WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:02:29 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 At least 1 injured when car crashes into pawn shop http://www.wbrz.com/news/at-least-1-injured-when-car-crashes-into-pawn-shop/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/at-least-1-injured-when-car-crashes-into-pawn-shop/ Top Story Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:36:53 PM Hunter Robinson At least 1 injured when car crashes into pawn shop

BATON ROUGE - At least one person was injured and taken to the hospital Monday night following an accident that ended with a car crashing into a pawn shop in Baton Rouge.

The wreck happened just after 11 p.m. on Florida St. near N. Eugene. The crash involved two vehicles, one of which crashed into Pelican Pawn.

Few other details are known at the time of this post. Baton Rouge Police are still investigating and a News 2 Crew is on scene. We'll have any updates Tuesday morning on 2une In, beginning at 5 a.m.

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"Special inspection" underway at River Bend power plant http://www.wbrz.com/news/special-inspection-underway-at-river-bend-power-plant/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/special-inspection-underway-at-river-bend-power-plant/ Top Story Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:15:13 PM Hunter Robinson

ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced they've begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Jan. 9th.

According to a press released issued Monday, a lightning strike caused a "momentary surge" at the plant's offsite power supply, forcing the shutdown. The NRC will be investigating onsite for a week and publish the results within the next 45 days.

This isn't the plant's first trouble with unplanned shutdowns. There were inspections following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Christmas Day 2014  and another about three months later.

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Capital Heights considers crime prevention district http://www.wbrz.com/news/capital-heights-considers-crime-prevention-district/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/capital-heights-considers-crime-prevention-district/ Top Story Mon, 8 Feb 2016 8:46:06 PM Brittany Weiss Capital Heights considers crime prevention district

BATON ROUGE - There are about 20 crime districts in East Baton Rouge Parish and Capital Heights is hoping to create one, too. Capital Heights Neighborhood Association has already begun the process by getting feedback from residents.

Of the people who have replied to a questionnaire posted online, 70% say they are concerned about crime in Capital Heights and are interested in a crime district.

"A lot of people are afraid to go to the grocery store at night," Tyler Hicks says. "A lot of residents have said they would feel a lot better to know that there was extra police protection in our neighborhood."

Two crime prevention options have been proposed: a district covering Capital Heights or a district covering Mid City as a whole.

Forming a crime district would fund private police patrols, additional lighting or cameras. If formed, a board would be appointed to decide how the money collected would be spent. The cost could be anywhere from $75 to $200 per parcel a year.

Tom Poole, who has lived in the neighborhood for nine years, says he has experienced some crime.

"Until we put our fence up, there were problems with things being stolen during the day from our porches even bikes, even though we had them locked up," he explains.

Now with a fence and a dog, Poole says the crime problem has dissolved and while he would agree to pay the extra cost if the price was right, he says right now he doesn't think he needs to.

"I feel pretty safe right now," he said.

CHNA is asking all comments be submitted by March 1. The neighborhood association is hoping to bring put this on the ballot this fall.

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Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads in the works http://www.wbrz.com/news/biodegradable-mardi-gras-beads-in-the-works/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/biodegradable-mardi-gras-beads-in-the-works/ Top Story Mon, 8 Feb 2016 3:37:30 PM Troy Gaulden Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads in the works

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man is trying to tackle the waste problem that comes along with 25 million pounds of Mardi Gras beads being thrown each year.

Marcus Ciko, a bead fanatic, wants to create a biodegradable Mardi Gras bead. In 2014, the city of New Orleans cleaned up more than 1,700 tons of trash during Mardi Gras. That's 10 times the weight of an average house.

"They contain lead, cadmium, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors," said Ciko. "This is getting in our waterways. It's getting into our landfills, and our children are putting them in their mouths at the parades. So we need to come up with a better solution for what the beads are made from."

Street sweepers try their best to clean up the beads that are not caught. However, many beads waste away. China dominates the multi-million dollar bead industry by making the popular throws from petroleum byproducts. Instead, Ciko plans to create biodegradable beads from plant matter. He already has a formula in mind that would use leftovers from sugar cane harvesting.

"I think we really need to do some kind of post-industrial green revolution where we switch our manufacturing processes and our product consumption to make it more in tune with the environment instead of poisoning it," Ciko says. "Just use materials again that are readily available."

Debra Fournet, who owns Party Paradise in Baton Rouge, says she is onboard with anything that would make the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras more "green."

"I think that's an awesome idea. I hate just seeing them all go into waste, but I would be curious to know what they were using to make it with," she said.

Ciko says some parade krewe captains have already shown interest in his idea. He'll meet with them to gauge interest after Mardi Gras and also plans to start a fundraising campaign to pay for the equipment needed to make the biodegradable beads.

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