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Police seeking man wanted in fatal shooting of ex-girlfriend, considered armed and dangerous

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Baton Rouge Police detectives have issued an arrest warrant for DeMarcus Jackson, 31, of Baton Rouge. for 2nd Degree Murder and illegal use of a weapon.

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8 dead in Mississippi shooting; slain deputy and suspect identified

Willie Corey Godbolt (Source: MS Bureau of Investigation) Willie Corey Godbolt (Source: MS Bureau of Investigation)
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The MS Bureau of Investigation confirms eight people were shot and killed overnight in Lincoln County. One of those dead includes a Lincoln County deputy.

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To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

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While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday would command more respect.

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Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team Video included

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Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and intensifying inquiries into allegations his campaign had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House.

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Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

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A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

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Some women-only screenings planned for 'Wonder Woman'

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Controversy bubbled up Friday over plans in Austin, Texas, and Brooklyn to set aside some shows for women only at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.

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Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

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President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

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In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

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As an opioid epidemic tears across the United States, police officers tasked with reversing the effects of overdose in addicts are increasingly at risk of accidentally overdose themselves due to the potency of synthetic opioids.

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Election Results: District 2 State Senator seat run-off Video included

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Voters headed to the poll Saturday to cast their ballots to fill an open seat in the state Senate.

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Hot air balloon crashes after couple get engaged Video included

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No one was hurt, and the couple had fun posing with pictures of the downed balloon.

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Long-awaited display of restored Memphis Belle set for 2018

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The World War II bomber Memphis Belle goes on display next spring at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio. More>>

UK police show photo of concert bomber, ask public for info Video included

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British police investigating the lethal concert bombing in Manchester say they have made two more arrests, raising the number in custody to 11.

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VIDEO: Boy thrown from CA water slide Video included

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The slide will remain closed as the city investigates the incident.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt attack

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Egyptian authorities say the death toll in the ambush attack on a bus transporting Christians to a monastery south of Cairo has risen to 29.

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NOBLE hosts Region V Training Conference in Baton Rouge Video included

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The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Region V hosted its Training Conference in Baton Rouge, LA, May 26 and 27 2017, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.

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Parents, mental health workers warn of impact of House budget plan Video included

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State lawmakers got an earful Saturday, as parents of children with disabilities and mental health workers laid out the potential impact of the state budget.

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Angola corrections officer arrested for alleged contraband smuggling, resigns Video included

Kaelyn Franklin, 26 (Source: La. Dept. of Public safety and Corrections) Kaelyn Franklin, 26 (Source: La. Dept. of Public safety and Corrections)
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A shakedown at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of a prison employee.

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In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

As Cpl. Kevin Phillips pulled up to investigate a suspected opioid overdose, paramedics were already at the Maryland home giving a man a life-saving dose of the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

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Aid program taking applications from flood-damaged businesses

The loan application period has opened for flood-damaged small businesses and nonprofits seeking aid from a $51 million new program.

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LSU powers past South Carolina 11-0 to make SEC title game

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Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat South Carolina 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

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Slain Virginia officer was a father of 3, former Marine

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A suspect has been taken into custody following an overnight manhunt in the fatal shooting of a Virginia State Police special agent, authorities said Saturday. More>>

World War II veteran receives high school diploma after more than 70 years Video included

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The Navy veteran changed his birth certificate in 1944, so he could fight in the war.

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Gregg Allman, pioneering Southern rock musician, dies

Gregg Allman was a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.  

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La. legislator says "party politics" are clouding debate over gas tax boost Video included

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Next week, legislators will make a key vote on whether to raise the state's gas tax to pay for road repairs and new projects.

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Arrest made in connection to fatal house fire near Plank Rd. Video included

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Authorities have in custody a man they say is connected to a fatal house fire, claiming the life of a 32-year-old woman.

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Afghan official says 18 killed in suicide car bomb attack

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Interior Ministry official says 18 killed in suicide car bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.

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Pilot's remains back on US soil from Vietnam after 52 years

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It took 52 years, but a daughter has finally brought her father's remains back to U.S. soil from Vietnam.

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Valero makes $1 million gift to LSU College of Engineering

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The Valero Energy Corporation made a $1 million leadership gift to the LSU College of Engineering, initiating a multi-point collaboration with the college to support engineering education and real-world, hands-on experiences for LSU engineering students, the future leaders of the energy sector.

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Baton Rouge paramedic Demerrius Slocum receives 2017 Public Service award

Pictured are EMS Paramedic Demerrius Slocum with administrator Chad Guillot and Deputy Chief Bryant Hernandez (right). Slocum received the 2017 Public Service award. Pictured are EMS Paramedic Demerrius Slocum with administrator Chad Guillot and Deputy Chief Bryant Hernandez (right). Slocum received the 2017 Public Service award.

A Baton Rouge rotary club awarded an Emergency Medical Services paramedic the 2017 Public Service award.

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If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he's ready Video included

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Amid reports that the FBI is investigating meetings Trump son-in-law had with Russians, Jared Kushner's lawyer says he is willing to cooperate with investigators.

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Duo spend 48 hours in Walmart for YouTube stunt Video included

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For two nights, the duo slept in the store on shelves behind boxes, ate at the store's Subway restaurant, played with toys in the aisles and even got a haircut.

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Zachary, several EBR areas ranked as safest in Louisiana

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LendEDU, an independent marketplace for student loans, released a report highlighting the Top 100 safest cities in Louisiana, Zachary was among the safest.

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US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM

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As North Korea continues testing its missiles, US plans a test of its defense system to shoot down an ICBM.

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Florida woman evicted over massive toy collection Video included

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The collection spreads through the living room, kitchen, bedroom and even the bathroom. Appliances and other household items are blocked because there are too many stuffed animals to access them.

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New 'Blue Lives Matter' laws raise concerns among activists

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More than a dozen states this year have passed "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers. More>>

Bayou Country Superfest ranked on Top 10 list of summer music festivals

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An online ticket marketplace has released statistics that show Bayou Country Superfest ranks in the Top 10 list of summer music festivals of 2017.

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Grandmother writes 7,000 letters to the troops Video included

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An elderly woman started sending letters to America’s troops back during World War II. They've gone to soldiers in harm’s way and the wounded in hospitals.

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Parents urged to monitor children to decrease overdose deaths

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American deaths from drug overdoses have risen yearly since 2002 through 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The number of deaths from opioid drugs also spiked in 2015 compared to 2013.  

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At least 28 killed in ambush attack on Christians in Egypt

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Egyptian state TV: 23 people, 25 wounded in militant attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo.

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Former Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew K. Brzezinski died Friday, his daughter said. (Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew K. Brzezinski died Friday, his daughter said. (Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died at the age of 89, his daughter said. 

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2 dead, 1 injured after stabbing attack on train in Oregon

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Witnesses told police it all started when the suspect began shouting hate speech on a crowded train.

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Shoals murderer Tommy Arthur executed after stay lifted Video included

Tommy Arthur (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections) Tommy Arthur (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)
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Convicted Muscle Shoals murderer Tommy Arthur was executed at about midnight Thursday.

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Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester

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Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester, England, to help victims of deadly bombing at her show earlier this week.

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Judge tosses life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

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Malvo was one of two people convicted in the DC area sniper shootings in 2002. 

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Annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival celebrates 50 year milestone Video included

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The annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival is celebrating its 50th year and despite a few changes, it promises to be just as good.

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Millions in funding approved for Comite Diversion

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$6.7 million dollars has been approved to go toward construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal, U.S. Congressman Garret Graves announced Friday.

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Bust unveiled in honor of 11-year-old who had a mission to help less fortunate Video included

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11-year old Trevor Sims lost his battle to cancer four years ago and his dying wish was to feed the hungry but, he also had one more dream that the community helped fulfill.

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WANTED: BRPD seek two vehicle burglary suspects

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Baton Rouge Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two vehicular burglary suspects.

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Gov. Edwards signs bill to help veterans find jobs after military service

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Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the first bill into law from the 2017 Regular Session, HB 185 by State Representative James Armes, who chairs the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.

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Local Chipotle stores part of data breach

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Chipotle Mexican Grill is investigating a breach in the restaurant’s payments systems that could have jeopardized customer credit card information.

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Woman faces federal charges when gun goes off, striking a patient Video included

Debra R. McQuillen (Source: Hinds County Detention Center) Debra R. McQuillen (Source: Hinds County Detention Center)
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University of Mississippi Medical Center Police have arrested a woman and charged her after she dropped her purse drops and the gun inside fired. The bullet struck a patient.

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14-year-old injured in reported accidental shooting Video included

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A 14-year-old was shot in the leg Friday afternoon.

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Cassidy introduces bill to help pay reasonable costs of urgent care provided to veterans

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US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017 in the US Senate, which would require the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to pay for care provided to our nation’s veterans in urgent care centers.

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Mayor Shelton pursues potential 90 percent FEMA reimbursement for Central drainage improvement plan

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City of Central’s Mayor Jr. Shelton is continuing to pursue extensive, cost-saving measures for the citizens of Central as the administration work to prepare a thorough foundation for a drainage improvement plan.

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Jambalaya benefit held for Zachary teen fighting ovarian cancer

Alexis Withers (Source: Facebook) Alexis Withers (Source: Facebook)
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The family of a Zachary teen, who is battling cancer, is hoping the public can help them with medical expenses. We featured a story in April about Alexis Withers, 16, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January.

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