• Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

    WASHINGTON- The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants.One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from President Donald Trump. Companies say plants are overburdened by environmental regulations and market stresses, and were seeking relief through the executive order. But the Energy Department has decided the order is unnecessary, and the White House agrees.Trump had committed to the measure
  • Knock Knock Children's Museum to open today

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge area's newest museum is ready to open its doors to residents and their children. The Knock Knock Children's Museum is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening Tuesday morning. According to a news release, Knock Knock is designed as a 26,000 square foot facility with multiple interactive exhibits called "Learning Zones." Each "zone" will focus on a different goal such as increasing early literacy skills or creating interest in s
  • Mississippi woman gets life prison sentence for hired killing of husband

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Mississippi woman, accused of having a hit man kill the husband she claims had abused her for 30 years, has been sentenced to life in prison.  Local news outlets report the Evelyn Garrison, 56, accepted a plea deal to first-degree murder Monday after she'd been indicted on a capital murder charge in the January 2015 killing of her husband, both a father and grandfather.  She said she'd tried to call off the hit, but Timmy Garrison was beat
  • Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' advice

    WASHINGTON- The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined.A spokeswoman for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Lauren Fine, says the congressman participated Monday in a conference call with fellow Republican lawmakers on the topic of spending bills.Fine says Scalise thanked GOP members responsible for whipping up support for various policies and legislation in h
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  • Woman wanted in 2015 New Orleans killing arrested in Texas

    NEW ORLEANS- A woman accused in a killing nearly two years ago has been arrested in Houston, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Department said.Police say in a news release that Harris County, Texas, sheriff's deputies arrested 24-year-old Shanta Massey on Sunday. The arrest came after New Orleans investigators learned she was in a Houston apartment complex.Police say they have a warrant for her arrest in the shooting of 25-year-old Jeren Johnson. Johnson was a passenger in a Nissan Altima t
  • Remains of missing sailors found on USS McCain

    SINGAPORE - The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet says a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing.
     Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore on Tuesday that Malaysian officials have found one body that has not yet been identified.
     The focus of the search for 10 U.S. sailors missing after a collision between
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Basin Bridge inspection jams traffic on I-10 eastbound

    BATON ROUGE - News 2's Ashley Fruge’ has you covered with live updates for your Tuesday morning commute.Beat the traffic every time using WBRZ's advanced traffic tracking technology. Click here to go to our traffic center. Tweets by WBRZtrafficPermalink| Comments
  • Trump says US will fight to win in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says U.S. troops "will fight to win" in Afghanistan. And he's using his prime-time address to the nation to offer a "clear definition" of victory.  Trump says victory in Afghanistan will mean "attacking our enemies" and "obliterating" the Islamic State group. He's also vowing to crush al-Qaeda, prevent the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping terror attacks against Americans.  Trump is discussing his strategy
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  • One Mississippi county is asked to move Confederate statue

    KOSCIUSKO, Miss. - One county in Mississippi could consider moving a Confederate monument off of its courthouse lawn.  WLIN-FM in Kosciusko reports a local resident asked Attala County supervisors Monday to move the soldier statue to another place, such as a park or cemetery.  Jerone Garland, who made the request, says the courthouse is where people seek justice, register to vote and take care of property records. He says they should not have to walk past wha
  • Spain says suspects all dead or under arrest

    BARCELONA, Spain - The police chief for Spain's Catalonia region says the extremist cell suspected of carrying out last week's fatal van attacks has been broken now that the 12 members authorities had identified are all accounted for.  Regional police chief Josep Luis Trapero made the assessment after two of his officers shot and killed the one suspect who was thought to still be at large on Monday.  Trapero says four of the men responsible for the attacks th
  • Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer for sex assault retrial

    PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby has hired Michael Jackson's former lawyer to represent him at his November retrial on sexual-assault charges in Pennsylvania.  Cosby's spokesman announced Monday the 80-year-old comedian is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defense team. Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case.  Mesereau won an acquittal in Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial. He also has represented boxer Mike Tyson, rap m
  • Student arrested for carrying stolen gun at Breaux Bridge High School

    ST. MARTINVILLE - A 16-year-old male juvenile was arrested after he allegedly brought a stolen handgun to a high school campus.According to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, the school resource officer at Breaux Bridge High School was notified by school administrators that a hand gun had been located inside of a classroom shortly after school began Monday morning.The immediate investigation reviled a 16-year-old male juvenile was identified as the student who had brought the weapon to cam
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  • YoungBoy Never Broke Again Brings Back Rap Realism

    The 17-year-old Baton Rouge rapper is embracing a out-of-vogue approach, making him different from the melodic sensualists and rowdy eccentrics dominating hip-hop today.
  • Giants WR Beckham hurts leg in first half against Browns

    CLEVELAND - New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has left their game at Cleveland after injuring his lower left leg.  Beckham, one of the NFL's best players, caught an 18-yard pass and immediately had his legs cut out by Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder in the wide receiver's left leg. Beckham popped up, ripped off his helmet and slammed it in frustration. After taking a knee, he walked off slowly and glared menacingly at Cleveland
  • Car strikes two women watching eclipse, one dies

    HYDEN, Ky. - Authorities say two women watching the eclipse while standing on a sidewalk in Kentucky were struck by a car, and one has died.  State Police Trooper Jody Sims says the car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole and the pedestrians Monday in Hyden, about 120 miles southeast of Lexington.  Sims says 23-year-old Mackenzie P. Hays was pronounced dead, and 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexingto
  • High-speed chase ends in Lafayette, armed driver wanted for felony in Texas

    LAFAYETTE - A high-speed vehicle pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies on I-10 ended in Lafayette. The suspect is reportedly wanted for a felony in Texas, according to Louisiana State Police.The chase was started by the Iberville Sheriff's Office, and State Police Troop A joined the pursuit once investigators were told the driver was heavily armed, according to State Police.The driver, followed by a line of police vehicles on I-10 westbound in Iberville Parish, led the ch
  • Rapper Mystikal surrenders on rape charge in Shreveport

    SHREVEPORT - The rapper Mystikal has surrendered to authorities in Louisiana, where he faces a sexual assault charge.  KSLA-TV video-recorded the 46-year-old rapper, whose real name is Michael Lawrence Tyler, as he entered the Caddo Correctional Center in northwest Louisiana on Monday.  Tyler was wanted on a warrant listing a charge of first-degree rape.  KSLA reported that the allegation stems from an occurrence at a Shreveport casino last
  • Lot attracting pests for sale, set for demolition

    BATON ROUGE - A house that's falling apart is worrying neighbors.The structure, located in the 3700 block of Main Street in Baton Rouge has been in disrepair for the last few years. Isabella Lorraine says she's concerned about the overgrown lot that's falling apart."It's a disgrace to Main Street," she said.The roof and siding are falling off and the door is wide open. Lorraine says it brings rats, mice, snakes, and squatters. But above all, she's concerned about her safety."A couple of months
  • LPSO: Break-up led to deadly shooting in Livingston Parish

    INDEPENDENCE - Authorities say a man has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend after he allegedly shot the victim when she tried to break up with him in June.According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived on the scene in the 36000 block of Selders Road on June 27 in response to a medical call. Upon arrival, deputies found 27-year-old Letisha Rheams on the front porch of her residence, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back.Deputi
  • Woman arrested after kidnapping infant from New Orleans apartment complex

    NEW ORLEANS - A woman has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 22-month-old boy who was reported missing in Louisiana and later found safe.  News outlets report Feliciana Winniford was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child.  The child's mother told New Orleans police that she had dropped off the child with a friend at an apartment complex Sunday around 6:30 p.m. The friend later called the mother and told her tha
  • State fire marshal involved in crash on N 13th Street

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities say a Louisiana state fire marshal was involved in a crash on 13th Street in Baton Rouge Monday.The crash occurred on N 13th Street at Gayosa Street around 12:30 Monday afternoon. Sources say no one was seriously injured in the crash.Authorities said the the fire marshal is not at fault, adding that the driver of the other car will be cited.The Louisiana State Police Department is investigating the crash.Permalink| Comments
  • Study lists multiple Louisiana cities among most dangerous in the US

    BATON ROUGE- According to a study conducted by a security website multiple cities in Louisiana have made a list of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.The report published by SafeWise has compiled data from the FBI, the Brennan Center for Justice and other sources. Louisiana cities that made the list include Bastrop, Hammond, Monroe, Alexandria, and Gonzales.The report listed violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000.The full list can be found below:1. Emeryville, CALIFORNIA &u
  • Judge reverses 2015 firing of Scotlandville High principal

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has reversed the 2015 termination of a former high school principal who said he was unfairly fired after he broke up a fight on campus.Former Principal Calvin Nicholas was fired in 2015 after a video posted online showed him intervening in a fight between students. The video shows Nicholas using the stick as a switch, almost spanking the students in the fight.  Nicholas believes he did the best he could do to diffuse a potential
  • Several arrests made in series of Denham Springs burglaries

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities have announced multiple arrests in connection to a string of car burglaries in Livingston Parish.On Friday, deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 11000 block of Pleasant Knoll Drive. Witnesses were able to provide details on the suspects, leading to their arrests.According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, four individuals have been arrested for their connection to multiple burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area, primarily in the
  • LSU football ranked No. 13 in AP Top 25 Poll

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is ranked No. 13 in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll.Alabama is No. 1 for the second straight season and third time in five years.The Crimson Tide, coming off a last-second loss in the national championship game that left it No. 2 to Clemson in the final Top 25 of 2016, received 52 from a panel of 61 media members.  Ohio State was No. 2, edging out No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs 2 opening game since the AP pres
  • Mayor's top aide who oversaw BRAVE program resigns

    BATON ROUGE - A top aide of Mayor Sharon Weston Broome who oversaw the BRAVE program has resigned.On Monday, the mayor's office confirmed the resignation of James Gilmore. Gilmore had been in charge of overseeing the BRAVE crime-fighting initiative for the mayor's office.A recent internal report from the mayor's office said $1.6 million in grant funds had been frozen in February because progress reports had not been submitted. After a phone conference between the federal agenc
  • Group wants to eliminate the Ascension Parish president position

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A group that wants to create a "Parish Management" style of government in Ascension Parish hopes to get their proposal on the ballot next March. The group, A Better Ascension, held a public meeting Monday night in the northern part of the parish."We're ultimately looking to improve efficiencies, visions, plans. Planning for the growth we see in this parish everyday," A Better Ascension board member Jeremy Epps said.The group wants to eliminate the paris
  • LSU team on special NASA mission to get video of solar eclipse

    BATON ROUGE – LSU students, staff and faculty are launching two high-altitude balloons to capture a never-before-seen look at the solar eclipse Monday.The balloons will live-stream video of the moon's shadow as it crosses the continent. The project is part of a NASA-sponsored program that's part of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, led by LSU.As part of the Eclipse Ballooning Project involving 55 teams from across the country, one balloon flight string will feature a video camera
  • Homeowner captures thief rummaging through car in Denham Springs

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A Denham Springs homeowner captured a thief rummaging through her car early Monday morning. Around 3 A.M., a thief walked up to Anna Marlow's driveway in the Lake at Grey's Creek subdivision. The thief pulled on her unlocked door searching for valuables but came up short.The surveillance video shows the thief running away from the vehicle as soon as another car passes by. According to Marlow, this is not the first time this has happened in this neighborhood."He came aro
  • American Red Cross collecting donations for Louisiana National Guard

    BATON ROUGE- To support deploying Louisiana National Guard troops, the American Red Cross in south Louisiana is hosting a toiletry donation drive until August 25.The Louisiana National Guard in the coming weeks will deploy multiple units from across the state overseas where basic sanitary supplies and toiletries are needed.Those wishing to help can drop off full-size products at donation boxes in the lobbies of the American Cross offices in Baton Rouge at 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd. or in New Or
  • Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US

    MOSCOW- President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia's new ambassador to the United States.The Kremlin said on Monday Putin has replaced Sergei Kislyak, whose tenure ended in July, with Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the U.S. The outgoing ambassador played a prominent role in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.President Donald T
  • LSU's new Mike makes on campus debut

    BATON ROUGE- LSU officially has a new mascot.The 11-month male tiger, formally known as Harvey, is now Mike VII.The energetic tiger was out playing in his new habitat this morning just in time for classes to begin.The new mascot was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Fla., called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.” Mikes IV, V and VI were also donated to LSU from rescue facilities. LSU says it has not purchased a tiger since Mike III in 1958, and t
  • Guam official says the island is calm despite North Korea threat

    TOKYO- The lieutenant governor of Guam has reassured Japanese that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea.Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said in Tokyo on Monday that Guam remains in a "state of normalcy."Japan is a major source of tourists for the Pacific island. North Korea threatened recently to launch ballistic missiles into waters near Guam.Tenorio said at a news conference that the White House has told Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo that it "is closely watching No
  • Baker community recovery meeting tonight

    BAKER- Residents are encouraged to participate in a meeting this afternoon to discuss a long-term plan to make Baker economically stronger and less vulnerable to flooding.All residences of Baker are invited to the community meeting to share their views on what can be done to help the city recover. The goal of meeting is to create a community plan that will become the blueprint for the city’s ongoing growth and stability.The community meeting will take place today from 4 p.m. until 8 p
  • Deadline to claim solar energy tax credit is Aug. 31

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers have until Thursday, August 31 to claim a tax credit for qualifying residential solar energy systems purchased and installed on or before December 31, 2015.Taxpayers who purchased qualifying systems, and who did not submit solar tax credit claims previously, must file their claims electronically by submitting an original or amended state income tax return with tax credit code 64f for the year in which the system was purchased and installed.All claims
  • LSP cadets begin intensive training to become state troopers

    BATON ROUGE - A class of Louisiana State Police cadets moves on to 20 weeks of intense training Sunday, marking a new step in their journey towards becoming state troopers.However, getting to this point wasn’t an easy task according to the cadets and their superiors.“Well, I’m excited to have these 36 cadets report for training and hopefully move forward in their progression in becoming an LSP trooper,” State police Superintendent Colonel Kevin W
  • Businesses offer stellar specials for total solar eclipse

    Even though parts of the U.S. will be in partial darkness thanks to the total solar eclipse on Monday, consumers across the country will be able to score some shining deals both inside and outside of the eclipse's path of totality.Check out the list of businesses rolling out specials and savings.Denny'sThe diner chain is offering $4 all-you-can-eat "moon cakes" on Monday, an eclipse-worthy take on their classic pancakes.Krispy Kreme DoughnutsThe doughnut shop announce
  • Topple a Confederate Statue? This Broadway Musical Already Did.

    Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change,” from 2004, used the toppling to shed light on a key character’s frustrations. The subplot resonates powerfully today.
  • Family: Remove Arlington's Confederacy monument

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Descendants of a Confederate veteran who sculpted a 32-foot monument to the Confederacy at Arlington National Cemetery want it removed.More than 20 descendants of sculptor Moses Jacob Ezekiel wrote a letter to The Washington Post urging the Confederate Memorial be moved from its place of honor at the cemetery and placed in a museum or some other place "that makes clear its oppressive history."The memorial was dedicated in 1914 and depicts Rebel soldiers and enslaved black
  • Prosecutors: Professor killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy

    CHICAGO — The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Sunday at a bond hearing for the men.An Illinois prosecutor shared disturbing new details about the July 27 slaying, describing to the court how Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, the 26-year-old boyfri
  • Navy says 10 sailors missing in collision at sea

    SINGAPORE - A Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early Monday morning local time, the Navy said.The collision with the merchant ship Alnic MC occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, as the McCain was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said.According to a statement from the US Navy, five sailors were injured in the collision and 10 are currently missing.
  • Police: 2-year-old drowns in Northshore swimming pool during family gathering

    SLIDELL - Police say a family gathering turned tragic after a 2-year-old drowned in a swimming pool Saturday.According to the Slidell Police Department, officers responded to the Palm Lake Subdivision around 8 p.m. after family members found the young girl at the bottom of their pool. According to witnesses, the 2-year-old was out of sight for just a few seconds when she apparently fell into the pool. The family made several attempts to revive the toddler, however the
  • LSU to hold eclipse viewing event, special glasses being distributed

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is giving its faculty, staff and students an opportunity to safely view Monday's eclipse right on campus.
    LSU's "Solar Eclipse at the Start" will be held in the LSU Student Union or on the Parade Ground outside. Students and faculty will be given special eclipse glasses allowing them to view the natural phenomena for three minutes without causing damage to their eyes. The event starts at noon and ends at 2 p.m.Permalink| Comments
  • LSU hold eclipse viewing event, special glasses being distributed

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is giving its faculty, staff and students an opportunity to safely view Monday's eclipse right on campus. LSU's "Solar Eclipse at the Start" will be held in the LSU Student Union or on the Parade Ground outside. Students and faculty will be given special eclipse glasses allowing them to view the natural phenomena for three minutes without causing damage to their eyes. The event starts at noon and ends at 2 p.m.Permalink| Comments
  • Crews responding to shooting on Beechwood Drive

    BATON ROUGE - Crews are responding to a shooting in the 4000 block of Beechwood Drive. Sources say the victim's injuries were not life-threatening.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Permalink| Comments
  • Man arrested for attacking girlfriend and her son

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge officers have arrested a man after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and her son. According to the affidavit, 40-year-old Sidney McCray went to his girlfriend's home on the night of July 4. Upon entering the home, McCray punched his girlfriend repeatedly and accused her of cheating on him. The victim's 16-year-old son heard his mother screaming and tried to intervene in the assault. McCray then punched the young man repea
  • All lanes now open on I-10W near Grosse Tete after multiple accidents cause closure

    GROSSE TETE - At the time of this update 3:50 p.m., all lanes are now open on  I-10W near Grosse Tete.Early Sunday afternoon, accidents on I-10 near Grosse Tete caused westbound lanes to close and eastbound lanes experienced a few delays. Traffic on I-10 W near Ramah was already heavy due to construction.There is no word on how many vehicles were involved in the accidents or the severity of the injuries. M
  • BRPD: Man fatally shot in overnight domestic dispute

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a man has died after he was shot during a domestic dispute early Sunday morning.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the shooting occurred around 3:50 a.m. at an apartment complex the 2100 block of North Lobdell Boulevard. Police say 38-year-old Joseph Bunch III was fatally shot during a domestic violence incident.Bunch was pronounced dead at the scene.This shooting is still under investigation.  Anyone with information on this incident is u
  • 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' outdoes 'Logan Lucky' at box office

    LOS ANGELES - The Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds action comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard" has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $21.6 million in grosses from 3,337 theaters according to studio estimates Sunday.  Despite largely mediocre reviews, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" easily outdid Steven Soderbergh's well-reviewed heist pic "Logan Lucky." The movie starring Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig drew in only $8.1 million from 3,031 theaters for
  • Kentucky jail inmates fight with guards, set fire

    CATLETTSBURG, Ky. - Officials say inmates at a Kentucky jail fought with prison guards and set fire to items before being restrained and removed.  The Boyd County Detention Center says in a news release that the disturbance involved 10 maximum-security inmates in a cell block Saturday night.  The statement says the inmates forced their way out of a cell door but were still contained in a secure hallway. The inmates stacked blankets, toilet paper, mail and oth

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