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WAFB News Director
Baton Rouge, La.
Robb Hays is the News Director for WAFB 9News.
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Recent Articles by Robb
Judge Roy Moore to represent Life Tabernacle Church
Pastor Tony Spell says Judge Roy Moore has been hired to represent his church and defend him against criminal charges.
Published April 1, 2020 at 4:08 PM
La. adding more workers to take unemployment applications
Nearly 300 Louisiana state workers are transitioning to a new job: taking applications from people who don’t currently have a job.
Published April 1, 2020 at 4:04 PM
Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order
The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.
Published April 1, 2020 at 4:48 AM
OLOL working ‘one week ahead’ in treating COVID-19
Leaders with Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center said Tuesday, March 31 they are working one week ahead, anticipating the issues that might arise as their number of COVID-19 patients increases.
Published March 31, 2020 at 4:32 PM
Advocate newspaper makes plea for donations to stay afloat
The owner of The Advocate newspaper is asking the community for donations to help keep their operation up and running.
Published March 25, 2020 at 2:11 PM
Can’t get through to unemployment office? Try this.
Are you, or someone you know, having trouble resetting your security information in order to file for unemployment? Here’s a trick to speed up that process.
Published March 25, 2020 at 10:52 AM
Coronavirus Precaution: LSU orders certain students to ‘self-isolate’
About a dozen LSU students are being kept from campus as a precaution after recently travelling to Italy, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Tuesday, March 3.
Published March 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM
KIRAN: Video shows Livingston Parish deputy’s deadly off-duty confrontation
The 9NEWS Investigators have obtained a copy of the home surveillance video that was a key piece of evidence in clearing an off-duty Livingston parish sheriff’s deputy in a deadly shooting case.
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Published February 18, 2020 at 5:38 PM
LSU employee marks one year on paid leave
Frank Rusciano was placed on leave on January 3, 2019, amid a state audit of the school that raised multiple questions.
Published January 2, 2020 at 5:40 PM
John Paul Funes now in federal custody
The former head of the OLOL Foundation, John Paul Funes, has started his federal prison sentence for embezzlement. He reported to a federal prison in Indiana Monday, Dec. 2.
Published December 2, 2019 at 10:02 PM
Motorcyclist critically injured in Prairieville
A motorcyclist was critically injured Wednesday night after a crash in Ascension Parish.
Published November 20, 2019 at 7:44 PM
LSP clarifies 2013 Dennis Perkins complaint
Louisiana State Police (LSP) issued a statement Tuesday clarifying that agency’s role in a 2014 complaint investigation involving Dennis Perkins.
Published October 29, 2019 at 2:41 PM
Livingston sheriff discusses 2013 allegation against Dennis Perkins
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard confirmed Monday, Oct. 28 he was told in 2014 about his former deputy, Dennis Perkins, allegedly acting “inappropriately” with a teenage girl.
Published October 28, 2019 at 4:16 PM
Gov. Edwards asks “Where’s Eddie?”
The governor slammed Rispone for his close friendship with Baton Rouge contractor Lane Grigsby, who the governor Monday called "corrupt."
Published October 28, 2019 at 2:10 PM
Painter drops out of Ascension Parish president race
Murphy Painter dropped out of the race for Ascension Parish president Monday, Oct. 21.
Published October 21, 2019 at 4:41 PM
Audio bombshell dropped in race for Ascension Parish president
An online publication dropped diesel fuel Friday, Oct. 18 on the thus far relatively clean race for Ascension Parish president.
Published October 18, 2019 at 5:10 PM
Having lost election, will Rick Webre return to Ascension OHSEP?
Now that he’s lost the election, will Rick Webre try to return to his old $96,907 per year job as OHSEP director?
Published October 17, 2019 at 4:19 PM
One-fourth of St. George voters have already cast ballots
Almost one-fourth of registered voters in the new proposed City of St. George have already voted, new state records show.
Published October 9, 2019 at 3:48 PM
Early voting errors prompt paper ballots
A small number of errors with Louisiana’s early voting machines has led to some voters having to use a paper ballot, election officials said Tuesday.
Published October 1, 2019 at 5:09 PM
Wake up: It’s Jeff Landry texting
If you were startled out of your sleep by a 3 a.m. text message Thursday morning, you are not alone.
Published September 26, 2019 at 10:44 AM
Opponent disqualified, C. Denise Marcelle to serve another House term
Amy Marie Pollard, one of two candidates to enter the race for Louisiana House District 61, has been disqualified from the race.
Published August 20, 2019 at 1:31 PM
Attorney: Former head of LSP cleared by La. Board of Ethics
The attorney for the former head of Louisiana State Police confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 14 that his client, Mike Edmonson, has been cleared by the Louisiana Board of Ethics in several investigations involving alleged misconduct.
Published August 15, 2019 at 9:37 AM
Denham Springs mayor responds to police union claims
On Thursday, July 18, Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry disputed several claims levied by the leader of a union for police officers, including a claim that the city’s police department is in “peril.”
Published July 18, 2019 at 5:11 PM
9NEWS INVESTIGATORS: Accused dognapper was witness in 2010 death investigation
The same woman accused of leaving a dog to die inside a truck she allegedly stole in Baton Rouge last weekend found herself caught up in another bizarre death case nearly a decade ago.
Published July 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Head of La. Troopers Association retires after gun incident
The executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, who fired a shot at his daughter’s boyfriend in early June, has retired.
Published June 27, 2019 at 8:43 PM
State: Use tape to reattach inspection stickers
Vehicle inspection stations across Louisiana have been inundated with phone calls and visits from people wanting to replace their vehicle inspection stickers that won’t stay stuck.
Published June 20, 2019 at 4:16 PM
Is your inspection sticker not sticking?
Workers at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles are dealing with a pesky problem.
Published June 19, 2019 at 6:37 PM
Judge denies planned bridge protests
On Friday, May 31, a district court judge denied a request by protesters to march across the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish and the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge the first weekend of June.
Published May 31, 2019 at 2:56 PM
Neese Industries to close May 31
A longtime Ascension Parish business specializing in rain gear will be closing its doors at the end of this month, eliminating 30 full-time jobs.
Published May 20, 2019 at 10:59 AM
Proposed change to Sunday alcohol sales in EBR could mean drinks for sale earlier
Mimosas could be flowing one hour earlier on Sundays if the EBR Metro Council approves a proposal to push up the start time for certain Sunday alcohol sales.
Published May 8, 2019 at 3:13 PM
Baton Rouge, LA
LSU team creates masks, ventilator parts for physicians treating patients with COVID-19
Gov. Edwards announces state-led program to help small businesses affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Small business owners can apply for payroll protection through CARES Act
Should you wear a mask in public? Healthcare pros say it’s being researched, but could provide false sense of security
ONE-STOP-SHOP: Everything you need to know related to Baton Rouge area impact of COVID-19