FOX 48 Updates

Two new pro-life laws increase penalties for coerced abortions

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal signed a pair of pro-life bills into law that increase penalties for coerced abortions and strengthen protections for pregnant women across Louisiana.

Trio of environmental reform bills signed into law

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal signed a trio of environmental reform bills into law that will strengthen protections for communities where underground caverns are present.

Vitter visits Geismar Chemical Plant, receives briefing from officials

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today met with officials at Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana and received a briefing on the explosion Thursday.

Plant workers and officials look for answers

More than 24 hours after a deadly explosion rocked the William Olefins plant, the focus now shifts to what exactly sparked this deadly blaze.

Family friend of plant fire victim: ‘He was a wonderful man’

Kerry Pitre could hardly speak when discussing family friend Zachary Green, the 29-year-old man killed in Thursday’s plant explosion.

People in Geismar shocked after plant explosion

People in Geismar said this was the last thing they were expecting; a normal work day turned into one they will never forget. Brian Pierre said a day at work turned into the scariest day of his life.

Department of Debt Recovery officially created

Louisiana is getting into the bill collecting business. Tens of millions owed to the state could soon be coming back to it, thanks to the newly created Department of Debt Recovery.

Legal battle over 'Tony the Tiger' will continue at State Supreme Court level

The fate of a famous Truck Stop Tiger is still up in the air, but Tony's owner is still fighting to keep him home in Grosse Tete.

Prestigious award given to education volunteers at Governor’s Mansion

Lots of people around our state make a difference, and most of them do it quietly, but nearly two dozen earned a special recognition for their generosity.

Governor Jindal signs legislation to reduce size, scope of state government

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation that will reduce the size and scope of state government by cutting down on the number of Boards and Commissions in Louisiana. The bill is part of the Governor’s 2013 Legislative Package.