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SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

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A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. More>>

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Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

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The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew... More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

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Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. More>>

Pioneering Journalists honored at luncheon

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Mayor Kip Holden was honored at the Second Annual Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists Scholarship luncheon. The luncheon was held at Boudreaux's. More>>

911 dispatchers always on duty Video included

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Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year a 911 dispatcher is by the phone, ready to act when emergency strikes. In the East Baton Rouge Parish dispatch center, 911 operators take 1,100 More>>

LSU advances to Super Six for second straight season

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For the second straight season and the fourth time in school history, the LSU gymnastics team punched its ticket to the NCAA Super Six after a third-place finish in semifinal I Friday afternoon. More>>

Game One between LSU and South Carolina suspended until Saturday

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Game one of the three-game SEC softball series between the LSU Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks has been suspended and will be played following game two on Saturday. More>>

Historic Baton Rouge golf course will re-open Video included

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Stan McDaniel and his friends gathered at the former Oaks at Sherwood Friday afternoon like they do every week. The gatherings that once centered on a round of golf are now limited to sitting on couches and chairs. More>>

Baton Rouge Police compete in canine competition Video included

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Baton Rouge Police K-9 Division recently placed first overall in the Patrol dogs competition as part of the annual United States Police Canine Region 10 Field Trials.  More>>

Should Good Friday be a public holiday? Video included

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Many people enjoyed the day off from work on Good Friday; some of those people are our state employees. But there are some residents of Baton Rouge who believe taxpayers should not be footing the bill for this Christian holiday.
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Man accused of raping woman, stealing food stamp card

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A Baton Rouge man was arrested early Friday morning on charges of aggravated rape, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and second degree kidnapping. More>>

Search scaled back for man suspected of killing wife and son Video included

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Investigators still have many questions as they continue to search for a man they believe killed his estranged wife and son early Thursday morning. More>>

Recent cold snaps keeping crawfish traps empty Video included

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Good Friday and crawfish go hand in hand with Easter being the most popular time for mudbugs, but finding the Louisiana delicacy may be a problem this year. More>>

Rantankerous: Is drafting a QB early really a good idea?

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The sparks really start flying about the 15-minute mark when George says those two magic words: "Johnny Manziel." More>>

Police warn of fake eBay Motors scam

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The Walker Police Department is warning residents about a scam after two people were defrauded when they tried to buy vehicles from a website believed to be eBay Motors. More>>

Safety first: Make sure you have a successful crawfish boil

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Although crawfish season spans from November to July, Easter weekend is by far the most popular time to boil up some mudbugs. It's a fun tradition that can quickly become dangerous unless you take proper precautions. More>>

Florida man with last name Cocaine arrested on drug charges

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Edward Cocaine was arrested earlier this week after police pulled him over and discovered drugs he did not have a prescription for. More>>

Dog summoned to jury duty Video included

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The owner of IV, Barrett Griner, received the order Friday from Cumberland County. It stated "IV Griner" was required to perform the civic duty. More>>

Michaels reports breach affected 3 million customers

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The exact dates of the malware hack were May 8, 2013, to Jan. 27 - affecting seven percent of the crafts retail chain's transactions in that time. More>>

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured. More>>

Forgiveness stops an Iranian execution at the last minute Video included

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A man convicted of murder in Iran is granted an unlikely pardon as a photographer captures the moment. More>>

St. Joseph Cathedral hosts outdoor Way of the Cross Video included

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The public was invited to attend an outdoor Way of the Cross on Good Friday starting at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge and dozens showed up for the event. More>>

Power restored to businesses, hospital following outage

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Officials with Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary said the hospital's phone service is out. They said a construction crew severed a cable line that knocked out phone access to the hospital. More>>

Man arrested for killing "nagging" wife

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Wisconsin police say a 76-year-old man killed his wife and then tried to kill himself. He claims his wife was "nagging" him. More>>

No drugs found in raid that injured two officers Video included

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A police officer is recovering after getting shot in his protective vest during a drug raid Wednesday night and a suspect is facing an attempted murder charge. More>>

Officials announce sobriety checkpoint in Livingston Parish

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The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office announced it is conducting a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night. The specific location of the checkpoint will not be released. More>>

Fishermen say impacts still linger from BP oil spill Video included

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Against a back drop of shrimp boats, Vietnamese fishermen held signs with pictures of dead dolphins and sea turtles this morning. They were at the fishing dock on Biloxi Back Bay to join advocacy groups in a news conference talking about the impacts of the BP oil spill four years later. More>>

Mayor pitches New Orleans as home for Late Show

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes over that CBS program from David Letterman next year. More>>

Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. More>>

Hale leads LSU to 4-3 win over Ole Miss in 13 innings

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Junior first baseman Conner Hale collected three hits and scored three runs Thursday night to lead seventh-ranked LSU to a 4-3, 13-inning win over No. 10 Ole Miss at Swayze Field. More>>

Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion Video included

Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight." More>>

Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data... More>>

Celtic media and Costco petition Baton Rouge to join city limits Video included

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The city of Baton Rouge could soon be getting just a little bit bigger thanks to a petition signed by Celtic Media Centre and Costco Wholesale. "This is something that's been in the works for a long time More>>

Special ed teacher arrested for child porn; investigation expanding Video included

So far, four alleged victims - ages 5 to 15 - have come forward, and investigators say there may be many more. More>>

K-9 competition show off best K-9 units in area Video included

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office held a competition this week to show off some of the best K-9 units in the area. The Region 10 field trials were held around the city this week. The K-9 units More>>

Keeping "baby weight" increases health risk for moms Video included

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For new moms, losing baby weight is not just about appearances.  A new study shows keeping that extra weight after giving birth can hurt your long term health. More>>

States are cracking down on copper theft

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You have heard it before, and you may have been a victim to it - copper theft. Thieves stealing copper from refrigerators, irrigation systems, and even your home AC units. Now, four states - Mississippi, More>>

Teen urinates in Portland water supply, city drains reservoir of 38 million gallons

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A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline after a teenager urinated in the reservoir.
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LSU in search of second straight Super Six appearance Video included

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The third-seeded LSU gymnastics team will compete for a spot in the NCAA Super Six Finals for the second straight season and fourth time overall in NCAA Semifinal I at 1 p.m. CT Friday. More>>

2 students arrested after threat of school shooting Video included

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According to officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, two Westdale Middle School students have been arrested for terrorizing after making threats on Instagram. More>>

Cold case murder resurfaces during questioning of well-known attorney Video included

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A well-known, Baton Rouge attorney was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating a temporary restraining order in place against a former client Ashley Smith. Today, strong and sometimes salacious accusations were flying from nearly every side. More>>

Darren Sharper will remain jailed without bond Video included

An Arizona judge denied bond Thursday for Darren Sharper, who is charged with two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs.
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Children's Hospital holds news conference to address public concerns Video included

After a medical journal article spawned reports that surprised and alarmed some in the community, Children's Hospital held a news conference Thursday to address public concerns about a deadly fungal outbreak that resulted in the deaths of five patients in 2008 and 2009. More>>

Investigators: Man kills wife and son Video included

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The victims are identified as Dewona Green, 40, and Ron Green Jr., 12. They were found shot to death in their home. Deputies are looking for Ronald Green Sr. "as though he is still alive."
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Investigators search for man accused of murdering wife, child Video included

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Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting his estranged wife and their 12-year-old son. More>>

Michelle Obama to deliver commencement address at Dillard University

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First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Dillard University for the class of 2014. More>>

Catch of the day: 18 pounds of pot washes up on Grand Isle

More than 18 pounds of what police suspect is marijuana was found washed up on a Grand Isle beach Tuesday, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office. More>>

Nationwide search continues for man wanted for sexual battery

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The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public to find a man who is wanted for second degree sexual battery. More>>

VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill

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Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning.
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Miss. legalizing marijuana extract as medicine

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.


 
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I-110 N. at Fuqua St. reopened after sanitation truck leak

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A fluid leak from a sanitation truck blocked the left lane on I-110 at Fuqua Street for a few hours Thursday, but the roadway has been reopened. More>>

WANTED: Man accused of beating, raping teen girl

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Deputies ask for the public's help to locate a man who is suspected of raping a 16-year-old girl. More>>

Investigators: Dangerous child predator arrested in Denham Springs Video included

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According to the Louisiana Attorney General, a Denham Springs man has been arrested on charges of multiple sex crimes against children. More>>

EBR School Board member Randy Lamana dies Video included

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East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Superintendent Bernard Taylor announced Thursday morning that school board member Randy Lamana has died. More>>

I-12 E at Holden now open after 2 crashes involving 18-wheelers Video included

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Two separate crashes involving 18-wheelers shut down the interstate on I-12 East at Holden early Thursday afternoon. The crashes have been cleared and the Interstate is now open. More>>

Officials with BRAVE program answer questions from the community Video included

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Students and parents are getting their questions answered about the BRAVE program in Baton Rouge. More>>

Fmr US attorney in BR heads Gulf oil spill audit panel

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A former US attorney in Baton Rouge heads up a new three-member audit panel appointed to review the settlement program arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. More>>

Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pleads guilty to malfeasance charge Video included

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Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one count of malfeasance in office and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. More>>

Career Academy announces it is closing its doors Video included

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Nearly 200 students at a tuition-free charter school will be scrambling to find other schools to attend come fall after learning their school is closing. More>>

Louisiana Ed. Dept. names 2014 students of the year Video included

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from the Louisiana Department of EducationState education leaders  Wednesday night named the 2014 Students of the Year. The winners, one student from the elementary, middle, and high school levels, were More>>

Denham man arrested on 6th DWI after causing serious crash Video included

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A Denham Springs man has been arrested for his sixth DWI offense after state police say he caused a crash with severe injuries. Lee Edward Easley, 29, of Denham Springs had received 5 DWI offenses before More>>

LSU adds home-and-home series with Syracuse

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LSU football has added a home-and-home series with Syracuse starting in 2015. LSU also announced that the Tigers will open the 2015 season against McNeese State in Tiger Stadium. More>>

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