• 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.
  • $9B chemical plant to be built near Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish

    CONVENT - St. James Parish has been selected as the site of a new, multibillion-dollar chemical manufacturing complex.On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards and Formosa Petrochemical Corporations announced the company's new $9.4 billion facility will be built on a 2,400-acre site along the banks of the Mississippi River.Located just downriver from the Sunshine Bridge, the complex is to be built in two phases over the course of about 10 years. It will produce ethylene, propylene, ethylene glycol a
  • Louisiana governor, senators to attend Trump state dinner

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's governor and two U.S. senators are attending the White House state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron.Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are on the guest list for Tuesday's glitzy event at the invitation of President Donald Trump.Edwards say he and his wife Donna "are honored to participate," citing Louisiana's French heritage. Cassidy says he and his wife Laura "look forward to celebrating our countr
  • Baton Rouge given $8 million loan for drinking water system improvements

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Health has awarded an $8 million loan to the Baton Rouge Water Company.The loan was awarded through the state's drinking water revolving loan fund. The low-interest subsidized loan will help improve the Baton Rouge water system, according to a release.The loan also allows the company not to have to pay back up to $500,000 of the loan for this project.“Access to safe drinking water is critical to all Louisiana residents. The Drinking Water Revol
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  • Mom, boyfriend, babysitter accused of abusing toddler

    BOYCE, La. (AP) - A woman and her boyfriend are accused of severely injuring the woman's 2-year-old, and the toddler's juvenile babysitter is accused of sexually abusing the child.The Town Talk cites a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office news release that says deputies responded to a Louisiana hospital on April 10 because of the toddler's injuries, which included an infection on the back. The injuries were so severe that the child had to be taken to another facility out of Boyce to be treated.The r
  • Head-on crash reported on Nicholson Drive

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities were on the scene of a head-on crash Monday morning.The crash was reported near Nicholson Drive and Gourrier Avenue. Authorities say two people were transported in stable condition. Details are limited at this time. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • Crews respond to house fire on Wenonah Street

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities responded to an early morning house fire on Wenonah Street.A call for a fire in the 2800 block of Wenonah Street came in at 7:55 a.m. At the scene, firefighters found the fire burning underneath the house. The fire was extinguished by 8:13 a.m. Damage to the inside of the house was minimal, according to authorities.No one was living in the home at the time of the fire.The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation. Permalink| Comments
  • Man found shot dead inside car in St. Martinville

    ST. MARTINVILLE- Authorities are investigating the case of a man found dead in a car with multiple gunshot wounds.At 2:45 a.m. authorities got a call regarding a vehicle in a ditch in the 1300 block of Orphe Guidry Road. The driver was reported to be deceased.Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and following the initial investigation into the incident, determined that the driver of the vehicle, Blake Narcisse, 23, died as a result of multip
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  • Police: Man shoots 5, including officer, during 'crime spree'

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans police chief says a man shot and injured five people, including an officer.Police Superintendent Michael Harrison tells news outlets 25-year-old Charles Williams' "crime spree" Sunday stemmed from a domestic dispute. Police say one person was shot in the face and had been in surgery and three others shot were hospitalized in stable condition.The spree began when the three were shot at a home connected to the dispute. The officer was shot after Williams stole a
  • Kate Middleton gives birth to boy

    LONDON (AP) - Kensington Palace says the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.  The palace says the child was born at 11:01 a.m. (1001 GMT), a few hours after Kate was admitted to London's St. Mary's Hospital in labor.  Prince William was present for the birth of his son, who is fifth in line to the throne.  The palace says "the queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duche
  • Man gets prison for selling stolen black rhinoceros horn

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to six months in prison for selling a stolen black rhinoceros horn.U.S. District Judge Donald Walter also on Tuesday sentenced 31-year-old Patrick Dylan Drawl, of Lake Charles, to one year of supervised release after his prison term ends. Drawl pleaded guilty in December to violating the federal Lacey Act.A court filing says the head of McNeese State University's biology department contacted campus police in March 2017
  • Baton Rouge has the cheapest gas prices in the country

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked nine cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the jump was driven primarily by rising crude oil costs. The current gas price is 37 cents above where it was a year ago.The highest average price in the contiguous 48 states was $3.68 in the San Francisco Bay area. The lowest was $2.45 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The average price for diesel fuel rose six cents, t
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  • Firefighters working massive fire in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS- Firefighters are on the scene of a massive fire in Mid City early Monday morning, WWL-TV reports.The fire happened sometime before 5 a.m. at a clothing store named Nola Til Ya Die near the intersection of Toulouse Street and North Jefferson Davis Parkway. It is unclear what caused the fire.There is a large presence of first responders at the scene, WWL reports. At least a dozen firetrucks are at the scene.Details are limited at this time
  • Local church damaged by flood breaks ground on new campus

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Almost two years after the 2016 flood, parishoners at a local church held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new campus.The August 2016 flood damaged the entirety of St. Francis Episcopal Church, but Sunday morning's ceremony was nothing short of a blessing."We decided to take that tragedy and turn it into a blessing, or as a preacher says: miracle," longtime member Jim Bruce said.Father Dan Krutz had been the pastor at St. Francis for years, but left th
  • 'Bow-Z' wows crowd at bulldog pageant for Drake Relays

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 2-year-old pup once destined to be euthanized was crowned the winner of Sunday's "Beautiful Bulldog Contest" at Drake University.The 39th annual tongue-in-cheek pageant for English bulldogs, Drake's mascot, is the unofficial start to this week's Drake Relays track meet.This year's champion, "Bow-Z," hails from nearby Pella, Iowa. She was set to be put down as a puppy because of various physical ailments but was re-routed to a no-kill shelter instead.Bow-Z beat a field
  • LSU falls to South Carolina 8-6 in Game 3

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  • LSU baseball lets 6-0 lead slip, gets swept at South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, SC - After being outscored 22-4 to start the weekend, the Tiger bats finally came alive in Game 3 against the Gamecocks.One week after his walk-off homerun to beat Tennessee, last Sunday's hero Daniel Cabrera launched a three-run bomb in the third to give the Tigers an early 3-0.The LSU bats built up a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth until the South Carolina lineup answered with 8 runs in the late innings to complete the sweep of the Tigers.After
  • WATCH: Tornado destroys Sonic Drive-In near Galliano

    LAFOURCHE PARISH - Cell phone footage captured the destruction a tornado left behind after touching down in Galliano, Louisiana.Heavy storm systems damaged a Sonic Drive-In on LA-3235, clearly seen in the video.The National Weather Service will send a team to investigate how strong the tornado was.Click here to see the moment the tornado touches down.Permalink| Comments
  • Scholarship at Tulane honors cancer victim

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An endowed scholarship fund has been established at Tulane University in New Orleans in memory of a student who died of brain cancer in March of 2017.Tulane announced in a news release that the Charles Ellison Scholarship Endowed Fund will provide scholarship support for Tulane undergraduate students with both high academic achievement and financial need.The fund was established by anonymous donors.Ellison was a junior who majored in mathematics at Tulane. He also served as a
  • Gas line leak shuts down part of Mollylea Drive

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews are responding to a possible gas line leak Sunday.The leak was reported just before noon on Sunday. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Mollylea Drive is currently closed between Westbrook Drive and Little John Drive.Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • Discovery of bones halts water line project in Mississippi

    BILOXI, Miss. - The discovery of human bones brought a temporary halt to infrastructure work in an area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The city of Biloxi reports on its Facebook page that the discovery was made during excavation work Friday near the Biloxi lighthouse. The bones were found about five feet underground.  The city says police and the Harrison County Coroner's office supervised the removal of the bones. The Mississippi Department of Archives and
  • Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan officials say the toll from a suicide bombing in Kabul claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 57 dead and 119 wounded.  Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro confirmed the toll of Sunday's attack, in which the bomber targeted a voter registration center in the capital. IS claimed the attack, saying it targeted Shiite "apostates."  Both IS and the more well-established Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanist
  • Police: Waffle House shooting suspect arrested last year by Secret Service

    UPDATE: Police: Nashville shooting suspect arrested last year by Secret Service for being in restricted area near White House.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police in Nashville say four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday.
    The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police in Nashville say four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday.  The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his coat and fled the area.  Police said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis R
  • Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Trump

    NEW YORK (AP) - Shania Twain has apologized for saying if she were American she would have voted for Donald Trump for president, even though he's offensive.Twain made the comments in an interview with The Guardian that was published over the weekend. She told the British newspaper "Do you want straight or polite? I would have voted for a feeling that is transparent."After receiving backlash, Twain took to Twitter to explain herself.The Canadian says she wasn't prepared for the question and was
  • BRFD: Crews battle to contain house fire on 73rd Avenue

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews responded to a house fire Saturday on 73rd Avenue.According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, crews were called to the 5300 block of 73rd Ave. around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.Firefighters arrived on scene and found flames coming from the front of the house, and battled to bring the fire under control. BRFD says the cause of the fire was unintentional.The estimated cost of damage is valued at $30,000. Red Cross was called to assist.Permalink| Comments
  • Tiger fans pack Death Valley for LSU's Spring Game

    BATON ROUGE - It may be April, but that's it's not too early in the year for LSU fans to show their Tiger spirit.Saturday's Spring Game brought a pregame block party to Tiger Stadium, and fans are already showing excitement for football season this fall."Get ready, get excited about 2018," Juile Cribbs with LSU Athletics told WBRZ.Between the food, fun, and entertainment, it felt like autumn in South Louisiana. "I just love LSU Football," one fan sai
  • New system at LSU hopes to combat food waste

    BATON ROUGE - Just in time for Earth Day, LSU is introducing a new effort to fight food waste.At first glance, they may look like ordinary dumpers; but the bins are actually part of a new program at LSU looking to combat waste."We've always wanted to find a way to either compost food, or divert food from the landfill because its such a waste stream for LSU," Sarah Temple, Manager of Campus Sustainability, told WBRZ.What's even more special about this latest food initiative is
  • Davis' 47 points leads Pelicans to sweep of Trail Blazers

    NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis scored 33 of his franchise playoff-record 47 points in the second half, and the New Orleans Pelicans completed a first-round playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers with a 131-123 victory on Saturday.Jrue Holiday capped his 41-point performance with an 18-foot pull-up jumper that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds left.Rajon Rondo added 16 assists, and Davis also had 11 rebounds and three blocks for New Orleans, which is moving on to the second ro
  • Deputies investigating shooting on O'Neal Lane

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are responding to a reported shooting that occurred Saturday on O'Neal Lane.Officials say the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the reported shooting. The incident reportedly happened around 6 o'clock Saturday evening in the 3100 block of O'Neal Lane.Sources say a female victim was shot in the arm, and was transported from the scene in stable condition.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments

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