Gov. Edwards: Backwater relief plan ready in case Morganza Spillway opens

Some parishes have been dealing with flooding for months, and the spillway opening could make things worse for some areas.

  Speakers sold at Best Buy, online recalled after 5 explosions reported

Hate crime charge dropped against agent shot by trooper

  Suspect shot during attempted car burglary in Tigerland

Louisiana football coaching icon Otis Washington dies; funeral arrangements set

  Teenager pushes double amputee home in wheelchair during storm warning

Gov. Edwards to visit St. Martin Parish as flood protection measures are underway

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Gov. Edwards requests federal assistance amid ongoing river flooding concerns

Baton Rouge school named Green Ribbon School

Memorial Day weekend events scheduled for Baton Rouge area

Baker charter school backtracks after telling students they failed, needed to attend summer program

  Parish County Line excited for big performance at Bayou Country Superfest

  Parishes preparing for flooding with possible Morganza spillway opening

BRG, Rouses to host free health event in Ascension Parish

Baton Rouge General and Rouses Market offer a free health event on Friday, May 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Ascension Parish.

APSO Narcotics Unit seizes 30+ lbs of marijuana from man’s vehicle; arrest made

A Prairieville man has been arrested after narcotics officers reportedly seized about 32 lbs of marijuana from his vehicle.

  Gonzales Jambalaya Festival kicks off; cooks remember Tee Wayne Abshire

For Memorial Day weekend, 90 cooks are going head to head to see who makes the best jambalaya.

  1 seriously injured in motorcycle wreck on Winbourne

One person was seriously injured in a wreck involving a motorcycle on Winbourne Avenue Friday night.

  Webster Parish nonprofit director indicted for stealing more than $1 million from summer feeding program

  Bill looks to promote veteran-owned businesses, create database for veteran job seekers

  Tips to stay safe on the water over Memorial Day weekend

  Opening of Morganza Spillway will likely force abrupt end to crawfish season

  This SC high schooler not only has perfect attendance, but she also has $3.5M in scholarship offers

State agencies visiting La. communities where flooding will worsen in coming weeks

  State budget expected to advance Monday with education amendments

The Senate Finance Committee will work through the weekend to determine how they’d like to change the state’s $30 billion operating budget before amending the bill and advancing it to the senate floor on Memorial Day.

Shell begins production at platform in Gulf

Shell Oil Co. says production has begun ahead of schedule at its Appomattox platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

  Miracle League gives every kid a chance to play baseball

In 2011 the Miracle League started as a mission to give kids with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. Today they have more than 100 players playing twice a week during the Spring.

Multiple people wounded in blast in Lyon, France

The cause of Friday's afternoon blast wasn't immediately known, and the wounded suffered leg injuries and weren't life-threatening.

LETTER TO DEVOS: La. AG Landry wants student loan debt automatically forgiven for injured veterans

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wants student loan debt automatically forgiven for veterans who become totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Two Texas men die attempting to jump open pontoon bridge in Louisiana

Two men are dead after attempting to jump the Black Bayou bridge.

  3 arrested after allegedly stealing more than $35k from Home Depot, Lowe’s

Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of high-end lawn equipment from Home Depot.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road Closures

Here is a list of current road closures in the area.

Men arrested for targeting children for sexual purposes in West Baton Rouge Parish

Two men were arrested Thursday following an operation that identified individuals targeting children for sexual purposes.

Sheriff’s office investigating burglary at gas station on Airline Highway

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a burglary at a gas station on Airline Highway.

Coast Guard suspends search for man in Mississippi River near Convent

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a person in the Mississippi River in St. James Parish.

Celebrated St. Augustine coach Otis Washington dies at 80

"Coach Wash" led the Purple Knights to three state championships and numerous winning seasons.

Livingston Parish deputies escorting Special Olympics torch run injured in crash

Two Livingston Parish deputies were involved in a crash Friday May 24, while escorting the Special Olympics Torch Run in Walker.

  DOTD installing temporary dams on LA 70 in Assumption and lower St. Martin parishes

As officials anticipate the possible reopening the Morganza Spillway due record-high water levels, sand sacks are being deployed Friday along the flooded portion of LA 70 in lower St. Martin Parish.

ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit challenging Ala. near-total abortion ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law banning nearly all abortions across the state.

CEOs get an average of $800,000 pay increase, leaving workers further behind

Pay for CEOs at S&P 500 companies rose to a median of $12 million last year, including salary, stock and other compensation, according to data analyzed by Equilar for The Associated Press.

EBR residents encouraged to take part in first blight boot camp

Blight has been an ongoing issue for the Capital City, and city leaders are encouraging residents to help tackle the issue with a new blight boot camp program.

Baton Rouge man arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting woman during massage appointment

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a massage appointment.

State trooper struck by suspected drunk driver in construction zone

A police officer was injured when his vehicle was struck by a suspected drunk driver.

  Tickets, where to park, what to bring to Bayou Country Superfest

Bayou Country Superfest is returning to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge Memorial Day weekend (May 25 and 26).

Roads, waterways closed as high water levels threaten Assumption Parish

High water levels continue to threaten parts of Assumption Parish.

23-month-old out of TN found safe following Amber Alert

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Octavia Shaw was taken by 37-year-old Matias Martinez during a traffic stop.

  2 kids seriously injured after being hit by car on Marcia Drive

Two children have been transported to a local hospital after being hit by a vehicle Thursday night.

  Residents in Pierre Part brace for more flooding

Those who live in Pierre Part are used to living by the water, they just aren’t used to it coming up to their doorstep.

‘Government overreach:’ Shreveport councilwoman files legislation to abolish city’s ban on saggy pants

District B Representative, LeVette Fuller, says the law is unconstitutional.

  Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would divert money currently earmarked for state savings accounts to construct a new LA 415 to LA 1 connector.

Homes turn into islands in lower St. Martin Parish due to record-breaking flooding

People living in the Bayou Estates neighborhood in lower St. Martin Parish are keeping their homes dry with aqua dams, sandbags, and pumps pushing water out 24/7.

  BILL WATCH 2019: What’s what during the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session

Louisiana’s lawmakers return to the capitol Monday, April 8 as their annual regular legislative session gets underway.

  House approves bill to add HOV lanes to I-12 between Walker, split

Some lawmakers approved a plan Monday, May 13 that could ease the commute from Livingston Parish into Baton Rouge.

Louisiana House ends death penalty ban debate without vote

Louisiana's annual debate over whether to abolish the death penalty appears to have ended, after a House lawmaker shelved his proposal without a vote

  Governor: ‘More likely than not’ Morganza Spillway will be opened for third time in history

Gov. John Bel Edwards said “it’s more likely than not” the Morganza Spillway will be opened due to the Mississippi River’s record-high water levels.

  Bill that would have raised smoking age to 21 in La. killed

A bill that would have raised the smoking age died in the state capitol Thursday, May 23.

  Woman arrested in Jefferson Parish for fatal shooting of Danish tourist

New Orleans police have arrested a woman on a charge of second-degree murder connected to the death of a Danish tourist.

Massive crochet mural fills exterior wall of future Arts Council of Baton Rouge

A crochet mural on loan from Philadelphia is hanging on the exterior wall of the future location for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

LDAF commissioner urges farmers to prepare for effects of potential Morganza Spillway opening

The commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), Mike Strain, is urging farmers to move their livestock and equipment to higher ground in order to be prepared for flooding if the Morganza Spillway is opened.

WANTED: Woman allegedly stole over $700 in vodka, toilet paper

Police are looking for a woman who loaded Tito's Vodka and toilet paper into a grocery cart, then fled without paying.

WANTED: Woman accused of using drugs in a stolen truck in business parking lot

The woman ran once police arrived at the business.

  NOAA predicts a ‘near normal’ 2019 hurricane season for the Atlantic

Near normal means a possibility of 9 to 15 named storms, 4 to 8 of which could become hurricanes.

Louisiana fuel refinery plans $150M in expansion projects

A Louisiana refinery will spend $150 million on expansion projects over the next five years

2019 hurricane season will be near normal, NOAA forecasts

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1.

More than 62,000 of beef recalled due to E. coli concerns

More than 62,000 lbs. of beef has been recalled just before Memorial Day

  Win tickets to Bayou Country Superfest by donating blood

Lifeshare Blood Center is offering an incentive for people to donate blood before the summer kicks off.

  Memphis teen copes with homelessness; achieves valedictorian, $3M in scholarships

A Raleigh-Egypt High School student became valedictorian of his graduating class despite coping with homelessness.

  LSU baseball falls to Mississippi State in record-long game in SEC Tournament

In the longest game in SEC Tournament history, LSU could not stop Mississippi State from scoring in the bottom of the 17th inning and dropped to the loser's bracket.

Border Patrol agent accused of sexually assaulting women

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Steven Charles Holmes has been with the department for seven years.

Man accused of offering to fly a child from Wisconsin to Louisiana for sex

He's also suspected of chatting online with multiple children, possibly some from Shreveport-Bossier City area

  Zurik: State senator cuts check for use of sick time during legislative session

A state senator has cut a check for discrepancies raised in a FOX 8 Investigation into his pay during a recent legislative session.

Los Angeles County bans official travel to Alabama due to abortion bill

Los Angeles County bans official travel to Alabama due to abortion bill.

VIDEO: Police chief chases off alligator with a shopping cart

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said he didn’t want the alligator to cause a crash. What happened when he tried to prevent that from happening can only be described as internet gold.

  Morganza Spillway likely to be opened for third time in history

With a forecast for additional rises along the Lower Mississippi River during the next two weeks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now anticipating the opening of the Morganza Spillway to accommodate the excess water.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: New restaurant at The Myrtles serving up ‘contemporary history’

A popular attraction in West Feliciana Parish known for its rich history and paranormal activity just got a face lift.

  City leaders grill Republic Services over mounting trash collection complaints

Republic Services addressed members of the metro council Wednesday, May 22 about why they’ve had so many missed trash pickups and what they’re doing to address the problem.

  St. Vincent De Paul cuts ribbon on new Sweet Dreams Center

With the cutting of a ribbon, St. Vincent de Paul officially opened its Sweet Dreams Center, adding to the number of beds and resources the shelter offers to those who are homeless in Baton Rouge.

  Proposed bill could strengthen care for sexual assault survivors

Just about every day in East Baton Rouge Parish, someone makes a trip to a hospital to get a sexual assault exam.

Kennel owner charged with animal cruelty

The pet owners said in a video they were preparing to take the animals to an area animal hospital, but one died less than 20 minutes later.

  President Trump sends birthday letter to 100-year-old woman in Denham Springs

Mrs. Christine Spring from Denham Springs has a very special 100th birthday, so special that the leader of our nation even sent a special card.

2 arrested after undercover massage parlor operation

Two women are behind bars after an undercover investigation into massage parlors in Livingston Parish.

  Criminologist speaks on prison reform at Rotary Club of Baton Rouge

We need to be smarter with the money we spend on prisons in the United States: That’s the message from Wednesday’s speaker at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge.