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Coyote sightings in Walker Video included

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Coyotes or animals that look like them have got people talking in Walker. Police officers say people who live in heavily wooded areas of the city have been complaining that their pets are disappearing in the middle of the night.

New Louisiana technology office saves state more than $5M in 2 months

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Louisiana is on track to save more than $25 million by the end of the year because of a new office. The Office of Technology Services has saved the state more than $5 million in the last two months.

Aramis Jackson set to appear in court for another status hearing

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Aramis Jackson, the man accused of murdering a woman and badly wounding her daughter during a home invasion, is scheduled to return to court Friday for another status hearing.

CATS reduces shuttle service tickets for LSU games Video included

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LSU Tiger fans are going to find it a lot harder to catch a shuttle bus to Tiger Stadium this football season. CATS is limiting its Touchdown Express tickets to 1,000 per game. 

Police investigate shooting death of 18-year-old girl Video included

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Police are searching for the person responsible in the shooting death of a teenage girl late Thursday night. The 18-year-old victim was shot multiple times.

Organizers say Gonzales recall petition has required signatures Video included

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Organizers of the SaveGonzales petition effort to recall two Gonzales council members told WAFB Thursday the group has the signatures required to submit the petition to the Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters. 

Comic-Can results in 23,000 pounds of food Video included

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More than 23,000 pounds of food was donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Comic-Can took over the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.

Anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac

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Another year rolls by, and it's the anniversary of one of the most catastrophic storms in the Gulf.Nine years ago, many were anxiously watching and waiting as Hurricane Katrina prepared to make landfall. 

State Police will continue presence in French Quarter Video included

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Dozens of Louisiana State Police credited with making the French Quarter safer will stick around awhile longer.State Troopers were originally set to leave on Monday, Labor Day, but now the commander says an undetermined number will stay through November.

Southern hosting HBCU art collection Video included

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One of the biggest collections of art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in on display on the bluff right now.Thirty artists from 24 HBCU's including Southern submitted everything from paintings to sculptures to prints for the exhibit.

Infrastructure struggles to keep up with LSU apartments Video included

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With LSU in the first week of classes, you may have noticed a bit more traffic congestion in that part of town. A number of new apartment complexes are feeding growth in the area, and a couple key intersections have changed as a result . Recently reconfigured by the state, the intersection of Burbank Dr. and E. Boyd Dr. remains a trouble spot. 

Council Votes to add new fire station Video included

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A brand new fire station will be built in Baton Rouge soon. This comes after council members voted to do so at the Metro Council meeting Wednesday.Kurt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the project will be paid for with city money. 

Power of 9: Spike Barras Video included

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Spike Barras is retired, but hardly resting. For years, he traveled the world, helping companies construct new factories, refineries and infrastructure. 9News found him at work at The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane.

Two men accuse Scott Rogers of sexual abuse Video included

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An alleged victim describes Around Town talk show host Scott Rogers as a "master manipulator" and a "monster," saying Rogers sexually abused him.

Police need your help identifying Chevron burglar

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Baton Rouge Police need your help identifying a suspect who they say robbed the Hop-In Chevron Service Station, 2915 Highland Road.The burglary happened on Aug. 26 at about 8 p.m. 

Free parking available at Southern, ULL game Video included

Due to the anticipated big crowds for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns' home football game against the Southern Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 30, free parking will be available at many lots and garages on and around the UL Lafayette campus.

Toddler drowns in family friend's swimming pool Video included

Officials confirm that a young child died this afternoon after she fell into a swimming pool.

Deputies search for man wanted for allegedly shooting at neighbor

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in finding a man accused of shooting at another man who had allegedly gotten into an argument with the suspect's mother.

Narcotics detectives report finding 34 'shake-n-bake' meth labs in home near school

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Authorities said a man was arrested on multiple charges after nearly three dozen meth labs were found in his home, which is near an elementary school.

Autopsy shows Scott Rogers died of single gunshot wound to the head Video included

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The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office reported the autopsy shows Baton Rouge television celebrity Scott Rogers died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The investigation into his death is ongoing.

Man accused of setting grandmother's house on fire Video included

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A 29-year-old man is being held on a $30,000 because he is accused of setting his grandmother's house on fire. He is charged with aggravated arson.

Officials say water company ruptured gas line while digging Video included

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Some drivers ran into problems due to a partial road closure on South Choctaw Drive in Baton Rouge that was caused by a ruptured gas line Thursday morning. The roadway has been reopened.

Request to block new La. abortion law goes before judge Video included

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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to halt enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its request for a permanent block is in court.

Major parking study gets underway in downtown Baton Rouge Video included

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The Downtown Development District will conduct an extensive parking study in downtown Baton Rouge beginning Thursday that will assess existing spaces, as well as areas where more can be created.

Tests reveal deadly amoeba in St. John the Baptist Parish water system Video included

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reported Naegleria fowleri turned up in St. John Water District 1, which serves more than 12,000 people in Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy.

Community rallies around BR General Mid City Video included

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Hundreds of cheering doctors, nurses and other staff stood behind Baton Rouge General Mid City administrators and area leaders to announce 11th-hour Louisiana funding for their emergency room.

Second class in Baker workforce program graduates

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Another class of prepared workers has graduated from the Baker Workforce program . Through this program, students are taught various trade skills such as welding, pipefitting, and water operations. 

Officials looking for car burglar suspect Video included

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Deputies have named a suspect wanted in a string of burglaries in Prarieview Homes. 


Man arrested at BRCC for terrorizing

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A man is behind bars after he allegedly said he was planning to shoot people at a college.Damien McCray, 17, was taken into custody by the Baton Rouge Community College Police at around 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Livingston Parish officials identify armed man killed in deputy-involved shooting Video included

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Officials have released the name of an armed man shot and killed by deputy rounds in Livingston Parish. He is 48-year-old Freddie W. LeBlanc.

DHH, Baton Rouge General agree on deal to keep Mid-City ER open Video included

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Baton Rouge General made plans to eventually close its Mid-City hospital emergency room, but a last-minute deal on Wednesday with the Department of Health and Hospitals will keep the ER open.

Dutton Road in Prairieville will close Sept. 2 Video included

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If you frequent Dutton Road off of Highway 73 in Prairieville, you will need to find another route. 

Sheriff: TV personality Scott Rogers killed by son-in-law in murder, attempted suicide Video included

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Baton Rouge television personality Scott Rogers was shot and killed inside his home in St. Gabriel, La. Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say they believe his son-in-law shot and killed Rogers and then turned the gun on himself, but survived.

Jindal sues Obama administration over Common Core Video included

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Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday morning against President Barack Obama's administration over the Common Core education standards.

Vannoy named new LSU Alumni president, CEO

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Cliff Vannoy has been named president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association. Vannoy previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the organization.

'Sons of Guns' series canceled after actor charged with aggravated rape Video included

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The Discovery Channel has announced the "Sons of Guns" series has been canceled after the founder of Red Jacket Firearms William Hayden was charged with aggravated rape of a 12-year-old.

Wednesday morning 2-alarm fire destroys house near Walker Video included

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Fire District 10 and Fire District 4 were called to a fire north of Walker, La around 11:30 a.m.The fire happened in the 38000 block of Acres Drive.

Ascension Parish Council breaks ground on new governmental complex Video included

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The Ascension Parish Council held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning for the new $6 million facility at its future location on East Worthey Street in Gonzales.

SPCA of Livingston collects enough donations to pay bills and reopen Video included

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The animal fostering program that was forced to close Tuesday because of overwhelming veterinary bills posted on its Facebook page that it has received enough donations to pay off its current bills.

Proposal looks to have feral cats neutered and released Video included

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The Companion Animal Alliance is asking the Metro Council to allow it to catch, neuter and release community cats. CAA says it will also vaccinate them against rabies.

Report: About 1,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children live in Louisiana

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Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to put a stop to illegal immigrants coming into Louisiana. About 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are living in the state.

LSU's season opener against Wisconsin officially sold out

All tickets for the Aug. 30 matchup between No. 13 LSU and No. 14 Wisconsin at the second annual AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in NRG Stadium have been sold.

Woman at center of LSU sex-scandal responds to allegations Video included

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New shots fired from the woman at the center of a sex scandal against LSU former Alumni president.

State workers could see increase in health insurance Video included

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State workers could see a spike in out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles for health insurance.

Travel experts say gas will be cheaper this holiday weekend Video included

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Labor Day weekend is just days away and some people are gearing up to drive to their vacation destinations. Some may think they will spend a pretty penny on gas, but experts say drivers will actually save.

Judge set to render decision related to court involvement in Mary Roper termination hearing Video included

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A hearing related to the lawsuit filed by the parish attorney of East Baton Rouge against the Metro Council went before a judge Tuesday morning, but he will not make a ruling until Friday.

Study reveals ExxonMobil's economic impact in the community Video included

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Officials with ExxonMobil Baton Rouge recently revealed how much of an economic impact their facilities have on the community. 

Drones to buzz Downtown Baton Rouge for parking feasibility study Video included

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Drones may be seen flying in Downtown Baton Rouge Thursday, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report. The Baton Rouge Business Report says Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer will request approval from the Metro Council at its meeting Wednesday to enter into a $49,500 contract with AECOM to assess parking patterns on the streets and surface parking lots.

Financial hardship cripples SPCA of Livingston Parish Video included

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There's a call for help from the Livingston Parish SPCA. Monday night, the group posted on its Facebook page that they were closing temporarily, due to money problems. "We are on what we call a pull hold," said Brandi Pearson. 

Teacher charged for second sexual relationship with student Video included

A Baton Rouge teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy is now facing additional charges for allegations of a second inappropriate relationship with a student.

LeBlanc named new principal of Zachary High School

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Joe LeBlanc has been named the new principal of Zachary High School.

Southern getting new scoreboard

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The Jaguar Nation will have a new scoreboard to check out the scores during home games this year.

Woman accused of trafficking juveniles into prostitution

A 38-year-old woman from Marrero is facing a combined total of more than 200 years in prison. That's the maximum sentence if she's convicted for charges related to the trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes.

Judge delays sentencing for man convicted in deadly 'road rage' crash

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The man convicted of five counts of vehicular homicide in a deadly “road rage” crash will get to remain free for another month before learning his fate after his sentencing hearing was delayed.

Hazmat officials cleaning up diesel spill after 18-wheeler tanker ruptures

In Baker Tuesday morning, an 18-wheeler ran over debris in the roadway and ruptured the diesel tank causing 48 gallons of diesel fuel to leak on the shoulder of the road. 

Cyclist seriously injured by hit-and-run crash Video included

A 40-year-old man is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle. The driver took off, and police are asking for any witnesses to step forward with information.

Public relations 'icon' Bill Michelet passes away

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Longtime public relations executive and community leader Bill Michelet passed away Monday. He was 82 years old. A longtime friend said Michelet was an "icon" of public relations.

DCFS seizes $2M in gambling winnings from dead beat parents Video included

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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services reported more than $2 million in state gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of parents behind on child support.

Police say teen riding scooter may be connected to drive-by Video included

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Baton Rouge police recovered an unusual "vehicle" possibly connected to a drive by shooting.Someone called police to report seeing a man riding down the streets firing a gun. .

Gonzales City Council votes in favor of nearly same budget plan previously vetoed by mayor Video included

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The Gonzales budget merry-go-round continues, as the city council voted Monday in favor of virtually the same spending plan as before.

Some drivers blame St. George-Baton Rouge battle for road project delay Video included

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Work on a construction project that should be widening a major roadway has stopped and some who live in the area wonder if the political battle between St. George and Baton Rouge is to blame.

Baton Rouge church coming together to stop the violence Video included

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A Baton Rouge Church is working hard to stop violence in the community. 

Judge strikes down little-known gun law Video included

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A federal judge Monday struck down an obscure Baton Rouge gun law calling it unconstitutional.The 1962 Ordinance reads in short “no guns allowed anywhere alcohol is sold and/or consumed—including the parking lot.”

Driver cited after striking 7-year-old girl getting off the bus

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A seven-year-old girl from Clinton suffered moderate to serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle after getting off the school bus.

State audit reveals EBR schools electronic records better than paper Video included

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A state audit uncovers flaws in EBR Public High School Academic records. The latest investigation into EBR record keeping stemmed from a state education department audit earlier this year. 

Miles says No. 13 LSU will play 2 QBs vs Wisconsin

LSU coach Les Miles says sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings and freshman quarterback Brandon Harris both will play in Saturday's season opener against Wisconsin.

Money Monday: Yelp celebrates 10 years, offers 'freebies' Video included

Yelp, Inc. is partnering with more than 20 businesses in the Baton Rouge areas to offer special deals and “freebees” for the month of August. It is all part of the company's 10th anniversary celebration.

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Fire shoots up from ground near gas station, HazMat investigating Video included

The Baton Rouge Fire Department and HazMat officials are on the scene of a fire near the Texaco gas station in the 6900 block of Florida Blvd.

Highland Road near Perkins now open after railroad crossing malfunction

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All lanes are blocked in both directions on Highland Road at the KCS Railroad Crossing between Old Perkins Road East and Perkins Road East.

LSU Student Health Center issues Ebola notice Video included

LSU Health officials are asking students who traveled to certain areas overseas this summer to check in with the Student Health Center on campus. The Student Health Center is hoping to monitor anyone who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone for any reason within the last 30 days, just as a precaution, after the Ebola outbreak there.

Livingston Parish officials called in backup for help with mosquitoes Video included

Workers at Livingston Parish's Mosquito Abatement have sprayed on the ground, but the program recently got help from a company in Arkansas after some mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile.

LSU smoke-free policy Video included

Students are back in class at LSU, and a new policy means a big change for some students. LSU was one of several campuses to become tobacco-free this summer after a law was passed last year that said all campuses who get state money had to become smoke free.

Police arrest two men for stealing more than $1,400 gas

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Two men have been arrested for theft after police say they were involved in stealing more than $1,400 worth of gas in Gonzales.Reginald Leblanc and Joseph Rodriguez were charged with felony theft and identity theft and unauthorized use of an access card on Aug. 21.

Gonzales City Council may introduce new version of budget Video included

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After the city council did not override the mayor's veto at its last meeting, members are expected to introduce a new version of the overdue budget Monday night.

Police say train hits car and occupants run off Video included

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Police are investigating a bizarre crash involving a train and a car in which the people inside the car ran away after the collision. The wreck happened at North Ardenwood Drive at Choctaw Drive.

Crime Stoppers reports information leads investigators to whereabouts of suspected rapist Video included

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Crime Stoppers officials said a man wanted for rape was arrested after information they received led them to the suspect. Authorities reported Faron Strausbaugh was found in Lafourche Parish.

Family announces reward for information about missing man Video included

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Authorities continue to search for Jon Wallace, who has been missing for more than a month and now, his family is making a desperate plea for information on his whereabouts.

Thieves steal A/C units from daycare before it opens Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating the theft of several air conditioning units at a Baton Rouge daycare. It is set to open its doors in September.

Driver dies after SUV veers off road and hits trees

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Louisiana State Police said a man died after the SUV he was driving went off a highway and slammed into multiple trees Sunday evening.The victim was identified as Harry Williams Jr., 50, of Clinton.

City of St. George movement leaders say required number of signatures collected for Dec. ballot Video included

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According to the leaders of the movement for the proposed city of St. George, the number of signatures required for placing the issue on the December ballot for a vote has been reached.

House where shooting death victim was found caught fire

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A North Baton Rouge house was intentionally set on fire, according to Baton Rouge firefighters.The home located on Mission Street was empty, but when fire crews arrived on scene, there were flames coming through the roof of the structure. 

Baton Rouge Police investigate Saturday night shooting

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Baton Rouge Police say a man was killed in a shooting that took place Saturday night. The shooting happened in the 2600 block of Tecumseh Street just before 8:00 pm.

Pointe Coupee fatal crash takes life of 73-year-old man

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A two vehicle fatal crash took the life of a 73-year-old man earlier on Sunday morning in Pointe Coupee Parish . According to the Troop A of the Louisiana State Troopers, the incident happened on LA Hwy 415 at LA Hwy 981. 

Overturned vehicle caused hold up near LSU

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An overturned vehicle caused unexpected delays, earlier on Sunday, near LSU at the intersection of Nicholson Dr. and Jennifer Jean Drive. Crews had to flip the vehicle back over.The Baton Rouge Police responded to the incident after a car flipped into the ditch.

No dunking from Graham in Saints' win against Colts, 23-17

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 Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got the message from the NFL. He's not dunking footballs over goal posts any more. On Saturday night, the Pro Bowl tight end finally responded to a $30,000 fine imposed by league officials.

National Guardsmen return to BR after year-long deployment Video included

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Nearly 100 Baton Rouge National Guardsmen returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. One of the National Guardsmen, Sgt. Joseph Rainbolt met his little girl for the very first time..

Number of guns collected increases at Gas for Guns event Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police have teamed up with Circle K to help clean up the streets with its Gas for Guns event held on Saturday morning..

Hundreds mourn the loss of 7-year old Terrez Coleman Video included

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Hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church for the funeral of, 7-year old, Terrez Coleman. Detectives said Coleman was shot during a drive-by shooting Saturday August 16th, 2014. A sense of sorrow filled the air as people wiped their tears and said their final goodbyes. 

Southern University board votes against contract extension for Ron Mason

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The board of the Southern University voted on Saturday morning not to extend President Ron Mason's contract. It's set to expire June 2015.The vote was 9 to 4 to release Mason at the end of his contract, though he said he would not have accepted an extension anyway.

Plea deal in case linked to 2013 parade violence

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Court papers show that a man charged as a member of the street gang authorities have linked to a shooting spree at a 2013 Mother's Day parade in New Orleans has made a deal with prosecutors.

Family, friends remember 16-year-old killed in Hammond Video included

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In Tangipahoa Parish, a vigil was held for a man killed in his home in May. The Hammond community remembered 16-year-old Hector Dotey Friday night with a candlelight memorial.

Free motorcycle safety seminar Saturday Video included

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The annual Police Motorbike Skills Competition is giving back this year. Saturday there is a free seminar for local riders at Cabela's in Gonzales.

New website helps workers find jobs

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There is a new website in Baton Rouge that might help you get a job.

Candidate qualifying has ended, races now set Video included

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Several key political races in South Louisiana are now set. Qualifying wrapped up Friday afternoon.

Sheriff: Teacher confessed to sexual relationship with student Video included

A 41-year-old teacher is out of prison after she was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

DCFS releases details about family of 5-year-old murder victim Video included

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The Department of Children and Family Services released a statement late Friday evening concerning the family situation of the 5-year-old boy, Jay'v'vune Bergin, allegedly beat to death by the hands of his father.

Hurricane hype causes social media scare

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Thousands of Facebook users came across a frightening image this week: a tropical forecast with a “cone of uncertainty” aimed at the Gulf Coast. The headlines on the image read “HURRICANE THREATENS GULF STATES NEXT WEEK” and “STRONG CONCERNS WITH THIS SYSTEM. The forecast is a fake, according to the National Weather Service.

Bike group circulating petition to make city more pedestrian friendly Video included

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Meagan Delatte hits the streets around LSU Lakes almost every day. She started jogging with her dad three years ago. It's not just the scenery that attracts her and the hundreds of other runners here.

BRPD's Basic training class participates in ice bucket challenge Video included

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Baton Rouge Police Department's 80th Basic Training Academy are cooling off for a good cause. They are participating in the ice bucket challenge.

Trooper who arrested NFL's Montgomery fired

The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. 

WATCH LIVE: BR Zoo tiger cubs are 3-weeks old, starting to walk

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The two female tiger cubs at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo are doing well. Zoo officials say they've doubled their weight  from birth just three weeks ago. Their eyes are opened and they are standing on all fours and trying to walk.

Police: Man refuses to let woman leave house, 4 guns found on couch

Police say 65-year-old Morgan Fremin, of Baton Rouge, has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after being accused of false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon. 

Homeland security, weather officials talk about social media in a crisis

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In this social media age, many of us turn to the internet in times of disaster. It really doesn't matter what kind of emergency, twitter and Facebook light up in a crisis.

ExxonMobil kicks off United Way campaign with Jambalaya Cookoff Video included

The 25th Annual Jambalaya cookoff is officially under way at ExxonMobil, making the start of this year's campaign to raise money for the Capital Area United Way.

Maintenance will suspend EBT transactions for 5 minutes Monday Video included

A third party contractor for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will conduct system maintenance at 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 that will suspend Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) transactions for five minutes.

Rep. McAllister signs up for re-election, with ice

 U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election the same as any other candidate, filling out paperwork and handing over cash to pay his qualifying fee. But he finished it quite differently, doused with ice.

Weekend temperatures will feel like 108 degrees, stay hydrated Video included

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The hottest weekend so far this year may be here in the Capital area, and Baton Rouge EMS is warning everyone to stay hydrated, stay cool and stay safe.

Sheriff: Man fired, arrested for spending $5,000 with company gas card

A former Air Gas employee has been arrested for using the company gas card for personal use. He is accused of using the card 12 times and spending a total of $4980.33.

Forecasters say activity associated with area of low pressure remains disorganized Video included

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The National Hurricane Center said the showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean remained disorganized Friday morning.

Family and friends plan candlelight vigil for Brandon Augusta

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A candlelight vigil is planned for the 15-year-old boy found dead on August 14. Family and friends will gather Friday to remember Brandon Augusta of Donaldsonville.

Crime Stoppers searches for suspected rapist

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Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted for forcible rape, home invasion and felony theft. He is described as 5'7" and weighs about 160 pounds.

La. lawmakers head to Oklahoma to explore options for replacing Common Core

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A group of Louisiana legislators is heading to Oklahoma to figure out what's next for Common Core. In June, Oklahoma became the third state to withdraw from Common Core.

Proposed ordinance sets requirements for owning 'dangerous' dogs Video included

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The Ascension Parish Council introduced a measure Thursday that will force the owners of dogs labeled "dangerous" to meet requirements before leaving the dog unattended outside.

Neighbor says father accused of beating son to death usually kept to himself, boy rarely seen Video included

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A man who lives in the neighborhood of the father arrested in the beating death of his 5-year-old son said the dad was quiet and the child was rarely seen.

Cinderella project helps young women prepare for college Video included

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A program run by the Cinderella project in Baton Rouge is helping underserved young women get better prepared to go to college.

Zachary residents say bridge repair taking too long Video included

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It has been a year since the Milldale Road Bridge in Zachary was first closed. Last year, the closed bridge caused headaches for people in that area. A year later the story is still the same as “road closed” signs are still out.

NAACP taking lawsuit against school board to Supreme Court Video included

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Attorneys for the NAACP plan to take their case against the East Baton Rouge School Board to the State Supreme Court.

BR Zoo cuts ribbon on new rhino exhibit

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A new exhibit can be seen at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo; a 2,570 pound Indian rhinoceros from Zoo Miami. This 2-year-old female is the second species of rhinoceros living at the Baton Rouge Zoo and is the only Indian rhino in Louisiana.

Southern's president responds to board member's call for his resignation Video included

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Southern University System President Ronald Mason responds to a call for his resignation by a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors.

River Rd. in Geismar reopens after dump truck crash

River Road (LA 75) in Geismar south of Ashland has re-opened after an accident shut it down for several hours

Election sign-up period wraps up second day

The field of candidates vying to oust Louisiana's embattled congressman, Vance McAllister, grew larger on the second day of the sign-up period for the Nov. 4 election.

5-year-old child dies from injuries, charges upgraded against father Video included

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Varnell Day Jr. is now facing a murder charge after his 5-year-old son, Jay'v'une Bergin, died Wednesday night at a Baton Rouge hospital as a result of suspected abuse. 

400 computers donated to La. community, faith-based organizations Video included

Madison Preparatory Academy received a boost in the technology department Thursday, thanks to UnitedHealthcare.The company donated 100 refurbished laptops to the school, which is one of more than a dozen community and faith-based organizations across the state to receive computers from the company.UnitedHealthcare says donating the computers they no longer need does more than just help people connect."It allows them to take the funds they have in their organizations and put them towards other...

Parish officials trying to come up with traffic solutions Video included

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Traffic around Baton Rouge happens at any given time. Thursday, officials from surrounding parishes were at the table, yet again, to discuss the problems and possible solutions at a forum on the issue.

74-yr-old blues guitarist debuts CD Video included

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Baton Rouge has thousands now who gather each year for the Blues Fest. There can be no doubt, Red Stick loves its Blues artist. That's why it's a surprise that there's one so sophisticated and experienced whose name we don't know.Thursday night at 9:30 pm, 74-year-old James Johnson will debut his very own album for the first time in his life.In preparation for the Phil Brady's gig, Donna Britt went to a small house in Mid-City Baton Rouge for one last rehearsal. James Johnson was waiting on t...

What is an 'Invest' and what makes it special?

The term "Invest" is assigned to a tropical wave/disturbance (an area of disturbed weather, a cluster of thunderstorms) that is thought to have some potential for development into a tropical cyclone (a tropical depression or stronger). The term is shorthand for "investigation (investigative) area."

Former hospital worker wanted on theft charges for unauthorized charges on company credit cards Video included

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Police are looking for a former cancer hospital employee accused of making more than $15,000 worth of unauthorized charges using corporate credit cards.

Officials report hydrochloric acid leak at chemical plant Video included

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A hydrochloric acid leak at a chemical plant briefly shut down operations overnight, according to authorities. It happened at the Rubicon plant off LA 75 in Geismar.

The UPS Store data breach includes Baton Rouge location

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Officials said The UPS Store on Highland Road in Baton Rouge was the only location in Louisiana where customers may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus.

LSU student-athletes assist with move-in day Video included

Over 200 student-athletes from 11 LSU athletic programs put down their helmets, rackets and balls to help haul an endless stream of mini refrigerators, microwaves and stationary fans for freshman on move-in day.

Voluntary boil advisory in effect in East Feliciana

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A boil advisory is underway in East Feliciana area due to a main line water break.The break is part of the East Feliciana Rural Water System and covers Idlewild, Christy Lane, and Sullivan Road.

Freshmen move back on campus at LSU Video included

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A new generation of LSU Tigers made their way to campus Wednesday as it was freshmen move-in day. Around 2,500 new students moved into their dorms. What looked to be the consensus norm to bring, a T.V. and mini fridge.Students received help moving their things from 500 faculty, staff, and students. 

Ascension Parish deputies looking for car burglar Video included

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Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who is suspected of breaking into seven cars in the Quail Creek Subdivision in Prairieville.All the burglaries happened on Aug. 19 in the same subdivision. Authorities have surveillance of man breaking into one unlocked vehicle. 

Gonzales councilmen hire attorney to fight rezoning lawsuit Video included

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Three councilmen in the City of Gonzales who are being sued over their decision not to rezone a piece of land have hired their own attorney.District Judge Alvin Turner, Jr., who owns the property, wants to develop a subdivision.

Denham Springs man arrested for third DWI, other charges

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A 47-year-old man was arrested for DWI for the third time along with several other charges.David Poole was stopped b authorities on Aug. 19 after authorities saw him driving erratically in the Watson area. They say he ran through several red lights and passed vehicles in no-passing zones. 

Common Core debate continues Video included

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It's like Groundhog Day at the Department of Education. 

Officials release image of vehicle involved in drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old Video included

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Investigators have released a still image of a car possibly connected to the weekend shooting of a 7-year-old in Baton Rouge. The image was captured from surveillance video. During a news conference Wednesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Gautreaux also announced that private donors have contributed an additional $10,000 to reward money being offered in the case. 

Man accused of brutal child abuse has long drug-related criminal history

Court documents reveal a long criminal history for the man accused of abusing his 5-year-old child. Nearly all of his prior arrests and convictions are drug-related.

AG: Homeowners need to submit Ocwen foreclosure settlement claims before Sept. 15

Claim forms under the $2.1 billion Ocwen national mortgage foreclosure settlement have been sent to Louisiana borrowers affected by foreclosure between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. Borrowers who had mortgages serviced by Ocwen, Homeward Residential Holdings LLC or Litton Loan Servicing LP may be eligible for payments.

State ACT scores slightly down from last year

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Louisiana's ACT scores were slightly down from last year. The average Act and composite scores for students were either the same or slightly down from 2013 to 2014 depending on how you calculate them. 

Qualifying starts for Nov. election Video included

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Candidates running for office in the November elections started qualifying Wednesday and two of Louisiana's top contenders for US senator were among those to complete the process on the first day.

South Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's request for new trial denied

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South Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was denied a new trial Tuesday in the 2002 killing of LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace. 

Gonzales City Council votes to allow city to pay for lawyer to represent 3 councilmen named in lawsuit Video included

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Three Gonzales City Council members have hired an attorney out of New Orleans to represent them in a lawsuit brought against them by an Ascension Parish judge.

Supt. John White discusses what's next with Common Core

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Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White held a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the next steps related to the Common Core standards.

Investigators: Are police departments becoming militarized? Video included

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Several military tools, like high-powered rifles and Humvees, are showing up in cities across the country and many are ending up in police departments without the public's knowledge.

Residents give input on Sullivan Road project Video included

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Neighbors in Central got a chance to take a look at the Sullivan Road Project Tuesday night.The plan is to widen the two-lane highway from Wax Road to Hooper Road. ..

Restraining order lifts ban on older candidates seeking office Video included

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A judge in the 19th Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday to give people recently tabbed as too old the opportunity to qualify for the office of justice of the peace and state constable.District Judge Tim Kelley issued a temporary restraining order that counters a new law that prohibits people 70 and older from running for those offices.

Police: Father charged with attempted murder of 5-year-old boy Video included

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The father of a 5-year-old boy has been arrested after the child was hospitalized with multiple injuries and is in critical condition.

Attorney General files lawsuit against State Farm over cheap repairs Video included

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Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is suing State Farm Insurance saying the company deceived customers by using cheaper auto parts and steering customers to specific repair shops.

Petition started to save old Central Middle School gym, built in 1927 Video included

It is possible one of the oldest places in the City of Central could be demolished this fall. An old gymnasium, where the old Central Middle School was on Sullivan Road, was built in 1927. The school board in Central has plans to have it demolished. But a group there has a petition making the rounds to save the building.

Contact 9 Follow-up: Rotten tires in North Baton Rouge Part II Video included

A stack of junk tires, insects, and rodents have taken over a lot in north Baton Rouge. The man who owns the property contacted 9News after he said his complaints to the city, parish, and the state went unanswered. The man who admits he is behind the mess was charged, but on Friday a judge dismissed the case.

Judge rules against Jindal in Common Core lawsuit Video included

A state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal in a lawsuit filed by supporters of the Common Core education standards, lifting a contract suspension Jindal enacted to derail the multi-state standards.

Second man receives 3 life sentences in gold coin murder case

A second man has pleaded guilty in the murder of three people during a home invasion that happened October 1, 2013. Bernard James has avoided the death penalty and received three life sentences after being charged with three counts of first degree murder.

Plans underway for Eugene Street in Mid City

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Plans are underway for Eugene Street between Boudreaux's Catering and Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Mid City.

Gonzales councilmen call special meeting to ask for money to hire attorney to defend lawsuit Video included

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Three Gonzales councilmen have called a special council meeting to ask the mayor for money to hire an attorney to defend them in a lawsuit filed by a district judge.

OLOL receives magnet hospital honor Video included

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A big congratulations is going out to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center on being designated as a magnet hospital for the second time.

Police: Dog attack sends elderly woman to the hospital with severe lacerations

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An elderly woman is in the hospital receiving treatment after police say she was attacked by her son's dog Monday. She suffered severe cuts and bites to her face, hands and arms.

Deputies try to identify man caught on camera during lawnmower theft

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Authorities are asking for help from the public in identifying a man seen by a security camera when five lawnmowers and a trailer were stolen from a business in Tangipahoa Parish.

Report poses new questions about Landrieu campaign flights

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POLITICO reported US Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, might have charged two more flights to her Senate account that should have been paid with campaign money.

People who filed suit against Jindal over Common Core testify before judge Video included

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Parents and education leaders that are suing Gov. Bobby Jindal on the Common Core standards testified in court Monday. The trial resumes Tuesday.

BRAVE plans 'Gas for Guns' exchange in Baton Rouge Video included

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The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program is hosting a "Gas for Guns" exchange at the Living Faith Christian Center on Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. until noon.

CATS receives good report card

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CATS is making some good progress.The non-profit group “Together Baton Rouge” revealed its CATS accountability report card Monday night.

Woman sentenced 8 years in prison for medicare fraud Video included

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A Baton Rouge woman will spend eight and half years in prison for her role in a multi-million dollar medicare fraud scheme. A judge handed down that sentence Monday to 54-year-old Hoor Naz Jafri. 

Planning Commission denies zoning request for Timeout Lounge Video included

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The owners of the Timeout Lounge suffered a major setback Monday in the their bid to re-open the historic bar as the East Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission denied a zoning request for a property on Valley Street.

State's unemployment rate up again

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The state's jobless rate ticked up for the third straight month-despite adding nearly 8,00 workers to payrolls. 

Denham Springs woman wins Ride the Bull fishing tournament in Grand Isle Video included

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A 26-year-old woman from Denham Springs walked away with the top prize at the Ride the Bull fishing tournament in Grand Isle this weekend.

Sheriff: Body found in Donaldsonville is missing teen Brandon Augusta Video included

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The teen who was found dead Thursday has been identified as 15-year-old Brandon Augusta. 

Woman arrested after trying hit baby's father with an iron pipe

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East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman on domestic aggravated assault after she tried to hit her child's father with an iron pipe and run over him with her car.

LSP: Driver not charged in crash that killed children who were fishing Video included

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Louisiana State Police say they will not file any charges against the woman accused of causing a wreck that killed two children in Prairieville. The children were among a group of five who were fishing near Bluff Road in June when they were run over by an SUV.

Search continues for suspect in drive-by shooting that killed 7-year-old Video included

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Terrez Coleman was only 7-years-old and was the victim of a shooting. His family says he took a bullet to the heart. Crime Stoppers is now offering a $2,500 reward, hoping someone will come forward with any information that links to the killer.

State Police identify victim killed in Ascension Parish pedestrian crash Video included

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Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal pedestrian crash that shut down a section of highway in Ascension Parish Monday morning.The crash took the life of 67-year-old Karen A. Russell of St. Amant.

Police: Drunk passenger causes crash into wall, 2 pedestrians injured

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Two pedestrians were hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle Saturday night. The passenger is accused of being under the influence of alcohol and grabbing the steering wheel, causing the car to hit the men and crash into a convenience store.

Valentine tweets he's cleared to play for the Tigers, LSU says not quite yet

Travonte Valentine tweeted Monday morning that he has been cleared to play for LSU and is on his way to Baton Rouge.

Southern University starts fall semester Video included

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Classes are back in session at Southern University. There was lots of excitement Monday morning on the Bluff, as students flocked to campus for the first day of class for the fall semester.

Authorities say Denham Springs couple overdosed on heroin with kids in back seat

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Authorities reported a man and woman found passed out in a car in Metairie due to overdosing on heroin, with their two young children in the back seat, are from Livingston Parish.

Family issues public plea to help find 7-year-old's killer Video included

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Loved ones are grieving the tragic death of a 7-year-old boy they said was full of life. He was killed in what investigators are calling a random shooting.

OMV opens second BR-area location Video included

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The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles opened its second Baton Rouge-area location at the Baton Rouge City Court on Monday. Its hours are 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Officials hope to soon learn the identity of teen found dead Video included

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The identity of a teen who was found dead Thursday is expected to be revealed this week. Deputies said they are waiting for the autopsy results to determine the positive identity of the victim.

Woman dies after car is hit broadside by minivan Video included

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A woman was killed when a minivan slammed into the car she was driving as she tried to turn onto a highway Sunday evening, according to Louisiana State Police.

USS Kidd hosts upcoming episode of 'NCIS: New Orleans' Video included

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The USS Kidd Veterans Museum has been selected as a location for an upcoming episode of "NCIS: New Orleans." The museum will be closed from August 18 until August 22 for filming.

Balloon release held in memory of father of six killed in shooting Video included

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Family and friends of a man, killed on North Ardenwood, gathered at the place where he was shot to remember him. Participants planned a balloon release for a father of six, 28-year-old Kedrick Ricard of Baton Rouge, who was shot on Tuesday, August 12th.

Mother of 7-year-old boy killed in shooting: 'I saw my son go down.' Video included

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A 7-year-old boy is dead and his 11-year-old sister injured after the children were shot while riding in a car on Prescott Road late Saturday night. EBRSO detectives say the shooting may have been random, and want the public's assistance identifying any possible suspects.

Haz-Mat called to scene of small fire near a local high school

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Haz-Mat crews were called out to Redemptorist High School Saturday evening after getting reports of a small dumpster fire.  The fire happened around 7:00 pm. 

Former Central leader and founder dies

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A former city leader and founder died Saturday. Former Central Mayor Pro-Tem Ralph Washington served the city of Central since it was founded in July 2005 until July 1, 2014.

2nd shooting in Port Allen days later, same area, one injured

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The Port Allen Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened earlier Saturday afternoon on Franklin Street, the same area where another shooting occurred just three days prior.The incident happened at around 4 p.m. 

Family homeless after overturned lamp caused house fire

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Baton Rouge firefighters say an overturned lamp was the cause of a house fire that left one family homeless overnight. Baton Rouge firefighters say they were called out to a house fire that took place late Friday night. The fire happened at a house in the 4600 block of Beech St. just after 10:00 pm.

EBRPSS holds annual staffing fair to seek teachers for school year

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The East Baton Rouge School System held their annual back-to-school staffing fair for applicants who want to teach this year.The event was Saturday at their instructional resource center on South Foster Drive . According to officials, several different positions are open at schools in the parish. 

Family scrambling for answers after loved was hit by car

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A family in Baton Rouge is still scrambling for answers as to why a loved one was hit by a car. Authorities said 23-year old Darius Fisher was struck by a car on July11th, 2014. The accident happened on E. Brookstown Dr. not far from Winbourne Ave. Shiquita Fisher is Darius's aunt. 

Graham stands out in Saints' 31-24 win over Titans

Jimmy Graham caught two touchdown passes, celebrating both with now-banned celebratory dunks over the goal post, and the New Orleans Saints earned a 31-24 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Friday night.

Number of West Nile cases continues to grow Video included

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The number of cases of the West Nile virus continue to grow in Lousiana.State health officials say 13 new cases of the Mosquito-borne illness was reported in the past seven days, five of those were the more dangerous neuroinvasive disease. 

Louisiana plantations make top ten list in USA TODAY Video included

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A USA TODAY report has named the 10 best historic plantations in the South, and six are from Louisiana.The guides at one plantation in Vacherie say they're giving visitors a look at the evolution of Louisiana.The plantation in Vacharie, Laura Plantation, has about 120,000 visitors per year. 

Supt. White: 'Ruling allows teachers,students continue raising expectations' Video included

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A judge has denied a lawsuit filed by Louisiana lawmakers against state education officials over Common Core, meaning the controversial education standards continue in the state for now.

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