• Online portal opens for review of standards for science

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has launched the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal , which gives parents, educators, and all other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana's Student Standards for science.The portal provides the public with the first look at the initial draft of the new standards, and an opportunity to submit feedback on their content and relevancy in preparing students for a successful transition to college or a career.The science st
  • USDA aerial gunnery at feral hogs: 1st refuges, now farms

    NATCHITOCHES - The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation says farmers are paying to join a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that brings marksmen to shoot from helicopters at feral hogs.It says the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has been using aerial gunning to kill hogs in wildlife refuges, and invited farmers to participate for a fee.The program expansion is in the Natchitoches Soil and Water Conservation District. The federation's news release doesn't say how much farmers pay.Farm
  • Texas officials: 8 hurt when bus with cheerleaders crashes

    BIG SPRING, Texas - Officials say eight people were injured when a bus carrying high school cheerleaders crashed with a tractor-trailer rig in Texas.The Iraan-Sheffield bus carrying the cheerleaders crashed in Howard County after a football game late Friday night.Amanda Duforat with Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring told KWES-TV that eight people were brought in from the crash. She said two were in critical condition, two others were in serious condition and four were being transferre
  • Emergency officials: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze

    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota emergency management officials say they are prepared to help Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis.State Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz says it would be a challenge during a mass evacuation, but the state will be "humane in anything and everything" it does.Morton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Rob Keller says all the responding officers are now from North Dakota and "more than prepared" for harsh con
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  • Police report 'casualties' in fire at warehouse party

    OAKLAND, Calif. - San Francisco Bay Area authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party, and police say there are "casualties."Oakland police Officer G. Plasencia says the fire department responded about 11:30 p.m. Friday and that firefighters were still on the scene early Saturday morning. Oakland firefighters tweeted video of the fire erupting through the roof.Authorities told KTVU-TV about 50 people were inside the building, which houses a group
  • Afghan and US presidents discuss fight against terrorism

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation.Ghani's office said in a statement Saturday that Ghani congratulated Trump on his victory and expressed hopes for further cooperation between the countries under Trump's administration.The statement said that Ghani pointed out dedication of Afghan security forces in defending Afghan territorial int
  • Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17, traps dozens

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say a coal mine explosion in a northern region has trapped 36 people, killing 17 of them.The official Xinhua News Agency says 17 people have been confirmed dead after Saturday's explosion at a coal mine run by the Baoma Mining Co. Ltd. in Inner Mongolia.Another state news agency, the China News Service, says 100 of the workers managed to escape when the midday blast occurred, but that around 36 others are believed to be trapped at the mine in the city of Chifeng.Rep
  • It's snowing in Hawaii. Seriously.

    As must as 30 inches of snow forecast for peaks on Big Island
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  • Dow Chemical in Plaquemine evacuated for Olin Corp. chlorine leak

    Iberville Parish residents are urged to shelter in their homes
  • Dow Chemical in Plaquemine evacuated for chlorine leak, TV station says

    Neighbors are urged to shelter in their homes or other buildings
  • Sheriff: Gasser beat up driver in 2006 incident

    NEW ORLEANS - A sheriff says the man who shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight in a road rage incident was involved in an altercation a decade ago in which he chased down and struck another driver.
    Sheriff Newell Normand in a press release late Friday said in the 2006 incident a man observed a truck driving erratically.
    The victim called a number on the truck and spoke to a man later identified as Ronald Gasser.
  • Possible faculty member fatally stabbed at USC

    LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles officials say a possible faculty member has been fatally stabbed at the University of Southern California.
    Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison says the stabbing happened Friday afternoon and that the victim was a possible faculty member. He says a suspect was taken into custody.
    Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the victim is around 25 years old and was pronounced dead at th
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  • Second suspect arrested in New Orleans shooting

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police have arrested a second suspect in the Bourbon Street shooting that left one person dead and nine others injured.
    Acting on information gathered in the investigation, LoNew Orleans police have arrested a second suspect in the Bourbon Street shooting that left one person dead and nine others injured.
    Acting on information gathered in the investigation, Louisiana State Police found and arrested Kavon Manuel at a home in the
  • Hero teen meets paramedic injured in Essen shooting

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Randall Cornateanu was on his way home from a stressful day of work at our lady of the lake.
    Seventeen-year-old Daniel Wesley was headed home from the Mall of Louisiana. He'd been shopping for a present for his girlfriend.
    Within minutes, their world's collided, and their actions leading many to call them heroes.
    Daniel Wesley saw thirty-year-old April Peck laying on the ground just seconds after she was shot by live-in boyfriend Terrell Walker.
    Wesley, The EMT in training, jum
  • Flood debris deadline set for Dec. 17 in Livingston Parish

    LIVINGSTON - All flood-related debris in Livingston Parish needs to be put out by Saturday, December 17.The Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness asks anyone with remaining debris to place everything as close as possible to their nearest right-of-way.Anyone who fails to place debris in the appropriate spot by December 17, removal is up to the homeowner at that point.If the debris cannot be place in the right-of-way and a contractor will have to go onto a proper
  • Closing arguments filed in dispute over LGBT-rights order

    BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for Louisiana's governor and attorney general have made their closing written arguments to a judge trying to decide whether Gov. John Bel Edwards' LGBT-rights protection order is unconstitutional.Both sides say their opponents didn't present evidence to back up their positions at a hearing earlier this week.Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to block Edwards from enforcing his executive order prohibiting discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orien
  • 3-year-old dies in St. Helena house fire

    ST. HELENA – Authorities are responding to a house fire where a child died while trapped inside.Sources say the child was three years old and the father sustained second and third degree burns to his torso.The cause of the fire has not been released at the time of this post.The house is located on Charlie Overton Road.A News 2 crew is on the way to the scene.This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.Permalink| Comments
  • Flood aid for renters, small businesses backed by task force

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's flood recovery task force is recommending a small slice of the disaster relief aid approved by Congress be spent on financial assistance to small businesses and renters.The Restore Louisiana Task Force approved the proposals Friday, which would spend the remaining $32 million of the $438 million earmarked for Louisiana. The other $406 million already has been allocated to a homeowner repair program.Of the latest proposals, $12 million would pay for small business loans,
  • Early voting for Louisiana runoff election ends Saturday

    BATON ROUGE - The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election is nearing its end.Saturday marks the final day for early voting ahead of the runoff to decide who will hold a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal jobs.Turnout at early voting sites has been light, falling far below November's early voting for the presidential race.Top of the ballot is the competition for a U.S. Senate seat between Democrat Foster Campbell, a state utility regula
  • Catholic High School junior gets perfect score on ACT

    BATON ROUGE – A Catholic High School junior Stephen Gaudin has earned the highest possible ACT composite score, school officials reported Friday.On average, less than one tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a perfect score. To put that in perspective, only 2,235 of the 2.1 million graduates in 2016 who took the ACT score a perfect 36.“I was pretty surprised when I found out I got a 36 on the ACT,” Gaudin said. “I thought I did well, but
  • LSU, other universities awarded federal funds to study traffic issues

    BATON ROUGE – LSU will lead a 'consortium of universities' to establish a regional center to study how new technologies can be used to make transportation systems smarter.LSU official announced that the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States, (Tran-SET), will receive $2,470,600 for the current fiscal year.“LSU is proud to lend out expertise in transportation and innovation to help solve our state’s transportation issues,” LSU P
  • Trump team rejects Dem effort to get tax returns

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is pushing back against Democrats' calls for all Cabinet nominees to release their tax returns.In a memo for supporters obtained by The Associated Press, transition officials say the calls are "a PR stunt with zero precedent designed to arm opposition researchers."Senate Democrats on Thursday said they will push for all committees to require Cabinet and other high-level nominees to provide their tax returns ahead of their confirmation h
  • US sanctions North Korea over nuclear test

    WASHINGTON - Responding to North Korea's recent nuclear test and alleged violations of U.N. resolutions, the U.S. is issuing new sanctions to cut off money to the country and counter what the Treasury Department calls continued "provocative behavior" by Pyongyang.The U.S. sanctions imposed Friday follow a sweeping new round of U.N. sanctions aimed at choking North Korea's nuclear program by cutting off foreign trade revenue. Pyongyang calls the U.N. action, the harshest to date, an "abuse of pow
  • Stressed LSU students break 'project your grade' website before finals

    BATON ROUGE – LSU officials say students stressing over final exams Friday broke an online feature that allows students to see their final grades.“We had to turn off the ‘project your final grade’ feature as too many inquiries broke Moodle this morning. #CantMakeThisUp,” LSU IT Services shared on Twitter Friday morning.We have turned off the project your final grade feature as too many inquiries broke Moodle this morning. #CantMakeThisUp&mdas
  • Man arrested for not taking 3-month-old child with broken leg to hospital

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been arrested for not taking his three-month-old baby to the hospital to be treated for a broken leg after hitting the child's mother.The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested 38-year-old Terrol Watson for domestic abuse battery/child endangerment and second degree cruelty to a juvenile.On Thursday, Dec. 1 around 10:30 a.m., Baton Rouge Police Special Victims Unit detectives responded to an area hospital in regards to a three-month-old baby who was suf
  • Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

    BLOOMINGTON - The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend.The Star-Tribune reports The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis hired Larry Jefferson to play Kris Kringle from Thursday to Sunday as part of its Santa Experience.Santa Experience co-owner Landon Luther says they "want Santa to be for everyone, period." With that in mind, he tells the newspaper he launched a nationwide search for a diverse Santa and found Jefferson at a Santa convention in
  • Officials defend response to deadly Tennessee wildfire

    GATLINBURG - Officials are defending their response to wildfires in Tennessee that killed 13 people.In response to reporters' questions Friday, John Matthews with the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency said a text alert telling people to evacuate went out around 9 p.m. Monday to anyone with a mobile device connected to a cell tower in the city. By that time, wildfires were raging in the area.Matthews said some people did not receive the message due to power outages and loss of ce
  • Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

    DETROIT - Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash.The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars.Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries related to the problem.Pre-tensioners tighten seat belts when they s
  • Kennedy's fundraising falls behind Campbell in Senate race

    BATON ROUGE - Though Republican John Kennedy leads in polls for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, he lags his Democratic competitor Foster Campbell in fundraising ahead of the Dec. 10 runoff.Kennedy, the state treasurer, raised nearly $1 million less than Campbell, a Public Service Commission member, in his latest finance report posted Friday.Kennedy took in just under $1.6 million from donors from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20, compared to $2.5 million for Campbell. The treasurer had $856,000 remaining i
  • New Orleans OKs short-term rentals for city

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council has passed what it called "compromise" legislation to begin regulating the short-term rental industry already operating in the city.Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration drafted rules to regulate short-term rentals and negotiated with AirBnB, one of the major short-term rental companies in the country. Still, the mayor's sister spoke out against the concept, saying the Garden District neighborhood can't afford more strain, as it is already burdened with
  • 3 hurt in Iberia Parish shooting

    NEW IBERIA - The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that sent three people to Lafayette hospitals.Deputies say they responded to the 1000 block of Shot Street shortly after 7 p.m. They found multiple bullet casings in the area but no victims.Shortly after, deputies say they responded to a call from one of the victims. Three men were found in a vehicle at a convenient store in the 3000 block of West Admiral Doyle Drive. They were all suffering from multiple non-life threat
  • Suspect in fatal shooting of former NFL player Joe McKnight released

    NEW ORLEANS – The suspect in the fatal shooting of former football player Joe McKnight has been released, WWL reports.The suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was taken into the custody of the Jefferson Sheriff's Parish Office immediately after the shooting took place on Thursday afternoon. McKnight was killed during an apparent road rage incident or confrontation with Gasser near an intersection in Terrytown.According to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman, Gasser admitted to
  • Dead man found in SUV that had pile of parking tickets on it

    FORT LAUDERDALE - A South Florida woman says she peeked inside an SUV with a stack of parking citations on the windshield and saw the body of a man slumped over the center console.Carolyn White tells the SunSentinel she wonders why a parking meter attendant didn't see 62-year-old Jacob Morpeau if he was inside the vehicle when the citations were written from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, the day his body was found.The newspaper reports an assistant clerk confirmed that the city dismissed $160 in parking f
  • Residents prepare return to scorched Gatlinburg

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Thousands of people are preparing to get their first look at what remains of their homes and businesses after a wildfire tore through the resort community of Gatlinburg n the eastern Tennessee mountains.Local officials, bowing to pressure from frustrated property owners, said they'll allow people back into most parts of the city and affected parts of the county for the first time Friday beginning at 10 a.m.Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle says residents have to pass
  • Baton Rouge home catches fire two times within hours

    BATON ROUGE - Monday morning, the Baton Rouge fire department responded to two house fires at the same house.Firefighters extinguished the original fire quickly, but were called back to a second fire shortly after 4 a.m. The second fire was controlled around 4:40 a.m.No injuries were reported during either incident.The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.#BREAKING BRFD on scene of house fire on Louisiana Ave. 2nd time tonight this house caught fire. pic.twitter.com/Ji7Uh2e6Vx&a
  • Suspect arrested in connection to deadly Bourbon Street shooting

    NEW ORLEANS – A man has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection to a deadly shooting that happened on Bourbon Street early Sunday morning.The New Orleans Police Department confirmed 20-year-old Jordan Clay is being held in St. Martin Parish and will be extradited to New Orleans.He was arrested Thursday night in connection to the shooting that killed 25-year-old tattoo artist, Demontris Tolliver, and injured nine others.Police are still working to identify a se
  • Man injured after shooting in Sherwood area

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department has confirmed that a man has been injured after being shot in the midsection. The shooting happened Friday morning in the Sherwood area near Gwen Drive.According to BRPD, the man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. BRPD said there are no suspects at this time. Police plan to interview the man after he is treated for his injuries to figure out what happened and identify possible suspects.Neighbors tell me they heard multipl
  • Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

    WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare - and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans.It turns out that Republicans, especially in the Senate, are not spoiling for a fight.Ryan, just days after the election, said any legislation to replace the health care law would necessarily include cuts
  • EU police report highlights ongoing IS threat to Europe

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - EU police agency Europol says in a report published today that the Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organization in Syria and Iraq.The report says some estimates suggest "several dozen people directed by IS may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks." The report draws on counte
  • Jobs data likely confirm Trump will inherit solid economy

    WASHINGTON - If forecasts are correct, the economy will be in pretty good shape when President-elect Donald Trump takes over in January.Data provider FactSet reports economists have forecast that employers added a solid 174,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent. Those figures are far healthier than those President Barack Obama encountered after his election eight years agoIn late 2008, the unemployment rate was on its way to a 10 percent peak in October 20
  • Hundreds attend vigil for slain officer

    Hundreds of people attended the first of two vigils honoring a Washington state police officer who was slain on duty.People gathered Thursday at officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez's home police station in Tacoma, lighting candles, singing songs and sharing memories.Another vigil was planned Thursday night at an elementary school in Tacoma.Gutierrez was shot to death Wednesday after a woman approached animal control officers and said her husband had locked her out of their house and taken her phon
  • Florida school bus crash: 2 adults, 4 children injured

    MIAMI - Authorities say two adults and four children have been hospitalized following a school bus crash in South Florida. Hialeah police say a car ran a stop sign, forcing the driver of the private school bus to swerve and smash through a concrete wall surrounding the yard of a home. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.Permalink| Comments
  • Trump to nominate Gen. Mattis to lead Pentagon

    WASHINGTON- President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department.
    Trump made the announcement during a post-election victory rally Thursday in Cincinnati.
    Mattis retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command.
    In a tweet Sunday, Trump referred to Mattis by his nickname "Mad Dog" and described him as "A true
  • Two children ejected from vehicle after crash off Airline

    BATON ROUGE – Three children were taken to the hospital Thursday night after a crash off Airline Hwy.The crash happened after 6 p.m. at the intersection of Airline Highway and Bicentennial. First responders say a 3-year-old and 5-year-old was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.Here's the wreck on Airline at Bicentennial. 3 yr old and 5 yr old both ejected during crash, 3 children total take to the hospital. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/sp0rErGK4P— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuff
  • SpaceX shooting for mid-December launch, 1st since blast

    CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX is shooting for a mid-December launch, its first since a dramatic rocket accident on the pad.Iridium Communications Inc. said Thursday that 10 of its satellites will be aboard the SpaceX Falcon rocket tentatively scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Dec. 16. That would end a 3 ½-month launch hiatus by SpaceX.The Federal Aviation Administration must first sign off on the accident investigation. SpaceX says the investigation is ne
  • Texas governor vows to cut funds to 'sanctuary' campuses

    AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is promising to cut funds to public universities that become what he described as "sanctuary" campuses for immigrant students. The Republican provided no other details.Abbott tweeted the vow Thursday in response to a story about Texas State University students urging school leaders to declare the campus a "sanctuary" as immigrant students nationwide fear deportation under President-elect Donald Trump.Trump pledged during his campaign to launch a "deportation force
  • Former Amite cop found guilty of third-degree rape

    AMITE – A former Amite Police officer has been found guilty of third-degree rape and simple kidnapping, according to WWLTV.In 2014, two women accused Grant Carruth of handcuffing and attacking them in separate incidents. Investigators say Carruth claimed to be a narcotics agent, tricked the women into being placed under arrest then assaulted them.Investigators said Carruth took the women to a location in Tangipahoa Parish and forced them to perform sexual acts before releasing
  • Orgeron to collect $675,000 cash for being interim head coach

    BATON ROUGE – LSU will pay Ed Orgeron a lump sum of $675,000 for serving as interim head football coach for most of the season.Details of the compensation were revealed in the upcoming LSU Board of Supervisors agenda. The board meets seven times a year. Before being named interim coach, Orgeron was set to collect $600,000 a year. He'll now earn a total of $1,275,000 in 2016. Terms of his contract as permanent head coach were not revealed. Orgeron was named head football coach, official
  • Denham Springs High campus repairs to be complete by Jan. 5

    LIVINGSTON – Workers are putting in their last efforts to finish the repairs of five Livingston Parish schools that were flooded during August.After three months of restoring and rebuilding, progress has been made."We're working on a temporary fix which would include putting the flooring back in, putting doors up, installing ceiling tiles and going back with some of the floor tile and the walls will be re-done and painted," Joe Murphy, Livingston Parish assistant superintendent, said.D
  • White House announces support for women in military draft

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft.The administration has been deliberating for roughly a year about whether to back such a change to the Selective Service. White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says that because previous barriers to military service are being removed, it makes logical sense for women to be required to register for the draft.But Price says the Obama administration remains comm

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