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Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

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Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.

Body found in waterway in St. John the Baptist Parish Video included

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Officials say a body has been found in the Dutch Bayou in St. John the Baptist Parish Wednesday afternoon.

Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

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A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

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The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

MH370: Object found on coast not related to lost plane

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The object, found Wednesday, was described as a torn and misshapen piece of sheet metal with rivets, coated with fiberglass.

Key hits spur LSU to 6-1 win over No. 20 South Alabama

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The LSU softball team scored six runs on seven hits to defeat No 20 South Alabama, 6-1, Wednesday night at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.

Power restored for almost 30,000 Baton Rouge homes Video included

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All power has been restored after thousands of Baton Rouge homes were in the dark from a sudden power outage that began at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

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A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

Saints schedule includes up to 5 night games

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The New Orleans Saints have as many as five night games on their 2014 regular season schedule, which begins with road games in Atlanta and Cleveland.

Horschel aims to regain winning form in Big Easy

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There's something about the rhythm of life in the Big Easy that appeals to Billy Horschel, who acknowledges that he can be a little "hyper" for even his own liking while competing on the PGA Tour.

Rouzan rezoning issue causes heated exchange at Metro Council Video included

Emotions ran high Wednesday evening at the Baton Rouge Metro-Council meeting as members of council took exception to threats of personal lawsuits.

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

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Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the...

LSU's Jordan Mickey to return for sophomore season

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LSU's freshman All-America forward Jordan Mickey announced that he will return for his second season as a member of the LSU men's basketball team for the 2014-15 campaign.

Waffle House waitress gets needed help to fund funeral for regular customer Video included

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Mike Pardalis sometimes didn't talk at all. He might have been quiet, but his impact on Mandi Gardner was huge.

Police need your help identifying burglar Video included

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State Police detectives are asking for your assistance to help locate a man responsible for a vehicle burglary and credit card theft in Baton Rouge.

Church leaders rallied at Capitol to support payday loan reform Video included

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Dozens of church leaders rallied on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in support of reforming the state's payday loan laws.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

The Louisiana State Police along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26. Its purpose is to help get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

Family of murdered teen not happy with judge's ruling Video included

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Family members and the mother of a 19-year-old who was murdered almost three years ago say the punishment given to two men is not just

Police searching for Chicken Shack armed robbers Video included

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Baton Rouge Police are searching for two men they say robbed a mid-city restaurant just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Police officer charged with 38 counts of possessing child porn

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According to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, a New Orleans Police officer has been arrested for possessing child pornography.

Newborn recovering after found in Greenville trash can Video included

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A woman has been charged after her newborn baby boy was found in a trash can outside a Greenville home on Monday, according to police.

Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

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An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Text messages serve as evidence for home invasion shooting arrest Video included

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Baton Rouge Police Detectives used text messages as well as physical evidence to arrest a 22-year-old man for attempted murder.  

Coastal Authority Chair will speak at Press Club

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Jerome Zeringue, Gov. Jindal's executive assistant for coastal activities and chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, will speak at the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, April 28.

Senate health committee votes to kill La. Medicaid expansion bill Video included

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Supporters of Medicaid expansion rallied on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol on Wednesday, but the Senate's health committee voted to involuntarily defer the bill.

Visitation underway for Francis Grayson

Funeral services for local Hotelier Francis Grayson will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, 3155 Victoria Drive, in Baton Rouge.

VIRAL VIDEO: Please try this with your young children immediately

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Click here to watch the adorable trick parents played on their little one, and to hear his jocular response.

'Call of Duty' player becomes victim of 'swatting'

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A New York teenager becomes the victim of 'swatting' after the loser of a video game calls authorities.

High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman...

Louisiana Senate to consider equal pay proposal

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Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.

Memorial fund set up for murdered woman, son

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A memorial fund has been set up for a woman and her son, who were found murdered in their home. The money collected will help with the funeral expenses.

Mother faces charges for allegedly instigating fight that ended with 4 stabbed Video included

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A mother is behind bars for allegedly starting a fight that sent four people to the hospital with stab wounds on Tuesday afternoon.

Five arrested after narcotics bust at business, homes Video included

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A narcotics bust at a business on Plank Road a home in the Shenandoah area and another home in North Baton Rouge ends with five people arrested and drugs and guns seized.

Man suspected of fighting councilman at meeting faces additional charge Video included

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A man accused of getting into a fistfight with a councilman about a year ago is now facing another charge. He was booked Friday on a charge of threatening a public official.

Houston Co. chief deputy: Inmate throws urine at jailer, splashes man's mouth, eyes

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A 22-year-old Crockett man is now facing a felony assaulting a public servant charge after he allegedly threw urine at a male detention officer at the Houston County Jail Tuesday.

Metro Council set to discuss traffic light system, annexation Video included

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The Baton Rouge Metro Council will be tackling a number of important issues Wednesday, including improving traffic to the annexation of two major money makers.

Senate approves bill banning drones from taking pictures on private property Video included

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One day after rejecting a bill to make it illegal to use drones to take pictures of people on private property without their permission, the Louisiana Senate approved the measure.

Man arrested for 2nd DWI after crash that sent 4 to hospital

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A Baton Rouge man is being held on a $20,000 after he allegedly caused a crash that injured three people. Troopers believe he was intoxicated when it happened.

Young kids tip over 60 tombstones Video included

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Three young children confess to knocking down more than 60 tombstones in an Iowa cemetery.

Sinkhole reopens between FL homes Video included

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A sinkhole that was filled appears to have reopened in central Florida.

Boy forgoes PS4 to help neighbors buy smoke detectors Video included

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A Texas boy who saved money for a PlayStation 4, buys smoke detectors for neighbors instead.

Education, community leaders say no to House Bill 1177 Video included

East Baton Rouge Education leaders sounded off against a proposed bill that restructures the public school system.

Woman claims pedicure crossed the line Video included

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A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.

LSU defeats Tulane 6-0 for 13th shutout of the year

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Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Tulane, 6-0, Tuesday night for the Tigers' 13th shutout of the year at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Lafourche councilman wants tougher rules for pit bull owners Video included

A deadly pit bull attack in Houma last month triggers the call for stricter laws and better regulation of the animals.

LSU hosts No. 20 South Alabama Wednesday

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The LSU softball team returns home on Wednesday after spending the past week on the road, hosting the 20th-ranked South Alabama Jaguars at Tiger Park at 6 p.m. in Baton Rouge.

Brusly council names interim police chief Video included

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The town of Brulsy named Richie Johnson Interim Police Chief Tuesday evening during a special council meeting. Johnson is an officer with 26 years of law enforcement experience including Assistant Chief with Brusly and Colonel with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Could "selfies" lead to self esteem issues? Video included

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Scrolling through your social media, how many selfies do you spot? Before you snap and post, you might want to read this report. Turns out selfies, can have a dark side.

Mom bites off ear of dog attacking 2-year-old daughter Video included

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A mom recalls fighting a dog as the animal attacked her two-year-old daughter.

Baton Rouge Police report slight decrease in crime Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the number of crimes committed in the city dropped from 2012 to 2013.

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

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The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

Stowaway was trying to get to Somalia, ended up in Hawaii Video included

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Teen stowaway may have been trying to get to Africa but ended up in Maui...

Elio Motors pitches 3-wheel high-mileage car Video included

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America has had a century-long love affair with the automobile, but what if the way to a cleaner environment meant rolling on just three wheels instead of four?

Kenner police confirm lead role in probing Jaren Lockhart murder Video included

Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway confirmed Tuesday that his department and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office have taken over the investigation into a 2012 murder.

Airport officials tightening security after stowaway incident Video included

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Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has joined the thousands of airports across the country in tightening security.

St. George responds to news that mall may be annexed into BR city limits Video included

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Are businesses around the city really choosing sides? Has it really turned into Team St. George versus Team Baton Rouge?

Livingston man arrested on 100 counts of child pornography

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A Livingston, LA man has been charged with 100 counts of child pornography after an investigation by the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit.

Baker parents, youth meeting to discuss community concerns

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A Parent and Youth Summit will be held Saturday, April 26 in Baker to discuss crime, parental concerns, and other issues affecting the community.

The most 'scandalous' politicians are family men

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Politicians are no longer known just for their 'cookie cutter' image and great family values. They are also known for living out the biggest scandals on television.

Tulane football recruit arrested, charged with rape

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A 17-year-old freshman and star football recruit attending Tulane University has been arrested and charged with simple rape.

Mayor hosting annual Family Bike Ride Sunday

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Mayor Kip Holden and his wife Lois will celebrate the Mayor's Annual Family Bike Day on Sunday, April 27, by leading a bike ride in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration downtown.

Bill proposes school principals have more power, community meeting scheduled

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A bill going before a House Committee Wednesday proposes that school principals should have more power within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Lawmaker pulls gay rights anti-discrimination bill

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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session.

LSU Potato Drop feeding hungry families in Baton Rouge Video included

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Students at LSU are bagging up 28,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to help feed hungry families in Baton Rouge

Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

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Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.

Kenner PD takes over investigation in death of Bourbon Street dancer

Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway says his department will take the lead in investigating the murder and dismemberment of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart.

VIRAL: Navy baseball players lip-sync to song from 'Frozen'

Navy baseball players lip-sync to popular song from Disney movie "Frozen" (Source: YouTube) Navy baseball players lip-sync to popular song from Disney movie "Frozen" (Source: YouTube)
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In the video, the two baseball players lip-sync to one of the songs from the hit Disney movie "Frozen."

Move to decriminalize marijuana in La. shot down in Senate committee Video included

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A move to decriminalize marijuana in Louisiana was shot down in a Senate committee Tuesday. SB 323 sought to make simple possession of marijuana a misdemeanor.

Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

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Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record - except in the United States.

Man hides gold worth $16K in stomach Video included

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Indian surgeons found 12 gold bars in a man's stomach.

Baton Rouge event on 4/20 created to support medical marijuana

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The Henry Turner, Jr. Listening Room opened early on April 20 for a 4-20 celebration. The event was created to promote support for medical marijuana in Louisiana. April 20 is considered marijuana appreciation day across the world and has evolved into an unofficial holiday for marijuana supporters and enthusiasts.

Student making final tuition payment with pennies Video included

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College senior Andrew Magbee can graduate saying he doesn't owe his college a penny - because he will give them all to his school before he leaves.

Stats show decrease in crime in Baton Rouge from 2012 to 2013 Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the number of crimes committed in the city dropped from 2012 to 2013.

Jury selection begins for 2011 murder trial Video included

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Jury selection is scheduled to start on Tuesday for the trial of a man suspected of shooting three people in the parking lot of a nightclub in 2011, leaving one of them dead.

Caught on Camera: Father helps his son, a Jones County escaped inmate, surrender to authorities Video included

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A Jones County Adult Detention Center inmate who walked away from a work crew Monday afternoon is now back in custody after being turned in by his father.

Michaels details store locations, dates in security breach

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Michaels narrowed down specific dates for each of the stores involved in a security breach that lasted about eight months and affected 3 million users.

High school senior kicked out of prom for wearing pants Video included

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According to a senior at Cherryville High School, a pair of her red skinny jeans got her kicked out of her Senior Prom and has started a bit of a controversy at the school since.

Costco gives media a tour of store prior to official opening Video included

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Costco officially opens its doors to the public in Baton Rouge on Friday, but the media was given a sneak peek Tuesday of what the nearly 150,000-square foot facility has to offer.

18-wheeler dangles from I-10 after crash Video included

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A section of I-10 was closed for a few hours after an 18-wheeler partially went over a side guardrail and caused a fire early Tuesday morning.

E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

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Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

Fire officials: Construction crew hits gas line near LSU, causing rupture and fire Video included

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After being at least partially blocked for nearly 12 hours due to a gas leak and fire, a heavily traveled roadway near LSU was reopened.

Southern's Banks agrees to contract extension Video included

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Southern University and head men's basketball coach Roman Banks have reached an agreement in principle to a new deal ensuring the return of the two-time SWAC Coach of the Year.

Recycle your electronics for free Video included

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Here's your chance to get rid of that old computer monitor and help out the environment for free. The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council is offering a week of free recycling for individuals and businesses in observance of Earth Day on April 22.

 

Jurisdiction for case of dismembered woman turned over to Louisiana Video included

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The cold case murder investigation of Jaren Lockhart has gained renewed momentum due to new evidence. Officials confirm to WAFB 9 News that jurisdiction has been transfered from Hancock County to the Kenner Police Department.

Bill making Bible official state book stalls Video included

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A bill that would make the Bible the official book of Louisiana was returned to the calendar Monday evening and the author of the measure says he has no intentions of bringing it back to the House floor.

Eric Lane says recalls help reduce fatalities

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Eric Lane, president of Gerry Lane Enterprises and its car dealerships, say vehicle recalls like the current one by GM are important. He spoke Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

Bunkie man arrested for fishing without a license, resisting arrest

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Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division recently arrested a Bunkie man for alleged flight from an officer and resisting arrest in Avoyelles Parish.

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AP: Approval for powdered alcohol developed in AZ 'issued in error' Video included

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A new product makes booze more discreet, and its developers say it's more effective than its liquid counterparts, but federal regulators say it's not ready for store shelves just yet.

Man dies after being shot at federal courthouse

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Defendant Siale Angilau was listening to a witness describe gang initiation rituals on Monday when authorities said he grabbed a pen, rushed toward the witness and lunged at him.

Supt. White: It could cost $3 million or more to abandon Common Core Video included

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Louisiana has been phasing in Common Core for three years now, with next year being the time for full implementation, but this Legislative session, there is a move to scrap the entire plan.

Police identify 22-year-old dump truck driver who died in accident Video included

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State Police have identified the driver of a dump truck who died when his vehicle overturned Monday morning.

LSP Col. Mike Edmonson cheers on son at Boston Marathon Video included

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Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police is cheering on his son who is racing in the 118th Boston Marathon.

NOPD: Suspect captured after opening fire in 7th Ward

Police have a suspect in custody in connection with Monday morning gunfire in the Seventh Ward.

Police: Man caught sleeping in cemetery after ‘huffing'

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A 26-year-old man is being held on a $1,000 bond after he was allegedly found sleeping in a cemetery.

Jazz Fest tickets go on sale

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Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office.

Volunteers serve Easter meals to those in need Video included

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Celebrating holidays with loved ones can often be difficult for some of the less fortunate, so dozens united at St. Vincent de Paul to help those in need enjoy Easter.

Boston Marathon emerges from tragedy to race again

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Last year, three people were killed and more than 200 were wounded when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line.


DD Breaux wins National Coach of the Year award Video included

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LSU gymnastics coach DD Breaux has been voted National Coach of the Year after leading her Lady Tigers to their highest finish in school history.

Rheagan Courville wins second straight vault national title

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Junior Rheagan Courville tied for first place and claimed a national championship for herself in the vault at Sunday's individual competition.

Sunday marks four year anniversary of BP oil spill Video included

Four years ago Sunday an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 men.

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN) Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN)
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Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the...

Recall: Kraft recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Meyer Wieners

Recall: Kraft recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Meyer Wieners

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Kraft Foods Group, Inc. of Columbia, Mo. recalling around 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners due to misbranding.

Giant sinkhole opens near FL homes Video included

A sinkhole opened up on Saturday beneath two houses in Florida. A sinkhole opened up on Saturday beneath two houses in Florida.
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A sinkhole opened up on Saturday beneath two houses in Florida.

Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite

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Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

Arlington teen dies after falling from moving SUV

Police say a 17-year-old woman was killed after falling from a window of a moving SUV.

Bomb scare locks down Wal-Mart outside Houston

A man has been arrested after a bomb scare forced police to lock down a Wal-Mart southeast of Houston for hours and deploy an explosives squad and FBI technicians.

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

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Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the...

Sunday marks 15 years since Columbine

The 1999 massacre killed 12 students and a teacher. Both teen gunmen then killed themselves. (Source: KMGH/CNN) The 1999 massacre killed 12 students and a teacher. Both teen gunmen then killed themselves. (Source: KMGH/CNN)
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The 1999 massacre killed 12 students and a teacher. Both teen gunmen then killed themselves.

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed...

Jailed murder suspect allegedly orchestrates plot to harm witnesses

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Two people are accused of trying to keep witnesses from testifying in a trio of murder and armed robbery cases. Kirrasha Nicholas, 25, was booked on Friday, April 18th. The police say Nicholas's boyfriend,

US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

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The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup...

Man accused of rape, victim now pregnant

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A man is accused of forcible rape and other charges after allegedly forcing sexual acts on a minor who later became pregnant. According to a probable cause report from the BRPD Sex Crimes Division, 33-year-old

Identity revealed of man killed in afternoon shooting

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Baton Rouge Police say they have identified the victim killed in a deadly shooting this afternoon.

The incident happened around 1:30pm on Polk Street near Tennessee Street.

Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

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No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

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The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox...

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

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A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Woman finds body during egg hunt

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Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play.

La. legislative session reaches its midway point

Louisiana's three-month legislative session has reached its halfway point with few issues settled

Arson suspected in late night restaurant fire

Fire investigators believe arson is the cause of a restaurant fire that happened overnight.

Social media helps woman find her birth mother

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An Iowa woman looked to strangers to help her find her birth mom. And just three days later, she found what she was looking for.

Feeling frustrated? Here's one place it's OK to be violent Video included

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The business timed its opening for April 15, the same day taxes were due.

Should Good Friday be a public holiday? Video included

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Many people enjoyed the day off from work on Good Friday; some of those people are our state employees. But there are some residents of Baton Rouge who believe taxpayers should not be footing the bill for this Christian holiday.

Ole Miss evens series with 5-1 win over LSU

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Tenth-ranked Ole Miss evened its SEC series with No. 7 LSU Friday night as the Rebels posted a 5-1 victory at Swayze Field.

Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

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A robotic submarine has finished its sixth trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in the hunt for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, six weeks after the aircraft mysteriously disappeared, the search...

Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

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The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need - three of whom were seen lifeless in the...

McKinley Middle school students travel to Costa Rica

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About 60 students from McKinley Middle are in Costa Rica. The students left from the Baton Rouge airport Friday.

Mayor, others honored as Pioneering Journalists Video included

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Mayor Kip Holden was honored at the Second Annual Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists Scholarship luncheon. The luncheon was held at Boudreaux's.

911 dispatchers always on duty Video included

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Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year a 911 dispatcher is by the phone, ready to act when emergency strikes. In the East Baton Rouge Parish dispatch center, 911 operators take 1,100

LSU advances to Super Six for second straight season

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For the second straight season and the fourth time in school history, the LSU gymnastics team punched its ticket to the NCAA Super Six after a third-place finish in semifinal I Friday afternoon.

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