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Mayor’s spokeswoman set to leave job for post at Southern University

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s spokeswoman, Janene Tate, is set to vacate the position with the city to take on a role at Southern University.

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Former WAFB employee charged with video voyeurism

Morgan McDermitt, 27 (Source: WAFB) Morgan McDermitt, 27 (Source: WAFB)

Baton Rouge police arrested a former WAFB employee and charged him with two counts of video voyeurism.

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Homeless man who claimed to be kidnapped, assaulted now facing carjacking charge

Terrance King, 41 (Source: EBRSO) Terrance King, 41 (Source: EBRSO)

A homeless man who just last week claimed to be the victim of a kidnapping and assault is now behind bars for carjacking and other charges.

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What is kratom and why do some want it to be illegal?

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A member of the coffee family, kratom is a tropical tree that grows naturally in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and other parts of southeast Asia. Leaves from the tree can be crushed and then smoked, brewed with tea, or placed into gel capsules.

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Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

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Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among the doctor's victims.

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Consumer says 'keep on clicking' to avoid secret shopper email scams Video included

Just last week, Louciann Mims got an email asking her to be a secret shopper for Walmart offering $200 per day for doing it.

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Residents make mad rush to pick up turkeys and hams before Thanksgiving Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Many people waited in line for 30 minutes to get their hams from Honey Baked Ham on Florida Boulevard Wednesday.

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List of Baton Rouge restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day Video included

Baton Rouge restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.

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Video shows student being body slammed by officers

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Bus surveillance video has been released showing a 15-year-old student being body slammed by officers.

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Emaciated dog rescued by Humane Society doing much better, will be up for adoption soon

Source: Humane Society of Louisiana Source: Humane Society of Louisiana

A chocolate lab named Flower, who was found roaming the streets in Opelousas two weeks ago, is well on her way to making a full recovery after she was found horribly emaciated.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Wednesday, November 22

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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Wednesday, November 22.

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Holiday Guide: Local events, deals, donation drives

It's time to give thanks and celebrate another holiday season. 

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Girl Scouts: Don't force girls to hug relatives during the holidays Video included

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The Girl Scouts says forced hugs now can influence how girls set boundaries in the future.

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Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes Video included

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On a cold, grey afternoon, a lone North Korean soldier races toward freedom, the shock of his comrades palpable as they realize he is defecting to the South and start sprinting after him.

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Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement Video included

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Trump, who won election despite facing more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct himself, is discounting accusations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, telling voters not to support his "liberal" rival.

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David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, '70s teen idol, dies at 67

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David Cassidy became an instant  teen heartthrob as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," which ran from 1971 to 1974, and while singing on tour, with his concerts selling out in major venues like Madison Square Garden.

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Get a $25 Amazon gift card for donating blood on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

As a thank you, all those who donate blood with United Blood Services on Black Friday or Cyber Monday will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Woman raises more than $50K for homeless man who helped her

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A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man when she ran out of gas is raising money to help the man recover.

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SEC: Standings and Weekend Matchups

Thanksgiving weekend is rivalry weekend in the SEC!

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Colder than normal November days expected over coming week

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and here’s hoping that you all get to enjoy at least a couple of these late November weather gems this weekend!

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St. Vincent de Paul hosts 8th Annual Community Turkey Carving Contest Video included

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The annual St. Vincent de Paul Turkey Carving Contest featuring community leaders tests the skills of participants in a number of different categories, but at the end of the day, it all goes toward a good cause.

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Salvation Army gives away free Thanksgiving meals to families in need

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Members of the Salvation Army wanted to make sure that families in need still had a good Thanksgiving, so they decided to help out those families by handing out free meals.

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Architectural firm hired to renovate land around Superdome Video included

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In spite of the implosion of the Georgia Dome this week the people who run the Mercedes Benz Superdome say New Orleans' huge stadium isn’t going anywhere. In fact , they hired an international architectural firm to try make the dome and the land around it more productive.  

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FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules Video included

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally.

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CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations Video included

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CBS News has fired Charlie Rose after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct.

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US Navy plane with 11 aboard crashes into Pacific; 8 rescued Video included

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The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, the Navy said.

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BAYOU CLASSIC: Full schedule of events

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The 2017 Bayou Classic has arrived. Fans of Grambling State University and Southern University will begin to fill the city early this week to participate in the week-long festivities.

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Restrictions in place for Bayou Classic Weekend: Heavy traffic expected

The city of New Orleans reminds the public to be patient and prepare for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic ahead of the 44th Annual Bayou Classic weekend. 

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Ascension Parish sheriff warns of scammers posing as law enforcement officers

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The sheriff of Ascension Parish is warning residents of a scam where scammers are impersonating law enforcement officers.  

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Bolivar Co.15-year-old missing, could be in danger

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Jordan Nicole Thompson is described as a white female, five feet, nine inches tall weighing 125 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clearing skies, light winds; expect temps to fall

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WEDNESDAY: Clearing skies - sunshine; light northerly winds; a high of 64°
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and much colder - a low of 34°

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Wrestling legend Kamala off life support, improving

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Legendary wrestler Kamala is off life support following an emergency surgery.

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Small Business Saturday seeks to lure shoppers with holiday deals Video included

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)

The goal is to help small businesses increase their exposure during the post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

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Opioid addictions drive increase in NAS babies in Louisiana Video included

A whimper, and soft coos. From miniature beds melodies of new life could be heard inside Children’s Hospital. 

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AG's office offers Cyber Monday safety tips

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Ahead of Cyber Monday shopping, Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging consumers to be mindful of the deals they take part in.

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Nearly 51M Americans set to travel this Thanksgiving, highest volume in years

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AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year.

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Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says team doctor abused her

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Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas says she is among the group of athletes sexually abused by a former team doctor.

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St. Joseph Cathedral holds annual Thanksgiving Eve Mass

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St. Joseph Cathedral will hold its annual Thanksgiving Eve Mass on Wednesday. This year's service at the cathedral on North Street in Baton Rouge will begin at 5 p.m.

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Airport packed as travelers head out for holiday Video included

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The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is packed as travelers get ready to leave for their holiday destinations. 

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FBI: Border agent's death a 'potential assault ' Video included

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A U.S. official says investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot culvert.

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Survey: Cost of Thanksgiving is cheaper in La. this year

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If you’re buying your family’s Thanksgiving meal this year, good news - it’s the cheapest it’s been in several years.

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EBR Metro Council delays forming committee to address blight concerns Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council delayed a decision Tuesday night about whether to move forward with the creation of a new committee designed to tackle the blighted property issues in the city-parish.

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LSU falls 92-53 to No. 13 Notre Dame in Maui Invitational

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The LSU basketball team suffered its first defeat of the young season in the semifinal bracket of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational late Tuesday night, falling to No. 12/13 Notre Dame, 92-53, at the Lahaina Civic Center.

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Falcons waive former LSU defensive back

The Atlanta Falcons have waived former LSU defensive back Jalen Collins. 

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Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations Video included

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President Donald Trump is discounting accusations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, telling voters not to support his "liberal" rival.

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Baton Rouge General holiday lights display dazzles the young and young at heart Video included

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Baton Rouge General Medical Center hosted its inaugural Holiday Lights display Tuesday night and WAFB's Graham Ulkins was there for it all.

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Baton Rouge law enforcement leaders say recruitment numbers are down Video included

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Col. Kevin Reeves, and Interim Chief Jonny Dunnam (Source: WAFB) Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Col. Kevin Reeves, and Interim Chief Jonny Dunnam (Source: WAFB)

Call it the Ferguson effect, call it a high-risk, low-pay job. Law enforcement in the capital region is coming up short on staff and recruitment numbers are way down.

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Scott Innes announces benefit concert for Deputy Nick Tullier Video included

Scott Innes, a radio host for more than 20 years and the voice of Scooby Doo and Shaggy, has announced a benefit concert for Deputy Nick Tullier.

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Three new tenants coming to Mall of Louisiana

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Three new tenants will be moving into the Mall of Louisiana in the next few months, says the Business Report.

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UPDATE: Reward increased to $45,000 total for information regarding Border Patrol Agent's death Video included

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During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, it was announced that the reward for information regarding the death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez has been increased to $45,000. 

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Granny takes down buck day after 90th birthday - and it's one of her smaller trophies

June Boutte after taking down a four-point buck near Clinton, La. (Source: Bea J Williams) June Boutte after taking down a four-point buck near Clinton, La. (Source: Bea J Williams)

A grandmother from Clinton has a lot to be thankful for this turkey day. But she’ll be eating deer backstraps instead of turkey.

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9 arrested in Assumption Parish on drug offenses as part of 'Operation Gobble Gobble'

Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office

Nine people have been arrested and the search is on for one more in an ongoing narcotics distribution investigation by the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.

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Saving Donna Britt's voice Video included

Donna Britt and LSU grad student, Emily Watkins, work to make clean recordings of Donna's voice with no background noise (Source: Mark Ballard) Donna Britt and LSU grad student, Emily Watkins, work to make clean recordings of Donna's voice with no background noise (Source: Mark Ballard)

The sun is new in the sky and Donna Britt, still not a morning person, is out for a recording session at LSU's Speech Language and Hearing Clinic in Hatcher Hall.

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SWAC: Weekend Schedule and Conference Standings

Southern and Grambling State meet in the SWAC's game of the year at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 25.

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