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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Watched out

    February 26, 2015 10:13 AM

    Tornado and severe thunderstorm watches-alert products from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) that notify us of the potential for severe weather. Of late, they are "severely" lacking. This is not for dearth of diligence from the SPC, rather a shortage of the weather that necessitates such products.... 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 »
  • Arthur Strengthens

    July 3, 2014 10:12 AM

    On Thursday Morning, just prior to 5am EST, the National Hurricane Center deemed Arthur the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Tropical Season. From 1966-2009, averages say the first hurricane develops near August 10. With the upgrade and a forecast of continued strengthening, hurricane warnings are in effect from Surf... more »
  • Delete the nude selfies

    May 29, 2014 7:35 PM

    BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY- A school superintendent in New Jersey warned students to delete nude pictures of themselves on cell phones or face the consequences. The school wasn't named but its a high school in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. The superintendent sent a letter to parents saying it... more »
  • Area sheriff warns about scam in the mail

    May 19, 2014 10:44 PM

    CONVENT- Deputies in St. James Parish issued a warning Monday about a scam that is circulating the parish. "Scam letters titled 'Citi Financial' are being circulated," deputies posted on Facebook. They said the literature appears to suggested someone is a promotion lucky winner and a fraudulent $2,837 check is... more »
  • Measles comeback caused by people not getting vaccinated

    May 15, 2014 8:09 AM

    TENNESSEE - U.S. health officials are worried about a recent outbreak of measles. The disease was eradicated in the United States in 2000, but it's now making a comeback. The outbreak has spread across 17 states. Dr. William Schaffner works for Vanderbilt Infectious Disease. He believes this problem could... more »
  • Another warning issued for MERS virus

    May 15, 2014 7:52 AM

    Officials have issued another urgent warning about the spread of the deadly virus "MERS". So far two cases have been confirmed in the United States. Both are health care providers who had been working in Saudi Arabia. U.S. Airlines is now cooperating with the Center of Disease Control to... more »
  • CDC confirms two cases of MERS Virus in U.S.

    May 14, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - The Center for Disease Control is warning people traveling outside of the United States to be careful after two reported cases of the MERS Virus. A pair of doctors who have recently treated patients abroad tested positive for the virus in Indiana and Florida. As a... more »
  • Wet weather situation lingers until Saturday morning

    May 9, 2014 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A flash flood watch will continue through Saturday morning after a storm system moved across the region Friday, dumping inches of rain on the area. Chief forecaster Pat Shingleton said it's a safe estimate that most places received two inches of rain. The rain system should... more »
  • Police warn about predators targeting vehicles

    April 30, 2014 10:43 PM

    WALKER- Police are warning people about leaving their vehicle doors unlocked or not hiding valuables when they leave vehicles in parking lots, especially at night. "We have had several vehicle burglaries during the last couple of weeks, mainly late at night and in commercial parking lots in the Walker... more »
  • More info released about attempted LSU abduction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2014 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU Police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened just after 7p.m. in a parking lot near Patrick F. Taylor Hall. Police said a woman was walking to her car in the parking lot when she spotted a man get out of a black van and approach... more »
  • Overnight and Tuesday morning: what to expect

    January 27, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A winter storm warning will be activated at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning since forecasters predict sleet, ice, icing and possible snow accumulations. The low temperature Tuesday will be 29 degrees; the high 32. Liquid precipitation will likely freeze and remain frozen through the afternoon and into... more »
  • Freezing overnight, Wednesday morning check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 21, 2014 10:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A hard freeze warning has been issued for the area since temperatures will drop to around 27 overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. The warning has been issued from 12am - 8am Wednesday for West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes along with Wilkinson, Amite... more »
  • Freeze warning tonight for EBR Parish

    November 27, 2013 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for East Baton Rouge Parish. According to the NWS, temperatures will drop below freezing in the Parish between 7 and 10 this evening and remain below freezing until around 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Wind chills will... 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 »
  • Many high school games delayed, power outages reported due to storms

    September 13, 2013 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are power outages in four capital area parishes as strong storms move through the region, delaying some high school football games. There are no watches or warnings posted from the National Weather Service, although WBRZ Chief Forecaster Pat Shingleton is advising that the storms could produce... more »
  • ISP's to begin warning of illegal downloads

    February 25, 2013 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's five biggest internet service providers will soon start sending out warnings to people illegally sharing or downloading music, movies or TV shows. The new Copyright Alert System goes into effect this week. Created by the recording and film industry, it will go after people using... more »
  • Bryant: Timing, sirens saved lives in Miss. storm

    February 11, 2013 12:14 PM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Gov. Phil Bryant said more than 60 people in Mississippi were hurt in storms this weekend, but no one was killed due to ample tornado warnings. Bryant said Monday that sirens in Hattiesburg gave people as much as 30 minutes of warning that a twister was... more »
  • False alarms ring out near River Bend nuclear plant

    February 7, 2013 5:20 PM

    NEW ROADS - Disaster alarms sounded in parts of Pointe Coupee Parish Thursday, prompting a scare that something went terribly wrong at the nuclear power plant nearby. But, the only issue was malfunctioning equipment that activated warning sirens. The sheriff's office told WBRZ News 2, deputies received a call... more »
  • Deputies warn they are watching for mass meet-up

    January 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies have a warning for anyone considering a mass meet-up on Saturday: they'll be ready. After a near riot at the Mall of Louisiana last weekend, people on social media started suggesting a second meet-up at another location for this coming Saturday. Deputies said they... more »
  • Governors warn Congress over debt limit

    January 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Governors are warning Congress that lingering uncertainty over raising the nation's debt limit could hinder their state budgets and job growth. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin are outlining state agendas in 2013 as part of the National Governors Association. Markell says the postponing of... more »
  • Tsunami warning lifted for strong Japan earthquake

    December 7, 2012 8:54 AM

    TOKYO - Japan's Meteorological Agency has lifted a tsunami warning for the country's northeastern coast. The warning was issued after a magnitude 7.3 quake struck offshore, swaying buildings across much of Japan. There were no immediate reports of serious damage but several people were reportedly hurt. One coastal... more »
  • Stocks open lower on new fiscal cliff warning

    November 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    NEW YORK - Stocks are opening lower after a warning from White House economists dampened what had been a huge weekend for retailers. Shoppers flooded stores in record numbers over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The organization said 247 million shoppers visited stores and shopping websites during... more »
  • Bogalusa begins enforcing saggy pants ban

    November 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    BOGALUSA - Gentlemen, check your belt lines. Bogalusa police are putting people on notice to pull up saggy pants or else. The Daily News reports that Mayor Charles Mizell has authorized Police Chief Joe Culpepper to start issuing warnings to people whose pants hang too low. Mizell said the 30-day... more »
  • Hiring an appropriate contractor: tips

    September 6, 2012 1:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Attorney General's Office has a warning for homeowners: be careful about who you hire to make repairs to your home after Isaac. You will want your home repaired as quickly as possible, but it pays to take the time to do some research to ensure you... more »
  • Hurricane warning issued for SE Louisiana

    August 26, 2012 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service upgraded a hurricane watch which covered much of southeast Louisiana was to a warning this afternoon. The warning covers a swath of Louisiana, including Assumption, Ascension and Livingston parishes, and lasts until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters also put East Baton Rouge, West... more »
  • Grambling's accreditation extended, with warning

    June 28, 2012 7:38 AM

    GRAMBLING - Grambling State University's accreditation has been extended by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, but the regional accrediting agency placed the school on warning for six months. Debra A. Johnson, Grambling's director of alumni and public relations, says the warning involved two issues. The first... more »
  • Police: cross-dressing sex offender trying to talk to boys

    April 10, 2012 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A warning was issued late Tuesday evening about a male sex offender dressing like a woman trying to talk to male, high school athletes. According to police, he tells coaches he represents area organizations that want to hire student athletes and proceeds to get the boys' phone... more »
  • LSU on lookout for tech thieves check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Police are warning students to watch out for tech thieves during peak study times. Thieves have stolen nearly a dozen cell phones and ten laptops since the beginning of the year, but Police say it's easier to fall victim during midterms and finals. "I... more »
  • Severe Thunderstorms headed into Baton Rouge

    March 21, 2012 8:21 AM

    Severe thunderstorms are moving up from the southwest to the northeast at 45 mph into Baton Rouge right now! These storms are capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail and they could even produce a tornado. The NWS has a Severe Thunderstorm WARNING out for... more »
  • Severe Storms moving south of Baton Rouge

    March 12, 2012 12:30 PM

    The NWS has issued Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parish until 12:45 PM. This same storm has prompted the NWS to issue another Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Southern Iberville, SW Ascension and Assumption Parishes until 1:15 PM. This storm is moving to the Southeast... more »
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning for EBR, Ascension, Assumption, Iberville & Livingston Parishes until 4:30 AM

    March 12, 2012 3:59 AM

    A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect for Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston till 4:30 AM CDT! Damaging winds to 60 mph, heavy rain & plenty of lightning. It is moving NE at 35 mph. Keep it tuned to WBRZ, WBRZ.com, Facebook, Twitter and our Cable... more »
  • New warning signs along dangerous road

    March 7, 2012 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Wednesday that warning signs will be installed on LA 935 to alert drivers of curves. Two girls were killed last month in an accident on LA 935 in St. Amant. The car driven by their mother ran off... more »
  • Mexican official: US travel warning 'ridiculous'

    February 15, 2012 7:45 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's top domestic security official says a U.S. State Department travel warning on almost half of Mexico's states is "ridiculous" and "out of proportion." Interior Department Alejandro Poire says millions of tourists visit Mexico without incident. Poire said Tuesday in a news conference that he believes "these... more »
  • Apartment residents on edge after rapist warning

    November 30, 2011 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People living near LSU's campus told News 2 they're on edge after two attacks on young women in the area. Sgt. Don Kelly said a woman was raped early Tuesday morning outside her Stanford Avenue apartment. The suspect matched the description of another attack a week... more »
  • Hurricane warnings issued as Irene approaches

    August 21, 2011 10:20 AM

    MIAMI- A hurricane warning has been issued for Puerto Rico and the northern Coast of the Dominican Republic as Tropical Storm Irene approaches. Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami say Irene could become a hurricane by Monday. On Sunday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of... more »
  • FDA releases new photos of graphic images to be on packs of cigarettes

    June 21, 2011 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration released nine new graphic images depicting the dangers of smoking. The pictures will be shown on the top 50 percent of the front and back of a pack of cigarettes. More than 30 countries already enforce tobacco companies to display similar images... more »
  • No warning signs where 6 teens drowned in August

    March 13, 2011 11:43 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La.- Shreveport officials have decided not to post warning signs about a sudden drop off at the Red River sandbar, where six teenagers drowned in August. The teens from two families, ages 14 to 18, were in a group playing in shallow water at the river when they... more »
  • Tornado hits Louisiana town

    March 5, 2011 12:26 PM

    RAYNE, La.- Authorities say a tornado has hit the southwestern town Louisiana of Rayne, injuring at least nine people. State police say the twister hit the northwestern section of the Acadia Parish town about 10 a.m. Saturday. Trooper Stephen Hammons says several houses have been destroyed and damaged... more »
  • State Dept. advises against travel to Egypt

    January 28, 2011 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department is urging Americans to defer any non-essential travel to Egypt because of the large anti-government protests and warning U.S. citizens already in the country to stay put until the situation stabilizes. In a travel alert issued on Friday, the department said the situation in the... more »

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