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  • Motorcycle engine malfunction causes fire at business on Airline Highway

    June 11, 2016 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department says an electrical malfunction in a motorcycle engine caused a fire at a business on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge Friday night. Crews were called to Audio & Security Systems in the 9500 block of Airline Highway at... more »
  • Search for permanent CATS CEO begins

    April 8, 2016 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CATS board accepted Bob Mirabito's resignation and named his interim replacement at a special meeting Friday afternoon. William "Bill" Deville, who has more than 30 years of transit management experience and has been with CATS since December 2013. Deville started as the Chief Operation... more »
  • Bakerfield elementary school on 'fire watch' Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:14 PM

    BAKER - Administrators who are over the 175 students at Bakerfield Elementary School are all on alert. The school is under a fire watch because the fire alarm system is broken. The discovery was first made in August, during a routine fire drill. Every since then, the two... more »
  • Homeland Secretary: US to roll out new terror alert system

    December 7, 2015 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is announcing a new terror alert system. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says details about the new system will be announced soon. He says the change is needed to better inform Americans about the country's security posture. This will be the third terror alert... more »
  • Amoeba detected in one Houma water system

    August 17, 2015 7:40 PM

    HOUMA - State health officials said tests recently found an amoeba in Houma's Schriever Water System, which serves around 97,000 people in Terrebonne Parish. The Department of Health and Hospitals said despite the presence of the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, the water is still safe to drink. DHH tested... more »
  • Landlords file sewage claims with city of Baton Rouge Play Video

    June 25, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four apartment owners whose sewer lines were backed up in April are waiting for a settlement from the city of Baton Rouge to cover the damage it caused, a situation that's also causing red ink to overflow in the city's budget. Since 2006 the city-parish has... more »
  • Pointe Coupee gets updated 911 system

    May 21, 2015 6:51 PM

    MORGANZA - Pointe Coupee's communication center is getting a face-lift to help better track 911 calls throughout the area. The current system has been up and running for more than a decade, handling about 300 calls a day. Officials say they've reached the end of its lifespan, and the... more »
  • Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members. The president will get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. Obama is traveling to... more »
  • Southwest grounding 128 planes over missed inspections

    February 25, 2015 1:47 AM

    DALLAS, TX - Southwest Airlines says it has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails. Southwest says it has canceled 90 flights so far. The grounding covers about one-fifth of its fleet. The airline said Tuesday night... more »
  • St. John schools seek bottled water amid amoeba crisis Play Video

    September 12, 2014 3:22 AM

    EDGARD, LA - As the St. John the Baptist Parish government continues trying to eradicate a potentially fatal brain-damaging amoeba from a portion of its water system, the St. John School Board has declared a state of emergency. The declaration allows the school system to bypass public bid laws to... more »
  • St. John purging water system after amoeba found Play Video

    August 28, 2014 2:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist is using chlorine to flush a water system on the east bank of the Mississippi River after tests showed the presence of a dangerous amoeba. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in the water system... more »
  • Residents hope to block EBR school redistricting

    August 19, 2014 3:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of East Baton Rouge Parish residents is back in court, hoping to block a new nine-member redistricting plan that shrank the size of the parish School Board by two seats. The residents filed court papers late Monday seeking an immediate review of a lower court... more »
  • Sewer system comes with cost Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction. The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean. "The... 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 »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... 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 »
  • Even in shutdown, Corps still plans to talk Ascension levees Wed.

    October 1, 2013 10:27 PM

    GONZALES- The government shutdown will not cancel a planned meeting to talk about levee protection in Ascension Parish. The Army Corps of Engineers will meet with residents Wednesday night at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The federal delegation will discuss design plans for a new levee system. Ascension... 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 »
  • Raises to be considered for Southern System employees

    September 5, 2013 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of employees in the Southern University System may soon get raises. On Friday, the Southern Board of Supervisors will consider across the board salary increases for faculty and staff at Southern's Law School, Ag Center and New Orleans campus. The raises will be up... more »
  • Most teachers pass new evaluations in first year

    September 3, 2013 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most public school classroom teachers were graded effective in the first statewide year of Louisiana's new teacher evaluation system. Under data released Tuesday by the education department, 32 percent of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4 percent were determined to be "ineffective." The... more »
  • Zachary to borrow $5 million more for sewer work

    August 28, 2013 7:41 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has started the process of borrowing up to $5 million for continuing work on the municipal sewer system. According to the resolution adopted by the council Tuesday, the city would pay back the bonds over 22 years and borrow the money at an... more »
  • Corps flood plans leave out Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish. The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate... more »
  • Loftus resigns from CATS board in heated letter

    August 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entrepreneur Jared Loftus stepped down today from the Capital Area Transit System board, calling the board corrupt and unwilling to work for the betterment of the system. Loftus accused other board members of beind closed-minded, inept, and unethical in his resignation, and said he'd witnessed criminal... more »
  • Leaders: if you're on CATS board, know what you are doing

    August 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders now require leaders overseeing the Capital Area Transit System to know something about public transit. The metro council approved setting tougher standards for members of the CATS board, which has been under fire for its handling of recent scandals. Accountants found irregularities in bus... more »
  • .com snafu shutters CATS site

    August 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The website for the public transit system here is not working because of snafu over passwords and credentials. The site's contract expired recently, and the worker who set up the payment and authentication systems died. Some of the information needed to renew the contract are not known,... more »
  • CATS CEO promises transparency after resignations

    July 26, 2013 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of Baton Rouge's embattled transit system said today he hopes things will move forward after the recent resignation of CATS board chair Isaiah Marshall. Marshall resigned last night amid concerns about thousands of dollars missing from the bus system and accusations another board member,... more »
  • Read Isaiah Marshall's resignation letter

    July 25, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The leader of the Capital Area Transit System board resigned late Thursday after intense questions about missing money and allegations that a board member used bus system money to pay bills. Here's the email Isaiah Marshall sent, leaving his post: As many of you know, CATS... more »
  • CATS leader quits, blames news coverage of bus debacle Play Video

    July 25, 2013 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System Board Chairman resigned Thursday, calling media coverage about a series of controversial funding events "unfortunate." The system can not find more than $100,000 in fare funds. In at least three years computers on buses suggest there should be more money than what... more »
  • La. Tech, UL System settle with blind student

    July 23, 2013 6:16 PM

    RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana System have agreed to pay a blind student $23,500 and to make all course materials accessible to disabled students. A U.S. Justice Department statement says the settlement resolves complaints about two classes. The student said he had to withdraw from... more »
  • CATS issues, money on Chamber agenda

    July 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge will discuss issues related to the parish's troubled transit system today. The lunch meeting pulls together business owners, other chamber members and guests to hear updates on legal challenges and money troubles surrounding the Capital Area Transit System.... more »
  • Interim CEO: CATS missing thousands each month Play Video

    July 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The interim CEO of Baton Rouge's transit system revealed today thousand of dollars in fares have gone missing, and vowed to get to the bottom of what happened. Robert Mirabito said a recent audit found a discrepancy between the amount of money reportedly collected in fares... more »
  • New CATS CEO not an LSU fan Play Video

    June 24, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-appointed Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito said he's ready to take on tough criticism, polarizing opinions and past-due deadlines. But he's not ready to fully root on the Tigers just yet. A Notre Dame alum and civil engineer with a Masters in Business... more »
  • Work on levee system underway

    June 24, 2013 11:47 AM

    HOUMA - Work is underway to tie Terrebonne and south Lafourche's levee systems together. The Courier reports the action will close a gap in the Morganza to the Gulf hurricane protection system and offer some protection from storm surge for residents in parts of both parishes. The preliminary design has... more »
  • Corps completes $3 billion flood system

    June 15, 2013 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it has completed all permanent structures in a $3 billion system of levees and floodwalls around the west Bank of New Orleans and Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Ceremonies are planned Monday to mark completion of the West Bank and... more »
  • 10 seek Baton Rouge bus system post

    May 26, 2013 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Applications have been received from 10 people seeking the temporary position to lead the Capital Area Transit System. The Advocate reports the group includes former employees of the system, known as CATS, a former Baton Rouge mayoral candidate and the former general manager of the New... more »
  • New FM radio emergency alert system in place Play Video

    May 23, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials scheduled a demonstration today of a new emergency alert system which uses FM radios to let the public know about disasters. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said the state recently finished installing the ALERT FM system in all 64... more »
  • Video: School bus fight has driver in trouble Play Video

    May 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A video obtained by News 2 shows two teen girls fighting while the rest of the students watched, and the bus driver did nothing. The parents of one of the girls is outraged and said in an email, "I am furious and concerned that our children... more »
  • N.O. school system finances improved, but flawed

    April 25, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-based government watchdog group says the school system in New Orleans has significantly improved its financial operations in the years since Hurricane Katrina shut down the city's public education system for months. But the Bureau of Governmental Research report issued Thursday also found flaws in... more »
  • Frmr CATS leader: system neglected; read resignation letter

    April 22, 2013 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The public transit czar has quit; Brian Marshall resigned from the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) Monday. Marshall alerted board members that he would be leaving immediately in a 426-word letter. Marshall called the system neglected, but that there have been positive changes. Marshall said the... more »
  • Bus system leader out

    April 22, 2013 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The CEO of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) quit Monday. Brian Marshall resigned after being at the helm during recent controversial decisions, including a parish-wide tax that increased property rates to fund the struggling system. Marshall also was in charge when CATS asked the city... more »
  • West Feliciana sewer system nears completion

    April 19, 2013 10:08 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. Contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday. The new system will serve... more »
  • Changes announced for several EBR schools

    April 3, 2013 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School System announced big changes for four schools in the district today. Lee High, Belfair, Delmont and Mayfair schools will all see significant updates according to the school system's plans. The school system will turn Lee High into a dedicated magnet... more »
  • School system unaware of who's driving buses Play Video

    March 13, 2013 5:43 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge School leaders have no record of who's driving the buses within the parish, leaving many parents concerned. Superintendent David Corona said if he wanted or needed those records, they could be made available to him. "I'm comfortable the organization we contract with... more »
  • Town leaders urging residents for Code Red Play Video

    March 8, 2013 5:19 PM

    NEW ROADS - The city of New Roads is sounding a code red. "It's a way to communicate," Mayor Robert Myer said. His office is pushing an alert system that calls residents home and cell phones and sends text messages, instead of the old system that only called land... more »
  • Holman retires as BR General president, CEO

    February 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of Baton Rouge General's hospital system, Bill Holman, announced today he's retiring from the network. Holman, 66, spent 48 years in the health care industry, including more than 12 with General Health System. During that time the system received numerous awards and recognitions, and... more »
  • Red light cameras stay

    February 13, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The red light camera violation system will remain through 2013. Wednesday night, Metro Council members decided to keep the program going at least until the end of December. The cameras snap pictures of drivers who run red lights and mail violations. In five years, 171,000... more »
  • NFL says it was ready with backup power system

    February 4, 2013 2:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Superdome had a backup power system that was about to be used during the Super Bowl electrical outage but it wasn't needed because power started coming back at that time. Goodell says Monday that the backup system was ready, but Entergy New... more »
  • CATS members blast management

    February 1, 2013 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system's governing board began a series of meetings Thursday to discuss how to move the system forward following a recent report that recommended replacing CATS' top managers with contracted employees from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports some members of the Capital Area... more »
  • Trial set in lawsuit against state retirement plan

    January 24, 2013 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's 401(k)-style retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of Representatives.... more »
  • FBI: Holmes' booby trap included improvised napalm

    January 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - An elaborate booby trap system allegedly set up to pull police away from the Colorado theater shooting included improvised napalm and thermite, which burns so hot that water can't put out the blaze. FBI bomb technician Garrett Gumbinner described the system Tuesday at a hearing in which... more »

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