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US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other Video included

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The measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October.

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Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected? Video included

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There's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington reaches a budget agreement.

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No. 1 Gym Takes Down Alabama in Front of Record Crowd

Julianna Cannamela (Source WAFB) Julianna Cannamela (Source WAFB)
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In front of a sold-out, school record 13,729 fans, the No. 1 LSU gymnastics defeated No. 9 Alabama with a season-best score of 197.450 Friday night inside of the Maravich Center.

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Major interstate shutdown this week cripples capital area car repairs Video included

Car repairs have been backed up due to freezing conditions (Source: WAFB) Car repairs have been backed up due to freezing conditions (Source: WAFB)

The ice may have thawed along the major arteries in Baton Rouge, but car repair shops like Medine’s on Kincaid Avenue are still feeling the effects of the hard freeze.

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Governor got call that missile alert was false 2 minutes after it was sent Video included

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Hawaii lawmakers will gather at the Capitol Friday morning to grill state officials about the false missile alert that sparked panic, fear and chaos. 

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Couple sentenced in murder of fiancee's molester and stuffing body into drum Video included

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The man found guilty of killing another man and stuffing his body into a drum two years ago was sentenced to life in prison without the benefit of parole and his fiancée was sentenced to 35 years with credit for time served. 

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Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says

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Rocker Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose from taking a variety of medications to deal with a variety of ailments.

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Gonzales man sentenced for drugging juveniles, then having sex with them

Jose Hernandez (Source: APSO) Jose Hernandez (Source: APSO)

A Gonzales man has been sentenced to jail time after drugging two juvenile females and having sex with them.

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Jurors hear different versions of why Ronald Gasser shot former NFL player Joe McKnight Video included

On the first day of testimony in the trial of a man accused of killing former NFL player Joe McKnight, the jury heard 911 tapes aND watched graphic cell phone video.

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Funeral held for beloved community leader 'Buckskin' Bill Video included

Buckskin Bill was laid to rest Friday, January 19 (Source: WAFB) Buckskin Bill was laid to rest Friday, January 19 (Source: WAFB)

It was a sad day for many in Baton Rouge as they came to pay their respects to a man deemed a Baton Rouge legend, William Black, known to many as “Buckskin Bill.”

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BREAKING

Vermilion school board president resigning

Vermilion school board President Anthony Fontana is resigning. (Source: KATC) Vermilion school board President Anthony Fontana is resigning. (Source: KATC)
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The president of the Vermilion Parish School Board is resigning. Anthony Fontana Jr. made the announcement Friday, less than two weeks after the arrest of a Vermilion Parish teacher at a school board meeting made national news. Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, questioned board members about a pay raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau. Fontana ruled her out of order, saying she was asking questions during a part of the meeting that was for public ... More>>

Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack Video included

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Investigators have still not discovered what motivated Stephen Paddock to embark on the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history but determined that he researched SWAT tactics ahead of the massacre and investigated other possible targets.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Friday, January 19

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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Friday, January 19.

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Lawmakers say they want to keep control of redistricting process in Louisiana Video included

Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB) Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB)

Lawmakers in Louisiana currently have control over the redistricting process, and it seems they have no interest in giving that power up.

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La. governor and AG go to court over control of opioid lawsuit Video included

The Louisiana governor and attorney general are feuding over who should spearhead a lawsuit against drug manufacturers (Source: WAFB) The Louisiana governor and attorney general are feuding over who should spearhead a lawsuit against drug manufacturers (Source: WAFB)

The Louisiana governor and attorney general returned to court Friday, this time over who gets to control a lawsuit against drug manufacturers.

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Report: Former LSU coach Les Miles finishes third film role; coaching remains main desire

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Former LSU head football coach, Les Miles, returned to the Capital City earlier this week after finishing two weeks of filming in Texas for his latest movie role, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report.

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CLOSURES: Roads shut down due to ice

Road closure (Source: WAFB) Road closure (Source: WAFB)
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Road closures listings. 

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Mayor Broome to sign Fast-Track Cities Treaty

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will host an HIV summit on Saturday, January 20 at the BRCC Magnolia Theatre from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The summit, which will also be led by Natalie Cooley of the Louisiana Department of Health and 94.1 radio host Latangla Sherman, will include panel discussions and presentations by physicians, HIV peer advocates, and prevention specialists. The summit will bring together local, state, national, and international HIV partners to discuss the stat...

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Retailers lock up 'forbidden fruit' in response to Tide Pods meme, health risks

Retailers are being forced to lock up Tide Pods after a meme has endangered teens (Source: Twitter/NavidHasan_) Retailers are being forced to lock up Tide Pods after a meme has endangered teens (Source: Twitter/NavidHasan_)
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A new and dangerous trend on social media not only raised concerns of doctors but has caused retailers to take precautionary measures.

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Utility crews battle icy roads during peak outages Video included

Utility crews had a tough time during the freezing temperatures (Source: WAFB) Utility crews had a tough time during the freezing temperatures (Source: WAFB)

An historic winter in south Louisiana made for uncomfortable days and nights for some homeowners.

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St. Elizabeth to host 2018 Family Fest

St. Elizabeth Hospital is set to host its 2018 Family Fest: a Day of Health, Wellness, and Fun for the Whole Family, presented by EATEL.

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LOOK: The NFL is already advertising a Patriots vs. Vikings Super Bowl

NFL facebook post of a Patriots vs. Vikings Super Bowl matchup (Source: CBSsports) NFL facebook post of a Patriots vs. Vikings Super Bowl matchup (Source: CBSsports)
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If you're a Jacksonville Jaguars or Philadelphia Eagles fan and just so happen to buy into NFL conspiracies, now is the time to get scared. Two days before the conference championship games kick off, the NFL's official Facebook page has already started advertising for Super Bowl LII -- between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. Maybe no one would bat an eye if a Patriots-Vikings poster popped up even on NFL.com as a... More>>

SPCA of Livingston holding pet adoption event Saturday at PetSmart Video included

Dogs up for adoption (Source: SPCA of Livingston) Dogs up for adoption (Source: SPCA of Livingston)

The SPCA of Livingston is holding a pet adoption event on Saturday, January 20 at the PetSmart on Millerville Road.

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Longbranch Wellness Center Opens on Metairie Road

Source: Longbranch Healthcare Source: Longbranch Healthcare

Longbranch Wellness Center, a new outpatient medication-assisted addiction treatment center located in Old Metairie, is now open and seeing patients. It is a part of Longbranch Healthcare, which also has an inpatient program at Longbranch Recovery Center in Abita Springs. The opening of Longbranch Wellness is the largest investment in addiction treatment made in the state in the last decade. “The purpose of Longbranch Wellness is to offer convenient, compassionate outpatient a... More>>

2017 Warrick Dunn Award Finalist: West Feliciana Davon Harris Video included

Davon Harris stretches to cross the goal line for a touchdown against Richwood in the 3A state title game. (Source: WAFB) Davon Harris stretches to cross the goal line for a touchdown against Richwood in the 3A state title game. (Source: WAFB)
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Davon Harris, a 5-foot-6, 170-pound senior, rushed for 1,049 yards on 105 carries, good for a 10-yard average and scored 15 touchdowns.

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Walmart hosting free health screening event in Baton Rouge Saturday

Source: Walmart Source: Walmart

All Walmart stores in the Baton Rouge area will host Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, January 20. This free event will provide residents with the opportunity to gain health information such as: Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index Low-cost immunizations Vision screenings (in some locations) New this year, Walmart is introducing a virtual reality experience in select stores to assist with smoking cessation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately ...

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warming up under partly/mostly cloudy skies

First Alert Weather (Source: WAFB) First Alert Weather (Source: WAFB)
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WAFB First Alert Weather team forecast. 

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Donaldsonville man wanted for reportedly having 2.3 lbs of heroin, other drugs in house

Jamar Howard, 31 (Source: APSO) Jamar Howard, 31 (Source: APSO)

Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are searching for a man wanted on multiple drug charges.

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Mayor Broome says FEMA charging rent to MHU occupants is 'unfathomable'

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome (Source: WAFB) Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome (Source: WAFB)

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has introduced a resolution to the metro council opposing FEMA's decision to charge rent to flood victims still living in Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs).

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Biloxi bakery turns dangerous trend into tasty treat

Cheeky Monkey turned a dangerous trend into a tasty treat. (Photo source: Cheeky Monkey) Cheeky Monkey turned a dangerous trend into a tasty treat. (Photo source: Cheeky Monkey)
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There are always new trends sweeping the nation, especially among the youth. Challenges ranged from pouring icy cold water over your body, to standing as still as possible like a mannequin, to eating a mouthful of cinnamon. But the latest trend of eating Tide Pods laundry detergent is possibly the most dangerous yet.

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Free dental, medical, vision clinic to be held in north Baton Rouge Video included

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A free, three-day dental, medical, and vision clinic will be held in north Baton Rouge this weekend.

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SU library inundated with water after pipe burst, extensive cleanup needed Video included

Flooding in library at Southern University (Source: Facebook) Flooding in library at Southern University (Source: Facebook)
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There was no fire, but all four floors of the building took on roughly two inches of water after a water coil on the roof burst.

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USPS: Price of stamps set to increase Sunday

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The United States Postal Service announced in October 2017 that a pricing change would take effect on Jan. 21.

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YOUR TURN: DOTD Ice Roads Video included

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This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Ravan Hurst, who took to our Facebook page this week to comment about the weather and come to the defense of DOTD.

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Cancer Services and Mary Bird Perkins announce merger Video included

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After years of collaboration in providing services to those impacted by cancer, Cancer Services and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center are merging with no changes or interruptions in client services.

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Pizzeria tackles the internet's dumbest craze with a safe (and delicious) alternative

(Photo source @vinniesbrooklyn on Instagram) (Photo source @vinniesbrooklyn on Instagram)
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A pizzeria in Brooklyn has found a (safe) way to cash in on the Tide Pod Challenge craze.

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Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege Video included

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President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege in the Trump-Russia probe that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. More>>

Vacant house fire on Garfield St. ruled arson Video included

Baton Rouge Fire Department (Source: WAFB) Baton Rouge Fire Department (Source: WAFB)
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A fire that destroyed a vacant house near the LSU campus early Friday morning has been ruled arson.

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Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown Video included

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Mother of mentally ill woman says her daughter, 22, was denied her lawful right to medical care when she was left in the cold outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a flimsy gown.

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Amazon increases monthly Prime membership fee

Amazon upped it's Prime fee by 18 percent. (Source: Pixaby) Amazon upped it's Prime fee by 18 percent. (Source: Pixaby)
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The premium membership  which grants faster shipping and access to Amazon Video, will increase by 18 percent.

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Tom Hanks' naval WWII drama to film in Baton Rouge in 2018 Video included

Tom Hanks in the 2016 film, "Inferno." (Source: Sony Pictures) Tom Hanks in the 2016 film, "Inferno." (Source: Sony Pictures)

Hollywood megastar, Tom Hanks, will begin filming a World War II movie in Baton Rouge in early 2018, according to a news release from Louisiana Economic Development (LED).

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Police: Man robbed employees, patrons of Gonzales restaurant at gunpoint Video included

Source: Gonzales PD Source: Gonzales PD

Gonzales police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man accused of robbing a restaurant at gunpoint on Tuesday evening.

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CLOSURES: Schools, offices close due to icy weather and water issues

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School closures due to weather. 

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Owl expected to be OK after cross-state ride in SUV grill Video included

The owl was stuck from Roanoke to Petersburg. (Source: NBC12) The owl was stuck from Roanoke to Petersburg. (Source: NBC12)
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Photos from Petersburg Animal Care and Control's Facebook page show the owl being rescued from the SUV and then taken to a rehabilitation center

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February special session? La. governor says he's 'not' confident he'll call one Video included

Capitol building (Source: WAFB) Capitol building (Source: WAFB)

The Louisiana governor says he's not confident he will have the deal he needs to call a special session in February.

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Bride and groom shoot portraits in hospital with sick daughter Video included

Claire and Ray Hufft were able to include their sick daughter in their wedding portraits (Source: Collin Richie) Claire and Ray Hufft were able to include their sick daughter in their wedding portraits (Source: Collin Richie)

Claire and Ray Hufft spent more than a year planning for their December wedding. However, when the week of the ceremony arrived, all those plans almost fell apart.

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MISSING: Man not seen in Pointe Coupee Parish since November 2017

Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office

Authorities in Pointe Coupee Parish are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has been missing since November 2017. 

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Pair accused of leaving dog out in freezing temps, resulting in its death

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A man and woman, believed to have left their dog outside during freezing temperatures, resulting in its death, are facing charges.

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BRPD hosting 'Meet The Fleet' recruiting event on January 20 Video included

Baton Rouge Police Department (Source: WAFB) Baton Rouge Police Department (Source: WAFB)

The Baton Rouge Police Department will be hosting an open house event on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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13th Cinema On The Bayou film festival opens in Lafayette on Jan. 24

Source: Cinema On The Bayou Source: Cinema On The Bayou

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, now in its 13th year, will screen 180 films over eight days in Lafayette beginning on Jan. 24.

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