Major highways remain shuttered across the state
Posted on 1/18/2018 4:55:00 AM.

Major highways across are still shut down this morning to protect drivers icy conditions. Could the state have done a better job keeping interstates open. State Department of Transportation spokesperson Rodney Mallet says crews worked hard to keep a few key areas open.

“We followed our plan, we pretreated, we salted the Mississippi River Bridge on I-10, the elevated portions of I-10, and the bridges on I-12.”
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Record lows in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; snow to stay in north Lousiaina
Posted on 1/17/2018 11:40:00 AM.
Louisiana is trying to thaw out from record breaking cold. Chris Bannon with National Weather Service says 40 year-old records were broken this morning in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
 
"Baton Rouge got down to 14-degrees, broke the previous record of 18 set in 1977. Moisant Airport actually down to 20 and that broke the previous record of 23, also set in 1977," Bannon said.
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Let it snow, let it snow
Posted on 12/8/2017 11:46:00 AM.
A cold Canadian air blast is lowering temperatures to below freezing throughout Louisiana tonight. National Weather Service forecaster Michael Hill says the areas where snow is on the ground, temperatures will get very cold and remain that way for a few evenings.
 
 
 
 
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Louisiana is tops in murder rate again, even with declines over the past 20 years
Posted on 10/17/2017 2:47:00 AM.

Louisiana is once again tops for murders in the country. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program says the states murder rate was 11.8 per 100,000 persons, with 554 homicides in 2016. New Orleans based Crime analyst Jeff Asher says this trend has gone on for some time.

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Gov. Edwards: Louisiana not out of the woods when it comes to Harvey
Posted on 8/27/2017 5:43:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is not out of the woods yet when it comes to Tropical Storm Harvey. Edwards is asking residents to remain vigilant and pay attention to local news reports. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it's expected Harvey will eventually move towards Louisiana.
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Louisiana remembers Hurricane Andrew 25 years later
Posted on 8/24/2017 4:23:00 AM.
Twenty-five years ago today one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history made landfall in Florida and then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall near Morgan City. Former WAFB Meteorologist Mike Graham was working at the Baton Rouge TV station and remembers the anxiety as the storm took aim on Louisiana.
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NOAA ups its projected storm total for this season
Posted on 8/9/2017 12:25:00 PM.
By Jeff Palermo
NOAA has increased its projected total of named storms for this hurricane season. In May, government forecasters predicted 11 to 17 named storms, now they believe we'll see anywhere from 14 to 19 storms. NOAA lead hurricane season forecaster Gerry Bell.
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Lt. Gov hopes to boost tourism in rural areas
Posted on 8/8/2017 4:37:00 AM.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser seeks to boost tourism to rural areas. That’s why he’s scheduled meetings in small Louisiana towns to find the best way to promote local attractions. He says these rural areas don’t always have the money or expertise to market themselves.
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Louisiana ranks dead last in new list of best states
Posted on 2/28/2017 11:43:00 AM.

Louisiana came in dead last on US News & World Report’s new best states ranking. Analyst Lindsey Cook says Louisiana ranks near or at the bottom for the economy, government, crime, and opportunity. She says healthcare was one of their biggest weighted categories, and in that Louisiana did poorly across the board.
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Governor orders full investigation into side trips by State Police troopers
Posted on 2/21/2017 1:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Governor John Bel Edwards orders a full investigation into trips made by State Police officers, amid a report 4 troopers took side excursions to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon during a business trip on the taxpayer's dime. The Division of Administration's auditor will conduct the probe.
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