On this day in history, we celebrate The United States of America

1776 - The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America.

Safety a priority downtown

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - Hundreds of police officers from all over EBR Parish are patrolling downtown streets this 4th of July.

Red stick residents gear up for the fourth

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - Happy Independence Day, that's what everyone around town said Sunday because they're either working, or trying to have a safe and fun holiday.

2011 Baton Rouge Beer Fest

This was the inaugural Baton Rouge Beer Fest. This was organized by Abita Brewery and the Dreams Come True Foundation.

New details about T.J. Ribs victim

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — When 50-year old Raymond Levie died last Friday, he was under investigaton by the Baton Rouge Police Department. They still don't know why he had eight bottles of prescription pills inside of his house.

Syria, Libya, Mexico, China

AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Syria, thousands of protesters called for an end to a regime. Amateur video that was posted online claims to show protesters marching and chanting.

The price of a Powerball ticket going up, but so is the payout

NATIONAL (FOX44) - If you're a Powerball player, get ready to shell out more money for a ticket. Starting next year, prices for the big game will double from one dollar to two.

A man is hospitalized after shooting at traffic light

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - A 25 year old was hospitalized on July 1st. That's after Baton Rouge police say he was shot while waiting at a traffic light. It happened around two on the 4600 block of Gus Young.

Non-Profit Organization seeks to help Homeless and Released Prisoners

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - A new Non-Profit Organization is looking to help the homeless in the capitol city go from curbside to country club.

Students in Sorrento protest over cuts

SORRENTO, La (FOX44) - Students at River Parish Community College in Sorrento gathered on July 1st to show their support for a program, cut due to lack of funding.