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Dive search and rescue efforts to resume Friday morning at Port Fourchon over 50 hours later for 12 missing crew members

Search and rescue resumes Friday morning for 12 missing crew members in the aftermath of the lift boat disaster at Port Fourchon.

  Bill proposes tax on marijuana to help fix Louisiana’s roads

Gov. Edwards declares State of Emergency due to ongoing weather threat

‘I feel like I’m drowning,’ mother of missing crewmember waits for answers

La. officials prepare to open mass vaccination site

Captain of Seacor Power identified as body recovered by Coast Guard

  1 dead, 6 rescued, search on for 12 others after boat capsizes south of Louisiana

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  Divers to examine capsized lift boat off La. coast

  Body found in Miss. River identified as missing LSU student

  Deputies: Uber driver accused of kicking down door, entering LSU student’s off-campus apartment

  New bill could save you money on your energy payments

  ‘We might lose her’ - Video from shrimp boat shows terrifying conditions off La. coast around the same time Seacor Power capsized

  Rep. Julia Letlow joins ranks on Capitol Hill after winning her late husband’s seat

  Lift Boat Disaster: What Happened?

What happened to the lift boat off the coast of Grand Isle?

  LSU student dies after trying to save boy from rip current in Florida

An LSU student died and two Nicholls State University students were hurt after trying to save a young boy from a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico during a spring break trip in Florida.

Man accused of seriously injuring, robbing 2 women in Baton Rouge arrested in Kenner

A man wanted in connection with badly hurting two women in Baton Rouge while robbing them was arrested in Kenner on Tuesday, April 12, according to investigators.

  Lawmakers aim to reduce income tax but toss out federal tax deductions

Out of touch with the times is what some at the Louisiana State Capitol are referring to when it comes to how our current state income tax system operates, particularly when it comes to federal income tax deductions.

NBA YoungBoy booked into St. Martin Parish Jail on federal hold

LSU police awaiting word on body found in St. John Parish

Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ to film in New Orleans after pulling from Georgia over voting law

What you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Bayou Classic in Shreveport

Two people escape mobile home fire in west Shreveport

MISSING: 17-year-old not seen since last Friday

  Congressman Graves meets with president to discuss Louisiana’s infrastructure woes

Louisiana Rep. Congressman Garret Graves was one of the few members of Congress who met with President Biden and Vice President Harris on Monday, April 12, to discuss the country’s infrastructure.

  La. session kicks off with governor’s State of the State address

The first day of the 2021 legislative session followed tradition with the governor giving his State of the State address on Monday, April 12, but it was not delivered from its regular location.

LSU Health Shreveport responds to report that EEOC complaints have been filed against the medical school

“We have been informed that notices of retaliation, gender, and race discrimination are being filed...”

Gov. Edwards delivers State of the State address

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards delivered his State of the State address Monday, April 12 from A.W. Mumford Stadium on the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

East Feliciana Rural Water System receives $2.5M to consolidate with Clinton Water System

The East Feliciana Rural Water System has received $2.5 million for the consolidation of the Town of Clinton Water System, which has been investigated for several problems.

  La. receives ‘D+’ grade for infrastructure in report card from White House

Louisiana has received a D+ grade on its infrastructure in a new report card from the White House.

Kevin James to play Sean Payton in upcoming movie about bountygate

Sean Payton will be played by Kevin James in an upcoming Netflix movie. No, serioiusly.

  Top discussions at 2021 Regular Legislative Session starting April 12

There are many topics for discussion at the 2021 Regular Legislative Session starting at noon on Monday, April 12.

  DSNAP approved for 23 parishes affected by winter storms

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has received federal approval to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in 23 parishes severely affected by the winter storms on Feb. 15-18, 2021.

Bills voters should keep an eye on during session

Lawmakers have had all the time they need to formulate bills to address what they believe are the most important issues of our state, budget is expected to be one of the topics at the forefront of discussion

Louisiana man dies when tree falls on his mobile home

Neighbor helps victim’s wife to safety

1 killed, 7 others hurt when possible tornado strikes Louisiana village

At least 8 homes were ripped apart; vehicles were tossed into the middle of fields

  Newly proposed law could prevent transgender girls from playing sports with all girl teams

Two bills coming up in the legislative session that could keep trans girls, originally born a boy, from playing sports on all girl teams

  Former New Orleans dispatcher arrested after refusing to return $1.2 million accidentally placed in account

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a former dispatcher has been arrested after she allegedly refused to return $1.2 million that was accidentally placed in her bank account.

  Small number of fully vaccinated Louisianians tested positive for COVID

A small group of Louisianians has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking their final dose of the vaccine. It’s called a “breakthrough case.”

Southeastern campus stabbing suspect placed on interim suspension

A female Southeastern Louisiana University student has bonded out of the Tangipahoa Parish Jail after police say she stabbed her "dating partner" eight times.

LSP SVU arrests 2 suspected child predators in separate investigations

The Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit conducted investigations that led to the arrest of two men, one from Baton Rouge and the other from Denham Springs.

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday, April 8 about the state’s continued fight against COVID the coronavirus and discuss the upcoming legislative session.

  LSU football employee files $50M lawsuit against board of supervisors, Les Miles, and others

Sharon Lewis, LSU’s associate athletic director of football recruiting, has filed a $50 million lawsuit against her current employer alleging years of harassment for attempting to report sexual misconduct allegations during her tenure at LSU.

  COVID-19 vaccine hotline is now available for La. residents

A telephone hotline is now available to Louisiana residents in which they can call to schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area, and connect people with medical professionals about vaccine-related questions

  Community college enrollment down across La. due to pandemic

Enrollment is down at community colleges around the country due to the pandemic and the data is clear. In Louisiana, 11 out of the 12 colleges in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System have seen a drop in numbers.

  Mary Elizabeth Norckauer, founder of LSU Golden Girls, passes away

Mary Elizabeth Briggs Norckauer, the founder of the LSU Golden Girls, passed away Tuesday, April 7, the LSU Tiger Marching Band announced. She was 96 years old.

  Two-thirds of La. voters support legalizing marijuana; state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eye legalization

A recent poll showed 67% of Louisiana voters are in favor of legalizing cannabis. That’s up from the 54% who favored it last year, which leaves lawmakers to face what they say is obvious.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: BRPD releases video of incident involving Koy Moore, 3 officers

The Baton Rouge Police Department released video related to an incident involving LSU wide receiver Koy Moore and three officers.

  LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron issues statement to La. Senate committee, will not testify in person

LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron will not testify before the Louisiana Senate Select Committee on Women and Children on Thursday, April 8 as requested by state Sen. Regina A. Barrow.

La. lawmaker files bill making it potentially illegal to teach about racism & sexism

A new proposed bill in the Louisiana House of Representatives aims to make it potentially illegal for teachers to teach certain things about racism or sexism.

  Pres. Biden’s $2T infrastructure proposal includes money for Amtrak’s passenger train line connecting BR and NO

Of the $2 trillion in President Biden’s infrastructure plan, $84 billion is dedicated to expanding passenger rail across the United States, some of which would be allocated to Amtrak’s passenger rail proposal connecting Baton Rouge to New Orleans.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: $100K hush money demand over Derrius Guice accusations revealed in new audio, campus police report

Gloria Scott denies ever putting a price tag on her silence about alleged sexual harassment by former Louisiana State University (LSU) Tiger football star Derrius Guice.

  Over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed in La., health dept. reports

Over one in four Louisianans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 17.9% are considered fully vaccinated.

LSP: Missing Lafourche Parish child found unharmed; father in custody

Brown was wanted for questioning in the child’s disappearance.

  Air travel soars as vaccinations increase

TSA says there was an 800 percent increase of travel this weekend compared to the same time last year

337 and 504 area codes moving to 10-digit dialing, adding a three digit suicide prevention hotline

Louisiana residents living in 337 and 504 area codes will soon have to dial 10 digits when making all phone calls.

No. 3 LSU beach volleyball heads to LA to face No. 1 USC and No. 4 UCLA

The No. 3 LSU beach volleyball team heads to the west coast for a big weekend.

  LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron, other officials to testify before La. Senate committee about sexual misconduct reports

LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron has been called to testify at a hearing next week before a Louisiana State Senate committee that is investigating the ongoing sexual misconduct scandals at LSU, State Senator Regina Barrow says.

  Lessons from the pandemic to apply to global environmental awareness

After seeing the consequences of a global issue in action during the pandemic, 2021 seems prime for initiating a global call to action.

  Have you received your stimulus payment yet? Attorney General warns of thieves stealing checks

Have you received your stimulus check yet? Some folks are still waiting patiently for theirs to come in the mail.

Birds killed in statewide Salmonella outbreak; bird feeders and birdbaths blamed

State wildlife experts warn backyard bird feeders and birdbaths are blamed for a statewide Salmonella outbreak.

  YOUR MONEY: Federal funds for businesses extended

Business now have more time to apply for critical funds and there are a couple options that will require some consideration.

  Gov. Edwards eases capacity restrictions for businesses but warns ‘we’re not out of the woods’

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday, March 30.

Capacity limits lifted for restaurants, bars, gyms, and retail stores in La.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, March 30 that he will be lifting capacity limitations for many of the state’s businesses but the statewide mask mandate will remain.

  Doctors concerned about possibility of fourth COVID-19 surge

Cases are increasing in some parts of the country and health officials are concerned about a fourth surge.

  Former Southern University band director sentenced to 13 months in federal prison, ordered to pay back money

A former director of Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” marching band was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison and ordered to pay back more than $78,000 in restitution to the school, an attorney representing the man confirmed to WAFB.

  Vernon authorities searching for man accused of stealing FedEx truck

Authorities have released a video of the theft in the hopes of identifying the people involved in the theft of the truck.

  Federal funding heading for restaurants as the industry continues to struggle

More than a year into lockdowns during the pandemic the restaurant industry is still struggling to get off its knees.

  608 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week

This week, 608 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine.

  Southern University to hold in-person graduation in May for Class of 2021

Officials with Southern University and A &M College say Spring Commencement for the Class of 2021 will be held in-person in May 2021.

  Alleged victim of Derrius Guice claims Coach Orgeron contacted her to have Guice apologize

A 74-year-old woman who claims former LSU Football player Derrius Guice sexually harassed her at a high school football game in the Superdome back in Dec. 2017 told state lawmakers Friday that Coach Ed Orgeron called her after the fact hoping to earn her forgiveness.

  COVID-19 milestone: local hospitals report no new coronavirus patients

For the first time since the earliest part of the pandemic, Baton Rouge General, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and Ochsner Medical Center had days where they had no new COVID-19 admissions.

  New business in Livingston Parish puts parish council in a frenzy to change old ordinance

A new business coming to Florida Boulevard in Denham Springs is causing quite a frenzy with some folks on Facebook in Livingston Parish.

  Post-COVID job numbers grab lawmakers attention

Before COVID-19, Louisiana had one of the best economies it had seen in decades. Around this time last year, we saw thousands of jobs go out the window leaving lawmakers anxious about what the state needs to do to turn things around and get back on the right track.

Metairie sewer main line break causes concern

For more than 30 hours, discolored and smelly sewer water has spewed into the West Napoleon Avenue Canal in Metairie.

BRING BACK LOUISIANA: Gov. Edwards asking for volunteers to get communities vaccinated

In an effort to help get more people vaccinated in communities across the state Governor John Bel Edwards has asked Louisianans to go sleeves up against COVID and launched a grassroots effort called Bring Back Louisiana.

  ‘Fix police union leadership.’ NAACP calls for BR Union of Police contract to end; Union representative and Mayor respond

A new billboard you may have seen while driving around Baton Rouge recently, is causing a billboard war of words.

  Can COVID-19 face masks help against seasonal allergies?

You’ve seen it on your car, the sidewalk, and on the road. Pollen season is upon us.

  Gas prices are up; analysts say they could reach $3

GasBuddy says drivers are paying 75 cents per gallon more than drivers were a year ago. The price right now is still higher than it was this time in 2019 with no pandemic keeping drivers off the roads.

Sen. Kennedy introduces resolution to honor Drew Brees

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy has introduced a resolution to honor the career and contributions of now-retired New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees.

  All residents 16 and older will be eligible for coronavirus vaccine in La. on March 29

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 about the state’s continued response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Saints expected to give Superdome naming rights to Caesars Entertainment

A report from The Athletic says the groundbreaking deal would give Caesars Entertrainment naming rights for the next two decades.