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Ala. student pleads not guilty to alleged bomb threat against Tiger Stadium

A student at the University of Alabama pleaded not guilty Monday, Oct. 21 after allegedly making a bomb threat against Tiger Stadium during the game against the Florida Gators.

  Suspect arrested in shooting at Grambling State

New app can alert parents if registered sex offender contacts their child

Search suspended for pilot, plane believed to have crashed in Gulf en route to Gonzales

Teacher arrested, accused of abusing autistic students

New inspection stickers coming ‘no later’ than January 2020

$50,000 unclaimed Powerball prize set to expire

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POLICE: Man shoots employee after being fired from Burger King

Storms leave damage in parts of SW Louisiana overnight

Fight over St. George boundary might not be over days after incorporation vote

Family looking for missing 16-year-old St. Charles Parish girl

President Trump to campaign for GOP candidates in Louisiana on Friday

One of the most-searched Halloween costume ideas in Louisiana is.... cattle?

CDC says STD rates continue to rise; La. Dept. of Health says healthcare improving locally

Findings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that from 2017 to 2018 there were increases in the rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis across the United States.

Lawsuit filed against governor’s administration in Johnny Anderson sexual harassment case

A lawsuit involving the Johnny Anderson sexual harassment case has been filed against the governor’s administration.

U.S. Supreme Court to consider La. abortion case

The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic.

Louisiana trooper fired over DWI arrest, pushing officer

A Louisiana police lieutenant accused of driving while intoxicated and pushing a fellow trooper has been fired.

Deputies investigating claim of cop impersonator pulling woman over near state line

  St. John Parish and state officials begin helping laid off steel workers

AG Landry announces 21 arrests by Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

  Man whose dog was left in stolen truck to die pays for surgery for dog whose legs were cut off

Bayou Steel closing without advance warning to workers, parish and state officials

1 dead, 3 injured following Blackhawk crash at Fort Polk training center; name of deceased released

Family of 9 survives house fire thanks to CO detector

A family of nine is counting their blessings after a fire tore through their home Friday morning.

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival happening this weekend

The 2019 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Gonzales, right in the heart of Ascension Parish.

Police report, surveillance video indicate couple involved in camel-biting incident may not have been entirely truthful

A married couple is being charged after a bizarre incident in Grosse Tete involving a deaf dog and a camel’s genitalia being bitten.

  Man killed in deputy-involved shooting in Lacombe

A man is dead following a deputy-involved shooting in Lacombe Wednesday night.

15 guns seized during filming of music video; 8 arrested

Police arrived to find a group of people waving guns in the middle of the street.

Louisiana senators respond to Nancy Pelosi calling for impeachment of President Trump

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said she supports a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. She made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Another artificial reef now in place in the Gulf of Mexico

An old oil platform was transformed into the reef as part of the Coastal Conservation Association’s efforts to restore natural reefs

Gov. Edwards, Department of Health release Louisiana’s opioid response plan

Officials have released a plan aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic in Louisiana, saying the plan is the first of its kind for the state.

Ring dropped down drain to be reunited with owner 27 years later

A man who stumbled upon a high school class ring is looking to find its rightful owner.

  ‘If something can get as many as 20,000 likes, what’s a dollar?‘: GoFundMe started to cover funeral expenses

It’s been almost 20 years since kids in the class of 1997 hung out at Zachary High School. Despite losing those everyday laughs that these times bring, one person still stands out: Steven Weber.

Two accused of victimizing senior citizen in identity theft, credit card scheme

Troopers with Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division say two people may have victimized their grandmother in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme.

Man arrested after allegedly abusing, impregnating 16-year-old

A Livingston Parish man has been arrested after reportedly impregnating a 16-year-old girl.

Man arrested after gun discharges during fight, injuring his mother and killing another person

Deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Officer arrested Tyrius Young, 22, in connection with a shooting Friday, Sept. 20.

Items linked to crime duo Bonnie & Clyde sold for $186K

Several personal items related to 1930s Texas outlaw Clyde Barrow have sold at a Boston auction for nearly $186,000.

Zachary, La. man drowns during underwater-style marriage proposal

A dream vacation for a Louisiana couple took a devastating turn after a man drowned while proposing to his girlfriend.

Statewide alert issued after cases of severe lung disease due to vaping reported in Louisiana; 25 cases so far

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says 25 cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping have been reported in Louisiana. A statewide alert was first issued Thursday, Sept. 5 when 9 cases were reported.

Governor’s debate not short on small jabs between candidates

The sharpest difference between the three candidates came as no surprise; taxes.

La. ranks second in nation for violence against women, according to report

The rate at which women are killed by men in Louisiana has increased for the sixth year in a row according to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Candidates ready for first Louisiana Governor’s race debate

The three major candidates for Louisiana governor are facing off in their first debate

Chemical burn in LSU lab sends 1 to hospital

An incident in a lab on LSU’s campus sent one person to the hospital with chemical burns.

  Woman survives being thrown out of moving car by abusive ex, now telling her story for other victims

A New Orleans woman survived severe domestic abuse, including being thrown from a moving vehicle on the Interstate. Now, Telva Wells is speaking out for the first time publicly and hoping to raise awareness, as well as money, for those struggling with abuse.

Imelda wind gusts topple small planes at Baton Rouge airport

Video provided to WAFB appears to show violent winds flowing through a hanger at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Tuesday, Sept. 17.

East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office says dog was dead before being dragged by rented vehicle; no charges filed

The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says an investigation into video of a dog reportedly being dragged by a vehicle Sunday afternoon revealed the dog was dead before the dragging occurred. As such, a charge of animal cruelty will not be filed against the driver at this time.

Video appears to show moment EBRSO deputy fatally shot man near Jefferson highway

A fatal deputy-involved shooting investigation is underway on Highland Club Avenue near Jefferson Highway Saturday, Sept. 14.

  Video shows alleged shoplifting at Mall of Louisiana; investigation underway

An investigation is underway after a woman was seen draping pairs of jeans over her arms and walking out of a retail store.

Laughing gas available as pain management alternative to epidural for moms in labor

Nitrous oxide, described as a less invasive alternative to an epidural, is making a comeback as a pain management alternative during childbirth at Baton Rouge General (BRG).

  Oil prices rise over attack in Saudi Arabia, members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation respond

Energy experts say oil prices are expected to rise over the attack in Saudi Arabia.

Massive 12-foot alligator seized in Louisiana, two men cited for hunting violations

Two men were cited for alligator hunting violations Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

‘God was watching me’: Lone survivor shares photos and recounts fiery, deadly I-12 crash

Leanna McCrea says being alive is “more than enough” after she was involved in a deadly crash on I-12.

Louisiana surplus estimate grows to $500M, up from $300M

Louisiana's latest surplus will be larger than expected, reaching $500 million, rather than the $300 million previously discussed.

Woman accused of striking officer in the face with high heel during fight

An arrest document states Shannon Bouya, 26, faces multiple charges after striking an officer in the face, throwing closed fist punches, and kicking officers during an altercation Saturday, Sept. 14.

Unhappy Meal? Woman booked after McDonald’s mayhem

A drive-thru dispute led to a woman’s Friday the 13th tirade inside a McDonald’s near Baton Rouge that included her ripping photos from the walls, deputies said.

  Louisiana solar energy advocates fear new rule will stifle growth

Louisiana’s five-member Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to change a rule that will allow utility companies to pay homeowners that produce excess solar energy the wholesale rate, instead of the current retail rate.

Body of 2-year-old recovered from Mississippi River after weekend crash in Tunica

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office says they found the boy’s body Wednesday, one day after his sister, 5-year-old Brenilah, was found.

‘I just want to bring somebody a smile’: Friends collect stuffed animals for BRPD officers to give away

Volunteers are working with Behind the Line Baton Rouge to collect new and gently used stuffed animals for BRPD officers to give to kids in need of a smile.

Louisiana Gray Television stations announce statewide debate in governor’s race

“Election 2019: The Final Debate” will air live statewide from the KSLA News 12 Studios on Oct. 9, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KSLA-Shreveport, WVUE-News Orleans, WAFB-Baton Rouge, KNOE-Monroe, KPLC-Lake Charles and KALB-Alexandria.

Gov. Edwards requests SBA assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Barry in 3 parishes

Governor John Bel Edwards is requesting additional federal assistance for residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Barry, this time in the form of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.

DOC: Lightning injures 10 inmates at Louisiana jail

Ten inmates were injured by lightning while playing flag football at David Wade Correctional Center in Homer Monday evening (Sept. 9), according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Slain LSU student was set to be married in December, friend says

His life ended Saturday, Sept. 7 when an unidentified man entered the building where he was working as a clerk and fatally shot him before robbing the store, according to police. An investigation to identify the shooter remains ongoing.

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.

World Series winning Little League team treated at La. Governor’s Mansion

Gov. John Bel Edwards hosted the Eastbank All-Stars from River Ridge, La. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.

Police searching for woman and 2 children missing, vehicle located in Miss. River after crash

A statement from the Tunica Sheriff’s Office says a gray Chevy Suburban driven by 29-year-old Symphony Wilson crashed around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Pickup hits man riding lawn mower, killing him

He was driving the mower at a slow speed on the highway, preliminary investigation shows

Hancock Co. sheriff’s deputy placed on leave after assault arrest

The deputy accused was arrested Saturday and transported to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been released on bond.

Houma man sentenced to 10 years for child porn charges

A 42-year-old Houma man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to child porn charges Friday (Sept. 6), according to the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office.

After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

When medical marijuana became available on Aug. 6, Alex Domino said he had no expectations. For him, the medicine was simply a remedy for a myriad of serious ailments that he had not tried.

State Farm has cut insurance rates again for drivers in Louisiana

Drivers in Louisiana with State Farm insurance policies will see yet another decrease.

Sheriff: Louisiana man tried to bring gun into courthouse

Authorities in Louisiana say a man has been charged with attempting to bring a loaded handgun and ammunition into a Lafayette courthouse.

  President Trump, state officials announce efforts to combat opioid crisis

President Donald Trump announced the Department of Health is awarding $1.8 billion towards substance abuse and mental health.

Denham PD believes man accused of scamming elderly woman may be in Georgia

The Denham Springs Police Department is still looking for a man accused of scamming an elderly woman out of money by tricking her into thinking she owed him money for work he never performed on her house.

Man allegedly attempted to meet up with underage boy from dating app

Ronald Mancuso is accused of arranging to meet up with a trooper posing as an underage boy for sex.

Louisiana congressmen give their staffers thousands of dollars in bonuses annually

All six congressmen who serve Louisiana in the House of Representatives hand out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staffs each year, a researcher says

Former governor Edwin Edwards rushed to hospital after blood sugar drop possibly linked to dehydration

Former Louisiana governor, Edwin Edwards, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday, Sept. 3 after experiencing a severe drop in blood sugar.

  14-year-old arrested after possible threat at Woodlawn High School

A 14-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday in connection with a possible threat at Woodlawn High School.

Standardized forms for Louisiana colleges to report hazing

Louisiana's public colleges are receiving standardized forms to report hazing allegations, as the state's top higher education board works to comply with toughened anti-hazing laws.

CAPTURED: Escaped inmate arrested at motel in Harvey

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said an escaped work release inmate has been recaptured Wednesday morning.

  Heartwarming marriage proposal caught on camera at first LSU game of 2019 season

Most people in relationships keep a watchful eye out for signs that their partner is ready for marriage. Erin Sampere, a former member of LSU’s Colorguard, missed about 20 signs Saturday, Aug. 31 before eventually realizing she was being proposed to.

Louisiana voting rights change not causing surge in signups

A Louisiana law change earlier this year restored voting rights to thousands of convicted felons, but at most, only a few hundred have registered to vote so far.