• 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.
  • Firefighters and police rescue dog trapped on roof

    RAMSEY, NJ - A dog who wandered out onto a townhome roof got back inside safely Thursday, thanks to efforts of the police and fire crews.Authorities say the pup had made it through a screen window and was walking around on the roof of a townhome.The Ramsey Police Department says a firefighter provided the ladder, and a police officer climbed up to the roof edge and waited, as the spaniel ran back and forth, at times coming perilously close to the edge.The dog eventually got cl
  • LSU begins digitizing century-old editions of longtime campus newspaper

    BATON ROUGE - One of LSU's longest-standing traditions is set to step into the digital age.Louisiana's flagship university is looking to bring millions of words written over the past 121 years, long after the ink has dried, into the 21st century.The Daily Reveille's Editor in Chief, Evan Saacks, spoke with WBRZ about the huge archive project that's just begun."Right now we're really the only ones that have access to it, us and the library," Saacks said. "So t
  • Mom arrested after 3-year-old shoots self in arm

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport Police have arrested a 27-year-old woman after a shooting left her 3-year-old son injured.The Times reports it happened just before 8 a.m. Saturday. Arriving officers found the toddler inside a south Shreveport home, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the arm. He was transported to University Health Hospital with injuries reported to be non-life threatening.Investigators say the child's mother, Chelsie Hamm, reported the shooting as an accident. She says
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  • Hundreds of volunteers pick up litter around the capital city

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people hit the streets Saturday morning with trash bags in hand. It's for a new cleanup campaign that the mayor is hoping will become an annual event.East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is calling it "Clean Sweep EBR Day." The project is an attack on litter, and she wants everyone to get involved.Some teenagers even took to the streets in the hot sun to pick up litter along Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge."We're making a change
  • Crews respond to crash involving train and 18-wheeler on Scenic Highway

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are responding to an accident involving a train and an 18-wheeler on Scenic Highway.The incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the 12000 block of Scenic Hwy.State Police and EBRSO are working the scene of a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a train in the 12000 block of Scenic Highway. pic.twitter.com/3IpMsiu3WR— Jordan Whittington (@jwhittingtonBR) June 23, 2018Immediate information regarding injuries was not yet available.This is a dev
  • Firefighters extinguish apartment fire on Scotland Avenue

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters with the Baton Rouge Fire Department extinguished an apartment fire on Scotland Avenue Friday night.According to BRFD, the fire was first reported at 10:37 p.m. in the 10000 block of Scotland Avenue.Firefighters arrived on scene to find the laundry room of one of the units on fire. The fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes.Three people were inside when the fire sparked. They were all able to get out safe and no other injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is
  • Homeless man gets comfy in house under construction, arrested

    BATON ROUGE - A 50-year-old man was arrested after he made himself comfortable in a home under construction.According to arrest records, on Friday, June 22, deputies were called to a residence on Greenwell Springs Road in reference to a suspicious incident.Upon arrival, the homeowner told deputies she stopped by her residence, which is under construction, to retrieve some belongings. Additionally, she advised that most of her belongings were still inside the residence, which still has electrici
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  • Homeless man gets comfy in home under construction, arrested

    BATON ROUGE - A 50-year-old man was arrested after he made himself comfortable in a home under construction.According to arrest records, on Friday, June 22, deputies were called to a residence on Greenwell Springs Road in reference to a suspicious incident.Upon arrival, the homeowner told deputies she stopped by her residence, which is under construction, to retrieve some belongings. Additionally, she advised that most of her belongings were still inside the residence, which still has electrici
  • Louisiana's spring inshore shrimp season to close Wednesday

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The 2018 Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season will close Wednesday in an area near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line westward.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the season ends at 6 p.m. June 27 from the state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open w
  • Fillmore-branded music hall to open in New Orleans casino

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Music fans in New Orleans are getting a new, multimillion-dollar venue for concerts and other live performances.  News outlets report that the Live Nation entertainment company plans to open The Fillmore at Harrah's New Orleans in the second story of the city's downtown casino sometime early next year. Company executives gave a tour of the construction site Thursday.  The music hall is expected to have a standing-room capacity of 2,200 peop
  • Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy replicas

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor.  The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies.  The so-called "Narcos de la Copa" took advantage of the global merchandising boom generated by the soccer tournament to move the drug without raising suspicions.  "These merchants of dea
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  • Delay to choose company to replace Louisiana voting machines

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will take longer than expected to pick the company to replace the state's decade-old voting machines.  In May, the Secretary of State's Office said a winner bidder was expected to be chosen this month. But the agency said Thursday that timeline has been pushed back.  No new date has been set for a selection.  Three companies have put in bids for the work: Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems and Softwar
  • US prepares coffins for Korean War remains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.S. military says it has moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War.  U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll also said Saturday that the military sent 158 metal transfer cases to a U.S. air base near South Korea's capital and will potentially use them to send the remains home.  U.S. Forces
  • Southern University safe from accreditation loss

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University's Baton Rouge campus is no longer in danger of losing an accreditation needed to receive federal grants.  The Advocate reports the school announced Friday the campus is back in the good graces of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The commission is one of six major higher education accreditation bodies in the nation. Unaccredited universities can't dispense federal financial assistance such as Pe
  • Flood recovery, other work takes over classrooms as Livingston students have the summer off

    LIVINGSTON – More than a dozen public school campuses are undergoing renovations through the summer including ongoing flood recovery projects at six of the schools.Construction related to damage from the August 2016 flood continue at Denham Springs High School where floor tiles, all baseboards and the ROTC facility are being rehabbed. Similar flooring and wall work continues at the freshman high school, Denham Springs Junior High, Lewis Vincent Elementary and Seventh Ward Elementary.T
  • Netflix's top spokesman fired over use of racial term

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company's top spokesman over use of a racially offensive term.
     The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy.
     In a memo to employees, published by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter , Hastings said Friedland used the word twice - first in a meeting of public relations staff several mon
  • Michelle Obama says her memoir is a 're-humanization' effort

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former first lady Michelle Obama says her upcoming memoir "Becoming" is a "re-humanization effort" that shares the "ordinariness of a very extraordinary story" that she hopes will give voice to people who feel voiceless.
     She made the remarks Friday as she helped kick off the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans.
     Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden moderated a conversation with Obama before an estimated crowd of 8,000 inside th
  • Hammond PD officer shoots himself in the foot, rushed to Baton Rouge hospital

    WALKER - A police officer is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the foot while getting ready for work Friday.Hammond Police Chief James Stewart confirmed an officer was loading his shotgun into his car for duty when he dropped the weapon and it went off around 6:30 p.m.Stewart said the incident happened in Walker where the officer lives. The officer was getting ready to head to Hammond for work.The officer was transported to the hospital and is in good condition with a serious wou
  • Denham Springs adds second resource officer to watch its schools

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Susan Edwards is the only resource officer patrolling all six schools in Denham Springs, but another one will soon join her."The community is growing, It's coming back from the flood, so it's important to have another officer there," said Amber Fairburn with Denham Springs Police.The second officer is being hired after the city council and school board decided to pay the $80,000 needed to hire a second officer."It's a start," said Rachelle Ledoux who has a 13-year-old at Denham
  • Assumption Parish park to be renamed in honor of historic leader

    BELLE ROSE - Community leaders will honor the first African American man to serve on the Assumption Parish police jury by dedicating a local park in his honor.Dorseyville Park will be renamed Gilbert Dupaty Memorial Park in Dupaty's honor on June 23, 2018.Dupaty served on the Asumption Parish police jury from June 5, 1972 until his death on October 4, 1989. He was elected Vice President in 1980. In addition, he served on the Assumption Parish Library Board, Assumption Parish Council on Aging, A
  • Rouzan development takes shape after years of controversy

    BATON ROUGE - The land is being graded for the controversial Rouzan development, which would include hundreds of single-family homes and commercial development.The new owners lead by John Engquist through Engquist-Rouzan Development, LLC, took ownership of the remaining commercial and residential property within the last five months and plan to begin foundation work in the next two weeks. "People that never even thought about it are very excited about the opportunity to move into Rouza
  • Property tax proposal to fund mental health facility in Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE – Officials will once again ask voters to approve a property tax to fund a mental health facility.Metro Council will discuss adding the tax to a December election in the coming weeks. The council must approve the election before voters weigh-in.The tax would be 1.5 mills, or about $26 on a residential property valued at $150,000 and receiving homestead exemption.Authorities have expressed the need, suggesting a specialized facility would help with jail overcrowding and be
  • Wildfire reported at national wildlife refuge

    ST. TAMMANY - A wildfire has been reported at the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the wildfire was first reported Friday afternoon in a wooded area south of Slidell and west of U.S. Highway 11.The fire is estimated to be around three acres in size. Local U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fire crews, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Slidell Fire District 1 are assisting in extinguishing the blaze.Officials say resi
  • Lawmakers hope to end special session Sunday night

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana's legislative leaders believe they may be able to wrap up the state's latest special session on Sunday night.  House passage of a tax deal on Friday has paved the way for that possibility.  The House agreed to renew 0.45 percent of a 1 percent sales tax that expires July 1, to stave off deep budget cuts.  Republican Senate President John Alario says he expects the Senate to approve the tax measure without changes
  • Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.  The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the 2005 storm. His trial has been delayed numerous times amid questions about his health.  Court records show a closed hearing was held in May on his competency. Psychological
  • Joe Jackson hospitalized with cancer

    LAS VEGAS - Joe Jackson, patriarch of the famous Jackson family, has been hospitalized with terminal cancer, according to Entertainment Tonight.Jackson, 89, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital, according to a family source. They said Jackson has been battling the illness for some time, and doctors recently told family members that he has limited time to live because the cancer cannot be treated.Jackson was previously hospitalized three years ago after suffering a stroke. Last year, rumors swir
  • Energy-saving program can save customers money too

    BATON ROUGE - A program offered to Entergy users is saving some customers a large chunk of change. The program, Entergy Solutions, is offered to Entergy customers at no additional charge.Pat Thomas lives off Millerville Road and participated in the program in 2016. Since she says she's saved hundreds of dollars in electricity."I noticed within three months, I started paying attention," she said. "Everybody needs to save money."Entergy Solutions is an energy efficiency program that helps residen
  • Uber driver charged with pointing gun at texting motorist

    PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida Uber driver pointed a gun at another motorist because he was upset that she was texting.
     A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says 41-year-old Philip Macchio was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault and carrying a concealed firearm.
     The report says Macchio was driving in Port Richey early Friday morning when he passed a woman and tapped his brakes multiple times. The woman said she tried to pull around Macch
  • LSP responds to crash involving inmate van in Zachary

    ZACHARY - Officials confirmed they are responding to a crash involving a van used to transport inmates.The crash happened around 3 p.m. on US 61 north of LA 64.Louisiana State Police confirmed the crash involved an inmate transport van. It was not immediately clear if any inmates were inside.Sources told News 2 emergency crews were responding to "very minor" injuries stemming from the incident.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments

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