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Author shares personal reasons why Lousiana should expand access to mental health care

While politicians debate the need for mental health services and how to pay for them, Pete Earley came to Baton Rouge to share his personal reasons for wanting to expand access to care.

BR Metro Council is looking for ways to pay for mental illness facility

The Baton Rouge Metro Council wants to build a mental health facility. They just need to figure out how they are going to pay for it. They say one way to fund the facility is to lower prison populations.

The Louisiana budget: What are the best options?

Louisiana, we need to talk. You have a spending problem. It’s leading to budget cuts in state offices, health care and higher education. How did you let yourself get this bad?

Baton Rouge road construction projects get green light to begin soon

The Green Light Plan has been in the works for years now. Voters supported it in 2005 by approving a half-cent sales tax.

New Civic Group aims to change the culture in North Baton Rouge

 There is a new civic group that's turning its attention to north Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge Choice will targe Ardenwood Village, Smiley Heights, and Melrose East.

Do seat belts make school buses safer?

Police are still investigating a bus crash that injured 11 students in Rapides Parish, but some people wonder if some of those injuries could have been avoided with seat belts.

UPDATE: Deputies find Gonzales woman missing since Feb. 12

UPDATE (2/26/15): Jessica Lynn Karasinki has been found unharmed by deputies, according to Ascension Parish Sheriff's spokesperson Allison Hudson.

How students at Southeast Middle School plan to fight breast cancer

 "Our kids need to give back to our community. Our community really supports them. I want my kids to understand that when you ask for help, you'll receive it," said Michelle Perk, a teacher at Southeast Middle School.

Gonzales Chief of Police honored at Black History Month celebration

On Thursday, February 26, students, staff and faculty from G.W. Carver Primary School took part in a special Black History Month celebration honoring famous African Americans who have paved the way in leadership roles.

AG: Baker couple stole almost $450,000 from state’s Medicaid program

A Baker husband and wife have been arrested for conspiring to defraud the state’s Medicaid program of more than $400,000, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Inside the Classroom: How teachers in different situations view their job

More people are talking about public education now than ever before, including standardized testing, vouchers, and funding. But teachers, the most important people in education, are not involved in many of the conversations.

Neighbors get look at 3 alternatives for I-10/Pecue Lane interchange

Engineers showed off the three options Wednesday evening for a new interchange on Interstate 10 at Pecue Lane.

Need for mental health care approaching 'crisis level' in Baton Rouge

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office released its 2014 annual report this week.

New sexual assault policies for Louisiana public colleges

The Uniform Policy on Sexual Misconduct is in place at every public university in Louisiana. It was designed to help colleges create and maintain a safe learning, working, and living environment for everyone- and cut down on sex crimes.

Public defender offices across LA are broke and restricting services

The East Baton Rouge Public Defender’s office is broke. The district supervisor says money is so bad, they might not make through this fiscal year.