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Nicholas Paul, 19, and Shebastin Paul, 28 (Source: EBRSO) Nicholas Paul, 19, and Shebastin Paul, 28 (Source: EBRSO)

One dead in crash after police pursuit connected to armed carjacking

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One man is dead after an early morning crash after a police pursuit on Saturday.

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LSU football player suspended indefinitely after his arrest, second-degree battery charge

Drake Davis (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office) Drake Davis (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
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An LSU football player was arrested Friday for a second-degree battery charge, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

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ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to give birth Video included

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A California woman is demanding answers after she says federal immigration authorities detained her husband as he was trying to take her to the hospital to give birth.

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Police searching for juveniles accused of stealing EBR school bus

EBRPSS is hoping the app that will allow parents to tracks their kids' buses will be ready in time for the start of school (Source: WAFB) EBRPSS is hoping the app that will allow parents to tracks their kids' buses will be ready in time for the start of school (Source: WAFB)
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A couple of juveniles stole a school bus Saturday afternoon, according to Baton Rouge police.

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Cigarette butt responsible for smoldering fire at Mall of Louisiana

The Mall of Louisiana (Source: Google Maps) The Mall of Louisiana (Source: Google Maps)

Firefighters extinguished a smoldering fire they say was started by an improperly disposed of cigarette butt at the Mall of Louisiana Saturday. Crews from the St. George Fire Department responded to a fire at the Mall of Louisiana at 12:42 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. Smoke was reported in the service corridor behind Pottery Barn. Firefighters say this area of the mall of a service and shipping area, not part of the retail sales floor. Numerous corridors like this one exist thr... More>>

AP source: It's not just audio, Manigault Newman has video

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Omarosa Manigault Newman's stash of documentation is said to include video, emails, text message and other material. More>>

Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

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Italian media say three more bodies have been found in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 41.

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80 Video included

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Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died.

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colors of the German Reich are marching through central Berlin, protected from counter-protesters by police in riot gear. More>>

No prison time for former doctor convicted of raping sedated woman

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Sheikh claimed the contact was consensual, but the victim was not assigned to his care.

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Overturned 18-wheeler shut down large part of I-10

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I-10 West reopened after a crash involving two 18-wheelers on Friday closed down a large section from Baton Rouge to Henderson.

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Ascension Parish middle schools to offer bullying prevention courses for parents, students

Middle schools in the Ascension Parish school district are partnering with Absolute to provide bullying prevention sessions for students and parents. Beginning August 20, all eight public middle schools in Ascension Parish will offer daytime sessions on preventing bullying among middle schoolers to students. 

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Trump says he 'won't let' social media target conservatives

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President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices" and says he "we won't let that happen.".

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Jags 'Gearing Up For Greatness' this season Video included

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This season, Southern's football team will be "Gearing Up for Greatness." The Jags have had years of knocking on the door and they are now ready to reclaim the SWAC title.

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Man allegedly steals two buses and crashes into building

Man steals two buses and crashes into building (Source: KPLC) Man steals two buses and crashes into building (Source: KPLC)
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Lake Charles Police say that shortly after midnight on August 18, 2018 a man stole a Vinton bus crashing it in the 2900 block of Broad St. Police arrived on scene after the man had fled on foot. Sgt. Keenum with the LCPD says that later that morning police received a report that a second bus had been stolen from Chennault airport. The bus was spotted by officers shortly after who pursued the bus which then crashed into the side of a building on the intersection of Holly Hill and We...

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88-year-old man arrested, accused of burning raccoon alive for eating his mangoes Video included

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Ezra James posted a $2,000 bail. An officer shot the animal to put it out of its misery.

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'Act like a lady': Houston school removes 'misogynistic' quote following social media firestorm

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The quote had reportedly been on the wall of the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for at least five years.

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DNA test links woman to long-lost father Video included

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Samantha Wells took a DNA test and discovered her father, James Long, in Sacramento, CA. Wells is Long's sixth child. 

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Manafort judge says he fears for jurors' safety Video included

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The judge in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's fraud trial is refusing to release the names of jurors.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Traffic and accident reports for Saturday, August 18

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Traffic delays, detours and road closures in the WAFB viewing area.

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Be prepared for afternoon rain this weekend

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WAFB First Alert Weather team forecast. 

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Woman calls cops on man trying to get into his own car Video included

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Corvontae Davis, a black man, was putting money into a parking meter when he was confronted by a white woman. 

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Tucker automobiles, famed for innovation and scandal, will get a day in the sun

Updated: Aug 18, 2018 08:30 AM

Rare car enthusiasts and history buffs will soon gather out west to get an up-close glimpse of a fabled noble failure of the auto industry.

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College students subdue man who stole cop car and hijacked bus, CA police say Video included

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A man in Sacramento is accused of using a stolen police car to steal a bus from a university campus.

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Shooting injures 2 at FL high school football game Video included

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The shooting happened at Palm Beach Central High School, whose football team was playing William T. Dwyer High School.

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The Station sports bar ditches plastic straws; LSU oceanographer applauds move

A Baton Rouge bar believes it's the first in the city to switch from plastic straws to a 100% biodegradable option. The Station sports bar joins a growing movement across the country as companies and governments adopt anti-plastic policies, and oceanographers at LSU say it's long overdue.

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Dash cam video released of shootout that killed K-9 officer Video included

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Two Arkansas State Troopers are back on the job following an officer-involved shooting in late July. One of their own, a K-9 officer, was killed in the incident.

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Officials investigate cause of death for Colorado mom, kids Video included

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Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life - of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children.

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Lafayette authorities search for escaped inmate

Ronrika Ben (Source:  Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office) Ronrika Ben (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office)
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Lafayette authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from custody late Friday night.

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Baton Rouge rapper killed in officer-involved shooting at performance in Austin

Multiple sources confirm the man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Austin, Texas on Friday is Aquantis Givens, 21, of Baton Rouge, according to a report written by the Austin Statesmen. Givens, a rap artist from Baton Rouge, was performing at a back to school rap concert in Austin. According to the report, officers responded to calls of gunfire happening at the venue where Givens was performing. 

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Saints can't overcome turnover problems, lose to the Cardinals 20-15

Taysom Hill tackles Haason Reddick after an interception. Source: Mark LaGrange Taysom Hill tackles Haason Reddick after an interception. Source: Mark LaGrange

Two games into the preseason, and Drew Brees still hasn't got on the field. Instead, the most airtime Brees got was with the family before kickoff. Without No. 9 in the lineup, the Saints offense turned the ball over four times in the first half. The Cardinals capitalized on the mistakes, and beat the Saints, 20-15. The entire Brees family taking a picture pregame. Brittany, Drew, Baylen, Bowen, Callen, Rylen. @FOX8NOLA @Saints #Saints pic.twitter.com/eZZ5p0SoxC — Garland Gi...

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ESPN will not play national anthem before Monday night games, its president says

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ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said “we generally have not broadcasted the anthem” and that was unlikely to change this year.

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Veteran sues New Orleans VA Office saying his rights violated concerning benefits Video included

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George Jackson is a navy combat veteran from the Vietnam war.  he's bedridden since a fall fourteen years ago... "I cannot walk around.  I can feed myself, and basically that's the extent of what I can do.  I can brush my teeth.  Other than that I get help from my wife to do everything else that I need to do." Jackson explains, his disability became so  severe because of injuries  stemming from his SERVICE. "I didn't have the problem befo...

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Free dodgeball tournament featuring Boo Milton & Friends Video included

Source: Boo Milton Source: Boo Milton

A charity dodgeball event happening this weekend will bring together community leaders, media personalities, and even a former Disney actor.  

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Law Enforcement pushes technology they hope will make city safer Video included

You might have seen new scanning devices while driving around parts of Baton Rouge, but they are not the typical traffic camera.

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WBR parish president worried about future of La 1 Intracoastal bridge's future Video included

The Intracoastal bridge has become a major concern for the West Baton Rouge Parish President, Riley "PeeWee" Berthelot.

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Girl who pushed friend 60 feet off a bridge charged with reckless endangerment Video included

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The girl who was pushed, Jordan Holgerson, suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs in the fall, but is recovering.

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'Beeyonce' is a hit at indoor observational beehive

A typical look inside a school library would show kids standing in line to check out a book that will take their imagination on a journey. However, schools are attempting to lure kids into learning by throwing something interesting in their path.

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'This is animal abuse': Woman charged after 'intentionally' starving ex's dog

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Champ, a Rottweiler-mastiff mix, should weigh 110 pounds. He's 50 pounds and remains in critical condition.

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Pay raises announced for Louisiana State University faculty and staff

Officials at Louisiana State University announced faculty and staff would be receiving pay raises in an email sent on behalf of university president F. King Alexander on Friday afternoon. In the email, Alexander credits the university's ability to give raises to a successful end to the turbulent and extended legislative sessions of 2018, in which lawmakers were able to avoid deep cuts to funding for higher education. Alexander goes on to credit a robust enrollment...

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise tours giant flood protection structure protecting Orleans & Jefferson parishes Video included

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As we move deeper into the Atlantic Hurricane Season, U.S. House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise got to see up close one of the new permanent flood protection structures for the area. 

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Manafort judge says he's received threats, won't name jurors Video included

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The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ended its first day of deliberations.

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Free mimosas and mammograms at Radio Bar’s Sip and Screen

Source: Woman's Hospital Source: Woman's Hospital

Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer screening mammograms at a special event on Saturday, August 18 at Radio Bar. Every woman screened will also enjoy a free mimosa.  SIP AND SCREEN Saturday, August 18 noon to 4 p.m. Radio Bar  3079 Government Street, Suite B. Women 40 and older can get a mammogram on-site. Women 18 and older will receive free clinical breast exams performed by a physician or nurse practi...

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Hwy 431 improvements create new safety concerns Video included

La Highway 431 in Gonzales La Highway 431 in Gonzales

A state project aimed making La Highway 431 in Gonzales safer has created some serious hazards. 

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Eat Fit BR announces ‘Dine Out’ event to promote healthy eating at local restaurants Video included

Source: Eat Fit BR/Facebook Source: Eat Fit BR/Facebook

Eat Fit BR wants you to go out to eat, guilt-free. Eat Fit BR is once again hosting the annual “Dine Out” event at several Baton Rouge restaurants to raise money for the Eat Fit | Live Fit fund, which supports a variety of initiatives to encourage balanced, healthful lifestyles. RELATED: Ochsner launches 'Eat Fit BR' in Capital City to make healthy eating easier Participating restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds on August 22 to the Eat Fit | Live Fit fund. ...

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Criminal justice savings to be reinvested in these rehabilitation programs Video included

The Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council agreed with plans to invest the savings from criminal justice reform efforts into a number of re-entry programs on Friday. The Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council agreed with plans to invest the savings from criminal justice reform efforts into a number of re-entry programs on Friday.

The Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council agreed with plans to invest the savings from criminal justice reform efforts into a number of re-entry programs on Friday.

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Smothered, covered and at your office or wedding: Waffle House has a legit food truck Video included

The Atlanta-based company posted on its website that customers can enjoy the eatery's menu from a food truck as a part of their catering services. (Source: Waffle House) The Atlanta-based company posted on its website that customers can enjoy the eatery's menu from a food truck as a part of their catering services. (Source: Waffle House)
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Ah, Waffle House - a staple of Southern tastiness at a low, low price.  

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8-year-old asks community to help her feed the homeless

Amerah Amerah has been collecting supplies from friends and family, but now she's asking for the has been collecting supplies from friend and family, but now she's asking for the community to contribute so she can feed more people. (Source: Yasmin Bennie) Amerah Amerah has been collecting supplies from friends and family, but now she's asking for the has been collecting supplies from friend and family, but now she's asking for the community to contribute so she can feed more people. (Source: Yasmin Bennie)
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A Baton Rouge 8-year-old girl is asking for the community to help her feed the homeless.

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US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen Video included

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US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

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Identical twin sisters serving up smiles at AL McDonald's

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Identical twin sisters are so popular at a Shelby County McDonald's, a customer called our newsroom saying we had to do a story on them. After learning more about 77-year-old Maryann Byrne and Alice Moore, we agreed. 

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FL woman stabs man after argument over Popeye's Chicken, police say

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Tanesha Hall, 43, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with aggravated battery.

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Entergy proposal could raise energy bills for Louisiana residents

Entergy (Source: WAFB) Entergy (Source: WAFB)
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Your energy bill could be going up. Entergy wants to charge Louisiana customers more to make up for the 2016 floods.

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Southern receives check from Home Depot after winning grant in April

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Southern University kicked off some good news with fanfare Friday morning. The school received a check from Home Depot for the $40,000 grant the university was awarded in April.

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Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge announces events for installation of new bishop

Bishop Michael Duca (Source: WAFB) Bishop Michael Duca (Source: WAFB)
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The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has announced all of the events for the installation of Bishop-designate Michael Gerard Duca.

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LDH provides clarification about CDC's measles report

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The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says there is no measles outbreak in the United States, nor in Louisiana. This week it was reported that 2018 is on pace to be the worst year for measles since 2014 when there were 667 reported cases. According to the latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 107 people from 21 states diagnosed with measles from January 1 to July 14, 2018. Louisiana is among those states where at least one case ha...

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Drug overdose deaths up nearly 7% in US Video included

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The CDC projects some 49,000 people will have died from opioid overdoses in 2017 once the counting is done.

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Cause of Chipotle illnesses that sickened more than 600 people identified Video included

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The good news is unsanitary employees are likely not to blame. 

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YOUR TURN: Job, Resource Fair

Your Turn (Source: WAFB) Your Turn (Source: WAFB)
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The Capital Area Reentry Coalition (CAPARC) is hosting a job and resource fair Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to connect previously incarcerated people with employment opportunities.

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Entergy CEO steps down, takes new role with company

Charles Rice Jr., shown here on July 27, 2018 at his New Orleans home, has stepped down as CEO of Entergy New Orleans. (Photo by Peter G. Forest) Charles Rice Jr., shown here on July 27, 2018 at his New Orleans home, has stepped down as CEO of Entergy New Orleans. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

Entergy has announced that the company's current president and chief executive officer is stepping down to transition into a new role.  

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Boil Water Advisories

Bathroom sink (Source: WAFB) Bathroom sink (Source: WAFB)

Boil advisories currently in effect.

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Sheriff: Girl, 12, stole mother's car, ran over deputy

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi sheriff says a 12-year-old girl stole her mother's car and ran over a deputy trying to stop her.

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Tangipahoa Mosquito Control first in Louisiana to have West Nile Virus LAMP Testing Capabilities

The Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement has announced that they are now the first mosquito control district in the state with the capability to test mosquito samples for West Nile virus in-house using LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification).

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Cards Against Humanity is looking for new writers

Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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If you've ever offended someone or said something politically incorrect - this may be the job for you. Cards Against Humanity is looking for people to join the company's pool of remote contributors. Where else can you write poop jokes and get paid $40 and hour? 

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EpiPen shortage continues as start of school increases demand

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Sales of EpiPen devices typically spike during the back-to-school season, but there have been supply issues for months. 

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CAUGHT: Man accused of drive-by shooting that injured woman Video included

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Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers reported Kevin Smith, 21, was arrested Thursday night by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office after a tip was called in.

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LifeShare calls blood supply critically low Video included

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LifeShare Blood Center says their local blood supply has reached a critically low level with only enough to last less than two days. 

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Memorial created at Aretha Franklin's Memphis home upon her death Video included

Aretha Franklin (left) Messages written on her childhood home (right) (Source: WMC Action News 5) Aretha Franklin (left) Messages written on her childhood home (right) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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She sang about respect, and she earned it. Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25, 1942.

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Consumer Reports: Heavy metals found in baby food Video included

50 foods were tested. (Source: File Image) 50 foods were tested. (Source: File Image)
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Consumer Reports has found an unsettling number of baby and toddler foods that contain heavy metals. 

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Educators organize to encourage ExxonMobil CEO to withdraw tax break requests Video included

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Several groups advocating for the interests of educators partnered with faith-based coalition, Together Baton Rouge, in a gathering outside of an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting on Thursday.

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Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado Video included

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Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

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