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BRPD: Bank robbery on Florida Boulevard under investigation

BRPD: Bank robbery on Florida Boulevard under investigation

BATON ROUGE - Authorities are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Florida Boulevard.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the incident was reported around 1 p.m. at Chase Bank located in the 11000 block of Florida Boulevard.

Police say no injuries were reported. 

The investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 2:00 pm


NFL unanimously approves Tepper's $2.2b purchase of Panthers

NFL unanimously approves Tepper's $2.2b purchase of Panthers

ATLANTA (AP) - The NFL has unanimously approved a $2.2 billion deal to sell the Carolina Panthers to the David Tepper.

The league announced the completion of the purchase Tuesday during its spring meeting in Atlanta. It was the first order of business after Tepper was approved by the owners' finance committee during a morning session.

Tepper is paying an NFL-record price to buy the team from Jerry Richardson, the team's founder and only owner since the Panthers entered the league in 1995. Richardson abruptly announced he was selling the team last December after coming under investigation from the league for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

Tepper is the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, with a reported net worth of $11 billion. Already familiar to the league as a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, his purchase was quickly approved.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 2:00 pm


BRPD chief, EBR sheriff in talks to place more officers in schools

BRPD chief, EBR sheriff in talks to place more officers in schools

BATON ROUGE - In the wake of recent school shootings nationwide, the head of Baton Rouge Police says he wants to see a resource officer on every campus.

During a joint press conference with other law enforcement officials Tuesday, Chief Murphy Paul said he's currently in talks with East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to make that idea a reality.

Paul says the EBR superintendent has also approached him and asked how it might be possible to implement.

"We're obviously in the planning stages of next year's budget, and we're going to be working with the school system and the sheriff to see how we can make that possible," Chief Paul said. "We're gonna be looking at some creative ways and some partnerships on that."

The chief says his officers are also working to cut down response times in the event of a school-related threat in the meantime.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:55 pm


Bear researcher in 'dream job' attacked by grizzly

Bear researcher in 'dream job' attacked by grizzly

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A government wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in a Montana mountain range is recovering from a surprise bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Officials say U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field assistant Amber Kornak was attacked from behind on May 17 while working near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains. Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland said Tuesday that Kornak managed to reach a canister of Mace-like bear spray to end the attack.

Kornak then walked to her work vehicle and drove to find help. A friend, Jenna Hemer, said it was the "dream job" of Kornak, who is recovering in Kalispell following surgery. The attack remains under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for Kornak's medical bills. 


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:53 pm


Gov. Edwards defends veto of $28.5B budget

Gov. Edwards defends veto of $28.5B budget

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards defended his decision to veto a $28.5 billion Louisiana state operating budget that contained deep spending cuts.

The Democratic governor told a crowd Tuesday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that the budget proposal contained cuts that were too deep and too "catastrophic" for services. Edwards spoke hours ahead of the opening of a special session he called trying to persuade lawmakers to replace some of the temporary taxes expiring July 1.

The governor is seeking replacement of $648 million of about $1.4 billion in taxes falling off the books. He says he spoke at the college campus because it's threatened with deep cuts and is down the street from a safety-net hospital that could shutter in the upcoming budget year if lawmakers don't approve taxes.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:32 pm


WATCH: Argument between screeching lynxes goes viral

WATCH: Argument between screeching lynxes goes viral

Have you ever had an argument that quickly escalated to nothing but incoherent shouting? Well, apparently animals do that too.

Two lynxes captured on camera by Nicole Lewis near Avery Lake, which borders Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, seemed to be having a territorial dispute. According to National Geographic, the animals tend to make the unsettling sound in confrontations, particularly if it's their first meeting.

The original video posted on Facebook has been viewed about 8 million times as of Tuesday afternoon.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 1:07 pm


Trump: NKorea summit might not work for June 12

Trump: NKorea summit might not work for June 12
President Donald Trump says the planned Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un "may not work out for June 12" and is suggesting it could be delayed.
  
Trump is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-YIHN') on Tuesday at the White House for consultations ahead of the planned June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.
  
The meeting is happening as efforts to build peace between the two Koreas have hit a setback.
  
North Korea pulled out of planned peace talks with South Korea last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea forces.
  
North Korea has also threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over the U.S. insistence on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
  

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Published on 22 May 2018 | 11:50 am


Houston Texans star JJ Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors, hospital staff

Houston Texans star JJ Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors, hospital staff

SANTA FE, Tx. - J.J. Watt, star defensive end for the Houston Texans, brought cheer to survivors of the Santa Fe High School massacre Monday.

Watt was seen posing for photos and signing a shirt at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where some of the 13 injured are being treated.

One survivor had a "huge smile on her face" after Watt's visit.

Thank you thank you @JJWatt for coming to see Sarah today. Even though she is not allowed to talk to much she has this huge smile on her face and keeps rambling on about you! You made her feel so special today it means so much to see that beautiful smile on her face! ??

— Bri???????? (@briannahuuston) May 21, 2018

Watt has also offered to cover the costs of funerals for all 10 students and staff members killed in the Friday morning shooting.

"Absolutely horrific," the NFL star tweeted hours after the massacre.

This isn't the first time Watt has given back to his community.

Watt led efforts to raise more than $37 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston last year.

Watt told "Good Morning America" last year he decided to try and find a way to help Houston as he watched his city become inundated with deadly floodwater from his hotel in Dallas.

"You can't get back home, you can't physically help out in any way," Watt said. "I'm watching it on TV and seeing all these people help out, seeing people get in boats and help, seeing water rush down streets that I drive down every day ... I said, 'How can I help?'"


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 11:48 am


Drummer accused of stealing from Fats Domino won't be tried

Drummer accused of stealing from Fats Domino won't be tried
HARVEY (AP) - Prosecutors won't pursue charges against a drummer accused of stealing rare coins and a passport from famed New Orleans musician Fats Domino.
  
The Advocate of New Orleans reports that Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick's office dropped the case against 65-year-old Ernest "Box" Fontenot.
  
Connick's office said Monday it didn't have sufficient evidence.
  
Adonica Domino reported her father's silver coins stolen last July, and said she suspected Fontenot. He had been helping care for Domino. The singer and pianist born Antoine Domino Jr. passed away at age 89 seven months ago.
  
A detective determined Fontenot sold an antiques firm more than 200 $1 silver coins and Domino's 1986 passport.
  
Fontenot's attorney Michael Smith said the items were gifts from Domino, who Fontenot began playing drums for in the 1980s.

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Published on 22 May 2018 | 11:36 am


Alabama doctor acquitted in rock guitarist's overdose death

Alabama doctor acquitted in rock guitarist's overdose death

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Jurors have acquitted an Alabama physician accused of prescribing drugs that killed a former guitarist for rock band 3 Doors Down.

Court documents show the not guilty verdict was returned Monday in the case of Dr. Richard Snellgrove. He had been indicted for unlawful distribution of drugs and health care fraud tied to the 2016 death of Matthew Roberts.

A federal judge at the trial in Mobile earlier dismissed some charges against Snellgrove. Prosecutors said Snellgrove prescribed drugs to Roberts even though he knew Roberts struggled with addiction.

Snellgrove's lawyer said the physician's actions were reasonable and prosecutors targeted Snellgrove because Roberts was famous. The 38-year-old Roberts was found dead in a hotel near Milwaukee before a scheduled charity concert.

Roberts' family is suing Snellgrove and others in a civil lawsuit.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 10:36 am


LSU alumna creates fashionable fire resistant overalls

LSU alumna creates fashionable fire resistant overalls

BATON ROUGE- LSU Engineering alumna Jaime Glas is making the engineering world more fashionable.

Glas has degrees in petroleum engineering and finance from LSU. Even though she has extensive work experience in both fields the 29-year-old is using her skills in another field. Glas decided to start her own fashion line.

According to a release by the LSU College of Engineering, once Glas realized that the women's wear in the engineering field could use a "little makeover," Glas began her emulsion of fire and fashion with HauteWork, formerly Hot Stuff Safetywear.

For a number of years, Glas worked full-time as a production engineer for Chevron in Houston but the idea of HauteWork was never far from her thoughts.

“We’d be riding around, checking oil wells all day,” she said. “All the guys are wearing normal flame-resistant jeans and shirts, and I’m wearing a potato sack. I’d have to change after meetings to go into the field instead of just saying, ‘Let’s go.’”

Glas decided it was time to make a move on her clothing line after the oil and gas industry took a hit in 2016. After moving to Austin for a different job, Glas decided to return to Baton Rouge to start working on her clothing line HauteWork.

"I waited until I saved enough money on my own,” Glas said. “I was an engineer for five years and we make good money. Most of my friends bought houses or cars, got married, had kids, and I’m just like, ‘This is what I’ve spent my money on.’”

In July of last year, Glas officially launched the website for HauteWork. The brand is a fashion-forward brand of flame-resistant clothing (FRC) whose mission is to build confidence in women working in the STEM fields. According to the release, the line consists of various styles of coveralls and separates that are safe, stylish, and comfortable.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 10:16 am


Roseanne Barr promises an upbeat 'Roseanne' season finale

Roseanne Barr promises an upbeat 'Roseanne' season finale

NEW YORK (AP) - Roseanne Barr says the season finale of her revived and controversial ABC sitcom "Roseanne" will come to a climax Tuesday with the embrace of a hopeful principle.

The actress, writer, and producer says her character Roseanne Conner, who has admitted she's addicted to painkillers, will have to face her medical condition during a deluge in her town.

One of the show's themes will be that government can help people. Barr joked that the episode will be about "rain and health care and God."

In an interview, Barr looked back at this season and forward to the next, saying she was thrilled that so many people have tuned in every week and that many of the hot-button issues that were raised in the reboot will continue in the coming season.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 9:42 am


Teen suspect, slain officer identified in records

Teen suspect, slain officer identified in records

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - Court records say the teen arrested after a female Maryland police officer was fatally injured told a detective he drove a Jeep toward the officer.

A statement of probable cause dated Tuesday says Dawnta Anthony Harris was taken into custody near where the Jeep was found abandoned. The probable cause statement says the slain Baltimore County officer was Amy Caprio.

Scott Shellenberger, the state's attorney for Baltimore County, told The Associated Press that the 16-year-old has been charged as an adult. Court records show he faces a charge of first-degree murder.

The Associated Press does not ordinarily identify underage suspects unless they face adult charges. The records don't list an attorney for Harris and attempts to people believed to be his family members were not immediately successful.

A court hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m.

The document says officers responding to the scene found Caprio suffering from traumatic injuries in the roadway. A search was underway Monday morning for three other suspects.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 9:33 am


Two arrested after Monday night shooting in Iberia Parish

Two arrested after Monday night shooting in Iberia Parish

IBERIA PARISH- Authorities have arrested two people for their involvement in a Monday night shooting in Iberia Parish.

The shooting was reported before 8 p.m. in the area of North Street and Fulton Street. According to authorities, three people were injured during the shooting. Their injuries were not considered to be life threatening.

Curleyreus Abraham is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone. Phillip Oliver is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both suspects are currently incarcerated in the Iberia Parish Jail. No bond has been set.

A photo of Oliver was not immediately made available.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 8:54 am


Biggest Louisiana-based bank to close 22 branch locations

Biggest Louisiana-based bank to close 22 branch locations

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The largest financial institution headquartered in Louisiana says it's closing or consolidating 22 branch locations this year.

News outlets reported Monday that Lafayette-based IberiaBank will have less than 300 locations across the southeastern U.S. following the closure or consolidation at the branches during the second and third quarters of 2018. IberiaBank Corp. said in a statement that the move is part of its strategy to improve efficiency, especially as it progresses toward digital banking.

IberiaBank President and CEO Daryl Byrd says the new closures are intended to optimize the bank's branch and ATM network. He says IberiaBank's clients increasingly use and become more reliant on its digital channels.

Since the end of 2014, the bank has opened or acquired 81 branches and closed or consolidated 53 locations, excluding those recently disclosed.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 8:04 am


McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

NEW YORK (AP) - Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities.

The legal effort was organized by Fight for $15, which campaigns to raise pay for low-wage workers. The legal costs are being covered by the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund, which was launched by the National Women's Law Center to provide attorneys for women who can't afford to bring cases on their own.

The complaints were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and are being announced two days before the company's annual shareholder meeting. Responding to the claims, McDonald's says there's "no place for harassment and discrimination of any kind" in the workplace


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 6:49 am


Woman pleads guilty in $400,000 scheme

Woman pleads guilty in $400,000 scheme

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal $400,000 from a company she worked for in Baton Rouge.

U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin in Baton Rouge says in a Monday news release that 40-year-old Katherine T. Cancienne faces a possible prison term, fines, and restitution orders. Fremin's news release said Cancienne had worked for Baton Rouge-based Engineers & Constructors International, a consulting firm that provides engineering and managerial staffing to oil and gas companies.

She admitted to taking part in a scheme that included establishing a shell corporation and bank account under a name similar to an actual ECI vendor - and having ECI issue checks and electronic payments to that shell corporation.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 6:47 am


States leaders to discuss budget during special session

States leaders to discuss budget during special session

BATON ROUGE- For the sixth time under Gov. John Bel Edwards, the legislature convenes Tuesday for a special session to fix the state's budget.

In just over a month $1.4 billion in temporary taxes will be expiring, leaving the state in a hole for $650 million.

The special session does come with a hefty price tag, that is why Edwards cut the regular session short ending it last Friday.

On average each day of a special session can cost roughly $60 thousand. According to Nola.com, February's session cost $42 thousand a day for a total of $642 thousand.

Much of the regular session was spend battling over proposed budgets from both the House and Senate. Edwards didn't support either of the proposals.

Now in the next two weeks, lawmakers must find solutions for that $650 million, or deep cuts to health and higher education, among other programs, would be inevitable.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 6:22 am


Woman in trench coat exposes herself, runs into traffic

Woman in trench coat exposes herself, runs into traffic

BATON ROUGE- Authorities arrested a woman who flashed her naked body to people in a cafeteria before running into traffic.

On Sunday at approximately 11:53 a.m. a woman walked into the St. Vincent de Paul cafeteria wearing nothing but a trench coat. According to the arrest report, the woman opened the coat and exposed her breasts and genitals to everyone there.

The woman was identified as 31-year-old Tiffany Dixon.

An officer working extra duty at St. Vincent de Paul attempted to get Dixon to close her coat but she refused and ran out of the building. Once outside Dixon ran into the roadway causing traffic to stop.

Dixon began yelling, cursing and causing a disturbance in the area, the arrest report shows. The officer attempted to detained Dixon at which time she spat in the officer's face.

Dixon arrested Monday and charged with battery of a police officer, obstruction of a public passage, disturbing the peace, and obscenity.


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Published on 22 May 2018 | 5:53 am


Vietnam veterans search for war buddy

Vietnam veterans search for war buddy

Orlando, Fla. - A war buddy with curly brown hair and a glowing personality are the things that stick out in a photo taken by Vietnam veteran James Garvin decades ago.

"The picture represents the beautiful grin he had almost all the time," said Garvin.

He would like to tell his old buddy how much he's missed him through the years. Problem is though, Garvin only remembers him by a nick-name, "Louisiana."

Garvin joined dozens of his old infantry platoon members at an annual reunion in Florida this week. None of those in attendance can remember his real name either.

"There were many men in our unit that we did not know their names because they had nick-names like "Louisiana" or "Mississippi," he said.

Determined to locate the soldier who helped keep morale high, Garvin and his wife took to Facebook with their search. The post already has thousands of shares and comments from people across Louisiana and around the country.

Garvin would like more than anything to see "Louisiana" at next year's reunion.


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Published on 21 May 2018 | 10:59 am








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