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  • Nine-year-old in ICU after being shot with pellet gun by cousin

    September 6, 2015 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A 9-year-old boy is in the Intensive Care Unit after being shot with a pellet gun by his younger cousin. Anthony Gray was playing with his 7-year-old cousin Friday afternoon when they found a pellet gun that was left out by a family member. ... more »
  • Shreveport man arrested for exploitation of his mother

    August 2, 2015 1:04 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - Caddo Parish authorities say a Shreveport man has been arrested for exploitation of the infirmed for allegedly stealing from his 86-year-old mother. Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator says in a news release that 64-year-old Paul Brown was arrested Wednesday on a warrant. Prator says Brown allegedly used his... more »
  • Baker officials brace themselves to balance upcoming budget Play Video

    May 15, 2015 4:47 PM

    BAKER - City officials are prepping to balance this year's upcoming 2015-2016 budget. Chief of Police Mike Knapps said he submitted his budget to the city for approval. He wants to fill two officer positions which have been vacant since last year. "It's very, very important that this... more »
  • Jindal to use $74M in savings ideas next year

    May 12, 2014 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thinner asphalt for some paving projects. Fewer toll-free numbers across state agencies. Allowing pregnant women on Medicaid to use midwives instead of traditional, more expensive delivery rooms. Expanded rehabilitation programs for inmates. Those are among plans from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to shrink spending across state government by... more »
  • 3-year-old dies after being found in hot vehicle

    September 7, 2013 3:14 PM

    HATTIESBURG - The Forrest County sheriff is investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found in a hot vehicle. Coroner Butch Benedict tells the Hattiesburg American that Cameron Shaw likely overheated in the vehicle parked at a home by U.S. Highway 49 near the Stone County and Forrest... more »
  • DOE names 2014 teacher, principal of the year

    July 15, 2013 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two St. Charles Parish educators are taking the state's top honors for teachers and principals. The Department of Education named Ajit "AJ" Pethe (PEH-thay), principal of Luling Elementary, as the 2014 Louisiana Principal of the Year, while La'Keisha McKinney, a reading and math teacher at R. J. Vial... more »
  • Police: Teen chopped man's ear off with machete

    July 1, 2013 3:21 PM

    SLIDELL - Police in Slidell arrested a 16-year-old after they said he tried to kill his brother's friend with a two-foot-long machete. Police said when they arrived they found the victim with his neck slashed and the 16-year-old suspect standing in the street, holding the machete. Investigators said... more »
  • 1 year later, no arrests in dancer's death

    June 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's been a year since pieces of Jaren Lockhart's body began washing up on Mississippi's Gulf Coast and almost that long since two people seen leaving a Bourbon Street strip club with the dancer were named as suspects in her death and dismemberment. One, Margaret Sanchez, 29,... more »
  • Brother arrested in fatal Calif. stabbing of girl

    May 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. - The mother of an 8-year-old girl who was found stabbed to death in her Northern California home and of the 12-year-old boy accused of killing her says the boy is "protective of his sister." In an interview with Sacramento television station KOVR on Friday, Priscilla Rodriquez... more »
  • Fico finalist for player of the year

    April 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU softball pitcher Rachele Fico has been chosen as one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The announcement came Wednesday from the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball. The award is considered the most prestigious in Division I... more »
  • Budget questions remain for current year

    March 1, 2013 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- While lawmakers grapple with ways to balance next year's budget, they may be confronted with a more immediate shortfall before this year ends. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration had anticipated more than $278 million plugged into previous spending plans backed by the Legislature from expected property sales, insurance... more »
  • Jefferson Parish woman killed by gunshots at home

    February 17, 2013 10:34 AM

    GRETNA, La. - Jefferson Parish authorities say an 81-year-old woman has been shot and killed after someone fire into her home in the Bridge City community. Sheriff Newell Normand says in a news release that it's not clear if the woman was the intended target in the shooting, but she... more »
  • Sandy Hook students to have shorter school year

    January 23, 2013 2:56 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn.- Students at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school where 20 classmates were shot dead by a gunman last month won't have to make up days they missed after the massacre. The state Board of Education on Wednesday granted a waiver shortening their school year from the mandatory 180 days... more »
  • La. casinos take in $2.4 billion in 2012

    January 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A good December for Louisiana's state-licensed casinos capped a year in which they won roughly $2.4 billion from gamblers, up from about $2.37 billion in 2011. Figures posted by regulators Thursday show that, for December, Harrah's land-based casino in New Orleans won $34.7 million. That was up... more »
  • O'neal: NCAA players should stay more than 1 year

    January 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    GRAPEVINE, Texas - Shaquille O'Neal says earning his doctoral degree in education was harder than anything he ever did athletically. During a keynote talk on the opening day of the annual NCAA convention, the four-time NBA champion and 15-time All-Star said Wednesday his three years as an LSU player were... more »
  • Man wanted for Wyoming Street murder

    December 20, 2012 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are looking for a 21-year-old man who is wanted for his alleged involvement in a murder on Wyoming Street. Officers say Jerron Davis and a 16-year-old shot and killed Travis Holland, 24, during an attempted robbery on August 6th. Officers arrested the... more »
  • McIlroy voted PGA Tour player of the year

    December 4, 2012 10:29 AM

    LA QUINTA, Calif. - Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year after winning four times, including his second major championship. The tour does not release how its players voted on the award, though not even Tiger Woods came close to the kind of year McIlroy had... more »
  • Graceland marks 30th year as tourist attraction

    June 13, 2012 6:48 AM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It's been 30 years since Graceland opened to the public and the late Elvis Presley's home is a money-maker that has helped Memphis grow. Presley's ex-wife says it's the spirit of Elvis, and not just music history, that has brought nearly 18 million visitors. Priscilla Presley recently... more »
  • AP study finds typical CEO made $9.6M last year

    May 25, 2012 7:40 AM

    NEW YORK - Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs. An analysis by The Associated Press finds that the head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011. That was up more than 6 percent from the previous year and... more »
  • Congressman objects to ferry closures next year

    May 22, 2012 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans congressman is asking Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his plans to close two ferries in south Louisiana. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond sent a letter to Jindal on Monday criticizing the shut-down of ferries at Edgard and White Castle. Jindal recommended their closure in his... more »
  • House plans to debate $25B budget for next year

    May 10, 2012 7:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget. The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1. At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money... more »
  • Stocks continue downward trend

    April 10, 2012 3:14 PM

    NEW YORK - The stock market closed down sharply, extending its longest and deepest slum this year. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 213 points to 12,716. That is it's biggest one-day loss of the year and its third triple-digit decline in the past four trading days. The broader Standard... more »
  • WBRZ named community station of the year

    March 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ's employees were honored with 3 awards from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) Thursday at the Crowne Plaza hotel. The station and its employees won the award for Community Station of the Year. Projects like Pat's Coats for Kids, Feed a Family, Stuff the... more »
  • Americans pumping less gas

    March 23, 2012 10:54 AM

    NEW YORK - Americans continue to pump less gas every week. The decline has been steady over the past year. The amount of gas used in the United States has dropped by 4.2 billion gallons since a year ago which is a 3 percent decline. Rising gas prices are one... more »
  • State employees could get pay raises next year

    March 9, 2012 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has opened the door for pay raises for some state employees in the next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says agencies aren't getting money to pay for salary boosts, but they can give raises if they can find savings in their... more »
  • La. ranks 4th in train-vehicle crashes, injuries

    March 6, 2012 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana recorded fewer vehicle-train collisions and fatalities last year, but the number of related injuries rose slightly. That's according to preliminary 2011 data from the Federal Railroad Administration. Louisiana Operation Lifesaver said Monday the state ranked fourth nationally in the number of collisions and fourth in injuries... more »
  • Gas prices in Baton Rouge

    March 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gas prices increased 3 cents a gallon last week in Baton rouge now averaging $3.61 a gallon. This compares with the national average that increased 5.2 cents per gallong last week to $3.71 per gallon. Prices in Baton Rouge are now 25.3 cents per gallon... more »
  • Gov. Jindal proposes $25.5B budget for next year

    February 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing a $25.5 billion budget that closes a nearly $900 million gap with higher retirement costs for state employees, nearly 6,400 job cuts and a patchwork of one-time money. The presentation of the governor's 2012-13 spending plan Thursday by Jindal's commissioner of administration,... more »
  • Father of shot 4-year-old arrested check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 8, 2012 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD arrested a father whose infant was killed Wednesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted shot to the head. Authorities arrested Shawn Dean, 26, 2944 Iroquois St. and charged him with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile and felon in possession of a firearm. Investigators believe... more »
  • BRPD investigating shooting death of child

    February 8, 2012 2:22 PM

    A shooting that claimed the life of a 4 year-old boy in Baton Rouge is under investigation. It happened just before 11:00 a.m. inside a home at 2944 Iroquois. Officers found Shawn Dean Jr., with a single gunshot wound to the head. He died at the scene.... more »
  • US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year

    February 2, 2012 4:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. counterterrorism official says the government's list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying to and within the U.S. has doubled in the past year. The no-fly list has swelled from 10,000 to 21,000 names over the past year. The official says much of the increase... more »
  • Baton Rouge lawyer suspended for 1 year

    January 26, 2012 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a former Baton Rouge civil-rights attorney from practicing law for one year and placed him on probation for two years after he refused to return $10,000 to a client who fired him in 2006. The court upheld a recommendation from the... more »
  • News 2 Exclusive: Teen shot doing homework speaks from hospital check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 11, 2012 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The 15-year old girl shot inside her home Monday afternoon as she did homework on her computer, invited our cameras inside her hospital room to recall the frightening moments. "When I got shot, I thought I was going to lose my life," she said. The teenager... more »
  • National Guard members return from deployment check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    CARVILLE - Family members welcomed home 120 members of the Louisiana National Guard this morning after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan. Gov. Bobby Jindal was also on hand as the 415th Military Intelligence Unit arrived in Carville this morning. "Many mothers and fathers have been away from their... more »
  • Nutria total down 24 percent from last year

    August 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    HOUMA, La.- It was about an average year for nutria hunters, with 338,512 tails turned in for a $5 bounty. Figures at the Coastwide Nutria Control Program website show that's about 24 percent down from last year's record of 445,963. Officials say killing at least 400,000 nutria a... more »
  • Dog missing for year after car crash back in Mich.

    August 14, 2011 5:14 PM

    VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich.- A Maltese dog that disappeared more than a year ago after a fatal car crash in New Mexico has been returned to surviving family members in Michigan. The crash in June last year killed Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily. Afterward, his wife and four surviving... more »
  • School fills position of missing teacher

    August 5, 2011 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school year at Brusly High in West Baton Rouge Parish will be noticeably different. Sylvianne Lozada, a foreign language teacher there, disappeared one month ago today. Her family last heard from her on June 5, and her husband and daughter left the country a few... more »
  • BR schools chief will leave next year

    May 21, 2011 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent John Dilworth says he won't seek a contract extension. His current contract expires in June of 2012 and he says he won't seek to stay on because he has failed to bring the School Board together. During a Friday news... more »
  • Athletes of the Year named for Southern University

    April 29, 2011 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University's interim athletic director announced that Freda Allen and Frazier Hall had been chosen as the school's 2011 Athletes of the Year this morning. Allen, a senior, is a forward for the women's basketball team. She was named SWAC Freshmen of the Year in '07-'08.... more »
  • Grand Isle seafood workers desperate for work a year after the spill

    April 19, 2011 6:50 PM

    GRAND ISLE - Some fishermen in the Grand Isle area say the year since the Gulf oil spill has been like "a living hell". Over at Dean's Seafood Processing, hundreds of shrimpers used to bury the conveyor belts with shrimp. Now, workers spend their days cleaning, the belts idle... more »
  • Parents arrested in meth lab bust

    April 11, 2011 5:28 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - The parents of a two-year-old boy are behind bars, accused of operating a meth lab while their son was home. The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Garrett Wendt and Tammy Hohnesee. They were booked on charges of possession of crystal meth and operating a clandestine laboratory. ... more »
  • Students of the Year chosen for EBR Schools

    January 14, 2011 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A student government president, budding marine biologist and advocate for preventing violence have been chosen to be the 2011 Students of the Year for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The system-wide winners were chosen from the 74 individual schools’ Students of the Year based on... more »
  • 2 year old found walking in roadway, father arrested

    January 7, 2011 3:02 PM

    A Livingston Parish man is behind bars, after his two year-old daughter was found wandering down the road. After receiving a call from a concerned citizen, reporting the child walking down Duff Road near Walker, deputies searched door-to-door for the child's parents. Deputies later found Christopher Bringhurst inside... more »

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