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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,

Local hotelier Francis Grayson dies

A familiar, smiling face in some of Baton Rouge's nicest hotels has died. Hotelier Francis Grayson passed away Friday, friends confirmed.

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.

Jazz Fest tickets on sale Monday

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Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office. The box office is located at the Superdome's Gate A on the ground level and is open

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Historic Baton Rouge golf course will re-open Video included

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Stan McDaniel and his friends gathered at the former Oaks at Sherwood Friday afternoon like they do every week. The gatherings that once centered on a round of golf are now limited to sitting on couches and chairs.

Baton Rouge Police compete in canine competition Video included

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Baton Rouge Police K-9 Division recently placed first overall in the Patrol dogs competition as part of the annual United States Police Canine Region 10 Field Trials. 

Man accused of raping woman, stealing food stamp card Video included

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A Baton Rouge man was arrested early Friday morning on charges of aggravated rape, armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and second degree kidnapping.

Search scaled back for man suspected of killing wife and son Video included

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Investigators still have many questions as they continue to search for a man they believe killed his estranged wife and son early Thursday morning.

Recent cold snaps keeping crawfish traps empty Video included

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Good Friday and crawfish go hand in hand with Easter being the most popular time for mudbugs, but finding the Louisiana delicacy may be a problem this year.

Police warn of fake eBay Motors scam

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The Walker Police Department is warning residents about a scam after two people were defrauded when they tried to buy vehicles from a website believed to be eBay Motors.

Safety first: Make sure you have a successful crawfish boil

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Although crawfish season spans from November to July, Easter weekend is by far the most popular time to boil up some mudbugs. It's a fun tradition that can quickly become dangerous unless you take proper precautions.

St. Joseph Cathedral hosts outdoor Way of the Cross Video included

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The public was invited to attend an outdoor Way of the Cross on Good Friday starting at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge and dozens showed up for the event.

Power restored to businesses, hospital following outage

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Officials with Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary said the hospital's phone service is out. They said a construction crew severed a cable line that knocked out phone access to the hospital.

No drugs found in raid that injured two officers Video included

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A police officer is recovering after getting shot in his protective vest during a drug raid Wednesday night and a suspect is facing an attempted murder charge.

Officials announce sobriety checkpoint in Livingston Parish

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The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office announced it is conducting a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night. The specific location of the checkpoint will not be released.

Mayor pitches New Orleans as home for Late Show

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes over that CBS program from David Letterman next year.

Hale leads LSU to 4-3 win over Ole Miss in 13 innings

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Junior first baseman Conner Hale collected three hits and scored three runs Thursday night to lead seventh-ranked LSU to a 4-3, 13-inning win over No. 10 Ole Miss at Swayze Field.

Celtic media and Costco petition Baton Rouge to join city limits Video included

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The city of Baton Rouge could soon be getting just a little bit bigger thanks to a petition signed by Celtic Media Centre and Costco Wholesale. "This is something that's been in the works for a long time

K-9 competition show off best K-9 units in area Video included

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office held a competition this week to show off some of the best K-9 units in the area. The Region 10 field trials were held around the city this week. The K-9 units

States are cracking down on copper theft

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You have heard it before, and you may have been a victim to it - copper theft. Thieves stealing copper from refrigerators, irrigation systems, and even your home AC units. Now, four states - Mississippi,

LSU in search of second straight Super Six appearance Video included

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The third-seeded LSU gymnastics team will compete for a spot in the NCAA Super Six Finals for the second straight season and fourth time overall in NCAA Semifinal I at 1 p.m. CT Friday.

2 students arrested after threat of school shooting Video included

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According to officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, two Westdale Middle School students have been arrested for terrorizing after making threats on Instagram.

Cold case murder resurfaces during questioning of well-known attorney Video included

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A well-known, Baton Rouge attorney was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating a temporary restraining order in place against a former client Ashley Smith. Today, strong and sometimes salacious accusations were flying from nearly every side.

Investigators: Man kills wife and son Video included

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The victims are identified as Dewona Green, 40, and Ron Green Jr., 12. They were found shot to death in their home. Deputies are looking for Ronald Green Sr. "as though he is still alive."

Investigators search for man accused of murdering wife, child Video included

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Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting his estranged wife and their 12-year-old son.

Michelle Obama to deliver commencement address at Dillard University

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First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Dillard University for the class of 2014.

Nationwide search continues for man wanted for sexual battery

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The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public to find a man who is wanted for second degree sexual battery.

I-110 N. at Fuqua St. reopened after sanitation truck leak

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A fluid leak from a sanitation truck blocked the left lane on I-110 at Fuqua Street for a few hours Thursday, but the roadway has been reopened.

WANTED: Man accused of beating, raping teen girl

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Deputies ask for the public's help to locate a man who is suspected of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Investigators: Dangerous child predator arrested in Denham Springs Video included

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According to the Louisiana Attorney General, a Denham Springs man has been arrested on charges of multiple sex crimes against children.

EBR School Board member Randy Lamana dies Video included

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East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Superintendent Bernard Taylor announced Thursday morning that school board member Randy Lamana has died.

I-12 E at Holden now open after 2 crashes involving 18-wheelers Video included

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Two separate crashes involving 18-wheelers shut down the interstate on I-12 East at Holden early Thursday afternoon. The crashes have been cleared and the Interstate is now open.

Officials with BRAVE program answer questions from the community Video included

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Students and parents are getting their questions answered about the BRAVE program in Baton Rouge.

Fmr US attorney in BR heads Gulf oil spill audit panel

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A former US attorney in Baton Rouge heads up a new three-member audit panel appointed to review the settlement program arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pleads guilty to malfeasance charge Video included

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Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one count of malfeasance in office and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Career Academy announces it is closing its doors Video included

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Nearly 200 students at a tuition-free charter school will be scrambling to find other schools to attend come fall after learning their school is closing.

Louisiana Ed. Dept. names 2014 students of the year Video included

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from the Louisiana Department of EducationState education leaders  Wednesday night named the 2014 Students of the Year. The winners, one student from the elementary, middle, and high school levels, were

Denham man arrested on 6th DWI after causing serious crash Video included

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A Denham Springs man has been arrested for his sixth DWI offense after state police say he caused a crash with severe injuries. Lee Edward Easley, 29, of Denham Springs had received 5 DWI offenses before

LSU adds home-and-home series with Syracuse

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LSU football has added a home-and-home series with Syracuse starting in 2015. LSU also announced that the Tigers will open the 2015 season against McNeese State in Tiger Stadium.

LSU starts SEC against Ole Miss on Thursday

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No. 7 LSU opens a three-game SEC series at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday in Oxford, Miss., as the Tigers face the No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels at Swayze Field.

Presale tickets to Miss USA in Baton Rouge available Video included

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There is an exclusive presale offer available for the Miss USA pageant, and you could have tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Starting at 10: a.m. until 11:45 pm Thrusday, April 17th,

ESPN to televise LSU-Wisconsin game in Houston

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LSU's season-opener against Wisconsin on Aug. 30 at Reliant Stadium in Houston will kickoff at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.

Evans leads Pelicans past Rockets, 105-100

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Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets.

Legislator pushes for changes at deadly intersection Video included

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There's a dangerous intersection along Scenic Highway, and some say it needs immediate attention. The state says they've already studied it, but now a local legislator is getting involved to try and get

Ghost bikes serve reminder for bike safety on roads Video included

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As the temperature continues to get warmer, look for more people riding bicycles. Some people use bikes as a means of transportation or a recreation choice. And it's during this time of year that accidents

Livingston residents question recent mosquito abatement bills Video included

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Some people in Livingston Parish have questioned why they were mailed a bill for mosquito control, when the parish voted down a tax to continue the program

Teen accused of killing 3 people in Baker now in adult jail Video included

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The teenager accused of shooting four teenagers, killing three of them, is now in an adult prison.

Deputies investigate deadly shooting involving 2 step-brothers Video included

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Investigators said there was some kind of argument between two step-brothers and one shot the other. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

House Committee bill to reduce size of EBR school board passes Video included

Some are calling it a dirty trick to try and undermine the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. A bill introduced this morning to reduce the size of its school board.

City Court Judge holds special hearing following attorney’s arrest

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A well-known Baton Rouge attorney was arrested for allegedly violating a protective order that was placed against him.

Industry group helping to meet petrochemical jobs' demand Video included

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Workforce development forecasters report tens of thousands of jobs in the petrochemical industry will open up in less than two years. Local community colleges are training students to fill those positions.

Breaux Bridge man arrested for murder

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Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Mark A. Roy, 44, of Breaux Bridge Tuesday in connection with a January homicide that occurred in Iberville Parish.

Newly-elected Port Allen Mayor sworn in Video included

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It's official. The newly-elected Mayor of Port Allen took the oath of office Tuesday night.

Anti-violence advocates hold rally on steps of Louisiana State Capitol Video included

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Anti-violence advocates are demanding action from the 2014 Louisiana Legislature. Louisiana ranks No. 45 nationally in domestic violence prevention.

Proposed bill would make it harder for teachers to get arrested Video included

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From the legislature, a bill to protect teachers from being arrested.

Bond set for man accused of kidnapping school bus driver

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Bond has been set at $70,500 for a man accused of taking a school bus driver hostage at gunpoint and then barricading himself in a house.

Gov. Jindal, State Superintendent at odds over Common Core Video included

Political analyst Jim Engster addressed the difference of opinion recently made public between Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White. Jindal has gone on record opposing the implementation of Common Core testing in Louisiana releasing a statement Monday.

BESE awards more than $1.7 million grant programs

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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) recently approved six education project proposals for funding in the next school year under the state's Competitive Grant Program.

Small electrical fire leads to school evacuation

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Officials said Shenandoah Elementary School was evacuated after a small electrical fire Wednesday morning. The fire was quickly put out and classes were allowed to resume.

Sheriff's office looking for person of interest in Hammond armed robbery Video included

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Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery that occurred on March 24 at the Texaco Station in Pumpkin Center.

Coast Guard rescues injured men from NOAA vessel

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The US Coast Guard rescued two men from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

Driver dies when car flips and he gets ejected Video included

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Investigators said a man was killed after getting thrown from his car in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning.

State Police investigating fatal deputy-involved shooting Video included

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State Police is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect.

I-12 West reopens after 18-wheeler crash Video included

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An 18-wheeler crash on I-12 West caused massive backups and headaches for drivers Wednesday morning. All lanes were reopened just before 8 a.m.

Coast Guard rescues 3 from grounded tug taking on water

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The US Coast Guard said it rescued three people from a grounded tugboat that was taking on water Tuesday. It happened on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans.

Drive-by shooting leaves 3 injured, 1 seriously Video included

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Police said three people were wounded, one of them seriously, in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night. The other two victims suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

New advanced melanoma treatment on the horizon Video included

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Currently, doctors have very few affective ways to treat advanced cancer, but a new class of drugs could soon change that.

LSU defeats Southern Miss 13-5 in Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic

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LSU defeated Southern Miss 13-5 in the 11th Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Foundation Classic Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

Hooper Road widening raises concerns for business owners Video included

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Widening Hooper Road, in Central, will help with traffic concerns, but some owners are worried about what the construction will do to their businesses.

Varsity Sports teams headed to Boston Marathon Video included

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Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing--a tragedy that took three lives and injured nearly 300. Baton Rouge's Varsity Sports employee, Michael Edmonson, remembers it vividly.

Baton Rouge Police investigating a drive-by shooting

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Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in North Baton Rouge.

Investigators: Arsonist sets bathroom of home on fire Video included

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Emergency crews were called out to a house fire early Monday that investigators have ruled as arson.

House overwhelmingly rejects 'crimes against nature' repeal Video included

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The House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's ‘crimes against nature' law. This despite strong support from the House Committee. The vote 27 to 66.

Napoleonville man killed in Sorrento crash Video included

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A two-vehicle crash in Ascension Parish has taken the life of 36-year-old Shelby G. Johnson of Napoleonville.

Baker program helping to bring community together Video included

The City of Baker is behind a big effort to bring families together through an initiative called "Building Bridges in Baker."

Police: 18-wheeler goes over ramp side wall Video included

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Police said an 18-wheeler went over the side wall on the LA 1 North onramp to I-10 West Tuesday morning. LA 1 North was reopened around 2:30 p.m.

Heroin bill passes in Senate judiciary committee Video included

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A Senate judiciary committee advanced a heroin bill Tuesday that could impose a life sentence to dealers of the deadly drug.

Alleged pimp wanted on human trafficking charges Video included

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Louisiana State Police reported Emmanuel Bailey, 21, of Fort Smith, AR, is an alleged pimp sought in an investigation into prostitution and online solicitation throughout the state.

BRPD: Stun gun used twice on suspect accused of battery

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Police used a stun gun on a 37-year-old man twice after he allegedly resisted arrest for an incident that happened at a Baton Rouge hotel.

Huge alligator snapping turtle set free Video included

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There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.

Port Allen new mayor set to be sworn-in

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Port Allen's new mayor will take the oath of office Tuesday. Richard Lee III, a retired police officer, was voted in earlier this month.

Plaisance chosen by Tulsa Shock in 2014 WNBA Draft

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Theresa Plaisance was selected with the 27th pick by the Tulsa Shock during Monday's WNBA Draft. She becomes the 17th player to be drafted in program history.

Evans, Pelicans stun Thunder 101-89

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Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game skid by shocking the playoff-bound Thunder 101-89 on Monday night.

Missing documents will cost Iberville Parish Schools more than $600,000 Video included

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Iberville Parish School officials revealed Monday evening missing files and documents will force the parish to repay nearly $650,000 in grant money used in 2010.

Law enforcement officials joining forces to crackdown on copper thefts

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"The theft of copper from refrigeration units, air conditioners, and irrigation systems has become an epidemic," says Louisiana Attorney General James D. ‘Buddy' Caldwell, "and could get worse as metal prices go higher.

Allergy testing important in fighting seasonal allergies Video included

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In Louisiana, Springs start early and Summers last long, giving allergy sufferers little relief throughout the year. "We have something that comprises eight months to 10 months of the year that will be attacking the sinuses," said Our Lady of the Lake allergist Dr.Sandhya Mani. Allergies can be caused by any number of things from the tree pollen that coats everything in the spring, to gra

Judge rules Baker teen accused of murder can be charged as an adult Video included

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Judge Kathleen Richey has ruled that the Baker teen accused of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder can be charged as an adult.

 

Audit shows DCFS needs to improve in several areas Video included

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One of the biggest roles of the State Department of Children and Family Services is to protect children from abuse and neglect. But a six-month review of the agency by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purperai indicates that DCFS could be doing a much better job.

Coroner: Grambling student accidentally drowned in Lafayette park Video included

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An autopsy revealed that a 21-year-old woman who was found dead in a Lafayette park died due to an accidental drowning.

Bill to ban dogs in truck beds passes out of committee Video included

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The House Transportation Committee has advanced a bill that would prohibit dogs from riding in the back of trucks on the interstate.

Bond set at $253,500 for driver who caused crash that killed Ironman contestant

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A 34-year-old man is being held on a $253,500 bond after he allegedly struck and killed a cyclist with his vehicle. The victim was an Atlanta firefighter who was in New Orleans to participate in Sunday's Ironman competition.

Kids collect hidden eggs on Governor's Mansion lawn Video included

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Easter may still be a few days away, but First Lady of Louisiana Supriya Jindal got many in the spirit Monday with the 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor's Mansion.

Police: Man kidnaps school bus driver and barricades himself in home Video included

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SWAT members arrested a man after he allegedly took school bus driver hostage at gunpoint and barricaded himself in a house for several hours Monday morning.

I-Team: Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announces resignation Video included

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Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley is resigning effective April 25, 2014. Whaley made the decision after a West Baton Rouge grand jury indicted him last week.

Police arrest 2 men for ice machine thefts Video included

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Police said thanks to tips from the public, two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of more than $1,000 from ice machines.

Police investigate suspicious death at park

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Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a park early Sunday morning. The cause of death has not been determined.

18-wheeler overturns on Service Road in Port Allen Video included

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An 18-wheeler overturned on West Service Road in Port Allen early Monday morning. No injuries were reported.

Temporary lane closure along LA 73- Government Street

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The following areas will have intermittent outside lane closures weekdays from 9 AM through 3 PM for the period Monday, April 14  through Friday, April 18 due to a traffic signal installation:

Gonzales based National Guardsmen awarded

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Nearly 300 Louisiana National Guardsmen were honored for their service with special awards. As part of a Freedom Salute Ceremony, the 922nd Engineer Company based out of Gonzales was one of the units

Nursing home accountant allegedly steals residents' rent money, over $50K Video included

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A woman was arrested faces felony theft and forgery charges after stealing thousands of dollars in rent money from residents living in a nursing home. According to the probable cause report, 56-year-old

Tax-filing deadline approaches, have you filed yet?

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Time is running out for those who have yet to file their taxes, but if you do file late, you may not face a penalty. Tuesday, April 15th is the deadline to submit your tax return. But people who expect

Bald eagle killing in St. Bernard Parish examined

Authorities are offering up to $7,500 for information about whoever killed a bald eagle near Verret in St Bernard Parish.

Anti-violence movement sweeps through Baker Video included

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People are not taking the tragic murders of three teens sitting down. A new movement aimed at preventing violence swept through the City of Baker on Saturday morning. Dozens gathered in front of the Baker

Blues Fest 2014 attracts many to downtown BR Video included

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The Baton Rouge Blues Fest brought in a huge crowd downtown. It happened on Saturday, April 12th. Swamp blues master Kenny Neal was on stage with the legendary Henry Gray. They shared one of three stages

Ponchatoula strawberry festival continues Video included

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The second biggest festival in the state is having a fruitful turnout so far, and there is still time to attend. Sunday, April 13th will be the final day of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival which draws

EBRSO: Final member of 'Big Money Block Boyz' arrested Video included

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The EBR Sheriff's Office deputies say that the last wanted member of the gang, Big Money Block Boyz, has turned himself in overnight. Donnar Willis, 20, was among many people who were indicted for being

Police: Man steals $75,000 car on test drive

Bossier City police are looking for a man who they say stole a $75,000 car by taking it for a test drive.

Former LSU linebacker injured in Sulphur shooting Video included

Sulphur Police say former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones was injured in a shooting late Friday night.

Lawmakers look to combat seafood fraud

Lawmakers in state capitals and in Washington are working to see that consumers are getting what they think they are getting when buying seafood.

Saintsations to hold tryouts April 27th

The New Orleans Saints will hold preliminary auditions for the Saintsations dance and cheer squad on April 27.

Woman gets life in prison in stiletto heel slaying

A jury has sentenced a Houston woman to life in prison for killing her boyfriend by stabbing him at least 25 times in the face and head with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.

Georgia beats LSU softball, 6-1

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After getting through three innings with no score, the LSU softball team would not be able to hold the powerful offense of the Georgia Bulldogs in check as the Tigers fell in the series opener, 6-1.

No. 8 LSU wins 5-3 over No. 24 Arkansas

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Junior right-hander Aaron Nola set a career high with 13 strikeouts in seven innings Friday night as eighth-ranked LSU posted a 5-3 win over No.  24 Arkansas at Alex Box Stadium.

Teens, parents discuss ways to prevent another Baker shooting tragedy Video included

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A black wreath now hangs on the door of the Baker Civic Club. Friday night teenagers returned to the scene of a tragedy that has shaken a city to its core.

Dardenne leads by example at anti-litter event Video included

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Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne set an example at a news conference Friday about a statewide campaign against litter event.

Old main library demolished, ribbon cutting on new building upcoming Video included

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A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the brand new main library building on Goodwood. The old main library in East Baton Rouge is now being torn down. Crews have been working to remove the rubble

Ceremony remembers kamikaze attack on USS Kidd Video included

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An assembly met at the USS Kidd earlier on Friday to remember the anniversary of a deadly kamikaze attack on the ship during World War II. At exactly 1:55 p.m., a ceremony was held on the ship to remember the

LSU rebuilding married housing to attract more students Video included

There is a huge transformation underway at Louisiana State University. LSU leaders have come up with housing plans that could draw students back to campus life.

Phantom jet memorial honors WWII veterans Video included

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A new memorial was unveiled to honor veterans on Friday. A Navy F-4 Phantom made the trip to the Satsuma exit of I-12 and will be on display there to honor those who served. State and parish leaders gathered

Panel discussion at PAR meeting divided during ‘Kissing Congressman’ debate Video included

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Leonard Downie was the deputy metro editor at the Washington Post newspaper during the Watergate scandal in the early 70's. Today he was the keynote speaker at the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. 

Banks granted permission to speak with Texas A&M Video included

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Southern University head men's basketball coach Roman Banks has received permission to meet with Texas A&M basketball concerning filling a position on the Aggies' coaching staff.

Police: Man steals $1,000 in quarters from ice machines Video included

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It should be dispensing ice,but police say someone has been using ice machines to dispense some big bucks.

Police: 27 members of ‘Big Money Block Boyz' put behind bars Video included

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A year-long, multi-agency investigation resulted in the indictment of 28 people for charges ranging from murder to racketeering.

Woman charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing gun during street fight

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A 25-year-old woman was arrested and charged for attempted murder after she allegedly fired a gun during a street fight.

Denham Springs woman sentenced to five years in prison for vehicular homicide Video included

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A 24-year-old Denham Springs woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison -- five of which were suspended --for a deadly crash that took the life of a 35-year-old Walker man.

Man sentenced to 25 years without parole for armed robbery

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty to armed robbery.

BRPD: No charges filed against driver who hit 7-year-old boy Video included

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Police have not filed charges related to a crash that sent a 7-year-old boy to the hospital in critical condition.

Police searching for escaped work-release inmate in Valley Park-area Video included

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Police are actively searching for a suspect who escaped from US Marshals in the Valley Park-area, which is located between College Drive and Acadian.

Bill to name the Bible as Louisiana state book passes committee

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Louisiana lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as the official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court.

Louisiana detectives search for man who went missing in Texas

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The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office said Gabriel Verdin, 19, of Montegut, was last seen in Texas on Tuesday.

Deputies: 6 men fall ill after smoking synthetic marijuana

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Investigators said six men were taken to the hospital after smoking synthetic marijuana Thursday evening. Four of them were still being treated as of early Friday morning.

Police identify suspect in stabbing outside bar Video included

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Police have named a suspect wanted for a stabbing outside a bar that left a man badly wounded. Vyron Carter, 46, is wanted for attempted murder.

Drivers urged to take alternate routes to Strawberry Fest

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Louisiana State Police said drivers should take alternate routes to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival this weekend.

LSU touts economic study, cites game day concerns

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An LSU study finds that Baton Rouge-area business sales related to the Tigers' sports programs have quadrupled since 2001 to nearly $400 million annually.

LSU hosts SEC series against Razorbacks

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No. 8 LSU plays host to Arkansas in a three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning at 7 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

House bill to raise minimum wage rejected Video included

"I've been working all my life and I keep hearing y'all talking about a minimum wage. How about a living wage?" says Reginald Junior. "That's what we need a living wage. The money I make, 347 dollars a

Track coach charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile Video included

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A track coach has been charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile after police say he propositioned one of his former students.

LSU athletics are big boost to the economy Video included

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When L-S-U plays in Baton Rouge, it's a win-win for everyone especially economically. This according to a study by economist Loren Scott. 

Suspicious charges from convenient store overdrafts customers' accounts Video included

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Some customers of a convenience store in Walker woke to find their bank accounts in the negative. They claim Cracker Barrel randomly charged them for things they never bought. The Cracker Barrel on North

Free cancer screenings available Saturday at Fest For Life Video included

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On Saturday, April 12, the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer free screenings for five types of cancer. 

TSA application site simplifies security checks Video included

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A TSA program is making security checks easier for travelers in Baton Rouge. The Pre-Check Program allows approved fliers to go through a special line where they won't have to take their jackets and shoes

BRBT hosting annual Dancin' in the Streets fundraiser Video included

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Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is hosting its Fifth Annual Dancin' in the Streets fundraiser Saturday at Perkins Rowe.

Brusly Police Chief indicted on two felony charges Video included

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Brusly Police Chief  Jamie Whaley has been indicted.

Small explosion at LSU Dairy Science lab leaves two injured Video included

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A small explosion at the LSU Dairy Science Building in the laboratory has left two people injured.

Narcotics officers seize 6 lbs of marijuana, other drugs, during raid

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A 26-year-old man was arrested after police allegedly located roughly $36,000 worth of marijuana and other drugs in his home.

House committee defeats bill to raise minimum wage Video included

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A House committee has defeated a bill to raise minimum wage in Louisiana. The bill looked to raise the state minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.

Police arrest suspect in MC Bank robbery Video included

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Authorities said a suspect was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a bank robbery that happened Tuesday.

Red Cross encourages more people to volunteer Video included

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April is National Volunteer Month and volunteers in the Baton Rouge area have helped more than 1,400 people after disasters.

Program hopes getting moms to stop smoking results in fewer premature births Video included

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A new program in Baton Rouge is hoping to lower the number of premature babies in Louisiana by getting moms to stop smoking while pregnant.

UL System members meet with Louisiana reps to discuss higher ed issues Video included

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Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives hosted a gathering Thursday made up of members of the University of Louisiana System.

Man faces kidnapping charge after missing boy found locked in his bathroom Video included

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Investigators said a 6-year-old boy was found less than an hour after being reported missing and a neighbor is now facing a kidnapping charge.

Fire that started when no one was home damaged more than half of house Video included

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Fire officials are investigating what caused a fire in which the flames damaged more than half of a home Wednesday evening.

Baton Rouge bans skateboards, bicycles and roller skates on park structures

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A proposal to stop skateboarders and cyclists from damaging park structures in downtown Baton Rouge was approved by the Metro Council on Wednesday.

Police arrest 2 for suspicious packages on LSU campus

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Police have arrested two people after suspicious packages were left near a building on the LSU campus Monday.

Neighbor says speeding is a problem where first grader was hit by car Video included

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A 7-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he was hit by a car while he was getting off a school bus Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say major stole drugs from cases he investigated Video included

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A law enforcement officer arrested on drug and malfeasance charges is believed to have taken drugs from cases he investigated.

House votes to remove unconstitutional sodomy statute Video included

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A measure to remove an unconstitutional statute from Louisiana's law books moved past a House committee Wednesday after a spirited debate.

LSU pitches school record 11th shutout in 5-0 win over Lamar

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Eighth-ranked LSU used nine pitchers to post a school-record 11th shutout Wednesday night in a 5-0 win over Lamar at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Mettenberger works out hard at LSU pro day Video included

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Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he believes he proved during a workout Wednesday that his recovery from reconstructive left knee surgery won't stop him from competing for an NFL job this summer.

Old Kean's building on Perkins sold for $564,000 Video included

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A well-known piece of property on Perkins Road has sold for more than half million dollars.

EBRSO holds remembrance event for murder victims Video included

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The East Baton Rouge Deputies gathered the community to remember the people who were murdered in Baton Rouge. A video presentation remembered victims who died in the Sheriff's 8th annual evening of remembrance.

BRPD Awards ceremony celebrates 2013 honorees Video included

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Baton Rouge Police gave out awards for the year 2013 a Boudreaux's Wednesday night.  The department as a whole has been able to make advances on violent crime in Baton Rouge, and Chief Carl Dabadie applauded

LSU students recognize organ donor month with crawfish boil

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LSU students in public relations took their skills in advertising and marketing and adopted the organ donor cause.

Green, Dragic lead Suns past Pelicans, 94-88

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The Phoenix Suns won their third straight game, 94-88 over New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Bill says voters should elect La. education superintendent Video included

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Should voters be allowed to weigh in on the state position of superintendent of education? The topic is stirring mixed views but, currently, the position is appointed. Rep. Joe Harrison, a Republican

Hundreds show at WAFB Job fair at the River Center Video included

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Hundreds of people brought resumes for WAFB's Jobline Career Fair and met various employers for possible employment opportunities. It happened on Wednesday, April 9th where more than 30 employers were

Bill to revise ‘crimes against nature' law clears House committee 9-6 Video included

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A bill that would repeal provisions under Louisiana's "crimes against nature" statue has cleared a House committee with a vote of 9-6.

Victims of LSU McDonald's theft can now access refund online Video included

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LSU students bilked out of money at the campus McDonald's can now access a refund online. Additionally, investigators have identified at least two other suspects in the case.  

Southern University starts new policing program on campus Video included

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A handful of officers from Southern University are using a different mode of transportation to move around campus, to curb crime.

Another LSU McDonald's worker arrested for theft Video included

Joshua Trey Lugo, 23, has been arrested in connection with the LSU McDonald's theft last month.

CBS to air Saints vs. Colts preseason game

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New Orleans and Indianapolis will play Saturday, Aug. 23 in Indianapolis.

Tigers perform drills for coaches at LSU Pro Day Video included

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With the NFL draft a month away, the LSU football players looking to move on to the next level are down to few opportunities left to show teams their worth.

Prairieville woman arrested for distributing narcotics

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The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office has arrested a 50-year-old woman for distribution and possession of narcotics as part of an undercover investigation.

Louisiana set to receive $300K in feral hog fight Video included

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The National Feral Swine Management Program is giving Louisiana $300,000 to help reduce the damage to farms, wetlands and other areas caused by wild hogs.

DCFS employee accused of misusing card charged with federal program fraud Video included

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An employee with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) accused of misusing a state-issued card is now facing federal charges.

LSU hosts annual football Pro Day

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Seventeen players from LSU's 2013 football team will be on display for the NFL on Wednesday, as the school will host its annual Pro Day.

Men rescue huge alligator snapping turtle that was stuck in drainage culvert Video included

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A wrestling match pitting a courageous man against one monster of a turtle unfolded in a drainage canal, but it was for the animal's well-being.

Police: Fleeing suspect dies after jumping into bayou

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Authorities said a man died after jumping into a waterway while fleeing police following a domestic incident late Tuesday night.

New Roads Captain suspended indefinitely, must get counseling Video included

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New Roads Police Captain Mark Munson has been in some deep water lately, after crashing his vehicle two weeks ago in a ditch on North Carolina Street.

Lawmakers want voters to decide on Obamacare access Video included

A group of lawmakers want to put a crucial healthcare decision in the hands of voters.

LSU hosts Lamar for mid-week game

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Eighth-ranked LSU plays host to Lamar (18-14) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Summer Grove residents still without power three days after storm Video included

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Summer Grove Condominiums off Florida Boulevard took a direct hit in last weekend's severe weather and nearly three days later residents are still without electricity.

Baton Rouge -- Practice patience if you're headed downtown Friday. Two sold-out concerts- Elton John and Anthony Hamilton --and an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Conference are all taking place at the Baton Rouge River Center.

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