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Derrick Stafford arrives for trial on Friday, March 24 (Source: WAFB) Derrick Stafford arrives for trial on Friday, March 24 (Source: WAFB)

Marksville Trial: Derrick Stafford found guilty of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter Video included

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The jury in the Derrick Stafford murder trial in Marksville has reached a verdict in the shooting death of a young boy and injuring of his father. Jurors found Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

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South Carolina beats Baylor 70-50 to advance to Elite Eight

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Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and seventh-seeded South Carolina cruised past third-seeded Baylor 70-50 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals, the Bears' worst NCAA Tournament loss. More>>

Police: Victims shoots armed robbery suspect

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A man accused of an attempted armed robbery Thursday night was shot in the process and died early Friday morning, according to investigators. The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Kylin Spencer, 19, died at the hospital from gunshot wounds.

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4-vehicle crash leaves 1 dead

File Photo (Source: Louisiana State Police) File Photo (Source: Louisiana State Police)
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A man is dead after a four-vehicle crash in West Feliciana Parish on Friday. Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Michael Bilowich, 69, of St. Francisville.

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2-vehicle crash near Greensburg results in multiple fatalities

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At least two people are dead after a two-vehicle crash near Greensburg, according to Louisiana State Police. Troopers reported it happened on LA 10 about three miles west of Greensburg.

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3 rescued after tree falls on vehicles Video included

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Three people were rescued after a tree fell across a Baton Rouge roadway Friday evening. It happened on Old Hammond Highway near a cemetery.

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3 injured in shooting in France, reports say

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Early reports suggest a shooting in France is crime or gang-related. 

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Col. Edmonson says goodbyes on final day as head of LSP Video included

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Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, retired Friday after 37 years with LSP. Edmonson spent his final morning in his post at the cafeteria on the state police compound, saying farewell to employees, giving hugs, and taking pictures.

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Cassidy releases statement on withdrawal of AHCA from House floor

US Sen. Bill Cassidy (Source: Bill Cassidy) US Sen. Bill Cassidy (Source: Bill Cassidy)
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US Sen. Bill Cassidy has released a statement after Republicans withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor of the US House of Representatives before the vote on it.

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Florida man eats pancakes in middle of road, arrested

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A Florida  man arrested for eating pancakes in the middle of the road in broad daylight ignited a lively debate on the police department's Facebook page.

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Gonzales officials cancel spring Music in the Park concert series Video included

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The city of Gonzales has announced it is canceling its Music in the Park concert series this spring. City leaders said the August flood interfered with their plans, but they are working on a possible fall series. 

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Southern Weekend: Fish big and small at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

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While traveling through east Texas, stop by the Freshwater Fisheries Center to get a look at their museum and hatchery.

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Sterling protest lawsuit alleges long history of racial tension between community, law enforcement Video included

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Baton Rouge on behalf of at least seven Baton Rouge residents. 

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Health summit focuses on how to 'Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana' Video included

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Health leaders and advocates gathered Friday to discuss how to "Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana." That was the theme of this year's health summit. Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke about the state's success of expanding Medicaid.

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Spanish Lake Primary fourth grader beats cancer

From left to right: Ashlee Albarado, Jillian Vickers, and Principal Britton Colon (Source: Ascension Public Schools) From left to right: Ashlee Albarado, Jillian Vickers, and Principal Britton Colon (Source: Ascension Public Schools)

A 10-year-old girl, Jillian Vickers, recently emerged victorious from an eight month battle with cancer. 

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Ascension Parish president declares it 'Paint the Parish Purple Day' Video included

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You may have noticed more people than usual wearing purple Friday, especially in Ascension Parish. That's because Parish President Kenny Matassa declared it "Paint the Parish Purple Day" to raise awareness for cancer research.

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House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill Video included

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Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

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Deputies arrest man accused of impersonating police officer

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A man pretending to be a police officer tried to make a traffic stop, according to investigators. The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Campbell, 20, of Pierre Part, is facing charges in the incident.

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State of Louisiana set to offer home repair grants for flood victims Video included

Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB) Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB)
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Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller announces that flood victims will soon be able to apply for home repair grants offered through the State of Louisiana.

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Man receives sentence for taping Caitlyn the dog's muzzle closed Video included

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The North Charleston man who pleaded guilty to the abuse of a dog that has since become an ambassador for the humane treatment of animals has received a sentence of five years.

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Motorcyclist dies after crash in Geismar Thursday night

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

One man from Prairieville is dead following a motorcycle wreck in Geismar Thursday night. 

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VIDEO: Cop calls fake IRS agent back, exchange goes viral

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When a scam caller claiming to be an IRS agent unknowingly called a police officer and tried to scam him, hilarity ensued.

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Mother composes poetic prayer in memory of Lt. Anderson

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

In the hours following the procession for Lt. Shawn Anderson, a mother from Walker composed a beautiful poem to recount the experience. 

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Mother beats cancer twice, gives birth to twins, dies Video included

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A California mother who had beat cancer twice got to hold her newborn twins before she died. 

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'No refusal' sobriety checkpoint to be held in Tangipahoa Parish Friday night

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

On Friday, March 24, Louisiana State Police will conduct a no refusal DWI checkpoint in Tangipahoa Parish. 

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NFR World Champion steer wrestler Waguespack gunning for another title Video included

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Gonzales native Tyler Waguespack hasn't slowed down since claiming the National Finals Rodeo Top Gun and Steer Wrestling Championships for 2016 in Las Vegas.

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EBR Council on Aging expanding Meals on Wheels program Video included

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Currently, more than 500 people in the Greater Baton Rouge area get weekly plate dinners free through the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program, but the number of people waiting to receive those hot meals is an even harsher reality.

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No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump Video included

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Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Friday, March 24

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)

Roadway incidents for Friday, March 24.

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Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs Video included

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Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change. More>>

London attacker cheerful, joking on eve of deadly rampage Video included

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London's top anti-terror officer says two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England.

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Gang member deported 4 times charged with child sex assault Video included

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 A 28-year police veteran said this is probably the most heinous criminal act he's ever seen.

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WWE's Kane plans run for mayor in Tennessee

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The WWE wrestler Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office of mayor in Knox County, TN.

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Power of 9: Emerging Leaders Video included

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Members of the United Way's Emerging Leaders program are working to install a Little Free Library. It's like a glass door cabinet on a stick that has a window, through which you can see books that are there for reading, taking home and even keeping!

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Paddlers put Teche country on the map

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The 2017 Tour du Teche series of paddle races starts Saturday, April 1, with a fun eight-mile sprint down a beautiful stretch of Bayou Teche. Competition is for trophies and certificates. Entry is $20 per paddler.

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LSU vs. Florida: Series Preview

The Tigers started SEC play with a sweep of Georgia, while the Gators dropped three to Auburn.

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900,000 pounds of chicken recalled for metal contamination

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The food was shipped to retail location nationwide and include brands such as Spring River Farms, Sav A Lot, Great Value, Double D Foods, TenderBird, Chickentopia and Smart Foods4Schools.

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Bunny Hop with the Blue event scheduled for April 8

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Residents of District 6 are invited to the Community Bunny Hop with the Blue & Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8. 

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Annual Earth Day celebration moves to Baton Rouge Zoo

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The annual Earth Day celebration is changing locations.   

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Election Day is Saturday, March 25 for some parishes

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Saturday, March 25 is Election Day across the state, but not everyone will be headed to the polls.   

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YOUR TURN: Heartbroken community

This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Brenda Neely. 

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Tip Times Friday: NCAA Regional Semifinals

Source: CBS Source: CBS

Following are the tip times for Thursday's Regional Semifinal games. 

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Two weekend health events in Baton Rouge

Healthcare (Source: WAFB) Healthcare (Source: WAFB)

Two events will be held in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 25 that will give you the tools you need to make your goal a reality.   

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USS KIDD to hold 'welcome home' ceremony for Vietnam veterans Video included

A ceremony to give a proper "welcome home" honor to Vietnam veterans will be held Saturday, March 25 at the USS KIDD. 

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NOPD investigating killing of newborn Video included

The NOPD is investigating a homicide in Gentilly Terrace.

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Arson to blame for fire that destroyed Spanish Town home Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a house fire in Spanish Town Thursday night.

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Tangi school closes after norovirus outbreak sickens hundreds Video included

A Hammond school will close for cleaning after an outbreak of norovirus sickened several students. Hammond Westside Montessori will be closed Friday and plans to reopen Monday, but that could change. 

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Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers Video included

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Israeli police say they have arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers in the U.S. Police say the suspect's motives are unclear.

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Elementary school in Walker honors fallen EBRSO deputy Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Students and faculty of Levi Milton Elementary School took a moment to honor fallen East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, Lt. Shawn Anderson.

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Hundreds line procession route, guiding fallen EBR deputy to final resting place Video included

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Hundreds lined the streets of East Baton Rouge Parish, guiding the body of slain Lt. Shawn Anderson to his final resting place.

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Friday night showcase for music in public schools

Baton Rouge Magnet High string teacher, Chris Frazier, subs for an absent member of the school's string quartet as they play a Haydn quartet (Source: Donna Britt - 2015) Baton Rouge Magnet High string teacher, Chris Frazier, subs for an absent member of the school's string quartet as they play a Haydn quartet (Source: Donna Britt - 2015)

You’ll hardly see WAFB’s Donna Britt and East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Warren Drake hosting an entertainment show, but on Friday night, they’ll showcase some of the finest talent in the public school system’s music programs.

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Scammer confronted by LCPD officer claims to also be police officer

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When a Lake Charles Police Department officer answered a scammer's phone call and identified himself as a police officer, the scammer responded by saying he was a police officer. The actual officer was responding to a suspicious circumstances call at 10:47 a.m., Wednesday, said Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A 24-year-old man had received a call from a scammer with a foreign accent who said he was with an Internal Revenue Service agent and that the ma... More>>

First responders honor Lt. Anderson with silent ceremony at Kleinpeter Substation Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Law enforcement officers who worked with Lt. Shawn Anderson each day reported to duty along the funeral procession route for a silent ceremony they surely will never forget. 

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The Cat's Meow: Company debuts perfume that smells like kitten fur

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Are you looking for that purr-fect smell that helps remind you of your feline friend all day long? Well, a purr-fume company may have just the right thing for you.

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18-wheeler carrying welding chemicals overturns in WBR; no threat to public Video included

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Louisiana State Police responded to an overturned 18-wheeler Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Section Rd. and Bueche Rd.

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TPSO seeking man wanted for questioning in cyber stalking investigation

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The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance identifying a man who is wanted for questioning in an active cyber stalking investigation. 

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Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office captain arrested on 16 counts of payroll fraud

Adrian Slaughter (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office) Adrian Slaughter (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)

A Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office captain has been arrested on charges of payroll fraud and malfeasance in office. 

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Funeral for slain deputy Lt. Shawn Anderson Video included

The funeral for slain East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Shawn Anderson is being held in Baton Rouge at the Healing Place Church. 

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WANTED: Man sought for reportedly using fraudulent credit cards to buy $3K of merchandise

Source: Denham Springs PD Source: Denham Springs PD

The Denham Springs Police Department is seeking the public's assistance identifying a man suspected of using multiple fraudulent credit cards. 

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Sharing sexual video for 'revenge' lands woman behind bars

Jelissa Smith, 19 (Source: EBRSO) Jelissa Smith, 19 (Source: EBRSO)

A Baton Rouge woman has been arrested for allegedly distributing a sexually explicit video of her father through Facebook messenger. 

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Slidell contractor arrested for home improvement fraud

Patrick McGee, 29 (Source: EBRSO) Patrick McGee, 29 (Source: EBRSO)

A Slidell contractor has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $49,000 from the victim, who hired the contractor to repair her flood-damaged home. 

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Donaldsonville man sentenced to 17 years for possession of 40g of heroin

Toran Munson, 32 (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Toran Munson, 32 (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
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A Donaldsonville man has been sentenced for possession of heroin, the 23rd Judicial District Court reports.

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Grand jury returns indictments for man accused of dismembering parents during Thanksgiving visit

Joel Guy, Jr, 28 Source: KCSO Joel Guy, Jr, 28 Source: KCSO

The man accused of killing and dismembering his parents has been indicted by a grand jury, according to CBS affiliate WVLT. 

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Employee of wastewater facility taken to hospital after getting trapped Video included

An employee at the Baton Rouge Wastewater Treatment facility was rescued by firefighters after being trapped in a hole.  

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Man arrested in connection to 2016 murder of young mother, case still open

One man has been arrested in connection to the murder of a 21-year-old woman. However, the case remains open.  

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Hero dog finds naked, shivering girl in ditch

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A dog named Peanut went from rescue to hero after she found a naked, young girl lying in a ditch in Michigan.

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Sgt. Shawn Anderson's wife speaks out about the hero her husband was Video included

Sgt. Shawn Anderson with wife, Becky (Source: Family) Sgt. Shawn Anderson with wife, Becky (Source: Family)

Yet another widow of a fallen deputy needs the love and support of the community as she prepares for her husband's funeral Thursday. 

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BR Minority Firefighters serve up best Lent lunch deal for a good cause

If you want something delicious for lunch, the Baton Rouge Association of Minority Firefighters is holding its annual Fish Fry Fundraiser. 

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