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LA inmate, hostage die in standoff at prison near Homer Video included

(Source: KSLA News 12) (Source: KSLA News 12)
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A state inmate killed a Claiborne Parish woman after taking her hostage and later died in a shootout during a standoff with law officers, authorities say.

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Deputies arrest suspect in string of vehicle break-ins that resulted in guns, electronics, meds, and more stolen

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The finding of a stolen laptop during a murder investigation led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into several vehicles, according to authorities.

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Teen reportedly shot in leg expected to survive Video included

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Police are investigating a shooting that sent a teen to the hospital late Thursday night. It happened on 68th Avenue in Baton Rouge, which runs north of US 190 on Scenic Highway, around 11:15 p.m.

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Shooting at gas station sends 1 to the hospital Video included

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One person was shot at a gas station in Baton Rouge early Friday morning. It happened at the corner of Hollywood Street and McClelland Drive around 12:15 a.m.

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Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank holds ribbon cutting for grand re-opening after August floods

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The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is holding an official grand re-opening Friday, as workers move back into the administrative offices following the historic floods in August 2016.

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Truck crashes into store, misses woman and child, caught on camera Video included

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A handful of people were in the danger zone as a box truck attempted to park in front of a 99-cent store in New York.

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Russia sanctions bill gets heavy support, heads to Trump

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The Senate's decisive vote to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea sends the popular bill to President Donald Trump, who will be under pressure to sign it after weeks of intense negotiations.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Friday, July 28

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)
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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Friday, July 28

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Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill Video included

The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN) The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)
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The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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GOP dealt stiff blow in Senate's bid to repeal 'Obamacare' Video included

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The Senate has rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law.

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AP EXCLUSIVE: Sessions not leaving unless pushed

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve. (Source: CNN) Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve. (Source: CNN)
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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that could attempt to insulate Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.

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GOP dealt stiff blow in Senate's bid to repeal 'Obamacare' Video included

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Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

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Leading Disney parks 'Imagineer' Martin Sklar dies at 83

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Martin Sklar, one of the central figures behind Disney's theme parks around the world, has died at 83.

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Attorneys update residents on status of I-12 median wall lawsuit Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Six months after several Livingston Parish communities filed a class action lawsuit with the state regarding the August flood, residents got an update from attorneys on the case at a town hall meeting Thursday night.

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Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

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Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms.

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WAFB's Donna Britt diagnosed with ALS Video included

Longtime WAFB news anchor Donna Britt has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, she announced Thursday. 

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Back-to-school events, supply drives Video included

The first day of school is right around the corner and many organizations are holding back-to-school events and supply drives to get everyone ready. 

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Man suffering from mental illness gone missing; police believe he's off his medication Video included

Jerry Keith Green, 52 (Source: BRPD) Jerry Keith Green, 52 (Source: BRPD)

The Baton Rouge Police Department is actively seeking a missing man.

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BRFD says Family Dollar fire was arson Video included

The Baton Rouge Fire Department was on the scene of a fire at the Family Dollar at the corner of Florida Blvd. and N Acadian Thwy.

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Historic Hotel Lincoln up for sale Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The blighted property, Hotel Lincoln, best known for hosting high-profile African Americans during the segregation era, is up for sale.

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Mayor finds out about contract with 'Silky Slim' from WAFB records request Video included

Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome at press conference following DOJ decision (Source: WAFB) Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome at press conference following DOJ decision (Source: WAFB)

"After hearing all this information today, I can just imagine the mayor's office is now the Titanic of 2017," said President of the Baton Rouge Police Union Sgt. Bryan Taylor.

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Mayor calls comment at Metro Council meeting about ambush shooting 'unacceptable'

Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome released a statement and addressed the media Thursday about a comment made at the last metro council meeting that shocked many. 

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HUD to award $5.3M to flooded rental property owners Video included

Help is on the way for owners of rental homes that sustained damage in the August 2016 flood.  

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Two people wanted for using stolen credit cards in Tangipahoa Parish

Christopher Guillory, 25, and Hannah Hensarling, 20 (Source: TPSO) Christopher Guillory, 25, and Hannah Hensarling, 20 (Source: TPSO)

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is currently seeking two people for reportedly using stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at various stores around the parish.

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GRAPHIC: Video shows moment ride turned deadly at Ohio State Fair Video included

There was a fatal accident Wednesday evening at the Ohio State Fair (Source: AyPayTV, YouTube) There was a fatal accident Wednesday evening at the Ohio State Fair (Source: AyPayTV, YouTube)
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There was a fatal accident Wednesday evening at the Ohio State Fair.

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Man recreates waterfall with 80,000 Legos

Erik Mattson's Lego version of Multnomah Falls stands eight feet tall. (Source: KOIN/CNN) Erik Mattson's Lego version of Multnomah Falls stands eight feet tall. (Source: KOIN/CNN)
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Erik Mattson's Lego version of Multnomah Falls stands eight feet tall.

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Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell Video included

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Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to salute and say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. More>>

Photos released of suspect in afternoon Gonzales bank robbery Video included

The Gonzales Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that happened during the lunch hour Thursday. 

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Man arrested for reportedly sexually assaulting 13-year-old

Nicholas Waxley, 25 (Source: EBRSO) Nicholas Waxley, 25 (Source: EBRSO)

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office officials report that a 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

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SWEPCO, PSO plan $4.5B wind farm project to serve customers, reduce bills Video included

The proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project is a 2,000 megawatt wind farm under construction in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle. (Source: SWEPCO) The proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project is a 2,000 megawatt wind farm under construction in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle. (Source: SWEPCO)
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Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) has announced plans for a major clean energy project that they say will provide low-cost, renewable energy for their customers. 

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Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress Video included

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President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress.

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Multiple fire crews battle blaze for 3+ hours

Source: Central Fire Department Source: Central Fire Department

Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in the 30100 block of Greenwell Springs Rd. Thursday morning.

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Payton pleased with first day of Saints training camp Video included

Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8 Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8

For the first time since 2013, the Saints opened training camp within the friendly confines of their facility on Airline Drive in Metairie.

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Woman arrested for allegedly shooting victim in the face Video included

A 49-year-old woman is accused of shooting another woman in the face. 

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Applications for Baton Rouge Chief of Police available on Monday Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Applications for the open Baton Rouge Chief of Police position will be posted on Monday. 

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Police: Bieber accidentally hits photog with pickup truck Video included

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Video posted on social media shows Bieber pulling away from a crowd of photographers in his truck when one of them steps toward the vehicle and is hit.

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Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump's jamboree speech Video included

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Trump gave a campaign-style speech to the crowd of nearly 40,000 people attending the 20th annual jamboree. He verbally bashed his former opponent Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama, while pushing his political agenda.

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Slidell woman fights off home invasion suspect with wooden club

A Slidell woman used a wooden club to beat a man who forced his way into her home Monday night, according to a spokesman with the Slidell Police Department  

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Baby girl born with heart defect passes away

Aubrey Rose (Source: Family) Aubrey Rose (Source: Family)
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A precious baby girl who was born with a hole in her heart and was featured on WAFB to help with blood donations has passed away. Aubrey Rose was less than a year old when she died Wednesday morning.

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WANTED: Man accused of pistol-whipping 1, shooting 2 others Video included

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Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man suspected of pistol-whipping one person and shooting two others. Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers reported Shykeem McNeal, AKA "Bama," 26, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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Prostitution sting results in 3 arrests

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Two women and a man were arrested in an undercover prostitution sting Wednesday, according to investigators.

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Liquor store appeals to teachers with back to school sign

(Source: Facebook/Caesar's Wine and Liquor) (Source: Facebook/Caesar's Wine and Liquor)
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A Mid-South liquor store is looking to put itself on back-to-school lists this year.

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PHOTO: "Pinky" the dolphin spotted again in Gulf of Mexico

"Pinky" the dolphin (Source: Viewer) "Pinky" the dolphin (Source: Viewer)
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A viewer snapped this picture of 'Pinky' swimming with another dolphin Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tom and Gayle Benson buy Dixie Brewing Company Video included

The Bensons have bought the Dixie Brewing Company. (Source: Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) The Bensons have bought the Dixie Brewing Company. (Source: Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

Dixie Beer is returning home. Tom and Gayle Benson announced Thursday the majority purchase of Dixie Brewing Company, LLC. 

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Free flood recovery forum hopes to help victims file proof of loss before deadline

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Southern University Law Center, along with Restore Louisiana and Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, is holding a free flood relief summit Thursday.

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Daughter of slain police officer born 2 years after his death

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The couple had only been married three months when the officer died, but they always wanted to have children.

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926-pound shark won't be recognized as New Jersey's record

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A 926-pound Mako shark caught off the New Jersey coast won't be recognized as a state record because more than one angler helped catch it. More>>

Balloons causing dangers for wildlife in Louisiana Video included

(Source: Pablo) (Source: Pablo)
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They say what goes up, must come down. The saying sticks true for balloons. 

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Raising Cane's giving away trip to festival for National Chicken Finger Day

Source: Raising Cane's Source: Raising Cane's

To celebrate National Chicken Finger Day, Raising Cane's is holding a contest to win a trip to the New Orleans Friday Chicken Festival.

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Together Louisiana criticizes Cassidy, Kennedy votes on healthcare bill Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The group Together Louisiana criticized how both of Louisiana’s senators voted on an amendment to the healthcare bill during a press conference Wednesday.

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Recovering Hope: A woman's journey through heroin addiction Video included

Donna and Arielle Butler (Source: WAFB) Donna and Arielle Butler (Source: WAFB)

It was early January in 2014 when WAFB's Elizabeth Vowell met Arielle Butler and her mother, Donna. Both were exhausted and constantly fighting. Arielle was 26 at the time and in the grips of a heroin addiction. 

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Snowball trailer stolen from stay-at-home dad Video included

Source: Andy Nguyen Source: Andy Nguyen

A little over three months ago, stay at home dad, Andy Nguyen, took out a loan to build a snowball business to help his family, who is struggling financially.

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Health officials report human West Nile Virus cases in Livingston, East Baton Rouge parishes Video included

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Health officials are reporting seven human cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana, with three of those being in the immediate area.

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Contractor arrested for fourth time, this time for reportedly scamming elderly victim

Andrew Darian, 49 (Source: EBRSO) Andrew Darian, 49 (Source: EBRSO)

A Denham Springs contractor has been arrested after reportedly agreeing to fix the windows of a flood damaged home, and failing to do so.

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Coroner recovers body located in Mississippi River Video included

Emergency officials are on the scene of a reported drowning in the Mississippi River.  

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Sen. Kennedy submits amendments to Senate healthcare bill

Sen. John Kennedy (Source: WAFB) Sen. John Kennedy (Source: WAFB)

Senator John Kennedy released a statement Wednesday afternoon about a series of amendments he filed to the Senate healthcare bill.

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State Police: Driver who failed to yield at red light caused fatal crash

LSP unit (Source: WAFB) LSP unit (Source: WAFB)

A 36-year-old man died early Wednesday morning after he was ejected from his car after a crash. 

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Mayor Broome to hold city-wide prayer service to commemorate anniversary of August flooding Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome announced Wednesday there will be a city-wide faith-based service held to commemorate the one year anniversary of the August 2016 flooding.

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DA drops charges against man accused of striking, killing pedestrian Video included

Source: APSO Source: APSO

The District Attorney’s office in the 23rd Judicial District Court has dropped charges against a man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian.

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7-year-old boy dies after being electrocuted by neighbor’s fence Video included

A 7-year-old boy died after he was electrocuted by his neighbor’s fence, according to CBS affiliate KNOE. 

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Smoothie King to give away free smoothies on anniversary of August flooding

Source: Smoothie King Source: Smoothie King

On the one year anniversary of the August 2016 flooding, Smoothie King plans to give out free smoothies to the community.

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