On the Hill: Landrieu and Cassidy denounce Keystone delay and Hollis says he's not a nuisance Senate candidate

Friday, 18 April 2014 16:30
Landrieu and Cassidy condemn Keystone delay Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, both quickly condemned the Obama administration's decision Friday to extend
Metairie apartment fire displaces four young families
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:18
METAIRIE, La. - A three-alarm fire ripped through a Metairie apartment complex Friday afternoon, destroying the homes of four young families with children. The families were home at the time and everyone got out safely, according to fire officials. The fire occurred in the 4600 block of Yale in Metairie. The fire was put out by 3 pm, but the damage to the apartment complex left the buildings uninhabitable. Fire officials said all four of…
Lawyer seeks lower Nagin financial penalty
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An attorney for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is seeking to reduce the amount of money Nagin might have to forfeit as a result of his conviction on federal corruption charges. Prosecutors last week said Nagin, who plans an appeal of his conviction, should be forced to turn over more than $501,000 related to his February conviction on bribery, wire fraud and money laundering charges. Nagin's lawyer, Robert Jenkins, said…
Safety first: Make sure you have a successful crawfish boil
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:17
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Although crawfish season spans from November to July, Easter weekend is by far the most popular time to boil up some mudbugs. It's a fun tradition that can quickly become dangerous unless you take proper precautions. "We always want to prevent people from becoming complacent," Curt Monte, Baton Rouge Fire Department, said. "Always make sure to have a good time, but keep your family safe, first." Before you set up…
Police warn of fake eBay Motors scam
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:17
WALKER, LA (WAFB) - The Walker Police Department is warning residents about a scam after two people were defrauded when they tried to buy vehicles from a website believed to be eBay Motors. Officials say in both instances, the victims negotiated prices for vehicles and sent certified funds to the persons believed to be the sellers of the vehicles. In each instance, it was later determined that the transaction was fraudulent and that the eBay…
New charter schools hold lottery drawings
Friday, 18 April 2014 15:33
LAFAYETTE —Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy, a new charter school planned for Youngsville, held a lottery earlier this week to select students for the 591 seats available in grades kindergarten through sixth. No lottery was needed for its sister school, Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy, because the number of applications didn’t exceed the 591 seats available there, said Colleen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Charter Schools USA, the company that manages both schools. Both schools are under construction…
Millage renewal on May 3 ballot for EBR fire district
Friday, 18 April 2014 15:32
Voters in the nearly 17-square-mile District 6 Fire Protection District in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide May 3 whether to renew a property tax that helps cover payroll, fire hydrant rental fees and other district expenses. Early voting begins Saturday, April 19. “If they want to continue getting the same service, that’s what it’s going to take, is the renewal,” District 6 Chief Joel Hancock said. “If this doesn’t get renewed, then we have…
Baton Rouge school board member collapses, dies - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2
Friday, 18 April 2014 15:32
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled next week for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Randy Lamana, who collapsed as he walked to his car at the Capitol after a legislative hearing on restructuring the school system. Lamana collapsed late Wednesday and was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m. He was 57. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1gH7Jce ) Lamana won a special board election in 2007 and was re-elected in 2010.
Jefferson Parish held 21 murder jury trials last year, eight short of record
Friday, 18 April 2014 15:32
In early 2012, after a record-setting year for prosecuting murder defendants at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse, the district attorney's office credited its working relationships with police, judges and even defense attorneys. Jurisdictions that lack such ties, District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. said at the time, are not effective. His comments came after his office prosecuted 29 murder cases at the 24th Judicial District Court in 2011, more than any other year in Jefferson Parish history.
Senate Bill 298 would strengthen rights of tenants, Uptown Messenger reports
Friday, 18 April 2014 15:30
A Senate bill that would strengthen the rights of tenants by requiring landlords return deposits in 14 days is needed to level the playing field in