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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.

Body pulled from bayou, cause of death undetermined Video included

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Officials said a body was found in a bayou in St. John the Baptist Parish on Wednesday. The victim's name was not released and the cause of death is unknown.

Equipment failure causes power outage that leaves 30,000 in the dark Video included

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Entergy said equipment failure on a major transmission line was to blame for the loss of electricity for about 30,000 customers in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

Common Core supporters deliver signatures to Gov. Bobby Jindal Video included

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Gov. Bobby Jindal was hand-delivered a petition on Wednesday with the names of thousands of people who want the Common Core education reform to remain in place.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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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