Baton Rouge

April 20, 2018 - 1:57 pm
(AP) _ Authorities in Baton Rouge have recovered and safely detonated a live grenade that was thrown into a house where a teenager was shot. Louisiana news outlets report that the incident happened Friday, shortly after 5 a.m. No suspects have been arrested. And it's unclear if the person who threw...
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April 17, 2018 - 8:33 am
Should lawmakers in Baton Rouge vote to outlaw the use of hand held devices while driving a vehicle? A House vote is scheduled for today on the measure. We asked some folks how they feel and most think it should be done. One woman is definitely in favor of the ban and says driving on the I-10, to...
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April 04, 2018 - 9:53 pm
(WWL.com) A constitutional amendment requiring unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions passed the senate by 2 votes after impassioned arguments from supporters. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says requiring unanimous verdicts protects citizens from government overreach. “Do we trust the...
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April 03, 2018 - 7:50 am
(AP) -- Demonstrators backed by the NAACP have held a rally at the office of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry after he decided last week to not prosecute two white police officers in a black man's fatal shooting. Louisiana NAACP President Michael McClanahan tells The Advocate he wants Landry...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 02, 2018 - 10:05 am
Police say a man who was the victim of an armed robbery pulled out his own gun and killed the suspect. Baton Rouge authorities say video surveillance confirms the 25-year-old victim was justified in killing the 18-year-old robber. It happened around 10:15pm Saturday night on the 3400 block of North...
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April 01, 2018 - 4:02 pm
(AP) -- Louisiana's failed special session on taxes, which didn't raise any money to help close a state budget gap, cost taxpayers nearly $643,000. Information provided by the House and Senate to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune showed the 15-day session, held from Feb. 19 through March 5, cost $42,865...
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Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
March 28, 2018 - 5:05 pm
Alton Sterling was many things through the course of his 37-year-old life. He was a son, a cousin, a nephew and, among many other things, a father. He was NOT a victim. He WAS a criminal and a felon in possession of a firearm when, just as July 5, 2016 was beginning, his life ended. PLEASE, PLEASE...
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Newell Normand
March 27, 2018 - 4:49 pm
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday morning that the officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling would not be charged criminally. Here are some of Newell Normand's HOT TAKES : Responsibility starts at the beginning. The police were summoned due to a 911 call...
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February 22, 2018 - 7:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's special session careened further off course Thursday, with nearly every major bill stalled, including tax proposals to close the state's budget gap and legislation House Republican leaders want in exchange for tax votes. The inaction raised questions about...
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Jim Hanzo
February 19, 2018 - 9:42 am
The special session begins today in Baton Rouge. We talked to some folks who weighed in as to whether state legislators should raise or renew taxes, cut spending or do both to handle the state's budget woes. "Cut spending, period," said one woman. "I think their priorities are out of whack." This...
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