• WATCH: Thomas Morstead gives glove to young Saints fan after Bucs win

    TAMPA BAY - One tiny Saints fan had the sweetest emotional reaction when a New Orleans player handed over a keepsake after Sunday's game against the Bucaneers.A video posted to Facebook by Amberly Mouton-Niedzwecki shows little Aubrey on the bottom row at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa following the Saints' epic 28-14 win over the Bucs.As Saints players run off the field and into the locker room, punter Thomas Morstead segued over to Aubrey and handed her one of his p
  • Doctors urge proper hygiene, hand washing during strep throat season

    BATON ROUGE - It's that time of year—medical offices across the capital area are treating patients with strep throat."I have a strep test that's positive for a patient I have not gotten to see yet," Dr. Brett Hutchinson told WBRZ. "I had at least two positives this morning, so now I'm working on three."Dr. Hutchinson with the Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Pediatric Medical Center says it's common to see more people, especially children ages 2 through 18, with strep throat betwe
  • Gonzales man charged with attempted second-degree murder in music video stabbing

    ASCENSION PARISH - A Gonzales man is facing an attempted murder charge after deputies say he stabbed a man during an altercation.Authorities say 39-year-old Samuel Muse and the victim were shooting a music video Monday morning near Roddy Road in Gonzales. After a dispute broke out between the two, deputies believe Muse stabbed the victim in the neck with a pocket knife.The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.Muse was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail
  • Right lane on 1-10 East closed due to wreck, Congestion has reached 9 miles

    PRAIRIEVILLE-  The right lane is blocked on I-10 East in Prairieville due to a wreck.DOTD says traffic has reached nine miles to Bluebonnet Boulevard. Drivers are advised to take an alternative route.The right lane is blocked I-10 East at Mile Marker 172 (Prairieville) due to an accident. Congestion has reached Bluebonnet Boulevard, 9 miles in length.— Baton Rouge Traffic (@BR_Traffic) December 11, 2018Permalink| Comments
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  • Crash on I-10 East in Prairieville causing huge delays into Baton Rouge

    PRAIRIEVILLE -  An accident on I-10 East in Ascension Parish caused huge delays in the capital city Monday evening.Emergency crews closed the right lane on I-10 heading east near LA 73 to attend to the crash.DOTD says traffic reached nine miles in length, trickling into Baton Rrouge. Drivers were advised to take an alternative route.The right lane is blocked I-10 East at Mile M arker 172 (Prairieville) due to an accident. Congestion has reached Bluebonnet Boulevard, 9 miles in length.&
  • Volunteers build ramp for boy in train accident

    BATON ROUGE - A young boy has something to be thankful for this holiday season now that volunteers have stepped in to make his transition back home from the hospital a safe one.Julius Jackson was in a train accident on September 3, 2018, between Apple Street and Louise Street. He'll be using a wheelchair as his leg heals, which makes it difficult to get in and out of the elevated home where he lives.Chris Andrews, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge says he received a
  • Volunteers build ramp for boy hurt in train accident

    BATON ROUGE - A young boy has something to be thankful for this holiday season, now that volunteers have stepped in to make his transition back home from the hospital a safe one.Julius Jackson was in a train accident on September 3, 2018, between Apple Street and Louise Street. He'll be using a wheelchair as his leg heals, which makes it difficult to get in and out of the elevated home where he lives.Chris Andrews, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge says he received
  • Mother charged in death of infant who had severe burns

    DERIDDER, La. (AP) - A Louisiana mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in the death of an 11-month-old who died after being brought to a hospital with severe burns.
     KPLC-TV reports that 24-year-old Shamira Kimbrough and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Christian Coutee, were charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.
     Deputy Chief Chris Rudy says the DeRidder Fire Department responded to a medical emergency regarding the child at a residence Mo
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  • Louisiana man steals ambulance, attempts to flee to Japan

    LAFOURCHE PARISH- Deputies arrested a Golden Meadow man for stealing an ambulance from a local hospital.The sheriff's office got a call around 10:45 p.m. Friday night about a stolen ambulance from Lady of the Sea Hospital in Cut Off.Deputies identified the driver as 33-year-old Rory Guidry. When Guidry was questioned, he told authorities he planned to drive to an airport in Kenner and sneak on a plane to Japan.Guidry was booked on theft of a motor vehicle charges at Lafourche Parish Detention C
  • Louisiana high court: 2015 tax break change unconstitutional

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court says a 2015 state law that scaled back an income tax break that the state allows for taxes paid to other states was unconstitutional.
     Two taxpayers that are part-owners of multiple companies doing business in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana challenged the law. The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision that the law violates a U.S. Constitution provision governing commerce.
     The state collected an estimated $30 m
  • Young LSU fan diagnosed with cancer gets wish to attend Fiesta Bowl

    BATON ROUGE- A young boy diagnosed with cancer had one simple wish: to watch the LSU Tigers play live.In March, eight year old Drake was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. It's an aggressive tumor that interferes with all bodily functions, depriving a child of the ability to move, communicate, or even eat.A fun-loving country boy, Drake enjoys fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors. However, nothing beats his love for LSU football.A local company, Serv Pro, got
  • Wounded deputy identified, hunt still on for suspect

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Authorities in Louisiana have identified a sheriff's deputy who was shot and wounded outside of New Orleans.
     In a press release, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto Monday identified the wounded deputy as Christopher "Charlie" Haislup.
     The 34-year-old officer has been with the sheriff's office for 11 years. He's married and has two children.
     He is currently in stable condition at University Medical Center and is expected to undergo surgery
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  • Stormy Daniels protests law raising age for exotic dancers

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A porn actress who claimed to have had an affair with President Donald Trump has joined other women to voice opposition to a 2016 law that raises the age requirement for exotic dancers in Louisiana strip clubs from 18 to 21.
     The Advocate reports Stormy Daniels returned to her hometown of Baton Rouge and joined dozens of other women at the State Capitol to protest the law that they consider sexist Sunday.
     The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled las
  • Texas firefighters save more than 100 snakes from house fire

    CONROE, Texas (AP) - Firefighters in Texas have rescued more than 100 snakes from a home that caught fire over the weekend.
     Authorities say a Christmas tree may have sparked the blaze Saturday near Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston. The snakes included pythons and boa constrictors.
     Authorities say that when firefighters arrived, they discovered a second-floor bedroom full of snakes and lizards.
     Firefighters from Caney Creek and other responders carefully brou
  • Four LSU football players selected for AP's All American Team

    BATON ROUGE- Four LSU football players were announced on the Associated Press All-America first team and second team.The list was released Monday morning, linebacker Devin White along with safety Grant Delpit were named on the first team. Kicker Cole Tracy along with Cornerback Greedy Williams were named on the second team.White was also named on ESPN's All-American team. This comes after White became the first LSU player and third straight SEC player to win the Butkus award as the bes
  • Power restored after afternoon outage along Highland Road

    BATON ROUGE - Power has been restored to over 700 customers after Entergy reported an outage along Highland Road between downtown and LSU.The outage was reported around 12:42 p.m. The company originally estimated that power would be restored by 3 p.m., but had it back up just before 1 p.m. The cause of the outage has not been released at this time. Permalink| Comments
  • House GOP leader refuses to change Louisiana income forecast

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Republican leader of the Louisiana House is refusing to budge on boosting state income projections, even after economists proposed smaller, more conservative figures.
     House Speaker Taylor Barras blocked proposed changes Monday, the second time in two weeks that House GOP leaders stymied Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to increase the forecast.
     Economists for the Legislature and the administration recommended the Revenue Estimating Conference boost the
  • Hymel's Seafood closing after 70 years of business

    COVENT, La- Hymel's Seafood, a 70-year-old creole favorite has permanently closed its doors.The Creole restaurant announced in a Facebook post-Sunday night that the restaurant would be no more but did not mention the reason behind closing.They said farewell and thanked all of their customers for their laughs and memories at there, "hole in the wall favorite stop on River Road."They said anyone and everyone who contributed to the joy and success that took place at Hymel's has become apart of the
  • Man in possession of stolen property facing felony charges

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office have arrested a man after getting a call about a stolen boat and trailer.On December 4, authorities responded to an address on Pertuis Road in reference to the theft. During the investigation, deputies identified 38-year-old Dustin Capell as a suspect.Deputies conducted surveillance on Capell's residence and initiated a traffic stop as he attempted to leave on December 6. It was later discovered that the vehicle he was in
  • Girl, 9, dies in crash as driver suffers medical condition

    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - Authorities in Louisiana say a 9-year-old girl was killed in a single-vehicle crash while the driver was suffering from an unknown medical condition.News outlets cite reports from Bossier City police and firefighters as saying Brooklyn Dunn died at the scene of the collision Saturday night. The 39-year-old man driving was suffering from a condition when the crash happened. He and a 5-year-old girl who was also in the car were taken to a hospital and are in stable condit
  • Dawson Creek in Baton Rouge will be realigned

    BATON ROUGE - A section of Dawson Creek near the Mall of Louisiana will be straightened and expanded as part of a development in that area. The East Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission approved the plan Monday with work to begin early next year.The project, the Grove, will expand an existing mixed-use development by building hundreds of townhouses, hotel rooms, and commercial space. Final approval on the plan was delayed 30 days last month so developers could better explain the project t
  • Town of Livingston condemns home, vacates current tenant

    LIVINGSTON – A Livingston man is facing the reality he has to leave his home. The mayor deemed the house unlivable two months ago. Two people have been residing there without electricity, water or sewage for months.During a special meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted to condemn the home on Cedar Street.One of the occupant's sister traveled to town from Arkansas for the meeting.“It’s a hard, hard situation,” Lovey Morris said.Morris says the home
  • Police chief candidate accused of hitting officer after loss

    MELVILLE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana police chief candidate has been accused of hitting an officer after losing the election.KATC-TV reports Cleven Clark is free on bond after he was arrested Saturday night. Clark is accused of kicking a Melville police officer's car as he rode past his daughter's home with sirens on in celebration of Chief Anthony Moreau's re-election.Clark also allegedly hit the officer in the face. Clark denies touching the officer.He says Moreau and police were harassing his fa
  • Authorities investigating after church damaged in morning fire

    BOSSIER PARISH - Firefighters were called to a massive fire at Bossier City church early Monday morning.The fire was reported at Bossier Baptist Church. According to KTBS, the fire started around 5:40 a.m. and lasted at least an hour. A Bossier City spokesperson said the church's old sanctuary suffered some damage as a result of the fire.No injuries were reported.“Obviously, it’s sad. We’re grateful that no one was hurt. The firefighters have done an exceptional jo
  • Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices.Lower courts in both states had blocked the states from withholding money that is used for health services other than abortion for low-income women. Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should not receive any government money because of heavily edited videos that c
  • Four arrested following weekend vehicle burglaries

    ASCENSION - Authorities in Gonzales have arrested multiple suspects following recent vehicle burglaries.Shortly after midnight on Sunday, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Sage Field Court in Gonzales. At the scene, deputies located four suspects matching the description of those who were seen burglarizing the vehicles.Authorities said that as a deputy approached, the men fled on foot. They were all apprehended.De'Anthony Carter, 17, was charged with simple
  • Two La. schools nationally recognized for academic performance

    BATON ROUGE - According to education officials, two Louisiana schools have been recognized for "outstanding" academic performance.The schools are L.W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies in Jefferson Parish and Eastside Elementary in Livingston Parish. The Louisiana Department of Education said the schools have been named National ESEA Distinguished Schools.The national program annually recognizes two schools in every state that have at least a 35 percent poverty rate and that either demonstrat
  • WATCH: Local officers help boy celebrate birthday

    BAKER - A few officers with the Baker Police Department brought a smile to the face of a little boy on his birthday.The 6-year-old boy identified as Sgt. Pierson got the chance to sit in an official police unit and use the sirens. Pierson's mother said the boy is normally a little shy, but hopes to become a police officer one day.The heartwarming video was posted on the Baker Police Department's Facebook. Be sure to watch the full video and check out the photos below. Permalink| Commen
  • Trump blames lawyer Michael Cohen for hush money 'liability'

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is defending the hush money payments made by his former lawyer to two women during his 2016 campaign as "a simple private transaction."He tweeted Monday that if there was wrongdoing, it's lawyer Michael Cohen's "liability" and not his. Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Friday that Cohen "acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election" and at the direction of Trump when he brokered deals to stop women from going public about th
  • Seven displaced after morning house fire on Brady Street

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters were called to an early morning house fire in Baton Rouge.The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. on Brady Street near North 38th Street. Fire officials say the fire started in a back bedroom of the home. Four people were home at the time of the fire and seven people have been displaced.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire hasn't been released. Permalink| Comments
  • Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Kirk Douglas got to celebrate his 102nd birthday with a special video message from his daughter-in-law.Catherine Zeta-Jones shared a sweet tribute in an Instagram video Sunday. The actress and wife of Michael Douglas wrote, "Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk."View this post on InstagramHappy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk.A post shared byCatherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:58am PSTThe
  • Wildlife officials: Oldest wild seabird lays another egg on Midway Atoll

    Wildlife experts say the world's oldest known seabird has laid another egg.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the Laysan albatross named Wisdom appeared at her nest site at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last month, ABC News reports. A local publication, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that biologists confirmed Wisdom laid the egg.Officials believe Wisdom is at least 68 years old. The bird and her mate return to the same site each year. Biologists say Laysan albatrosses lay one
  • Jury to recommend sentence for white nationalist

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment.The jury in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr. will reconvene Monday to hear additional evidence and come up with a sentencing recommendation for Judge Richard Moore on murder and other charges. Fields was convicted Friday in the death of Heather Heyer during the "Unite the Right" rally organized to prot
  • Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.City officials hope the renovation at the traditional birthplace of Jesus will boost tourism and a weak economy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and perhaps slow a decades-long drain of the Christian populati
  • Authorities searching for suspect after JPSO deputy shot

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities in New Orleans are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot a deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.The deputy, and a backup unit, were responding to a disturbance call at a hotel late Sunday night on Veterans Memorial Boulevard when the incident happened, WWL-TV reports. According to the sheriff's office, the deputy was shot in the elbow and the leg. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.The suspect has been identified as 38-yea
  • 2 shot after party at Atlanta hotel connected to CNN Center

    ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a "highly intoxicated" man shot two people inside a downtown Atlanta hotel that is connected to CNN's headquarters.  Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the victims had been trying to help 31-year-old Sedarius Dennis back to his room after a party when Dennis shot them early Sunday.  The shooting occurred on the 28th floor of the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Authori
  • Pay for private university chiefs grows by 4 percent

    BOSTON (AP) - A new study finds that the presidents of America's private colleges saw their pay increase by nearly 4 percent in 2016.  The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual survey of 500 schools found that the average chief made about $560,000, including salary, bonuses and benefits.  A total of 61 college presidents made more than $1 million, up from 58 the previous year.  Topping the list is former Baylor University President Ken Star
  • Average US price of gas drops 22 cents per gallon to $2.51

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 22 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks, to $2.51.  Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that falling crude oil costs are the main reason for the decrease at the pump.  The average gas price has dropped 40 cents in the past three months.  The highest average price in the nation is $3.58 a gallon in the San F
  • Ex-VP Biden vows to stay involved, but no talk of presidency

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden says he is going to stay engaged for the rest of his life, but he didn't make any indication about whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2020.  Biden made the comments Sunday during an appearance in Vermont that is part of his ongoing tour that is promoting his book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose," which he wrote after the cancer death of his son Beau.  Bide
  • Brees leads 2nd-half comeback, Saints beat Buccaneers 28-14

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Drew Brees threw for one touchdown and ran another Sunday to help the New Orleans Saints rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to clinch their second straight NFC South title with a 28-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Brees shrugged off a pair of turnovers to throw a 1-yard TD pass to Zach Line, then scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Saints (11-2) avenged a season-opening loss to Bucs (5-8) and also rebounded from a defeat last week at Dallas.&
  • Following Perry's lead, Kid Rock pays off $81K in layaways

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Kid Rock says he followed the lead of actor Tyler Perry by paying off the layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee.  Store manager Tom Meyer tells The Tennessean Kid Rock spent $81,000 to pay the balances of 350 customer accounts at a Walmart in Nashville.  Meyer calls it a "pretty Nashville proud moment."  On Twitter, Kid Rock said "great idea!" in a nod to Perry, who had posted a video Thur
  • Woman revived after found with no pulse pinned at toll booth

    HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A Michigan woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between her SUV and an Indiana toll booth and a defibrillator registered no pulse.  Witnesses told Indiana State Police the 40-year-old woman, whose name was not released, had stepped from the SUV Saturday night to retrieve a debit card she had dropped when the vehicle lurched forward, pinning her against the toll booth  Trooper Alaa Hamed found the woman - and with a toll atten
  • Adrian Perkins defeats incumbent to become Shreveport mayor

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Adrian Perkins has defeated incumbent Ollie Tyler to become mayor of Shreveport.  Media outlets report the 33-year-old Adrian Perkins won Saturday's runoff election, according to complete but unofficial returns.  Perkins won 64 percent of the vote, compared to Tyler's 36 percent. The Harvard graduate has never held elected office, telling voters he had a fresh vision for the city.  The 73-year-old Tyler touted decades
  • 'Ralph' tops box office again, 'Aquaman' is a hit in China

    NEW YORK (AP) - On a quiet weekend at the box office, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" was No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film "Aquaman" made a huge splash in Chinese theaters.  With no new wide releases, Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" again led in domestic ticket sales with an estimated $16.1 million. The animated sequel has grossed more than $140 million in three weeks.  Another holdover, "The Grinch," trailed in
  • Macron to meet officials to discuss protests

    PARIS (AP) - An official says that French President Emmanuel Macron plans to bring together national and local officials on Monday to hear their proposals in this "grave moment the nation is traversing."  The Elysee Palace official said on Sunday that the goal is to mobilize into action the panoply of officials representing political, economic and social forces of France in a bid to unwind a spiral of protests. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on cond
  • Two face possible life sentence in gun, drug case

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities in New Orleans say two Tangipahoa Parish men have pleaded guilty to charges involving the distribution of cocaine and heroin, as well as firearm possession.  The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a news release that 42-year-old Jerry Pea of Ponchatoula and 35-year-old James Jackson of Hammond pleaded guilty Thursday.  U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser's release says that each man faces the possibility of decades in prison for th
  • Audit questions reporting on Louisiana film tax break impact

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Auditors say Louisiana's economic development agency may have overstated the impact of the state's film tax credit program.  The legislative auditor's office says Louisiana Economic Development only used the best set of estimates from a contracted study in the budget report it's required to submit under state law.  The Baton Rouge Business Report says the agency hired a contractor to determine the economic impacts of the film tax break
  • 300K+ without power in US Southeast storm

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) - More than 300,000 power outages have been reported as a winter storm makes its way across the Southeast.  About 180,000 outages tracked by poweroutages.us on Sunday were concentrated in North Carolina, where forecasters have said some mountain areas could get up to 12 inches of snow or more.  Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency as the storm approached.  More than 82,000 were without power in South C
  • 6-year-old one of two killed in Campti mobile home fire

    CAMPTI - A fatal mobile home fire outside of Natchitoches claimed the lives of two people, including a 6-year-old, on Sunday morning.According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, the Natchitoches Fire District responded to the mobile home fire call around 5:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Brite Star Church Road in Campti.Investigators said there were six people in the home when the fire started. Two victims, including a 6-year-old girl, were unable to escape.The other four occupants are
  • China summons US envoy over exec's detention

    BEIJING (AP) - China has summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest the detention of an executive of electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington's behest.  The official Xinhua News Agency says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng "lodged solemn representations and strong protests" with Ambassador Terry Branstad on Sunday against the detention of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, while she was changing planes in Vancouver, Canada, last week. Meng is reportedly suspe

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