• Vehicle fire reported on Plank Road near Baton Rouge airport

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters worked to extinguish a vehicle fire on Plank Road near the Baton Rouge Airport Friday afternoon.The fire happened after 12 p.m. Friday. Video from the scene showed dark smoke billowing from the vehicle. First responders closed two the roadway and diverted traffic around the incident.Sources tell WBRZ News 2 that no one was hurt.WATCH: firefighters working to put out a burning truck near the airport. Traffic is backed up in the area, along Plank Rd. @WBRZ pic.
  • Chicago O'Hare security chief fired weeks after United flub

    CHICAGO - The head of security at Chicago's airports has been fired, just weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O'Hare International Airport.The Department of Aviation said in a statement Thursday that Jeffrey Redding "has been terminated from his duties" at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.Redding wasn't immediately available for comment late Thursday.Redding was overseeing the investigation into the forcible removal of 69-year-o
  • Alex Jones loses primary custody; ex-wife gets joint custody

    AUSTIN - A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife.The Austin American-Statesman reports that state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo also announced Kelly Jones will decide where their three children will live.The Travis County jury deliberated all Thursday afternoon and late into the night before returning its verdict.In closing arguments, Kelly Jones' attorney told jurors the radi
  • Louisiana Cat to expand facility, add 60 jobs

    NEW IBERIA - Louisiana Machinery Company has announced they'll add 60 jobs and expand its operations in New Iberia.A Louisiana Economic Development news release says the company, known as Louisiana Cat, announced Thursday that the jobs will be added over the next five years, with salaries averaging $60,000.Louisiana Cat rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine, oil and gas, industrial and utility companies at the Port of Iberia.Gov. John Bel Edwards says this expansion is a
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  • Saints pick Ohio State cornerback Lattimore

    PHILADELPHIA - The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore with the 11th pick in the NFL draft.
    Coach Sean Payton made no secret that improving the Saints' defense was his priority. New Orleans led the league in offense but still finished 7-9 for a third straight season.
    The Saints ranked 27th in defense last season, allowing 375.4 yards per game, and ranked last in yards allowed passing.
  • Update: Three former LSU Tigers selected in first round of NFL Draft

    PHILADELPHIA - Three LSU Tigers were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the second most players selected.  Overall there have been 43 LSU players picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, giving Tom Coughlin the bruising back he craves in his return to the floundering franchise.
    Fournette should boost one of the
  • Police officer facing arrest in case involving sheriff's son

    BAKER - The WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned the son of East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has been issued a misdemeanor citation for illegal discharge of a firearm following a shooting incident outside the Baker Walmart April 14.Benjamin Gautreaux, another adult and a minor were cited.Sources tell WBRZ a Baker Police sergeant will also be arrested for malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to cover up details of the shooting.Baton Rouge Judge Mike Erwin sig
  • 2 dead, 3 injured in crash on Hwy 190 in Livonia

    LIVONIA - Two people are dead following a crash on Hwy 190 in Livonia.Sources say the 3-car crash happened just east of the city limits around 6:30 p.m.Two people were killed in the crash. Three others are being transported to the hospital.Crash happened at the Livonia city limits sign, at the entrance to Not Your Mama's Cafe. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/i6SE90cHsV— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington) April 28, 2017
    Sources on scene say one vehicle was attempting to turn left onto Hwy 190 wh
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  • Attempts to force big industry off Baton Rouge water

    BATON ROUGE- Salt water is seeping into the drinking water aquifers below Baton Rouge and big industry is at least partially to blame. "It's a localized phenomena that we feel we're getting a handle on," said Tony Duplechin, executive director of the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District.Fifty years ago salt water intrusion was first noticed in the area of the Interstate 10-12 split. Now it's spread to downtown in the direction of the Exxon refinery.Wells have been dr
  • BRPD: Man wanted for rape of woman near Spanish Town Road in 2016

    BATON ROUGE – A man is wanted for the alleged rape of a woman that took place in November 2016 near Spanish Town Road.Baton Rouge Police detectives are searching for 41-year-old Alvin Weeks. Weeks is accused of raping a 25-year-old woman after offering her a ride home.According to police, the woman stated that she was driven to a dead end street off of Spanish Town Road where she was raped inside the vehicle.On April 24, investigators learned that DNA from the Louisiana State Police Cr
  • Storage unit renters refunded following 2 On Your Side report

    BATON ROUGE - A storage company decided to reimburse two renters after their contents were destroyed.Both Lynette Elps and Donnis White reached out to 2 On Your Side last week. White was the focus of a 2 On Your Side report last Thursday. Following the report, each woman has been notified they will be reimbursed of their rental fees, while White will also be reimbursed for her moving expenses.Last week, Life Storage told 2 On Your Side it is not responsible for contents.Elps rented a st
  • 5 miles of traffic on Perkins Road due to power outage

    BATON ROUGE – A power outage cut power from traffic lights, creating a huge traffic jam during the evening commute Thursday.Entergy reported a power outage in the Southdowns area, which impacted the light on Perkins Road at the intersection with Balis Drive. An already congested highway started to quickly grow to a crawl – at one point Thursday evening, traffic headed toward Southdowns from the Kenilworth area was stopped or slow-going to Essen. Traffic coming headed toward S
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  • Upscale homes possibly built on property of someone else

    BATON ROUGE- At least two property owners fighting a developer and a subdivision they say encroached on to their property received a big win at the First Circuit Court of Appeal. The landowners claim homes were built on their property.Their attorney, Alex St. Amant, said the ruling by the First Circuit means some brand new homes may need to be torn down.
    St. Amant said as many as five houses, possibly six may have to be removed. That's because St. Amant said the developer built on property he di
  • Veteran takes "Dream Flight" around BR

    BATON ROUGE – Veterans from World War II and the Korean War took off for a special flight on Thursday.A Boeing Stearman from the 1940's took off from the Baton Rouge Regional Airport with 86-year-old Bill Morgan on board.Morgan never flew when he served in the Korean War, but his father was a pilot in World War I. Morgan carried his father's pilot license on Thursday's flight."It was a wonderful opportunity to get a feeling for things he had experienced," Morgan said.The 15-minute flig
  • BRPD: Man wanted for robbing Family Dollar store on Plank Road

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department is searching for a man who they say robbed a Family Dollar store in the 3800 block of Plank Road.The robbery occurred on April 26 around 4:45 p.m. The man approached the front counter of the business with items posing as a customer.According to BRPD, as the employee was completing the sale of the items, the man reached across the counter and snatched an undisclosed amount of money from the register. The man also grabbed the items and left
  • APSO: Body found in water off of Highway 1

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that a body has been found off of Highway 1.The body was located in Bayou Lafourche near the Ascension/Assumption Parish line, according to an APSO spokesperson.Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said a truck driver travveling over a small bridge between LA 308 and LA 1 spotted the body in the water around 2 p.m. and immediately called the Sheriff's Office.Deputies and firemen were able to bring the body to shore, according to Webre.Inve
  • Alton Sterling shooting prompts new look at police training

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly a year after Baton Rouge police fatally shot a black man outside a convenience store, Louisiana lawmakers are considering an increase in training requirements for officers.The passage of Rep. Ted James' bill by a House judiciary committee Thursday came after the Baton Rouge Democrat agreed to stop pushing a separate proposal that would have officers under investigation go unpaid after 60 days.The full House will consider the training measure, which calls for officers to rece
  • Mississippi man raking clippings uncovers alligator in backyard

    SIMPSON COUNTY - A Mississippi man discovered an alligator while doing yardwork at his home.WAPT-TV reportsa Simpson County resident was raking up a flower bed when he found an 8-foot-7-inch alligator staring at him.Dr. Chip Holbrook says he was preparing for an after-prom party on Saturday when he spotted the large reptile and called the sheriff's department. He says his son was trimming hedges while the alligator was only inches away, but apparently it was undisturbed.The state wildlife depart
  • Physician who was dragged off flight settles with United

    CHICAGO - A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for undisclosed amount.David Dao's legal team announced the settlement Thursday in a brief statement. The agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain confidential.Cellphone video of the April 9 confrontation aboard a jetliner at Chicago's O'Hare Airport sparked widespread public outrage over the treatment of Dao.The footage
  • 2une-In 2 the weekend: local events guide

    BATON ROUGE - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Your 2une-In crew has you covered.JAZZ FEST, WEEKEND 1:New OrleansApril 28-30
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    Head to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the first weekend of Jazz Fest! Headliners this weekend include, but are not limited to, Maroon 5, Alabama Shakes and Tom Petty.
    New OrleansApril 27-30
    Some of the biggest names in golf will be on the greens at TPC Louisiana. Expect to see Olympic champions Jus
  • WBRZ Crawfish Index: boiled price per pound lowest since Mardi Gras

    BATON ROUGE – Lent may be over but crawfish season is still going strong. The WBRZ Crawfish Price Index is back by popular demand.According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price for a pound of crawfish sits at $3.62 per pound. That’s 30 cents lower than our last measurement two weeks ago on Good Friday.Several crawfish locations tracked by the survey slashed their prices after Easter Sunday. That means now is the best time to get the cheapest crawfish in months.
  • Man arrested after escaping police custody in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE – A man who escaped police custody in Independence on Wednesday has been captured and arrested.On Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., officers of the Independence Police Department were attempting to arrest 36-year-old Deangelo Robbins on a warrant from Texas for aggravated sexual assault of a child.Robbins escaped police custody and fled on foot in Independence.According to the Independence Police Department, he was arrested by Kentwood Police on Thursday morning and has been bo
  • Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

    Southwest Airlines says it plans to stop overbooking flights - an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up.Beth Harbin, a Southwest spokeswoman, said Thursday that with better forecasting tools and a
  • Contractor calls out competition for taking credit for his work

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge contractor says one of his competitors is taking credit for work he did not do.Koby Ficklin said he was scrolling through Facebook when he noticed a photo of a shower and bathtub that he remodeled, posted by a different contractor."I work my butt off to find jobs and do things right and be honest to the community," Ficklin said, "and another contractor is going to take my work?"The post was uploaded by A&E Construction with a caption reading "free estimate ready t
  • Jazz Fest kicks off Friday; Connick, Aaron Neville on tap

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether the weather cooperates or not.The weekend forecast calls for cloudy skies on both the opening day and Saturday, with rain probable on Sunday. Still, producer Quint Davis said the show is going on and he's excited about the more than 500 performances on tap and the food on the menus.Davis says he's keeping his fi
  • Senate backs bill giving some juvenile lifers shot at parole

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence.The 22-13 vote Wednesday came in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic no-parole life sentences for crimes committed by someone under the age of 18.Many lawmakers say they're only considering changes because they feel they have no choice.The prisoners would be eligible for a parole hearing - but not guar
  • St. Landry Parish elementary teachers charged with bullying student

    WASHINGTON - Two elementary school teachers are under arrest in Louisiana after being accused of bullying a child.St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the child's mother contacted his office in February and said 44-year-old Ann Marie Shelvin had threatened students who refused to bully her child. Shelvin also was accused of telling the child to "go and kill yourself."The sheriff tells local media that Shelvin was removed from Washington Elementary School, but then her replacement, 50-yea
  • Ethics exemption for state police leader's son wins House OK

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to carve out a special ethics exemption for the son of the state police superintendent.Under the proposal, Louisiana's anti-nepotism laws would be rewritten to let the son of Col. Kevin Reeves continue working as a state trooper even though he hadn't been with the agency for a full year as required by ethics law.The measure would move the employment requirement to four months for a trooper whose immediate family member becomes agency leader. The House
  • Kim Kardashian: Gunpoint heist 'meant to happen to me'

    LOS ANGELES - Kim Kardashian says that being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year "was meant to happen."Kardashian tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's episode of the comedian's chat show that she's "such a different person" after the October robbery. She says she was "definitely materialistic" before being robbed, but now she says she doesn't care about things like jewelry.Kardashian also told DeGeneres that Caitlyn Jenner is not being honest about her marriage to Kardashian's
  • 2 US troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday.Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Afghanistan-based Islamic State group in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country. He says the U.S. is gathering further details.The U.S. has been battling the Islamic State Khorasan group in Afghanistan for months. About two weeks ago, the U.S. dropped what's called the "mother of all bombs" on an IS comple

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