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River Crest expected Wednesday

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - The water level in the Mississippi River Tuesday morning was reported at just over 44.5 feet in Baton Rouge. That means it hasn't gone up very much in the last 24 hours.

Another Vision Airlines option

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - Vision Airlines says Baton Rouge passengers will have another option with the carrier. Vision will begin service to the Tunica / Memphis airport on June 1st.

Redstick Residents happy about river levels

BATON ROUGE (FOX44) - Redstick residents are happy the river's crest is now projected to be lower than expected.

There Is A New Name In town!

L'auberge is the name that has been chosen by Pinnacle for the new casino and hotel being built in Baton Rouge. The 357 million dollar project will feature a 30 thousand square foot gaming area and a 200 room hotel.

Representative John Labruzzo Wants Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

A state representative is still pushing random drug testing for people who receive help from the state.

Oystermen Affected By Spillway

As oystermen anticipated, the fresh water has started to hurt their livelihood. Two oyster harvest areas were closed over the weekend in Plaquemines Parish, and on Lake Borgne in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.

First of Angola Five convicted of killing guard

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (FOX44) - The first of the Angola five has been convicted of killing a prison guard during an escape attempt that happened in 1999.

Effects of the spillway's opening in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - With the opening of the Morganza spillway, the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge is expcected to crest at 45 feet on Tuesday. That's compared to the forecast of 47.5 feet next Monday.

"RIBS" Machine to help with flood effort

KROTZ SPRINGS, LA (FOX44) - Landmark Earth Solutions is a company that could help save homes in the coming weeks. This Company is responsible for building a machine that can stock sandbags six feet high and 100 feet long.

Fatal Shooting on West Polk Street

BATON ROUGE (FOX44) - Early Saturday morning, a woman was shot and killed walking down West Polk street. BRPD said that four friends were walking down West Polk street around 12:30 p.m.