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  • State employees warned of vandalism caused by gunfire at office complex overnight

    December 13, 2017 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State workers at the highway headquarters across the street from the governor's mansion were alerted to overnight vandalism. In an email Wednesday morning, the head of the Department of Transportation wrote to employees that windows appeared to have been shattered by bullets from the eastern side... more »
  • Nate may be first real test for Central drainage project Play Video

    October 5, 2017 8:34 PM

    CENTRAL - Heavy machinery began clearing debris from creeks and bayous in Central back in August and officials say they are seeing progress. "We've had some significant rains since it started, and it seem things are moving pretty well," Central Mayor Junior Shelton said. Tree limbs, leaves and... more »
  • Red Cross training residents to become volunteers ahead of Harvey

    August 24, 2017 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Red Cross is offering classes over the weekend that will train local residents before they volunteer their help during Tropical Storm Harvey's impact. Classes will be available Friday and Saturday as Harvey makes its approach toward the gulf coast. The primary focus of these lessons... more »
  • Louisiana attorney general warns of tobacco settlement scam

    July 23, 2017 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general is warning residents not to believe online ads that say people can receive money from a settlement reached between states and tobacco companies. Attorney General Jeff Landry says his office has received questions about online promotions suggesting individuals can access thousands per... more »
  • Sandbags available for West Baton Rouge residents

    June 19, 2017 5:45 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Sandbags have been made available in West Baton Rouge Parish in preparation for possible significant rainfall throughout the week. The parish is providing bags, sand and shovels for residents. Though shovels will be at the sites, residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels... more »
  • 2-year-old Tennessee girl dies after strong winds blow over goal post

    April 30, 2017 8:57 PM

    TENNESSEE - A 2-year-old girl in Tennessee has died after being struck by a heavy, metal soccer goal post that was blown over by high winds. The Metro Nashville Police Department posted on its Twitter page on Sunday evening that Melanie Espinoza Rodriguez was transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where... more »
  • US warns companies not to overlook qualified Americans

    April 3, 2017 9:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is warning U.S. companies that it will investigate those that discriminate against qualified American workers in favor of foreigners. The Justice Department issued a warning Monday as companies began applying for coveted skilled-worker visas. That program is used mostly by technology companies to bring in... more »
  • Warning prompts Southwest Airlines flight's return to Dallas

    December 8, 2016 10:03 AM

    DALLAS - A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Houston from Dallas turned back after a cockpit warning indicated a pressurization issue. The emergency was the second in as many days for a Houston-bound Southwest flight. A statement from the Dallas-based carrier says Flight 43 had departed Dallas Love Field with... more »
  • Science panel urges rewrite of food allergy warning labels

    November 30, 2016 8:02 PM

    WASHINGTON- A new report is calling for a makeover of the labels used to warn consumers that a food might accidentally contain peanuts or other allergy-prone ingredients. At issue are warnings such as "may contain traces of nuts" in a food that shouldn't have any. The National Academies of Sciences,... more »
  • Offshore quake causes tsunamis, nuclear worries in Japan

    November 21, 2016 4:33 PM

    TOKYO - A powerful earthquake off the northeast Japanese shore Tuesday sent residents fleeing to higher ground and prompted worries about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami five year ago. Lines of cars were seen snaking away from the coast in the pre-dawn hours after authorities issued... more »
  • State health officials issue warning on Calcasieu fish

    November 17, 2016 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health and environmental officials are warning against eating catfish and crab fat from parts of Bayou D'Inde and the Calcasieu Ship Channel in southwestern Louisiana. The same warning, issued Thursday, also suggests limiting consumption of other fish and shellfish from those areas to two meals per... more »
  • Police warn of scam involving fake Entergy representatives

    June 21, 2016 9:17 PM

    WALKER - Police in Walker are warning residents of a reported scam in the area where a 1-800 number contacts Entergy customers and tells them their balance is past due. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the caller informs the resident that the owe between $900... more »
  • All warnings have expired, thunderstorm watch in effect for eastern part of WBRZ viewing area

    May 19, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All tornado and thunderstorm warnings have expired, but a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the eastern part of the WBRZ viewing area. more »
  • LWF issues warning about invasive snail species

    March 29, 2016 12:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking people to be on the lookout for an invasive snail species that is causing problems along waterways in Louisiana. The species is the Apple Snail. It's the largest freshwater snail on Earth. One warning sign they could be... more »
  • Severe weather to strike, people prepare for the worst Play Video

    March 10, 2016 12:09 AM

    ST. JAMES - With a severe weather system moving into the area , some people are concerned about alert systems for tornadoes. While this storm isn't expected to be as bad as the one two weeks ago, people say it's best to be prepared. East and West Baton Rouge, Livingston,... more »
  • US issues travel warning following terror attacks

    November 24, 2015 9:06 AM

    WASHINGTON- The State Department is warning that Americans should be alert to possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased threats from militant groups around the world. A travel alert will be in effect until Feb. 24. Officials say current information suggests that militants with the Islamic State, al-Qaida,... more »
  • Flash flood watch, heavy rains continue

    November 18, 2015 4:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Weather officials said a flash flood watch continues for some of the WBRZ viewing area early Wednesday morning. Moderate rainfall is still expected through the morning hours. Be aware during the morning commute and remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Only a few inches of moving water... more »
  • Severe weather / tornado warnings issued for multiple parishes

    October 31, 2015 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple tornado warnings went into effect in nearby parishes Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for Ascension and Livingston parishes at 1 p.m. Saturday. Livingston Parish is also under a flood warning. A third tornado warning was issued for the Pointe Coupee... more »
  • FDA issues warning letters to 'natural' tobacco makers

    August 27, 2015 1:59 PM

    NEW YORK - The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims. The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman's 1400 Broadway N.Y.C.... more »
  • Beachgoers warned against swimming after shark attacks

    June 16, 2015 11:53 AM

    OAK ISLAND, NC - A North Carolina beach town is advising against ocean swimming after two youths were mauled by at least one shark over the weekend. A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro was bitten so badly near an Oak Island pier Sunday that she lost part of her left arm... more »
  • Vets warn dog flu may hit Louisiana Play Video

    May 20, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Canine Influenza has hit Louisiana and the U. S. again, but this time vets warn it's a different strain of the virus. The first case reported case of dog flu in the U.S. was in 2004. There's a vaccine for that strain of the virus, called... more »
  • Severe weather drops hail, power lines in SE Louisiana

    April 15, 2015 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Severe weather prompted tornado warnings Wednesday afternoon for several parishes in southeast Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a tornado warning for St. John and St. James the Baptist Parishes just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after severe storms flared up. That warning was... more »
  • IRS warns of tax scams involving health care law

    March 13, 2015 1:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS is warning consumers that unscrupulous tax preparers are using the president's health care law to pocket bogus fines from unsuspecting taxpayers, especially immigrants. In a consumer alert issued Friday, the tax agency tells consumers to beware of tax preparers asking that health law fines due to... more »
  • Warning letters sent to homeowners in floodways Play Video

    March 6, 2015 6:14 PM

    BUTTE LAROSE - People who live along the Atchafalaya river and floodways have to brace themselves once again. The Army Corps of Engineers sent out warning letters to residents to remind them that they are responsible for their properties in case of a flood. People who live in... more »
  • FDA issues warning on men's testosterone drugs

    March 3, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is warning about the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of U.S. men, saying the popular treatments have never been proven safe or effective for treating common signs of aging like low libido and fatigue. The agency says drugmakers must clarify that... more »
  • Hard freeze warning in effect tonight for most of La.

    November 17, 2014 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness asked residents on Monday morning to prepare themselves for yet another round of severe winter weather. The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning or freeze warning for much of Louisiana. The freeze is expected... more »
  • Lava warning for residents on Hawaii's Big Island

    September 4, 2014 5:07 PM

    HONOLULU - The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has issued a warning to a rural community less than a mile from lava flowing out of a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Observatory scientists said Thursday lava could reach the Kaohe Homesteads in five to seven days if it continues advancing through cracks... more »
  • Storms spark blaze, close streets Friday

    September 13, 2013 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some roads were closed because of flooding Friday evening when downpours soaked the area. There were lane closures on Essen and Bluebonnet. People reported as much as two feet of water on Essen between I-10 and Perkins Road. "I was just scared," said Ariel Hammett. She... more »

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