to be a national party front man. The new head of the Republican Governors Association has made a series of cuts to health services... more »
  • Jindal asks for disaster declaration after January floods

    February 18, 2013 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal asked FEMA today to expedite a disaster declaration after statewide flooding last month. Jindal sent a letter requesting the declaration to the federal government, saying Louisiana saw more than $6.5 million in damage from the widespread floods between Jan. 8 and 17. ... more »
  • La. taxpayers have choices for state income tax refunds

    February 7, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Taxpayers in Louisiana can now choose between methods to receive their state income tax refunds. Taxpayers who file electronically can select direct deposit, a paper check, or the Louisiana MyRefund Card, a pre-loaded debit card that can be used to withdraw cash at ATMs or bank teller... more »
  • Taxpayers can start filing their state tax returns

    January 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People can now file their state income tax returns, but the state revenue department says the earliest tax filers will get their refunds is Feb. 26. The department announced Wednesday that new computer software designed to prevent fraudulent electronic filing is being rolled out. That identity verification software... more »

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