• Film industry returns to New Orleans after months-long pause on production

    Film industry returns to New Orleans after months-long pause on production
    NEW ORLEANS- The City of New Orleans is welcoming film production crews for the first time since March after being forced to shut down due to the spread of COVID-19.The beginning of 2020 was a success for filming in New Orleans, but at least 10 productions were forced to put progress on pause.The first season of the Bryan Cranston show, "Your Honor," and the fifth season of the television series "Queen Sugar," produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network, are just a couple of New Orleans productions a
  • Louisiana man gets 60 years for killing girlfriend in front of son

    Louisiana man gets 60 years for killing girlfriend in front of son
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his girlfriend 29 times in front of her then 1-year-old son.
    Damone Ussin, 43, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and obstruction of justice.Judicial District Judge Stephen Enright Jr. sentenced Ussin to 60 years in prison, 40 years for the manslaughter and 20 years for the obstruction charge. The sentences will run consecutively.Gretna police said Ussin and 35-year-old Traniel Gray dated “off-and-on,&a
  • Attorney: 1 victim may be removed from Hard Rock rubble soon

    Attorney: 1 victim may be removed from Hard Rock rubble soon
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Contractors believe they may be able to remove one of the two victims still in the debris of the partly collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans by next week, developer attorneys said.The bodies of Quinnyon Wimberly and Jose Ponce Arreola were originally supposed to be retrieved earlier this month, after being trapped in the building’s top floor rubble since the construction collapse in October. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell previously said&am
  • Bar owners sue Louisiana governor over virus restrictions

    Bar owners sue Louisiana governor over virus restrictions
    BATON ROUGE, La. — Eleven Louisiana bar owners filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. John Bel Edwards, arguing his coronavirus rules limiting bars to takeout and delivery unlawfully target one business sector and impose overly harsh restrictions.The lawsuit names the Democratic governor and Fire Marshal Butch Browning, the chief enforcement officer of the virus regulations for Edwards, as defendants. It was filed in Lafayette federal court by bars located across Acadiana, including i
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  • Bar owners sue Gov. John Bel Edwards over virus restrictions

    Bar owners sue Gov. John Bel Edwards over virus restrictions
    BATON ROUGE, La. — Eleven Louisiana bar owners filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. John Bel Edwards, arguing his coronavirus rules limiting bars to takeout and delivery unlawfully target one business sector and impose overly harsh restrictions.The lawsuit names the Democratic governor and Fire Marshal Butch Browning, the chief enforcement officer of the virus regulations for Edwards, as defendants. It was filed in Lafayette federal court by bars located across Acadiana, including i
  • LSU Lab School students returning to campus next week

    LSU Lab School students returning to campus next week
    BATON ROUGE – In just one week, students and teachers will be back at school on LSU’s campus. That is, at the University Laboratory School (ULS), a private school for children in grades kindergarten through 12.Starting on Aug. 5, half of the 1,400 enrolled students will be on campus learning in classrooms and eating in the school cafeteria. ULS interim superintendent Dr. Amy Westbrook said, just like all other schools across the country, their goal this year is to balance sa
  • Overturned vehicle catches fire after crash on Jefferson Hwy; 4 taken to hospital

    Overturned vehicle catches fire after crash on Jefferson Hwy; 4 taken to hospital
    BATON ROUGE - Four people were taken to a hospital after a crash on Jefferson Highway left a vehicle in flames.The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on the Jefferson near College Drive. Four people were taken to a hospital, but all were said to have non-life-threatening injuries.Authorities said the wreck left one of the vehicles involved on its side, and that same vehicle caught fire.The wreck remains under investigation, the Baton Rouge Police Department said. Permalink| Comments
  • Baton Rouge schools distribute laptops in preparation for virtual classes to come

    Baton Rouge schools distribute laptops in preparation for virtual classes to come
    BATON ROUGE - Teachers and staff gave away dozens of devices Wednesday for students at Scotlandville Middle Magnet School.Cars lined the parking lot for their curbside pick-up. It's a new necessity for students in East Baton Rouge Parish, as they head into the school year."It will be different because we're not used to virtual learning. We're more used to learning in the classrooms," one student said.For some students, it's been an anxious wait at home to see how virtual instruction will resume
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  • Ascension Public Schools disinfecting all campuses ahead of new school year

    Ascension Public Schools disinfecting all campuses ahead of new school year
    ASCENSION PARISH – Teachers and staff in Ascension are getting ready to get back into the classroom.They'll be returning next week to prepare for the upcoming school year, which starts on Aug. 10. But before that can happen, all of the buildings are getting a deep clean to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“This company we've used actually for several years. We first engaged them in our high school locker rooms to try to help reduce staff infections for our high school athletes
  • Garbage grounds beside LSU Botanical Gardens could potentially prevent flooding

    Garbage grounds beside LSU Botanical Gardens could potentially prevent flooding
    BATON ROUGE - What looks like a landfill is actually a catch basin at the Burden Museum and Gardens off Essen Lane, where 81 tons of trash have accumulated for nearly six decades.It's at least 10 feet deep and the size of a large swimming pool, located on the same property as the LSU Botanical Gardens.A far cry from the blissful beauty of the flowers, this pool of plastic is not only unsightly. It's problematic."This watershed eventually feeds into Bayou Manchac, and from there it flows into th
  • Demo day finally comes for 2016 flooded homeowner

    Demo day finally comes for 2016 flooded homeowner
    BATON ROUGE - Next month will mark four years since about 140,000 homes flooded in south Louisiana. It's hard to imagine, but years after the 2016 flood, many people are still working to get their lives back together.It was May 2018 when 2 On Your Side first met Alicia Donnell. Then, she was frustrated about the recovery process that seemed to have no end in sight. Wednesday, she received a bit of closure when her flood house was demolished by Restore Louisiana.The Baton Rouge property
  • Ascension releases guide detailing in-school safety measures for upcoming semester

    Ascension releases guide detailing in-school safety measures for upcoming semester
    The Ascension Public Schools system has released a guide to help parents understand in-school changes designed to keep students safe from the coronavirus. Ascension school released their Safe Start Procedures and Guidelines document to help families understand steps school officials are taking to keep campuses safe. Some of those precautions include regular screenings for symptoms, reduced group sizes, and mask requirement for students in third grad and beyond.As previously announced,
  • Accused Baton Rouge cop killer indicted in April shooting spree

    Accused Baton Rouge cop killer indicted in April shooting spree
    BATON ROUGE - A man accused of killing two people, including a Baton Rouge police officer, back in April was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder. Court records show Ronnie Kato was formally charged Wednesday with the murders of Officer Glenn Hutto and Curtis Richardson on April 26. Richardson was the step-father of Kato's girlfriend at the time. He was shot by Kato after intervening in a situation involving the couple. Kato later ambushed two police officers
  • Georgia inmates hailed as heroes for saving injured deputy

    Georgia inmates hailed as heroes for saving injured deputy
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Georgia sheriff's office is thanking a group of inmates credited with rescuing a deputy who collapsed and suffered a head injury while supervising a jail housing unit.The Gwinnett County deputy was patrolling the unit when the inmates noticed he did not appear to be feeling well, according to an account the sheriff's office posted to social media Tuesday.The inmates “kept an eye on him” as he returned to the deputy desk before witnessing him lose consc
  • EBRPSS announces tech program for students in need of connectivity for virtual learning

    EBRPSS announces tech program for students in need of connectivity for virtual learning
    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has launched an online resource for families to sign up for mobile hotspots and devices.The school system announced the program Wednesday afternoon, stating the idea is to make the transition back to school as seamless as possible.As EBR schools opt for an all-virtual learning model, the school system says it is vital that students are prepared and TechReady on August 10. EBRPSS students will learn virtually through Labor Day unless otherwi
  • Zachary schools consider in-classroom learning for all students ahead of Phase 3

    Zachary schools consider in-classroom learning for all students ahead of Phase 3
    ZACHARY - Despite prior plans of a hybrid learning model for Zachary schools reopening in August, leaders are considering a new option.The school district released its initial return to campus plan on July 22, which consisted of both in-person and virtual learning for students as the state remains in Phase 2 of reopening.On Tuesday, July 28, the board agreed to consider integrating younger students back into the classroom for face-to-face learning five days per week a bit sooner than a
  • 2 members of LSU football team currently recovering from coronavirus, Coach O says

    2 members of LSU football team currently recovering from coronavirus, Coach O says
    BATON ROUGE - Coach Ed Orgeron says that two more members of the LSU football team had contracted the coronavirus.Coach O made the announcement during a live-streamed press conference with the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. It's unclear whether the two infected are players or other team personnel. Coach O says they have two guys with COVID right now, credits Dr. Nelson and Shelly Mullenix for hwo they've handled the virus and protocols associated with it. #LSU— Michael Cauble (@Cau
  • 2 members of LSU football team currently have coronavirus, Coach O says

    2 members of LSU football team currently have coronavirus, Coach O says
    BATON ROUGE - Coach Ed Orgeron says that two more members of the LSU football team had contracted the coronavirus.Coach O made the announcement during a live-streamed press conference with the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. It's unclear whether the two infected are players or other team personnel. Coach O says they have two guys with COVID right now, credits Dr. Nelson and Shelly Mullenix for hwo they've handled the virus and protocols associated with it. #LSU— Michael Cauble (@Cau
  • US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

    US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday.The drop was driven by less demand for coal that is burned for electricity and oil that’s refined into gasoline and jet fuel, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.The declines were in line with lower energy usage around the globe as the pan
  • US officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

    US officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow’s military intelligence service known as the GRU have been identified as responsible for a disinformation effort meant to reach American and Western audience
  • Police: Possibly impaired driver killed in head-on crash in Ascension Wednesday morning

    Police: Possibly impaired driver killed in head-on crash in Ascension Wednesday morning
    GEISMAR - Police suspect a man was impaired when he crashed head-on into another vehicle on LA 30 Wednesday morning, killing him.According to Louisiana State Police, the crash happened around 6 a.m. on LA 30 near Old Jefferson Highway.Investigators believed 31-year-old Robby Watts of Livingston was driving eastbound on the highway in his pickup truck when he crossed the center line and hit another truck going westbound. Watts was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and was killed in the
  • Police: Mom charged in willful crash that killed her baby

    Police: Mom charged in willful crash that killed her baby
    ATLANTA - A woman accused of intentionally crashing her car into another vehicle carrying her 3-month-old daughter and the child's father has been charged with felony murder in the infant's death, Atlanta police said Tuesday.Titayanna Phillips, 21, also was charged with aggravated assault in the crash Monday evening that also injured the father, news outlets reported. The infant was identified in reports as Khy’undra Henderson.Police said the child's father, Undra Henderson, 27, had j
  • U.S. to withdraw nearly 12,000 American troops from Germany

    U.S. to withdraw nearly 12,000 American troops from Germany
    The U.S. government has announced intentions to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany. CNN reports that the decision has attracted bipartisan congressional opposition and angered U.S. allies who see the move as a blow to NATO.Defense officials say pulling thousands of troops from Germany will take years to execute and potentially cost billions of dollars to facilitate.Others are concerned that the move will weaken the U.S. military's position vis a vis Russia.Approximatel
  • Wall Street drifts higher ahead of Fed announcement

    Wall Street drifts higher ahead of Fed announcement
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement where investors expect the central bank to keep the accelerator floored on its aid for the economy.The S&P 500 was 0.4% higher after the first 20 minutes of trading while Treasury yields were holding relatively steady and gold inched further into record territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 17 points, or 0.1%, at 26,397 as of 9:50 a.m. Eastern time, and
  • Governor Edwards: Louisiana now first in nation in per capita COVID-19 cases

    Governor Edwards: Louisiana now first in nation in per capita COVID-19 cases
    BATON ROUGE - Governor Edwards took to Facebook Wednesday morning to urge Louisianians to practice social distancing and mask up, saying, "Louisiana is now first in the nation in per capita COVID-19 cases. This is a statewide epidemic, and just one person’s actions can help stop the spread of COVID-19."Another 1,125 coronavirus infections were verified by the state health department Tuesday, and 3,700 Louisiana residents have died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus. Nearly
  • BR rapper, Lit Yoshi, held on $1.82 M bond, connected with gang-related shootings

    BR rapper, Lit Yoshi, held on $1.82 M bond, connected with gang-related shootings
    A Baton Rouge rapper who investigators say is connected to a string of shootings between April of 2019 and July of this year was given a new bond of $1.8 million-plus Tuesday.Lit Yoshi is the name that 21-year-old Mieyoshi Tyree Edwards goes by.One of the shooting incidents Edwards was allegedly involved in left two adults and two children injured and authorities have described Edwards the "top enforcer" of a local gang."I am sick of what's going on in this community," state District Judge Tarv
  • Woman found in Shreveport pond with severe burns has died

    Woman found in Shreveport pond with severe burns has died
    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A woman found in a Louisiana pond suffering from severe burns has died from her injuries, according to authorities.The Shreveport Police Department said Tuesday that the woman, identified as Tracy Seward, 52, died two days after she was discovered badly burned in the city’s duck pond, The Shreveport Times reported.Police were called to the area Thursday after passersby noticed the woman in the water and pulled her onto the bank, authorities sa
  • Food distribution event to take place at Perkins Road BREC site, Friday

    Food distribution event to take place at Perkins Road BREC site, Friday
    BATON ROUGE - The United cajun navy is partnering with the East Baton Rouge Council On Aging to distribute 5,000 boxes of produce/vegetables and 5,000 gallons of milk and facemasks on Friday, July 31.The food distribution even will take place at BREC's Olympia Stadium, which is located at 7211 Perkins Road.It will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. Permalink| Comments
  • Lawsuits aim to disqualify candidate from EBR Mayor-President race

    Lawsuits aim to disqualify candidate from EBR Mayor-President race
    Two lawsuits designed to disqualify Councilman Matt Watson from the race for mayor-president were filed Monday, the documents allege Watson did not reconcile thousands of dollars in penalties with Louisiana's Ethics Administration prior to qualifying for November's election. According to The Advocate, the petitions, both filed in the 19th Judicial District Court, claim Watson falsely certified he did not owe any outstanding fines and fees for campaign finance and government et
  • Man charged with fraud for allegedly using PPP funds to purchase Lamborghini

    Man charged with fraud for allegedly using PPP funds to purchase Lamborghini
    MIAMI, Florida- A man in Miami, Florida, has been charged with bank fraud for allegedly lying on PPP loan applications and spending the money on luxury items such as a Lamborghini Huracán EVO, federal authorities say.According to CNN, funds from the $521 billion Paycheck Protection Program were meant to help small businesses keep workers on payroll throughout the coronavirus pandemic.David Tyler Hines, 29, not only filed fraudulent PPP applications, but also spent the money
  • Texas family found dead in home due to carbon monoxide poisoning from generator

    Texas family found dead in home due to carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
    HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas - Four people died of carbon monoxide poisoning on Monday after a generator was left running inside their home in Edinburg, Texas.According to Texas news station KRGV, Edinburg police Chief Cesar Torres said officials were made aware of the situation at about 6:23 p.m. on Monday when a concerned neighbor called the police. "Neighbors reported not seeing the family, so they were concerned and contacted the Edinburg Police Department," Torres said.Officers
  • David Joseph confirmed as federal judge in Louisiana

    David Joseph confirmed as federal judge in Louisiana
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prosecutor has been confirmed by the Senate as a new federal judge for the Western District of Louisiana.Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy praised Tuesday’s confirmation of David Joseph as the state’s newest U.S. district judge in a joint news release.President Donald Trump nominated Joseph to the federal bench in November. He had served as U.S. Attorney in the Western District since 2018.The district covers 42 of Louisiana&
  • Shooting on Alliquippa Street leaves one man injured

    Shooting on Alliquippa Street leaves one man injured
    BATON ROUGE - Police say an early morning shooting in North Baton Rouge left one person injured, Wednesday.According to a representative with the Baton Rouge Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Alliquippa Street around 1:25 a.m. for a reported shooting.Police told WBRZ a male victim was taken to an area hospital with apparent gunshot injuries.The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.Police have opened an investigation into the shooting and this article wil
  • Neighbors' Mascot Checking Program contributes $68,340 to local schools

    Neighbors' Mascot Checking Program contributes $68,340 to local schools
    BATON ROUGE- Neighbors Federal Credit Union contributed a combined $68,340.30 to 15 participating schools during the 2019-2020 school year. The funds came from NFCU’s Mascot Checking Program which invites high schools within the Greater Baton Rouge area to participate by allowing Neighbors to create a custom checking account for the school. Mascot Schools have now earned a total of $163,556 since the Mascot Checking program launched in 2014. Walker High Scho
  • University in Louisiana gets a $20M anonymous donation

    University in Louisiana gets a $20M anonymous donation
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from an anonymous donor, the largest private contribution in the school’s history.Xavier University of Louisiana announced the gift on Tuesday, saying the donation will allow the school to expand scholarships and make needed investments to sustain their mission as the country’s only Catholic and historically Black university.“This is a remarkable demonstration of support and
  • Civil rights icon Lewis to lie in repose at Georgia Capitol

    Civil rights icon Lewis to lie in repose at Georgia Capitol
    ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis will lie in repose at the Georgia capitol in his hometown of Atlanta in one of the last memorial services for the late Democratic congressman before he is buried.Members of the public will be able to pay their respects to Lewis on Wednesday at the state capitol rotunda following a ceremony in his honor. A private burial service in Atlanta is scheduled for Thursday.Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. Born to sharecroppers during Jim Crow segregation, he was b

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