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Sheriff: Body of missing platform worker recovered Video included

The platform fire has put new focus on oil and gas activity in the lake that few people knew anything about.  

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Man shot in drive-by near Scenic Highway

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One man was reportedly shot Friday afternoon in a drive-by incident, officials say.

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New route announced for Southern homecoming parade that was postponed

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A new route has been announced for Southern University's homecoming parade, which was rescheduled due to the possible threat of Hurricane Nate. The parade is now set to roll November 4.

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Former Saints player's foundation sponsors etiquette class at J.K. Haynes Elementary School

Former Saints CB Mike McKenzie, manners instructor Carolyn Shelton, and a J.K. Haynes Elementary student at an event celebrating the end of an etiquette program sponsored by McKenzie's 34 Ways Foundation  (Source: WAFB) Former Saints CB Mike McKenzie, manners instructor Carolyn Shelton, and a J.K. Haynes Elementary student at an event celebrating the end of an etiquette program sponsored by McKenzie's 34 Ways Foundation (Source: WAFB)

Former New Orleans Saints player, Mike McKenzie, was at J.K. Haynes Charter Elementary School Friday, October 20 to congratulate 5th and 6th grade girls who finished an etiquette program sponsored by his organization.

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'You are my slave:' School ends Civil War dress-up activity

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School officials say there will be no more Civil War-related student dress-up activities at a Georgia elementary school after its "Civil War Day" sparked conflict among students, parents and others.

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Glen Oaks High student is victim of park shooting Video included

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A 17-year-old student of Glen Oaks High School is the victim of an overnight shooting at a park, officials confirm. 

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New charges surface for former principal accused of locking children in closet

Shafeeq Syid Shamsid Deen, 31 (Source: East Baton Parish Sheriff's Office) Shafeeq Syid Shamsid Deen, 31 (Source: East Baton Parish Sheriff's Office)

A former principal who is facing charges for reportedly locking a 5-year-old child in a closet is now facing more charges after it was discovered he may have locked other children in closets as well.

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Addicts using Spam to score quick cash for drugs Video included

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Located next to a bus stop on Hotel Street in Chinatown business at Fred's Sundries often comes in waves. Owner Ra Long says those busy times are what shoplifters prey on. 

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Southern University grad wins episode of Chopped

A native of New Orleans and graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Chef Airis Johnson, won Wednesday night's episode of Chopped on Food Network.

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Police release name of woman shot in the head while inside vehicle stopped at intersection Video included

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A woman was shot and killed inside a vehicle Thursday night, police said. The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the shooting happened at the corner of Evangeline Street and North Foster Drive around 8 p.m.

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Police identify murder victim who was found badly decomposed in downtown park

Investigators have identified a 57-year-old man whose body was found badly decomposed in a downtown park. 

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Arrest made in deadly Ascension Parish targeted attack; autopsy underway on victim Video included

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An arrest has been made in connection with a deadly attack in Ascension Parish in which the victims were targeted, according to investigators.

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Man charged with sexual torture in Montgomery

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A 49-year-old man is facing charges including sexual torture after an investigation by the Montgomery Police Department. 

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Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget Video included

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Republicans must shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades.

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Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters.

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Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil Video included

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Next year's premiums for plans sold on the health law's marketplaces are expected to increase significantly in many communities, and insurer participation is down sharply.

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Former New Roads mayor submits official resignation letter; mayor pro tem takes over as interim Video included

Former New Roads Mayor Robert Myer (Source: WAFB) Former New Roads Mayor Robert Myer (Source: WAFB)

Former New Roads Mayor Robert Myer officially handed in his letter of resignation Friday, October 20 after pleading no contest to felony charges Thursday.

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Gov. Edwards speaks out on prison reforms about to kick in

Governor John Bel Edwards is speaking out on new prison reforms set to kick in November 1.

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Chesterfield police release description of VSU shooting suspect Video included

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Chesterfield police say the shooting happened on Hayden Street just after 11 p.m. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries. 

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Friday, October 20

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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Friday, October 20.

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EMS officials holding car wash to benefit program that helps kids who want to work in medical field

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The East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is holding a car wash to raise money for their Explorer Post program.

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Halal Guys opens first restaurant in Baton Rouge

The Halal Guys, serving up chicken and gyro combo platters, opened its first Baton Rouge.

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LSU at Ole Miss: Times of Interest

Heading to Oxford, MS for the game between LSU and Ole Miss? If so, here are some times of interest leading up to kickoff in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

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Hurricane Maria death toll rises to 49 in Puerto Rico Video included

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello says the death toll from Hurricane Maria has risen to 49 in the U.S. territory after officials confirmed a death from a bacterial disease that spreads through animals' urine. More>>

Man dies from rock thrown through car's windshield Video included

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Authorities said the rock broke through the windshield and fatally wounded Kenneth White, a father of four.

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New Roads mayor resigns from office after pleading no contest on felony charges Video included

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New Roads Mayor Robert Myer entered a plea of no contest Thursday evening on felony charges and resigned from office. Myer appeared before Judge Elizabeth Engolio at the Iberville Parish Court House in Plaquemine to enter the plea.

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School bus catches fire with students on board Video included

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The incident happened just before 4 p.m. on Dunlavin Way off of Eastway Drive.

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Live After Five fall 2017 concert series continues with Larry Garner Video included

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The official lineup for the Live After Five 2017 fall concert series.

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CAUGHT: Tip leads police to suspect wanted in deadly shooting during online robbery setup Video included

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Police said a Crime Stoppers tip led them to the suspect wanted in connection with a deadly shooting believed to have been part of an online robbery setup.

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Man shot near hospital in Metairie

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Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting in front of the Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.

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19th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship underway in Gonzales

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The 19th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship is taking place at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales this weekend.

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Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls Video included

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Trump started the storm this week when he claimed that he alone of U.S. presidents had called the families of all slain soldiers.

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Folks in New Roads comment on mayor's plea and resignation Video included

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A lot of New Roads residents said the former mayor has done a lot of good for the city. However, others said when you do the crime, you have to pay the time or at least probation.

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Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions

(Alabama Department of Corrections via AP). This undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Alabama inmate Torrey Twane McNabb, who was convicted in the 1997 shooting death of Montgomery police Officer Anderson Gordon. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP). This undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Alabama inmate Torrey Twane McNabb, who was convicted in the 1997 shooting death of Montgomery police Officer Anderson Gordon.
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The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily delayed the execution of an Alabama inmate just minutes before he was scheduled to die.

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Witness: Workplace shooter was increasingly angry, hostile Video included

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The man shot five co-workers early Wednesday in Maryland, then drove to Delaware and shot an acquaintance in the head at a used car lot, police say.

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Teacher hit with brick after confiscating student's phone Video included

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The student’s mother is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, in connection to the incident.

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Report: Body found in river in July is that of missing man, Mark Bakotic II

The body of Mark Bakotic II, the young man who disappeared Dec. 30 from a Warehouse District music club, has been found and positively identified by the coroner's office, according to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. 

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1,400+ additional La. inmates to be released in November as part of prison reform laws Video included

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In less than two weeks, about 1,400 inmates across Louisiana will be released earlier than expected as part of criminal justice reforms passed by the state legislature earlier this year. However, some district attorneys worry the state is not doing enough to keep those offenders from going right back to jail.

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State Fire Marshal's Office mourns death of explosive detection canine

State Fire Marshal Cpl. Garrett Reeves with Xena in March 2015 (Source: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal) State Fire Marshal Cpl. Garrett Reeves with Xena in March 2015 (Source: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal)

Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office are honoring one of its explosive detection canines after she was euthanized Wednesday following a diagnosis of kidney cancer. 

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LSU bans alcohol from on-campus Greek activities until January 2018 Video included

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LSU President F. King Alexander has reversed his previous decision and will not allow organized Greek activities on campus to have alcohol until at least January of 2018.

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Coach O talks final Ole Miss preparations

LSU is finishing up preparations for an important SEC battle against the Ole Miss Rebels. 

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Man faces significant jail time after child pornography conviction

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A Baton Rouge man is facing significant jail time after being convicted by a federal jury Thursday of child pornography charges.

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Police: Unpaid $7 Waffle House bill leads to ID theft ring

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Louisiana police say an unpaid $7 Waffle House bill has led them to make two arrests and break a Los Angeles-based identity theft ring.

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8 people arrested by AG's office on Medicaid fraud charges

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Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Thursday eight people have been arrested on Medicaid fraud charges.

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Man accused of killing NOPD officer ruled incompetent to stand trial, DA speaks out Video included

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Jury selection started yesterday morning for the trial of a man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer two years ago.

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SEC: Standings and Weekend Matchups

With a 27-23 comeback victory against  Auburn, LSU is right back in the SEC West race.

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Special seasonal programming to air on WAFB for the holidays

Many classic movies will air on WAFB this holiday season.

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FBI: 84 minors rescued, including 18-month-old in Baton Rouge, during nationwide sex trafficking crackdown

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New details were released Wednesday about a national crackdown on sex trafficking. The three-day operation rescued more than 80 victims of sex trafficking across the country, including an 18-month-old child in Baton Rouge.

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Hollydays shopping event to be held this weekend at River Center Video included

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Hollydays, a three-day holiday shopping extravaganza, will be held over the weekend at the Raising Cane's River Center.

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Shooting victim found in Melrose East neighborhood, unknown where shooting happened Video included

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A victim was found shot on North Afton Parkway at Waverly Drive in the Melrose East neighborhood of Baton Rouge, but it is not known where the shooting actually happened.

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