The Baton Rouge Police Department released unofficial numbers for the city's murder rate. The numbers paint a pretty disappointing picture with a 4.7 percent rise in the murder rate for 2012 when compared to 2011.
Parade goers have already started counting down the days for the largest tourism event for Louisiana.
Fat Tuesday will be held this year on February 12. This is the day before Ash Wednesday, which notes the first day of Lent.
Officials with the Department of Corrections told FOX44 News 33 year old Keana Barnes escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women around 1:00 Tuesday morning.
She was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.