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  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.

Pelicans part ways with GM Dell Demps

Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons

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

Stolen Social Security numbers lead to serious tax filing problems

Questions and concerns surround IRS tax refunds

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

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

9 arrested in Lafayette sex trafficking, prostitution sting

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

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

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

“Operation Fed Up” nets multiple drug arrests in 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

First medical marijuana crop passes state inspection

Attorney General Jeff Landry pushing for stronger cyber security

New Orleans lays out plans for Mardi Gras season safety

Ponchatoula passes smoking ban ordinance

2 arrested in connection to January shooting on Avenue B

  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.

Livingston Parish man accused of setting trailer on fire after being evicted

A Livingston Parish man was arrested on multiple charges related to a fire that damaged a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailer he was previously evicted from.

NOPD searching for teen reported missing from New Orleans East

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a teen reported missing from New Orleans East.

Krewe of Chewbacchus to kick off parade season Saturday night

The Krewe of Chewbacchus is set to roll through the Marigny and Bywater Saturday night (Feb. 9), with cult film actor Brian O’Halloran taking the helm as Commander of the Space Farce.

Online map: don’t eat fish caught here; don’t swim there

A recently created interactive map lets people know if pollution has made a Louisiana waterway unsafe for swimmers, and tells anglers whether it's safe to eat their catch

Family members say injured firefighter has long road to recovery

Firefighter who suffered second and third degree burns now of ventilator, and able to move.

  New name added to Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge’s list of names of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has named priests who have faced credible accusations of sexual abuse involving children while serving in the diocese since its inception in 1961.

Search ends for person of interest connected to Natchitoches Parish homicide, found dead in Avoyelles pairsh

Authorities in Natchitoches Parish are searching for a man connected to a homicide investigation.

Naaman Stewart suspended from Zulu organization amid sexual harassment allegations

Stewart, who was removed as king late last year, was suspended by a majority of krewe members at a meeting Wednesday night.

Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion reaches 500K, still growing

Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program continues to add more people to the taxpayer-financed health insurance rolls, topping 500,000 enrollees this year and still growing

Early voting begins Saturday in 13 parishes

State Rep. seats in 13 parishes will be up for election.

‘Excellent chance’ for duplication of benefits lawsuit, Rep. Garret Graves says

There’s an “excellent chance" local attorneys and U.S. Representative Garret Graves will file a lawsuit in the coming weeks against the federal agencies blocking distribution of around $230 million in 2016 flood aid, Graves told WAFB Thursday.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks La. law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges

The Supreme Court’s ruling, or lack thereof, is their first abortion decision since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench.

Wayde Sims murder case given to new judge; suspect pleads not guilty

Dyteon Simpson’s case has been handed over to Judge Donald Johnson after Judge Mike Erwin recused himself, citing a relationship with Wayde Sims’ father.

Drivers covered by State Farm will see another rate decrease

The Louisiana Insurance Commissioner has approved another rate decrease for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, marking the third rate decrease for coverage on private vehicles in nine months.

Lyft driver raped woman at his apartment, JPSO says

A Lyft driver is accused of raping a woman after picking her up at a Bywater bar and driving her to his apartment, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Dakota Theriot indicted on 3 counts of first-degree murder in slaying of girlfriend, Ernest family

Theriot was indicted in the deaths of Summer Ernest, her brother and her father.

Body of missing boater located

A body of a missing boater was located after being reported missing near the Hopedale area in St. Bernard Parish, according to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Man accused in parents’ slay faces more charges in 3 deaths

A grand jury in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, is set to consider formal charges against a man accused of killing his girlfriend, her family and his parents before fleeing to Virginia

Marine returns Vietnam veteran’s washed up headstone to family

A Baton Rouge man says he’s hoping to return a Vietnam veteran’s headstone found under the Horace Wilkinson Bridge to any surviving family members who may be searching for it.

One person critical after apartment complex shooting near Coursey Blvd

Emergency crews are investigating a shooting reported near Coursey Boulevard at the Sherwood Acres Apartment complex.

Bandits swipe more than 20 bus batteries from lot

Supervisors at a Baton Rouge bus lot are disgusted after someone barged onto their property overnight Tuesday and helped themselves to as many batteries as they could find.

List of priests accused of sexual misconduct with ties to S’port-Bossier released by Diocese of Alexandria

The Diocese of Alexandria released a list of priests accused of sexual misconduct that have past ties to Shreveport-Bossier and surrounding communities on Wednesday.

Environmentalists demand action to address shifting waste pile at Convent plant

Environmental groups are calling for action based on concerns about a shifting waste pile in St. James Parish that they say is radioactive and unstable.

15-year-old girl missing from Pearl River area

Authorities are searching for a girl who disappeared from the Pear River area on Monday around 10 p.m.

Vermilion Parish deputy arrested, accused of raping underage girl

The deputy had almost 18 years of service and was terminated immediately.

Funeral arrangements, visitation times for fallen Cpl. Totty; group accepting donations for widow, daughter

A local organization is accepting donations to benefit the widow and baby daughter of Baton Rouge Police Department's Cpl. Shane Totty. Totty was killed in a wreck Friday afternoon during a funeral procession.

Company sues Louisiana agriculture agency over pot testing

A New Orleans-based company is suing the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry over the agency's testing of medical marijuana

What could a new Baton Rouge bridge look like?

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) highlighted some potential options for a new Baton Rouge bridge Tuesday in front of a new committee that’s trying to end the area’s traffic nightmare.

Audubon Zoo reopens jaguar habitat months after Valerio’s escape

The zoo has been caring for Valerio the jaguar behind the scenes as his habitat underwent repairs after he escaped last July.

2nd arrest made in Christmas Eve double homicide in Lutcher

A second arrest has been made in the homicides of two people and the wounding of a third that occurred the night the Christmas Eve bonfires in St. James Parish, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Slidell Police Department to be featured on A&E’s ‘Live PD’

A&E Network’s documentary series, “Live PD” will be returning to film this weekend with the Slidell Police Department.

Three suspects arrested for sex trafficking of teen

Detectives with Louisiana State Police found that the juvenile had been beaten, drugged, raped and “pimped” out by several different men in the past several days.

Reports of distemper in Louisiana raccoons on the rise

Distemper is a virus that infects raccoons, foxes, coyotes, skunks and unvaccinated dogs, according to LDWF.

Woman, child discover live grenade in wooded Lafayette area

Crews were called to the scene to detonate and render the grenade safe.

Houma man arrested for cruelty to 7-month-old boy

On Saturday shortly before 5 p.m., Thibodaux police officers responded to a medical emergency with a child who wasn’t breathing. When they arrived, officers discovered that the baby was breathing, but it was extremely labored and irregular, and the boy's face was injured.

Industrial tax breaks subject of first policy debates in governor’s race

Gubernatorial candidates are drawing some of the first battle lines ahead of November’s election.

UPDATE: St. Bernard man last seen Jan. 31 found in good health

Tony Nunez Jr. left his home in the 1900 block of Joseph Drive in the St. Bernard community on the evening of Jan. 31, and has not returned home or been heard from since.

Woman found after being reported missing in Bossier City

At this time investigators do not suspect foul play.

Father of Saints superfan denied bond in federal court

Jordy Robertson, the father of Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson, is accused of committing wire fraud, conspiracy to sell drugs, and witness intimidation.

Motorcycle safety advocates encourage drivers to take an active look at the road

While investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened along Jones Creek Road to cause a deadly crash involving a BRPD officer, an advocacy group encourages everyone to check their surroundings carefully to avoid a wreck.

Ernest family receives strong support from community

While many celebrated Super Bowl LIII Sunday night, one community used the big game day to help out a family struck by tragedy.