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Budget debate centered around surplus taxpayer revenue

Governor John Bel Edwards will lay out budget plans from traffic projects to teacher pay raises.

  Take ‘Em Down NOLA protests Krewe of Zulu’s use of black makeup

New Orleans bail bond companies told to refund estimated $6 million for years of overcharges

Public safety leaders say they’re fully staffed, prepared for Carnival Season

Denial letters: Thousands could lose La. Medicaid coverage

Rex says it plans to stop for traditional toast at site of charred mansion

Parish officials looking for source of crude oil dumped in canal

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Man shoots woman, carjacks 3 vehicles, crashes into pond in Louisiana

Mardi Gras parade horses up for adoption

Onlookers devastated by historic St. Charles home engulfed in flames

Fighting Aging: Remolding facial fat

Neighbors, witnesses heartbroken by loss of historic Garden District mansion

TOPS among dedicated funds protected by state committee

Mother arrested in Acadiana High fight investigation

The mother of a student who took video of Acadiana High fight has been arrested.

Wildlife & Fisheries investigating multiple deaths of endangered pelicans

Nine pelicans have been found dead in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes in one week -- including one found nailed to a post in a river.

  New push to legalize sports betting, use revenue to fund early childhood education expansion

There’s a push at the state capitol to link sports betting revenue to early childhood education expansion, according to Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie.

VIDEO: Heroic motorists rescue driver from car fire in St. John Parish

The unidentified motorists pulled the driver out of the burning vehicle. The rescuers themselves received burns and had to be treated.

Kelley Blue Book rates 22 most cost-effective car models

Man recounts his role in saving woman from fiery wreck

Videographer’s footage shows aftermath of Canal Street shootout

Neighbors shocked by stabbing death of elderly man, arrest of his wife

Higher ed commissioner addresses LSU hazing allegations

Source: Suspected gunman involved in shootout with NOPD was known Houston gang member

  KIRAN: Decision to appoint fiscal administrator for Town of Clinton postponed

The Louisiana Fiscal Review Committee decided Monday, Feb. 18 to wait 30 more days before determining whether to appoint a fiscal administrator to take over the Town of Clinton’s finances.

Multiple investigations launched after downtown New Orleans shootout

Criminologist Peter Scharf, police monitor Tonya McClary, and the Downtown Development District discuss bus sfation shootout, multiple investigations, and possible solutions.

Gunman killed, five people wounded in New Orleans police shootout

Five bystanders were injured during a shootout between an armed robbery suspect and police, before the suspect was fatally shot by a Louisiana State Trooper.

Unmarked police unit involved in accident on Plank Road

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Monday, Feb. 18 that an unmarked police unit had been involved in an accident on Plank Road earlier in the day.

Louisiana congressman’s aide arrested in prostitution sting

An aide to Louisiana's U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins has been arrested on charges officials say are tied to an investigation into prostitution and human trafficking at massage parlors

Sasol chemical plant opens operations in southwest Louisiana

The first of Sasol's seven chemical product manufacturing plants is up and running in southwest Louisiana

Louisiana flood victims still waiting for federal aid change

Louisiana officials say the month-long partial federal government shutdown likely further delayed recovery grants to homeowners still trying to recover from the 2016 flooding

Sulphur dog takes home ‘Best in Hounds’ prize from Westminster Dog Show

"Dream big is kind of our team motto, and we going to just keep going and keep dreaming big"

Attorney breaks down citizen rights after man charged trying to stop accused shoplifter

An attorney is sounding off after a man lands in hot water for attempting to stop an alleged shoplifter outside the Mall of Louisiana on Valentine’s Day.

Police identify person’s body found with multiple gunshot wounds

Police are investigating a homicide after a body was found in a wooded area along Spanish Town Road Sunday morning.

One dead, multiple people injured in multi-vehicle wreck on Airline Highway

Officials say one person is dead, a second person is in critical condition, and multiple other people are injured following a multi-vehicle crash on Airline Highway near Perkins Road.

Border Patrol arrests previously deported child sex offender

A previously deported child sex offender has been found by Border Patrol agents in Lake Charles.

Man found shot to death inside vehicle after crash on I-10

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide on the westbound lanes of the Bonnet Carre Spillway Sunday morning.

Coast Guard: 4 people thrown into Baptiste Collette Bayou after boat collision

The 24-foot bay boat was "half-sunken" in Baptiste Collette Bayou Saturday.

Soldiers prepare for deployment to the Middle East

More than 70 soldiers train and prepare for deployment to the Middle East.

Man arrested after viral video appears to show him kicking alleged shoplifter at Mall of Louisiana

Community members were left reeling after video shared around social media showed an alleged incident in which a man appears to be kicking and yelling at a restrained shoplifter fleeing from Macy’s at the Mall of Louisiana.

Baton Rouge accountant accused of embezzling $2M+ from New Orleans Firefighters Pension Fund

A Baton Rouge man has been indicted on 38 counts of wire fraud and tax fraud, says U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser.

Candidates can use campaign money to pay for childcare after ethics board reversal

The state ethics board voted 6 to 4 Friday to allow candidates for public office to use campaign money to pay for childcare while they are out soliciting votes.

Pelicans part ways with GM Dell Demps

The Pelicans have decided to part ways with their General Manager, according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons

Louisiana officials say they have nailed down the voting registration method they'll use for convicted felons whose rights will be restored under a law effective March 1

Arrest reports claim LSU pledges were beaten, urinated on in hazing rituals

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says the allegations involve the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Stolen Social Security numbers lead to serious tax filing problems

Tax filing season can be stressful for a lot of people, and now some taxpayers are being hit with a disturbing discovery.

Questions and concerns surround IRS tax refunds

Across the country and here at home some taxpayers continue to be surprised by lower tax refunds than they expected.

Troopers arrest a dozen bikers for Mardi Gras “Ride Out,” dozens of warrants issued

Louisiana State Troopers arrested 12 people and dozens more have warrants out for their arrest after people using dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles rode illegally through the streets of New Orleans during “2018 New Orleans Bike Life Mardi Gras Day Ride Out.”

Louisiana Spine & Sports doctor accused of $4.4M Medicare scheme pleads guilty

A Baton Rouge-based doctor pleaded guilty on Wednesday, February 13 for his role in a $4.4M scheme to commit wire fraud and healthcare fraud, officials say.

9 arrested in Lafayette sex trafficking, prostitution sting

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested nine people in connection with a 17-month long investigation into a sex trafficking and prostitution ring operating at several massage parlors in Lafayette.

Ex-NOPD officer pleads guilty to beating man outside of bar, report says

One of two former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty Wednesday to beating up a man outside of a Mid-City bar in July.

DCFS wants to raise age of children allowed in foster care system

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is looking to bring big changes to its foster programs in 2019.

Rapper ‘Mystikal’ released on bond in rape case after paperwork delay

His next hearing is scheduled for Mar. 6, 2019.

“Operation Fed Up” nets multiple drug arrests in Houma

Over the past several months, Houma Police, Louisiana State Police,Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Thibodaux Police Department conducted “Operation Fed Up" to address the illegal sale of narcotics throughout the city limits of Houma.

Authorities searching for mother of newborn found in grass outside La. hospital

While there is a safe haven law in which parents can give up newborns up to 60 days old at a hospital, fire department or police department, the baby must be turned over to an employee.

New program will help transition student veterans to college life

Staff members at 30 locations across the state will help student veterans transition from active-duty military service to college campus life.

Slidell police officer shares umbrella with child walking to class

When Slidell Police Officer Will Miller saw a young boy walking to school in the rain, he extended his umbrella and walked the boy to class.

Report: Lawsuit claims movie violated copyright law by using King Cake Baby’s likeness

The report claims that the movies “Happy Death Day” and “Happy Death Day 2U” features a villain that resembles The Pelican’s mascot King Cake Baby.

March SNAP benefits will be issued early, DCFS says

Without the schedule change, the early issuance would have created a gap in benefits of up to 57 days.

First medical marijuana crop passes state inspection

Louisiana has cleared another major hurdle in the race to get its medical marijuana program running.

Attorney General Jeff Landry pushing for stronger cyber security

Technology can help make day-to-day living easier, however, it can also be extremely dangerous if not handled with care.

Heart of Louisiana: Finding Our Roots African American Museum

For some African Americans in Louisiana, researching your family tree can take you to plantations and slavery, but one Terrebone Parish museum is working to provide the missing links.

New Orleans lays out plans for Mardi Gras season safety

It is Carnival time and people in the New Orleans metro area know that means changes around the city.

Ponchatoula passes smoking ban ordinance

The Ponchatoula City Council passed an ordinance banning smoking in public places.

2 arrested in connection to January shooting on Avenue B

Police report Larriana Hughes, 27, was arrested Friday for her role in a Jan. 22 shooting that injured a 28-year-old woman.

Recent uptick in crime near campus has some LSU students concerned

Some LSU students are on edge as police continue to hunt for a man at the center of a violent shootout last month inside the Burbank Taco Bell near campus.

House speaker blocks income forecast changes for La. again

It appears Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards won’t get the financial boost he hoped would help give teachers a pay raise.

BR Mayor, police chief apologize for decades-old blackface photo of officers

Baton Rouge’s mayor and police chief both issued statements Monday condemning actions taken by the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) more than two decades ago.

New LDEQ interactive map shows how much fish people can safely eat from contaminated waters

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) has released a new, interactive map that offers more details about contaminated bodies of water in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge rapper NBA YoungBoy arrested in Atlanta

Baton Rouge rapper, NBA YoungBoy, was arrested Monday, Feb. 11 after an incident at the Hyatt House in downtown Atlanta, a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department confirms.

First Baptist says corrective steps are being taken after members accused of abuse

Local churches highlighed in Houston Chronicle investigation into Baptist church abuse

Roger Goodell responds to Gov. Edwards calling out NFL about Rams-Saints non-call

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a response to a letter sent by Gov. John Bel Edwards following the controversial no-call in the NFC Championship game that ended the Saints chance at playing in the Super Bowl.

Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding, claim Louisiana dam is to blame

The state of Mississippi is suing the federal government for at least $25 million, claiming a federal dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land.

Migrating bat swarms causing headaches for some schools

Swarms of bats have recently taken up residence at several schools in Louisiana

BRPD officer on restricted duty following DWI arrest

A Baton Rouge Police Department officer was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly rammed into another car while driving in Baker.

Report: 4 Louisiana men among Southern Baptist leaders accused of sexual misconduct

The San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle created a database for all the accused church leaders.

3 Louisiana artists score early Grammy wins

PJ Morton, Lauren Daigle and Buddy Guy all secured early wins at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Police investigating vehicle theft on Government St.

Police are investigating a carjacking that took place Saturday evening.

Coastal agency: Hundreds of acres of marsh built, restored

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says it has built or nourished 600 acres of marsh in Cameron Parish, and is nearly finished with a slightly smaller marsh creation project

Louisiana aims to improve at-risk drinking water systems

Louisiana is taking a deep dive into its drinking water pipes and pumps as it tries to avoid a potential disaster

Man killed at homeless encampment in New Orleans

New Orleans police say a man living in a homeless encampment was killed in a shooting near the French Quarter

Hundreds in Baton Rouge race for a cure

Through fundraising efforts, the 2019 race raised over $150,000 of the $300,000 goal. Read on if you’d like to make a donation.