• Witness to fatal crash calls for improved safety measures

    Witness to fatal crash calls for improved safety measures
    BATON ROUGE - In the wake of a 16-car pileup that killed a 13-year-old on Tuesday, one driver is calling for enhanced safety measures on the old Mississippi River bridge.Archie Trahan and Sherry Richard were sitting in traffic on the eastbound side of the U.S. 190 bridge Tuesday morning. Trahan saw the fatal chain-reaction crash begin."Looked in my rear-view mirror, seeing an 18-wheeler coming down the road, basically sideways, and another 18-wheeler hit him in the back and forced it into every
  • State leaders hoping north Baton Rouge vaccine clinic, serving thousands, can be 'emulated' statewide

    State leaders hoping north Baton Rouge vaccine clinic, serving thousands, can be 'emulated' statewide
    BATON ROUGE - The doors to Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue were open Friday, but not for worship. Those showing up have been praying for something else: a COVID-19 vaccine."We hope that the model that we're doing at the north Baton Rouge pop-up clinic is one that can be emulated across the state," Dr. Courtney Phillips, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health said Friday.Phillips was among the roughly 1,200 people to get their first vaccine dose Friday, the first day o
  • Law enforcement officer fatally shot during high school basketball game

    Law enforcement officer fatally shot during high school basketball game
    NEW ORLEANS - An officer was fatally shot during a basketball game at George Washington Carver High School on Friday night. Witnesses report a man fired multiple gunshots in the school gymnasium, fatally wounding a Second City Court Constable who was working security at the game. No information on a suspect is available. NOPD is investigating the incident as a homicide. Permalink| Comments
  • Governor Edwards requests a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana from President Biden following severe winter weather

    Governor Edwards requests a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana from President Biden following severe winter weather
    BATON ROUGE - Due to last week's severe winter weather, Governor John Bel Edwards is asking for a major disaster declaration from President Joe Biden for the state of Louisiana. The impacts of the wintry precipitation and below-freezing temperatures posed a serious threat to the lives of the people of Louisiana, and resulted in six storm-related deaths. Nearly one-quarter of the statewide population experienced water outages, and more than 200,000 people lost power. "There hav
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  • One person critically injured during shooting on W. Johnson St.

    One person critically injured during shooting on W. Johnson St.
    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are responding to a shooting on the 500 block of W. Johnson Street. One person was transported to a local hospital with injuries. Police say another victim may be injured. This is an ongoing investigation. Permalink| Comments
  • LSU gymnastics drops 3rd straight meet, lose 197.100 to 196.800 to Kentucky

    LSU gymnastics drops 3rd straight meet, lose 197.100 to 196.800 to Kentucky
    LEXINGTON- LSU Gymnastics lost their third straight meet of the season on Friday, as they fall 197.100 to 196.800 to Kentucky. Kentucky gymnast Raena Worly won the All-Around as the Wildcats improve to 4-3, while the Tigers drop to 4-3.LSU came out slow in the meet with problems on the uneven bars. They finished with a team score of 49.000 after the first rotationas Sami Durante and Kiya Johnson had the two highest scores at only 9.800.The Tigers had an even worse showing on beam as Reagan Camp
  • Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

    Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US
    NEW YORK (AP) — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus — mask wearing, social distancing and virtual schooling — were a big factor in preventing a “twindemic” of f
  • Four people hurt in reported shooting off Plank Road

    Four people hurt in reported shooting off Plank Road
    BATON ROUGE - Several people were reportedly hurt in a shooting Friday evening. The Baton Rouge Police Department said the gunfire happened on Paige Street just off Plank Road around 6:30 p.m.. Four people were taken to an area hospital.The extent of their injuries is unknown.This is a developing story.Permalink| Comments
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  • Homeowners rush to rescue yards after last week's freeze

    Homeowners rush to rescue yards after last week's freeze
    BATON ROUGE - The weekend warm up brings with it an extensive to-do list for many homeowners who still need to clean up their yard after last week's cold snap.Despite how hopeless many yards across town may look now, landscapers say there's still a chance your plants could bounce back, and the last thing you want to do is get rid of those brown plants too soon."The ice just froze everything. It killed a lot of plants, and I'm here restocking," Emily Carroll said.At Louisiana Nursery, customers
  • US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist's killing

    US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist's killing
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince likely approved the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday. The finding could escalate pressure on the Biden administration to hold the kingdom accountable for a murder that drew widespread outrage in the U.S. and abroad.The public blaming of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amounted to an extraordinary reb
  • Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

    Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.Republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill, raising concerns that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to advance policy priorities that go beyond helping Americans get through the pandemic. Democrats and President Joe Biden counter that
  • VIDEO: Thief takes food delivery driver's car in broad daylight

    VIDEO: Thief takes food delivery driver's car in broad daylight
    NEW ORLEANS - A brazen thief stole a delivery driver's car after she left it idling while she brought food to a house in a suburban New Orleans neighborhood.Video captured on the customer's front door camera shows the entire thing unfolded in a matter of seconds Thursday evening. In that video, the driver is seen walking away from her car with food in hand. Before she can even make it to the home's front door, an SUV pulls up alongside her car. A man then jumps out of the vehicle and c
  • US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

    US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic.The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S. Vaccinations are picking up speed, but new supplies are urgently needed to stay ahead of a mutating virus that ha
  • OLOL partners with minority churches in North Baton Rouge to vaccinate those in need

    OLOL partners with minority churches in North Baton Rouge to vaccinate those in need
    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake has partnered with minority churches in North Baton Rouge to host a series of pop-up vaccination sites.The hospital receives a certain number of Moderna vaccines from the state, which they are using to vaccinate congregation members from a select few churches in North Baton Rouge who may not have the resources to get to OLOL's other campuses.One life was changed for the better Friday at OLOL's LSU Mid City location when she was finally administered the COVID-1
  • Authorities investigate inmate death in Natchitoches Parish

    Authorities investigate inmate death in Natchitoches Parish
    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a detention center in the northern part of the state.Vernell Brooks, 38, of Natchitoches was found unresponsive early Thursday in his cell at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.Brooks was transported to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, news outlets reported.Sheriff Stuart Wright said the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office
  • Crawfish Tracker: Little change in capital area prices to close out February

    Crawfish Tracker: Little change in capital area prices to close out February
    BATON ROUGE - There wasn't much shake-up in the local crawfish market this week, with mudbugs staying fairly pricey at most places throughout the area. According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price for boiled crawfish in the Baton Rouge area is still about $6 per pound. The cost for live is about $4.77 a pound on average. The lowest price for boiled at popular sellers polled by WBRZ was $5.49, while live crawfish are going for as low as $3.99 per pound.You can
  • Search warrant in Hammond leads to arrest of 4 individuals suspected of dealing numerous drugs

    Search warrant in Hammond leads to arrest of 4 individuals suspected of dealing numerous drugs
    HAMMOND - Four individuals were arrested on Friday for allegedly dealing numerous drugs in Hammond.The Hammond Police Department, received a search warrant for the house of Ashley Nettles, 32, after authorities received information about possible drug dealing in the South Cherry Street area.During the search detectives found 2.7 grams of heroin, 4.1 grams of methamphetamine, numerous hydrocodone pills, drug paraphernalia and cash.   Police arrested Nettles, 40-year-old Gilbert
  • Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

    Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.Police and the military have begun joint operations to rescue the girls after the attack at the Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe town, according to a police spokesman in Zamfara state, Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the number abducted.One parent, Nasiru Abdullahi, told The Associate
  • Oversight board wants independent investigation into Entergy's new meters

    Oversight board wants independent investigation into Entergy's new meters
    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Public Service Commission is asking for a third-party investigation into Entergy's new smart meters after customers reported unusual spikes in their electricity bills. The commission's call for an independent investigators comes as Entergy is still conducting its own investigation into the meters. Last month, the oversight board asked for Entergy to look into the devices after some customers reported their bills doubled for seemingly no reason. "We ha
  • Official start of hurricane season could move up to May

    Official start of hurricane season could move up to May
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tracks major storms year-round, is considering moving up the official start date of hurricane season by about two weeks. The Washington Post reports a group at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, which is part of the NOAA, is deciding whether the start of the Atlantic hurricane season should move to May 15 from the widely agreed-upon start date of June 1. The discussion was prompted by a growing trend for storms to form ahe
  • High-speed chase through Hammond ends in crash at intersection

    High-speed chase through Hammond ends in crash at intersection
    HAMMOND - A high-speed chase in Tangipahoa Parish ended with a wreck on Highway 51 Friday afternoon.According to the Daily Star, witnesses said that a high-speed pursuit involving authorities ended when the suspect driver crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 51 and University Ave.The Hammond Police and Fire Department both responded to the scene.It's unclear if anyone was seriously hurt.Permalink| Comments
  • High-speed chase involving authorities ends in crash on Highway 51

    High-speed chase involving authorities ends in crash on Highway 51
    HAMMOND - A high-speed chase in Hammond resulted in crash on Highway 51 Friday afternoon.According to the Daily Star, witnesses said that a high-speed pursuit involving authorities ended when the suspect driver crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 51 and University Ave.The Hammond Police and Fire Department are currently on the scene.Injuries are unknown at this time.Details are limited. This is a developing story. Permalink| Comments
  • Tax worker charged with filing fake returns, keeping refunds

    Tax worker charged with filing fake returns, keeping refunds
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service has been charged with filing false returns and keeping parts of tax refunds for herself.The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Thursday that Linda Williams, 52, prepared fake tax returns for friends and relatives that claimed more than $500,000 in false tax deductions to inflate their refunds.Williams would then take a portion of the refunds and transfer the money to her personal bank account
  • New Orleans relaxing pandemic restrictions as numbers fall

    New Orleans relaxing pandemic restrictions as numbers fall
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ coronavirus pandemic restrictions are being relaxed Friday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office said.“The past 30 days have shown a sustained decrease in case counts, transmission rate, and positivity rate,” a news release said Thursday.Starting at 6 a.m. Friday, it said, groups of up to 75 may gather indoors and 150 outdoors, and restaurants, bars, breweries, libraries and other bus
  • Former Chamber of Commerce employee facing charges in WBR months after drug arrest in Texas

    Former Chamber of Commerce employee facing charges in WBR months after drug arrest in Texas
    A former employee with the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce is facing new charges after the organization opened an investigation into her spending during her time there. According to a notice sent out to members of the chamber Friday, the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and district attorney's office issued new charges against Marie Anais Brand, the former events and operations coordinator. The letter did not detail what those charges were but said the chamber discovered disparit
  • Officials expect fairs, festivals to resume statewide in the near future with heightened safety measures

    Officials expect fairs, festivals to resume statewide in the near future with heightened safety measures
    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of fairs and festivals have been canceled statewide since the beginning of the pandemic, but with vaccines rolling out, officials are confident the fun festivities will be back on track soon.Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals hosted a convention Friday night at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Baton Rouge to address concerns of fair and festival organizers.Despite a year full of cancellations and closures, keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says festiv
  • Stocks give up an early gain, turn lower; bond yields slip

    Stocks give up an early gain, turn lower; bond yields slip
    Stocks gave up an early gain and turned mostly lower in morning trading on Wall Street Friday. Banks and energy companies led the way lower, while technology companies, which had been beaten down in recent days, started to recover.Investors continued to watch the bond market, where Treasury yields were declining, as well as Washington, where Congress is expected to vote on President Joe Biden’s stimulus package.The S&P 500 index was down 0.9% as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern. The
  • Traffic Update: Crash cleared on I-10 WB near Whiskey Bay, all lanes open

    Traffic Update: Crash cleared on I-10 WB near Whiskey Bay, all lanes open
    IBERVILLE - According to Total Traffic and Weather Network, a Friday (Feb. 26) morning crash has been cleared from I-10 WB near Hwy 975/Whiskey Bay/Exit 127.All lanes are open, but area congestion remains. For traffic advisories throughout the day, follow WBRZ's traffic reporters on Twitter at @WBRZTraffic. Permalink| Comments
  • Traffic Update: Crash cleared on I-10 WB after Whiskey Bay exit, all lanes open

    Traffic Update: Crash cleared on I-10 WB after Whiskey Bay exit, all lanes open
    IBERVILLE - According to Total Traffic and Weather Network, a Friday (Feb. 26) morning crash occurred on I-10 WB after Hwy 975/Whiskey Bay/Exit 127.The wreck, which was initially reported around 9 a.m., resulted in blockage of the left lane on I-10 West past LA 975 (Whiskey Bay), and traffic congestion that begins at Hwy 3000/Ramah/Maringouin/Exit 135.Additional details related to the incident are currently unknown.For traffic advisories throughout the day, follow WBRZ's traffic report
  • Approval of third US vaccine could raise question: Which shots are best?

    Approval of third US vaccine could raise question: Which shots are best?
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but because at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options, health officials are girding for the question: Which one is best?If cleared for emergency use, the J&J vaccine would offer a one-dose option that could help speed vaccinations, tamp down a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people in the U.S. and stay ahead of a mutating virus.“I thin

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