• British Prime Minister Theresa May to step down as party leader June 7

    LONDON (AP) - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says that he considers British Prime Minister Theresa May as "a woman of courage for whom he has great respect."European Union spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said that Juncker watched May's announcement that she will step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 "with emotion" and added it was "without personal joy."She said Juncker will "equally respect and establish working relations" with May's successor. Britain currently fa
  • Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

    Even as abortion opponents celebrate passage of tough bans in several states, they are divided over making exceptions for victims of rape and incest.Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, support such exceptions. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those fearing a no-exception stance could hurt the GOP's election prospects.A 2018 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of Americans support exceptions for rape and incest. Divisions over rape and incest except
  • Pots and Paddles: Annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival set for this weekend

    GONZALES - The annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival is set to take place this weekend.The festival will be held at the Gonzales Civic Center on South Irma Boulevard Friday through Sunday.We’re getting started early out here in Gonzales for the 52nd Annual Jambalaya Festival! Pots already heating up! @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/cYVW488JRx— Johnston vonSpringer (@johnstonvon) May 24, 2019The much-anticipated jambalaya cook-off starts at 10 a.m. Friday. Different groups will compete ea
  • Jury finds tow truck driver guilty of inappropriate behavior with female customers

    COVINGTON - A jury in St. Tammany Parish has found a tow truck driver guilty of sexual battery against three female customers in separate incidents.WWL-TV is reporting that District Attorney Warren Montgomery said 53-year-old Dale Boudreaux faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of sexual battery. He will also have to register as a sex offender."Boudreaux was called to assist them with towing a vehicle, but he took advantage of their vulnerability and touched them sexually without their
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  • 15 years for two New Orleans-area bank robberies

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for two 2016 bank robberies.Twenty-four-year-old Bryson Tuesno was sentenced Thursday. U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser says in a news release that Tuesno and 25-year-old Dwayne Winans Jr. of New Orleans robbed a bank in New Orleans and another in Slidell on Aug.15, 2016.Strasser's news release says a bank guard and a teller both testified that they thought they would be killed when guns were placed to their heads during
  • Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuits over church attack

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a defense request to claims against the U.S. Air Force stemming from a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead.
     Relatives of those killed or injured at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs sued the federal government, arguing the Air Force was negligent by failing to report gunman Devin Kelley's criminal information to a national database. That database is used to conduct background checks of g
  • Two children struck near N Sherwood Forest Drive, BRPD investigating

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating an accident involving two children near North Sherwood Forest.Authorities got the call around 7:30 Thursday night about two pedestrians struck on Marcia Drive.Both were taken to the hospital. One in serious condition and the other in stable condition.No further details about what caused the crash or who was driving.Permalink| Comments
  • Two children injured in crash near N Sherwood Forest Drive, BRPD investigating

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating an accident involving two children near North Sherwood Forest.The incident happened Thursday night around 7:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Marcia Drive. Police believe two juveniles ran across the street as a vehicle was approaching. In efforts to avoid hitting the kids, the driver attempted to swerve the car striking one of the juveniles and a pole.Authorities say it is unclear if the second juvenile was struck or suffered any injuries from evasive actions.B
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  • Man charged in death of daughter he mistook for intruder

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina have charged a man with killing his daughter, whom he mistook for a potential intruder.
     The Greenville County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Jermaine Pressley faces charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, in addition to drug charges.
     Sheriff's Office Lt. Jimmy Bolt said in a statement that Pressley heard someone trying to enter his home, so
  • State police investigating fatal crash on LA 1090

    PEARL RIVER- State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash on Military Road in St Tammany Parish.The crashed took the life of 70-year-old Daniel James Wehr of Slidell.The wreck happened on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. on Military Road at Forest Ridge Drive. According to Troopers Wehr was riding a 2019 Slingshot Motorcycle northbound on LA 1090 approaching Forrest Ridge Dr. For reasons still under investigation, Wehr’s vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree
  • Man who killed 10 women in Florida is executed

    STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A serial killer who terrorized Florida with a 1984 murder spree that claimed 10 women has been put to death.  Authorities say 65-year-old Bobby Joe Long was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. Thursday following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.  He was captured after an eight-month killing spree. Long confessed to the crimes, receiving 28 life sentences and one death sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Simms. &
  • Louisiana House ends death penalty ban debate without vote

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana's annual debate over whether to abolish the death penalty appears to have ended, after a House lawmaker shelved his proposal without a vote.  In a quiet, often emotional debate, House lawmakers Thursday discussed the legislation by Rep. Terry Landry, talking about exoneration rates and detailing murder cases.  After he made his closing argument, Landry - a New Iberia Democrat and former state police superintendent - didn't seek a
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  • Judges orders sanity hearing for man who allegedly shot Baton Rouge cop

    BATON ROUGE - A man accused of shooting at his family and wounding a Baton Rouge police officer last year will undergo a hearing to determine if he was sane at the time of the crime.Doctors initially found Eugene Thomas Jr. not competent to stand trial last August. However, further evaluation led doctors to deem him competent to stand trial for five counts of attempted murder. His attorneys have entered a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.On Thursday, a judge ordered a hearing for Aug. 13 t
  • Evacuated in 2011, Butte La Rose looking at spillway with new attitude

    BUTTE LA ROSE - As people prepare for the possible opening of the Morganza Spillway, in St. Martin Parish, there's a different approach. Last time the spillway opened in 2011, they were told to get out of the water's path and leave. But that water never showed up.Residents of Butte La Rose remember the time well. Mark Manalo says it was a scramble that turned out to be unnecessary."People packed up their belongings and left," Manalo said.The owners of Frenchman's Wilderness Campground were told
  • Louisiana sales tax phase-out plan wins House backing

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House agreed to roll back the state sales tax passed in 2018 earlier than its planned mid-2025 expiration date.  The proposal from House Republican leader Lance Harris would gradually reduce the 0.45% portion of Louisiana's 4.45% state sales tax over four years. It would be eliminated by mid-2023, leaving the tax rate at 4%.  The House voted 73-21 Thursday for the phase-out plan , which is opposed by Gov. John Bel
  • New Orleans Police: Woman accused of killing Danish tourist

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 36-year-old woman is accused of the killing of a Danish tourist in New Orleans.  Police said Thursday that Brandy Myles is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of 44-year-old Poul Hansen.  Police say Hansen was found May 18, shot in the head in eastern New Orleans.  Myles was already jailed on unrelated charges in a neighboring jurisdiction when she was arrested on the murder charge. Police didn't give her h
  • Company recalls more than 62,000 pounds of beef due to possible contamination

    NORTH AURORA, Ill. - Aurora Packing Company is recalling approximately 62,112 pounds of raw beef products due to possible E. coli contamination.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the raw beef products were packaged on April 19. The recalled products say "EST. 788" inside the USDA mark of inspection.The products have been shipped nationwide.Officials say the issue was discovered during "traceback activities" in response to random sample testing
  • VIDEO: Barges strike dam on Arkansas River in Oklahoma

    WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (AP) - Two barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River have struck a dam in Oklahoma, and at least one sank into the river.  Muskogee County Emergency Management spokeswoman Tricia Germany says the barges were carrying a total of about 3,800 pounds of fertilizer. Germany says the concern was that the barges would block the water flow through the dam, but said the water initially appeared to be flowing well.  The barges
  • Louisiana House snuffs out bid to raise smoking age to 21

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana won't raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21.  The House resoundingly snuffed out the proposal from Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican. Only 24 members backed the measure Thursday, while 55 opposed it.  Hoffmann, a former smoker, says he's trying to save lives and cut health costs.  Opponents argued the age hike would violate individual freedoms.  House Republican leader Lance
  • Report: 13 arrested, gun found after brawls at Louisiana high school

    MARRERO - More than a dozen students were taken into custody after several large fights forced a high school to go on lockdown Thursday.WWL reports the fights broke out on the last day of school at John Ehret High School in Jefferson Parish. Deputies said 12 students were arrested related to the fights.Another student not involved in the brawls was arrested after deputies found him in possession of a firearm.Seven of the students arrested Thursday were male and six were female. Some of them wer
  • Fugitive says he'll surrender if people like wanted poster

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 29-year-old Connecticut fugitive says he's serious about an offer to surrender if police can get enough people to respond to an online wanted poster on social media.Jose Simms, who is wanted by Torrington police for failing to appear in court on charges ranging from breach of peace to threatening, told The Associated Press in a Facebook message that he is tired of running. Torrington police agreed to a deal in which Simms will turn himself in if a posting on the departm
  • Louisiana fuel refinery plans $150M in expansion projects

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - A Louisiana refinery will spend $150 million on expansion projects over the next five years.  Delek US President and CEO Uzi Yemin announced Thursday the energy company is upgrading its Krotz Springs refinery over five years, creating 30 new jobs with average annual salaries of $90,000 plus benefits.  The refinery manufactures gasoline, diesel fuel, petrochemicals and other products.  Gov. John Bel Edwards was with
  • Phony massage therapist arrested after standoff with Baton Rouge police

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a fake massage therapist after he got into a standoff with police Thursday afternoon.A heavy police presence was first reported on Amarillo Street around 1 p.m. Thursday.Police confirmed to WBRZ that the suspect is Roderick Birks, who's accused of sexual battery at the Massage Emporium near downtown. An arrest warrant was signed for Birks Wednesday in connection with that incident.The victim told police she made a last-minute appointment at the business in Mar
  • Lawyer: Deal close in Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

    NEW YORK (AP) - A tentative deal is close to settling lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women.
     Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge Thursday that "an economic agreement in principal" has been reached.
     A person familiar with the negotiations, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the dea
  • Weather Service: Expect a slightly weaker hurricane season

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. weather officials say the Atlantic hurricane season should be near normal.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday predicted nine to 15 named storms. It says four to eight of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher.  NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs says a current El Nino, a periodic warming of the central Pacific that changes weather worldwide, suppresses
  • Runaway barges threaten dam in another day of Midwest storms

    TULSA, OK - Two barges broke loose and floated swiftly down the swollen Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, spreading alarm downstream as they threatened to hit a dam.The emergency was the latest consequence of storms and torrential rains that have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose.The Arkansas River
  • Recreational boating prohibited in Assumption Parish due to backwater flooding

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Officials have closed all waterways in Assumption Parish to recreational boating.The decision was made during a Wednesday Assumption Parish Police Jury meeting. Activities that are prohibited include poker runs and bass fishing tournaments. Commercial boating is still allowed. Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are currently patrolling the waterways and will issue citations to anyone seen boating.Officials didn't say when the waterways wo
  • LSU to hold Memorial Day event May 30

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will honor its former students, faculty and staff, and all veterans who have given their lives during a May 30 ceremony.The LSU Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at noon on the Parade Ground at the LSU War Memorial. According to the university, the event will include a wreath-laying ceremony, "Taps," and a moment of silence. The ceremony is open to the public.A luncheon will follow. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Col. Joey Strickland will be the keynote
  • Hidden Valley Ranch launches summer clothing, accessories line

    SANTA BARBARA - A company known for its ranch dressing has launched a new line of summer clothing and accessories.The Hidden Valley Ranch summer line includes pool floats, a swimsuit that reads "I put ranch on my ranch," towels and more.Score the hottest summer look with our new Ranch merch, available now! #HVRlove ???? Click to shop!— Hidden Valley Ranch (@HVRanch) May 21, 2019Prices range from $15 to $50. Click here for more information. Permalink| Comments
  • Dogs involved in fatal attack on teen to be euthanized

    DIGHTON, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say five dogs that attacked and killed a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who regularly took care of them will be euthanized.The three-member Dighton Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to have the dogs - four Belgian Malinois and a Dutch shepherd -involved in the May 9 death of Ryan Hazel put down. Several other dogs were also on the property at the time of the attack.Breaking: Town of Dighton votes to put down 5 dogs involved in the mauling death of 1
  • Man taken to the hospital after being shot in groin with BB gun

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a man was taken to the hospital following an overnight shooting.Around 2:30 a.m. officers responded to a location in the 1600 block of North 24th Street regarding a male victim who was "shot in the genital area with a BB gun." The man was taken to a local hospital with injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening.No further details were provided.The investigation is ongoing. Permalink| Comments
  • Man accused of offering to pay minor's flight to La. for 'sexual purposes'

    BOSSIER CITY - Authorities have arrested a Bossier City man for allegedly having sexual conversations with several juveniles, including one in Wisconsin. The man has been identified as 49-year-old William Kramer.During the investigation, authorities discovered that Kramer discussed paying for the Wisconsin minor's plane ticket to travel to Louisiana for "sexual purposes." After learning about the conversations, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office contacted the Louisiana State Police Sp
  • Three deaths in Missouri as tornado strikes state capital

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A tornado has caused heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths and trapping dozens of people in the wreckage of their homes.The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Gov. Mike Parson said three people died.More photos of Jefferson City from our viewer Gerald Turnage pic.twitter.com/fCOlHsC3Er&mda
  • Mississippi State outlasts LSU 6-5 in 17 innings at 3 am

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Gunner Halter hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 17th inning and Mississippi State beat LSU 6-5 in the longest game by time in Southeastern Conference Tournament history.Halter's two-out grounder up the middle scored Justin Foscue just after 3 a.m. CDT on Thursday morning to end the marathon after 6 hours, 43 minutes.With one out, Foscue struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. He also advanced to second on a wild pitch.Mississippi State (46-11) jumped o
  • Louisiana House agrees to pay sheriffs more to house inmates

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has unanimously agreed to boost the amount the state pays parish sheriffs for housing state inmates in local jails, an increase that would eventually cost $30 million per year.The proposal from Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Monroe Democrat, would gradually increase the amount Louisiana pays sheriffs for each inmate from $24.39 to $29.39 per day. The rate would grow over a three-year period. The House voted 99-0 for the measure Wednesday, sending it to the S
  • Coast Guard searching for man who fell overboard in Mississippi River

    ST. JAMES PARISH - The U.S. Coast Guard is actively searching for a man who went overboard in the Mississippi River Wednesday night near Convent.Officials say the man went into the water between mile markers 161 and 162.No other information has been made available.Permalink| Comments
  • Restaurants allowed to serve alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays, EBR Metro Council decides

    BATON ROUGE - Restaurants in East Baton Rouge will now be able to get a head start on serving alcohol on Sunday mornings.Councilwoman Tara Wicker confirmed Wednesday that the metro council approved an ordinance allowing restaurants to serve alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. That's a full hour earlier than they were previously allowed to start selling liquor.Bars and restaurants in the area are still permitted to sell alcohol between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. on other days.Permalink| Comments
  • Sheriff: Baby girl dies after 5 hours in Florida daycare van

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say an infant has died after being left in a hot van for hours outside a Florida daycare.  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office posted on Twitter that the 5-month-old girl was discovered Wednesday afternoon outside a Jacksonville daycare facility.  Investigators say the girl's mother had called the daycare to check on her, and an employee said she didn't know the child was there. Officials say the mother then rushed over and
  • Louisiana woman who walked more than two hours to work surprised with new car

    SLIDELL - A woman who walked six miles to her job at a St. Tammany Parish Walmart each day will have a much easier commute going forward.WWL reports the community first learned of Anita Singleton's long trek to the Slidell Walmart Tuesday after a police officer spotted her walking along a roadway at the crack of dawn. When she explained where she was going, Officer Bradley Peck gave her a ride."Just because I don't have a vehicle is no excuse for me not to show up to work," told WWL.After heari
  • Minds uneasy after pet is euthanized to be buried with owner

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Veterinarians and funeral homes in Virginia are rejecting the idea that pets should be buried with their owners after a recent case in which a dog was euthanized so it could lie next to her owner.  WWBT-TV in Richmond reports workers at one animal shelter tried to talk the executor of the estate out of the plan. They failed and the dog was euthanized and cremated. Its ashes were placed in an urn and given to the estate's representative.  
  • Assumption Parish gets sandbagging machine to help fight high water

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the purchase of a sandbagging machine to help residents in the parish combat flooding.Residents have been dealing with high water lately following recent storms that hit the area earlier this month. Pierre Part Elementary went as far as to end its school year early due to the threat of high water in the parish.“In the past as well as the current flooding event, I have had to borrow machines from the State to bag
  • Police: 69-year-old man pulled over, exposed himself to teenage girl walking by

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a man who allegedly pulled over along Scenic Highway and flashed his genitalia at a 17-year-old girl.The incident happened April 8 while the victim was walking along Scenic Highway near Hemlock Street. According to Baton Rouge police, the victim claimed a man driving a Hummer pulled onto the side street and exposed himself.She added that the man also called to her and motioned for her to come closer.Police were able to search the vehicle's license plate and id
  • Louisiana flood recovery deal scrapped, amid conflict claims

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana has voided a planned flood recovery contract intended to help victims of the 2016 floods with home rebuilding work or buyouts.  Louisiana's chief procurement officer Paula Tregre says key staff involved in the deal overseen by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration shouldn't participate because they have a conflict of interest.  Tregre rescinded the contract award May 10 and called for a new evaluation team to choose among the two
  • Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

    NEW YORK (AP) - Attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged with ripping off porn star Stormy Daniels, the client who made him famous.  The allegations against Avenatti were revealed in charges filed Wednesday in New York.  Federal prosecutors say Avenatti took money Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal.  Daniels isn't named in the court filing, but the details of the case make it clear that she is the client involved in the case.&
  • Louisiana teen gets life in stepfather's slaying

    COVINGTON (AP) - A Louisiana teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting his stepfather multiple times in the back of his head.  A jury in March convicted 19-year-old Daniel T. Hamilton of second-degree murder in the 2016 death of 51-year-old James "Kenny" Hamilton.  He surrendered to authorities two days after the body was found.  NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports state District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher on Monday ordered the sentence
  • Louisiana bill would set up veteran-owned business database

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana is on track to create a new program that would certify veteran-owned businesses and create a database for consumers to search for them.  The House-backed bill easily sped through the Senate commerce committee Wednesday, with Gov. John Bel Edwards, a former Army Ranger, testifying in support of the legislation . The governor says census data indicates Louisiana has 42,000 veteran-owned businesses.  The proposal creates the Veterans
  • Four girls detained after police respond to multiple fights at McKinley High

    BATON ROUGE - Four juveniles were detained after police were called to McKinley High School Wednesday over multiple reported fights.The incident was reported around noon at the high school. Several officers were spotted outside the school shortly afterward.BRPD later confirmed that two juveniles were charged in relation to multiple "fistic encounters." The other two girls will face school-based discipline when then return to school.All four were released to their parents/guardians.The incident
  • Four girls charged after police respond to multiple fights at McKinley High

    BATON ROUGE - Four juveniles were detained after police were called to McKinley High School Wednesday over multiple reported fights.The incident was reported around noon at the high school. Several officers were spotted outside the school shortly afterward.BRPD later confirmed that four juveniles were charged in relation to multiple "fistic encounters."All four were released to their parents/guardians.The incident comes a day after an open letter from the school's staff alleged misconduct by th
  • Louisiana teen gets life sentence in stepfather's slaying

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A Louisiana teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting his stepfather multiple times in the back of his head.A jury in March convicted 19-year-old Daniel T. Hamilton of second-degree murder in the 2016 death of 51-year-old James "Kenny" Hamilton. He surrendered to authorities two days after the body was found. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports state District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher on Monday ordered the sentence to be served with the possibility of parole,
  • Woman stole nearly $800 in vodka, toilet paper from local Walmart

    GONZALES - Police are looking for a shoplifter who loaded her cart with hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol and toilet paper and strolled out of the store without paying.The Gonzales Police Department says the theft happened May 12 at the area Walmart. Photos released by the department show the woman carting around a trove of vodka and large packs of toilet paper.Police say the woman walked out with 21 bottles of Tito's Vodka and five total cases of Scott's and Cotton Comfort toilet paper. The

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