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  • Audubon Aquarium: name-the-white-gator election

    October 2, 2015 9:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans is holding a name-the-gator election for a rare white alligator that recently went on display, even though it was dubbed "Chompitoulas" in 2009. The 5-foot-long male replaces a 28-year-old white alligator named "Spots," which died Sept. 7. The alligator and its brother... more »
  • Rare alligator "Spots" dies at Audubon Aquarium

    September 7, 2015 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Audubon Nature Institute announced that their albino alligator, "Spots," passed away Monday at the age of 28. The Audubon Aquarium said he had been under the care of their vet team and results are pending to determine his exact cause of death. The aquarium... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • White NAACP leader says she identifies as black

    June 16, 2015 12:28 PM

    NEW YORK - Rachel Dolezal says she started identifying as black around the age of 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon. Dolezal appeared Tuesday on NBC'S "Today" Show. She said she "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Dolezal resigned as president of... more »
  • Lawmakers defend security upgrades check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 14, 2015 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers believe a $4.8 million upgrade to security at the Capitol was worth it, despite the state's $1.6 billion dollar deficit. State Sen. Bodi White (R- Central) said arguing about the system and the budget is like comparing "apples to oranges." White championed the project when... more »
  • More whites than blacks, Latinos approve police striking men

    April 3, 2015 11:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - A major American trend survey shows that whites in the United States in far greater numbers than blacks and Hispanics approve of police striking people. Seven out of 10 whites polled, or 70 percent, said they can imagine a situation in which they would approve of a police... more »
  • Prosecutor: 800 ammo rounds found in car of White House intruder

    September 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Authorities are describing Omar Gonzalez as a threat to the president. Gonzalez is the man accused of scaling the White House fence on Friday and sprinting inside the building, where he was stopped after making his way through the front door while armed with a knife. Investigators say... more »
  • Watch: Wednesday's Common Core debacle check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday quickly became a power struggle for the governor and his appointed education chief, John White, over Common Core and if it should be taught in Louisiana classrooms. Each disagrees with the other: the Governor is against the educational standards while White is for them and said... more »
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    April 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda. Some of the countries Obama is visiting are eyeing the developments... more »
  • At the Capitol: Sen. Bodi White 2unes In check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2014 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - La. Sen. Mack "Bodi" White 2uned In Tuesday to talk state budget, higher education and all the latest from the legislative session. Watch the video to see his interview. more »
  • Man arrested for trying to climb White House fence

    February 7, 2014 2:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- Authorities say a man has been arrested trying to climb over a fence at the White House. The Secret Service says the unidentified man was apprehended before he could get over the fence. He had two bags with him and authorities are waiting for the Washington police... more »
  • White suggests phase-in of Common Core

    November 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White wants to slow down the implementation of tougher educational standards. White wants a 10 year phase-in for the Common Core standards on school grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion. The proposal will be considered by the Board of Elementary... more »
  • Move over silver

    October 22, 2013 7:50 PM

    TROY, MICHIGAN- The world's favorite color of silver for a car is falling in popularity to white according to PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints. PPG says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white compared to silver or black that tied... more »
  • Funding boosted for Course Choice, to add students

    August 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Superintendent of Education John White says he's adding another $1 million to the budget for the state's new Course Choice program to eliminate the waiting list. The program offers online and nontraditional high school course offerings to public school students. Academic courses and skills training are being taught... more »
  • White: Continue some sort of student testing

    July 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- While the high-stakes test called LEAP ends next year, state Superintendent of Education John White says some sort of measuring stick will likely remain for future students in key grades. White said Thursday what any such replacement will look like and other details will start being discussed by... more »
  • White Castle ferry shutting down a week early

    June 19, 2013 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The White Castle ferry is shutting down a week early because the state has no staff to continue operating it. The vessel was scheduled to close on June 28 and will now close Friday, June 21. The state Department of Transportation and Development said the ferry... more »
  • Chef KD's white pepper gravy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 28, 2013 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef KD finished his southern gravy series with a white pepper gravy recipe. If you'd like the full recipe or have questions for Chef KD, email them to ChefKD@Eatel.net . more »
  • Local schools owed $30M because of court ruling

    May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White says the state owes local school districts $30 million because the Louisiana Supreme Court threw out this year's public school funding formula. The Supreme Court ruled that lawmakers couldn't fund a voucher program to send children to private school through the formula... more »
  • Criminal case dropped in White cell phone search check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 4, 2013 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City police dropped a criminal theft investigation into a missing cell phone which supposedly belonged to former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. This comes after a search warrant was issued to take the phone from a woman in Zachary. Investigators claim White and the woman... more »
  • Detective accused of warrant shopping

    April 3, 2013 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's Attorney Jill Craft accused Detective Cleveland "Mack" Thomas of shopping around, going judge to judge to obtain a search warrant to investigate her client. Police executed that warrant last week after a court commissioner, Nicole Robinson, finally signed it.... more »
  • Fired police chief investigated for missing cell phone, theft check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 27, 2013 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White for theft of a city-issued cell phone, his attorney Jill Craft explained. Craft has had the phone for weeks and said police never contacted her about the device. "Why don't you just ask me for... more »
  • Special crime meeting called for Thursday in Baton Rouge

    February 28, 2013 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A community meeting has been called to talk about crime and the police department. Councilwoman Tara Wicker announced the meeting Thursday afternoon. The meeting will be held Thursday evening at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center on East Washington Street. "The community is invited to... more »
  • Benedict to be called "emeritus pope", will wear white

    February 26, 2013 3:19 PM

    VATICAN CITY - There soon will be two pontiffs, each wearing white and each called "pope" living a few yards apart, with the same archbishop serving both. The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI has decided that he will be known as "emeritus pope" when he retires, and will be called... more »
  • Dabadie sworn in as provisional BRPD chief

    February 26, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Carl Dabadie Jr. took the oath today to become Baton Rouge's provisional police chief. Mayor Kip Holden swore Dabadie in. He is the son of an officer who died in the line of duty, and applied for the chief's position when Jeff LeDuff resigned in... more »
  • Fired BRPD chief files civil service appeal

    February 21, 2013 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dewayne White's attorney officially filed an appeal today for his removal as Baton Rouge's police chief, claiming it was done in bad faith and without just cause. The appeal to the municipal Civil Service Board of East Baton Rouge says White's termination was not done in... more »
  • Fired BRPD chief plans further appeals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2013 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said he plans to appeal today's firing at the local and state levels, after a contentious hearing between him and East Baton Rouge's mayor-president. Mayor Kip Holden did not reverse his decision today to fire White after a public... more »
  • Holden chooses to uphold BRPD chief's firing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2013 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced he will uphold his decision to fire Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. Holden made the announcement during a public hearing with White and his attorney which grew contentious at times. Holden said White made several misrepresentations during... 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 »
  • White House seeks 'balanced way' to budget fix

    February 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect the automatic budget cuts scheduled for next month will have on America's middle class. Denis McDonough tells ABC's "This Week" that the economy has been getting stronger over the past few months.... more »
  • Mayor's office gives White letter explaining firing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office sent former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White a letter today listing more than a dozen reasons they want him fired. The letter's 14 points include accusations of nepotism, destroying potentially-sensitive documents, and leaking confidential information or making inflammatory statements to the... more »
  • 26-year veteran to fill chief's responsibilities

    February 6, 2013 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lt. Carl Dabadie, Jr. will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department until Mayor Kip Holden names a new chief. The city fired Dewayne White Wednesday. White had been the chief since May 2011. Prior to that, he was on the State Police force. Dabadie was White's... more »
  • BRPD chief fired shortly after public appearance Play Video

    February 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dewayne White was fired from his position as the city's top police officer Wednesday. White told News 2 he received a letter around noon from city Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel that there was a "substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • BRPD Chief to arm officers with rifles, expand BRAVE to 70802 Play Video

    January 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White announced progressive plans that will move his department forward this year. In a one-on-one interview, White said the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project will expand to the 70802 zip code this year. Officers will also be outfitted with military surplus... more »
  • White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly

    January 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from... more »
  • Newtown families invited to Obama gun control event

    January 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of last month's shooting attack at a Connecticut elementary school have been invited to the White House today to see President Barack Obama outline an effort aimed at reducing gun violence. Obama's ideas include bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines --... more »
  • BRPD chief putting more officers on Patrol

    January 15, 2013 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Chief Dewayne White announced plans to put dozens more Baton Rouge Police officers out patrolling the city's streets. White said he plans to swell the Patrol division's ranks by not transferring out veteran officers once new recruits join the force. He said in the past when... more »
  • GOP proposes new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

    December 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans negotiating with President Barack Obama on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff are proposing to increase the eligibility age for Medicare and to lower cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits. The proposal is a response to Obama's offer last week to hike taxes by $1.6 trillion over... more »
  • WH: Syrian use chem weapons would cross 'red line'

    December 3, 2012 2:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it is increasingly concerned that the beleaguered regime in Syria might be considering use of chemical weapons against its own people and warned that doing so would "cross a red line." White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that U.S. officials are closely... more »
  • Liberal group outlines substantial Medicare cuts

    November 14, 2012 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - A think-tank with ties to the White House is looking to prevent a raid on health care programs during upcoming budget talks. It's released a plan today for some significant savings -- mostly from Medicare. The blueprint from the Center for American Progress spares Medicaid and the new... more »
  • Shooting suspect described as white supremacist Army veteran

    August 6, 2012 12:25 PM

    OAK CREEK, Wis. - More details are emerging about yesterday's deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Authorities say 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page walked into the suburban Milwaukee temple without saying a word and opened fire with a 9mm handgun that was purchased legally. They say he... more »
  • White Castly ferry will resume in August

    July 17, 2012 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials say the White Castle ferry is expected to return to service during the last week of August after crews complete repairs to the vessel's propeller shaft. The Department of Transportation and Development has hired a contractor to perform the repairs and is waiting... more »
  • Obama to celebrate July Fourth at White House

    July 4, 2012 7:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be celebrating the nation's 236th birthday today at the White House. The president returns from Camp David this morning. Then he'll deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members in the East Room. In the evening, the president and the... more »
  • Jack White announced for 2012 Voodoo Fest lineup

    June 27, 2012 7:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Touring in support of his critically acclaimed debut solo album "Blunderbuss," Jack White has been added to the lineup for the 2012 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. White joins other headliners for the event, set for Oct. 26-28, including Grammy Award-winning trio Green Day and Neil Young... more »
  • White House confirms death of al-Qaida No. 2

    June 5, 2012 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is confirming the death of al-Qaida's second-in-command, calling it a "major blow" to the terror network. White House spokesman Jay Carney would not confirm how Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed. An American official says he was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Carney described... more »
  • White House pushes for college cost transparency

    June 5, 2012 9:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is partnering with dozens of colleges to provide new students with easier-to-understand information on costs and financial aid. Vice President Joe Biden is announcing the partnership Tuesday along with representatives from several schools, including Syracuse University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.... more »
  • "White powder" letters costing taxpayers milllions

    May 17, 2012 2:56 PM

    DALLAS - Federal authorities say they hope to solve the worst white power mailing case in U.S. history because the letters are tying up first responders and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Amanda McMurrey of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says authorities believe the same person has sent nearly 400... more »
  • Plans for new EBR school district altered

    April 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Legislation that would create a breakaway school district in Southeast East Baton Rouge Parish advanced out of committee, but not before changes were made to the boundary lines. Senator Bodi White, R- Central, says he started working with members of the public last fall to create the... more »
  • White teen pleads guilty in Miss. hate crime

    March 22, 2012 7:24 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A white teenager pleaded guilty to murder and a hate crime Wednesday for running over a black man with his pickup truck in a killing a judge called a stain on Mississippi that will take years to fade. Nineteen-year-old Deryl Dedmon apologized to the victim's family before... more »
  • US urges Israel diplomacy with Iran

    March 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama and Israel's Prime Minister are showing some unity today on the issue of Iran's nuclear weapons. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting at the White House. The President said the US and Israel agaree that diplomacy is the best way... more »
  • White House helps pay for NYPD Muslim surveillance

    February 27, 2012 7:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - Millions of dollars in White House money is helping pay for New York Police Department programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance. The money is part of a little-known grant intended to help law enforcement fight drug crimes. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush... more »
  • White House searches for answers after Quran burning

    February 27, 2012 6:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and top aides are in damage-control mode after rioting raged in Afghanistan following last week's Quran-burning incident at a U.S. air base. The president has already apologized to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But that hasn't stopped the violence, which has claimed not only Afghan lives... more »
  • Jindal to meet with governors, dine at White House

    February 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal is meeting with fellow governors from around the country this weekend in Washington and is set to dine at the White House. Jindal's office said the GOP governor traveled to Washington on Friday for events with the Republican Governors' Association and meeting of... more »
  • Roemer goes Independent

    February 22, 2012 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is giving up his attempt to win the Republican nomination for president. But he's no giving up his bid for the White House. Roemer announced today that he is leaving the GOP after his dismal performances in the states that... more »
  • Dobard named new Recovery School District Superintendent

    January 18, 2012 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a new leader for the state's struggling schools. Patrick Dobard was named the new superintendent of the Recovery School District by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education today, taking the place of the new BESE Superintendent John White. The nomination came from... more »
  • BESE picks White as new La. school superintendent

    January 11, 2012 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public education board is hiring Recovery School District leader John White as state education superintendent. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Wednesday for White, who Gov. Bobby Jindal had heavily pushed for the job. The vote came only two days after the board's... more »
  • White House announces summer jobs initiative

    January 5, 2012 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is looking to boost summer job prospects for youth. The White House says that with help from the private sector it's gotten commitments for nearly 180,000 youth employment opportunities for next summer and is aiming for tens of thousands more. Obama says that with... more »
  • White meeting with EBRP School Board check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 7, 2011 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The acting Louisiana Superintendent says she is stepping down next month. Ollie Tyler made the announcement during a Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting. Tyler took over when Paul Pastorek quit earlier this year. Tyler says she will continue her forty year career in... more »
  • BRPD Chief White: There's no special treatment

    August 22, 2011 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chief of Police Dewayne White wants to set the record straight. He wants the public to know there will not be a cover-up, and the football players in question will be treated as any other persons of interest would be. "This case is not going away... more »
  • EBRP Attorney likely to seek repayment for plane in hangar

    July 7, 2011 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Someone could get a bill for parking a private plane in a police hangar at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. The East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney says the owners might have to pay for a temporary stay that turned into a free ride. Until then, you've footed the... more »
  • News 2 Investigation brings police probe

    July 1, 2011 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Findings by News 2 launched a police investigation into a former Baton Rouge Police Department helicopter hangar at Metro Airport. The News 2 investigation uncovered something inside the hangar that shouldn't be there. In less than 24 hours after being told about it by News 2, the... more »
  • New BRPD Chief has first face-to-face with public

    June 2, 2011 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One community in Baton Rouge met with the new top crime-fighter in the city Thursday night. Chief Dewayne White shared his background and goals with the crowd at the District 6 Community Meeting, but also listened to people with ideas and concerns. White says in just... more »
  • Baton Rouge's next police chief sworn in

    May 31, 2011 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chief Judge Tony Marabella of the 19th JDC swore in Dewayne White as Baton Rouge's newest police chief in front of dozens of his colleagues, friends and family at the Metro Council chambers. White didn't answer any questions as he plans to meet with his officers... more »
  • Parish leaders react to BRPD chief choice

    May 27, 2011 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police Maj. Donald Dewayne White will be sworn-in as the 27th Police Chief in Baton Rouge Tuesday. News 2 broke the story that White was the front-runner for the job on Thursday's 10 p.m. newscast. Mayor Kip Holden made the pick official at a Friday... more »
  • Front-runner emerges in BRPD Chief selection process

    May 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the front runner for Baton Rouge Police Chief is State Police Maj. Donald Dewayne White. Mayor Kip Holden will announce his decision today at a 10 a.m. press conference. White, 51, is the commander of the emergency services unit at Louisiana State Police.... more »
  • Budget battle brewing between lawmakers, administration

    May 17, 2011 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A battle over the budget is brewing at the Capitol. Lawmakers decided they want to spend your money differently than the Governor and the Jindal administration is furious. In the new plan, selling three prisons, using court settlement money for the TOPS Scholarship Program and increasing... more »
  • US to impose sanctions on Libya

    February 25, 2011 2:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the U.S. is moving forward with plans to impose unilateral sanctions on Libya in response to violence there. Obama spokesman Jay Carney says the U.S. is finalizing that process Friday. He says the U.S. is also working with European partners on additional sanctions... more »
  • Jurors hear recorded calls in Brown racketeering trial

    February 24, 2011 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Testimony continued today in the public corruption case involving White Castle's police chief and former mayor, and included recordings of what prosecutors said was the brothers asking for bribes. Jurors heard recorded converstations between Mario and Maurice Brown, and William Miles, a civilian working undercover for... more »
  • Illinois court throws Emanuel off Chiago ballot

    January 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    CHICAGO - An Illinois appellate court on Monday threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election. The decision put Emanuel's candidacy into doubt a month before the election. He had... more »

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