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$7.2M in funds from FEMA headed to August 2016 flood damaged schools

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U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that FEMA is granting $7.2 million to East Baton Rouge School Board, Baker Schools System, West Feliciana Parish, and Ouachita Parish to repair damage caused by the 2016 March and August flooding.

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White Light Night festival celebrating art and music to be held in Mid-City

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The annual White Light Night art festival will be held in Mid-City on Friday, November 17. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Doctor plans first human head transplant

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Dr. Sergio Canavero said the transplant of a healthy body to a human head would take place in China because the U.S. and Europe would not allow it.

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Secretary of State: Louisiana voter turnout could hit an all time low

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If Election Day comes around and nobody goes to the polls, did it really happen? State leaders are expecting a new low in voter turnout this weekend. 

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Narcan administered on four inmates who were in police custody

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Narcan was administered on four inmates to reverse effects of opioids, according to The Orleans parish Sheriff's Office. 

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Report: NOPD sergeant demoted after three women claim sexual harassment

Sgt. Rhett Charles. Source: NOPD via Nola.com | The Times-Picayune Sgt. Rhett Charles. Source: NOPD via Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

A New Orleans Police Department sergeant has been demoted after three women reported that he sexually harassed them at work, according to a report by our partners Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.  

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THE INVESTIGATORS: What happens to your parents in this nursing home? Video included

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A nursing home in Iberville Parish has a documented history of abuse, neglect, and mismanagement.

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Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation Video included

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The divide between the state and national GOP reached new depths late Wednesday as more allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative.

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GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear Video included

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The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades, but thorny problems await in the Senate.

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Neighbors help during massive senior living center fire Video included

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The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents to evacuate outside into the cold.

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Selective outrage: Trump criticizes Franken, silent on Moore Video included

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GOP officials have suggested in recent days that Trump was wary of wading into issues of sexual impropriety given the previous claims against him.

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AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

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If it's successful, it could give a major boost to the fledgling field of gene therapy.

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Upstate Vietnam vet makes good on final promise to fellow Marine, stands guard at casket

William Cox stands guard at casket for friend and fellow veteran. (Source: Bill Cox/Facebook) William Cox stands guard at casket for friend and fellow veteran. (Source: Bill Cox/Facebook)
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An Upstate native and Vietnam War veteran made good on a promise to a fellow Marine at his funeral and a photo from the service is going viral.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Friday, November 17

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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Friday, November 17.

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Big weather changes coming this weekend

Expect a couple more days of unseasonably warm November weather before we experience a temperature drop of nearly 20 degrees. 

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Video: Decrepit school bus weaves with children aboard Video included

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Police said the driver crashed, then continued to pick children up and take them to school.

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Caught on camera: Suspect dances for officers during arrest Video included

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The man was arrested after speeding away from a traffic stop.

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In only 4 days, Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017

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In just 4 days, Taylor Swift's new album, 'reputation,' sells more traditional albums than any other release this year. More>>

The Flamin' Hot Cheetos turkey is here to spice up Thanksgiving Video included

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If you're looking for a nontraditional turkey this year, there's a new recipe sweeping the internet you may want to try.

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Keystone pipeline leak days before Nebraska expansion ruling

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The Keystone pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons in rural South Dakota, but officials don't believe it has polluted water.

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LSU moves to 2-0 with 105-86 win over Samford

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On a night when the Tigers offense was running full blast and passed the century mark for the first time since Dec. 19, 2015, the Tigers defense was on the mind of the LSU coaching staff after a 105-86 win over Samford Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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Crash involving 18-wheeler leaves several injured, shuts down I-10

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A crash on I-10 in Baton Rouge late Thursday night involving an 18-wheeler resulted in several injuries and closed the interstate for some time.

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Killer on well-planned escape: 'I didn't come here to hunt women' Video included

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The psychopathic State Hospital escapee who spurred a nationwide manhunt before being caught in California says he prays for the woman he killed every day. 

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Mother, daughter die in fire after girl returns to rescue puppies Video included

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The 8-year-old’s four siblings witnessed their sister and mother running into the burning motor home.

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Residents blame high-tech tools for recent car break-ins Video included

Crooks appear to use device to unlock car door. (Source: Youtube) Crooks appear to use device to unlock car door. (Source: Youtube)

Surveillance video from Soniat Street shows a group of young men breaking into cars, but there are no smashed windows or broken locks. Residents believe crooks used high-tech devices to unlock the doors.  

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Four candidates for BRPD chief interviewed; four more to go Video included

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For the first time Thursday night, residents got to hear from some of the men and women who want to be Baton Rouge’s top cop.

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BRFD responds to fire on Scenic Highway after 18-wheeler crashes into power pole Video included

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Emergency crews responded to a fire on Scenic Highway Thursday night.

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La. governor sits down with agriculture commissioner to discuss issues, plans for future

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On Thursday, November 16, Governor John Bel Edwards and Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain sat down with the state’s top farmers and agricultural workers in Slaughter, hoping to hear about their struggles going forward.

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Livingston Parish man recalls fatal fire at neighbor’s mobile home Video included

Mervin Fontenot (Source: WAFB) Mervin Fontenot (Source: WAFB)

Mervin Fontenot says he had gone to bed when he heard someone banging on his door just after 11 p.m. Thursday. 

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Authorities release identities of grandfather, granddaughter killed in Livingston Parish mobile home fire Video included

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A fire claimed the lives of a girl and her grandfather in Livingston Parish late Wednesday night, according to officials.

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Fire Marshal warns: 'Before you lie your head, make sure you have a working smoke alarm'

Smoke Alarm (Source: WAFB) Smoke Alarm (Source: WAFB)

In the wake of a mobile home fire that left a 57-year-old grandfather and his 6-year-old granddaughter dead near Denham Springs, the Chief Deputy of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents to ensure they have working smoke alarms.

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La. state treasurer candidates make final push ahead of election day Video included

John Schroder and Derrick Edwards (Source: WAFB) John Schroder and Derrick Edwards (Source: WAFB)

With voter turnout expected to be around 13 percent, or possibly less, the candidates for state treasurer are making their final push to get a few more people to polls this weekend.

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THE INVESTIGATORS: Baton Rouge could have to return $750,000 federal grant Video included

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The rush by East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's administration to buy body cameras for every Baton Rouge police officer may mean the city will lose $750,000. Now, they're scrambling to try to keep that money from heading back to the federal government.

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Coach O to talk final preparations for road game against Tennessee

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will talk final preparations for the Tennessee Vols Thursday night after practice.

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DA says no charges for Baker Police officer accused of covering up details in shots fired investigation Video included

Sgt. Adam Wayne Procell, 28 (Source: EBRSO) Sgt. Adam Wayne Procell, 28 (Source: EBRSO)

An officer with the Baker Police Department has been arrested for allegedly withholding details in an investigation about shots that were fired at the Walmart in Baker in April.

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Driver charged in wreck in Al. that left 5 people from Albany, La. dead

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A man is now being charged after a wreck in Alabama back in July that left five people from Albany, Louisiana dead.

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Police: 14-year-old boy arrested for stabbing sister to death

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A 14-year-old boy faces a murder charge for stabbing and killing his 17-year-old sister, according to the Breckinridge County Sheriff's Department.

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La. tribes to host Annual Fall Pow-Wow this weekend

Men are doing a round dance (friendship dance) at last year's Louisiana Indian Heritage Association's Pow-Wow. Men are doing a round dance (friendship dance) at last year's Louisiana Indian Heritage Association's Pow-Wow.

This weekend, Arena D of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales will be jumping with the sounds of drums, dancing feet, and oohing and ahhing from the crowd. It's the 50th Annual Fall Pow-Wow of the Louisiana Indian Heritage Association.

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VIDEO: Driver nearly runs over officer, smashes cruiser Video included

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A driver smashed into a Memphis Police Department cruiser and nearly hit an officer Wednesday night.

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Les Miles sells his $1.76 million Baton Rouge home

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According to the Business Report, Les and Kathy Miles have sold their Baton Rouge home located in Bocage Lake.

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Broome signs ordinance to make bars and casinos in EBR Parish smoke-free Video included

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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome will sign an ordinance Thursday to make bars and casinos in East Baton Rouge Parish smoke-free.

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SWAC: Weekend Schedule and Conference Standings

Southern and Grambling State enjoy a bye week before meeting at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 25.

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Man wanted who reportedly robbed Shell station, attacked employee Video included

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Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department are trying to identify a man who is accused of robbing a Shell gas station and attacking a store employee.

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Man wanted for failing to register as sex offender

Calvin Fisher Sr., 33 (Source: APSO) Calvin Fisher Sr., 33 (Source: APSO)

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for a man they say has failed to register as a sex offender.

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Police arrest mother of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews

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The Richardson Police Department said they have arrested Sini Mathews the mother of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews who's dead body was found after she went missing. 

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Getting calls from your own number? Don't pick up

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It can be a bit startling, to get an incoming call from your own number and see your own photo staring back at you. But if you get a call like this, the safest thing to do is not pick up.

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Two men arrested after high speed chase from Gonzales to Baton Rouge

Carlos Delatorre, 26, and Litzan Reyes-Fuigueredo, 26 (Source: APSO) Carlos Delatorre, 26, and Litzan Reyes-Fuigueredo, 26 (Source: APSO)

Two men are now in custody after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase from Gonzales to Baton Rouge.

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BRAC announces plan to renovate downtown economic center

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The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) has announced plans to redesign and expand its downtown location into the Center for Economic Development. The $3.5 million project aims to reimagine the as an "iconic, modern business hub" with almost 11,000 square feet of space.

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Baltimore police officer dies from injuries in shooting; manhunt underway Video included

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Det. Sean Suiter was an 18-year veteran with the department and a husband and father of two.

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Police investigating double shooting outside apartment complex

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Police are investigating a double shooting that happened outside a Baton Rouge apartment complex. 

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Ketamine, 'Special K,' is a party drug now being used to treat depression, PTSD, and more Video included

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Military veteran Kevin Dunaway served in the army for 26 years, and today he works as a high school honors chemistry teacher. He’s proud of his role as a former soldier, father, and teacher, but admits he struggled with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

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WANTED: Man allegedly forces his way into apartment, threatens to shoot woman Video included

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Police are asking for the public’s help with finding a man accused of breaking into a home and threatening the woman inside. Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers reported Brandon Lewis, 24, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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Survey: Cost of Thanksgiving is cheaper in La. this year

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If you’re buying your family’s Thanksgiving meal this year, good news - it’s the cheapest it’s been in several years.

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LSU reduces requirements for chief of police job

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LSU has removed the long-standing requirement that the university’s chief of police have a college degree.  Acting Chief Bart Thompson, who has applied for the chief’s job, has completed college coursework, but does not have a college degree.

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LSU in search of win No. 2 Thursday against Samford in the PMAC

LSU is looking for win number two of the season Thursday night when they host the Samford Bulldogs. 

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Councilman submits resolution to increase pay for BRPD Video included

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Several members of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council are joining forces to try to up the salaries for officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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Man found rolled up in carpet on Michoud ramp could be missing MS man

Philip Whitaker. Source: WLOX via Hancock County Sheriff Philip Whitaker. Source: WLOX via Hancock County Sheriff

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a case where a body was found on an on-ramp in New Orleans East.  

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