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CLOSURES: Schools, offices close due to icy weather and water issues

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School closures due to weather. 

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HAPPENING TODAY: Area begins to thaw, but many closures remain

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Headlines for local news, national news, weather, traffic, sports, and entertainment. 

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CLOSURES: Roads shut down due to ice

Road closure (Source: WAFB) Road closure (Source: WAFB)
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Road closures listings. 

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Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown Video included

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The measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October.

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warmer, high possibly reaching lower 50s

First Alert Weather (Source: WAFB) First Alert Weather (Source: WAFB)
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WAFB First Alert Weather team forecast. 

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House on Garfield St. catches fire Video included

Baton Rouge Fire Department (Source: WAFB) Baton Rouge Fire Department (Source: WAFB)
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A house caught fire near the LSU campus early Friday morning.

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Free dental, medical, vision clinic to be held in north Baton Rouge

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A free, three-day dental, medical, and vision clinic will be held in north Baton Rouge this weekend.

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Haitians face hurdles after protected-status renewal delays

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Haitian community leaders say thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the US legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration has delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status. More>>

SU library inundated with water after pipe burst Video included

Flooding in library at Southern University (Source: Facebook) Flooding in library at Southern University (Source: Facebook)

There was no fire, but all four floors of the building took on roughly two inches of water after a water coil on the roof burst.

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Police: Man robbed employees, patrons of Gonzales restaurant at gunpoint

Source: Gonzales PD Source: Gonzales PD

Gonzales police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man accused of robbing a restaurant at gunpoint on Tuesday evening.

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Bride and groom shoot portraits in hospital with sick daughter Video included

Claire and Ray Hufft were able to include their sick daughter in their wedding portraits (Source: Collin Richie) Claire and Ray Hufft were able to include their sick daughter in their wedding portraits (Source: Collin Richie)

Claire and Ray Hufft spent more than a year planning for their December wedding. However, when the week of the ceremony arrived, all those plans almost fell apart.

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Pair accused of leaving dog out in freezing temps, resulting in its death

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A man and woman, believed to have left their dog outside during freezing temperatures, resulting in its death, are facing charges.

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'How dare you': Gymnasts confront Michigan sports doctor Video included

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U.S. Olympian McKayla Maroney says being sexually assaulted by a Michigan sports doctor who molested her and other gymnasts scarred her mind in ways that may never heal. More>>

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege Video included

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President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege in the Trump-Russia probe that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. More>>

No. 1 LSU hosts No. 9 Alabama for Alumni Night

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Ranked No. 1 in the country, the LSU gymnastics team faces arch rival Alabama Friday night. The university is closed thanks to the freeze, but you better believe the PMAC will be rocking.

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Davon Harris selection gives West Feliciana record 3 Warrick Dunn Finalists Video included

Davon Harris stretches to cross the goal line for a touchdown against Richwood in the 3A state title game. (Source: WAFB) Davon Harris stretches to cross the goal line for a touchdown against Richwood in the 3A state title game. (Source: WAFB)
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Davon Harris, a 5-foot-6, 170-pound senior, rushed for 1,049 yards on 105 carries, good for a 10-yard average and scored 15 touchdowns.

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Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown Video included

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Mother of mentally ill woman says her daughter, 22, was denied her lawful right to medical care when she was left in the cold outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a flimsy gown.

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Tow truck driver dodges death when car crashes, lands on top of his truck Video included

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Police cited the driver who crashed for going too fast and not slowing down for an emergency vehicle.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Friday, January 19

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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Friday, January 19.

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'Tourniquet Killer' executed in Texas for 1992 strangling

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A man who became known as Houston's 'Tourniquet Killer' because of his signature murder technique on four female victims is set to become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018. More>>

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

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Government scientists calculate that 2017 wasn't the hottest year on record, but close and unusually warm for no El Nino cooking the books. More>>

Woman arrested after forcing 6-year-old to act as porch pirate Video included

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Deputies say the 6-year-old is a boy the woman routinely cares for, but no further details about their relationship were provided.

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Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks Video included

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Phoenix-area police departments have evidence linking a 35-year-old man already charged with two killings to seven additional homicides that occurred in a three-week span late last year.

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South cleans up after unusually intense storm that killed 15 Video included

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Southern states will be dealing with the lingering effects of a winter storm that dumped a half-foot of snow on North Carolina's largest cities, dusted the Deep South and killed at least eight people.

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Boil water advisories

Bathroom sink (Source: WAFB) Bathroom sink (Source: WAFB)

Boil advisories currently in effect.

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February special session? La. governor says he's 'not' confident he'll call one Video included

Capitol building (Source: WAFB) Capitol building (Source: WAFB)

The Louisiana governor says he's not confident he will have the deal he needs to call a special session in February.

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Yes, you can order an Oreo subscription box from Amazon

Of all the things you can order on Amazon - we're looking at you diet gummy bears - this might be one that you won't want to share.  (Source: Amazon) Of all the things you can order on Amazon - we're looking at you diet gummy bears - this might be one that you won't want to share.  (Source: Amazon)
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There is an item called the Oreo Cookie Club subscription box and yes, it's exactly what you think it is. 

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The story behind that viral photo of a frozen giant snapping turtle

This snapping turtle is hibernating under the ice (Source: Jonathan Evins) This snapping turtle is hibernating under the ice (Source: Jonathan Evins)

A group of duck hunters returned from a recent hunt in Arkansas with a whale of a tale, or rather, a turtle of a tale. 

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Country stars from Vegas festival to perform Grammy tribute

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Three performers at last year's Route 91 Harvest Festival where a gunman opened fire on fans will perform a tribute at this year's Grammy Awards to honor victims killed at live music events this year. More>>

Officials urging people to check pipes, stop dripping faucets

Dripping Faucet (Source: WAFB) Dripping Faucet (Source: WAFB)
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Now that the worst seems to be over, officials want you to check your pipes.

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NJ boy calls TV station to find kidney for dad

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Pete Recchia has end-stage renal disease. Basically, he was born with one kidney and it's failing. He's been on a transplant list for two-years and been going to dialysis in Livingston for just as long, three times a week, four hours at a time. All along, a little boy has been watching.

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American Airlines passengers brace for emergency landing Video included

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Airline officials later said the smoke was caused by a faulty fan. No one was injured.

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Python found in backyard of Florida home

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A Siesta Key, FL, resident found a 12-foot-long yellow python swimming underneath his dock.

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Dong Phuong honored with James Beard award

Dong Phuong was honored with a James Beard award. (Source: Facebook) Dong Phuong was honored with a James Beard award. (Source: Facebook)

The James Beard Foundation has honored Dong Phuong, a Vietnamese bakery in eastern New Orleans with its America’s Classics award. 

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Storefront of Denham Springs business damaged in hit and run crash

Source: A-1 Southern Iron Works Source: A-1 Southern Iron Works

Police are investigating a hit and run crash that damaged the storefront of a Denham Springs business on Wednesday morning. 

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MISSING: Man not seen in Pointe Coupee Parish since November 2017

Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office

Authorities in Pointe Coupee Parish are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has been missing since November 2017. 

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Open casting call to be held for extras for WWII movie 'Greyhound' filming in Baton Rouge

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)

Central Casting Louisiana will be hosting an open casting call for background extras for the WWII drama Greyhound that will be filming in Baton Rouge in the coming months. 

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WANTED: Man accused of choking girlfriend during argument

Source: Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers Source: Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers

Investigators are asking for the public to be on the lookout for a man accused of choking his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. 

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Spanish police seize over 1,600 lbs of cocaine hidden in pineapples

Nine people were arrested in the joint operation with Portuguese police. (Source: Policia Nacional/CNN) Nine people were arrested in the joint operation with Portuguese police. (Source: Policia Nacional/CNN)
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Police in Spain seized more than 1,642 pounds, or 745 kilos, of cocaine hidden in pineapples from South America, as part of a joint operation conducted with Portuguese police.

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Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

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Authorities in the Russian region of Yakutia where temperatures have dropped to record lows are not reporting any disruptions of heating or crucial supplies.

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VIDEO: Man enjoys 'ice skiing' in south Louisiana Video included

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Most people decided to stay inside as bitterly cold temperatures led to a virtual shutdown of most of south Louisiana. However, one couple decided to use the weather to have a little fun.

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Busted lines at Perkins Rowe shoot water onto road Video included

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The frigid temperatures caused some big problems for a few buildings in Baton Rouge late Wednesday night. Busted lines at Perkins Rowe shot water like a cannon onto Perkins Road.

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Both Baton Rouge locations of Jason's Deli affected by Dec. 2017 data breach

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Both Baton Rouge locations of Jason’s Deli were impacted by a recent data breach, according to the restaurant. Jason’s Deli reported 164 locations were affected by a breach of credit card data this past December.

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Officials urge drivers to avoid roads after firefighter dies while working icy West Feliciana crash Video included

Chief Russell Achord (Source: State Fire Marshal's Office) Chief Russell Achord (Source: State Fire Marshal's Office)

A firefighter was killed after responding to a crash Wednesday morning, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office.

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Body of homeless man found in wooded area off Spanish Town Road Video included

Homeless man found dead off Spanish Town Road (Source: WAFB) Homeless man found dead off Spanish Town Road (Source: WAFB)

The body of an apparent homeless man was found in a wooded area in Baton Rouge Wednesday night.

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Event cancellations due to weather

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Reported cancellations due to weather. 

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Wheelchair-bound elderly man found dead in house with no heat Video included

Paul Maker, 84 (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office) Paul Maker, 84 (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)

An 84-year-old man was found dead Tuesday night in a house with no working heat.

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Gov. declares state of emergency due to winter weather conditions Video included

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has just declared a state of emergency across Louisiana due to the winter weather and dangerous conditions.

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Funeral arrangements announced for 'Buckskin' Bill Video included

"Buckskin" Bill Black "Buckskin" Bill Black

Funeral arrangements have been announced for beloved WAFB star and community leader William "Bill" Black, also known as Buckskin Bill. 

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Officials warn of running faucets more than a slow drip

Bathroom sink (Source: WAFB) Bathroom sink (Source: WAFB)
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Some areas of south Louisiana that experienced water problems during the last extended hard freeze are urging residents to prepare now for freezing temperatures.

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BRPD hosting 'Meet The Fleet' recruiting event on January 20

Baton Rouge Police Department (Source: WAFB) Baton Rouge Police Department (Source: WAFB)

The Baton Rouge Police Department will be hosting an open house event on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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