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Latest News
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Baton Rouge Man Shot, Killed When He Answered Door

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies say a 41-year-old man was shot and killed when he answered the door of his apartment.

Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks identified the victim as Ellis Banks.

Hicks says Banks was shot at 6:25 p.m. Sunday when he answered a knock at his front door. The Advocate reports Banks was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

Detectives have yet to determine a motive or suspects in the case.

Antiques Roadshow
3:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

'Antiques Roadshow' Coming to Baton Rouge in July

Baton Rouge will be one of eight cities on the 2013 "Antiques Roadshow" summer tour.

Beth Courtney, president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, says the popular show, viewed nationally by an estimated 10 million people per episode, will take over the River Center on July 27 for taping of three episodes.

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Woman's Hospital
9:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge Celebrates 300K Births

Woman's Hospital is celebrating and welcoming its 300,000th baby.

The infant — a boy — was born Thursday at 5:58 a.m.

Woman's delivered its first baby in November 1968, its 100,000th baby in August 1985 and its 200,000th baby in September 2000.

To celebrate the latest milestone, the hospital is asking everyone who was born or had a baby at the facility over the past 44 years to share in its 300,000 "Babies Badge" on the social networking site Facebook.

Hurricane Isaac
4:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Baton Rouge Gets $1.5M Grant for Isaac Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded East Baton Rouge Parish a $1.5 million grant to help city-parish government with costs associated with Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports the grant, part of FEMA's Public Assistance program, will help reimburse the city-parish for equipment and supplies used during the response to Isaac and the recovery effort.

The grant covers the federal share — 75 percent — of the parish's eligible costs and the state or parish will pay the remaining 25 percent.

Latest News
12:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Teen Pleads to Sexual Assault at Baton Rouge School

A former Tara High School student has pleaded guilty in the February rape of a 14-year-old classmate in the school auditorium and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

The Advocate reports 18-year-old Quinton Adams and the victim were both special needs students at Tara at the time of the incident.

Latest News
3:54 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Baton Rouge Woman Arrested for Terrorizing Students, Teacher

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Baton Rouge woman accused of making threatening remarks, including referencing the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to fifth-graders and a teacher after her child was bullied.

While she was checking her child into Magnolia Woods Elementary School Tuesday, sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says Donna Wilson learned that her child was a victim of bullying on Monday.

Hicks says school officials told Wilson that they handled the incident and had counseled students about teasing the child.

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9:27 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Baton Rouge Police: Grandmother attacked by grandson

Baton Rouge Police say a man accused of beating his grandmother and pouring hot water on the 87-year-old woman has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely tells The Advocate ( ) 35-year-old Ernest Girtley allegedly attacked his grandmother just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at her home.

McKneely says Girtley allegedly pulled the woman from her bed, dragged her through the house and punched her in the face while telling her he was going to kill her.

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1:50 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

EPA to aid Baton Rouge's greening design

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with Baton Rouge to help create more green spaces and trails to connect the LSU area to downtown.

Baton Rouge was one of five cities selected for the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. The others are Indianapolis, Des Moines, Helena, Mont., and Frankfort, Ky.

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Hurricane Isaac
8:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Baton Rouge airport likely to cancel flights

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is advising all flights scheduled to arrive this evening or Wednesday will most likely be canceled. The flight schedule on Thursday will be based on forecasted weather conditions.

Travelers should check with their airline to confirm if their flight is affected. Travelers can find a list of airlines serving BTR on the airport's website.

Hurricane Isaac
1:37 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Baton Rouge city-parish government offices close for Isaac

Baton Rouge city government offices are closing for Isaac.

Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel announced that city-parish government was closing at noon Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday.

The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is open and coordinating with state officials throughout the storm, providing updates