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  • Man apprehended after brief manhunt in Kentwood

    Man apprehended after brief manhunt in Kentwood

    Monday, May 29 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-05-30 00:33:00 GMT
    Bryan Menard arrested in Kentwood / Courtesy of WBRZBryan Menard arrested in Kentwood / Courtesy of WBRZ

    One man has been arrested after officials say he opened fire on deputies in Kentwood.  

    One man has been arrested after officials say he opened fire on deputies in Kentwood.  

  • Woman killed after car hits mobility scooter

    Woman killed after car hits mobility scooter

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:34 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:34:15 GMT
    Image Credit: MGN OnlineImage Credit: MGN Online

    Louisiana police say a crash involving a car and an electric scooter has killed a woman.  

    Louisiana police say a crash involving a car and an electric scooter has killed a woman.  

  • Senators hear grim predictions of budget impact

    Senators hear grim predictions of budget impact

    Monday, May 29 2017 11:56 AM EDT2017-05-29 15:56:00 GMT
    The State CapitolThe State Capitol
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented to senators a grim picture of the fallout from the House-proposed version of next year's budget. The governor is threatening a veto if anything resembling the spending plan reaches his desk.      Agency leaders say they'd have to release prisoners early, shutter health programs and damage critical services in the financial year that begins July 1.      House Republican leaders cal...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented to senators a grim picture of the fallout from the House-proposed version of next year's budget. The governor is threatening a veto if anything resembling the spending plan reaches his desk.      Agency leaders say they'd have to release prisoners early, shutter health programs and damage critical services in the financial year that begins July 1.      House Republican leaders cal...
  • Member of Military Funeral Honors team performs 1000th funeral

    Member of Military Funeral Honors team performs 1000th funeral

    Monday, May 29 2017 11:26 AM EDT2017-05-29 15:26:16 GMT
    Staff Sgt. Cody Standridge (right), member of the Louisiana National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors team folders the flag during a funeral in 2015Staff Sgt. Cody Standridge (right), member of the Louisiana National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors team folders the flag during a funeral in 2015

    “Whenever I feel myself becoming emotionally attached and wanting to mourn with the family, which is not our job, I always think to place the mission first. That gets me through the moment,” said Staff Sgt. Cody Standridge of the Louisiana National Guard’s 204th Theater Airfield Operations Group. “I’m there for a specific mission.” 

    “Whenever I feel myself becoming emotionally attached and wanting to mourn with the family, which is not our job, I always think to place the mission first. That gets me through the moment,” said Staff Sgt. Cody Standridge of the Louisiana National Guard’s 204th Theater Airfield Operations Group. “I’m there for a specific mission.” 

  • Tigers headed back to the Women's College World Series

    Tigers headed back to the Women's College World Series

    Sunday, May 28 2017 3:32 PM EDT2017-05-28 19:32:36 GMT
    softballsoftball

    With a 5-4 win over FSU, the LSU Tigers softball team is headed back to the Women's College World Series. 

    With a 5-4 win over FSU, the LSU Tigers softball team is headed back to the Women's College World Series. 

  • Skydivers crash onto Slidell golf course; one dead

    Skydivers crash onto Slidell golf course; one dead

    Sunday, May 28 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-05-28 18:43:22 GMT
    Image Credit: MGN OnlineImage Credit: MGN Online

    SLIDELL, La. -- One skydiver is dead and another hospitalized after the pair crashed on a Slidell golf course during a tandem jump, WWL reports.  

    SLIDELL, La. -- One skydiver is dead and another hospitalized after the pair crashed on a Slidell golf course during a tandem jump, WWL reports.  

  • Insurance chief: Check your insurance coverage now

    Insurance chief: Check your insurance coverage now

    Sunday, May 28 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-05-28 18:30:51 GMT
    Courtesy the Louisiana Department of Insurance website -- Insurance Commissioner Jim DonelonCourtesy the Louisiana Department of Insurance website -- Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging Louisiana residents to do an "insurance checkup" ahead of next week's start of hurricane season.

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging Louisiana residents to do an "insurance checkup" ahead of next week's start of hurricane season.

  • Six shot, one fatally, overnight in NOLA

    Six shot, one fatally, overnight in NOLA

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:04 PM EDT2017-05-28 17:04:41 GMT
    Image Courtesy: MGN OnlineImage Courtesy: MGN Online

    In a span of about six hours late Saturday night to Sunday morning, one person was killed and five were injured in four separate shootings across the New Orleans area, our media partners at The Advocate report. 

    In a span of about six hours late Saturday night to Sunday morning, one person was killed and five were injured in four separate shootings across the New Orleans area, our media partners at The Advocate report. 

  • Angola guard arrested with drugs; resigns

    Angola guard arrested with drugs; resigns

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-05-28 01:28:00 GMT
    Courtesy DOCCourtesy DOC

    A shakedown at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this morning resulted in the arrest of a prison employee for allegedly trying to bring contraband into the prison.  Louisiana Department of Corrections investigators were conducting a routine shakedown of 26-year-old Kaelyn D. Franklin of Baton Rouge. She was a corrections officer at Angola, hold the rank of sergeant.  Officers conducting the shake-down allegedly found a package containing 48 tramado...

    A shakedown at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this morning resulted in the arrest of a prison employee for allegedly trying to bring contraband into the prison.  Louisiana Department of Corrections investigators were conducting a routine shakedown of 26-year-old Kaelyn D. Franklin of Baton Rouge. She was a corrections officer at Angola, hold the rank of sergeant.  Officers conducting the shake-down allegedly found a package containing 48 tramado...

  • Lawmakers trying to kill marriage law

    Lawmakers trying to kill marriage law

    Saturday, May 27 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-05-27 18:30:25 GMT
    Courtesy The AdvocateCourtesy The Advocate

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to alter or kill the Louisiana law that kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn't produce a birth certificate.     

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to alter or kill the Louisiana law that kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn't produce a birth certificate.     

  • Hurricane tax break starts today

    Hurricane tax break starts today

    Saturday, May 27 2017 2:27 PM EDT2017-05-27 18:27:50 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana residents looking to stock up on supplies for the hurricane season might want to do their shopping this weekend.

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana residents looking to stock up on supplies for the hurricane season might want to do their shopping this weekend.

  • Alexandria council to discuss removal of Confederate statue on Tuesday

    Alexandria council to discuss removal of Confederate statue on Tuesday

    Saturday, May 27 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-05-27 18:24:01 GMT
    Courtesy KALBCourtesy KALB

    The Alexandria City Council will discuss removing the Confederate statue in front of the Rapides Parish Courthouse on Tuesday, KALB reports.

    The Alexandria City Council will discuss removing the Confederate statue in front of the Rapides Parish Courthouse on Tuesday, KALB reports.

  • FBI arrests man in New Orleans, rescues 14 year old girl

    FBI arrests man in New Orleans, rescues 14 year old girl

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-05-26 23:22:39 GMT
    Image Courtesy MGN OnlineImage Courtesy MGN Online

    FBI agents arrested a New Orleans man on Thursday and rescued a 14-year-old girl who was with him.

    FBI agents arrested a New Orleans man on Thursday and rescued a 14-year-old girl who was with him.

  • Louisiana considers altering, killing marriage-license bill

    Louisiana considers altering, killing marriage-license bill

    Friday, May 26 2017 1:57 PM EDT2017-05-26 17:57:13 GMT
    Baton Rouge clerk of court marriage license office / Courtesy of The Advocate (snippet of file photo)Baton Rouge clerk of court marriage license office / Courtesy of The Advocate (snippet of file photo)

    Lawyers and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to alter or kill the Louisiana law that kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn't produce a birth certificate. 

    Lawyers and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to alter or kill the Louisiana law that kept a foreign-born U.S. citizen from getting a marriage license because he couldn't produce a birth certificate. 

  • Lawmakers weighing boost to Louisiana driver's license fees

    Lawmakers weighing boost to Louisiana driver's license fees

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 02:04:39 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY : MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY : MGN ONLINE

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are considering whether to raise driver's license fees by $1 and deposit the estimated $2.4 million raised over five years into a veterans assistance fund.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are considering whether to raise driver's license fees by $1 and deposit the estimated $2.4 million raised over five years into a veterans assistance fund.   

  • Campus 'free speech' bill wins backing of Louisiana House

    Campus 'free speech' bill wins backing of Louisiana House

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:51 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:51:20 GMT
    Ann Coulter / Courtesy: MGN OnlineAnn Coulter / Courtesy: MGN Online

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal seeking to protect controversial speakers' appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to punish students who disrupt them won support from House lawmakers on a second try.    

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal seeking to protect controversial speakers' appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to punish students who disrupt them won support from House lawmakers on a second try.    

  • 2017 Summer Camps around Acadiana

    2017 Summer Camps around Acadiana

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:17 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:17:30 GMT
    Summer camp at AcASummer camp at AcA

    It's that time of year to start looking for something to keep the kids busy for summer.  

    It's that time of year to start looking for something to keep the kids busy for summer.  

  • Sen. Cassidy promises alternative to GOP healthcare plan

    Sen. Cassidy promises alternative to GOP healthcare plan

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:14:24 GMT
    Bill Cassidy / Courtesy of The AdvocateBill Cassidy / Courtesy of The Advocate

    U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is vowing to fight for something better than the healthcare plan passed by House Republicans. 

    U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is vowing to fight for something better than the healthcare plan passed by House Republicans. 

  • Take 'Em Down group suggests public discussions for monument replacements

    Take 'Em Down group suggests public discussions for monument replacements

    Thursday, May 25 2017 6:54 PM EDT2017-05-25 22:54:17 GMT
    Take 'Em Down NOLA / Courtesy of The New Orleans AdvocateTake 'Em Down NOLA / Courtesy of The New Orleans Advocate

    The group who pushed for the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans is suggesting public discussions on what will replace those statues. 

    The group who pushed for the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans is suggesting public discussions on what will replace those statues. 

  • Father, son sentenced for illegal bitcoin business on dark web

    Father, son sentenced for illegal bitcoin business on dark web

    Thursday, May 25 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-05-25 21:32:55 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online
    A former Shreveport chiropractor and his son were sentenced Wednesday for funneling money through an unlawful bitcoin financial scheme on the dark web.  Randall Bryan Lord, 59, and his son, Michael Aaron Lord, 30, both of Shreveport, were sentenced to 46 months and 106 months in prison respectively by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. They were also sentenced to one year and three years of supervised release respectively. The men pleaded guilty in April to one count of c...
    A former Shreveport chiropractor and his son were sentenced Wednesday for funneling money through an unlawful bitcoin financial scheme on the dark web.  Randall Bryan Lord, 59, and his son, Michael Aaron Lord, 30, both of Shreveport, were sentenced to 46 months and 106 months in prison respectively by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. They were also sentenced to one year and three years of supervised release respectively. The men pleaded guilty in April to one count of c...
  • Louisiana House speaker expects special session to close gap

    Louisiana House speaker expects special session to close gap

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:40 AM EDT2017-05-25 15:40:40 GMT
    The State CapitolThe State Capitol

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The leader of the Louisiana House says he doesn't expect lawmakers to pass tax hikes this session to fill a looming, mid-2018 budget gap.

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The leader of the Louisiana House says he doesn't expect lawmakers to pass tax hikes this session to fill a looming, mid-2018 budget gap.

  • Attorneys for Sterling family demand the firing of officers, BR Mayor agrees

    Attorneys for Sterling family demand the firing of officers, BR Mayor agrees

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 8:23 PM EDT2017-05-25 00:23:11 GMT
    Alton SterlingAlton Sterling

    Attorneys for the family of Alton Sterling sent a letter to Baton Rouge Mayor and Police Department Chief demanding that the officers involved in Sterling's death be fired.  

    Attorneys for the family of Alton Sterling sent a letter to Baton Rouge Mayor and Police Department Chief demanding that the officers involved in Sterling's death be fired.  

  • Pence revisits flood victims during BR visit, speaking on small business

    Pence revisits flood victims during BR visit, speaking on small business

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-05-24 23:32:24 GMT
    Mike Pence Speaks at Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge / KATCMike Pence Speaks at Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge / KATC

    Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Baton Rouge around 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday to meet with business leaders and discuss the economy and health care. 

    Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Baton Rouge around 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday to meet with business leaders and discuss the economy and health care. 

  • LDWF announces Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana

    LDWF announces Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 5:18 PM EDT2017-05-24 21:18:28 GMT
    Courtesy: MGN OnlineCourtesy: MGN Online

    Get Hooked During Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.

    Get Hooked During Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.

  • Baton Rouge Police seeking contractor accused of fraud

    Baton Rouge Police seeking contractor accused of fraud

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-05-24 20:44:16 GMT
    CagerCager

    Baton Rouge Police Detectives are searching for a contractor accused of theft and fraud.

    Baton Rouge Police Detectives are searching for a contractor accused of theft and fraud.

  • Louisiana minimum wage hike goes nowhere, rejected in Senate

    Louisiana minimum wage hike goes nowhere, rejected in Senate

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-05-24 20:38:43 GMT
    Image courtesy: MGN OnlineImage courtesy: MGN Online

    Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to raise Louisiana's minimum wage has sputtered again in the Senate, leaving the state's lowest-wage workers to be paid at the federal rate of $7.25 per hour. 

    Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to raise Louisiana's minimum wage has sputtered again in the Senate, leaving the state's lowest-wage workers to be paid at the federal rate of $7.25 per hour. 

  • GOP lawmaker says partisanship clouding gas tax debate

    GOP lawmaker says partisanship clouding gas tax debate

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-05-24 17:31:54 GMT
    Photo: Derek Jensen / Wikimedia  / MGNPhoto: Derek Jensen / Wikimedia / MGN

    A Louisiana Republican lawmaker chastised by her party's leaders for supporting a gas tax increase has shot back that the GOP effort to kill the bill is short-sighted partisanship.  

    A Louisiana Republican lawmaker chastised by her party's leaders for supporting a gas tax increase has shot back that the GOP effort to kill the bill is short-sighted partisanship.  

  • Security increased for Bayou Country Superfest

    Security increased for Bayou Country Superfest

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:07 PM EDT2017-05-24 17:07:35 GMT

    Officials are increasing security for Bayou Country Superfest this weekend in New Orleans at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

    Officials are increasing security for Bayou Country Superfest this weekend in New Orleans at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Four dead after crash in Mississippi

    Four dead after crash in Mississippi

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:02 PM EDT2017-05-24 17:02:38 GMT
    Courtsey: MDOTCourtsey: MDOT

    A four-vehicle crash that includes two 18-wheelers has resulted in four deaths, injuries and a diesel spill on Interstate 10, resulting in the closure of all westbound lanes Wednesday morning, the Biloxi Sun-Herald reports. 

    A four-vehicle crash that includes two 18-wheelers has resulted in four deaths, injuries and a diesel spill on Interstate 10, resulting in the closure of all westbound lanes Wednesday morning, the Biloxi Sun-Herald reports. 

  • Vice President making his way to Baton Rouge

    Vice President making his way to Baton Rouge

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:17 AM EDT2017-05-24 10:17:20 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    According to the Advocate, U.S. Senator John Kennedy and U.S. Representative Garret Graves will join him. 

    According to the Advocate, U.S. Senator John Kennedy and U.S. Representative Garret Graves will join him. 

  • After years with unsafe tap water, St. Joseph residents eager for new system

    After years with unsafe tap water, St. Joseph residents eager for new system

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-05-24 03:23:25 GMT
    Two water buffaloes are stationed outside of the Tensas Parish courthouse in St. Joseph, Louisiana on May 16, 2017. Residents have been using the buffaloes to access clean drinking water since December 2016, when the state found lead contamination there.Two water buffaloes are stationed outside of the Tensas Parish courthouse in St. Joseph, Louisiana on May 16, 2017. Residents have been using the buffaloes to access clean drinking water since December 2016, when the state found lead contamination there.

    What if you couldn't make coffee, wash your vegetables or brush your teeth with your tap water?

    What if you couldn't make coffee, wash your vegetables or brush your teeth with your tap water?

  • Black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment

    Black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-05-24 03:07:45 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.  

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.  

  • Louisiana teenage lifers closer to getting shot at parole

    Louisiana teenage lifers closer to getting shot at parole

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:38:09 GMT
    Image Courtesy: MGNImage Courtesy: MGN

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after 30 years is closer to reaching the Louisiana governor's desk.  

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after 30 years is closer to reaching the Louisiana governor's desk.  

  • Louisiana House votes to increase standards to get TOPS aid

    Louisiana House votes to increase standards to get TOPS aid

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:01:43 GMT
    Louisiana House of RepresentativesLouisiana House of Representatives

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - By the narrowest of votes, House lawmakers agreed Tuesday to toughen criteria for future high school students to get college tuition paid through Louisiana's TOPS program.    

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - By the narrowest of votes, House lawmakers agreed Tuesday to toughen criteria for future high school students to get college tuition paid through Louisiana's TOPS program.    

  • Edwards: President’s Budget Ignores Louisiana’s Needs

    Edwards: President’s Budget Ignores Louisiana’s Needs

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:25 PM EDT2017-05-23 22:25:35 GMT
    Gov. John Bel EdwardsGov. John Bel Edwards

    Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement in opposition to the President's proposed budget. 

    Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement in opposition to the President's proposed budget. 

  • New Orleans murder suspect arrested in Lafayette

    New Orleans murder suspect arrested in Lafayette

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-05-23 22:24:09 GMT
    Ronald Davis / Courtesy of Lafayette City Marshal's OfficeRonald Davis / Courtesy of Lafayette City Marshal's Office

    A New Orleans man wanted on 2nd Degree murder charge was arrested within Lafayette by the Marshal's Office. 

    A New Orleans man wanted on 2nd Degree murder charge was arrested within Lafayette by the Marshal's Office. 

  • Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson released from hospital

    Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson released from hospital

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 20:44:01 GMT
    Saints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew HintonSaints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew Hinton

    Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson is now out of the hospital. 

    Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson is now out of the hospital. 

  • Mike Pence visit to Baton Rouge to cover small business, job creation

    Mike Pence visit to Baton Rouge to cover small business, job creation

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-05-23 18:43:51 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    Details have been released for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Baton Rouge.  

    Details have been released for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Baton Rouge.  

  • Labadieville man arrested on charges of cruelty to the infirmed

    Labadieville man arrested on charges of cruelty to the infirmed

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:19 AM EDT2017-05-23 14:19:50 GMT
    Michael T Rodrigue / Courtesy of Assumption Parish Sheriff's DepartmentMichael T Rodrigue / Courtesy of Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department

    Deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department have arrested a Labadieville man on charges of cruelty to the infirmed and aggravated battery.

    Deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department have arrested a Labadieville man on charges of cruelty to the infirmed and aggravated battery.

  • House lawmakers refuse to lessen hunting sales tax holiday

    House lawmakers refuse to lessen hunting sales tax holiday

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:46 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:46:16 GMT
    Duck HuntingDuck Hunting

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Purchases of off-road vehicles and airboats in Louisiana will continue to be tax-free on the first weekend of September.     

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Purchases of off-road vehicles and airboats in Louisiana will continue to be tax-free on the first weekend of September.     

  • VP Mike Pence to travel to Baton Rouge

    VP Mike Pence to travel to Baton Rouge

    Monday, May 22 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-05-22 19:30:46 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    According to several reports, Vice President Mike Pence will be making a stop in Baton Rouge this week.  

    According to several reports, Vice President Mike Pence will be making a stop in Baton Rouge this week.  

  • $368M budget boost sought for Louisiana Medicaid expansion

    $368M budget boost sought for Louisiana Medicaid expansion

    Monday, May 22 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-05-22 19:11:59 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are being asked Monday to add $368 million in federal funding to the health department budget to keep from running out of money for the state's Medicaid expansion, a move that would boost spending on a program Republicans criticize as growing too large.  

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are being asked Monday to add $368 million in federal funding to the health department budget to keep from running out of money for the state's Medicaid expansion, a move that would boost spending on a program Republicans criticize as growing too large.  

  • Garbage crews in New Orleans find body in trash

    Garbage crews in New Orleans find body in trash

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:39:08 GMT
    New Orleans Police department / NOLA Police FacebookNew Orleans Police department / NOLA Police Facebook

    Garbage crews in Treme have found a body in a trash container.

    Garbage crews in Treme have found a body in a trash container.

  • Rep: Sorry for using 'lynch' over Confederate statue removal

    Rep: Sorry for using 'lynch' over Confederate statue removal

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:19 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:19:01 GMT
    Karl Oliver (PHOTO COURTESY: STATE OF MISS.)Karl Oliver (PHOTO COURTESY: STATE OF MISS.)

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.   

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.   

  • Scott Angelle to regulate offshore drilling in new federal position

    Scott Angelle to regulate offshore drilling in new federal position

    Monday, May 22 2017 11:36 AM EDT2017-05-22 15:36:32 GMT
    Scott AngelleScott Angelle

    Angelle will leave his position as public service commissioner.

    Angelle will leave his position as public service commissioner.

  • GOHSEP: Prepare now for more rain, possible flooding

    GOHSEP: Prepare now for more rain, possible flooding

    Monday, May 22 2017 10:30 AM EDT2017-05-22 14:30:52 GMT
    MGN OnlineMGN Online

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) urges everyone to be aware of possible dangerous weather conditions and flooding for much of the state through Tuesday evening.  

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) urges everyone to be aware of possible dangerous weather conditions and flooding for much of the state through Tuesday evening.  

  • State sets hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday

    State sets hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:20 AM EDT2017-05-22 11:20:34 GMT
    Image Courtesy MGN OnlineImage Courtesy MGN Online

    The State of Louisiana has set the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday to begin Saturday, May 27 at 12:01 a.m. and last until Sunday, May 28 at 11:59 p.m.

    The State of Louisiana has set the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday to begin Saturday, May 27 at 12:01 a.m.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Pointe Coupee Parish crash

    Motorcyclist dies in Pointe Coupee Parish crash

    Sunday, May 21 2017 10:07 PM EDT2017-05-22 02:07:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy: MGN OnlineImage Courtesy: MGN Online

    A man was killed yesterday evening after he drove his motorcycle off a Louisiana Highway.

    A man was killed yesterday evening after he drove his motorcycle off a Louisiana Highway.

  • Driver, 19, passenger, 18, die in Lafourche crash

    Driver, 19, passenger, 18, die in Lafourche crash

    Sunday, May 21 2017 2:42 PM EDT2017-05-21 18:42:53 GMT
    Image Credit: MGN OnlineImage Credit: MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two people have died in an early morning traffic accident in Lafourche Parish. 

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two people have died in an early morning traffic accident in Lafourche Parish. 

  • What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?

    What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?

    Sunday, May 21 2017 12:51 PM EDT2017-05-21 16:51:08 GMT
    NOLA confederate monuments / Courtesy of The AdvocateNOLA confederate monuments / Courtesy of The Advocate

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them?     

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them?     

  • Road work continues on I-10

    Road work continues on I-10

    Sunday, May 21 2017 11:46 AM EDT2017-05-21 15:46:52 GMT

    One lane of I-10 East will be closed from the Mississippi River Bridge to the Atchafalaya Bridge at nightfall tonight. 

    One lane of I-10 East will be closed from the Mississippi River Bridge to the Atchafalaya Bridge at nightfall tonight. 

  • Mississippi's Red Snapper season opens next week

    Mississippi's Red Snapper season opens next week

    Saturday, May 20 2017 9:35 PM EDT2017-05-21 01:35:04 GMT
    Red SnapperRed Snapper

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's recreational anglers will be allowed to harvest Red Snapper in state waters beginning next week.  

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's recreational anglers will be allowed to harvest Red Snapper in state waters beginning next week.  

  • Confederate statue removals part of New Orleans mayor legacy

    Confederate statue removals part of New Orleans mayor legacy

    Saturday, May 20 2017 9:12 PM EDT2017-05-21 01:12:51 GMT
    Photo of Mayor Mitch Landrieu Courtesy city of New OrleansPhoto of Mayor Mitch Landrieu Courtesy city of New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mitch Landrieu enters his final year as mayor of New Orleans drawing less attention to what's been built than to what's been taken down: Century-old landmarks, three honoring Confederate leaders and one heralding white supremacy, have disappeared from the city landscape at his behest.      

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mitch Landrieu enters his final year as mayor of New Orleans drawing less attention to what's been built than to what's been taken down: Century-old landmarks, three honoring Confederate leaders and one heralding white supremacy, have disappeared from the city landscape at his behest.      

  • Louisiana State Police announce recipients of Annual Awards

    Louisiana State Police announce recipients of Annual Awards

    Saturday, May 20 2017 2:52 PM EDT2017-05-20 18:52:53 GMT
    Acadiana native Brady Johnson named Uniformed Trooper of the Year / Courtesy: Jessica JohnsonAcadiana native Brady Johnson named Uniformed Trooper of the Year / Courtesy: Jessica Johnson

    On Friday, May 19, 2017, Louisiana State Police held its annual Awards Ceremony to honor Troopers, public safety personnel, and civilians from across the state for performing above and beyond the call of duty over the past year. 

    On Friday, May 19, 2017, Louisiana State Police held its annual Awards Ceremony to honor Troopers, public safety personnel, and civilians from across the state for performing above and beyond the call of duty over the past year. 

  • UPDATE

    Nightly lane closure on I-10 from Mississippi River bridge to Basin Bridge

    Nightly lane closure on I-10 from Mississippi River bridge to Basin Bridge

    Friday, May 19 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-20 03:15:19 GMT
    I-10 lane closure from Mississippi River bridge to Atchafalaya bridge / Courtesy of DOTDI-10 lane closure from Mississippi River bridge to Atchafalaya bridge / Courtesy of DOTD

    DOTD will begin asphalt rehabilitation on I-10 from the Mississippi River bridge to the Atchafalaya bridge.

    UPDATE: The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced Friday afternoon changes to the I-10 lane closure from the the Mississippi River Bridge to the Atchafalaya Bridge. 

  • All lanes of I-10 are open, Congestion along roadway remains

    All lanes of I-10 are open, Congestion along roadway remains

    Friday, May 19 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-05-19 22:24:19 GMT
    Interstate closedInterstate closed

    DOTD reports that all lanes are open on I-10 East at mile marker 149 (before LA 415).

    DOTD reports that all lanes are open on I-10 East at mile marker 149 (before LA 415).

  • Mayor Landrieu: Statues sought to rewrite history

    Mayor Landrieu: Statues sought to rewrite history

    Friday, May 19 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-05-19 21:15:57 GMT
    Photo of Mayor Mitch Landrieu Courtesy city of New OrleansPhoto of Mayor Mitch Landrieu Courtesy city of New Orleans

    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave an emotional speech Friday to explain why he fought so hard to take down four confederate statues. 

    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave an emotional speech Friday to explain why he fought so hard to take down four confederate statues. 

  • Man and dog saved from capsized boat on Lake Pontchartrain

    Man and dog saved from capsized boat on Lake Pontchartrain

    Friday, May 19 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-05-19 19:18:03 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    A man and his dog are safe after being rescued from their boat on Lake Pontchartrain. 

    A man and his dog are safe after being rescued from their boat on Lake Pontchartrain. 

  • Senators take their turn at $29 billion operating budget

    Senators take their turn at $29 billion operating budget

    Friday, May 19 2017 12:09 PM EDT2017-05-19 16:09:46 GMT
    Louisiana SenateLouisiana Senate

    Louisiana's operating budget is in the hands of state senators. They are sifting through the version drawn up in the House and hearing from agencies that the $29.5 billion spending plan will force damaging cuts.  

    Louisiana's operating budget is in the hands of state senators. They are sifting through the version drawn up in the House and hearing from agencies that the $29.5 billion spending plan will force damaging cuts.  

  • Pedestrian Struck In Calcasieu Parish

    Pedestrian Struck In Calcasieu Parish

    Friday, May 19 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-05-19 06:00:43 GMT
    Friday, May 19 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-05-19 14:55:17 GMT
    Image Courtesy MGN OnlineImage Courtesy MGN Online

     A Lake Charles woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle on US Highway 90 about 3 ½ miles east of Lake Charles. 

     A Lake Charles woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle on US Highway 90 about 3 ½ miles east of Lake Charles. 

  • 3 killed in Ascension Parish crash

    3 killed in Ascension Parish crash

    Friday, May 19 2017 9:08 AM EDT2017-05-19 13:08:53 GMT
    Image Credit: MGN OnlineImage Credit: MGN Online

    Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a single vehicle crash that occurred shortly before midnight on May 18, 2017 in Ascension parish that took the lives of all three occupants.

    Three people are dead after a single vehicle crash that occurred shortly before midnight on May 18, 2017, in Ascension Parish.

  • Man medevaced by Coast Guard near Port Sulphur

    Man medevaced by Coast Guard near Port Sulphur

    Thursday, May 18 2017 7:28 PM EDT2017-05-18 23:28:18 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    A man is in stable condition tonight after Coast Guard medevaced him to a hospital.  

    A man is in stable condition tonight after Coast Guard medevaced him to a hospital.  

  • Louisiana to receive another $51M in congressional flood aid

    Louisiana to receive another $51M in congressional flood aid

    Thursday, May 18 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-05-18 21:47:54 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    Louisiana's getting another $51 million in federal dollars to help with recovery from last year's floods.  

    Louisiana's getting another $51 million in federal dollars to help with recovery from last year's floods.  

  • Suspects in custody for shooting death, kidnapping of Mississippi boy

    Suspects in custody for shooting death, kidnapping of Mississippi boy

    Thursday, May 18 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-05-18 21:26:31 GMT
    Mississippi News NowMississippi News Now

    The two suspects in the shooting death and kidnapping of a 6-year-old Mississippi boy are in police custody, according to MS News.

    The two suspects in the shooting death and kidnapping of a 6-year-old Mississippi boy are in police custody, according to MS News.

  • Barricades go up around final Confederate monument

    Barricades go up around final Confederate monument

    Thursday, May 18 2017 3:56 PM EDT2017-05-18 19:56:25 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    Barricades are going up around Lee Circle in New Orleans according to various stations out of New Orleans. 

    Barricades are going up around Lee Circle in New Orleans according to various stations out of New Orleans. 

  • House panel backs call to keep automatic guns away from kids

    House panel backs call to keep automatic guns away from kids

    Thursday, May 18 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-05-18 17:42:46 GMT
    Louisiana House of RepresentativesLouisiana House of Representatives

    Responding to a fatal Arizona gun range accident, Louisiana lawmakers have advanced a measure to keep fully automatic weapons out of the hands of young children. 

    Responding to a fatal Arizona gun range accident, Louisiana lawmakers have advanced a measure to keep fully automatic weapons out of the hands of young children. 

  • LED launches website to help small businesses

    LED launches website to help small businesses

    Thursday, May 18 2017 12:00 PM EDT2017-05-18 16:00:01 GMT
    Courtesy StockSnapCourtesy StockSnap

    Today, Louisiana Economic Development announced the formal launch of Louisiana Business Connection, a new website helping small businesses and large projects make valuable connections in Louisiana. 

    Today, Louisiana Economic Development announced the formal launch of Louisiana Business Connection, a new website helping small businesses and large projects make valuable connections in Louisiana. 

  • UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 E near Grosse Tete

    UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 E near Grosse Tete

    Thursday, May 18 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-05-18 04:36:33 GMT
    Congestion: I-10 East near Grosse TeteCongestion: I-10 East near Grosse Tete

    UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 East from Grosse Tete (LA 77) to Mile Marker 143.

    UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 East from Grosse Tete (LA 77) to Mile Marker 143.

  • State regulation of Uber, Lyft moves on to Louisiana Senate

    State regulation of Uber, Lyft moves on to Louisiana Senate

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:25 PM EDT2017-05-18 01:25:02 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGNOnlinePhoto Courtesy MGNOnline

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House passed a proposal Wednesday to join more than 40 other states in regulating ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, thereby expanding access and standardizing rules.      

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House passed a proposal Wednesday to join more than 40 other states in regulating ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, thereby expanding access and standardizing rules.      

  • VIDEO: Police arrest father, son over monument graffiti in New Orleans

    VIDEO: Police arrest father, son over monument graffiti in New Orleans

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-05-17 20:44:34 GMT
    MGN OnlineMGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the removal of another Confederate statue in New Orleans 

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the removal of another Confederate statue in New Orleans 

  • Dedication ceremony for new pipeline in Cameron Parish

    Dedication ceremony for new pipeline in Cameron Parish

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-05-17 19:46:25 GMT

    Sempra LNG & Midstream representatives, contractors, local government officials and community leaders today participated in the dedication ceremony of the newly completed $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline expansion, Holbrook Compressor Station and associated facilities in southwest Louisiana. 

    Sempra LNG & Midstream representatives, contractors, local government officials and community leaders today participated in the dedication ceremony of the newly completed $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline expansion, Holbrook Compressor Station and associated facilities in southwest Louisiana. 

  • House squatter answers door naked; wrestles with deputies

    House squatter answers door naked; wrestles with deputies

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-05-17 18:26:50 GMT
    Feliciamae FarringtonFeliciamae Farrington

    BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana woman living illegally in a vacant home in Florida answered the door naked when a sheriff's deputy stopped by to investigate.     

    BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana woman living illegally in a vacant home in Florida answered the door naked when a sheriff's deputy stopped by to investigate.     

  • Raise pay? Minimum wage hike advancing in Louisiana Senate

    Raise pay? Minimum wage hike advancing in Louisiana Senate

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 2:14 PM EDT2017-05-17 18:14:15 GMT
    Image courtesy: MGN OnlineImage courtesy: MGN Online

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators seeking to boost Louisiana's minimum wage are making another push for the proposal this legislative session, an issue championed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.  

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators seeking to boost Louisiana's minimum wage are making another push for the proposal this legislative session, an issue championed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.  

  • King Mackerel commercial harvest to close in Federal waters

    King Mackerel commercial harvest to close in Federal waters

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:21 AM EDT2017-05-17 13:21:25 GMT
    Drawing courtesy Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries websiteDrawing courtesy Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website

    The Western Zone of the Gulf of Mexico will close to the commercial harvest of king mackerel on May 21, 2017.

    The Western Zone of the Gulf of Mexico will close to the commercial harvest of king mackerel on May 21, 2017.

  • House Education Committee to discuss TOPS today

    House Education Committee to discuss TOPS today

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 5:45 AM EDT2017-05-17 09:45:03 GMT
    TOPSTOPS

    The House Education Committee will discuss a bill that would raise the minimum GPA requirements for TOPS.  

    The House Education Committee will discuss a bill that would raise the minimum GPA requirements for TOPS.  

  • New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

    New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 4:49 AM EDT2017-05-17 08:49:16 GMT
    MGN OnlineMGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday, the third of four such monuments to come down in the city.     

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday, the third of four such monuments to come down in the city.     

  • WATCH LIVE: P. G. T. Beauregard statue in New Orleans to be removed tonight

    WATCH LIVE: P. G. T. Beauregard statue in New Orleans to be removed tonight

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-05-17 03:25:02 GMT
    Information of New Orleans / Flickr / CC BY 2.0Information of New Orleans / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    It's official: The statue of Confederate general Pierre Gustave Tutante Beauregard in New Orleans is being removed from City Park tonight.

    It's official: The statue of Confederate general Pierre Gustave Tutante Beauregard in New Orleans is being removed from City Park tonight.

  • Step & Strut trail ride to return in November

    Step & Strut trail ride to return in November

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 7:44 PM EDT2017-05-16 23:44:21 GMT
    Tuesday, May 16 2017 7:44 PM EDT2017-05-16 23:44:21 GMT
    Step N StrutStep N Strut

    The Step & Strut trail ride is back.

    The Step & Strut trail ride is back.

  • Bill aimed at protecting Civil War monuments passes

    Bill aimed at protecting Civil War monuments passes

    Monday, May 15 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-05-15 23:57:58 GMT
    Tuesday, May 16 2017 7:15 PM EDT2017-05-16 23:15:05 GMT

    A bill in the Louisiana Legislature designed to prevent municipalities from removing statues or other monuments honoring Civil War veterans is now headed to the State Senate.

    A bill in the Louisiana Legislature designed to prevent municipalities from removing statues or other monuments honoring Civil War veterans is now headed to the State Senate.

  • Gov. Edwards announces lift of moratorium on Louisiana's WIC program

    Gov. Edwards announces lift of moratorium on Louisiana's WIC program

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-05-16 20:53:46 GMT
    MGN ONLINEMGN ONLINE

    Gov. Edwards Announces Trump Administration Lift of Moratorium on Louisiana's WIC Program Gov. John Bel Edwards has received a letter from the Trump administration notifying the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service

    Gov. Edwards Announces Trump Administration Lift of Moratorium on Louisiana's WIC Program Gov. John Bel Edwards has received a letter from the Trump administration notifying the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service

  • House committee approves gas tax

    House committee approves gas tax

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-05-16 20:00:56 GMT
    Photo: Derek Jensen / Wikimedia  / MGNPhoto: Derek Jensen / Wikimedia / MGN

    A proposed tax on gasoline that would be dedicated to for transportation projects has made it out of committee.   

    A proposed tax on gasoline that would be dedicated to for transportation projects has made it out of committee.   

  • Greenhouse may face additional charges

    Greenhouse may face additional charges

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-05-16 18:30:47 GMT
    Norris GreenhouseNorris Greenhouse

    Norris Greenhouse Jr., who will face trial on murder and attempted murder charges later this year in connection with the December 2015 shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the wounding of his dad, could face sex charges as well. 

    Norris Greenhouse Jr., who will face trial on murder and attempted murder charges later this year in connection with the December 2015 shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the wounding of his dad, could face sex charges as well. 

  • Judge puts off lawyers' fees until abortion suit appeal over

    Judge puts off lawyers' fees until abortion suit appeal over

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 2:20 PM EDT2017-05-16 18:20:08 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge says that until Louisiana's appeal of an abortion law ruling is over, he won't consider fees for lawyers who won the challenge.  

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge says that until Louisiana's appeal of an abortion law ruling is over, he won't consider fees for lawyers who won the challenge.  

  • Mobile refrigerants facility dedicates $300 million to Louisiana

    Mobile refrigerants facility dedicates $300 million to Louisiana

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 11:36 AM EDT2017-05-16 15:36:10 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    Today, LED Secretary Don Pierson joined President and CEO Rajeev Gautam of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, along with other state and local officials, to mark the completion of Honeywell's $300 million manufacturing facility for automotive refrigerants in Geismar. 

    Today, LED Secretary Don Pierson joined President and CEO Rajeev Gautam of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, along with other state and local officials, to mark the completion of Honeywell's $300 million manufacturing facility for automotive refrigerants in Geismar. 

  • New recruits from Acadiana join the National Guard (pt 2)

    New recruits from Acadiana join the National Guard (pt 2)

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 7:38 AM EDT2017-05-16 11:38:05 GMT
    National Guard / KATCNational Guard / KATC

    Less than one percent of Americans have served in the military, but 100 young people from Acadiana are preparing right now to ship out for basic training to become members of this small group.

    Less than one percent of Americans have served in the military, but 100 young people from Acadiana are preparing right now to ship out for basic training to become members of this small group.

  • Coast Guard rescues capsized vessel

    Coast Guard rescues capsized vessel

    Monday, May 15 2017 7:50 PM EDT2017-05-15 23:50:45 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    The Coast Guard and local agencies assisted a capsized vessel near Golden Meadow on Monday, rescuing four people. 

    The Coast Guard and local agencies assisted a capsized vessel near Golden Meadow on Monday, rescuing four people. 

  • Team aims to find site of missing Tuskegee Airman's plane

    Team aims to find site of missing Tuskegee Airman's plane

    Monday, May 15 2017 2:56 PM EDT2017-05-15 18:56:58 GMT
    Photo courtesy: MGN OnlinePhoto courtesy: MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Unless they're named Indiana and wear a fedora, archaeologists typically don't attempt to solve historical mysteries in a single summer. 

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Unless they're named Indiana and wear a fedora, archaeologists typically don't attempt to solve historical mysteries in a single summer. 

  • Lawmakers refuse to end Louisiana vehicle inspection sticker

    Lawmakers refuse to end Louisiana vehicle inspection sticker

    Monday, May 15 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-05-15 18:46:26 GMT
    Photo courtesy: M. CanonePhoto courtesy: M. Canone
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have swatted down a bill that called for the elimination of vehicle inspection stickers for most personal vehicles.      The House transportation committee on Monday, without objection, rejected Rep. Larry Bagley's proposal. The Stonewall Republican said the inspection process is a waste of time and money, saying that some inspectors hardly look at vehicles before issuing stickers.      Rep. Terry Landry, a New ...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have swatted down a bill that called for the elimination of vehicle inspection stickers for most personal vehicles.      The House transportation committee on Monday, without objection, rejected Rep. Larry Bagley's proposal. The Stonewall Republican said the inspection process is a waste of time and money, saying that some inspectors hardly look at vehicles before issuing stickers.      Rep. Terry Landry, a New ...
  • Saint's super fan Jarrius Robertson is out of the ICU

    Saint's super fan Jarrius Robertson is out of the ICU

    Monday, May 15 2017 11:27 AM EDT2017-05-15 15:27:14 GMT
    Saints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew HintonSaints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew Hinton

    After recovering from a much-needed liver transplant, Robertson tweeted out the great news

    After recovering from a much-needed liver transplant, Robertson tweeted out the great news

  • New recruits from Acadiana join the National Guard

    New recruits from Acadiana join the National Guard

    Monday, May 15 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-05-15 12:25:18 GMT
    Recruits attend Army basic and advanced training / KATCRecruits attend Army basic and advanced training / KATC

    They are called citizen soldiers. Members of the Louisiana National Guard are mobilized to protect us both here at home and also overseas, when they are needed. 

    They are called citizen soldiers. Members of the Louisiana National Guard are mobilized to protect us both here at home and also overseas, when they are needed. 

  • More areas open to shrimpers

    More areas open to shrimpers

    Monday, May 15 2017 6:32 AM EDT2017-05-15 10:32:29 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    This morning, the portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi state lane to the eastern shore of South Pass will open to shrimpers.    

    This morning, the portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi state lane to the eastern shore of South Pass will open to shrimpers.    

  • Louisiana ends insurance-related contract for cost concerns

    Louisiana ends insurance-related contract for cost concerns

    Sunday, May 14 2017 4:46 PM EDT2017-05-14 20:46:13 GMT
    Nation's second-largest health insurer hackedNation's second-largest health insurer hacked

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Because of cost concerns, Louisiana has scrapped plans for an outside company to develop a computer platform to handle enrollment for the state employee health insurance program.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Because of cost concerns, Louisiana has scrapped plans for an outside company to develop a computer platform to handle enrollment for the state employee health insurance program.   

  • Outreach events planned to help flood victims finish survey

    Outreach events planned to help flood victims finish survey

    Sunday, May 14 2017 4:39 PM EDT2017-05-14 20:39:45 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is holding outreach sessions to help homeowners with damage from last year's floods to fill out a survey that is the initial step to requesting aid from the state.     

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is holding outreach sessions to help homeowners with damage from last year's floods to fill out a survey that is the initial step to requesting aid from the state.     

  • Expect traffic delays on I-10 through tomorrow

    Expect traffic delays on I-10 through tomorrow

    Sunday, May 14 2017 1:35 PM EDT2017-05-14 17:35:45 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    Starting today, there will be alternating lane closures in the westbound and eastbound directions of I-10, from I-49 to LA 328 (Breaux Bridge), will be closed for striping operations.

    Starting today, there will be alternating lane closures in the westbound and eastbound directions of I-10, from I-49 to LA 328 (Breaux Bridge), will be closed for striping operations.

  • UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 W at Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

    UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 W at Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

    Sunday, May 14 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-05-14 17:27:50 GMT
    Congestion on I-10 West from LA 3000 (Ramah) to MM 130 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge)Congestion on I-10 West from LA 3000 (Ramah) to MM 130 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge)

    UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 West from LA 3000 (Ramah) to MM 130 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge). 

    UPDATE: Congestion has cleared on I-10 West from LA 3000 (Ramah) to MM 130 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge). 

  • DOC investigators block employee's drug smuggling attempt

    DOC investigators block employee's drug smuggling attempt

    Saturday, May 13 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-05-14 01:10:46 GMT
    Louisiana State Penitentiary at AngolaLouisiana State Penitentiary at Angola

    BATON ROUGE, La. –  Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) investigators at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola arrested a prison employee in a shakedown Saturday morning for bringing contraband into Angola. 

    BATON ROUGE, La. –  Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) investigators at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola arrested a prison employee in a shakedown Saturday morning for bringing contraband into Angola. 

  • VIDEO: Tornado touches down in Baton Rouge

    VIDEO: Tornado touches down in Baton Rouge

    Friday, May 12 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-05-13 00:51:09 GMT
    Tornado touches down in Baton Rouge / Courtesy: Kristafor FordTornado touches down in Baton Rouge / Courtesy: Kristafor Ford

    A motorist witnessed the moment a tornado touched down in Baton Rouge this morning.  

    A motorist witnessed the moment a tornado touched down in Baton Rouge this morning.  

  • Police: Man injured when tornado touches down in Louisiana

    Police: Man injured when tornado touches down in Louisiana

    Friday, May 12 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-05-12 20:40:37 GMT
    Image from CNN/WBRZImage from CNN/WBRZ

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Authorities say at least one person has been injured after a tornado touched down in Louisiana.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Authorities say at least one person has been injured after a tornado touched down in Louisiana.   

  • Man charged with attempted murder in officer involved shooting

    Man charged with attempted murder in officer involved shooting

    Friday, May 12 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-05-12 18:41:29 GMT
    Brandon Arthur Carpenter / Courtesy of Louisiana State PoliceBrandon Arthur Carpenter / Courtesy of Louisiana State Police

    Louisiana State Police have released more information on the shooting of two Louisiana law enforcement officers and the wounding of another in Avoyelles Parish.  

    Louisiana State Police have released more information on the shooting of two Louisiana law enforcement officers and the wounding of another in Avoyelles Parish.  

  • Bicycle police patrols begin at Port of New Orleans

    Bicycle police patrols begin at Port of New Orleans

    Friday, May 12 2017 2:11 PM EDT2017-05-12 18:11:43 GMT
    Courtesy: MGN OnlineCourtesy: MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Port of New Orleans' Harbor Police Department has officially started bicycle patrols on the Mississippi Riverfront.      

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Port of New Orleans' Harbor Police Department has officially started bicycle patrols on the Mississippi Riverfront.      

  • Rapper ordered to pay more than $1.1M to slain teen's family

    Rapper ordered to pay more than $1.1M to slain teen's family

    Friday, May 12 2017 1:55 PM EDT2017-05-12 17:55:21 GMT
    Courtesy: MGN OnlineCourtesy: MGN Online

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - A judge in Louisiana has ordered Corey Miller, the rapper known as "C-Murder" who is serving a life sentence for killing a teenager at a nightclub, to pay the victim's family more than $1.1 million.   

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - A judge in Louisiana has ordered Corey Miller, the rapper known as "C-Murder" who is serving a life sentence for killing a teenager at a nightclub, to pay the victim's family more than $1.1 million.   

  • Life sentence upheld in Mother's Day parade mass shooting

    Life sentence upheld in Mother's Day parade mass shooting

    Friday, May 12 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-05-12 17:15:15 GMT
    COURTESY: MGN ONLINECOURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court upheld a life sentence Friday for one of the men who fired into a crowd at a neighborhood Mother's Day parade in 2013, a gang-related mass shooting that wounded 19 people and stunned New Orleans.   

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court upheld a life sentence Friday for one of the men who fired into a crowd at a neighborhood Mother's Day parade in 2013, a gang-related mass shooting that wounded 19 people and stunned New Orleans.   

  • LDWF reopens Bayou Natchitoches, Fools Bay bridges on Grassy Lake WMA

    LDWF reopens Bayou Natchitoches, Fools Bay bridges on Grassy Lake WMA

    Friday, May 12 2017 1:04 PM EDT2017-05-12 17:04:00 GMT
    LDWFLDWF

    LDWF has reopened Bayou Natchitoches and Fools Bay bridges on Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), following replacement of the two spans. 

    LDWF has reopened Bayou Natchitoches and Fools Bay bridges on Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), following replacement of the two spans. 

  • Hair braiding license would go away under House-backed bill

    Hair braiding license would go away under House-backed bill

    Thursday, May 11 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-05-12 02:01:32 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Braiding hair professionally in Louisiana won't require a license, if state senators agree to proposals that won overwhelming support from House lawmakers.     

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Braiding hair professionally in Louisiana won't require a license, if state senators agree to proposals that won overwhelming support from House lawmakers.     

  • Winners: Louisiana owes $4.7M for abortion law challenge

    Winners: Louisiana owes $4.7M for abortion law challenge

    Thursday, May 11 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-05-12 01:46:32 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers who won a decision overturning a Louisiana abortion law say the state should pay them $4.7 million in fees and expenses.     

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers who won a decision overturning a Louisiana abortion law say the state should pay them $4.7 million in fees and expenses.     

  • UPDATE: Suspect arrested in officer-involved shooting

    UPDATE: Suspect arrested in officer-involved shooting

    Thursday, May 11 2017 9:25 PM EDT2017-05-12 01:25:59 GMT

    UPDATE: A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting earlier this evening in in rural Avoyelles Parish that left three law enforcement officers injured, according to WAFB.

    UPDATE: A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting earlier this evening in in rural Avoyelles Parish that left three law enforcement officers injured, according to WAFB.

  • VIDEO: Sea turtle caught in shrimp trawl now back in the wild

    VIDEO: Sea turtle caught in shrimp trawl now back in the wild

    Thursday, May 11 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-05-12 00:58:57 GMT
    Raye the Sea Turtle / Courtesy: The Audubon Nature InstituteRaye the Sea Turtle / Courtesy: The Audubon Nature Institute

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Nine months after being caught in a shrimper's trawl, a young endangered sea turtle named Raye is back in the wild in south Louisiana.    

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Nine months after being caught in a shrimper's trawl, a young endangered sea turtle named Raye is back in the wild in south Louisiana.    

  • 2nd confederate monument comes down in New Orleans

    2nd confederate monument comes down in New Orleans

    Thursday, May 11 2017 1:24 PM EDT2017-05-11 17:24:20 GMT
    workers remove Jeff Davis monument in New Orleans / Courtesy The New Orleans Advocateworkers remove Jeff Davis monument in New Orleans / Courtesy The New Orleans Advocate

    Workers have removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans, the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal.

    Workers have removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans, the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal.

  • Report: Jefferson Davis statue to be removed overnight

    Report: Jefferson Davis statue to be removed overnight

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-05-11 03:17:24 GMT
    Wednesday, May 10 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-05-11 03:57:16 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    A second Jim Crow-era monument may be coming down overnight. According to our partners at the Advocate, the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis will be removed sometime after midnight. The paper reports that parents of students at a school located near the statue received a robocall about the removal, citing New Orleans Police Department as the source of the information.  Parents were urged to take an alternate route to the school tomorrow morning because the area n...

    A second Jim Crow-era monument may be coming down overnight. According to our partners at the Advocate, the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis will be removed sometime after midnight. The paper reports that parents of students at a school located near the statue received a robocall about the removal, citing New Orleans Police Department as the source of the information.  Parents were urged to take an alternate route to the school tomorrow morning because the area n...

  • President Trump to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push

    Interior Department moves forward on seismic surveys as first step toward offshore drilling in Atlantic Ocean

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 4:23 PM EDT2017-05-10 20:23:05 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Department moves forward on seismic surveys as first step toward offshore drilling in Atlantic Ocean.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Department moves forward on seismic surveys as first step toward offshore drilling in Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bill would lift Louisiana ban on food stamps for drug felons

    Bill would lift Louisiana ban on food stamps for drug felons

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-05-10 18:48:48 GMT
    Photo Courtesy: MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy: MGN Online

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal to repeal a one-year ban on people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal to repeal a one-year ban on people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison.   

  • Louisiana lawmakers stall bill to prioritize some in TOPS

    Louisiana lawmakers stall bill to prioritize some in TOPS

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 2:42 PM EDT2017-05-10 18:42:37 GMT
    File photo of college studentsFile photo of college students

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An effort to shield Louisiana's highest-performing and poorest students from cuts to the TOPS college tuition program has stalled.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An effort to shield Louisiana's highest-performing and poorest students from cuts to the TOPS college tuition program has stalled.   

  • Lawmakers seek a rewrite of Louisiana school funding formula

    Lawmakers seek a rewrite of Louisiana school funding formula

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-05-10 18:24:18 GMT
    The State CapitolThe State Capitol

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers want the state's top public school board to rewrite its plan for local school financing next year.      

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers want the state's top public school board to rewrite its plan for local school financing next year.      

  • Judge rules that Beauregard monument can be removed by City of New Orleans

    Judge rules that Beauregard monument can be removed by City of New Orleans

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 12:17 PM EDT2017-05-10 16:17:01 GMT
    Information of New Orleans / Flickr / CC BY 2.0Information of New Orleans / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    A ruling Wednesday from an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge says that the Beauregard monument can be removed.  

    A ruling Wednesday from an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge says that the Beauregard monument can be removed.  

  • Bill to penalize 'sanctuary cities' fails in Louisiana House

    Bill to penalize 'sanctuary cities' fails in Louisiana House

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 7:19 AM EDT2017-05-10 11:19:33 GMT
    Louisiana House of RepresentativesLouisiana House of Representatives

    Taking aim at New Orleans, the Republican-controlled Louisiana House fell six votes short of advancing a bill to penalize so-called "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.

    Taking aim at New Orleans, the Republican-controlled Louisiana House fell six votes short of advancing a bill to penalize so-called "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.

  • Parts of Elton under boil advisory

    Parts of Elton under boil advisory

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-05-10 03:31:50 GMT
    Tuesday, May 9 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-05-10 03:31:50 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    All areas south of U. S. 190 in Elton are under the advisory because of a broken water line.

    All areas south of U. S. 190 in Elton are under the advisory because of a broken water line.

  • Teen's body recovered from Black Bayou Lake

    Teen's body recovered from Black Bayou Lake

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 4:26 PM EDT2017-05-09 20:26:47 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    The body of a 15-year-old boy was recovered from a Caddo Parish lake Tuesday morning. Search and rescue teams recovered the teen's body from Black Bayou Lake around 11 a.m. May 9, 2017.  

    The body of a 15-year-old boy was recovered from a Caddo Parish lake Tuesday morning. Search and rescue teams recovered the teen's body from Black Bayou Lake around 11 a.m. May 9, 2017.  

  • Louisiana appealing decision against abortion law

    Louisiana appealing decision against abortion law

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 4:15 PM EDT2017-05-09 20:15:57 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana says it's appealing a court decision that struck down a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital.    

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana says it's appealing a court decision that struck down a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital.    

  • Gov. Edwards' tax package takes another hit, bills rejected

    Gov. Edwards' tax package takes another hit, bills rejected

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 4:07 PM EDT2017-05-09 20:07:29 GMT
    Louisiana CapitolLouisiana Capitol

    The House tax committee has rejected income tax changes pushed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, dealing another blow to his effort to rewrite Louisiana tax laws.    

    The House tax committee has rejected income tax changes pushed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, dealing another blow to his effort to rewrite Louisiana tax laws.    

  • Gov. Edwards sets Teacher Appreciation Week

    Gov. Edwards sets Teacher Appreciation Week

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 7:17 AM EDT2017-05-09 11:17:37 GMT
    Image Courtesy MGN OnlineImage Courtesy MGN Online

    Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed May 8-12 as "Teacher Appreciation Week" in Louisiana.

    Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed May 8-12 as "Teacher Appreciation Week" in Louisiana.

  • UPDATE

    Monument supporters denied restraining order for removal of Confederate monument

    Monument supporters denied restraining order for removal of Confederate monument

    Monday, May 8 2017 6:13 PM EDT2017-05-08 22:13:55 GMT
    Information of New Orleans / Flickr / CC BY 2.0Information of New Orleans / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Supporters of Confederate-era monuments slated for removal in New Orleans have launched a new court fight to save one of the structures. 

    UPDATE: The temporary restraining order for plaintiffs trying to stop the removal of the confederate monument in New Orleans has been denied  by the Orleans Parish Civil District Court

  • House rebuffs corporal punishment ban for Louisiana schools

    House rebuffs corporal punishment ban for Louisiana schools

    Monday, May 8 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-05-08 21:45:29 GMT
    Photo Credit: Flickr / MGNPhoto Credit: Flickr / MGN

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's local public school districts still will be allowed to paddle and spank students for misbehavior. 

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's local public school districts still will be allowed to paddle and spank students for misbehavior. 

  • Police: Man tried to run down boy, then rammed police car

    Police: Man tried to run down boy, then rammed police car

    Monday, May 8 2017 3:02 PM EDT2017-05-08 19:02:11 GMT
    Shawn PorrovechioShawn Porrovechio

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities say a 34-year-old man is accused of ramming his pickup truck into a patrol car during a chase after trying to run over his girlfriend's 8-year-old son.    

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities say a 34-year-old man is accused of ramming his pickup truck into a patrol car during a chase after trying to run over his girlfriend's 8-year-old son.    

  • Proposal to ban speed enforcement cameras in Louisiana fails

    Proposal to ban speed enforcement cameras in Louisiana fails

    Monday, May 8 2017 1:36 PM EDT2017-05-08 17:36:07 GMT
    Redflex traffic cameraRedflex traffic camera

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Voters won't be deciding whether they want to ban certain traffic cameras in Louisiana.  

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Voters won't be deciding whether they want to ban certain traffic cameras in Louisiana.  

  • I-10 lane closures planned

    I-10 lane closures planned

    Monday, May 8 2017 12:27 PM EDT2017-05-08 16:27:24 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    Starting next week, there will be alternating lane closures on Interstate 10 between the Atchafalaya Bridge and the Mississippi River Bridge. 

    Starting next week, there will be alternating lane closures on Interstate 10 between the Atchafalaya Bridge and the Mississippi River Bridge. 

  • 2 boys arrested in fatal shooting of teenager

    2 boys arrested in fatal shooting of teenager

    Monday, May 8 2017 8:20 AM EDT2017-05-08 12:20:30 GMT
    Zion Barthelemy / Courtesy The AdvocateZion Barthelemy / Courtesy The Advocate

    Authorities say a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with the accidental fatal shooting of a teenager.   

    Authorities say a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with the accidental fatal shooting of a teenager.   

  • Road and bridge closures in Acadia and Jeff Davis

    Road and bridge closures in Acadia and Jeff Davis

    Monday, May 8 2017 7:14 AM EDT2017-05-08 11:14:02 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    A few roads and bridges closed this morning May 8, 2017 because of high water from the Mermentau River and Bayou Plaquemine.  

    A few roads and bridges closed this morning May 8, 2017 because of high water from the Mermentau River and Bayou Plaquemine.  

  • New Orleans: Protesters face off over Confederate monuments

    New Orleans: Protesters face off over Confederate monuments

    Sunday, May 7 2017 8:40 PM EDT2017-05-08 00:40:04 GMT
    Two groups have organized dueling protests in New Orleans today over the planned removal of three Confederate monuments in the city. Courtesy: Matthew Hinton via The New Orleans AdvocateTwo groups have organized dueling protests in New Orleans today over the planned removal of three Confederate monuments in the city. Courtesy: Matthew Hinton via The New Orleans Advocate

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Protesters calling for the removal and the preservation of Confederate-era monuments faced off in dueling demonstrations.    

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Protesters calling for the removal and the preservation of Confederate-era monuments faced off in dueling demonstrations.    

  • UPDATE: All lanes open on I-10 W at Henderson

    UPDATE: All lanes open on I-10 W at Henderson

    Sunday, May 7 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-05-07 21:13:24 GMT

    UPDATE: All lanes are open on I-10 West at MM 116 (Henderson). 

    UPDATE: All lanes are open on I-10 West at MM 116 (Henderson). 

  • Drag racing in East Baton Rouge Parish leads to fatal crash

    Drag racing in East Baton Rouge Parish leads to fatal crash

    Saturday, May 6 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-05-06 18:07:22 GMT
    Image Credit: MGN OnlineImage Credit: MGN Online

    A man was killed last night after drag racing with another vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish.  

    A man was killed last night after drag racing with another vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish.  

  • Louisianans with severe illnesses nervous over GOP health plan

    Louisianans with severe illnesses nervous over GOP health plan

    Friday, May 5 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-05-06 03:47:09 GMT

    The legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Car Act, could affect tens of thousands of people here in Louisiana. 

    The legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Car Act, could affect tens of thousands of people here in Louisiana. 

  • House GOP banks on incorrect forecast in Louisiana budget

    House GOP banks on incorrect forecast in Louisiana budget

    Friday, May 5 2017 3:04 PM EDT2017-05-05 19:04:10 GMT
    Louisiana CapitolLouisiana Capitol

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As House Republicans crafted their version of next year's budget, they built the spending plan off a central premise: Louisiana's income projections are always wrong, and for nearly a decade those missed forecasts have forced repeated cuts across government.      

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As House Republicans crafted their version of next year's budget, they built the spending plan off a central premise: Louisiana's income projections are always wrong, and for nearly a decade those missed forecasts have forced repeated cuts across government.      

  • Judge blasts 'ridiculous' 18-year sentence for marijuana

    Judge blasts 'ridiculous' 18-year sentence for marijuana

    Friday, May 5 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-05-05 17:26:53 GMT
    Image Courtesy: MGN OnlineImage Courtesy: MGN Online

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Is 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole too harsh for a man arrested with 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice thinks so, and she blasted her colleagues for upholding the punishment. 

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Is 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole too harsh for a man arrested with 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice thinks so, and she blasted her colleagues for upholding the punishment. 

  • Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson doing well after liver transplant

    Saints super fan Jarrius Robertson doing well after liver transplant

    Friday, May 5 2017 11:52 AM EDT2017-05-05 15:52:06 GMT
    Saints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew HintonSaints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew Hinton

    Saints superfan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson is recovering after a liver transplant over the weekend. 

    Saints superfan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson is recovering after a liver transplant over the weekend. 

  • Man arrested for threatening BRPD officers, families following Alton Sterling decision

    Man arrested for threatening BRPD officers, families following Alton Sterling decision

    Friday, May 5 2017 10:28 AM EDT2017-05-05 14:28:23 GMT
    Courtesy: WBRZCourtesy: WBRZ

     A Zachary man has been arrested for making threats against Baton Rouge Police Department Officers and their families on social media. 

     A Zachary man has been arrested for making threats against Baton Rouge Police Department Officers and their families on social media. 

  • Woman sentenced for stealing nearly $11k from FEMA

    Woman sentenced for stealing nearly $11k from FEMA

    Friday, May 5 2017 9:18 AM EDT2017-05-05 13:18:44 GMT
    Danielle Randall / Courtesy of the AdvocateDanielle Randall / Courtesy of the Advocate

    A New Orleans area woman has been sentenced in federal court for stealing nearly $11,000 in disaster-assistance money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    A New Orleans area woman has been sentenced in federal court for stealing nearly $11,000 in disaster-assistance money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Perry appointed to Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum Governing Board

    Perry appointed to Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum Governing Board

    Thursday, May 4 2017 11:56 PM EDT2017-05-05 03:56:20 GMT
    Jacob Colby PerryJacob Colby Perry

    Jacob Colby Perry was appointed by Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler to the governing board of directors of the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum. 

    Jacob Colby Perry was appointed by Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler to the governing board of directors of the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum. 

  • Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season to Open May 8

    Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season to Open May 8

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:31:13 GMT
    Shrimp season opening May 8Shrimp season opening May 8

    Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates of the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season based on data provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments. The opening dates for the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season are as follows: The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15 The port...

    Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates of the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season based on data provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments. The opening dates for the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season are as follows: The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15 The port...

  • Cleco crews work to restore power

    Cleco crews work to restore power

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:10:03 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    As of 4:30 p.m., there were approximately 400 customers experiencing a disruption in service.  These include: “Crews have been working around the clock to restore power to customers affected by the storms, and we expect all but 33 of the remaining 400 customers to have their ...

    As of 4:30 p.m., there were approximately 400 customers experiencing a disruption in service.  These include: “Crews have been working around the clock to restore power to customers affected by the storms, and we expect all but 33 of the remaining 400 customers to have their ...

  • House backs budget reduced from Edwards plan

    House backs budget reduced from Edwards plan

    Thursday, May 4 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-05-04 20:30:13 GMT
    Courtesy Wikipedia -- The Louisiana State CapitolCourtesy Wikipedia -- The Louisiana State Capitol

    They fully funded the TOPS tuition program at the expense of health care.

    They fully funded the TOPS tuition program at the expense of health care.

  • Louisiana closes commercial fishery for large coastal sharks

    Louisiana closes commercial fishery for large coastal sharks

    Thursday, May 4 2017 4:25 PM EDT2017-05-04 20:25:46 GMT
    LDWFLDWF

    The commercial fishery for large coastal sharks in Louisiana waters is coming to a close.

    The commercial fishery for large coastal sharks in Louisiana waters is coming to a close.

  • Energy industry models featured at Offshore Technology Conference

    Energy industry models featured at Offshore Technology Conference

    Thursday, May 4 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-05-04 17:31:08 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    HOUSTON (AP) - There's no manual for making an 8-foot-long scale model of an oil tanker. Exploration companies don't send instructions for how to re-create their ever-more-sophisticated inventions in miniature.   

    HOUSTON (AP) - There's no manual for making an 8-foot-long scale model of an oil tanker. Exploration companies don't send instructions for how to re-create their ever-more-sophisticated inventions in miniature.   

  • Plan to use $190 million for flood project cut from budget

    Plan to use $190 million for flood project cut from budget

    Thursday, May 4 2017 1:07 PM EDT2017-05-04 17:07:40 GMT
    The State CapitolThe State Capitol

    A proposal to divert $190 million of Louisiana's disaster recovery money to a flood protection project, risking some aid earmarked to homeowners, has been scrapped.   

    A proposal to divert $190 million of Louisiana's disaster recovery money to a flood protection project, risking some aid earmarked to homeowners, has been scrapped.   

  • Final day for Books to Grow By campaign for United Way

    Final day for Books to Grow By campaign for United Way

    Thursday, May 4 2017 12:26 PM EDT2017-05-04 16:26:29 GMT
    United Ways, KATC launch early childhood literacy book driveUnited Ways, KATC launch early childhood literacy book drive

    Today, Thursday May 4, 2017  is the last day to donate books for United Way of Acadiana's Books to Grow By Campaign. Participants in the drive are asked to drop off new or gently used books for kids, ages 5 and under, at certain locations throughout Acadiana. 

    Today, Thursday May 4, 2017  is the last day to donate books for United Way of Acadiana's Books to Grow By Campaign. Participants in the drive are asked to drop off new or gently used books for kids, ages 5 and under, at certain locations throughout Acadiana. 

  • Road Closures for May 4, 2017

    Road Closures for May 4, 2017

    Thursday, May 4 2017 5:58 AM EDT2017-05-04 09:58:34 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    Here are list of current road closures throughout the Acadiana area from DOTD.

    Here are list of current road closures throughout the Acadiana area from DOTD.

  • Cleco crews work to restore power

    Cleco crews work to restore power

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 9:02 PM EDT2017-05-04 01:02:33 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    As strong storms move across Louisiana, Cleco crews are working to restore power to customers experiencing outages, as well as continuing to prepare crews and equipment for more severe weather expected to pass through the state later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

    As strong storms move across Louisiana, Cleco crews are working to restore power to customers experiencing outages, as well as continuing to prepare crews and equipment for more severe weather expected to pass through the state later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

  • School Closures for May 3, 2017

    School Closures for May 3, 2017

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-05-03 20:52:58 GMT
    Courtesy: MGNCourtesy: MGN

    School Closures for May 3, 2017

    School Closures for May 3, 2017

  • Sandbags available throughout Acadiana

    Sandbags available throughout Acadiana

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-05-03 20:52:02 GMT
    SANDBAGS AVAILABLESANDBAGS AVAILABLE

    With more rain on the way, several Acadiana towns are offering sand bags. 

    With more rain on the way, several Acadiana towns are offering sand bags. 

  • AG: Investigation by LSP to begin after DOJ decision

    AG: Investigation by LSP to begin after DOJ decision

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 3:24 PM EDT2017-05-03 19:24:16 GMT
    Attorney General Jeff LandryAttorney General Jeff Landry

    The Louisiana Attorney General says that an investigation by the State Police will begin after the DOJ investigation has closed with no charges filed against the officers in the Alton Sterling case. 

    The Louisiana Attorney General says that an investigation by the State Police will begin after the DOJ investigation has closed with no charges filed against the officers in the Alton Sterling case. 

  • DOJ: Not enough evidence to charge officers in Sterling case

    DOJ: Not enough evidence to charge officers in Sterling case

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-05-03 18:30:54 GMT
    The DOJ holding a press conference on the Alton Sterling case / KATCThe DOJ holding a press conference on the Alton Sterling case / KATC

    The DOJ, in a press conference say that there is insufficient evidence to charge the two officers in the Alton Sterling case. 

    The DOJ, in a press conference say that there is insufficient evidence to charge the two officers in the Alton Sterling case. 

  • Severe weather continues in Acadiana, updates here

    Severe weather continues in Acadiana, updates here

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 10:39 AM EDT2017-05-03 14:39:59 GMT
    Radar as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning / KATCRadar as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning / KATC

    Jeff Davis, Acadia, Vermillion and Calcasieu is under a flash flood warning has been issued as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

    Jeff Davis, Acadia, Vermillion and Calcasieu is under a flash flood warning has been issued as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

  • Official DOJ announcement in Sterling case today, protests overnight

    Official DOJ announcement in Sterling case today, protests overnight

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 9:09 AM EDT2017-05-03 13:09:10 GMT
    Protesters detained after blocking Airline Hwy over night / Courtesy of The AdvocateProtesters detained after blocking Airline Hwy over night / Courtesy of The Advocate

    DOJ has announced that the officials word on the charges will be announced today. 

    DOJ has announced that the officials word on the charges will be announced today. 

  • 3-day red snapper season for anglers in Gulf's US waters

    3-day red snapper season for anglers in Gulf's US waters

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-05-03 11:30:35 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

    The federal government says private recreational anglers went way over last year's quota for red snapper so they will have only three days to fish federal waters this year.   

    The federal government says private recreational anglers went way over last year's quota for red snapper so they will have only three days to fish federal waters this year.   

  • Reports: No charges in Alton Sterling case

    Reports: No charges in Alton Sterling case

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 11:42 PM EDT2017-05-03 03:42:36 GMT
    Alton SterlingAlton Sterling

    The Justice Department has decided not to bring charges against the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, the Washington Post reports.

    The Justice Department has decided not to bring charges against the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, the Washington Post reports.

  • House GOP leader wants to shape college free speech policies

    House GOP leader wants to shape college free speech policies

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-05-02 20:29:41 GMT
    File photo of college studentsFile photo of college students

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana House GOP leader says he's so worried about university decisions to jettison appearances from controversial speakers that he wants to enact a new free speech law for his state's campuses.    

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana House GOP leader says he's so worried about university decisions to jettison appearances from controversial speakers that he wants to enact a new free speech law for his state's campuses.    

  • Plan would shift $190M in flood aid from homeowners to canal

    Plan would shift $190M in flood aid from homeowners to canal

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 4:02 PM EDT2017-05-02 20:02:49 GMT
    Image Courtesy: The AdvocateImage Courtesy: The Advocate

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House Republican lawmakers are proposing to divert $190 million of Louisiana's congressional disaster-recovery money to a flood-protection project, a move that would shrink aid earmarked for homeowners struggling to recover after last year's flooding. 

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House Republican lawmakers are proposing to divert $190 million of Louisiana's congressional disaster-recovery money to a flood-protection project, a move that would shrink aid earmarked for homeowners struggling to recover after last year's flooding. 

  • 2 science research vessels to dock for tours in Baton Rouge

    2 science research vessels to dock for tours in Baton Rouge

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-05-02 15:44:43 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two of Louisiana's largest scientific research vessels will dock in Baton Rouge this month for tours.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two of Louisiana's largest scientific research vessels will dock in Baton Rouge this month for tours.   

  • The battle over Confederate Monuments continue

    The battle over Confederate Monuments continue

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 7:04 AM EDT2017-05-02 11:04:48 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    A large crowd of protesters gathered at the Jefferson Davis monument - throwing glass bottles at the statue and burning Confederate Flags.

    A large crowd of protesters gathered at the Jefferson Davis monument - throwing glass bottles at the statue and burning Confederate Flags.

  • LA Supreme Court dedicates month of May to law education

    LA Supreme Court dedicates month of May to law education

    Monday, May 1 2017 7:53 AM EDT2017-05-01 11:53:52 GMT
    May 1st resolution from the LA Supreme Court / Courtesy of LA Supreme CourtMay 1st resolution from the LA Supreme Court / Courtesy of LA Supreme Court

    The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a resolution to dedicate the Month of May to help students learn about the law in Louisiana. 

    The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a resolution to dedicate the Month of May to help students learn about the law in Louisiana. 

  • Saints super fan receives much needed liver transplant

    Saints super fan receives much needed liver transplant

    Monday, May 1 2017 6:33 AM EDT2017-05-01 10:33:24 GMT
    Saints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew HintonSaints super fan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson / Courtesy of The Advocate photograph by Matthew Hinton

    New Orleans Super Fan Jarrius Robertson has finally undergone surgery for a liver transplant.  

    New Orleans Super Fan Jarrius Robertson has finally undergone surgery for a liver transplant.  

  • UPDATE: Cleco continues restoration efforts

    UPDATE: Cleco continues restoration efforts

    Sunday, April 30 2017 7:06 PM EDT2017-04-30 23:06:39 GMT
    Photo Courtesy MGN OnlinePhoto Courtesy MGN Online

    As of 5:30 p.m., approximately 2,300 Cleco customers are without power following storms that disrupted power to over 24,000 customers across its service territory. 

    As of 5:30 p.m., approximately 2,300 Cleco customers are without power following storms that disrupted power to over 24,000 customers across its service territory. 

  • Louisiana corrections agency to get $1.5M for flood costs

    Louisiana corrections agency to get $1.5M for flood costs

    Saturday, April 29 2017 3:52 PM EDT2017-04-29 19:52:11 GMT
    FEMA / KATCFEMA / KATC

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's corrections department is getting $1.5 million in federal funds to cover costs related to last summer's historic flooding.     

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's corrections department is getting $1.5 million in federal funds to cover costs related to last summer's historic flooding.     

  • March report on jobs in Louisiana released

    March report on jobs in Louisiana released

    Friday, April 28 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-04-28 16:28:48 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    Louisiana’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in March at 5.4 percent as the state’s civilian labor force gained 20,562 over-the-month, according to federal data released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. 

    Louisiana’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in March at 5.4 percent as the state’s civilian labor force gained 20,562 over-the-month, according to federal data released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. 

  • Authorities investigating after body found floating in bayou

    Authorities investigating after body found floating in bayou

    Friday, April 28 2017 11:30 AM EDT2017-04-28 15:30:50 GMT
    Body FoundBody Found

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Authorities say they have found the body of what appears to be a woman floating in a bayou near Donaldsonville.      

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Authorities say they have found the body of what appears to be a woman floating in a bayou near Donaldsonville.      

  • Louisiana repaying $370M cash-flow loan early, small savings

    Louisiana repaying $370M cash-flow loan early, small savings

    Thursday, April 27 2017 6:14 PM EDT2017-04-27 22:14:07 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is repaying early the $370 million it borrowed this budget year to keep state agencies paying their bills on time.    

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is repaying early the $370 million it borrowed this budget year to keep state agencies paying their bills on time.    

  • Naked man climbs electric tower in New Orleans

    Naked man climbs electric tower in New Orleans

    Thursday, April 27 2017 2:10 PM EDT2017-04-27 18:10:15 GMT
    Man climbs to top of electrical town in New Orleans / Courtesy of WVUE live streamMan climbs to top of electrical town in New Orleans / Courtesy of WVUE live stream

    Police are negotiating with a man who has climbed to the top of an electric tower in 7th District in New Orleans. 

    Police are negotiating with a man who has climbed to the top of an electric tower in 7th District in New Orleans. 

  • Jazz Fest kicks off Friday; Connick, Aaron Neville on tap

    Jazz Fest kicks off Friday; Connick, Aaron Neville on tap

    Thursday, April 27 2017 10:32 AM EDT2017-04-27 14:32:13 GMT
    Jazz fest file photo from The AdvocateJazz fest file photo from The Advocate

    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether or not the weather cooperates. 

    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether or not the weather cooperates. 

  • New Orleans woman takes "engagement" photos with Popeyes

    New Orleans woman takes "engagement" photos with Popeyes

    Thursday, April 27 2017 8:30 AM EDT2017-04-27 12:30:42 GMT
    Popeyes sign / KATCPopeyes sign / KATC

    A New Orleans woman's "engagement" photos go to the extremes of the phrase "love that chicken from Popeyes".  

    A New Orleans woman's "engagement" photos go to the extremes of the phrase "love that chicken from Popeyes".  

  • LDWF reopens state outside waters of Acadiana for shrimp season

    LDWF reopens state outside waters of Acadiana for shrimp season

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-04-27 11:57:45 GMT
    Map of open state waters for shrimp season as of May 1, 2017 / LDWFMap of open state waters for shrimp season as of May 1, 2017 / LDWF

    Shrimp season is reopening in a portion of state outside waters in Acadiana.  

    Shrimp season is reopening in a portion of state outside waters in Acadiana.  

  • Ooh Ah for Ua: Audubon Zoo's fuzzy baby colobus monkey

    Ooh Ah for Ua: Audubon Zoo's fuzzy baby colobus monkey

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:14 AM EDT2017-04-27 11:14:37 GMT
    A colobus baby was born on March 13, 2017 to Mandeesa (mother) and Kivuli (father). / Courtesy of The Audubon Nature InstituteA colobus baby was born on March 13, 2017 to Mandeesa (mother) and Kivuli (father). / Courtesy of The Audubon Nature Institute

     Visitors who ooh and ah at the Audubon Zoo 's newest baby will be saying the colobus monkey's name: Ua. That's "flower" in Swahili.   

     Visitors who ooh and ah at the Audubon Zoo 's newest baby will be saying the colobus monkey's name: Ua. That's "flower" in Swahili.   

  • Missing Elmer woman found safe

    Missing Elmer woman found safe

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-04-26 22:31:16 GMT
    Pam Walker WillisPam Walker Willis

    UPDATE: Pamala Walker Willis has been located and is safe, according to police. 

    UPDATE: Pamala Walker Willis has been located and is safe, according to police. 

  • Judge: Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional

    Judge: Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-04-26 22:11:28 GMT
    Courtesy: MGN OnlineCourtesy: MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.  

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.  

  • House lawmakers not keen to restore vote to some ex-felons

    House lawmakers not keen to restore vote to some ex-felons

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-04-26 21:31:48 GMT
    Courtesy Wikipedia -- The Louisiana State CapitolCourtesy Wikipedia -- The Louisiana State Capitol

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Proposals to restore the voting rights of more than 70,000 Louisiana ex-felons on probation or parole got a chilly reaction from some state lawmakers Wednesday.    

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Proposals to restore the voting rights of more than 70,000 Louisiana ex-felons on probation or parole got a chilly reaction from some state lawmakers Wednesday.    

  • Bill objects to federal penalties for no health insurance

    Bill objects to federal penalties for no health insurance

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-04-26 17:31:56 GMT
    PHOTO: MGN ONLINEPHOTO: MGN ONLINE

    Louisiana House lawmakers are advancing a largely symbolic proposal that would establish a state objection to federal penalties for people who refuse to buy health insurance.  

    Louisiana House lawmakers are advancing a largely symbolic proposal that would establish a state objection to federal penalties for people who refuse to buy health insurance.  

  • Thousands of children expected to participate in Lemonade Day

    Thousands of children expected to participate in Lemonade Day

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-04-26 16:48:25 GMT
    LEMONADE DAYLEMONADE DAY

    More than 25,000 children across Louisiana are expected to participate in the popular youth initiative, Lemonade Day, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

    More than 25,000 children across Louisiana are expected to participate in the popular youth initiative, Lemonade Day, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

  • Louisiana Senate to hear bill to end death sentences

    Louisiana Senate to hear bill to end death sentences

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:57 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:57:38 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators are moving forward with a bill that would make it the first state in the South to stop sentencing people to death.   

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators are moving forward with a bill that would make it the first state in the South to stop sentencing people to death.   

  • Adrian Peterson to sign with Saints

    Adrian Peterson to sign with Saints

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-04-25 12:25:27 GMT
    Former All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson (Photo Credit: VIkings.com)Former All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson (Photo Credit: VIkings.com)

    Adrian Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson Tuesday morning that he plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal that is effectively a one-year deal plus a one-year option. Peterson told Anderson that the deal is worth a base total value of $7 million.

    Adrian Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson Tuesday morning that he plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal that is effectively a one-year deal plus a one-year option. Peterson told Anderson that the deal is worth a base total value of $7 million.

  • FBI seeking alleged bank robber

    FBI seeking alleged bank robber

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-04-24 23:22:15 GMT
    Courtesy FBICourtesy FBI
    The FBI New Orleans Division is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying a man who robbed the Whitney Bank on Chartres Street in New Orleans Monday afternoon.  A spokesman for the agency said the man walked into the bank at about 3 p.m. He walked up to a teller and handed the teller a note saying he had a weapon, demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled, the spokesman said. He's described as a white man, about 6 feet tall, between 30 a...
    The FBI New Orleans Division is requesting the assistance of the public in identifying a man who robbed the Whitney Bank on Chartres Street in New Orleans Monday afternoon.  A spokesman for the agency said the man walked into the bank at about 3 p.m. He walked up to a teller and handed the teller a note saying he had a weapon, demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled, the spokesman said. He's described as a white man, about 6 feet tall, between 30 a...
  • Man falls through ceiling in attempted burglary case, police searching for suspect

    Man falls through ceiling in attempted burglary case, police searching for suspect

    Monday, April 24 2017 1:43 PM EDT2017-04-24 17:43:41 GMT
    Man falls through ceiling of business in New Orleans / Courtesy of NOPDMan falls through ceiling of business in New Orleans / Courtesy of NOPD

    Police are searching for a burglar that was caught on video on South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans. 

    Police are searching for a burglar that was caught on video on South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans. 

  • Illinois man arrested for solicitation of Louisiana child

    Illinois man arrested for solicitation of Louisiana child

    Monday, April 24 2017 1:24 PM EDT2017-04-24 17:24:27 GMT
    Joshua Emmanuel LebronJoshua Emmanuel Lebron

    An Illinois man has been arrested and booked on child sex charges, accused of "sexually explicit communication" with a Louisiana child. 

    An Illinois man has been arrested and booked on child sex charges, accused of "sexually explicit communication" with a Louisiana child. 

  • LDWF to hold Caddo Lake Rodeo in May

    LDWF to hold Caddo Lake Rodeo in May

    Monday, April 24 2017 9:04 AM EDT2017-04-24 13:04:19 GMT
    Courtesy: MGN OnlineCourtesy: MGN Online

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold its first annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo. 

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold its first annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo. 

  • SLEMCO awarding scholarships at $2,000 each

    SLEMCO awarding scholarships at $2,000 each

    Monday, April 24 2017 8:51 AM EDT2017-04-24 12:51:28 GMT
    SLEMCO awarding scholarships / KATCSLEMCO awarding scholarships / KATC

    SLEMCO is awarding twenty college scholarships at about $2,000 each. 

    SLEMCO is awarding twenty college scholarships at about $2,000 each. 

  • Experts say early termite swarms in Louisiana not unusual

    Experts say early termite swarms in Louisiana not unusual

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:27 AM EDT2017-04-24 11:27:42 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN OnlineCourtesy of MGN Online

     Louisiana homeowners have reported swarms of Formosan subterranean termites slightly earlier than usual.

     Louisiana homeowners have reported swarms of Formosan subterranean termites slightly earlier than usual.

  • New Orleans begins take down of Confederate statues

    New Orleans begins take down of Confederate statues

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:11 AM EDT2017-04-24 11:11:12 GMT

    The city of New Orleans is removing its Confederate monuments.  

    The city of New Orleans is removing its Confederate monuments.  

  • LSU AgCenter wants 'Tiger Tasters' to try new food products

    LSU AgCenter wants 'Tiger Tasters' to try new food products

    Sunday, April 23 2017 6:33 PM EDT2017-04-23 22:33:59 GMT
    LSU AgCenterLSU AgCenter

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter is looking for some taste testers. 

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter is looking for some taste testers. 

  • Chimp sanctuary reports park chimp dies

    Chimp sanctuary reports park chimp dies

    Saturday, April 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-04-23 00:36:57 GMT
    Candy the Chimp / The AdvocateCandy the Chimp / The Advocate

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Candy the Chimp, who for decades lived at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, has died, a North Louisiana chimpanzee sanctuary confirms.

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Candy the Chimp, who for decades lived at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, has died, a North Louisiana chimpanzee sanctuary confirms.

  • UPDATE: All lanes now open on I-10 E in Lobdell

    UPDATE: All lanes now open on I-10 E in Lobdell

    Friday, April 21 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-04-22 00:14:44 GMT
    Crash on LobdellCrash on Lobdell

    UPDATE: All lanes are now open I-10 East at LA 415 (Lobdell).

    UPDATE: All lanes are now open I-10 East at LA 415 (Lobdell).

  • Louisiana payrolls slump in March, reversing February gain

    Louisiana payrolls slump in March, reversing February gain

    Friday, April 21 2017 1:17 PM EDT2017-04-21 17:17:16 GMT
    Courtesy MGN OnlineCourtesy MGN Online

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Payroll employment fell sharply in Louisiana in March, reversing a strong gain in February.   

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Payroll employment fell sharply in Louisiana in March, reversing a strong gain in February.   

  • NOPD searching in Lafayette for "a person of interest" in a murder investigation

    NOPD searching in Lafayette for "a person of interest" in a murder investigation

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:37 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:37:08 GMT
    Person of interest in February HomicidePerson of interest in February Homicide

    According New Orleans and Lafayette Police departments, Leonard Ward was last seen in Lafayette, and police would like to speak to him about a homicide.

    According New Orleans and Lafayette Police departments, Leonard Ward was last seen in Lafayette, and police would like to speak to him about a homicide.

  • Louisiana to receive $8.1M to help combat opioid addiction

    Louisiana to receive $8.1M to help combat opioid addiction

    Friday, April 21 2017 10:44 AM EDT2017-04-21 14:44:27 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINEPHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana is slated to receive 8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid epidemic.   

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana is slated to receive 8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid epidemic.   

  • Police: Man, woman arrested after raid turns up $17k drugs

    Police: Man, woman arrested after raid turns up $17k drugs

    Friday, April 21 2017 10:16 AM EDT2017-04-21 14:16:40 GMT
    Image Courtesy: MGN OnlineImage Courtesy: MGN Online

    Authorities say they found more than $17,000 in heroin and crack cocaine at a Chalmette home. 

    Authorities say they found more than $17,000 in heroin and crack cocaine at a Chalmette home. 

  • Single car crash leaves man dead in Port Allen

    Single car crash leaves man dead in Port Allen

    Friday, April 21 2017 8:59 AM EDT2017-04-21 12:59:25 GMT
    Image Credit: MGN OnlineImage Credit: MGN Online

    Louisiana State Police from Troop A responded to a the crash around 4:00 a.m. this morning. 

    Louisiana State Police from Troop A responded to a the crash around 4:00 a.m. this morning. 

  • Smaller tax: Estimates for Edwards' business tax plan plunge

    Smaller tax: Estimates for Edwards' business tax plan plunge

    Friday, April 21 2017 8:24 AM EDT2017-04-21 12:24:49 GMT
    The Louisiana Legislature rejected Gov. John Bel Edwards' solutions to balance the budget, and instead opted to cut TOPS.The Louisiana Legislature rejected Gov. John Bel Edwards' solutions to balance the budget, and instead opted to cut TOPS.

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Changes that Gov. John Bel Edwards made to his business tax plan in hopes of lessening criticism cut in half the estimate of what the tax will raise, making his budget-stabilizing tax package hundreds of millions short of what he wanted to generate.      

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Changes that Gov. John Bel Edwards made to his business tax plan in hopes of lessening criticism cut in half the estimate of what the tax will raise, making his budget-stabilizing tax package hundreds of millions short of what he wanted to generate.      

  • Saints 2017 schedule announced

    Saints 2017 schedule announced

    Thursday, April 20 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-04-21 03:38:27 GMT
    SAINTSSAINTS

    The National Football League announced the 2017 regular season schedule tonight and the highlights for the New Orleans Saints slate includes at least two prime time nationally-televised games, a nationally broadcast contest from London’s Wembley Stadium and a home opener against the defending Super Bowl champions. 

    The National Football League announced the 2017 regular season schedule tonight and the highlights for the New Orleans Saints slate includes at least two prime time nationally-televised games, a nationally broadcast contest from London’s Wembley Stadium and a home opener against the defending Super Bowl champions. 

  • Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years

    Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years

    Thursday, April 20 2017 4:18 PM EDT2017-04-20 20:18:18 GMT
    Cardell HayesCardell Hayes

    Cardell Hayes has been sentenced to 25 years for the shooting death of Will Smith. Hayes also was sentence to 15 years for the shooting of Smith's wife, Raquel.  The sentences are to be served concurrently, or at the same time.  He was convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in a trial earlier this year. 

    Cardell Hayes has been sentenced to 25 years for the shooting death of Will Smith. Hayes also was sentence to 15 years for the shooting of Smith's wife, Raquel.  The sentences are to be served concurrently, or at the same time.  He was convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in a trial earlier this year. 

  • Acadiana man guilty of second-degree murder denied by pardon board

    Acadiana man guilty of second-degree murder denied by pardon board

    Monday, April 17 2017 11:56 AM EDT2017-04-17 15:56:34 GMT
    Gary Boudreaux, who is sentenced to life in prison without parole for second-degree murder, was denied by the Louisiana Board of Pardons.Gary Boudreaux, who is sentenced to life in prison without parole for second-degree murder, was denied by the Louisiana Board of Pardons.
    The Louisiana Pardon and Parole Board denied Gary Boudreaux's request for a pardon.  Boudreaux was found guilty of second-degree murder in 1981 for killing Joseph Broussard in Delcambre.  His daughter Mary Campbell was just 14-years old at the time. "He was stabbed three times in the side and bled to death," Campbell said. "I couldn't sleep in my own room at the time. Very scary." Campbell attended the hearing with her siblings. She said several of th...
    The Louisiana Pardon and Parole Board denied Gary Boudreaux's request for a pardon.  Boudreaux was found guilty of second-degree murder in 1981 for killing Joseph Broussard in Delcambre.  His daughter Mary Campbell was just 14-years old at the time. "He was stabbed three times in the side and bled to death," Campbell said. "I couldn't sleep in my own room at the time. Very scary." Campbell attended the hearing with her siblings. She said several of th...
  • 2017 legislative session begins

    2017 legislative session begins

    Monday, April 10 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-04-10 23:32:00 GMT
    Governor Edwards addressed the House of Representatives to open the 2017 legislative session.Governor Edwards addressed the House of Representatives to open the 2017 legislative session.

    The legislative session is now underway in Baton Rouge.

    The legislative session is now underway in Baton Rouge.

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