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  • Stalled vehicle blocking center lane of I-10 W on Mississippi River Bridge

    November 2, 2015 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-10 West on the Mississippi River Bridge. Crews have cleared a stalled vehicle that was blocking the center lane, causing heavy congestion before the bridge. Traffic from the incident has reached Essen Lane. more »
  • Backups remain on I-10 W after crash on Intracoastal Canal Bridge

    October 22, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on LA-1 South in Port Allen following an earlier wreck. Congestion from the accident is backed up on I-10 West all the way to the I-10/I-12 split. more »
  • Normal delays on I-10 W before LA 1

    October 8, 2015 7:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Transportation and Development says the heavy delays on I-10 West near LA 1 have subsided. Traffic was backed up to the South Acadian Thruway around 5:30 a.m. Thursday due to an accident on the shoulder. Drivers should still expect normal morning delays. more »
  • All lanes now open on I-10 E at 10/12 split

    September 23, 2015 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-10 East at the I-10/I-110 split after an earlier accident. Congestion from this incident has reached LA 415. more »
  • All lanes now open after accident on I-12 West at Drusilla

    September 8, 2015 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-12 West at Drusilla Lane following an earlier accident. Continue to check WBRZ.com for traffic updates throughout the day more »
  • LSU projected to finish third in the SEC West

    July 17, 2015 7:25 AM

    HOOVER, AL.- Reporters predicting the Southeastern Conference were torn in the Western Division. Auburn was declared the favorite to win the overall title Thursday, but rival Alabama got the edge in the West. It's the first time that's happened. Auburn received 108 first-place votes to Alabama's 92, but the Crimson... more »
  • 'Well-dressed bandit' has extensive criminal background

    May 1, 2015 7:28 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The so-called "well-dressed bandit" was booked into West Baton Rouge parish jail on Friday morning. Michael West, 53, is accused of armed robbery and kidnapping at a gas station in Port Allen. He's also accused of another robbery in Baton Rouge that happened the very next... more »
  • Questions still linger in SEC West after spring practices

    April 28, 2015 2:25 PM

    The reputation of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division took a hit last season after its top five teams all lost their bowl games. Now the division's seven teams - which account for five of the last eight national championships - are faced with a strange feeling following spring practice: Uncertainty... more »
  • Diesel cleaned up, I-12 reopens

    July 31, 2014 6:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE -All lanes are opened on I-12 West after it was brought to a standstill this morning. According to DOTD, a disabled truck on the shoulder near I-12 West at Drusilla Ln. was leaking diesel on the road. Traffic was diverted while crews cleaned-up the spill. We'll... more »
  • I-10 West reopens following accident on bridge

    July 24, 2014 5:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now opened headed westbound on I-10 in Baton Rouge. The interstate was closed at the I-10/110 split because of an accident on the Mississippi River Bridge. According to DOTD, traffic from the accident reached College Dr. The car appears to have... more »
  • Breakdown on bridge causes heavy I-10W delays

    July 18, 2014 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A stalled vehicle on the Mississippi River bridge backed traffic up along I-10 and I-12 at the beginning of what could shape up to be a rainy, traffic-filled Friday in Baton Rouge. BRPD were on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. attempting to move the broken-down... more »
  • DHH reports first human cases of West Nile in 2014

    July 8, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the first human cases of West Nile virus in 2014. The three cases were confirmed in Livingston Parish and were all asymptomatic, meaning the individuals did not know they were infected. Asymptomatic individuals were never ill and... more »
  • Crashes and stalled vehicles cause more I-10 delays

    May 16, 2014 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only hours after congestion cleared from a late morning crash with serious injuries on I-10 westbound, Louisiana State Police said delays and congestion can again be expected on I-10. LSP said they are currently working to clear a six car crash, a stalled vehicle, and a... more »
  • Rockets rally to get past Pelicans 107-98

    December 28, 2013 11:10 PM

    HOUSTON - Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in the Houston Rockets' 107-98 comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Chandler Parson added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Terrence Jones had... more »
  • Harden helps Rockets knock off Spurs 111-98

    December 25, 2013 10:53 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - James Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds, leading the balanced Houston Rockets to a 111-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Each of Houston's starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs... more »
  • Signatures certified for recall election of Port Allen Mayor

    September 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
  • West Monroe woman arrested in shooting death of husband

    September 6, 2013 11:34 AM

    WEST MONROE - A West Monroe woman has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of her husband. The News-Star reports that Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested 54-year-old Suzanne Black after her husband, 53-year-old Charles C. Black, was shot once in the back with... more »
  • Boil advisory lifted in WBR

    September 4, 2013 11:47 AM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - A boil advisory in parts of West Baton Rouge parish has been lifted. The advisory was put into place Sunday after a mechanical failure in the parish's water supply system. Water samples were taken and tested yesterday and the results came back normal. more »
  • Reality TV lures out-of-state gator hunters to La.

    August 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Reality television may be bringing more out-of-state alligator hunters to Louisiana. State alligator program head Noel Kinler says licenses issued to out-of-state trappers are on pace to eclipse last year's record of 507. The 30-day season opens in eastern Louisiana on Wednesday and on Sept.... more »
  • West Feliciana schools changing grading period

    August 21, 2013 11:34 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Parish Superintendent Hollis G. Milton told the school board that all the schools in the district will change from a six-week grading period to a nine-week grading system. Milton said this was in keeping with the state's more rigorous Common Core Standards in reading and... more »
  • LSU volleyball picked as SEC West co-favorite

    August 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU volleyball team was selected as the SEC Western Division co-favorite with Texas A&M as announced Thursday in the league's annual preseason poll. It marked the sixth straight season that the Tigers have been chosen as a preseason division favorite by the SEC coaches. LSU... more »
  • Dozens of stolen iPads missing, five teens arrested check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 23, 2013 6:31 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Nearly a month after 80 iPads and a laptop were stolen from West Feliciana High School, investigators said five arrested suspects are cooperating. Deputies arrested twin brothers Robert and Roderick Washington, 17, of St. Francisville along with three juveniles, ages 14, 15, and 16 on burglary... more »
  • DHH report: First human case of West Nile virus in 2013

    July 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the state's first case of West Nile virus in a human in 2013. The case was confirmed July 22nd in Caldwell Parish and was determined to be a neuroinvasive disease. A neuroinvasive disease illness is... more »
  • Tigers predicted to finish 3rd in SEC West

    July 18, 2013 9:00 AM

    HOOVER, Ala. - The media has made their predictions for the 2013 SEC football season. The LSU Tigers were picked to finish third in the SEC Western Division, behind Alabama and Texas A&M. Alabama was also the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference champion. The Crimson Tide... more »
  • Federal agency finds lax regulation of chemicals

    June 27, 2013 7:57 AM

    HOUSTON - A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant says the regulation of dangerous chemicals falls under a "patchwork" of U.S. standards that are decades old and weaker than those used elsewhere. The U.S Chemical Safety Board will present preliminary findings Thursday to the U.S.... more »
  • Spurs take the opener

    May 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs took Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals by shredding the league's top defense. San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field and set a team playoff record by draining 14 three-pointers in a 105-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The... more »
  • Officials to give Texas explosion probe results

    May 16, 2013 8:48 AM

    WEST, Texas - Federal and state officials say they're poised to announce findings of their investigation into a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people. Officials from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are scheduled to... more »
  • Czechs help to rebuild West, Texas after blast

    April 24, 2013 8:01 PM

    PRAGUE- To honor thousands of Czechs who settled in Texas more than a hundred years ago, the Czech Republic will donate about $200,000 to help rebuild the town of West, Texas after a fertilizer plant explosion nearly leveled the town. The government says a significant number of people in the... more »
  • DPS: 12 bodies recovered after Texas plant blast

    April 19, 2013 8:51 AM

    WEST, Texas - A Texas law enforcement official says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion at facility Wednesday night in the small... more »
  • Police: 5 to 15 people killed in Texas explosion

    April 18, 2013 7:11 AM

    WEST, Texas - Police in Texas say between five and 15 people were killed in a fertilizer plant explosion that also injured more than 160 others. Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning that the death toll is only an estimate as search and rescue operations... more »
  • Man accused of burning child with heater

    March 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    WEST MONROE- Deputies say a 22 year-old West Monroe man was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center after being arrested on several charges, including burning his 3-year-old child with a space heater. Authorities tell The News-Star Vincent Tyler Froust allegedly threw a woman on a bed and choked her while their... more »
  • School system unaware of who's driving buses check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • I-12W closed due to vehicle fire near Walker

    March 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    WALKER - Police said a vehicle fire shut down I-12 West in Livingston Parish this afternoon. Walker Police said the fire closed both lanes of I-12 West starting two miles east of Walker. They re-opened the roadwary around 5:45 p.m. Police advised drivers heading west use different routes... more »
  • Parents furious over makeshift bus transfer check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    ADDIS - Nearly 200 parents in West Baton Rouge Parish have signed a petition asking the school board to get rid of "First Student," the private bus company outsourced years ago to provide cheaper school transit for the parish. A video was sent to News 2 that shows dozens... more »
  • School security to be scrutinized in West B.R.

    December 22, 2012 10:57 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board will take up in-depth discussion of school security in January. The Advocate reports the goal is to improve security measures at public schools in the parish. School security has become a hot-button issue nationwide after shootings at an... more »
  • Palestinians celebrate UN statehood vote

    November 29, 2012 4:23 PM

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinians have erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking car horns after the United Nations voted to grant them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for - a state of their own. In the central celebration in the West Bank city of... more »
  • W. Feliciana expands one-to-one computer program

    November 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The West Feliciana Parish school system continues to expand a program that puts computers into students' hands for use in class or at home. The program started in 2007 from a state grant. Jerome Matherne, the district's technology supervisor, tells The Advocate the one-to-one computer initiative now... more »
  • West Monroe man accused of broom attack

    November 5, 2012 2:12 PM

    WEST MONROE - Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies have booked a 39-year-old West Monroe man with domestic abuse battery and aggravated battery. Deputies were called to St. Francis Medical Center Sunday where a woman said James Lee McDaniel, her ex-husband, allegedly pushed her down and hit her on the right side... more »
  • I-10 closures cause traffic snarls in Baton Rouge

    October 19, 2012 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic is again slowing to a crawl in Baton Rouge today, after wrecks forced closures on I-10 in both directions. A wreck just before 11 a.m. in Baton Rouge closed I-10 East at Essen for a time while police removed vehicles involved, which included an 18-wheeler.... more »
  • 25 new West Nile cases in La.

    October 5, 2012 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says 25 new West Nile virus infections have been reported in the state this week, including seven that caused potentially fatal neuro-invasive disease, the most serious consequence of the mosquito-borne virus. The seven were reported in Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant and... more »
  • More signs of balance between SEC East and West

    September 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The blazing starts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are raising doubts about preseason assumptions that the West is best in the Southeastern Conference. No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU, the leaders of the West Division, also remain the league's top teams in the national rankings.... more »
  • 24 new cases of West Nile announced

    August 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 24 new cases of West Nile virus infections this week. No additional deaths from the virus have occurred, but six people have died so far this year. DHH has found a total of 92 cases of West... more »
  • Additional West Nile deaths reported

    August 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported an increase in West Nile Virus infections with 15 new cases and four deaths from the disease this year. DHH has seen the highest total of West Nile neuro-invasive diseases since 2006. Of the 68 cases... more »
  • 2 West Nile deaths reported in La.

    August 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two people have died in Louisiana as a result of West Nile Virus infections. Louisiana's health department confirmed this week's deaths, the first West Nile deaths in the state since 2008, when one person died. The health department also said the number of overall West Nile infections... more »
  • DHH confirms 19 new cases of West Nile Virus

    July 27, 2012 2:35 PM

    Baton Rouge-The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed 19 additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 33, which includes 13 new cases of the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease (NID). The new NID cases were reported in Caddo, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson,... more »
  • Six new cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in La.

    July 13, 2012 2:15 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed six additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 10. The six new cases come from East Feliciana, Jefferson, Rapides, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. Health officials characterize West Nile infections three ways: neuroinvasive,... more »
  • DHH confirms three new cases of West Nile Virus in La.

    July 6, 2012 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed three additional human cases of West Nile Virus, one of them the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease. The neuroinvasive disease case was an adult in Vernon Parish and the two adult asymptomatic cases were in Tangipahoa Parish.... more »
  • Traffic building after I-12W lane closure

    June 8, 2012 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic is building on I-12 West after workers closed one lane and an exit ramp for construction today. The Department of Transportation and Development said the right lane on I-12 West at the Amite River Bridge and the O'Neal exit ramp are closed for construction. ... more »
  • I-10 West back open after debris blockage

    May 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are back open on I-10 West before the Mississippi River Bridge after debris blocked part of the roadway for five hours. The Dept. of Transportation and Development said traffic was backed up on I-10 West all the way across town to Siegen Lane, and... more »
  • US forecasters say heat will stay on this summer

    May 17, 2012 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Meteorologists say America's unusually warm year is likely to extend through the summer. And that's a bad sign for wildfires in the West. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's forecast for June through August calls for warmer-than-normal weather for about three-quarters of the nation. Only the northwestern U.S. and... more »
  • I-10 West flooding

    March 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flooding on I-12 West near the I-10 and I-12 split. One lane is closed in the construction zone due to flooding. Traffic is backed up, down to one lane and moving slowly. News2 will continue to monitor the situation with updates on the web and on News2... more »
  • O'Neal Lane closure update

    February 22, 2012 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A section of O'Neal Lane will be closed this Saturday 02/25 and Sunday 02/26 from 8:00pm to 5:00am. The Northbound and Southbound lanes will be closed under I-12 between the on and off ramps of the interstate highway. The I-12 on and off ramps will... more »
  • Sunday bar ordinance becomes law

    February 17, 2012 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The West Baton Rouge bar ordinance becomes law today, February 17th. The new law stipulates that businesses selling alcoholic beverages must close at 10pm on Sundays and cannot reopen until 6am Monday. There are some exceptions: Super Bowl Sunday, Sundays that are followed by holidays... more »
  • Kanye West, Drew Brees join lineup for Make it Right gala

    February 10, 2012 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Singer Kanye West and Saints quarterback Drew Brees have joined the list of celebrities that will attend a gala March 10 in New Orleans to benefit Brad Pitt's Make It Right home rebuilding effort. Pitt launched the Make It Right Foundation in 2007 to help Lower... more »
  • West Nile: It only takes 1 mosquito

    February 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Low numbers of mosquitoes won't protect you from West Nile virus in Calcasieu Parish. The state Office of Public Health says that although drought kept the mosquito population down in Calcasieu last year, two people came down with encephalitis or meningitis from the virus. A report in... more »
  • GOP presidential campaign moves west

    February 1, 2012 6:19 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he's "ready to lead this party and our nation." Romney won Tuesday's Florida GOP primary, taking 46 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich received 32 percent, Rick Santorum, 13 percent and Ron Paul, 7 percent. Gingrich lost to Romney by a... more »
  • Pedestrian struck, killed in West Baton Rouge

    January 20, 2012 7:16 AM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - A pedestrian is dead this morning after being struck on a main road in Port Allen. State Police say the accident happened on Bueche Road, north of Section Road just before 6:00 a.m. Friday. Troopers' investigation finds Brandon Gueho, 24, of Port Allen was... more »
  • Residents in West Feliciana concerned about flooding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 26, 2011 4:43 PM

    SAINT FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Parish has reason to be concerened with flooding tonight. Residents tells News 2 water levels on several different waterways have been higher than normal. They say a constant rain overnight made conditions much worse. Areas on or near Angola Road are already... more »
  • I-10 traffic flowing smoothly after morning delays

    December 20, 2011 5:44 AM

    Update: All lanes are open on I-10 West. BATON ROUGE - An accident involving two tractor trailers caused major traffic congestion along I-10 westbound this morning. The accident is now cleared, however delays continued along the interstate for hours. more »
  • DHH confirms 2 new cases of West Nile virus

    October 21, 2011 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- State health regulators have confirmed two new cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 12. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on Friday said both new cases are from St. Tammany Parish. One of the new cases is neuroinvasive disease, which... more »
  • Arrest made in West Baton Rouge Parish chase

    October 14, 2011 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One man is under arrest, after a motorcycle chase that stretched across two parishes. The high speed chase started around 10 p.m. Thursday in West Baton Rouge Parish. State Police, Baton Rouge Police and Sheriff's Deputies all assisted in the pursuit. The suspect was... more »
  • West Feliciana Parish corrections officer arrested

    October 6, 2011 3:08 PM

    A corrections Officer at the West Feliciana Parish Detention Center is in trouble with the law himself this afternoon. Deputies arrested Glenn Ford Jr. for allegedly bringing contraband into the detention center. He was booked with one count of malfeasance in office, and was released on a $50,000... more »
  • LSP: Drunk driver injures trooper in I-10 crash

    May 10, 2011 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state trooper was hurt when a drunk driver crashed into his vehicle on the interstate in West Baton Rouge Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. Trooper Russell Graham said 48-year-old Joseph Harris of Rosedale was arrested Monday night after crashing into an LSP unit driven... more »
  • Judge rejects arguments in West Feliciana theft case

    February 11, 2011 2:46 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A state district judge rejected arguments Thursday on behalf of a West Feliciana Parish police juror asserting that the state lacks authority to investigate atax-exempt church's finances. Attorneys for Juror John Cobb, 52, asked 20th Judicial District Judge William G. Carmichael to throw out... more »
  • Fatal shooting in drug investigation ruled justified

    January 21, 2011 5:09 PM

    PORT ALLEN – A grand jury ruled today that a West Baton Rouge deputy was justified when he shot and killed someone during an undercover drug investigation. The shooting happened two weeks ago at the Motel 6 in Port Allen. Sheriff Mike Cazes said the deputy arranged to buy drugs... more »
  • Escaped W. Feliciana inmate spotted in Slidell area

    January 6, 2011 12:02 PM

    SLIDELL – Authorities are searching the Slidell area for an escaped inmate from West Feliciana Parish after he was spotted this morning. Sheriff Jack Strain said they received a tip that David St. Germain was seen early Thursday morning by a woman he had been acquainted with for several years.... more »
  • Escaped inmate still at large in W. Feliciana Parish

    January 3, 2011 12:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Authorities are warning people in West Feliciana Parish to be on their guard as they continue their search for an escaped inmate. 45-year-old David St. Germain was noticed missing from the parish jail around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators believe he cut or ripped open a hole... more »

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