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RESULTS: March 25 Election

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The results are in for Saturday's statewide election. People in East Feliciana, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes headed to the polls to vote for candidates for office or propositions.

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Storms produce street flooding in parts of Baton Rouge Video included

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If you tried to drive around parts of Baton Rouge earlier Saturday, you probably had a hard time trying to navigate through high water.

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WAFB wins 7 first place awards at Associated Press banquet

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WAFB racked up a total of seven first place awards Saturday night at the Associate Press banquet in Jackson, MS.

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LSU study shows economic impact to Baton Rouge from coastal land loss Video included

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The next major hurricane to hit Louisiana’s coast could cost the state more than $3 billion in homes, businesses and infrastructure due to coastal land loss, according to a new study. 

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Lightning strike during storm sets house on fire

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Firefighters and emergency medical services were dispatched after lightning struck a Baton Rouge during an early morning thunderstorm on Saturday.

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Attorneys and family comment on Derrick Stafford manslaughter conviction in 6-year-old's death Video included

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Derrick Stafford was convicted Friday night of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in Marksville following a long week of testimony. Attorneys for the state and for Stafford, as well as the 33-year-old's family members, spoke with the media shortly after the verdict.

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NWS to investigate possible tornadoes, or straight line winds in East Texas

An 18-wheeler driver and his wife had to be rescued Friday night after his big rig was blown off the interstate by high winds and heavy rain along I-20 West near mile marker 612 in Harrison County.  (Source: KSLA New 12) An 18-wheeler driver and his wife had to be rescued Friday night after his big rig was blown off the interstate by high winds and heavy rain along I-20 West near mile marker 612 in Harrison County.  (Source: KSLA New 12)
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The National Weather Service in Shreveport says they will be investigating possible tornadoes, or straight line winds in East Texas.

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Private collection agencies hired by IRS for overdue taxes Video included

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If you owe Uncle Sam, you may soon get a call to pay up from the IRS.

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Gonzaga beats Xavier 83-59 to reach first Final Four

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Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points while orchestrating Gonzaga's efficient offense, and the Zags finally shook their overrated tag by routing Xavier 83-59 to reach the Final Four for the first time.

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Vegas Strip reopens after gunman surrender, fatal shooting Video included

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Police say a part of the Las Vegas Strip has been shut-down after a gunman barricaded himself inside a bus near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.

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Man faces second-degree rape charge

Jean Paul Walston, 23 (Source: WAFB) Jean Paul Walston, 23 (Source: WAFB)
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A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside his car five months ago has been arrested by authorities. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office reported deputies contacted a woman at a hospital who told them Jean Paul Walston, 23, of Geismar, raped her.

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Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare Video included

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The failure of House Republicans to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law was nothing short of an epic, self-inflicted collapse.

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LSU offense shines in second spring football scrimmage

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The LSU offense accounted for over 600 total yards, including 391 on the ground, as head coach Ed Orgeron put the Tigers through their second scrimmage of the season here Saturday indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

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LSU baseball loses 8-1 to Florida in Game 2 of series

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Sophomore right-hander Brady Singer fired a complete-game six-hitter Saturday to lead 11th-ranked Florida to an 8-1 win over No. 4 LSU at McKethan Stadium.

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Head-on collision leaves 3 dead, including infant Video included

LA 10 near Greensburg, LA (Source: WAFB) LA 10 near Greensburg, LA (Source: WAFB)
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Three people were killed, including a three-month-old, in a head-on collision Friday night. Two other minors were injured in the crash.

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USS Kidd hosts ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans Video included

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Vietnam veterans were honored at the USS Kidd during a special ceremony Saturday. March 30 marks the anniversary of the last day of combat in the Vietnam War.

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UPDATE: Kidnapped 11-month-old has been located

Christian Perkins. (Source: ALEA) Christian Perkins. (Source: ALEA)
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The child, Christian Clay Perkins, an 11-month-old white male child, has been located.  

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Maj. Kevin Reeves takes over as interim head of Louisiana State Police Video included

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There is a new top cop for Louisiana State Police, at least for a little while. Maj. Kevin Reeves officially took command of State Police as interim superintendent on Saturday.

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Southern Weekend: City Grocery serves shrimp and grits from celebrated chef

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In Oxford, MS, meet celebrated Chef John Currence and taste his famous shrimp and grits at The City Grocery.

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Man arrested after sending threatening text messages to estranged wife

Jack Collins, Jr., 42 (Source: EBRSO) Jack Collins, Jr., 42 (Source: EBRSO)
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A Baton Rouge is behind bars after he allegedly sent several text messages to his estranged wife, whom he has been separated from for 4 years, threatening and harassing her and apparently following her.

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Woman arrested for theft after taking family member’s disability check

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A Hammond woman is behind bars after authorities say she took a family to cash his disability check, promised to purchase a trailer for him, but in turn took the money.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Saturday, March 25

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Roadway incidents for Saturday, March 25

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Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

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Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.

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Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

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Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say the Trump clan doesn't make for very good neighbors, hogging parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags rotting at curbside.

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US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

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An immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to a Singapore teen whose online posts criticizing his government landed him in jail.

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Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

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The Supreme Court nominee's hearing reveals a judge who is careful, well-credentialed and willing to push back.

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8-year-old saves sister having seizure while driving Video included

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“I was terrified. I was confused. I didn’t know what was happening,” said 8-year-old Jayda, who saved her sister and her niece after her sister had a seizure while driving. 

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Dashcam captures dramatic alleged drunk driving crash on H-1 Freeway Video included

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An alleged drunk driver crashed at full speed into a median on the H-1 Freeway early Friday morning, a violent collision that was captured on the dashboard camera of another motorist. 

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NFR World Champion steer wrestler Waguespack gunning for another title Video included

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Gonzales native Tyler Waguespack hasn't slowed down since claiming the National Finals Rodeo Top Gun and Steer Wrestling Championships for 2016 in Las Vegas.

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Police: Victims shoots armed robbery suspect

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A man accused of an attempted armed robbery Thursday night was shot in the process and died early Friday morning, according to investigators. The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Kylin Spencer, 19, died at the hospital from gunshot wounds.

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4-vehicle crash leaves 1 dead

File Photo (Source: Louisiana State Police) File Photo (Source: Louisiana State Police)
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A man is dead after a four-vehicle crash in West Feliciana Parish on Friday. Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Michael Bilowich, 69, of St. Francisville.

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Marksville Trial: Derrick Stafford found guilty of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter Video included

Derrick Stafford arrives for trial on Friday, March 24 (Source: WAFB) Derrick Stafford arrives for trial on Friday, March 24 (Source: WAFB)
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The jury in the Derrick Stafford murder trial in Marksville has reached a verdict in the shooting death of a young boy and injuring of his father. Jurors found Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

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3 rescued after tree falls on vehicles Video included

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Three people were rescued after a tree fell across a Baton Rouge roadway Friday evening. It happened on Old Hammond Highway near a cemetery.

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EBR Council on Aging expanding Meals on Wheels program Video included

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Currently, more than 500 people in the Greater Baton Rouge area get weekly plate dinners free through the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program, but the number of people waiting to receive those hot meals is an even harsher reality.

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The attorney for driver who allegedly rammed Endymion crowd wants client held in Orleans Parish Video included

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The attorney for the man arrested for allegedly ramming his truck into a crowd watching Endymion is launching a court fight to have him brought back to New Orleans. 

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3 injured in shooting in France, reports say

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Early reports suggest a shooting in France is crime or gang-related. 

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NOPD searching for suspect in death of newborn baby

49-year-old Jeffery Coleman (Source: NOPD) 49-year-old Jeffery Coleman (Source: NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a suspect in the death of a newborn baby. 

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Col. Edmonson says goodbyes on final day as head of LSP Video included

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Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, retired Friday after 37 years with LSP. Edmonson spent his final morning in his post at the cafeteria on the state police compound, saying farewell to employees, giving hugs, and taking pictures.

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No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump Video included

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Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul.

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Cassidy releases statement on withdrawal of AHCA from House floor

US Sen. Bill Cassidy (Source: Bill Cassidy) US Sen. Bill Cassidy (Source: Bill Cassidy)
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US Sen. Bill Cassidy has released a statement after Republicans withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor of the US House of Representatives before the vote on it.

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Florida man eats pancakes in middle of road, arrested

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A Florida  man arrested for eating pancakes in the middle of the road in broad daylight ignited a lively debate on the police department's Facebook page.

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Gonzales officials cancel spring Music in the Park concert series Video included

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The city of Gonzales has announced it is canceling its Music in the Park concert series this spring. City leaders said the August flood interfered with their plans, but they are working on a possible fall series. 

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Sterling protest lawsuit alleges long history of racial tension between community, law enforcement Video included

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Baton Rouge on behalf of at least seven Baton Rouge residents. 

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Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs Video included

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Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change. More>>

Health summit focuses on how to 'Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana' Video included

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Health leaders and advocates gathered Friday to discuss how to "Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana." That was the theme of this year's health summit. Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke about the state's success of expanding Medicaid.

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Spanish Lake Primary fourth grader beats cancer

From left to right: Ashlee Albarado, Jillian Vickers, and Principal Britton Colon (Source: Ascension Public Schools) From left to right: Ashlee Albarado, Jillian Vickers, and Principal Britton Colon (Source: Ascension Public Schools)

A 10-year-old girl, Jillian Vickers, recently emerged victorious from an eight month battle with cancer. 

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Ascension Parish president declares it 'Paint the Parish Purple Day' Video included

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You may have noticed more people than usual wearing purple Friday, especially in Ascension Parish. That's because Parish President Kenny Matassa declared it "Paint the Parish Purple Day" to raise awareness for cancer research.

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House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill Video included

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Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

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London attacker cheerful, joking on eve of deadly rampage Video included

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London's top anti-terror officer says two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England.

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Deputies arrest man accused of impersonating police officer

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A man pretending to be a police officer tried to make a traffic stop, according to investigators. The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Campbell, 20, of Pierre Part, is facing charges in the incident.

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Gang member deported 4 times charged with child sex assault Video included

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 A 28-year police veteran said this is probably the most heinous criminal act he's ever seen.

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State of Louisiana set to offer home repair grants for flood victims Video included

Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB) Louisiana State Capitol (Source: WAFB)
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Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller announces that flood victims will soon be able to apply for home repair grants offered through the State of Louisiana.

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WWE's Kane plans run for mayor in Tennessee

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The WWE wrestler Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office of mayor in Knox County, TN.

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Power of 9: Emerging Leaders Video included

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Members of the United Way's Emerging Leaders program are working to install a Little Free Library. It's like a glass door cabinet on a stick that has a window, through which you can see books that are there for reading, taking home and even keeping!

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Man receives sentence for taping Caitlyn the dog's muzzle closed Video included

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The North Charleston man who pleaded guilty to the abuse of a dog that has since become an ambassador for the humane treatment of animals has received a sentence of five years.

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Paddlers put Teche country on the map

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The 2017 Tour du Teche series of paddle races starts Saturday, April 1, with a fun eight-mile sprint down a beautiful stretch of Bayou Teche. Competition is for trophies and certificates. Entry is $20 per paddler.

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VIDEO: Cop calls fake IRS agent back, exchange goes viral

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When a scam caller claiming to be an IRS agent unknowingly called a police officer and tried to scam him, hilarity ensued.

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YOUR TURN: Heartbroken community

This week’s Your Turn segment goes to Brenda Neely. 

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Mother composes poetic prayer in memory of Lt. Anderson

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In the hours following the procession for Lt. Shawn Anderson, a mother from Walker composed a beautiful poem to recount the experience. 

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