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Recovering Hope: A woman's journey through heroin addiction Video included

It was early January in 2014 when WAFB's Elizabeth Vowell met Arielle Butler and her mother, Donna. Both were exhausted and constantly fighting. Arielle was 26 at the time and in the grips of a heroin addiction. 

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Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

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President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress.

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Raising Cane's giving away trip to festival for National Chicken Finger Day

Source: Raising Cane's Source: Raising Cane's

To celebrate National Chicken Finger Day, Raising Cane's is holding a contest to win a trip to the New Orleans Friday Chicken Festival.

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Police: Man snapped puppy's neck over Wi-Fi dispute Video included

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The 3-month-old puppy died on the way to animal rescue, and an examination confirmed major spinal trauma.

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Metro council hears updates on Alton Sterling investigation; mayor noticeably absent Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

After being deferred twice, residents got the chance Wednesday to speak before the EBR metro council about the shooting death of Alton Sterling.

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Saints prepare for training camp in Louisiana heat

From West Virginia back to New Orleans, the Saints say they're well prepared for the difference in climate this summer during practice. 

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Together Louisiana criticizes Cassidy, Kennedy votes on healthcare bill Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The group Together Louisiana criticized how both of Louisiana’s senators voted on an amendment to the healthcare bill during a press conference Wednesday.

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Snowball trailer stolen from stay-at-home dad Video included

Source: Andy Nguyen Source: Andy Nguyen

A little over three months ago, stay at home dad, Andy Nguyen, took out a loan to build a snowball business to help his family, who is struggling financially.

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State Police: Driver who failed to yield at red light caused fatal crash

LSP unit (Source: WAFB) LSP unit (Source: WAFB)

A 36-year-old man died early Wednesday morning after he was ejected from his car after a crash. 

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DA drops charges against man accused of striking, killing pedestrian Video included

Source: APSO Source: APSO

The District Attorney’s office in the 23rd Judicial District Court has dropped charges against a man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian.

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Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house Video included

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Documents show that Southaven officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.

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Panda cubs spend their days at panda kindergarten Video included

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The pandas are demanding and full of energy, so they need plenty of exercise each day.

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Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

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Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms.

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GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare' Video included

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The Senate is plunging into full-fledged debate on the Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law.

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Trump's order: Bar all transgender troops from US military Video included

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President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the armed forces.

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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Roadway incidents for Thursday, July 27

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)
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Below is a list of traffic incidents and notices for Thursday, July 27

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926-pound shark won't be recognized as New Jersey's record

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A 926-pound Mako shark caught off the New Jersey coast won't be recognized as a state record because more than one angler helped catch it. More>>

Trump again rips attorney general but many want him to stay Video included

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Trump's intensifying criticism has fueled speculation that the attorney general may step down even if the president stops short of firing him. 

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Health officials report human West Nile Virus cases in Livingston, East Baton Rouge parishes Video included

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Health officials are reporting seven human cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana, with three of those being in the immediate area.

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Missing 15-year-old girl found safe

LeeAnn Tyson, 15 (Source: WBRSO) LeeAnn Tyson, 15 (Source: WBRSO)

A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on Tuesday, July 25 was found safe Wednesday in Iberville Parish, officials report.

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Union of Police puts up billboards thanking Chief Carl Dabadie for his service Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The Baton Rouge Union of Police has put up two billboards thanking Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Carl Dababie for his service as he plans to retire.

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Contractor arrested for fourth time, this time for reportedly scamming elderly victim

Andrew Darian, 49 (Source: EBRSO) Andrew Darian, 49 (Source: EBRSO)

A Denham Springs contractor has been arrested after reportedly agreeing to fix the windows of a flood damaged home, and failing to do so.

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Brain disease seen in most football players in large report Video included

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Research on the brains of 202 former football players shows brain disease in most. More>>

New technology brings color to the world for millions Video included

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Enchroma glasses, a wearable technology, are changing everything for color-blind patients.

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Coroner recovers body located in Mississippi River Video included

Emergency officials are on the scene of a reported drowning in the Mississippi River.  

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Sen. Kennedy submits amendments to Senate healthcare bill

Sen. John Kennedy (Source: WAFB) Sen. John Kennedy (Source: WAFB)

Senator John Kennedy released a statement Wednesday afternoon about a series of amendments he filed to the Senate healthcare bill.

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Entergy customers in La. to get advanced meters in future

Source: Entergy Source: Entergy

Entergy Louisiana customers are now one step closer to enjoying faster outage restoration, improved customer service, and access to money-saving tools.

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LSU President gives update about new tiger, Mike VII Video included

But what about the tiger? That was the question presented at the end at the weekly Rotary Club meeting, which featured LSU Head Football Coach 

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Denham Springs man found shot to death in car in Covington Video included

A man who was found shot to death in a vehicle in Covington was from Denham Springs.

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Annual BR CityStats report released by Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

The Annual Baton Rouge CityStats report, which is produced by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), has been released, and many residents are unhappy with the pace of progress in the parish and think their elected officials are not listening.

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Mayor Broome announces new plan to improve traffic; project list released Video included

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Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome held a news conference Monday morning to provide details about a tax proposal to fund roads and transportation in Baton Rouge.

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Nicholson bridge south of Brightside reopens ahead of schedule Video included

The bridge along LA Hwy. 30 near Brightside Drive in Baton Rouge was reopened Wednesday afternoon following emergency repairs. 

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Mayor Broome to hold city-wide prayer service to commemorate anniversary of August flooding Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome announced Wednesday there will be a city-wide faith-based service held to commemorate the one year anniversary of the August 2016 flooding.

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron speaks to Rotary about upcoming football season Video included

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will addressed the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on Wednesday. The head coach is entering his first full year in charge of the Tigers and previewed the 2017 football season.

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Louisiana sales tax holiday set for August 4-5

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Louisiana's upcoming sales tax holiday will give shoppers a 3 percent break on tangible items.

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Driver dies in crash involving high speed, according to investigators Video included

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A driver is dead after a crash involving high speed early Wednesday morning, according to authorities. Louisiana State Police reported the single-vehicle crash happened on Cane Market Road near LA 16 just south of Watson.

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Ruby Slipper Cafe' holds Baton Rouge grand opening ceremony

The Ruby Slipper Café opened its first location in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. The new restaurant is located at the spot of the former Pei Wei location on Perkins Road in the Acadian Village Springs Shopping Center.

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Congressman Scalise released from hospital, to begin rehabilitation Video included

Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana (Source: US Congress) Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana (Source: US Congress)

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is out of the hospital, officials say. 

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AL man reunited with father's lost ring 45 years later Video included

Jaeson and Brittney Smith (L) and Mr and Mrs. Daniel Williams (R). (Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM) Jaeson and Brittney Smith (L) and Mr and Mrs. Daniel Williams (R). (Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)
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An east Alabama man reunited with a family treasure considered lost for 45 years, until one couple from Tallapoosa, Georgia, unearthed a class ring buried on the shores of Jekyll Island.

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Man tries to smuggle king cobras in potato chip cans

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The smugglers attempted to mail the highly venomous snakes in the canisters. Federal investigators found other endangered species at the home of the intended recipient. 

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Pair drives off in car left running with doors unlocked Video included

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Deputies are looking for two men after an apparent crime of opportunity. The pair was caught on camera stealing a car that was parked right in front of the Cracker Barrel on Millerville Road early Monday morning.

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Back-to-school events, supply drives Video included

The first day of school is right around the corner and many organizations are holding back-to-school events and supply drives to get everyone ready. 

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Video: Newborn abandoned in grocery cart Video included

Police bodycam video from June 4 shows police talking to witnesses after the newborn baby was found inside a backpack left in a grocery cart. (Source: KXNV/CNN) Police bodycam video from June 4 shows police talking to witnesses after the newborn baby was found inside a backpack left in a grocery cart. (Source: KXNV/CNN)
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Police bodycam video from June 4 shows police talking to witnesses after the newborn baby was found inside a backpack left in a grocery cart. 

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Application period starts Wednesday for farm flood grants

Farmers who lost at least $10,000 to last year's floods can get federal grants to cover up to $100,000 in such losses, and the application period begins Wednesday.

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Man accused of beating woman, children with curtain rod, allegedly because someone ate his food Video included

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A man is facing child endangerment and other charges after a woman and three children were beaten, allegedly over eaten food, according to investigators.

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Report: Ben and Jerry's ice cream contains carcinogen traces

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The Organic Consumers Association reported that 10 out of 11 samples of the Vermont-based company's ice cream had traces of glyphosate, a key ingredient in herbicide. 

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Mid City Studio schedules first ever fundraiser at Radio Bar

Source: Mid City Studio Source: Mid City Studio

Mid City Studio, a non-profit organization with the goal of creating a more unified, strong Mid City community, along with Radio Bar and Tin Roof Brewery, is holding its inaugural event to raise money to build its own office space.

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Luxury apartments, other developments remain on track in Livingston Parish despite historic flood Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Housing options are sprouting up in several spots along Buddy Ellis Rd. in Denham Springs as the area continues to bounce back after 2016’s historic flood.

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Community policing policies discussed at meeting after chief's retirement Video included

Police reform is a hot topic right now, especially with a new incoming chief in Baton Rouge.

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Baton Rouge families anxiously watch Senate healthcare vote Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Some Baton Rouge families were glued to their televisions Tuesday, watching the Senate vote on whether to begin the healthcare debate.

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7-year-old boy dies after being electrocuted by neighbor’s fence Video included

A 7-year-old boy died after he was electrocuted by his neighbor’s fence, according to CBS affiliate KNOE. 

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Cyclists petition elected leaders for more signs on River Rd. Video included

Source: WAFB Source: WAFB

Hundreds of cyclists who share the road with motorists in Baton Rouge are outraged at what they call a “blatant disregard for human life.” They are petitioning their elected leaders to do something about it.

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Woman dies after getting shot, crashing vehicle Video included

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The Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed a woman crashed the vehicle she was driving on Winbourne Avenue near Delaware Street just before 5 a.m. after being shot.

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Police investigate shooting, crash off N Foster Dr. Video included

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Police are investigating a late-night shooting that possibly involved a crash in Baton Rouge off N Foster Dr.

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Mayor Broome announces BRPD interim chief after Dabadie retires Video included

BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie (Source: WAFB) BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie (Source: WAFB)
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Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has retired from his position and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has announced his temporary replacement. 

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Police say about 60 rounds fired at house where 4 injured; 4 arrested Video included

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Four people were injured and four suspects were arrested in a shooting Sunday evening. Police said the four people injured were taken the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

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