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  • WATCH: Amoeba testing in state lab check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 25, 2015 12:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – In a lab requiring security clearance similar to military compounds, scientists are working to test water from water systems across Louisiana. This summer, three systems have been found to contain a brain-eating amoeba. At a state lab, experts are checking and testing samples from other systems.... more »
  • Common Core critics allege conflicts, seek ethics changes

    May 11, 2015 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The bitter feud over the Common Core education standards has grown increasingly personal. Critics of the standards are raising conflict-of-interest allegations against state education leaders and seeking new ethics restrictions for them. Unable to force an end to Louisiana's use of Common Core, opponents of the multistate... more »
  • New public health lab gives employees first up to par office space check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 7, 2015 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Office of Public Health is responsible for testing everything from blood samples to drinking water and, until today, they didn't have a viable work space. The department unveiled a new laboratory in Downtown Baton Rouge that has been in the works for more than... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • Louisiana students begin PARCC testing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 6:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students across the state begin a week of PARCC testing, the examination associated with the controversial Common Core education standards, today. But not all are going to be spend their day bubbling in answers on a scantron sheet. Around 320,000 students in Louisiana joined more than... more »
  • Some concerned over lack of security tabs on PARCC tests

    March 15, 2015 8:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former president for Louisiana School Boards Association, Noel Hammatt, is speaking out against what he said he believes is loose security for the PARCC ( Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test. Hammatt said several school officials from various parishes have contacted... more »
  • Secret Service testing drones, how to disrupt their flight

    March 10, 2015 3:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky. A U.S. official briefed on the plans... more »
  • Teacher evaluation system could change check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some teachers do not want student test scores weighing heavily on whether they keep their jobs. A 26-member legislative subcommittee met Tuesday to finalize recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on how to improve the evaluation system. Right now standardized test scores count... more »
  • NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

    September 17, 2014 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL says it has reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing. The league said Wednesday that under the new rules, three previously suspended players - the Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando... more »
  • Schools using Common Core for now check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 13, 2014 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Schools throughout the state are instructed to teach Common Core standards without any set test in place after the state school board voted to eliminate the LEAP testing. Deborah Meaux taught for more than 30 years and has always been a supporter of Common Core, and... more »
  • Hearing dates set in both Common Core lawsuits

    July 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools. Judge Tim Kelley will hear arguments Aug. 15 in a lawsuit filed by 17 state lawmakers who are seeking an immediate suspension of the multi-state English... more »
  • Lawmakers reject bill to kill Common Core tests

    May 5, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A back-door effort to undermine Louisiana's use of testing tied to Common Core education standards has failed to win legislative support. Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles proposed to require legislative approval before the education department could spend money on the standardized tests tied to Common... more »
  • Lawmaker wants more oversight on student testing Play Video

    April 28, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Debate over a bill intended to give the state legislature more control over standardized testing decisions was delayed until next week. State Representative Brett Geymann (R-Lake Charles) wants more oversight when it comes to testing in education. Geymann has questions regarding the Partnership for Assessment of... more »
  • Cheating allegations raise concerns for BESE check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A BESE representative is upset after what they said was lack of communication over allegations of cheating at East Baton Rouge Schools. Lottie Beebe says she was highly disturbed to find out the East Baton Rouge School System is being investigated for allegations of cheating on... more »
  • OMV testing privatized drivers' license renewals

    November 18, 2013 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles has started a pilot program that allows outside contractors to handle drivers' license renewals. The privatization program is being tested in Baton Rouge and Metairie. In each city, a public tag agent - a private business that processes vehicle title registrations - is... more »
  • NASCAR to mandate concussion testing

    October 25, 2013 8:47 AM

    CHARLOTTE - NASCAR will mandate baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season. NASCAR only recommended the testing this season, but indicated to drivers that a preseason baseline screening could become mandatory as early as 2014. The baseline will be used to measure against test results after a... more »
  • Pay attention, he's got a gun

    October 8, 2013 7:27 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Passengers on a light rail train were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't see a man flashing a gun several times, who's accused of shooting a college student. Justin Valdez was shot in the back of the head as he got off the train. Nikhom... more »
  • More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

    September 8, 2013 12:28 PM

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP - More and more parents are telling their kids to stay home the day of standardized tests. They're opposed to standardized tests for many reasons and don't want kids taking them. Some say they're being used to measure teacher performance and fear testing narrows the curriculum. This year,... more »
  • School system downplays toxin results in schoolyards check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 12, 2013 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Harmful contaminants found on school playgrounds have parents worried about their children's safety. "I want to make sure my kids are safe at school," said Alham Saad. " And that this isn't going to affect their health." In February, News 2's Investigative Unit tested soil... more »
  • Usain Bolt says doping scandals have 'set us back'

    July 25, 2013 9:56 AM

    LONDON - Usain Bolt says the recent doping scandals in sprinting have set the sport back, while insisting he is not a cheat. Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among a number of athletes to fail recent tests ahead of the world championships next month. Bolt... more »
  • NFL, players union continue HGH talks

    July 24, 2013 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The NFL and players union are meeting Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement on testing procedures for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season. Both sides already have closed in on conducting a population study that has been a key demand by the players... more »
  • State touts first year of required ACT testing

    July 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public school students taking the ACT college admissions test has jumped by roughly 11,000, now that the state requires high school students to take the exam - and the number scoring high enough to attend college without remedial work jumped by 3,600 this... more »
  • Effort to stop Common Core standards advances

    May 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tea party-backed attempt to keep Louisiana from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing will be considered by the Senate. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution that calls on state education officials to stop implementation of the Common Core... more »
  • School exams undergo sweeping changes

    March 25, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A test that fourth- and eighth-graders have to pass for promotion is on the way out. It's part of a series of changes unfolding in how Louisiana measures what public students know. Students in grades 4 and 8 took the first part of LEAP, which is... more »
  • LaBruzzo weighing options for legislative seat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 5, 2012 5:55 PM

    CENTRAL - Former state representative John LaBruzzo is known for his annual battles at the Capitol attempting to make drug testing mandatory for people on welfare. Now LaBruzzo has a new home, but may have to wait a bit befreo getting back into politics. LaBruzzo and his wife... more »
  • Tennis federation mulls anti-doping step

    November 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    PARIS - The International Tennis Federation might copy blood-testing measures used by cycling to weed out drug cheats. ITF anti-doping manager Stuart Miller told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the federation is working toward more blood and out-of-competition drug testing on players. Roger Federer and Andy Murray... more »
  • AIDS activist: Government needs to be more inolved check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 1, 2012 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- AIDS cases are on the rise nationwide, and Baton Rouge continues to rank number-one in the U. S. for cases per capita. Some are asking why more isn't being done on the governmental level to deal with the crisis. A.J. Johnson, founder of the Baton Rouge AIDS... more »
  • Texas test scandal ex-school chief gets 3.5 years

    October 5, 2012 2:40 PM

    EL PASO, Texas - A federal judge has sentenced the former El Paso Independent School District superintendent to three and half years in prison for his participation in a scheme to bolster high-stakes testing scores by getting rid of students deemed likely to fail. Lorenzo Garcia pleaded guilty in... more »
  • FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

    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 »
  • Gov't: says only 1 in 4 have HIV under control

    July 27, 2012 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON- New government data shows only a quarter of Americans with the AIDS virus have the infection under control. Young people and blacks are least likely to get effective care. That's slightly lower than previous estimates, and means more than 800,000 people aren't benefiting from life-saving drugs that also would... more »
  • Free, confidential HIV testing in Baton Rouge today

    June 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's National HIV Testing Day, and the Baton Rouge AIDS Society wants to provide the opportunity for people to take part. The society is offering free and confidential testing until midnight tonight. It's the eighth year they have held the testing, and their goal is to... more »
  • New guidelines for cervical cancer testing

    March 14, 2012 4:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - New guidelines give women choices for cervical cancer testing that depend on their age. The pap test was once recommended for all women once a year. But many major medical groups said a pap test every three years is the best way to screen most women, starting at... more »
  • New lawmaker proposes welfare drug testing mandate

    February 29, 2012 4:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new state lawmaker is reviving an annual debate over whether Louisiana should mandate drug testing for welfare recipients. Rep. Sherman Mack, a Republican from Livingston beginning his first term in office, has proposed the measure for the legislative session that begins March 12. Mack's bill would... more »
  • DHH testing emegency med distribution system

    February 28, 2012 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Louisiana's health department is testing its distribution system for medicines that would be needed in emergencies such as a flu pandemic, terrorist attack or major storm. The statewide exercise began Tuesday and continues through Thursday. On Thursday, state workers will give out placebos at dispensing sites... more »
  • Dems want Hearings on Human Growth Hormone

    October 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    Three Democrat members of Congress want a house committee to hold hearings on why the NFL and the players union can't come to an agreement on testing for human growth hormone. The three sent a letter making the request to the Republican chairman, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan. The NFL... more »
  • LSU athletes drug tested more than NCAA requires

    October 20, 2011 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of numerous unconfirmed reports of LSU football player allegedly testing positive for synthetic marijuana, turns out, the athletic department's substance abuse policy tests for more than the NCAA requires. The NCAA forces universities to randomly test each athlete at least once a year, then... more »
  • Senate rejects bill to drug test welfare seekers

    June 21, 2011 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate has voted to scrap a Metairie representative's proposal to require drug testing of welfare recipients who receive cash assistance. Republican John LaBruzzo says random screening would help break the cycle of addiction among welfare recipients. But critics say it is inaccurate - and potentially... more »
  • Senate panel approves House drug testing bill

    June 15, 2011 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved a Metairie lawmaker's proposal to require drug testing of welfare recipients, despite concerns the bill may be unconstitutional. Republican John LaBruzzo says the courts should decide whether it will be overturned, similar to a program in Florida. At issue is whether... more »
  • Are you smarter than an 8th-grade LEAP test taker?

    March 23, 2011 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - So you think you're smart, and you've got all the answers. Well, give the practice LEAP tests a try. Public school students wrapped up the first round of LEAP tests on Tuesday. They'll take math, science and social studies next month. Over the past three... more »
  • Texas may eliminate steroid testing program

    January 30, 2011 3:27 PM

    AUSTIN- The nation's largest high school steroids testing program may fall victim to budget cuts. Texas has tested tens of thousands of high school athletes since 2008. The goal was to stop teens from taking dangerous performance-enhancing drugs. The death of a 17-year-old baseball player helped draw national attention... more »
  • Testing of key oil spill evidence delayed again

    January 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Forensic testing of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf oil spill investigation could take twice as long as expected. An investigator with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board - one of the groups monitoring the testing - said Friday his agency has been advised the examination... more »
  • Hundreds of dead blackbirds found near New Roads

    January 3, 2011 4:30 PM

    LABARRE, La. - Around 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to state wildlife officials. The birds were spotted lying in roads and ditches near Labarre Elementary School. The community is between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10. Scientists from the... more »

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