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9NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Judge Jessie LeBlanc admits to using racial slur, apologizes

“I admit that I used that word,” LeBlanc said Sunday. “I profusely apologize for that. I should have never said it. It is uncalled for. I was angry. I was upset but it’s no excuse.”

Parade proposal makes for unforgettable Mardi Gras fun

Teen killed, one critically injured in O’Neal Lane shooting

  No. 11 LSU crushes Eastern Kentucky in Game 3 to win series

Man shot during alleged robbery on North Boulevard

  Spanish Town parade rolls through Baton Rouge for 40th anniversary

1 killed in float accident during Endymion, most of New Orleans parade canceled

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Days, Smart lead LSU past South Carolina

Couple killed in Pointe Coupee Parish crash

  Subject of 9News investigation back behind bars for alleged stabbings

  Endymion ready to roll on a picture-perfect Saturday

Victim was robbed, shot, kidnapped, police say

Vacant house destroyed by arson

Enjoyable weather for local carnival and Mardi Gras parades

The local area will see a warming trend through the weekend into the extended holiday break of Monday and Mardi Gras day Tuesday.

Cameras could be placed in special education classrooms at parent’s request under proposed bill

Louisiana House Bill 138 provides that cameras that record audio and video be placed in classrooms where a majority of students receive special education for at least 50 percent of their instructional time.

  Revelers prepare for Baton Rouge’s Spanish Town parade

Friday, Feb. 21 was the final day for people in Spanish Town to prepare for their annual Mardi Gras parade, which rolls Saturday at 12 p.m.

  Humane Society of La. holding 4th annual Mardi Gras Parade Horse Adoption Program

The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) is once again holding its Mardi Gras Parade Horse Adoption Program. In the past three years, the program has found homes for 55 horses.

  Man arrested after allegedly throwing bag of live puppies off bridge into water

  Son charged for death of elderly father found covered in waste and insects, police say

  After arrest on Kauai, judge confirms bail for Idaho mother of 2 missing kids at $5M

  Virus cases jump in S Korea to 346, China daily count drops

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool, dry weekend ahead

  Some krewes working to stock Mardi Gras floats with environmentally friendly throws

  Crews clean up Spanish Town parade route

Crews stepped up to get downtown Baton Rouge ready for a busy weekend of parades.

  $1.2B in flood mitigation funds approved by HUD

The state’s action plan for spending $1.6 billion in funds has been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  New ITEP rules spark fear locals will lose say in granting tax breaks

In a change of course, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is amending the rules to the controversial Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) so that private businesses that are denied tax breaks by local government entities can appeal the decision to the state Board of Commerce and Industry.

Temporary library closes ahead of reopening of downtown branch

City officials will be shutting down the temporary library branch at the Kress Building on Third Street at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21.

  Residents treated to Mardi Gras experience at St. Clare Manor Nursing Home

Madi Gras comes for residents at St. Clare Manor Nursing Home.

  LSU to host 2020 Wally Ponitff Classic at Alex Box Stadium

LSU baseball fans get the chance to see a classic game a lot closer to home.

  5 Uptown parades mark huge Carnival Friday night

Thousands of Carnival revelers are packing the parade route Uptown and for Ednymion as hundreds of floats are expected to roll over the next 24 hours.

  Calls for new tandem float restrictions after Nyx death

City council members say they are ready to take a look at rules that could possibly save lives during carnival. The move comes two days after a woman was killed as she crossed between two connected floats.

REPORT: Amid criticisim, Gov. Edwards wants to give Louisiana’s teachers a $500 raise

Gov. John Bel Edwards adding a direct $500 pay raise for the state’s public school teachers to his proposed K-12 budget, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Judge denies sending racist texts, NAACP calls for protests

The NAACP has called for the resignation of 23rd Judicial District Judge Jessie LeBlanc amid allegations the judge sent several racist text messages. The judge, through her attorney, denies sending the text messages that contain the “n-word”.

Pelicans set for playoff push

The New Orleans Pelicans, coming off of the All-Star break, are looking to make a strong push into the playoffs.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold Friday despite sunshine

We’re looking forward to the return of sunshine today but it won’t warm up much.

  New Orleans postpones all Uptown parades on Thursday due to high winds

Due to high winds, all parades have been canceled Thursday, according to city leaders.

  4 arrested after armed robbery on LSU campus; 1 wanted

Four arrests have been made and one teens is still wanted after two LSU students were reportedly robbed at gunpoint inside a dorm on LSU’s campus on Valentine’s Day.

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions as early as six weeks - when many women may not even know they are pregnant.

  4 days after giving birth, new mom risks life saving trucker from tanker explosion in Ind.

A massive fire shutting down two interstates could be seen from miles away, but Holly McNally had a much closer view.

It’s time for Greasing of the Poles on Bourbon Street!

The greasiest Carnival tradition in the New Orleans French Quarter will take center stage Friday morning.

  False Positive: CBD use could affect drug tests

Retailers are lining up to sell CBD products.

  Baton Rouge area stores running out of king cakes fast as Mardi Gras weekend approaches

If you’re heading out to the parades, you may want to bring a king cake, and local stores are selling out fast.

  How to safely enjoy parades this Mardi Gras season

With two of the biggest parades in Baton Rouge rolling over the weekend, officials are hoping parade-goers will make safety a priority.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Earn $7,500 in Pennington’s latest military study

A study happening right now in Baton Rouge will eventually help United States soldiers all around the world. It's an intense two months, but there are some pretty big benefits for those who finish.

Agents find several products marketed as CBD gummies, enhancement drugs actually contain restricted substances

“The ATC will be taking an aggressive stance against the sale and distribution of any illegal or prohibited items,” states a notice issued by ATC Commissioner Juana Marine-Lombard.

Suffocation risk leads to recall on infant sleeper

Suffocation concerns resulted in a recall announced for 51,000 Kolcraft brand sleeper products.

Woman fatally struck by NYX float identified

The accident happened around 8 p.m. on Feb. 19 near the intersection of Magazine Street and Valence Street.

  Number of LSU mumps cases now at 16

The number of students infected with mumps at LSU has risen to 16.

  Sammy’s Grill on Highland to keep name; new owner to give former employees back pay

Wayne Stabiler, the new owner of the former Sammy’s Grill location on Highland Road, has announced he will retain the name of the business when he reopens it in March.

  State, federal officials address recent cyber attacks, prevention plans

Members of law enforcement met with technology experts in Baton Rouge Thursday, Feb. 20 to share cyber attack prevention strategies and discuss developing trends in cyber security.

  Hemp licenses now being issued to businesses in La.

Rules and regulations for Louisiana’s Industrial Hemp Program have now been finalized, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced Thursday, Feb. 20.

VA leaders drag feet in push to prescribe four paws

Despite solid medical evidence indicating service dogs can improve the lives of veterans living with PTSD, Veterans Affairs won't commit to covering the cost

  Body of missing Gonzales man recovered in river

Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered Christopher Bolona, 35, from the Mississippi River near Lemanville Park Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Gov. Edwards announces coastal priorities for his second term

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for his second term in office.

Northwest Louisiana principal accused of 49 sex crimes

Authorities urge parents of Summerfield High students to talk with their children

More Medicaid eligibility letters sent out across state

The most recent round of letters, about 23,548, went out across the state earlier in the week.

Suspect held on $200K bond in off-campus shooting deaths of 2 Alcorn State students

An investigation is underway after two Alcorn State University students were shot to death Monday night.

Baker police looking for man accused of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer

Detectives with the Baker Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect accused of several charges including attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

  Second arrest made 2018 murder of St. Gabriel man

Police have arrested a second man in connection with the 2018 murder of a 34-year-old St. Gabriel man.

  Prison reform group to make statement Thursday on deaths in EBR prison

Coalition members will join family members of people who have died in the prison.

  Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals at Democrats’ Nevada debate

Sanders is the only Democratic candidate who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn’t have a majority. It sets up a clash should the primary season end without a clear winner.

Contigo recalls 5.7 million kids water bottles for second time over choking hazard

The water bottles were originally recalled in August, but there have been new incidents with the replacement lids.

Feb. 20 is National Love Your Pet Day!

Pamper your fur babies today.

REPORT: Bankrupt Forever 21 acquired by Authentic Brands

Teen fashion retailer Forever 21, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, has been acquired by three companies, according to a report from Reuters.

  Boil water advisory lifted for parts of Walker

A boil water advisory has been lifted for people living in Walker.

  Inner Wheel Club hosts 30th Anniversary Attic Trash & Treasure Sale at new location

The 2020 Attic Trash & Treasure Sale organized by the Inner Wheel Club of Baton Rouge will take place March 6, 7 and 8 at a new location.

  Community meeting following Exxon fire turns heated as residents express concerns

A day after ExxonMobil releases its 7-day report about a fire at its Baton Rouge refinery, lawmaker Cleo Fields will hear from community members to determine if legislation should be introduced to “ensure the safety of the state’s citizens.”

  Woman says she was scammed while using job hunting website; BBB warns consumers

A warning for job seekers: the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scammers are taking advantage of people just looking to find a good job.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy launches reelection campaign, visits previously flooded Juban Crossing Rouses

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD has officially launched his reelection campaign.

  Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office holds event honoring Black History Month

In Ascension Parish Wednesday night (Feb. 19), the sheriff’s office and the community came together to celebrate Black History Month.

Working towards a more ecofriendly Carnival

Like many of us Samantha Bongiovanni likes a little sparkle. She said, "I was always like the person with all the glitter in my friend group." When she learned how damaging most plastic glitter is to the environment it was a challenge.

  Order your LSU football commemorative tickets

The 2019 LSU football season was one to remember for Tiger fans.

  $642 million in tax dollars were misused or missed out on in 2019, Louisiana legislative auditor says

Louisiana state and local governments wasted or missed out on a combined $642 million in 2019, according to the state legislative auditor’s year-end report released the week of Feb. 17.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Blacksmithing star forging weapons in Loranger

The craft dates back to Medieval times when brawny men folded hot iron into legendary weapons like King Arthur’s Excalibur or William Wallace’s broadsword. Today, the younger generation has found the art of blacksmithing and knife-making. One of the trade’s rising starts is based out of Loranger.

Body found in river near Donaldsonville

Ascension Parish Sheriff Officers have found a body in the Mississippi River on Wednesday, Feb 19.

  Descendants of slaves sold to fund Georgetown University played key role in establishing HBCUs

Out of one slave, valued by the church for what she might mean for white education, two historically black colleges and universities thrive.

  Sheriff announces 21 arrests, 30 indictments in Iberville Parish drug investigation

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi will hold a news conference about a “major” drug bust on Feb. 19.

  BRPD asking for help in locating man missing since November 2019

The Baton Rouge Police Department is asking for the public’s help in the search for a missing man.

  Shooting victim taken to hospital after showing up at home on Peerless Street

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a reported shooting on Peerless Street Wednesday afternoon.

  ACTION JACKSON: Baker woman says driveway is a safety hazard

A Baker woman tells WAFB's Donovan Jackson her driveway is a safety hazard and the city denied her request to fix it.