• State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn.
     Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, said that "the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."
     She was a Fox News Channel reporter with little foreign policy experience when she jo
  • Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

    CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.
     "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a brief statement late Friday.
     He gave no d
  • VIDEO: Man arrested after kicking shoplifter in head outside Mall of Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE- Many were in awe at a video that showed a woman who was accused of shoplifting, held down on the ground then kicked in the head by a man passing by.The incident happened outside of Macy's at the Mall of Louisiana, Thursday. The woman tried to flee from the department store when it appears that three individuals pinned her down.Authorities later identified the shoplifter to be Latonya Hamilton and the man who kicked her, Frank Lamb. Lamb was arrested and charged with battery after H
  • Multiple fatalities after hostage standoff, police shooting

    CLINTON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say there have been multiple fatalities after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a hostage situation and a subsequent police shooting.
     News outlets report the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a Clinton subdivision and lasted for about 12 hours.
     Clinton city spokesman Mark Jones confirms fatalities occurred but wouldn't provide any other details, referring all questions to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
     Cap
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  • All lanes now OPEN on I-12 W near Juban Rd following multi-vehicle crash

    UPDATE: All lanes now open on I-12 West near Juban. ********DENHAM SPRINGS- Authorities are responding to a multi-vehicle crash on I-12 Westbound near Juban Road.Six patients have been transported to a local hospital with minor injures.DOTD states that the right lane is closed at the time, congestion is minimal. Drivers are recommended to take an alternative route.The right lane is blocked I-12 West before Juban Road due to an accident. Congestion is minimal at this time.— Baton Rouge
  • Officer shot multiple times, suspects die in subsequent fire

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A police officer in Alabama shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery is recovering, while two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout.
     The Opelika-Auburn News reports the incident began about 5:30 p.m. Friday. An Auburn officer stopped a vehicle that fit the description of one driven by the suspects. As the officer approached, police say the man opened fire, striking the officer at least four times.
     The
  • Louisiana parish's beaver bounty program suspended

    DERIDDER, La. (AP) - A Louisiana parish has temporarily suspended its beaver bounty program.
     The American Press reports the Beauregard Parish Police Jury halted the program to allow jurors a chance to re-examine its permit and bounty ordinance.
     The ordinance allows beaver hunters and trappers from outside the parish to obtain permits at no cost to hunt the destructive animals throughout the area. Permit supervisor Dianna Nichols told jurors recently that of the 17 active per
  • 1 man arrested after security incident at Florida airport

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man was arrested after he attempted to breach a security checkpoint at a Florida airport.  The man was arrested Saturday at Orlando International Airport.  In a tweet, Orlando Police said that as authorities attempted to arrest the man, he reached into his pocket, prompting "unknown persons" nearby to yell that he had a gun.  Police said panic ensued, though there was no gun. Additional details about th
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  • I-10 East at Siegen Lane closed due to debris

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities have closed all lanes on I-10 East at Siegen Lane because of scattered pieces of waste in the roadway. As of right now, motorcyclist are able to pass on the left shoulder, congestion has reached Bluebonnet. DOTD recommends that drivers take an alternate route. All lanes are blocked on I-10 East at Siegen Lane due to large pieces of debris. Motorists are able to pass on the left shoulder. Congestion has reached Bluebonnet Boulevard. Use alterna
  • All lanes are OPEN at I-10 East at Siegen, congestion remains

    UPDATE: All lanes of I-10 East at Siegen are now open.BATON ROUGE- Authorities have closed all lanes on I-10 East at Siegen Lane because of scattered pieces of waste in the roadway. As of right now, motorists are able to pass on the left shoulder, congestion has reached Bluebonnet. DOTD recommends that drivers take an alternate route. All lanes are blocked on I-10 East at Siegen Lane due to large pieces of debris. Motorists are able to pass on the left shoulder. Conge
  • No peanuts or Cracker Jack at the old ballgame in Hartford

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - There will be nobody buying peanuts or Cracker Jack at one minor league baseball stadium in Connecticut.  The Double-A Hartford Yard Goats say they are going peanut-free at the 6,000-seat Dunkin' Donuts Park to make the venue safer for people with nut allergies.  The Colorado Rockies affiliate says while many ballparks and sports venues have peanut-free sections and peanut-free games, the Yard Goats are the first to stop selling the sna
  • CEO ousted amid probe into disabled woman's pregnancy

    ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida facility for people with disabilities has suspended its CEO amid an investigation into a resident's pregnancy.  A caregiver at the Rockledge facility has been accused of impregnating the woman, who gave birth in 2015.  Florida Today reports the board of directors of the Bridges Foundation voted unanimously to suspend CEO David Cooke.  Chairwoman Susan Stokes Elmore said a panel of outside experts will review
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  • Bikers across Louisiana ride in honor of Officer Shane Totty

    BATON ROUGE - A long stream of motorcycles, stretched for miles Saturday morning along Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.Officers gathered at the Baton Rouge Police Department to support the family of Cpl. Shane Totty, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month."We felt the least we could do is raise funds for them and their future because they are going to be without Corporal Totty in their life," Organizer of the ride, Everett Landry said.An estimated 300-bikers from all over Louisian
  • Ex-Louisiana police officer gets 9 years for excessive force

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former member of a Louisiana police department has been sentenced to nine years in prison for using excessive force on someone he arrested.  U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote sentenced 35-year-old Codi Dodge, the former deputy chief of investigations for the St. Martinville Police Department, on Thursday. Dodge was convicted in November on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee by using excessive force and of obstructing justice and cons
  • Scotlandville asking for community's help to create historic district

    SCOTLANDVILLE - James Johnson has lived in Scotlandville for 67 years“I know about the history of this district I was raised up on this street,” said Johnson.To many Scotlandville's history is something worth more than remembering. Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks wants to revitalize the Scotlandville community, and she needs the community's help to do it.“We just don't want our history to be lost in the things that happened, we want to restore that pride and that r
  • Sugarcane acreage likely to rise in 2019

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sugar cane is on the rise in Louisiana, with a good crop and decent prices encouraging more farmers to plant the tall tropical grass.  LSU AgCenter sugar cane expert Kenneth Gravois says the big reasons are that sugar prices have been stable and the crop has been resilient. He says that in spite of a soggy harvest season, 2018 set records for tons of cane sent to mills and tons of sugar produced.  Gravois says he doesn't know if this year's
  • Ascension Parish authorities searching for convenience store robber

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect who robbed the El Guero Market on Airline Highway.On Thursday, shortly before eight p.m. a man entered the store, pulled a handgun, and demanded money. He's described as a Hispanic male, approximately five feet, eight inches tall, and may walk with a limp.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers.Permalink| Comments
  • Beer found on 1886 shipwreck may yield new brew

    COBLESKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York.  Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill uncorked a bottle from the shipwrecked SS Oregon on Thursday. Serious Brewing Company of Howes Cave plans to develop a new brew if the students successfully extract yeast.  Bill Felter, of Serious Brewing, acquired the beer from a customer who owns an ass
  • Valentine's Day arrangements don't arrive, customers not happy

    BATON ROUGE - For once, you can't blame the guy for a late Valentine's Day gift.Corey Dalfrey says he's ordered from Edible Arrangements in the past and has never had a problem. It's why he chose to order an arrangement online for his wife for Valentine's Day."I ordered it Monday and it was supposed to be delivered yesterday, on Valentine's Day," said Dalfrey.The arrangement made of chocolate dipped strawberries, grapes, pineapple heart slices, and a foil balloon cost about $115. The delivery p
  • Police: Woman hid mom's body with blankets, air fresheners

    BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a woman hid her mother's decomposing body inside their Virginia home for weeks, covering it with dozens of blankets and surrounding it with air fresheners to mask the smell.  News outlets report that 55-year-old Jo-Whitney Outland was charged with felony concealment of a body. Bristol police detective Sgt. Steve Crawford says the investigation began Monday when Outland's relatives were concerned about 78-year-old Rosemary Outland. Investigat
  • Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion lawsuits with NFL

    NEW YORK (AP) - Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.  In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:  "For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement
  • Gunman identified in deadly mass shooting in Illinois

    AURORA, Ill. - The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.  Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters that 45-year-old Gary Martin also shot and wounded five police officers in the attack Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse in Aurora.  Ziman said Martin was also killed.Workers at the plant earlier said Martin was employed there. One of the employ
  • City says shooter arrested in Aurora, Illinois

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) - City officials in Aurora, Illinois, say a shooter has been apprehended.  The city sent a tweet Friday afternoon saying there was an active shooter in an industrial park and that police were on the scene.  They say the shooter is in custody and the area still is on lockdown.  Live TV reports show dozens of first responder vehicles outside a building housing the Henry Pratt Co.  Police have not sa
  • Police: Man kills girlfriend, self at Houston doughnut shop

    HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say a man gunned down his girlfriend at a Houston Dunkin' Donuts where she worked and then killed himself.  A police investigator told KTRK television that the man went into the shop west of downtown Houston just before noon on Friday and fired several shots, killing his girlfriend in a "senseless and tragic act of domestic violence." He then killed himself.  Another employee witnessed the shootings.  Police say th
  • Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana officials say they have nailed down the voting registration method they'll use for convicted felons whose rights will be restored under a law effective March 1.  Some lawmakers Friday said the multiple-step process for the estimated 36,000 felons is too complicated. They also want more outreach to announce the voting rights restoration.  Lawmakers voted last year to allow people on probation or parole for a felony to register to v
  • USDA designates nine parishes as natural disaster areas

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated nine Louisiana parishes as primary disaster areas due to excessive rain and flooding last year.As a result of the amount of rain between September 1 and December 10, some farmers could be eligible for assistance, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.Farmers in Bossier, Caddo, Evangeline, Grant, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, and Red River parishes are eligible for low em
  • Sheriff: $600K seized, five dealers arrested in Ascension drug bust

    GONZALES - Officials from multiple agencies announced the seizure of more than half-a-million dollars in cash, along with drugs and firearms, Friday.According to Ascension Sheriff Bobby Webre, the joint investigation between his department, Gonzales Police and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of five people in Ascension Parish on drug and weapon charges. Webre said information gathered in both parishes allowed them to execute six search warrants overnight.Officials d
  • Home goods company expands in Baton Rouge, buys former Toys R Us store

    BATON ROUGE - Reports say Conn's HomePlus is continuing its expansion in Louisiana by opening a new store in the former Toys R Us/Babies R Us space in the Siegen Lane Marketplace.The Siegen location will be the second home goods location the store has in Baton Rouge. The other location is near the Cortana Mall on Airline Highway.Conn's spent nearly $1 million renovating the 57,000 square-foot space after Toys R Us closed last year after the company filed for bankruptcy.The company said it had i
  • State board reverses ruling, says La. candidates can use campaign funds for child care

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Ethics has reversed its original ruling in the case of a candidate using campaign funds to cover child care expenses incurred during campaign events.Morgan Lamandre, an attorney who is running as a Democrat for the House District 66 seat, was told in November she could be penalized if she used campaign funds to pay for childcare.The Advocate reports the board voted 6-4 in favor if revising their decision Friday morning.“I am excited and encouraged
  • Tiger baseball rides bats of Duplantis and Cabrera to opening night win

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger baseball team won a thrilling season opener thanks to the heroics and hits of Antoine Duplantis and Daniel Cabrera.The pair of Tigers accounted for all but one of LSU's runs in a 12-7 victory over the visiting ULM Warhawks on Friday night in Alex Box Stadium.LSU senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis smashed two home runs on the night to match his preview totals from his first three seasons on campus. Duplantis' second of the night was a grand slam that lifted his Tig
  • Children arrested, accused of setting vacant house on fire

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have arrested two juveniles accused of setting an empty house on fire earlier this month.According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the house on Arizona Street caught fire Feb. 3. The flames from the blaze nearly spread to a neighboring home, and that homeowner was able to identify a juvenile he saw fleeing the scene.Investigators were able to track down that person, who implicated another juvenile who helped start the fire. The fire department said the two apparent
  • Jones Creek development fined nearly $100K

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial development, the Lakes at Jones Creek, was slapped with a heavy fine for working without permits last month. Although, many nearby residents say it's not enough.Texas based developer D. R. Horton and Baton Rouge based contractor Five-S Group were notified late January they would be fined $98,110 for their violations, according to documents obtained by WBRZ.About 420 houses will be built along the creek near Jones Creek Road and Coursey Boulevard. Despite strong pus
  • Veteran surprised with Chevy Cruze at LSU baseball season opener

    BATON ROUGE – LSU baseball players took the field at Alex Box Stadium Friday night for the first time this season. But what happened before the game also had fans cheering. A veteran received a huge gift, one that amounted to more than $20,000.“I never would have expected it in a million years,” said former Army Staff Sergeant Kevin Kirby.What Kirby was expecting was to throw the first pitch of the game, but that wasn't all. The Super Chevy Dealers and GallantFew C
  • Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg back at work

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December.The court's press office says the 85-year-old Ginsburg is attending the justices' Friday closed-door conference at which they're weighing whether to add new cases and finalizing opinions in cases argued in the fall. Ginsburg missed six days of arguments and three private conferences as she recuperated from the December surgery.Th
  • Officials to discuss Scotlandville Historic District survey details

    BATON ROUGE - Local officials will hold a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the first phase of the Scotlandville Historic Preservation Survey.The press conference is set for 3 p.m. along the Scotland Avenue strip between Sora Street and Swan Street. NBRNOW, local resident leaders, and representatives from the LA Division Historic Preservation will be there.Exact details weren't provided.Permalink| Comments
  • Retailer Payless to file bankruptcy, close stores

    TOPEKA, Kan. - Reports say Payless ShoeSource Inc. plans to close all of its stores when it files for bankruptcy later this month.According to Reuters, approximately 2,300 stories will be closing their doors. This is the second time in two years the company has filed for bankruptcy.The company has been trying to find a buyer, but so far Payless has been unsuccessful. After no such deal could be reached the company has decided to initiate preparations to liquidate, Reuters reports.Sources say th
  • Shelter: Dog set on fire in Virginia park has died

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Officials at a Virginia shelter say a dog set on fire at a Richmond park has succumbed to his wounds.News outlets report Richmond Animal Care and Control announced Friday morning that the male brindle pit bull named Tommie died surrounded by caregivers. The shelter says Tommie was tied to a pole at a city park, covered in accelerant and set on fire Sunday.He was initially believed to have burns covering about half his body, but the shelter later said the burns covered nearl
  • Saying goodbye: EBRSO mourns loss of K-9

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said goodbye to K-9 Jumma earlier this week.Authorities say Jumma passed away Wednesday during emergency surgery to remove a tumor on her spleen. The K-9 and her partner Sgt. Jess Hale patrolled the streets for 11 years, according to the sheriff's office. The two were responsible for seizing millions of dollars’ worth of drugs and drug money while arresting some of the most "violent and dangerous people imaginable.""She devote
  • Deputies searching for man wanted on weapons, drug charges

    LAFOURCHE PARISH - Authorities with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for a Larose man wanted on multiple weapons and drug charges.As part of a narcotics investigation, agents obtained a warrant for 25-year-old Jhy Allinson's arrest for charges including illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawful use of body armor. His drug charges include possession with intent to distribute marijuana, p
  • Trump will sign border deal; but will also declare emergency

    WATCH: President Donald Trump is expected to discuss the boarder deal.*****WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise that would avert a second painful government shutdown.But a new confrontation has been ignited. President Donald Trump's plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary is certain to be challenged. Money in the bill for border barriers, about $1.4 billion
  • Trump says he wants to protect the nation

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is saying that he needs to use emergency powers to protect the nation from drug dealers and illegal immigrants.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a photo of Trump signing the declaration Friday in the moments before his scattershot Rose Garden news conference. Trump told stories, without providing evidence, of horrific abuse of women being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border.He also said the border wall would be needed to battl
  • Report: More than 60 warrants issued for New Orleans Mardi Gras Day 'Ride Out'

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Troopers have issued dozens of arrest warrants across different states for suspects who participated in an event called "2018 New Orleans Bike Life Mardi Gras Day Ride Out."WWL-TV reports the people involved recklessly drove ATVs, motorcycles and dirt bikes around the city last year. Nearly 100 participates were identified, according to state police. Reports say nearly half of those people are from Louisiana. To date, 34 arrest warrants have been issued for residen
  • Guilty plea connected to officer's shooting can't be undone

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man's effort to take back his guilty plea to charges related to a 2016 shooting that left a Louisiana law officer severely wounded has been denied in federal court.Jarvis Hardy had pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges. His plea deal included the dropping of an attempted murder charge and a major firearms charge in the shooting of federal task force member Stephen Arnold.Hardy's motion said he accepted the deal and a negotiated 35-year sentence because he faced a minimu
  • Pompeo meets with EU's top diplomat amid Pence attack

    BRUSSELS (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Brussels for expected tense talks with the European Union's top diplomat.Pompeo was having a brief meeting Friday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini just a day after Vice President Mike Pence attacked the organization and some of its members for trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Pence also called on the EU to join the Trump administration in withdrawing from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.Pence launched the o
  • Louisiana rapper Mystikal freed on $3M bond in rape case

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Mystikal, a Louisiana rapper who's been in custody for nearly 1½ years on a rape charge, is now free on bond.KTBS-TV reports that the artist, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was released Wednesday from the Caddo Correctional Center under a $3 million bond. Tyler surrendered in August 2017 when he learned there was a warrant out for his arrest.Tyler was accused of a sexual assault at a Shreveport casino in October 2016 and was indicted on charges of first-degr
  • Couple who met in Baton Rouge celebrate over 60 years of marriage

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana-raised woman and her husband are celebrating over 60 years of marriage this Valentine's Day.Wes Cantrell met Bernadine on her 18th birthday in downtown Baton Rouge. The two crossed paths at Walgreens drugstore on 3rd Street, which is now Schlittz & Giggles pizza parlor."I still see the same, very attractive woman I saw when she was eighteen years old," Wes Cantrell said.Wes had just graduated from college in Georgia when he accepted a job in Louisiana. "I
  • Crews called to house fire off Tiger Bend Road on Valentine's night

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to a house fire Thursday night off of Tiger Bend Road.The incident was reported around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 13000 block of Ridgeview Drive, just off Tiger Bend.According to the St. George Fire Department, crews arrived on the scene and found the kitchen engulfed in flames. The blaze was quickly extinguished before it could spread to any other rooms. However, officials say the home did receive heavy smoke damage.Officials believe the fire started from a
  • Edwards' 2015 campaign manager, Linda Day, passes

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John bel Edwards' campaign manager from the 2015 election has passed away.Linda Day, a retired school administrator from Caddo Parish, joined Edwards' campaign team in the 2015 Louisiana Governor's Race."Our hearts are heavy today as Louisiana lost one of its fiercest champions for working families and our teachers, our dear friend Linda Day," Gov. Edwards wrote. "Linda was not just a member of our team; she was a part of our family. We have been together through good tim
  • Newborn found in hospital parking lot, search on for mother

    LAKE CHARLES (AP) - A full-term newborn girl found in the grass outside a Louisiana hospital is doing well but police are searching for her mother.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says a woman told deputies she heard crying as she got into her car Tuesday night outside Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. She found the naked baby about 50 yards from the hospital's front door.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in a news release Wednesday that once found, the mother
  • Complaints fell on deaf ears at state agency ahead of foster parent's arrest, sources tell WBRZ

    GONZALES – Once again, the state agency overseeing the welfare and safety of children, finds itself at the center of allegations of not doing enough to protect the most innocent.Thursday, WBRZ was first to report on the arrest of a foster parent in Ascension Parish. Jerry Oubre was booked into the Ascension Parish jail on sexual battery and indecent behavior with juveniles charges. He is being held without bond.Oubre, a state foster parent, was able to avoid any “red flags,&

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