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  • Natalia Verdina - Multimedia Journalist

    August 31, 2015 1:33 PM

    Natalia Verdina is a multimedia reporter for WBRZ News 2. She joined the station in August 2015. Previously Verdina was an anchor/reporter for Univision in Raleigh, NC. Her reporting includes the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in North Charleston,... more »
  • Juveniles accused of stealing $100,000 in guns, watches check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 7, 2015 4:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Dive teams hit the water Friday to look for vintage guns police said were stolen from a Plaquemine home Thursday by a group of juveniles. Plaquemine Police Chief Kenneth Payne said officers arrested seven boys between the ages of 10 and 15 Thursday afternoon in connection with... more »
  • Fort Polk brigade combat team gets new designation, soldiers

    February 25, 2015 10:52 AM

    FORT POLK - Fort Polk's brigade combat team has gained a new designation and added several hundred soldiers. Tuesday's ceremony saw the deactivation of the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team and the reactivation of its 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The American Press reports the move boosted brigade strength... more »
  • High school robotics team gearing up for Hawaii competition Play Video

    May 16, 2014 7:26 AM

    POINT COUPEE - Catholic of Pointe Coupee started their robotics program just five years ago. Now the award-winning team is headed to Hawaii for competition. This year alone they have competed in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Omaha and Anaheim, CA. Now the students from CHSPC are going to Hawaii to... more »
  • LSU with two on All-SEC First Team, four on Second

    December 9, 2013 2:07 PM

    BIRMINGHAM - With a breakout year on the offensive side of the ball, LSU had two Tigers selected at the top of their respective positions in the Southeastern Conference. Odell Beckham Jr. was named First Team All Purpose on the offensive team, and running back Jeremy Hill was also... more »
  • O'Bryant, Hickey named to All-SEC preseason teams

    November 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III and Anthony Hickey were named to All-SEC preseason basketball teams by the league coaches. O'Bryant III was named to the first team and Hickey was selected for the second team. O'Bryant III was a first-team All-SEC player last year. Hickey made... more »
  • Legendary team from "Earthquake Game" reunites check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 20, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former LSU players were together Friday night, 25 years after their legendary performance against Auburn. There was a reunion for the team that played in the "Earthquake Game" in October 1988. The crowd cheered so loud in Tiger Stadium after LSU scored a touchdown, winning the game,... more »
  • Falcons cut 3 more to get to 75-player limit

    August 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have completed their latest round of cuts by waiving receivers Rashad Evans, Marcus Jackson and Marcus Sales. The cuts announced Monday came after the team waived 11 players the previous day. The roster now stands at 75 heading into Thursday's final... more »
  • Jeremy Hill back on the team, practiced with LSU

    August 5, 2013 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Jeremy Hill is back on the football team, practicing with the Tigers this afternoon after he spent the morning in court facing a judge. Head Coach Les Miles said the team voted to bring Hill back, and any additional punishments would be handled... more »
  • Hill's probation continued, allowed to play football

    August 5, 2013 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge continued the probation and curfew for suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill today after a hearing in Baton Rouge, but allowed him to play football if head coach Les Miles permits. Judge Bonnie Jackson gave Hill an additional 40 hours of community service and... more »
  • WBRZ News 2 at Ten: ranked best in La., again

    June 15, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- For the second year in a row, WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 was ranked best in the state of Louisiana by the Associated Press. Anchors Michael Marsh , Sylvia Weatherspoon and Chief Forecaster Pat Shingleton were present when the award was received by executive producer Trey Schmaltz.... more »
  • Tigers arrive in Omaha check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    OMAHA - After leaving Baton Rouge around 8 a.m., the LSU baseball team has made its arrival in Omaha. Tiger fans met the team as the got off the bus in front of the team hotel. It's just the beginning of a busy weekend of activities for the Tigers.... more »
  • Carrying aid, team survives its own tornado

    June 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    LEESVILLE - Members of a southwest Louisiana softball team went to a tournament with a trailer loaded with supplies for victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla., only to find themselves threatened by another tornado. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Hagen tells The Leesville Daily Leader the experience taught her never... more »
  • LSU named No. 1 team in college baseball

    April 8, 2013 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is now the top team in college baseball. Collegiate Baseball's latest poll have the Tigers ranked No. 1, after winning 12 straight games, including 9 consecutive SEC contests. LSU (30-2, 11-1 SEC) is tied with Vanderbilt for the overall conference lead, and has a... more »
  • Saban: Arrested Bama players dismissed from team

    February 27, 2013 12:31 PM

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nick Saban announced today four players arrested in connection with robberies at the University of Alabama have been dismissed from the team. The Crimson Tide head coach said Wednesday linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway "are no longer associated... more »
  • White House: 'Grave concern' on delayed nominees

    February 17, 2013 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says there's "a grave concern" about delays in assembling President Barack Obama's second-term national security team. Senate Republicans have stalled the nominations of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary and John Brennan to be CIA director. GOP lawmakers want more answers... more »
  • Brian Echols - Sports Anchor, Reporter

    February 5, 2013 11:37 AM

    Brian Echols is a weekend sports anchor/ reporter for News 2 Louisiana. He joined WBRZ in October of 2012. Brian was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended the University of Memphis where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communications. Brian started his career at WXVT -TV... more »
  • Brittany Weiss - Anchor, 4 p.m. & Multimedia Reporter

    February 5, 2013 11:36 AM

    Brittany Weiss is a multimedia reporter for News 2 Louisiana. She joined the WBRZ team in August of 2012. Working in television has been a lifelong goal of Brittany's since she was a little girl. She started her career as an intern at WLS-TV in Chicago, where she got... more »
  • Countdown to rumored Pelicans announcement

    January 24, 2013 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets are a few hours away from the expected announcement that they're changing their name to the Pelicans. A countdown clock on the team's website is ticking down to a 3 p.m. reveal, which is widely believed to be owner Tom Benson's rebranding... more »
  • Sources: Hornets plan to announce name change

    January 23, 2013 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - People familiar with the decision say the New Orleans Hornets have decided to change their name to the Pelicans next season. The people spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Hornets have not announced the decision. One person says the proposed name... more »
  • Miles: LSU has reinforcements coming for bowl check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 12, 2012 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the LSU football team returns to practice this week, there are signs the Tigers will be as deep as they've been all year when they take on Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. LSU coach Les Miles says offensive linemen Josh Williford and Evan... more »
  • LSU holds Northwestern State at bay 102-95

    November 20, 2012 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Shavon Coleman scored 22 points as LSU held off Northwestern State 102-95 in a nonconference game Tuesday. Coleman was one of four Tigers in double figures. Anthony Hickey had a career-high 21 points, Charles Carmouche had 19 points and Johnny O'Bryant had 13. James Hulbin... more »
  • AP sources: Navy SEALs punished for secrets breach

    November 9, 2012 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday. Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said. The SEALs are... more »
  • Lolo Jones makes bobsled team

    October 25, 2012 10:27 AM

    UNDATED - Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones has made the U.S. bobsled team, essentially three weeks after trying the sport for the first time. Jones is one of six women selected as push athletes for the team, a group that also includes Olympic sprinting gold medalist Tianna Madison. Jones and Madison... more »
  • Club Palace owner speaks out about SI report check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 17, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The fallout continues after a report in Sports Illustrated cited possible NCAA violations for members of the LSU football team, including former stand-out Tyrann Mathieu. The magazine's claim stems from the players appearing in promotional flyers and videos for The Palace club in Baton Rouge. ... more »
  • FEMA assessment teams in area today

    September 7, 2012 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Assessment teams from FEMA are in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parishes today, looking at damage to see if it qualifies the parish for inidividual federal aid. The teams will survey conditions and damage left behind from Hurricane Isaac, according to FEMA, and present a... more »
  • Designer plans to produce future uniforms in USA

    July 13, 2012 5:43 PM

    NEW YORK - At the next Olympics, the team from the USA will wear uniforms made in the USA. Designer Ralph Lauren announced Friday that the uniforms it provides the U.S. Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will, in fact, be made in the United... more »
  • Women outnumber men on US Olympic team

    July 10, 2012 4:58 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the first time, the U.S. Olympic team will have more women than men, with female athletes accounting for 269 of the 530 spots American will take at the upcoming London Games. The USOC released its official roster Tuesday. CEO Scott Blackmun said the female majority... more »
  • Zara Phillips nominated for UK Olympic team

    June 11, 2012 2:58 PM

    LONDON - The British Equestrian Federation says that Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips has been nominated as part of the U.K.'s five-person team for the upcoming London Olympics. The 31-year-old won the coveted spot after a string of strong performances, particularly a third-place finish at Bramham last weekend. The... more »
  • Nola makes All-American team

    June 7, 2012 9:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU right-hander Aaron Nola was named Wednesday to the 2012 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-America squad. Nola, a product of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, is 7-4 this season with a 3.66 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts). He has worked 83.2 innings, allowing 34... more »
  • Shunick search continues after EBR dive search

    May 31, 2012 10:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Search crews fanned out again today near Lafayette after an East Baton Rouge Parish dive team didn't find any new evidence in the search for missing college student Mickey Shunick. Investigators called in the dive team after examining sonar images taken during a sweep of water where... more »
  • Defense rests without Edwards testifying

    May 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    GREENSBORO - John Edwards' defense team has rested their case without the former presidential candidate or his mistress taking the witness stand. Edwards' defense team rested Wednesday morning. Some court watchers had expected the former U.S. senator and trial lawyer to testify in his own defense. The move signals... more »
  • Ducks respond to report on football players smoking pot

    April 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    EUGENE - Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens says the Ducks actively work to address possible illegal substance use by student-athletes. Mullens issued a statement following a report that estimated 40 to 60 percent of the football team smoked marijuana. The report was part of a published story that... more »
  • Tiger fans still sulking over BCS loss

    January 10, 2012 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU fans were still sour Tuesday, about 24 hours after the Tiger football team suffered a devastating 21-0 loss to Alabama in the National Championship game. Disbelief and disappointment are the overwhelming feelings from Tiger fans, and unfortunately, they're something fans have had little relief from since... more »
  • List of special events for BCS National Championship

    January 4, 2012 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Tigers are kicking into high gear for the next six days as they prepare for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 9. The team's schedule is filled with practices, media appearances and other special events, such as private team parties and a visit to the... more »
  • Fans weigh-in on rest of the season following Oregon win

    September 9, 2011 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Most fans say the bar fight that landed starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns behind bars is still troubling three weeks later, since it left the team short-handed. Now they say it's time to focus on the field. Police say the fight left... more »
  • Dive teams searching for missing boater

    May 22, 2011 12:48 PM

    KILLIAN, La.- Dive teams are searching for a missing boater in Lake Maurepas near the mouth of the Tickfaw River. Adam Einck, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says 38-year-old Hubert Aucoin, of Denham Springs, went missing yesterday afternoon. Two people, who were boating with Aucoin,... more »
  • Livingston Parish moving toward stadium

    February 5, 2011 12:33 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Livingston Parish has an initial agreement to lease a stadium it would build to attract a minor league baseball team. The Advocate of Baton Rouge says government documents do not name a team - but play would begin in April 2013 in the Class AA Southern League. ... more »
  • Minor league baseball team coming to Livingston

    January 29, 2011 11:31 AM

    A minor league baseball team is coming to Livingston Parish according to Parish President Mike Grimmer. Grimmer told News 2 he will meet with the team's owner in a couple weeks. The ballpark will be built near the Livingston exit off I-12. Grimmer said there will also be... more »
  • Egypt: Obama convenes aides as protests spread

    January 28, 2011 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has convened his national security team on the growing protests in Egypt as aides voice concern about violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Obama's 40-minute session in the Oval Office on Friday took the place of his daily national security briefing. It included Vice President... more »

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