• Three LSU basketball players accused of shooting at people with paintball guns

    BATON ROUGE - Three LSU basketball players received summons after reportedly shooting at people walking on campus with paintball guns.Galen Alexander, Mayan Kiir, and Wayde Sims were issued summons by LSUPD on June 16, according to LSUPD. According to LSU newspaper The Reveille, officers responded to a report that someone walking along Dalrymple Drive was shot with paintballs in front of the Music and Dramatic Arts building.LSU basketball coach Will Wade released a statement in reference to the
  • Ask the vet: get your pet ready for hurricane evacuations

    The approach of Tropical Storm Cindy to New Orleans brought up some good issues for pet owners. last week. Anytime a slow moving storm builds up in the gulf, I tend to get a little more stressed as these...
  • Smoking ban snuffed out... for now; Council delays making anti-smoking decision

    BATON ROUGE – A bizarre conversation about banning smoking in bars and restaurants in Baton Rouge was deferred – meaning, it was not decided Wednesday and will instead be discussed later.Casinos expressed issues over the proposal since it was set to ban smoking in gaming facilities, too. Opponents of the proposal suggested there would be a drop in revenue if the ban passed. Similar sentiments were echoed in New Orleans when city officials banned smoking there.Though, supporte
  • No end in sight for construction on Twin Oaks Bridge

    ZACHARY - The Twin Oaks Bridge in Zachary has been closed since 2015 when it failed a routine inspection by the state.The city has to foot the bill to fix it, and locals say it feels like they just forgot about it.It's part of a bigger problem in East Baton Rouge Parish, with nearly two dozen bridges around town that need work done.Payton Richardson drives from Zachary to Baton Rouge daily and says he's seen no work done in two years.“They've done absolutely nothing to make progress on
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  • Home warranty company not providing results homeowner expects

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A homeowner with a home warranty can't seem to get her air conditioner fixed. It's been out for two weeks and inside her home it's north of 80 degrees.Dawn Sorapuru thought getting a home warranty through American Home Shield would protect her, but instead she says it's hurting her. She pays a monthly warranty premium of $47 each month and expects results.Multiple fans, portable A/C units and window units are blowing on full blast around the Prairieville house. Earlier this month,
  • Video shows burglars going door-to-door in Ascension Parish subdivision

    ASCENSION PARISH - Deputies are seeking two burglars who were seen trying to break into vehicles in an Ascension Parish subdivision.According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the two men attempted to break into several vehicles in the Greystone Subdivision sometime between Monday and Tuesday.Surveillance footage from one of the homes shows the two going from home to home as they try to break into locked vehicles.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish S
  • D.A. to reveal details of July 2016 ambush on officers Friday

    BATON ROUGE – An expansive review of the ambush of officers that left three dead and others injured last year will be revealed by the district attorney in an upcoming news conference.Sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola and Baton Rouge Police officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald were murdered by a man who targeted police on Airline Highway. The gunman was shot and killed in a heroic effort by officers.District Attorney Hillar Moore has spent the last months reviewing the attack and w
  • 3 dead, including 2-year-old, after police chase ends in violent crash in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS - Three people are dead, including a 2-year-old child, after a chase involving Louisiana State Police ended in a violent crash Wednesday.According to WWL, a news partner of WBRZ, the apparent chase involving Louisiana State Troopers turned deadly when the pursued vehicle crashed on Chef Menteur Highway.Police say the chase ensued after police tried to make a traffic stop over license plate number that was reported stolen.According to state police, troopers attempted to box t
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  • Entergy receives approval to build new Lake Charles power plant

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to approve construction of a new Entergy power plant in Lake Charles.Entergy said it expects to issue full notice to begin construction by August 1. The plant, which is scheduled to be in service by June 2020, will cost $872 million to build including transmission and other project-related costs and contingency."This plant will not only provide needed generating capacity for the fast-growing region, but it&am
  • VIDEO: Strangers buy car for man who walked miles to work

    DALLAS, Tx. - A Texas man's three-mile daily walk to work has inspired a group of strangers to collect enough money to buy him a car.Andy Mitchell spotted 20-year-old Justin Korva walking to the suburban Dallas taco restaurant where he works and offered him a ride. According to ABC News, Korva told Mitchell he was trying to better himself and saving up for a car.Korva's story inspired Mitchell and some of his friends to secretly set up a donation box at a local restaurant.The group surp
  • Boil order lifted in East Feliciana Parish

    EAST FELICIANA - A boil order has been lifted for a small water system in the parish.The order was issued Sunday morning for District 7. Customers supplied with water by District 7 Water were advised to boil water before using it.The water system said the initial order was due to an issue with its lines.Permalink| Comments
  • Edwards: Louisiana Medicaid payment skewed under Senate bill

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana would be uniquely penalized in the calculation of federal spending on state Medicaid programs in the Senate GOP's proposed health law rewrite.  The Democratic governor said Wednesday the per-capita payment calculator proposed for Medicaid spending uses a formula that would downplay an enrollment boost in Louisiana's program due to Medicaid expansion.  Edwards has widespread problems with the bill, which has be
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  • 2 weeks after shooting, Congressman Scalise 'in good spirits'

    WASHINGTON - According to reports, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make progress two weeks after he was shot while attending practice for a charity baseball game.According to ABC News, Scalise is "in good spirits" and meeting with family and friends Wednesday. On Friday, Scalise was released from the intensive care unit of a Washington D.C. hospital.The report says Scalise is also remaining in touch with with his sta
  • VIDEO: Maryland firefighters revive dog saved from burning home

    PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY - Maryland firefighters were able to revive a dog they rescued from a burning home Monday.Firefighters with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department were en route to a different call around 7:15 a.m. when they noticed smoke emerging from a home on the way to the call, Battalion Chief Donny Fletcher told ABC News.When firefighters entered the home, the first thing they did was search for anyone inside, Fletcher said."We search for humans. We search for dogs. We search f
  • Louisiana woman sentenced for shooting, killing son

    SHREVEPORT - A Louisiana woman has been given the maximum sentence for manslaughter after prosecutors say she fatally shot her 22-year-old son.  KTBS-TV reports 48-year-old Dora Blake was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday by Bossier District Judge John Robinson.  Bossier District Attorney Schuyler Marvin says the Minden woman was so drunk she couldn't remember killing her son when she shot him in the back of the head as they drove home from a birthday
  • Louisiana's 1st black female state trooper dies at age of 68

    LAFAYETTE - Louisiana State Police say the first black woman to become a state trooper has died.  Trooper Brooks David, a state police spokesman, says funeral services were scheduled Wednesday in Lafayette for 68-year-old Joyce Stephanie Isaac Thibodeaux, who died June 21.  David said in an email that he doesn't know her cause of death.  He says Thibodeaux retired in 1997 after 21 years as a detective in the gaming division. She entered the L
  • Catfish spill leaves stinky mess on Mississippi highway

    COLUMBUS, Miss. - It might be the most quintessentially Mississippi traffic mishap ever.  In a state where catfish farming is a big industry, a truck driver spilled catfish parts on a highway - and kept driving.  The Commercial Dispatch reports nobody was injured in the spill Tuesday near the northern Mississippi city of Columbus. But, Mississippi Department of Transportation had to cover their noses as they cleaned the stinky, slimy mess.  K
  • Louisiana pizza icon dies

    OAK GROVE, Louisiana – The founder of a Louisiana-based pizza chain known for its iconic “Sweep the Kitchen” pizza has died, media outlets in Monroe reported Wednesday.Johnny Huntsman, founder of Johnny's Pizza, died after a long illness, according to the Monroe News Star. Hunstman was 77.Hunstman created the pizza joint 50 years ago, building his pizza empire into numerous stores in Louisiana and other states. While there are only two locations in Baton Rouge and o
  • East Feliciana teacher accused of striking student found not guilty

    EAST FELICIANA PARISH - A teacher at an East Feliciana middle school has been found not guilty of simple battery after he was accused of striking a student during school hours.According to the East Feliciana Clerk of Court, Jaworski White had a bench trial Tuesday before Judge William Carmichael and was found not guilty.White was arrested by Clinton Police on March 15 and charged for slapping a student. Sources say the incident happened at East Feliciana Middle School a week ea
  • Pothole work on I-12 slows westbound traffic

    BATON ROUGE – Crews filling potholes on I-12 slowed traffic Wednesday morning.Two lanes of I-12 headed toward Baton Rouge from Livingston Parish were closed as crews patched holes on the highway. The lane closures were rolling – meaning traffic was allowed back in the lanes once crews finished one spot and moved to the next one.Click HERE to monitor traffic flow live via WBRZ's advanced traffic-tracking technology.  ****************Follow the publisher of this post o
  • Surveillance video released in Lockwood Avenue murder

    BATON ROUGE - Police are optimistic that newly released surveillance video will lead to a break in the murder investigation of 39-year-old Wilbert Bell Jr. Wilbert was shot multiple times on June 15 at the intersection of Lockwood Avenue and Chippewa Street. Police have no leads at this time and believe that this killing may have been a spur of the moment crime."We don't actually know what led to this shooting," Sgt. L'jean McKneely said. "We
  • Two more arrests made in French Quarter mugging

    NEW ORLEANS - Police in New Orleans have arrested the third and fourth suspects in connection with the beating of two tourists which occurred over the weekend.According to NOPD, 20-year-old Rashaad Piper was booked early Wednesday morning. Police say 18-year-old Nicholas Pogozelski was arrested thanks to an anonymous  tip.They are two of four men accused of attacking two men from Boston as they walked down Bienville St. to their hotel around 9 p.m. Saturday. D
  • 3rd suspect arrested in French Quarter beating

    NEW ORLEANS - Police in New Orleans have arrested a third suspect in connection to the beating of two tourists Saturday night.Rashaad Piper, 20, was booked early Wednesday morning. He's one of four men accused of attacking two men from Boston as they walked down Bienville St. to their hotel around 9p.m. Saturday. Dejuan Paul, 21, and Joshua Simmons, 18, surrendered to authorities earlier this week. The fourth suspect, Nicholas Polgowski is still on the run.The brutal beating was caught
  • Toddler and two adults shot in Shreveport shootings

    SHREVEPORT -Three adults and a toddler are being treated at a Shreveport hospital after being shot in two separate overnight shootings.The most recent happened around 12:30am Wednesday in the 1800 block of Jewella Avenue. Officers at the scene told our Shreveport news partner KTBS, the adults and a toddler were found with gunshot wounds.They were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Police say the toddler was shot twice, but is expected to make a full recovery.  Right now,
  • Hundreds without power following early morning crash

    BATON ROUGE - Crews with Entergy are working in north Baton Rouge to restore power to hundreds of homes off Plank Rd.According to crews on the scene, the power could be out for several more hours.
    Power was knocked out around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday following a crash on Plank Rd. near Sycamore St.No word if anyone was hurt.According to Entergy's power outage map, close to 400 people are still without electricity.At its peak, some 1,300 people were in the dark.Permalink| Comments
  • Shut-down firehouses to be renovated; turned into community centers

    BATON ROUGE - The old firehouse on Laurel St. has been abandoned and boarded up for years. A new initiative, The Firehouse Project, looks to change that.The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge partnered with Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and the Scotlandville High School Alumni Association want to renovate and repurpose that fire station as well as others.The goal is to turn them into art and cultural centers for surrounding communities. "When art centers mo
  • Iran accuses US of 'brazen' plan to change its government

    UNITED NATIONS - Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of "a brazen interventionist plan" to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter.  Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Tuesday that Tillerson's comments are also "a flagrant violation" of the 1981 Algiers Accords in which the United States pledged "not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politic
  • Police: Man who died during robbery was 'scared to death'

    MADISON, Wis. - Police say a contractor who suffered a fatal heart attack while working overnight at a Wisconsin Culver's was "scared to death" when two armed men tried to rob the restaurant.  Madison Police Chief Mike Koval told reporters Tuesday that the robbers would not allow other workers to help the 56-year-old man, who was suffering a medical emergency.  Authorities say the two masked robbers entered the restaurant about 3 a.m. while four men were worki
  • Feds reject 10 of 163 high bids in oil lease sale as too low

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says it has rejected 10 high bids from the most recent Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale as too low, while accepting 153 other high bids submitted in March.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy management said in a news release Tuesday that the rejected bids totaled $10.8 million, and each was below fair market value for the tract in question. Those tracts will be offered again at a sale scheduled in August.  Bids accepted by the agency
  • LPSO: Woman found shot on front porch, dies in hospital

    INDEPENDENCE - Deputies have arrested a man after they responded to an emergency medical call just north of Albany in Livingston Parish.According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived on the scene in the 36000 block of Selders Road in response to the 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.The sheriff's office says Rheams was take
  • Man, 2 boys rescued from sinking shrimp boat in Louisiana

    CYPREMORT POINT - A Louisiana wildlife agent rescued a 55-year-old man and two boys aged 11 and 14 from a sinking shrimp boat.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a submerged object in Vermilion Bay ripped a hole in the boat as it headed out about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Spokesman Adam Einck says Sgt. Mitch Darby wasn't yet on duty, but got a boat to the site after the man called the department.  He says the man told Darby th
  • Several arrests made in St. Tammany following traffic stops on I-12

    ST. TAMMANY – The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports several arrests that stemmed from traffic stops on I-12 during the month of June. A traffic stop on June 19 around 9 p.m. on I-12 resulted in the arrest of Kevin Dwayne Denson, a resident of San Antonio. According to the sheriff's office, Denson was stopped by deputies while driving a 1996 Buick sedan that was traveling eastbound on the interstate. Deputies searched the vehicle and found 24 one-pint bottles of presc
  • Woman faces eviction if rebuild doesn't start soon

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who's living in a FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit is facing eviction if she does not start construction on her flood-damaged home.Floy Cook says she can't afford to make the repairs herself and she can't find anyone to help her. The clock is ticking and time is running out because Cook has about 10 days to find a solution. She's hoping the state run Restore Louisiana Program can help.Cook has been living in her MHU off Hooper Road since January after losing everything in the
  • House adds security funding in wake of Scalise shooting

    WASHINGTON - The House has moved to provide lawmakers with a $25,000 allowance to take additional security steps in the wake of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier this month.  The additional funding is intended to be used to beef up security, including at home-district offices and public appearances, and is available through the beginning of next year.  The stipend comes on top of office allowances averaging $1.3 million for travel, staf
  • Outreach events scheduled to assist flood-impacted homeowners

    Outreach events are being held for the remainder of the week to help homeowners who have been effected by the 2016 flood. Representatives will work with homeowners on a first-come, first-serve basis to assist them in completing the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program flood damage survey. Completing the survey is the first step in requesting help through the program. Below is the schedule for the outreach events:Tuesday, June 273 p.m.-7 p.m.Livingston Parish- South Br
  • Police seeking vehicle in connection with death of Zachary man

    STAFFORD – Police are seeking a vehicle of interest in connection with the death of a Zachary man who was found dead in a Texas parking lot last week.On June 20, officers discovered the body of a man, later identified as 47-year-old Spencer Brown Jr. from Zachary, Louisiana, lying on the ground in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn in Stafford, Texas.Police say Brown's 18-wheeler truck and trailer were also missing.Police are now searching for a car identified as a ve
  • Facebook reaches 2 billion users

    MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he's proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world.  Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they "love" something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook's like butto
  • Woman wanted for allegedly stealing purse from Walmart on Airline Hwy.

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman who allegedly stole from a self checkout at a Neighborhood Walmart.
     The theft occurred on June 10 at the Neighborhood Walmart located on Airline Highway. It was learned through surveillance video that a white woman took a purse that was left on the self checkout counter, according to the sheriff's office. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Ascension Parish
  • Campus 'free speech' bill struck down by Governor Edwards

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal aimed at protecting controversial speakers' appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to penalize students who disrupt them has been vetoed by the governor.  Gov. John Bel Edwards described the legislation - sponsored by House Republicans' leader Lance Harris - as a "solution in search of a problem." In a veto letter released Tuesday, the Democratic governor said the bill is overly burdensome to colleges.  Harris descri
  • Alabama military post on lockdown, possible shooter

    HUNTSVILLE - A north Alabama military post said in a tweet it was on lockdown Tuesday amid reports of possible active shooter, telling workers to "run hide fight."  Redstone Arsenal received reports of a person possibly armed with a weapon at a building on the base, spokesman Christopher Colster told WAFF-TV in a live broadcast.  Colster said there were no confirmed causalities, and officials hoped workers could return to normal activities within a couple of h
  • Man ejected after vehicle struck tree off LA 56 in Terrebonne Parish

    TERREBONNE PARISH – An early morning crash took the life of a 22-year-old man on Tuesday morning in Terrebonne Parish. According to Louisiana State Police, the crah took the like of Reed Ledet of Chauvin. The crash occurred as Ledet was driving a 2006 GMC pickup truck while traveling south on LA 56 near Klondyke Road in a left curve. For reasons still under investigation, Ledet crossed the fog line to the right and lost control of his vehicle. Ledet ran off the roadwa
  • All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations closed for 4th of July

    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - All locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.All locations will resume normal hours of operation Wednesday, July 5.All other library resources, including e-books, downloads and other information, will still be available online at www.ebrpl.com.Permalink| Comments
  • Livingston, Ascension parish waterways to reopen after Tropical Storm Cindy

    LIVINGSTON PARISH – Ascension and Livingston Parish officials announced that all waterways are reopening on Tuesday following Tropical Storm Cindy. All waterways will be reopened effective June 27 at 6 p.m. Waterways in both parishes have been closed since June 22. Additionally, Blind River in St. James Parish has also reopened. Permalink| Comments
  • Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote

    WASHINGTON - Sources tell the Associated Press that Senate Republican leaders have abruptly delayed the vote on their health care bill until after the July 4th recess.  That's the word Tuesday as the GOP faced five defections from its ranks just hours after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would force 22 million off insurance rolls.  It was a major blow for the seven-year-old effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act
  • LSU baseball dads help save Florida fan's life at CWS

    OMAHA – Two dads with ties to the LSU baseball team saved a man's life during the LSU-Florida game at the College World Series game on Monday. Dr. Jerry Poché, the father of LSU pitcher Jared Poche, and Jimmy Roy, the father of LSU's strength and conditioning coach, were alerted to the slumping man in the sixth inning Monday night. Poché gave the man chest compressions, and Roy performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Poché sai
  • Fans linked to LSU team aid stricken man during CWS game

    OMAHA - Two people with ties to the Louisiana State University baseball team aided a man who lost consciousness during the LSU-Florida game at the College World Series in Omaha.  Dr. Jerry Poché and Jimmy Roy were alerted to the slumping man in the sixth inning Monday night. Poché gave the man chest compressions, and Roy performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Omaha Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim McCaw said Tuesday that fire medics took the 87-year-ol
  • Sunscreen won't require a doctor's note at Louisiana schools

    BATON ROUGE - When the new school year begins, Louisiana's public school students won't need permission from a doctor or their school to use sunscreen on campus.  Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Monday the governor has signed into law a bill excluding sunblock from being categorized as a medicine at public schools.  The legislation by Ville Platte Rep. Bernard LeBas spells out that a student "may possess and self-apply sunscreen" at school, on a school
  • Sterling family says shooting fit racist behavior of police force, Sterling in agony as he died

    BATON ROUGE – Relatives of Alton Sterling claim Sterling's shooting death at the hands of Baton Rouge Police last year fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force that runs deep in the department, the Associated Press reported ahead of a news conference by attorneys Tuesday.     READ the lawsuit hereAttorneys for Alton Sterling’s five children planned to file the wrongful death lawsuit in state court against the city of Baton Rouge, its pol
  • Attorneys set to file lawsuit on behalf of Sterling's children

    BATON ROUGE-Attorneys representing the five children of Alton Sterling will file a lawsuit against several parties in Sterling's death, today.Sterling was shot and killed after a incident involving two Baton Rouge Police Officers, that were not charged by the Department of Justice.Next week makes a year since the shooting happened. Both officers are still on administrative leave.Permalink| Comments
  • Budget office sees 22 million fewer covered with Senate bill

    WASHINGTON - Congress' nonpartisan budget referee says the Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama's law.
     And now, disgruntled centrist and conservative GOP senators are forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to scramble to rescue the measure before debate even begins.
     The Kentucky Republican was hoping to staunch his party's rebellion on Tuesday, a day after the Congressional Bud

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