July 25, 2014 10:08 PM
GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief.
Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study.
Based on what Iberville... more »
July 3, 2014 5:24 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - The journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities about how people's moods spread on the social network is now expressing reservations about the paper. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that as a private company, Facebook had no obligation to... more »
June 11, 2014 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Scientists are looking for volunteers for two new studies on diabetes at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Researchers are working to prevent diabetes by treating people with pre-diabetes and type two diabetes with a combination of FDA approved drugs.
One study, D2D , is for pre-diabetes.... more »
June 5, 2014 7:52 PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA- New research adds strength to the theory that the moon was created by a collision between earth and a planet-sized object about four and a half billion years ago.
Scientists from Germany studied moon rocks gathered from astronauts in the Apollo 11, 12 and 16 missions... more »
June 2, 2014 2:36 PM
WASHINGTON - Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? A new study finds that people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one. But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the... more »
May 22, 2014 10:19 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Traffic along Range Avenue has hit a breaking point for many drivers and Thursday night engineers and infrastructure experts unveiled plans that could help solve their problem.
Three solutions, two include adding an exit at Pete's Highway, just east of the Range exit.
"The purpose... more »
May 11, 2014 2:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Southern Rail Commission has applied for a $1 million federal grant to study the feasibility of restoring passenger train service between New Orleans and Orlando in central Florida. Amtrak's Sunset Limited, which runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles, included a leg to Orlando until Hurricane... more »
April 28, 2014 11:45 AM
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will collect data on police stops, searches, and arrests to study racial bias in law enforcement.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the information will be collected in five pilot cities over the next two years. It is part of a new initiative called the... more »
April 25, 2014 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- Chances are, you're not very happy to be a Louisianan.
According to a new Gallup poll, most people in the Bayou State don't think Louisiana is the best place to live. Only about 27% of people surveyed here said this was the best, or one of the... more »
April 10, 2014 3:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - An LSU study finds that Baton Rouge-area business sales related to the Tigers' sports programs have quadrupled since 2001 to nearly $400 million annually. Athletic Director Joe Alleva says that growth also has caused problems that will require help from the community to solve. Alleva's main concern... more »
March 27, 2014 11:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A study says funding the state's 50 year plan for coastal protection would create 109,000 to 212,000 jobs and help grow the economy.
The study by economist and former University of New Orleans president Timothy Ryan, was commissioned by Restore Louisiana Now. That group was formed... more »
March 13, 2014 10:46 PM
LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders want to establish a coalition to look at flooding issues along Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
The Livingston Parish Council discussed a resolution Thursday after residents complained about issues, possibly from neighboring parishes.
Specifically, people want to target levees and pumping stations in other parishes... more »
March 12, 2014 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU researchers say people fail at matching faces to ID photographs 40 percent of the time.
Dr. Megan Papesh, Assistant Professor of Psychology at LSU, said their studies show recent photos with similar lighting were the easiest to identify, with 80 percent of people getting the match... more »
February 27, 2014 10:20 PM
LIVINGSTON - There's a push to study flooding, specifically targeting levees and pumping stations in other parishes, to determine if those features contribute to flooding problems in this parish.
But, the Livingston Parish Council tabled a resolution Thursday night to begin the process. It would bring in a team... more »
December 25, 2013 9:03 PM
BATON ROUGE- The public library provides assistance to seniors who are looking to learn how to use a computer.
It's helpful, since a study recently suggested elderly people who know how to use a computer feel better. Researchers believe they lower their risk of depression by 20%.
Another... more »
December 16, 2013 10:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- Tuesday morning you're sharing the roads with the nation's worst drivers, a new study reports.
A website that tracks car insurance rates, posted the list. Second to Louisiana was South Carolina.
"People drive reckless and fast," driver Talvin Bibbins of Baton Rouge said. "I mean, they... more »
November 20, 2013 7:36 PM
WASHINGTON- The trouble inside the nuclear missile units in the Air Force runs deeper and wider than the Pentagon has let on.
The Associated Press obtained a study done for the Air Force that found "burnout" among launch officers.
They have their fingers on the triggers of 450... more »
November 20, 2013 7:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - A study to determine the feasibility of operating passenger rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and how to finance the project should be completed by the end of the year.
Maj. Gen. John Basilica Jr., vice president and Gulf Coast district leader for HNTB,... more »
October 29, 2013 9:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new study by right-leaning policy organizations recommends that Louisiana shrink its prison population and costs by repealing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes. The groups suggest that Louisiana could maintain public safety while also reducing a per capita incarceration rate that is the highest in the... more »
October 24, 2013 8:11 AM
PORTLAND, Maine - A new study suggests that a nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves may be helping consumers buy healthier food.
The study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the University of... more »
July 25, 2013 4:37 PM
WASHINGTON - A new study says that reversing more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts hitting the economy this year and next would boost the economy by 0.7 percent and increase employment by 900,000 jobs. The Congressional Budget Office study is similar to prior estimates by the agency. The... more »
July 9, 2013 10:25 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business. The study, commissioned by the... more »
July 1, 2013 7:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - It's been five years since Baton Rouge launched a traffic light camera program, and data released last week shows drops in both traffic crashes and violations at the selected intersections. The Department of Public Works evaluated intersections where traffic cameras were installed in 2008 and 2009 by... more »
June 6, 2013 12:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - New figures show that Louisiana's economy grew by 1.5 percent in 2012.
Gross domestic product numbers released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Louisiana's 2012 growth rate was below the national average of... more »
May 24, 2013 11:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - A recent national study says Louisiana has the highest rate of gun violence in the nation and the weakest gun safety laws. But state lawmakers are moving to expand the already permissive laws. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit group that tracks... more »
May 23, 2013 10:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development said they're studying the area around the Assumption Parish sinkhole for a possible alternate highway in case La. 70 is compromised.
DOTD recently installed several monitoring stations along the highway and three bridges over Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Bayou... more »
March 5, 2013 8:54 AM
NEW YORK - Women still live longer than men but a new study finds some U.S. women aren't living as long as they used to. The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation's counties... more »
February 19, 2013 9:26 PM
PORT ALLEN- Engineers are studying traffic flow on parts of LA 1, looking into ways to improve the highway.
DOTD is focusing on the area from the Intracoastal Waterway (North Line Road) to Bayou Plaquemine (LA 988- Schnebelen Road).
"We are looking at ways to improve traffic flow,... more »
February 14, 2013 7:12 AM
NEW YORK - A government report says an increasing number of women are using the morning-after pill after sex.
The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first by the government to focus on emergency contraception since the approval of the morning-after pill 15 years... more »
February 5, 2013 7:05 AM
AUSTIN, Texas - An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion hours sitting in traffic in 2011. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has released a report that found Americans are adapting to road congestion by allowing, on average, an hour to make a trip that... more »
January 7, 2013 3:25 PM
WASHINGTON - Researchers say death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down. Cancer deaths began slowly dropping during the 1990s, and today's report shows the trend holding. Among men, cancer death rates dropped by 1.8 percent a year between 2000 and 2009. The rate declined by 1.4 percent a... more »
January 3, 2013 1:27 PM
LOS ANGELES - Scientists say a 2-billion-year-old rock from Mars that landed on Earth is quite different from other Martian meteorites. They say it is older than most and contains more water. It's also similar to volcanic rocks examined by the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the Martian surface.... more »
January 1, 2013 3:51 PM
UNDATED - Scientists are using imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. Fructose is a sugar that saturates the American diet. Researchers have found that after drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't resister the feeling of being... more »
December 4, 2012 10:25 AM
WASHINGTON - A new study says basic prescription drug coverage could vary dramatically from state to state under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. That's because states get to set benefits for private health plans that will be offered starting in 2014 through new insurance exchanges. The study out Tuesday... more »
November 9, 2012 6:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A post-Hurricane Isaac study by the Army Corps of Engineers says Isaac's storm surge flooding of areas that were not inundated during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav was not caused by post-Katrina improvements to New Orleans area levee system. Instead, the study says, surge flooding during Isaac was... more »
November 5, 2012 12:26 PM
LOS ANGELES - The largest study to test daily multivitamin use finds they modestly lowered the risk for cancer in middle-aged and older men but did not seem to affect the chances of developing heart disease. The studies did not include women but other research under way now does. Two... more »
November 1, 2012 6:16 PM
LAPLACE - Two months after Hurricane Isaac brought two to four feet of storm surge into hundreds of homes, St. John Parish residents can soon expect answers as to why.
Days after the storm, Sen. David Vitter asked the Corps of Engineers to investigate if the protection around New... more »
September 19, 2012 7:29 AM
WASHINGTON - Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards.
So far, FDA officials say they have found no evidence that suggests rice is unsafe... more »
September 18, 2012 10:24 AM
NEW YORK - A new study predicts that more than half the people in 39 states will be obese by 2030. Mississippi is expected to still be fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts two-thirds of that state's adults will be obese by... more »
July 31, 2012 4:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton - some of the ocean's tiniest plants and creatures - and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's richest seafood grounds. Scientists say the... more »
July 23, 2012 4:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new study panel is reviewing the billions of dollars of state tax breaks on the books, looking at whether they are worth keeping as Louisiana faces repeated rounds of budget cuts. The 14-member review commission of legislative leaders held its first meeting Monday, featuring a crash... more »
July 11, 2012 10:23 AM
Study results for three experimental drugs for Alzheimer's are expected in the coming months after more than a decade of failed attempts to find a way to slow down the disease. There is no known cure for Alzheimer's. Current medicines just temporarily ease symptoms of the mind-robbing disease. Results are... more »
July 11, 2012 7:51 AM
NEW YORK - No event is seared in the memory of television viewers quite like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
A study released Wednesday has found that only the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy comes close, and that was only among people aged 55 and over... more »
July 10, 2012 9:54 AM
MOBILE - New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could have significant impacts on microscopic life that might not become apparent for years. Auburn professor Ken Halanych and scientists from the University of New Hampshire, the University of... more »
May 25, 2012 7:40 AM
NEW YORK - Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs. An analysis by The Associated Press finds that the head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011. That was up more than 6 percent from the previous year and... more »
April 30, 2012 8:25 AM
A new life-threatening warning for obese teenagers. IF you develop diabetes, you'll have a very tough, difficult time keeping it under control.
A Major study tested several way to control diabetes and nearly half of teens failed within a few years. One in five teens suffered serious complications that... more »
April 30, 2012 6:58 AM
LUTCHER - The St. James Parish School Board has voted to authorize a traffic study on the 54-acre tract designated as the future site of St. James High School. The board also authorized the central office staff to apply for necessary permits from the St. James Parish Council. The district... more »
April 24, 2012 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Transportation and Development has hired a consulting firm to study how to improve traffic conditions on I-10 between the Mississippi River Bridge and the 10/12 Split.
DOTD also wants to get some input from drivers and people who live near the interstate to help... more »
February 28, 2012 2:34 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. - A study conducted by University of Louisiana at Lafayette finds a potential 90-day closure of La. 1 in south Louisiana, the only land route to Port Fourchon, would have an $7.8 billion total economic impact nationally over a 10-year period. While making the case for the next... more »
February 22, 2012 3:03 PM
MONROE, La. (AP) - The city of Monroe is planning to conduct a feasibility study to look into adding more parking downtown. Myra Gatling-Akers, Downtown Economic Development District director, tells The News-Star the item is slated for consideration at the city's next council meeting. Gatling-Akers says parking downtown has been... more »
February 21, 2012 6:42 AM
ATHENS, Ga. - Three University of Georgia scientists have received a three-year grant to study the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye and UGA colleagues Patricia Medeiros and Christof Meile have received a $1.3 million... more »
January 24, 2012 6:00 AM
TOKYO - A new study warns that Tokyo has a 70 percent chance of being hit by a powerful magnitude-7 earthquake within four years. The study published by University of Tokyo seismologists based the warning on an increase in seismic activity in the region since last year's March 11 disaster,... more »
December 15, 2011 5:47 PM
GONZALES- Drivers going through Ascension and Livingston Parishes could be getting an easier route. A study proposed by the Ascension Parish Council will look into a link that would connect I-12 & I-10 through the parishes.
"They're trying to find out where the best area to connect between I-10... more »
December 9, 2011 5:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - If you're worried about osteoporosis, you can get paid to find out your chances of developing the disease while also helping researchers find a cure at the same time.
Researchers at Tulane University are looking for 20 thousand people to take a free bone scan test... more »
December 8, 2011 7:42 PM
It turns out rats are nice after all and even compassionate. New experiments show they don't live up to their reputation. They freed another trapped rat in their cage, even when chocolate was served as a tempting distraction. Twenty-three of the 30 rats in the study opened the cage. They... more »
November 29, 2011 2:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - The latest commission studying the governance of Louisiana's public colleges is suggesting that the Board of Regents have more power over college management boards and state funding for them.
The panel backed 21 recommendations Tuesday to forward to lawmakers.
Among the suggestions that would need... more »
September 25, 2011 10:11 AM
BATON ROUGE- LSU AgCenter scientists will compare bugs and spiders from areas hit by the 2010 BP oil spill to those in oil-free areas to learn more about effects of the spill.
Entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui says insects are good indicators of stress, and can be food for frogs, fish... more »
September 14, 2011 1:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Duke University and Conservation International researchers say lack of data from shrimp trawlers is a huge problem in getting a national picture of sea turtle deaths on fishhooks and in fishing nets.
They say total federal estimates of such deaths fell 90 percent from 1990 to... more »
August 7, 2011 11:59 AM
MOBILE - A new study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to determine how many birds may have died during the Gulf oil spill last year.
The program, funded by BP, is known as the "Carcass Drift Study."
Researchers are attaching numbered floats to hundreds... more »
July 26, 2011 3:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Istrouma Branch Post Office in Baton Rouge is on the list of locations the U. S. Postal Service is considering closing to cut costs.
On Tuesday the USPS released the list of 3,653 offices, branches and stations they were studying closing nationwide. In Louisiana, 51... more »
July 26, 2011 6:23 AM
NEW YORK- While smartphone users worry about mobile hacking and other security threats psychologists and others are concerned about another equally troubling issue -- the growing obsession of people with their devices. Some say the dependence is such that many people would much rather interact with their smartphones than with... more »
July 22, 2011 9:57 AM
NEW YORK - An energy research group predicted that an increase in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico could create 230,000 jobs and add $44 billion to the economy next year.
IHS on Thursday echoed the industry's argument that regulations enacted following the Gulf oil spill have slowed... more »
July 7, 2011 1:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Studies at four Gulf Coast universities will focus on continuing fear that last year's oil spill is making people sick, especially if they eat lots of fish.
All four will look at people's mental and physical health over the next five years. Three will also look... more »
June 24, 2011 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bait fish and worms are at the center of a study at LSU that may lead to a better weapon against oil spills.
Three universities are teamed to create a bio-dispersant that breaks-up oil and is environmentally friendly. It's been going for year now at Iowa State... more »
June 7, 2011 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Senators are considering whether to repeal Louisiana's personal and corporate income taxes.
The Senate held a Tuesday debate on Democratic Sen. Rob Marionneaux's idea, which would drain billions annually upon the complete removal of the taxes after 10 years.
Marionneaux previously suggested he would recommend... more »
May 31, 2011 1:30 PM
LONDON - An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies.
The statement was issued in Lyon, France, on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a weeklong meeting of experts. They reviewed possible links... more »
April 18, 2011 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - More than three dozen scientists say the Gulf of Mexico is near pre-BP spill health level, but also admit that it may take many years to determine the spill's overall impact to fish and wildlife.
The scientists gave the Gulf a 68 out of 100 score... more »
March 30, 2011 4:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- From rusted guard rails to old wood beams, some of Louisiana's bridges show their age.
"You get beat to death going across them," said Mike Spencer, from Prairieville.
A study released by Transportation for America says one in eight bridges in the state are structurally deficient.... more »
March 27, 2011 12:38 PM
NEW YORK- Here's some good news in the wake of Japan's disaster: A new study says big earthquakes don't set off other dangerous ones around the globe.
Big quakes do trigger local aftershocks. But researchers found no sign of setting off moderate-sized events at great distances. The finding basically... more »
March 27, 2011 9:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Scientists are studying to see what is ailing some blue crabs in Terrebonne Parish.
Tests have found blue crabs from Terrebonne that have been infested by marine microbes that clog the gills. Scientists say the crabs could be suffering from an infectious disease called white spot.... more »
January 29, 2011 9:32 AM
BATON ROUGE- A Colorado consulting firm will be paid as much as $74,000 to study a proposal to merge Southern University at New Orleans with the nearby University of New Orleans campus.
The Board of Regents on Friday released the final terms of the contract it has with Dennis... more »
November 24, 2010 3:07 PM
BATON ROUGE – A study about the benefits of exercise for diabetics from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today. The study found that a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training improved blood sugar levels among people with type 2... more »
November 23, 2010 2:00 PM
WASHINGTON - The federal government now figures that oil dispersants did a better job of breaking up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico than it first calculated. A new analysis released Tuesday says the controversial chemicals helped break up about 32 million gallons of oil - about... more »
November 12, 2010 6:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new study finds Louisiana ranks next to last in the South and nationally when it comes to public high school seniors earning early college credit. The study by the Southern Regional Education Board says just over 4 percent of Louisiana students passed at least one Advanced... more »
October 19, 2010 5:51 AM
Scientists studying the aftermath of BP's oil spill are looking at whether the pollution is a renewed threat to Peregrine falcons, which rebounded from the brink of extinction a generation ago. The research may also help determine the health of species lower down the food chain in the Gulf of... more »
October 15, 2010 12:35 PM
Officials say a new toll bridge in Lafourche Parish is handling less traffic than predicted. Michael Bridges, undersecretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development, says the issue involves the $161 million Leeville bridge over Bayou Lafourche on La. Highway 1, which began collecting fees in July 2009. Most... more »
October 11, 2010 5:15 AM
The National Marine Fisheries Service will study whether the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has hurt the bluefin tuna population to the point that the fish should be placed on the endangered species list. The agency says the Center for Biological Diversity's San Francisco office provided scientific information to back... more »
October 8, 2010 8:19 AM
A new study finds the mold that pervaded New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina didn't lead to a general increase in mold allergies. Tulane University researchers examined 529 patients who got a skin test for mold sensitivity at Ochsner Health System between December 2005 and December 2008. Lead author Felicia Rabito... more »
September 23, 2010 2:01 PM
An independent study has found that the federal government accurately estimated how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The study by two Columbia University researchers found that almost 185 million gallons of oil spilled from the BP well which blew out this summer.... more »
September 23, 2010 11:30 AM
A government study found one in five sexually active gay and bisexual men is infected with HIV, and nearly half of those infected don't know they have the disease.
The study is considered the largest to look at urban gay and bisexual men at high risk for HIV, the... more »
September 23, 2010 5:23 AM
RTI International of North Carolina will investigate whether children who spent at least two months in FEMA trailers after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have more skin or breathing problems than those who didn't. RTI will also study children whose mothers were pregnant with them while living in a trailer provided... more »
September 21, 2010 10:52 AM
The first-ever scientific count shows Louisiana's largest black bear concentration, in a northeastern refuge, had about 300 animals in 2008. State biologist Mike Hooker, who recently completed analysis of data collected from 2006-08, said nearly 50 sows and about 100 cubs were moved from the area during that period to... more »
August 23, 2010 5:25 AM
A new study finds that children who lived in emergency trailer parks or hotels for long periods after Hurricane Katrina are far more likely to have serious emotional problems. Researcher Irwin Redlener says at least 20,000 of those children still have serious emotional disorders or behavior problems, or don't have... more »
August 22, 2010 12:25 PM
A new study finds that children who lived in emergency trailer parks or hotels for long periods after Hurricane Katrina are far more likely to have serious emotional problems. In a report being released Monday, researcher Irwin Redlener says at least 20,000 of those children still have serious emotional disorders... more »
August 10, 2010 6:15 AM
The University of New Orleans gets $35,000 from the National Science Foundation to gather and study data about the Gulf of Mexico sea floor before the oil spill began in late April. They'll also gather pre-spill data about inland waterbottoms including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne. That will let scientists... more »