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  • State confirms 27 total deaths tied to Hurricane Laura, clean-up efforts

    September 5, 2020 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE— The Louisiana Department of Health announced one additional death connected to Hurricane Laura on Wednesday, bringing the state’s current death toll to 27. A 58-year-old in Rapides Parish died of a heat-related illness while inside a trailer with no electricity. Below are details on... more »
  • Iberville Parish Sheriff hospitalized with COVID-19

    July 30, 2020 5:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Sheriff Brett Stassi is among the 1500 people hospitalized with coronavirus in Louisiana. Stassi, the popular Iberville Parish Sheriff, spoke on the phone from his hospital room with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto Thursday afternoon. Stassi was hospitalized earlier in the week after having trouble breathing. A positive... more »
  • $24M in virus refunds planned to Louisiana college students

    June 20, 2020 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana colleges are returning at least $24 million to students because the academic year was interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak . LSU is doling out the largest amount in refunds at $4.4 million. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is sending back $3.8... more »
  • Report: Offshore Shell workers with coronavirus airlifted from oil platform in Gulf of Mexico

    May 27, 2020 1:23 PM

    Shell confirmed Wednesday that it's in the process of airlifting nine of its offshore workers out of the Gulf of Mexico after they showed symptoms of the coronavirus. The company told CBS News that five of the workers were hospitalized with the virus, and another four were exhibiting symptoms.... more »
  • Louisiana legislature poised to expand access to medical marijuana Play Video

    May 25, 2020 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a year after medical marijuana became legally available in Louisiana, lawmakers were on the verge of expanding access for some patients who currently don't meet the requirements to obtain a physician's recommendation. "It's legal now," Rep. Larry Bagley said. "There's no reason to restrict... more »
  • Free COVID-19 testing sites in Livingston Parish

    May 24, 2020 10:31 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Most of the towns in Livingston Parish will offer free COVID-19 testing beginning on Tuesday, May 26. The parish has partnered up with the Louisiana Department of Health(LDH), the Office of Public Health and the Louisiana National Guard to offer Livingston Parish residents free testing. ... more »
  • Louisianas three-month legislative session opening Monday

    March 7, 2020 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana Legislature packed with dozens of new members starts its first lawmaking session of the term Monday, with a grab bag of topics for debate and none of the budget woes that preoccupied the last term. Lawmakers will consider whether to legalize sports... more »
  • Police ID person killed during officer-involved shooting in Lafayette Play Video

    February 10, 2020 11:49 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving two Lafayette Police Officers and 40-year-old Jeremy Todd Baham. The initial investigation revealed that on Monday evening, two officers with the Lafayette Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex located in the 1000 block of Kaliste Saloom Road... more »
  • Woman faked medical emergency to escape rapist

    February 8, 2020 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a woman was able to escape the man who raped her and held her against her will by faking an emergency medical issue. According to the police report, Thursday evening the victim was walking on Avenue B Street when 56-year-old Troy Knighten drove up... more »
  • Tulane acquires archive of Vampire author Anne Rice

    February 2, 2020 11:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University has acquired the complete archives of bestselling author Anne Rice, who was born and raised in New Orleans and whose books, including “Interview with a Vampire,” often drew inspiration from her hometown. The collection was a gift from Stuart Rose and the Stuart... more »
  • Man abducts former girlfriend and tortures her for 5 hours, according to police

    January 30, 2020 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man on Wednesday for kidnapping and tormenting his on-and-off-again girlfriend. On the morning of January 11, 2019, Tevin Howard, 28, sent his ex-girlfriend threatening messages via text and social media. She responded and told Howard that she... more »
  • Man arrested for trying to kill police officer during traffic stop

    January 24, 2020 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A police officer almost died on duty while trying to apprehend a male with warrants during a traffic stop. Yesterday Jamon Evans was pulled over by BRPD on the 3100 block of Bogan Walk near Park Elementary School. The officer stopped Evans for illegal tint and... more »
  • Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

    January 22, 2020 7:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the... more »
  • Local young hunters charged with illegal hunting

    December 12, 2019 3:49 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A pair of young hunters were charged with hunting violations in Concordia Parish, game wardens revealed Thursday. Jonathan Spillman, 19, of Prairieville, and a juvenile were cited for hunting deer during illegal hours, possession of illegally taken deer, hunting deer from a public road, discharging a firearm... more »
  • State tech workers spending Black Friday, holiday weekend fixing ongoing hack issues

    November 28, 2019 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State workers were given a reprieve Thursday from the ongoing efforts to restore government networks crippled by hackers nearly two weeks ago. Employees spent Thanksgiving at home but some will report back to state offices Friday. The Division of Administration said its technical team that’s... more »
  • Hundreds of Louisiana businesses permitted for CBD products

    September 8, 2019 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has permitted 775 businesses to sell CBD products around the state. An agency spokesman says ATC has received more than 1,000 permit applications since lawmakers passed a regulatory structure for retailers to sell products containing CBD.... more »
  • Yikes! Massive alligator gar found in park lagoon

    March 8, 2019 1:01 PM

    METAIRIE – Talk about the catch of the day – a huge alligator gar was found dead in a suburban New Orleans community lagoon this week. Workers posted on the park’s website the fish was found dead but people have reported seeing it swimming in the lagoon, which is... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman wins big on 'Wheel of Fortune'

    December 28, 2018 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge native tried her luck on a famous game show and won thousands of dollars. Chelsea Milazzo took home $18,550 on the "Wheel of Fortune." Milazzo is an LSU graduate, a sales representative, a high school cheerleading coach, and fitness instructor. Milazzo... more »
  • Edwards rallies union support: 'Elections have consequences' Play Video

    November 17, 2018 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards rallied his core base of education union support with a preview of his 2019 re-election stump speech. He urged teachers and school workers to maintain a "sense of purpose" about the governor's race. The Democratic leader spoke Saturday to the Louisiana... more »
  • Cleo Fields appears to be setting up run for state senate

    August 27, 2018 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Infamous Louisiana politician Cleo Fields appears to be setting up a run for Louisiana Senate – a potential return to the state capitol for Fields, who unsuccessfully argued against term limits in state court a decade ago, forcing his departure from elected office. A flier soliciting... more »
  • State trying to get owed child support paid with temporary initiative

    August 20, 2018 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State authorities are relaxing the requirements for a delinquent child support payors to have their driver’s license reinstated but the changes are only temporary. Until September 28, people delinquent on child support who have had their license suspended can have the suspension removed when they pay... more »
  • La. House sends sales tax plan to Senate Play Video

    June 22, 2018 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Amid the possibility of a negotiation collapse, state lawmakers in the House of Representatives were able to pass a sales tax deal to help fund government late Friday afternoon. The decision came during the third special session. The proposal keeps just under half of the... more »
  • No work, no food stamps if lawmakers agree Play Video

    February 26, 2018 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Able-bodied adults without dependents who don't have jobs (ABAWDs) are not supposed to receive food stamps long-term according to federal rules. However, Louisiana's governor can request the rule be waived because the state has a higher than average unemployment rate. For the better part of a decade,... more »
  • Free flu shots available next week Play Video

    January 25, 2018 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – No cost flu shots will be available to the more than 55 parish health units in Louisiana. The shots will be available Wednesday, January 31, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The vaccine is available to anyone who has not received a vaccine this flu... more »
  • Groups want protections restored for Louisiana black bear

    November 2, 2017 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Some environmental groups say they plan legal action to force federal officials to return the Louisiana black bear back to a list of threatened species. Officials announced removal of the bear from the list in March 2016 - a move opposed by some conservationists. The Washington-based... more »
  • Supreme Court rejects Louisiana dirt farmer's appeal

    October 30, 2017 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Louisiana dirt farmer who complained that a local flood control district took his soil without paying enough for it. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling against Chad Jarreau (JAR'-roh)... more »
  • $7.5M in tax rebates pledged to north Louisiana paper mill

    October 20, 2017 8:52 AM

    HODGE, La.- A north Louisiana paper mill is receiving $7.5 million in performance-based tax rebates over five years to help with facility upgrades. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that WestRock Company will get the aid as part of an improvement plan for the mill in Jackson Parish, aimed... more »
  • BR burn unit treating some injured from lake rig blast

    October 15, 2017 9:46 PM

    KENNER – Amid a search mission for a missing employee from an exploded rig in Lake Pontchartrain, investigators are piecing together what happened late Sunday and doctors an hour away are caring some injured in the blast. The eruption happened around 8 o'clock Sunday evening in the lake within... more »
  • Sandbags available this weekend

    October 5, 2017 6:22 PM

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FORECAST Ascension Parish 7th District Fire Department on Roddy Road St. Amant Fire Department Station 60 on Stringer Bridge Road Geismar Fire Department at 12171 Highway 73 5th Ward Fire Department on Highway 22 Prairieville Fire Department at 14517... more »
  • Louisiana: State red snapper season possible

    September 22, 2017 8:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana officials say a state red snapper season is possible for anglers, because Louisiana anglers caught less than the state's self-imposed limit of just over 1 million pounds by Sept. 4. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says surveys show Louisiana anglers caught less than 937,000 pounds... more »
  • Three Baton Rouge museums showcase Louisiana in World War I

    September 18, 2017 7:39 AM

    Three exhibits about Louisiana's part in World War I will include a walk-through simulation of a trench and dugout on the Western Front, propaganda posters and a vase crafted from a spent artillery shell. The Louisiana State Museum's Capitol Park Museum , the Old State Capitol Museum and the... more »
  • Court filings allege Lafayette man organized kidnapping of estranged wife

    August 19, 2017 7:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE - New court filings in Lafayette kidnapping suspect Michael Handley's divorce case allege he organized the plot to abduct his estranged wife. Last week, authorities captured Handley at a Slidell motel. According to KATC-TV , Handley is still in the Lafayette Parish jail with a $266,000 bond. ... more »
  • La. passengers aboard cruise ship experiencing problems in Gulf of Mexico

    August 11, 2017 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Passengers from Louisiana with access to the internet shared pictures and messages about their cruise ship breaking down in the gulf this week. A message thread from one passenger started Thursday with a post about being “at a dead stop in the middle of the gulf.”... more »
  • 2 ill in both EBR, Livingston with West Nile

    August 3, 2017 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There are two people sick with the West Nile virus in East Baton Rouge. The state released its most recent count of people ill. In all, 14 people across Louisiana are sick with some form of West Nile. In addition to EBR, there are two... more »
  • Woman attempts to walk out of BR Walmart with over $800 in stolen items

    June 3, 2017 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was arrested after she allegedly stole over $800 worth of items, including a 43-inch television, from a Walmart on N. Mall Drive Friday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, 35-year-old Amanda Craven was arrested around 6:40 p.m. after she attempted to leave... more »
  • Alligator seen near home, others spotted Monday

    April 17, 2017 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Alligators seemed to be on the move Monday in various areas of South Louisiana. Among the sightings and calls for help was a situation outside a home on Plains-Port Hudson Road. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home east of Hwy. 61 between 3 p.m. and... more »
  • Masses crowded as Christians gather for Easter Sunday

    April 16, 2017 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pews were filled, leaving only room to stand. It's Easter Sunday mass at St Joseph's Cathedral where Catholics have gathered to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Nebe Kadair had to kneels in prayer on the floor, the only open spot he could find. "Today, Easter Sunday is... more »
  • Video shows possible tornado near Alexandria

    April 2, 2017 4:37 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Central Louisiana has already experienced severe weather in the area, and more is expected to continue into the night. According to KALB-TV, confidence is growing that widespread severe weather will hit central Louisiana Sunday afternoon through much of Sunday night. Video submitted to KALB shows... more »
  • 19 horses killed when semi driver from La. flips rig

    March 2, 2017 5:00 PM

    GREENVILLE, Mississippi - A man from Louisiana was behind the wheel of a horse rig when it overturned, killing more than a dozen livestock in Mississippi. KNOE TV reported the driver is from Bastrop, Louisiana. Bastrop is in the Monroe area. The driver survived the crash, the TV station... more »
  • La.'s weather predicting nutria contradicts Groundhog Day forecast

    February 2, 2017 10:30 AM

    NEW IBERIA – Louisiana's Cajun weather rodent did not see his “shadeaux” Thursday., insinuating a longer Spring for the Bayou State. According to The Daily Iberian newspaper in Iberia Parish, nutria Pierre C. Shadeaux appeared from his habitat under heavy fog early Thursday to decipher the weather forecasters apparently... more »
  • Photos: Governor, Pope meet at the Vatican Wednesday Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican released pictures of Governor John Bel Edwards interacting with Pope Francis Wednesday. Photos published by the Vatican indicate the meeting happened on January 18th. It's not clear at what time the meeting happened – the Vatican is about 7 hours ahead of local Baton... more »
  • Surveyors count 8 tornadoes from Monday storms in Louisiana

    January 4, 2017 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service counts at least eight tornadoes that hit Louisiana Monday. Survey teams conclude twisters damaged parts of Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline, Rapides and Tangipahoa parishes. The most powerful storm, rated EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale, hit south of Ragley in Beauregard Parish, with top... more »
  • All LSP patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017 Play Video

    December 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All Louisiana State Police patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017, law enforcement leaders announced on Wednesday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the iniative in a joint press conference at the Governor's mansion Wednesday afternoon. Edwards said LSP will purchase 1,500 body cameras in... more »
  • No surprises expected with Louisiana's electoral votes

    December 17, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana electoral voters say they've been inundated with emails and letters trying to persuade them to change their minds about casting ballots for Donald Trump. That doesn't mean any of the state's eight electoral voters is expected to make a switch. State officials expect a quick, straightforward... more »
  • November Louisiana jobless rate dips as labor force shrinks

    December 16, 2016 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in November as more people left the labor force. The jobless rate fell from 6.3 percent in October, but remained above the 5.9 percent level from November 2015. Fewer people reported having jobs and fewer people were looking. The number... more »
  • Here's how to attend the Trump event in Baton Rouge Friday

    December 6, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President-elect Donald Trump will speak to a crowd of people at the Dow Chemical aircraft hangar at the Baton Rouge airport Friday afternoon. Organizers revealed details of the event to WBRZ.com first. People will likely be asked to park away from the hangar and will walk... more »
  • Louisiana's motor vehicle office to stop accepting cash

    October 31, 2016 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Beginning Tuesday, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will not accept cash for transactions. State officials say acceptable forms of payment will include debit cards, credit cards, checks, money orders and cashier checks for driver's licenses, identification cards, mobility impaired hang-tag and vehicle transactions. For reinstatement transactions,... more »
  • Update on Shelter at Home and FEMA mobile home processes Play Video

    September 22, 2016 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal emergency officials released new information Thursday about post-flood disaster housing options. GHOSEP said that the purpose of the meeting was to address immediate housing needs for residents impacted by last month's historic flooding. Many residents have complained that the federal government response... more »
  • 2 Louisiana metro areas grow fast in 2015, 2 shrink fast

    September 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation's fastest growing economies and two of its fastest shrinking in 2015. Lake Charles' economy grew 8.3 percent, third fastest in the nation according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. That growth was boosted... more »
  • Audit: Agencies not complying with tax break reporting law

    September 19, 2016 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says four state agencies didn't comply with a 2013 state law aimed at better tracking of Louisiana's tax break programs. In a report released Monday, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says 46 of 79 tax incentive reports that agencies are supposed to submit under... more »
  • 2 psychologists plead guilty in $25 million Medicare scam

    September 7, 2016 10:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say two psychologists have admitted participating in a $25 million scam that billed Medicare for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A Justice Department news release says 62-year-old Beverly Stubblefield of Slidell, Louisiana, and 46-year-old John Teal... more »
  • Salvation Army to open distribution center Monday in Gonzales

    August 28, 2016 12:40 PM

    GONZALES - The Salvation Army will open a distribution center in Gonzales on Monday, Aug. 29. The distribution and limited case management center will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be located at 218 E Bayou Narcisse St. in Gonzales. Food, water, toiletries, and limited... more »
  • Louisiana floods not expected to raise Zika risk

    August 17, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials tracking the mosquito-borne Zika virus say they aren't expecting an increased risk in flood-ravaged south Louisiana. Flooding and storms often boost the mosquito population. But Dr. Ben Beard with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that those aren't the mosquito types... more »
  • Taylor Swift donating $1 million to Louisiana flood efforts

    August 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    NEW YORK - Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people. Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her... more »
  • How to mark yourself SAFE on Facebook

    August 15, 2016 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Facebook users living in areas affected by the severe flooding can now let their loved ones know that they are safe. The feature is only activated in serious events with possible loss of life. The safety check was activated during the Paris terror attacks as well... more »
  • Small plane crashes off Florida coast, kills Louisiana man

    August 3, 2016 6:45 PM

    DESTIN - Authorities say a small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle coast, killing a Louisiana man. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says on social media that 63-year old Al Habetz's twin engine eight-seat Cessna went down Tuesday night near Destin. Officials don't think anyone... more »
  • Yuengling Lager finally makes its way to Louisiana

    August 1, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Yuengling Lager has finally made its way to select locations in the state with some of those sellers receiving their supply on Monday. It makes Louisiana the 19th state where suds from "America's oldest brewery" can now be purchased. Restaurants and stores in Baton Rouge... more »
  • La. seafood industry told to think beyond daily catch

    July 28, 2016 9:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Leather made of tuna skin. Canned seafood marketed to tourists as souvenirs. Dried shrimp shells sold as a soup seasoning or used to extract chitin, a protein that has various agricultural, industrial and medical uses. Those were a few potential revenue generators for Louisiana's seafood industry... more »
  • Louisiana election registration period enters its second day

    July 21, 2016 9:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The candidate registration period for the Nov. 8 election has entered its second day. But it was a much slower pace Thursday than on opening day, when 15 candidates packed into the Secretary of State's Office to sign up for the U.S. Senate race. Republican incumbent... more »
  • While Baton Rouge teeters, mayor appears absent

    July 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor stressed teamwork in a news conference Friday, and said state leaders are working with Baton Rouge city officials despite a noticeable absence of Mayor Kip Holden. Holden, who first commented in a quick phone conversation with WBRZ the night of Alton Sterling's death -... more »
  • La. governor orders flags at half-staff for Florida mass shooting victims

    June 13, 2016 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flags will fly at half-staff at Louisiana public buildings to honor the victims of a weekend mass shooting in Florida, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday. Edwards said the American flag will fly with the state flag at half-staff until sunset Thursday. Sunday, hours after the... more »
  • Louisiana joins more than 20 states in 'banning the box'

    June 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State employers will soon evaluate job applicants based on skills and interview conversations, not a checkmark. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the "ban the box" legislation into law Monday to block state employers from asking about job applicants' criminal histories before interviews. The law will apply to... more »
  • Louisiana adds police protections to hate-crime laws

    May 26, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose family includes four generations of sheriffs, signed the law on Thursday. He said it protects "men and women who... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 29, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,684 from the previous week's total of 2,791. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Whooping crane chick: Louisiana's 1st in wild since 1939

    April 13, 2016 4:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- For the first time since 1939, a whooping crane chick has hatched in the wild in Louisiana. Biologist Sara Zimorski of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday she's been smiling all day. She says a department technician spotted the chick Monday evening. Whooping cranes are... more »
  • Baker named #1 safest city in La.

    April 8, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baker has been named the safest city in the state by BackgroundChecks.org . Baker tops a list of ten cities the web site ranked. The website is a public safety focused organization committed to increasing public safety, community involvement, transparent government, and education. The site’s list was compiled... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,497 from the previous week's total of 2,878. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »

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