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Organizers say Gonzales recall petition has required signatures Video included

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Organizers of the SaveGonzales petition effort to recall two Gonzales council members told WAFB Thursday the group has the signatures required to submit the petition to the Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters.  More>>

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Comic-Can results in 23,000 pounds of food Video included

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More than 23,000 pounds of food was donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Comic-Can took over the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. More>>

Anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac

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Another year rolls by, and it's the anniversary of one of the most catastrophic storms in the Gulf.Nine years ago, many were anxiously watching and waiting as Hurricane Katrina prepared to make landfall.  More>>

Tucker lifts Ravens over Saints 22-13

Justin Tucker hit five field goals and the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. More>>

State Police will continue presence in French Quarter Video included

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Dozens of Louisiana State Police credited with making the French Quarter safer will stick around awhile longer.State Troopers were originally set to leave on Monday, Labor Day, but now the commander says an undetermined number will stay through November. More>>

Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel's mark

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Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job. More>>

Health tips for college students

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With classes well underway, college students are quickly getting into the rhythm of campus life. Unfortunately, that rhythm doesn't always follow a healthy beat. More>>

How to limit mosquitoes in your yard

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Protecting your family from the West Nile Virus starts the moment you step outside.  That means safe guarding your home, as well as your skin.  

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No. 3 Southeastern Lions host Jacksonville to open 2014 season

The defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana football team, ranked No. 3 in both Football Championship Subdivision polls, will officially open the 2014 season on Saturday, hosting Jacksonville at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. More>>

Southern hosting HBCU art collection Video included

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One of the biggest collections of art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in on display on the bluff right now.Thirty artists from 24 HBCU's including Southern submitted everything from paintings to sculptures to prints for the exhibit. More>>

No. 13 LSU expects big jump from DE Hunter

LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter noticed he was usually the last defensive lineman to move on the snap of the ball while studying video from last season. More>>

Infrastructure struggles to keep up with LSU apartments Video included

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With LSU in the first week of classes, you may have noticed a bit more traffic congestion in that part of town. A number of new apartment complexes are feeding growth in the area, and a couple key intersections have changed as a result . Recently reconfigured by the state, the intersection of Burbank Dr. and E. Boyd Dr. remains a trouble spot.  More>>

Council Votes to add new fire station Video included

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A brand new fire station will be built in Baton Rouge soon. This comes after council members voted to do so at the Metro Council meeting Wednesday.Kurt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the project will be paid for with city money.  More>>

Power of 9: Spike Barras Video included

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Spike Barras is retired, but hardly resting. For years, he traveled the world, helping companies construct new factories, refineries and infrastructure. 9News found him at work at The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane. More>>

Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

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It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia." More>>

Two men accuse Scott Rogers of sexual abuse Video included

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An alleged victim describes Around Town talk show host Scott Rogers as a "master manipulator" and a "monster," saying Rogers sexually abused him.
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UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for... More>>

Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

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An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after... More>>

Coyote sightings in Walker Video included

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Coyotes or animals that look like them have got people talking in Walker. Police officers say people who live in heavily wooded areas of the city have been complaining that their pets are disappearing in the middle of the night. More>>

LB Landisch expected to start for No. 14 Wisconsin

Inside linebacker Derek Landisch is expected to start Saturday night when No. 14 Wisconsin faces No. 13 LSU in the season opener in Houston. More>>

CATS cutting shuttle service to LSU games Video included

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LSU Tiger fans are going to find it a lot harder to catch a shuttle bus to Tiger Stadium this football season.The Captial Area Transit System (CATS) is limiting its Touchdown Express tickets to 1,000 per game.  More>>

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

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The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the... More>>

After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

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Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six... More>>

Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

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President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in... More>>

Police need your help identifying Chevron burglar

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Baton Rouge Police need your help identifying a suspect who they say robbed the Hop-In Chevron Service Station, 2915 Highland Road.The burglary happened on Aug. 26 at about 8 p.m.  More>>

Free parking available at Southern, ULL game Video included

Due to the anticipated big crowds for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns' home football game against the Southern Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 30, free parking will be available at many lots and garages on and around the UL Lafayette campus. More>>

Toddler drowns in family friend's swimming pool Video included

Officials confirm that a young child died this afternoon after she fell into a swimming pool. More>>

Deputies search for man wanted for allegedly shooting at neighbor

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in finding a man accused of shooting at another man who had allegedly gotten into an argument with the suspect's mother. More>>

Narcotics detectives report finding 34 'shake-n-bake' meth labs in home near school

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Authorities said a man was arrested on multiple charges after nearly three dozen meth labs were found in his home, which is near an elementary school. More>>

Steps taken to raise chlorine levels after amoeba found in water line Video included

The Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday that it has detected an amoeba at the end of the St. John the Baptist Parish line in Water District 1.
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Autopsy shows Scott Rogers died of single gunshot wound to the head Video included

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The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office reported the autopsy shows Baton Rouge television celebrity Scott Rogers died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The investigation into his death is ongoing. More>>

Man accused of setting grandmother's house on fire Video included

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A 29-year-old man is being held on a $30,000 because he is accused of setting his grandmother's house on fire. He is charged with aggravated arson. More>>

Officials say water company ruptured gas line while digging Video included

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Some drivers ran into problems due to a partial road closure on South Choctaw Drive in Baton Rouge that was caused by a ruptured gas line Thursday morning. The roadway has been reopened. More>>

Request to block new La. abortion law goes before judge Video included

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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to halt enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its request for a permanent block is in court. More>>

Major parking study gets underway in downtown Baton Rouge Video included

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The Downtown Development District will conduct an extensive parking study in downtown Baton Rouge beginning Thursday that will assess existing spaces, as well as areas where more can be created. More>>

Joan Rivers in critical condition after surgery

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The 81-year-old comedian was in critical condition after her heart stopped while undergoing throat surgery Thursday morning. More>>

Tests reveal deadly amoeba in St. John the Baptist Parish water system Video included

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reported Naegleria fowleri turned up in St. John Water District 1, which serves more than 12,000 people in Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy. More>>

Waveland reflects on recovery 9 years after Hurricane Katrina Video included

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With the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina just two days away, Waveland residents are pausing to reflect on their loses and looking back on how far the Coast's hardest hit community has come. WLOX News found out there will be a lot to ponder. More>>

Community rallies around BR General Mid City Video included

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Hundreds of cheering doctors, nurses and other staff stood behind Baton Rouge General Mid City administrators and area leaders to announce 11th-hour Louisiana funding for their emergency room. More>>

Second class in Baker workforce program graduates

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Another class of prepared workers has graduated from the Baker Workforce program . Through this program, students are taught various trade skills such as welding, pipefitting, and water operations.  More>>

Officials looking for car burglar suspect Video included

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Deputies have named a suspect wanted in a string of burglaries in Prarieview Homes. 


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Man arrested at BRCC for terrorizing

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A man is behind bars after he allegedly said he was planning to shoot people at a college.Damien McCray, 17, was taken into custody by the Baton Rouge Community College Police at around 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday.  More>>

Livingston Parish officials identify armed man killed in deputy-involved shooting Video included

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Officials have released the name of an armed man shot and killed by deputy rounds in Livingston Parish. He is 48-year-old Freddie W. LeBlanc. More>>

4-year-old expelled over his mother's Facebook post

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A 4-year-old child was expelled from a Florida school because of a message his mom posted on her Facebook. More>>

DirecTV reports outages resolved in US

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After a four-hour outage, satellite television provider DirecTV has resolved its nationwide outage of local channels on Wednesday.

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DHH, Baton Rouge General agree on deal to keep Mid-City ER open Video included

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Baton Rouge General made plans to eventually close its Mid-City hospital emergency room, but a last-minute deal on Wednesday with the Department of Health and Hospitals will keep the ER open. More>>

Dutton Road in Prairieville will close Sept. 2 Video included

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If you frequent Dutton Road off of Highway 73 in Prairieville, you will need to find another route.  More>>

Sheriff: TV personality Scott Rogers killed by son-in-law in murder, attempted suicide Video included

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Baton Rouge television personality Scott Rogers was shot and killed inside his home in St. Gabriel, La. Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say they believe his son-in-law shot and killed Rogers and then turned the gun on himself, but survived. More>>

Jindal sues Obama administration over Common Core Video included

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Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday morning against President Barack Obama's administration over the Common Core education standards. More>>

Vannoy named new LSU Alumni president, CEO

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Cliff Vannoy has been named president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association. Vannoy previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the organization. More>>

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

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If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it. More>>

'Sons of Guns' series canceled after actor charged with aggravated rape Video included

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The Discovery Channel has announced the "Sons of Guns" series has been canceled after the founder of Red Jacket Firearms William Hayden was charged with aggravated rape of a 12-year-old. More>>

Shreveport father and son to compete on Survivor: Blood vs. Water Video included

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A Shreveport father and son will compete on Survivor: Blood vs. Water in San Juan Del Sur this fall. More>>

Wednesday morning 2-alarm fire destroys house near Walker Video included

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Fire District 10 and Fire District 4 were called to a fire north of Walker, La around 11:30 a.m.The fire happened in the 38000 block of Acres Drive. More>>

Uzi recoil causes girl to fatally shoot gun instructor Video included

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Authorities in northwest Arizona said the recoil on an automatic Uzi while in the hands of a 9-year-old girl led to a weapon instructor's fatal shooting. More>>

Insta-gator: Farm-raised alligators help population roar back

Mid-August through early September marks brings a population explosion in Louisiana, as baby alligators hatch in the marsh and on alligator ranches. More>>

Ascension Parish Council breaks ground on new governmental complex Video included

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The Ascension Parish Council held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning for the new $6 million facility at its future location on East Worthey Street in Gonzales. More>>

SPCA of Livingston collects enough donations to pay bills and reopen Video included

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The animal fostering program that was forced to close Tuesday because of overwhelming veterinary bills posted on its Facebook page that it has received enough donations to pay off its current bills. More>>

Bourbon Street shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Trung Le, the only suspect arrested in the deadly Bourbon Street mass shooting on June 29, has pleaded not guilty. More>>

Proposal looks to have feral cats neutered and released Video included

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The Companion Animal Alliance is asking the Metro Council to allow it to catch, neuter and release community cats. CAA says it will also vaccinate them against rabies. More>>

Report: About 1,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children live in Louisiana

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Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to put a stop to illegal immigrants coming into Louisiana. About 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are living in the state. More>>

Tanker bursts into flames on I-10; all lanes re-opened Video included

A tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline burst into flames Tuesday after it was cut off by another vehicle and overturned on Interstate 10.


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Family of American has trouble believing he was with ISIS

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U.S. officials and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Douglas McCain was fighting for ISIS.

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Baby in critical condition after being left in trash can Video included

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Neighbors found the infant Tuesday, after hearing a sound coming from their trash can. 

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LSU's season opener against Wisconsin officially sold out

All tickets for the Aug. 30 matchup between No. 13 LSU and No. 14 Wisconsin at the second annual AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in NRG Stadium have been sold. More>>

BREAKING

Natchitoches student dies from head trauma; alleged attacker charged with manslaughter Video included

Johnquaries Smith, 18, a Natchitoches Central High School student, has died after an attack at his school Monday. Johnquaries Smith, 18, a Natchitoches Central High School student, has died after an attack at his school Monday.
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The 18-year-old Natchitoches student who was left fighting for his life after an incident at school has died Tuesday morning. More>>

Woman at center of LSU sex-scandal responds to allegations Video included

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New shots fired from the woman at the center of a sex scandal against LSU former Alumni president. More>>

State workers could see increase in health insurance Video included

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State workers could see a spike in out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles for health insurance. More>>

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

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The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been... More>>

Travel experts say gas will be cheaper this holiday weekend Video included

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Labor Day weekend is just days away and some people are gearing up to drive to their vacation destinations. Some may think they will spend a pretty penny on gas, but experts say drivers will actually save. More>>

Judge set to render decision related to court involvement in Mary Roper termination hearing Video included

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A hearing related to the lawsuit filed by the parish attorney of East Baton Rouge against the Metro Council went before a judge Tuesday morning, but he will not make a ruling until Friday. More>>

Study reveals ExxonMobil's economic impact in the community Video included

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Officials with ExxonMobil Baton Rouge recently revealed how much of an economic impact their facilities have on the community.  More>>

Drones to buzz Downtown Baton Rouge for parking feasibility study Video included

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Drones may be seen flying in Downtown Baton Rouge Thursday, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report. The Baton Rouge Business Report says Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer will request approval from the Metro Council at its meeting Wednesday to enter into a $49,500 contract with AECOM to assess parking patterns on the streets and surface parking lots. More>>

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

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Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. More>>

Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

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The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power... More>>

Financial hardship cripples SPCA of Livingston Parish Video included

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There's a call for help from the Livingston Parish SPCA. Monday night, the group posted on its Facebook page that they were closing temporarily, due to money problems. "We are on what we call a pull hold," said Brandi Pearson.  More>>

Teacher charged for second sexual relationship with student Video included

A Baton Rouge teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy is now facing additional charges for allegations of a second inappropriate relationship with a student. More>>

LeBlanc named new principal of Zachary High School

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Joe LeBlanc has been named the new principal of Zachary High School. More>>

Southern getting new scoreboard

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The Jaguar Nation will have a new scoreboard to check out the scores during home games this year. More>>

Woman accused of trafficking juveniles into prostitution

A 38-year-old woman from Marrero is facing a combined total of more than 200 years in prison. That's the maximum sentence if she's convicted for charges related to the trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes. More>>

Judge delays sentencing for man convicted in deadly 'road rage' crash

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The man convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide in a deadly “road rage” crash will get to remain free for another month before learning his fate after his sentencing hearing was delayed. More>>

Hazmat officials cleaning up diesel spill after 18-wheeler tanker ruptures

In Baker Tuesday morning, an 18-wheeler ran over debris in the roadway and ruptured the diesel tank causing 48 gallons of diesel fuel to leak on the shoulder of the road.  More>>

Cyclist seriously injured by hit-and-run crash Video included

A 40-year-old man is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle. The driver took off, and police are asking for any witnesses to step forward with information. More>>

Brees family welcomes fourth child

Drew Brees and his wife Brittany welcomed a new baby girl on Tuesday. Brees tweeted that his wife and baby girl are happy and healthy.


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Public relations 'icon' Bill Michelet passes away

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Longtime public relations executive and community leader Bill Michelet passed away Monday. He was 82 years old. A longtime friend said Michelet was an "icon" of public relations. More>>

DCFS seizes $2M in gambling winnings from dead beat parents Video included

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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services reported more than $2 million in state gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of parents behind on child support. More>>

Police say teen riding scooter may be connected to drive-by Video included

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Baton Rouge police recovered an unusual "vehicle" possibly connected to a drive by shooting.Someone called police to report seeing a man riding down the streets firing a gun. . More>>

Gonzales City Council votes in favor of nearly same budget plan previously vetoed by mayor Video included

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The Gonzales budget merry-go-round continues, as the city council voted Monday in favor of virtually the same spending plan as before. More>>

Some drivers blame St. George-Baton Rouge battle for road project delay Video included

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Work on a construction project that should be widening a major roadway has stopped and some who live in the area wonder if the political battle between St. George and Baton Rouge is to blame. More>>

Cristobal picks up speed in Atlantic

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The storm was moving north at 12 mph, packing winds of 75 mph. More>>

Laplace man charged in rape, kidnapping of New Orleans teen Video included

New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for a man already behind bars. He now faces charges of kidnapping and raping a teen.
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Baton Rouge church coming together to stop the violence Video included

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A Baton Rouge Church is working hard to stop violence in the community.  More>>

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