West Baton Rouge Parish voters who in December approved a $90-million bond issue for the school district will soon start seeing that money put to use, according to school system officials.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Prosecutors were hoping Wednesday to set a trial date for New Roads Mayor Robert Myer who is facing multiple charges related to his alleged misuse of a city-issued credit card.
GONZALES — For a second time in four months, state Sen. Troy Brown pleaded no contest to a criminal charge alleging he committed violence against a woman and, as part of his sentence for this latest conviction, must serve a day and a half in jail …
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A teacher at a New Roads private school was issued a misdemeanor summons this week after officers found her in a parked car with a male student from her school, New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald said Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Louisiana Education Superintendent John White said Tuesday an appellate court ruling that taxpayer money can't be used to fund a certain type of charter school won't have an immediate impact on day-to-day operations of those schools.
Monday, January 09, 2017
GONZALES — Almost five months after the historic August flood and with a new mayor-president in Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has called for a "drainage summit" among area parishes.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Louisiana's funding of certain types of charter schools hit a snag following a ruling Monday from a state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal panel that, in a 3-2 decision, ruled unconstitutional the Louisiana Department of Education and the state Board o…
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
A Pointe Coupee Parish attorney says the recently approved home rule charter that will upend the structure of parish government should be challenged in court because it would illegally cut short the terms of the sitting police jurors.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
West Baton Rouge Parish in 2017 will lose two longtime elected leaders who between them have amassed nearly 50 years' experience in public service.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Students at Iberville Parish's Math, Science and Arts Academy-West Starship Program aren't just learning about coastal restoration, they're actually doing it.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
The tale of Georgetown University's 1838 sale of 272 enslaved people to Louisiana plantations offers "a microcosm of the whole history of slavery" in America, the school's historian says.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
NEW ROADS — Pointe Coupee Parish's police jurors voted unanimously Tuesday to hire an outside attorney to determine if state law will be violated by the loss of a year of their terms once the parish transitions to the new Home Rule Charter government.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The West Baton Rouge Parish School District will be able to pay its teachers a little better and make needed improvements to facilities across the parish after voters on Saturday approved two tax proposals from the School Board.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
PLAQUEMINE — An Iberville Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted a 61-year-old man on two counts of second-degree murder for the slayings of two men, one of whom was killed 25 years ago.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Iberville Parish's top emergency preparedness official said Tuesday she's not happy about Dow Chemical's failure to quickly alert her office to last week's chlorine release at its Plaquemine facility or with its failure to adequately inform them o…
Monday, December 05, 2016
PLAQUEMINE — A sugar cane burn may have caused the massive power outage last week that crippled operations at the Dow Chemical plant, sparking a chlorine leak from one of the plant's tenants, according to an Entergy Louisiana statement Monday.
Friday, December 02, 2016
DOW Chemical spokeswoman Stacey Chiasson said they were in the process of restoring power to the plant as of 5:45 p.m. which she said will help the company stop the leak. No injuries have been reported, she said, and everyone in the plant is accounted for.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Authorities have captured the second man they suspect was involved in a shooting outside a Port Allen video poker truck stop last week.
Monday, November 28, 2016
A state corrections cadet was arrested Monday on allegations she pulled a gun and threatened to shoot a fellow cadet in the parking lot outside a former juvenile corrections facility in Baker where she worked, authorities said.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
A pedestrian hit by a pickup truck and an SUV on La. 415 in Port Allen Saturday evening was hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.
Friday, November 25, 2016
West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies captured one suspect Friday night, but were still searching for another in a sugarcane field east of a truck stop casino where they allegedly shot a man.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
An energy company's payout to workers injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant reached nearly $30 million this week following a jury's verdict in a second trial related to the disaster.
A man who suffers from early dementia was back home in Tucson, Ariz., after he accidentally drove 1,300 miles to Louisiana, where he was found Monday at a Port Allen convenience store, KVOA-TV in Tucson reported.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Pointe Coupee Parish leaders say the overwhelming approval of a proposed home rule charter on Tuesday sets the stage for a more efficient and accountable government.
Friday, November 11, 2016
The three men Pointe Coupee Parish authorities were looking for overnight in connection with a double shooting near an elementary school in Maringouin were arrested and booked in the parish jail Friday.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Pointe Coupee Parish residents have no reason to be alarmed by the hundreds of thousands of dead fish that washed ashore last month, and again this week, in False River, officials from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say.
MARINGOUIN — Two men were wounded in a double shooting Thursday near an elementary school in what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad, the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office reported.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
With a solid margin amid strong turnout, Pointe Coupee Parish voters bucked the opposition of some their elected leaders and threw out the old police jury form of government for a parish council and parish president, complete but unofficial electi…
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
LIVONIA — Pointe Coupee Parish officials say they're hopeful the state can cobble together the money to create safer turning options to reduce fatal crashes along a stretch of U.S. 190.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Two more elected officials in Pointe Coupee Parish released statements Thursday voicing their staunch opposition to the proposed home rule charter coming up for voter approval next week.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said Wednesday investigators believe the human bones found earlier this week belong to a male between the age of 35 and 55.
Monday, October 31, 2016
WHITE CASTLE — An audit report released Monday says the town overcharged residents for natural gas by approximately $90,000 in 2015 and failed to collect past due utility balances from several top officials, including the mayor.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
With the assistance of a documentary film crew, informants wearing wires and old-fashioned detective work, the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday arrested a suspect in two separate cold-case killings -- one of which has haunted the de…
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
It's the day boys and ghouls wait for all year. Baton Rouge area parishes have announced trick-or-treat hours for Monday, Oct. 31.
FALSE RIVER — Officials say a cold front is responsible for tens of thousands of dead fish washing up along the banks of the False River in Louisiana.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A federal agency issued a scathing report Wednesday that highlighted poor safety practices at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, where two people were killed and dozens of others injured in a June 2013 explosion.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
LIVONIA — Town officials say the recent five-vehicle crash that killed a 49-year-old man and sent four others to the hospital reinforces their claim that dedicated turning lanes are needed along a stretch of U.S. 190 in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is going to be releasing its final report on the 2013 explosion at a plant in Geismar that killed two people.
Friday, October 14, 2016
LIVONIA — One person was killed Friday and four others injured, including two children, after a five-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on U.S. 190 in Livonia, the town police chief said.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A state district court judge temporarily removed from the bench on misconduct counts managed to quickly bounce back from his year-long suspension with a new job with Iberville Parish government.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
NEW ROADS — Pointe Coupee police jurors on Tuesday discussed doubling a monthly drainage impact fee assessed parish residents from $2.50 to $5 a month and debated reducing trash pickup from twice a week to once a week.
Friday, October 07, 2016
The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury this week will reconsider removing the sunset clause from its controversial drainage impact fee ordinance as well as entertain the notion of scaling back on residential trash pick-up as 2017 budget talks begin.
Friday, September 30, 2016
When the Pointe Coupee Parish Policy Jury told residents recently not to use private boat launches on False River until water levels were safe, the directive carried no real legal weight because the jury lacked authority to enforce the prohibition.
PLAQUEMINE — A 56-year-old Brusly man was killed early Friday morning while attempting to cross a two-lane highway near La. 1 in Iberville Parish, State Police reported.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Donna LeBlanc and her daughter Carli LeBlanc will be laid to rest Saturday after visitation at the Brusly High School gym and religious services.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
GLYNN -- It remained a mystery Wednesday what sparked the argument leading to the fatal shootings of West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Donna LeBlanc and her 20-year-old daughter at the hands of their neighbor Gregory Phillips, who turned th…