• AG Jeff Sessions says he won't step down unless Trump asks

    His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve.
  • Prison escapee dead after standoff with authorities

    HOMER, La. - An escapee from the David Wade Correctional Center in North Louisiana is dead after his standoff with authorities Thursday afternoon. According to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 39-year-old Deltra Henderson went missing from the correctional center around 1:40 p.m. Officers discovered that Henderson had stolen a car which he later wrecked. Authorities say they found Henderson in a home on the
  • Detectives searching for missing Baton Rouge man

    BATON ROUGE - Police are searching for a man reported missing one week ago.According to BRPD officials, detectives are looking for 52-yaer-old Jerry Keith Green, whose last known address was in the 1800 block of North Marque Ann Drive.Police say Green suffers from mental illness and is believed to be off his medication.Anyone with information is asked to call the BRPD Missing Persons Division at 389-8617.Permalink| Comments
  • 2 senators deal a blow to 'skinny repeal' effort

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican senators say House Speaker Paul Ryan's statement that the House is willing to negotiate a final health care bill with the Senate is insufficient.
     Their statements deal a blow to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's effort to pass legislation.
     Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina say they are still opposed to a minimal bill that would only repeal several provisions of former President Barack Obama's healt
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  • Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to phones

    SAN FRANCISCO - The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.
     The company discontinued sales of the two music players Thursday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.
     The iPod product line still remains alive. Apple plans to continue selling its internet-connected iPod Touch.
     Apple's iPhone, released a decade ago, played an instrumental role in the dem
  • Police: Slidell woman fought off 'deranged' man with club

    SLIDELL - Louisiana police say a woman clubbed a man into submission when he left a chase after someone else and attacked her.
     Slidell Police Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said in an email Thursday that the woman says she keeps the club for protection.
     He said in a news release that the woman heard a commotion Monday and when she checked, she saw a man chasing someone down the street, but then "charged at her, punched her in the face several times, and forced his way into her h
  • 24-year-old passenger dead after vehicle crashes into bulldozer; driver arrested

    HAMMOND – A crash left a 24-year-old man dead in Hammond after the vehicle he was a passenger of crashed into a bulldozer on Thursday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Tyler Wayne Tullos. According to Louisiana State Police, the crash occurred around 1 p.m. on I-55 near I-12 when 23-year-old Dillon Ryan Majesty was driving a Chevrolet Equinox northbound on the interstate in the left lane. Tullos was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Majes
  • Man demanding answers after windshield crushed by golf ball

    BATON ROUGE - Not every golfer hits their shot straight down the middle. After a golf ball broke one man's windshield, he called 2 On Your Side for help.Robert Perkins lives at Fairway View Apartments with his wife and son and parks his car out front of his apartment. Three weeks ago, he was walking outside to his car and found the windshield to be cracked."I saw a golf ball laying over there," said Perkins. "Get in my car, windshield cracked!"Perkins says a golf ball did all that damage. A sho
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  • Crash results in car fire, major gridlock at busy Baton Rouge intersection

    BATON ROUGE – Fire crews and first responders are on the scene of what appears to be a large crash at the corner of Burbank and Siegen.Numerous fire crews were on the scene, authorities said.  Two vehicles were involved in the crash and one caught on fire, WBRZ learned.  Everyone in the burning car escaped.  There were no major injuries.  Traffic was seriously impacted by the wreck. The situation caused major gridlock on Burbank, at the bend near wh
  • Crews working fire at Family Dollar on N. Acadian Thruway

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders have been dispatched to a working fire at the Family Dollar on N. Acadian Thruway and Florida Blvd. There is no word on damages or injuries at this time. Traffic is being redirected away from the scene. A WBRZ News 2 crew is on its way to the scene. Check back for more updates. Permalink| Comments
  • BRFD investigating arson at Family Dollar on Florida Blvd.

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is ruling the fire that burned a Family Dollar on Florida Blvd. as an arson. The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Fire damage was contained to the back of the building where it sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. Investigators are looking for a customer who was in the store at the time of the fire who they believe may have more information. There were no injuries in the fire. Permali
  • Car burglaries are becoming a problem, but don't just blame the crooks

    BATON ROUGE – Burglaries have become such a problem in East Baton Rouge, the sheriff's office is beginning an advertising campaign aimed to remind people of what should be obvious – locking doors.Since the beginning of the year, deputies have dealt with more than 1,000 vehicle burglaries, the sheriff said in a PSA set to air on local TV stations. Most of the vehicles were left unlocked.“Vehicle burglaries are often times crimes of opportunity,” the sherif
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  • Contractor with expired license arrested for incomplete work

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police have arrested another contractor accused of home improvement fraud. According to police documents, Paul Carney was hired to repair the walls of a home damaged by last year's August flood. The homeowners observed repeated instances of "poor quality workmanship" from Carney. After a few days, Carney and the complainant got into an argument and Carney left the job site. He never returned. The homeowners discovered that Carney's c
  • More than 2,700 residents without power in Central

     CENTRAL – More than 2,700 residents are without power Thursday afternoon. According to Entergy's outage map, 2,733 residents are without power along Hooper Road as of Thursday around 4 p.m. There is no word yet on what caused the outage and the power is estimated to be restored around 6 p.m. Entergy says its apologizes for the inconvenience.Click here to view the Entergy outage map. Permalink| Comments
  • One killed, 7 injured on Ohio State Fair ride

    COLUMBUS - A Columbus fire official says the man killed after an "aggressive thrill ride" fell apart at the Ohio State Fair was 18.  The State Highway Patrol says seven others were injured Wednesday night when the Fire Ball ride malfunctioned and sent riders flying into the air.  The patrol identified the man who was killed as Tyler Jarrell of Columbus. The others injured range in age from 14 to 42.The U.S. Marine Corps says in a statement that Tyler Jarrell
  • Trump honors first responders of congressional baseball attack

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has presented the Medal of Valor to five of the first responders injured in a shooting on a congressional baseball practice last month.  The three Alexandria, Virginia police officers and the two U.S. Capitol police officers received a standing ovation when they entered the East Room at the White House on Thursday.  Last month, a heavily armed gunman opened fire on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where a number of
  • Louisiana students earning college credit increases by 10 percent

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Education says that there has been a 10 percent increase from last year in the number of students in the state earning college credit on Advanced Placement. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White announced the increase at a news conference on Thursday. According to the department, along with the 10 percent increase from 2016 to 2017, there has been a 137 percent increase since 2012. The department also noted that the number
  • Restore La. to host homeowner outreach events

    BATON ROUGE - The Restore Homeowner Assistance Program will hold three public meetings next week to help homeowners affected by the August 2016 floods. According to a news release, Restore Louisiana representatives will work one-on-one with residents to answer their questions and help complete the flood damage survey. All meeting will run from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. The first meeting will be at the Ascension Parish Library on Tuesday, August 1. The East Baton Rouge Parish Libr
  • Flood relief event to be held at SU Law Center to assist with proof of loss claims

    BATON ROUGE – The Southern University Law Center is hosting a free flood relief event to assist homeowners who have been impacted by the August flood with their proof of loss claims. The event is being held on Thursday, July 26 on the university's campus. Also at the summit will be Restore Louisiana, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and a team of local experts to help assist homeowners before the upcoming proof of loss deadline.Homeowners will be able to talk with
  • Flood relief event to be held at SU Law Center for assistance with proof of loss claims

    BATON ROUGE – The Southern University Law Center is hosting a free flood relief event to assist homeowners who have been impacted by the August flood with their proof of loss claims. The event is being held on Thursday, July 27 on the university's campus. Also at the summit will be Restore Louisiana, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and a team of local experts to help assist homeowners before the upcoming proof of loss deadline.Homeowners will be able to talk with
  • Military chief says transgender policy to remain

    WASHINGTON- The nation's top military officer says U.S. policy on transgender individuals serving in uniform has not - and will not - change until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives the president's policy direction and Mattis determines how to implement it.  Gen. Joseph Dunford is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford made the statement in a note Thursday to all service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders.  The Associated Press obtain
  • Gonzales bank robbed at lunchtime Thursday

    GONZALES – Gonzales officers are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a bank on Thursday afternoon. The Region's Bank at the corner of Airline and Weber City Road was robbed around 12:30 Thursday, police said.According to the Gonzales Police Department, a black man walked into the lobby of the bank, approached a teller and presented her with a note demanding all the cash from her drawer. The cashier gave the robber a non-disclosed amount of cash and then left on
  • Power failure cancels classes at University of New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS - Classes at the University of New Orleans are canceled because the main power plant lost power, so most buildings don't have air conditioning.  The campus is on the lakefront, where the National Weather Service reported a temperature of 86 degrees before 10 a.m. Thursday, and the heat index was already at 98 degrees.  Meteorologist Alek Krautmann says a high of 93 was forecast at the lakefront, where the city's highest humidity makes the area lik
  • Donaldsonville woman arrested for allegedly shooting victim in face during argument

    DONALDSONVILLE- A woman was arrested after she allegedly shot another woman in the face during an argument in Donaldsonville. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, 49-year-old Andrea Jackson was arrested on charges of second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Deputies responded to a home on Claiborne Street in reference to a shooting on July 25. It was learned that a woman was shot in the face at the location and she was transported to a nearby hospital w
  • 18-wheeler brings down power lines early Thursday morning

    BATON ROUGE - An 18-wheeler is to blame for the power outage in part of a Broadmoor community. The big rig snagged power lines while driving through the residential area, cutting off electricity to some homes. Several residents on Kenlee Street say they were awakened by the loud noises they heard around four o'clock this morning.The power lines on the poles fell onto Thurman Varnado's shed. He says that will cost him thousands."Evidently he did not feel it, cause he broke two poles and
  • Latest measure of state education progress due Thursday

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials are set to release results in Advanced Placement tests taken by the state's high school students.
     Education Superintendent John White has scheduled a news conference to coincide with Thursday's morning release of the figures.
     The Advanced Placement program offers college-level courses and examinations to high school students. Students who score high enough can earn college credit at many institutions.
     Last year, the state
  • Louisiana College to charge flat rate tuition

    PINEVILLE - Louisiana College in Pineville will implement a flat tuition rate for full-time students whether they take 12 or 18 credit hours.
     The flat tuition rate will begin this fall and will cost $8,000 for one semester or $16,000 for a year.
     Louisiana College President Rick Brewer says students can leverage this economic advantage and finish college in four years instead of five. To graduate in four years, a student must average 16 hours per semester.
  • House Judiciary Committee votes to probe James Comey, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign

    Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to request documents about former FBI director James B. Comey's conversations with the Obama administration and journalists, amending and replacing a Democratic resolution that was designed to obtain documents about Comey's firing by President Donald Trump.
  • House backs funds for lawmakers' security

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted in favor of allowing lawmakers to use taxpayer funds to beef up security at their homes.
     The unanimous vote came on a nonbinding move by Utah GOP Rep. Mia Love to allow lawmakers to use their office budgets for security systems at their homes so long as they are not structural improvements that add value.
     The voice vote comes after Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was gravely wounded last month at a practice for the GOP ba
  • 1 dead, several others hurt in ride malfunction at fair

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - At least one person has been killed and several others injured in a ride malfunction on opening day of the Ohio State Fair.
     Columbus Battalion Chief Steve Martin says the Fire Ball ride malfunctioned Wednesday night.
     Martin says some of the victims were thrown from the ride.
     Republican Gov. John Kasich says he has ordered a full investigation and ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed.
  • Man shot with flare gun near S. Sherwood Forest businesses

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews are responding to reports of a man shot in the arm with a flare gun near businesses on S Sherwoord Forest Blvd.An EBRSO spokesperson says the shooting happened in the 11000 block of Sherwood Forest Court, less than a mile from Airline Highway.According to deputies, a male victim was shot in the arm by a friend with the flare gun. The victim was burned, and his injuries are described as non-life threatening.WBRZ News 2 has a crew on scene working to learn more.This
  • Man shot with flare gun at hotel near S. Sherwood Forest

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews are responding to reports of a man shot in the arm with a flare gun in a hotel near S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.Deputies say it happened at the InTown Suites on Sherwood Forest Court around 8 p.m., less than a mile from Airline Highway.According to an EBRSO spokesperson, a male victim was shot in the arm by a friend with the flare gun inside their room. The victim was burned, and his injuries are described as non-life threatening.Officials say the friend who fired the
  • Boy Scouts chief expected fiery Trump speech

    NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America says it anticipated President Donald Trump would spark controversy with a politically tinged speech at its national jamboree in West Virginia but felt obliged to invite him out of respect for his office.
     Boy Scouts president Randall Stephenson tells The Associated Press in his first public comments on the furor over Trump's speech he'd be "disingenuous" if he suggested he was surprised by the Republican president's comments. Stephenson also is chie
  • House fire on Wexford Drive under investigation

    CENTRAL – Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 5200 block of Wexford Drive on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Central Fire Department, the fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Fire crews located three large dogs in the backyard of the home and animal control was called to the scene. The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time and remains under investigation. Permalink| Comments
  • Car crashes into lower Livingston canal Wednesday

    SPRINGFIELD – A car drove into a canal along the Blood River, prompting a swift and large response from authorities Wednesday afternoon.Sources, though, said luckily everyone was able to escape the vehicle and there were only minor injuries.  A child was reportedly in the vehicle when the crash happened. The wreck happened around 4 o'clock near Blood River Landing off Highway 22 south of Springfield near the conflux of the Tickfaw and Blood rivers.  Check ba
  • Crews begin pavement restoration on roads in EBR

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish crews have started repairing roads in East Baton Rouge Parish, officials announced Wednesday.According to the city's Facebook page, crews are using a method called infrared pavement restoration to eliminate dips and imperfections in the roadway by using extreme heat. Officials say, the method of road repair is low cost, minimally invasive and could be completed in less than an hour. The City-Parish's Street Maintenance Division plans to incorporate t
  • Man from Denham Springs found murdered in Covington

    COVINGTON – A man from Denham Springs was found shot dead in a rented car in St. Tammany Parish Wednesday morning.Covington Police said Antoine Collar, 26, had been shot multiple times. Police said they found Collar in the car after someone called 911 to report hearing gunfire in the area north of downtown Covington.Police said they believe Collar was visiting a woman in the area where he was killed and was about to leave when he was shot.Police said they are not sure why Collar was k
  • Local man found dead in rental car in St. Tammany Parish

    COVINGTON – A man from Denham Springs was found shot dead in a rented car in St. Tammany Parish Wednesday morning.Covington Police said Antoine Collar, 26, had been shot multiple times. Police said they found Collar in the car after someone called 911 to report hearing gunfire in the area north of downtown Covington.Police said they believe Collar was visiting a woman in the area where he was killed and was about to leave when he was shot.Police said they are not sure why Collar was k
  • Essence Festival 2018 dates announced

    NEW ORLEANS - The 24th annual Essence Festival returns to New Orleans next year after the official 4th of July holiday.  Organizers on Wednesday said the dates for the 2018 event are July 5-8.  The 2017 festival drew more than 470,000 attendees to its nightly concert series inside the Superdome and the free workshops and entertainment at New Orleans' convention center. It featured first-time performances by Diana Ross and Chance The Rapper, plus keynote conve
  • Deputies searching for 15-year-old girl missing from Addis

    ADDIS – The Addis Police Department and the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in finding a missing 15-year-old girl. The girl has been identified as LeeAnn Tyson, who was last seen July 25 around 10 a.m. in Addis. She is described as 5'5'' in height, weighing 120-125 pounds and was seen wearing black shorts, a bluish/gray Old Navy shirt and black rubber boots. Anyone with information on Tyson's whereabouts is urged to call the Addis
  • See list of suggested roads mayor's new tax would fix

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor's new property tax proposal goes before Metro Council for its first appearance Wednesday.The council is expected to introduce the tax and debate whether or not it should make its way to a parish-wide vote on the November ballot. Voters then would have the final say on if the property tax would be levied.The property tax would cost homeowners about half of the levy for the CATS tax, a separate tax that funds operations of the city's public transit system. The tw
  • Nicholson Drive bridge now open to traffic

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced it will reopen the bridge on Nicholson Drive Wednesday afternoon. The bridge, located between Brightside Drive and Dean Lee Drive, closed on July 10 for emergency repairs and was expected to remain under construction through early August. DOTD says the necessary repairs were made to keep the bridge open until it can be fully replaced in early 2018
  • Child electrocuted by fence in Franklin Parish

    WINNSBORO - Authorities say a seven-year-old was electrocuted after going across a neighbor's fence in Franklin Parish.   Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb tells local media that around 11 p.m. Monday authorities received a call reporting a missing child, later identified as Brandon McFarland, in Winnsboro. The child's parents and neighbors searched the area before contacting the sheriff's office.  Deputies arrived and joined the search. A neighbor
  • Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.  Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with "Generals and military experts," that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."  Trump added that "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the t
  • Rep. Steve Scalise released from hospital; to begin inpatient rehabilitation

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Scalise has "made excellent progress" and was discharged from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the hospital announced on Wednesday. Scalise is now entering into "intensive inpatient rehabilitation."The hospital provided the following update:"Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago. Yesterday, he was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is n
  • Ruby Slipper Cafe opens BR location in Acadian Village Shopping Center

    BATON ROUGE – The Ruby Slipper Cafe, an award-winning breakfast and brunch spot offering Southern recipes , opened its newest location in Baton Rouge. The new location is on Perkins Road in the Acadian Village shopping center. The grand opening is being celebrated at the location on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon with the ribbon cutting taking place at 11 a.m. The opening celebration will feature Mardi Gras Indians, Ruby Slipper Cafe shirts and free juice from the ca
  • Rikers Island jail inmate goes missing, complex locked down

    NEW YORK - New York City's sprawling and troubled Rikers Island jail complex has been put on lockdown while authorities look for a missing inmate.
     Department of Correction spokesman Peter Thorne says a search is underway in coordination with the New York Police Department. The inmate apparently went for outdoor recreation on Wednesday and didn't return.
     Staff members noted the inmate's disappearance around 7:30 p.m. when the headcount of inmates was off by one.
  • One person dead after morning crash in Watson

    WATSON – One person died in a crash on Cane Market Road, east of LA Highway 16, on Wednesday morning. According to sources, the crash involved one car and the accident occurred off the road in a wood line. According to DOTD, the crash closed Cane Market Road around 7 a.m. and the road reopened around 9:20 a.m. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Permalink| Comments
  • Body trapped under boat recovered from river

    BATON ROUGE - First responders were dispatched to a body found, trapped under a boat along the river side of the levee near Brightside Drive Wednesday morning.The Corps of Engineers initially reported the find to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office around 9:20 a.m. while the Corps was working on the bridge. EBRSO Dive Teams brought the remains to shore and the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office took them to make further determinations about the circumstances
  • LSU dental school, clinic to reopen Wednesday after flood

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State University's dental school and main clinic in New Orleans are reopening after a weekend flood damaged electrical equipment.
     LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans spokeswoman Leslie Capo says both resume normal operations Wednesday.
     She says about a million gallons (3.8 million liters) of water had to be pumped out before repairs could begin.
     The school and clinic were closed Monday and Tuesday.
     Capo says in a news release th

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