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Lawmakers continue to debate budget

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — Lawmakers continued debating over next year's budget Friday long into the evening. That's after the majority of the house voted in favor of an amendment that majorly changes the bill.

Closing arguments set to begin tomorrow in Lil' Boosie trial

The First-Degree Murder trial against Baton Rouge rapper Lil’ Boosie seems to be moving ahead of schedule. On day 6 the prosecution rested and the defense called no witnesses.

Louisiana House begins budget discussion

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — It’s a critical day for the Louisiana House as lawmakers try to vote on how billions of dollars will be spent to keep the state running.

Break away school district moves forward

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — The battle to break away from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System continues. Parents were back at the capitol Wednesday to fight for their children.

'Marlo Mike' testifies he didn't kill Terry Boyd

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Day 3: On the stand today was the key witness for the prosecution "Marlo Mike" Lauding.

Neighbors put out apartment fire

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — A north Baton Rouge woman and her family are giving thanks Friday after a group of their neighbors helped to put out a fire at her apartment.

Wet weather floods Prairieville area

PRAIRIEVILLE, La (FOX44) — Michele Helton's yard was under water Wednesday afternoon. ] "It was like I was surrounded by a lake and I was on a house boat," she laughs.

City leaders, law enforcement launch new violence reduction project

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — City leaders and law enforcement launched big plans for their new project today. They're calling it the Baton Rouge They're calling it the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project, or BRAVE.

Church leaders talk Operation Cease Fire

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — A huge number of community members and law enforcement have teamed up with a plan to get rid of crime in the Baton Rouge area. They're calling it Operation Cease Fire.

Louisiana Lawmakers and Celebrities gather at State Capitol for Bicentennial Celebration

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - "As we look forward to the next 200 years, let us pause and give thanks to those who came before us, and who helped shape the identity of this place we call home," said Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.