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BRPD: Deceased male found on Choctaw Dr. died of natural causes

A body was discovered on Choctaw Dr. at N Acadian Thwy. Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m.

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Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race Video included

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Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the special election.

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Gov. Edwards addresses uneven bridge on SU's campus Video included

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Gov. John Bel Edwards got a first hand look at what he calls the top need on any college campus in the state.

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Proposal aims to relocate BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, renovate existing site Video included

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BREC superintendent Carolyn McKnight pitched a plan to BREC commissioners Thursday night that could potentially solve the answer to the heavily debated future of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, but not everyone is on board with the idea.

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One injured in Elmer St. shooting Video included

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One male victim was injured in a shooting Friday afternoon, accordingot Baton Rouge Police.

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Baton Rouge nail salon owner is pistol-whipped, robbed Video included

Thuyen Tran (Source: WAFB) Thuyen Tran (Source: WAFB)

Thuyen Tran had just locked up her business, Solar Nails, located on N Sherwood Forest Dr. when her entire night shifted.

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Partisan tensions flare at the La. capitol over tax reform, budget Video included

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With two weeks to go in the 2017 legislative session, tensions boiled over at the capitol with House Democrats and Republicans locking heads over taxes and the budget.

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Man reportedly admits to speeding down Burbank at over 100 mph after having 6 beers

Matthew Imme, 24 (Source: EBRSO) Matthew Imme, 24 (Source: EBRSO)

A Prairieville man was arrested Thursday after reportedly drinking six beers before speeding down Burbank Dr. at speeds of just over 100 mph, say officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

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Man arrested in March shooting case that sent three people to the hospital Video included

Gerald Dewayne Jones, 21 (Source: EBRSO) Gerald Dewayne Jones, 21 (Source: EBRSO)

A Baton Rouge man has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Dawson Dr. that happened back in March that sent three people to the hospital with injuries, say officials with EBRSO.

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Union of police responds to mayor's call for officer who shot Sterling to be fired Video included

Triple S Food Mart (Source: WAFB) Triple S Food Mart (Source: WAFB)

The Baton Rouge Union of Police has issued a statement in response to a letter from Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome, calling for the firing of the officer who fired the shots in the death of Alton Sterling.

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Principal 'will not return' after picture, video surface of him involved in Confederate monument protests

A high school principal who was photographed and videotaped at Confederate monument protests will not return to the school, according to the school's superintendent.  

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NOAA predicts above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely Video included

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Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict it will most likely be an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.

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Surprising cause of death in teen boating accident creates 'Raven's Rule' Video included

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16-year-old Raven Little-White died in August, after a boating accident on Lake Waccamaw. The medical examiner’s report lists “drowning” as the probable cause of death, but a toxicology report that came back later revealed Raven had actually succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

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River Stages

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UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast Video included

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With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical," meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are racing to uncover the network around the suicide bomber.

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FBI probes Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

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The FBI says it needs more time to consider a request by Congress to turn over memos and other documents related to meetings between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump. More>>

Reports: Trump son-in-law now part of Russia probe

The Post reports Kushner is not accused of wrongdoing and the paper has not been told he is the target of the investigation. (Source: AP Photo/Cliff Owen) The Post reports Kushner is not accused of wrongdoing and the paper has not been told he is the target of the investigation. (Source: AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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The Washington Post reports investigators are looking into meetings Jared Kushner had with the Russian ambassador. 

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Sunscreen, corporal punishment bills move through Senate committee Video included

Louisiana Senate (Source: WAFB) Louisiana Senate (Source: WAFB)

In the Senate Thursday, a panel of lawmakers advanced a bill banning public school teachers from paddling special needs students.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Thursday, May 25

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Roadway incidents for Thursday, May 25.

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Chinese company offers free wind energy training to former US coal miners

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Goldwind Americas, an arm of a Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer, has been looking for workers to take permanent jobs on the Wyoming wind farms they supply.

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Missing 'Lamby' spurs reward offers from across Oxford Video included

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The City of Oxford is making a hard push to find a little girl’s missing stuffed animal.

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Tattooed 'Joker' accused of pointing gun at traffic

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Police in Florida managed to arrest the Joker without Batman's help following reports of a green-haired man with tattoos on his face pointing a gun at traffic. More>>

Judge: Decade-old road rage incident can be allowed as evidence in Gasser case Video included

A judge decided Thursday that a past road rage incident can be used as evidence in the trial against Ronald Gasser, who is accused of killing former NFL player Joe McKnight. 

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VIDEO: Former SU defensive back injured in 2015 walks with help of machine Video included

Devon Gales walking with the help of a machine (Source: Facebook) Devon Gales walking with the help of a machine (Source: Facebook)

New video posted by Devon Gales' mother shows the former Southern University defensive back walking with the help of a machine.

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Empty shoes at capitol serve as reminder to not drink and drive this Memorial Day weekend Video included

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As Memorial Day weekend approaches, 300 empty pairs of sneakers were placed on the capitol front gardens Thursday as a visual reminder to not drink and drive.

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Bill banning kids from using fully automatic weapons die in the House Video included

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At the state capitol Thursday, a bill banning children from using or holding fully automatic weapons was killed.

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Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone Video included

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It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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Special glove helps little girl's severe tremors Video included

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Tatiana Harlow, 9, has had a hard time doing simple tasks ever since she was born. Harlow has essential tremors, meaning her hands constantly shake.

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WANTED: Two sought for allegedly stealing Apple laptops from home Video included

Selby Engle, 23, and Hillary Shockley, 25 (Source: BRPD) Selby Engle, 23, and Hillary Shockley, 25 (Source: BRPD)

The Baton Rouge Police Department is currently searching for two individuals who are accused of stealing several items, including two Apple laptops, from a home they reportedly broke into.

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Officials spread awareness for safe boating as summer approaches Video included

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As summer approaches, more and more boats are heading out to the lakes and shores of Southwest Louisiana.

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St. Mary Parish man arrested; 23 lbs of marijuana found in shed

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A St. Mary Parish man has been arrested on multiple drug charges after officials reportedly located 23 lbs of marijuana on the property.

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LSU and BYU set for primetime kickoff

It is time to start making your plans for LSU's season opener against BYU. 

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BREC crews cleaning ‘worst graffiti’ in history of skate park Video included

Crews are cleaning up the “worst graffiti” they have ever seen at the BREC Extreme Sports and Skate Park. 

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Woman fights off carjackers, jumps on hood of car Video included

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The victim, Melissa Smith, jumped on to the hood of her car to stop the thieves.

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Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math Video included

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Trump on Tuesday released a 10-year budget plan containing jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

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LSU advances to meet Kentucky in the SEC Tournament

LSU will play the Kentucky Wildcats Thursday night after advancing in the SEC Tournament with a win against the Missouri Tigers. 

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Essence Music Festival giving away free tickets for original songs

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Would you like to attend the Essence Music Festival for free?

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Student's service dog gets own headshot in class yearbook

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A Virginia high school student who attends school with a service dog found himself side-by-side with his canine in the school's yearbook photos.

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Man jailed for 118th time highlights overcrowding issues

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A man is behind bars in an Arkansas jail for his 118th time in 22 years.

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Some flood victims living in MHUs may be eligible to buy them, according to FEMA

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Louisiana and FEMA have agreed to let some victims of the historic August 2016 floods to buy their manufactured housing unit (MHU) if they still don’t have a permanent place to live, according to officials.

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HAND IT ON: Beth Guidry - School Bus Driver Video included

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A woman who lived in Baton Rouge but moved to Arkansas was moved by a video clip that was posted by a Livingston Parish bus driver and thought she would be the perfect candidate for Hand It On.

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From fame to shame: Playmate to do time scrubbing graffiti Video included

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A Playboy centerfold who snapped a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posted it on social media with insults about the woman's body is expected to appear in court to resolve a criminal charge in Los Angeles.

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Family dog credited with saving father, son from fire

Two men, a father and son, occupied the home as renters.  Source: JCFC Two men, a father and son, occupied the home as renters. Source: JCFC
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An early morning house fire left a father and son homeless after fire and smoke consumed the structure. 

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Police chase suspect in RV with kids; vehicle catches fire

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The driver of the RV was accused of shooting his wife.

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BBQ shop robbed; thief fell through ceiling, made sandwiches

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A local BBQ shop was robbed Tuesday night when a thief fell through the ceiling. E&L BBQ is located on Bailey Avenue in Jackson. According to their Facebook page, the robbery happened around midnight.

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Non-emergencies a problem for 911 dispatchers Video included

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Calling 911 is not something you WANT to do, because those numbers only get dialed when it's a life or death situation - at least that's how it's supposed to work.

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Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and pope focus on peace Video included

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The meeting could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.

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Neighborhood kids stop alleged abduction attempt Video included

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A criminal complaint says a 27-year-old man grabbed a little girl by the wrists and took her down the street.

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LSU baseball gets 10-3 victory over Missouri in SEC Tourney; Mainieri picks up win No. 500

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Senior second baseman Cole Freeman collected four hits and four RBI Wednesday night, and sophomore right-hander Caleb Gilbert pitched five strong innings to lead third-ranked LSU to a 10-3 win over Missouri in the second round of the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

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Forget chocolate-covered mac nuts! Mauna Loa unveils new non-traditional flavors

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Mauna Loa macadamia nuts now come in two new flavor creations.

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Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

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Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery. More>>

'Grandma, I'm scared': 11-year-old shot in Central City Video included

An 11-year-old boy is recovering after he was shot Tuesday just before 8 p.m. in Central City. We spoke with the victim and his grandmother about what happened.

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Viral video of six year old sparks question: Are children overexposed to violence? Video included

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A viral video of a six-year-old pleading with his community to stop gun violence begs the question: Are children overexposed to violence? And what can we do to stop that? 

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Baton Rouge woman recounts how she survived deadly Manchester attack Video included

Caterina Ranzino in Manchester at Ariana Grande concert (Source: Family) Caterina Ranzino in Manchester at Ariana Grande concert (Source: Family)

Two days after the deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, England, a Baton Rouge woman who was at the concert is recounting the events of the tragic night.

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'Operation Wildcat' nets numerous arrests; $17k worth of drugs seized in Walker

Drugs and weapon seized during Operation Wildcat (Source: LPSO) Drugs and weapon seized during Operation Wildcat (Source: LPSO)

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, along with the help of numerous other agencies, executed multiple search warrants in Walker on Tuesday, May 23 as part of Operation Wildcat.

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Livingston Parish man arrested on child porn charges Video included

Leonard Hulsey, 47 (Source: LSP) Leonard Hulsey, 47 (Source: LSP)

A Livingston Parish man has been arrested on charges related to the distribution of child pornography images, reports Louisiana State Police.

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WANTED: Contractor sought for allegedly not completing work; victim suffers loss of $36k Video included

Darrell Glenn Cager Jr., 45 (Source: BRPD) Darrell Glenn Cager Jr., 45 (Source: BRPD)

Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department are searching for a man wanted on charges of felony theft, contractor misapplication of payments, home improvement fraud, and theft of assets of an aged or disabled person.

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Three starving horses rescued from pasture in Franklinton

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Three starving horses have been rescued from a pasture in Franklinton thanks to the work of a Good Samaritan, social media, and law enforcement.

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La. Dept. of Revenue announces hurricane tax holiday for May 27-28

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Louisiana residents can buy emergency supplies with reduced state sales tax during the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28.

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Memorial Day events (2017)

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Memorial Day events list. 

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NETFLIX: What's coming, going in June

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Among the highlights in June: the critically acclaimed "Orange is the New Black," back for a fifth season and "Glow," an energetic at female wrestlers of the 1980s. 

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