WAFB Afternoon headlines for February 23, 2012

Dark day for U.S. Forces

It was a dark day for U.S. forces at home and overseas today after seven U.S. Marines were killed Wednesday night when two helicopters collided midair over the dessert in a training exercise near Yuma. We'll have the latest.

Livingston Parish releases new flood maps

New flood maps are issued for Livingston Parish, the first time since 2001. Homeowners are now finding themselves in flood zones. WAFB's Tyana Williams will have information on the new lines and what that means for you.

USPS to move 2 distribution centers to Baton Rouge

Two major Louisiana mail sorting centers are slated to close and move to Baton Rouge. The U.S. postal service says the New Orleans and Lafayette distribution centers could move as early as May 15. WAFB's Kelsey Davis has details on how many jobs this could affect.

Louisiana DEQ launches website, lists meth laced houses

There was a big move today by the State Department of Environmental Quality to warn house hunters of potentially dangerous deals. The agency launched a website that lists the homes across the state that are laced with meth, but the state says they're four years behind. WAFB's Cheryl Mercedes found out what took so long.

No reduced jail bonds for murder suspects

The two men accused of killing two LSU graduate students will not get their jail bonds reduced after asking today. WAFB's Jim Shannon was in court today and will tell you why and what the judge had to say.


The Dow has made another run at 13,000, but couldn't quite get there today. Stocks today recovered from an early loss to push the Dow within four points of the milestone that was briefly topped earlier this week for the first time since 2008. By day's end, the Dow was up 46 points at 12,985.

Cooler Weekend ahead

A cool front will deliver scattered showers to the area on Friday morning, but most rains should be moderate and brief. Friday's high temps will likely occur just after midnight, with readings falling into the 50°s by the afternoon in the wake of the front. Cooler weather continues into the weekend. Check in with the 9STORM TEAM on 9News at 5, 6, 9, and 10 for the latest.

Check out a comprehensive 90 minutes of WAFB News beginning at 5 p.m. with Andre' Moreau and Cheryl Mercedes. We'll have the CBS Evening News at 5:30, then return with local news with Donna Britt and George Sells at 6 p.m.