WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Community Community en-us Copyright 2018, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 12 Dec 2018 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Baton Rouge residents upset over proposed railroad crossing closures http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-residents-upset-over-proposed-railroad-crossing-closures/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-residents-upset-over-proposed-railroad-crossing-closures/ Community Mon, 6 Nov 2017 10:44:57 PM Mark Armstrong Baton Rouge residents upset over proposed railroad crossing closures

BATON ROUGE - Many residents at a public meeting Monday night were angry that six railroad crossings near downtown could get closed. The proposal to improve safety at the sixteen crossings is a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the East Baton Rouge City-Parish and the Kansas City Southern Railroad company.

Ten of the crossings between the LSU Lakes and Spanish Town Road would get improvements like new crossing arms, brighter caution lights, and sidewalks. Those crossings include: North Street, Main Street, Laurel Street, Florida Boulevard, Convention Street, Government Street, Wisteria Street, Myrtle Walk Street, Terrace Avenue and Louise Street.

The six crossings that would be closed are: Gayosa Street, South Boulevard, Julia Street, Smith Street, Orange Street and Apple Street.

"The way the streets will be blocked off will cause more traffic build-up," said resident Levert Kemp. "Certain times during rush hour, Government Street is already packed."

State Representative Pat Smith said she fears officials will ignore the concerns of the predominately African-American residents who live in the neighborhood.

"People feel like they're at the public meeting for nothing, their opinion doesn't matter and it's going to happen anyway," said Smith. "I'm tired of that happening to our neighborhood."

The Baton Rouge Democrat is particularly concerned about the proposed closure of the South Boulevard crossing, a major thoroughfare in the area.

State officials stress there is no final plan and no time frame to begin construction.

"We understand there are people who don't want these crossings closed," said DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett. "We want to gather public comment and get public input for these projects."

Mallett said public comments can still be submitted through the mail. He also said there may be future meetings on the issue.


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Baton Rouge first responders to help with Hurricane Irma relief http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-first-responders-to-help-with-hurricane-irma-relief/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-first-responders-to-help-with-hurricane-irma-relief/ Community Sat, 9 Sep 2017 4:54:51 PM WBRZ Staff Baton Rouge first responders to help with Hurricane Irma relief

BATON ROUGE - Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announced Saturday afternoon that East Baton Rouge Parish first responders will travel to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma relief. 

In a press release, Broome said that Louisiana is sending Task Force 2 to aid Floridians before and after the storm hits.

"Being able to physically assist on the ground is extremely important," Broome said. "We are more than willing to provide whatever we can." 

First responders will be stationed in Tallahassee where they will assist other Florida relief agencies as they prepare for the storm. 

"Structures that are collapsed and things like that ... we have the capability to go in and look for live occupants in there or if unfortunately they're deceased, we can at least identify," first responder James Wood said. 

The group says they're relying on their specialized training to get them through. 

This is the second time Louisiana agencies have been deployed to another state for disaster assistance. The task force was just stationed in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Agencies involved in the task force include:
Baker Fire Department
Baton Rouge Fire Department
East Baton Rouge EMS
Eastside Fire Department
West Baton Rouge Fire Department
West Feliciana Fire Department
Zachary Fire Department

On Sunday the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also sent agents to help in Florida. The LDWF deployed 55 agents with 53 trucks, 50 vessels, a mobile command center and three support trailers to the Pensacola. In Pensacola, agents were  sworn in by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Division.


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Livingston Parish educators give back to Harvey-affected peers http://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-educators-give-back-to-harvey-affected-peers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-educators-give-back-to-harvey-affected-peers/ Community Sun, 10 Sep 2017 10:26:09 PM Taylor Evans Livingston Parish educators give back to Harvey-affected peers

LIVINGSTON PARISH - Teachers, faculty and staff from Livingston Parish schools are some of the latest to give back to their peers affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

The schools collected donations for faculty and students in and around the Houston area. 

"Our schools just wanted to give back," Southside Jr. High principal Wes Partin said. "We can remember when the flood took place, how many people affected our lives." 

Partin met the principal of Humble Middle School in Texas a year ago at a conference. Since then, the two have kept in touch and when the disaster struck the Lone Star State, the light bulb went off. 

"We would have a jeans day where all the kids were collecting money," Juban Park Jr. High assistant principal Justin Wax said. "A student would give his one dollar for lunch money because he wanted to be a part of it." 

Partin, Wax and principal of Denham Springs Jr. High Bryan Wax headed west to deliver a truck loaded with supplies. When they arrived in the devastated city, they helped thousands of survivors. 

"I think there were about 6,000 people that showed up [to receive items]," Bryan Wax said. "We were able to impact and help out a lot of kids and people there." 

While in Humble, the three educators also helped gut homes. They say that kind of support goes a long way after a tragedy like Harvey. 


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Captial Heights residents want heavier police presence http://www.wbrz.com/news/captial-heights-residents-want-heavier-police-presence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/captial-heights-residents-want-heavier-police-presence/ Community Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:29:21 PM Danielle Jackson Captial Heights residents want heavier police presence

BATON ROUGE - After a string of robberies in the Capital Heights area, residents say they want more nighttime patrols. 

At a meeting on Thursday, those concerned looked for a solution. It was during that meeting that residents discovered why less officers are on patrol in the Mid-City neighborhood. 

"It was recently reported that the department was short 60 officers, and on top of that the murder rate is up 50 percent versus last year, which ties up a lot of officers investigating those very serious crimes," said President of the Capital Heights Neighborhood Association Tyler Hicks. 

Baton Rouge Police Department officers attended the meeting and encouraged people to lock their doors and report suspicious activity. 

"It sounds like we could be doing a better job of locking our cars and making sure our property is locked up ... sounds like we need to get some police officers hired as well," Hicks said. 


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Brusly High School teacher wins DOE teacher of the year http://www.wbrz.com/news/brusly-high-school-teacher-wins-doe-teacher-of-the-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brusly-high-school-teacher-wins-doe-teacher-of-the-year/ Community Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:44:59 PM Josh Jackson Brusly High School teacher wins DOE teacher of the year

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education named Brusly High School English teacher Kimberly Eckert 2018 State Teacher of the Year.

She was given the award at the 11th annual Excellence Awards Gala.

According to a news release, Eckert has been teaching for nine years in various roles. In her career, she has received multiple accolades including her district's Teacher of the Year for her work at Port Allen Middle School. 

Eckert secured grants and spoken at conferences on integrating technology for struggling learners. 


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BREC making needed repairs to Olympia Stadium http://www.wbrz.com/news/brec-making-needed-repairs-to-olympia-stadium/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brec-making-needed-repairs-to-olympia-stadium/ Community Fri, 28 Jul 2017 9:51:45 PM Danielle Jackson BREC making needed repairs to Olympia Stadium

BATON ROUGE - Thousands of taxpayer dollars are being put into fixing up Olympia Stadium. 

Construction crews are working around the clock to have the stadium ready before the start of football season.

"They had to go in re-pour some concrete, shore up other sections, and the paint that was used on the stadium was so all of that had to be abated. That's a very time consuming process, so that's been completed,"  BREC spokesperson Cheryl Michelet said. 

Fate Mitchell, a referee for several of the football games at the venue, is glad they're making structural repairs.

"I can see where they have little gaps in the stadium where you see sunlight coming through, but I think they are patching all that up and re-cemeting it and making it safe for the kids, family and fans," Mitchell said. 

Crews are remodeling the stands, restrooms, concession stands and press box. Officials say the goal is to improve safety and extend the life of the stadium.

Repairs at Olympia Stadium are costing more than $800,000 and they plan to make needed repairs at BREC Memorial Stadium and Pete Goldsby Field next. 


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Restore La. to host homeowner outreach events http://www.wbrz.com/news/restore-la-to-host-homeowner-outreach-events/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/restore-la-to-host-homeowner-outreach-events/ Community Thu, 27 Jul 2017 2:36:02 PM Josh Jackson Restore La. to host homeowner outreach events

BATON ROUGE - The Restore Homeowner Assistance Program will hold three public meetings next week to help homeowners affected by the August 2016 floods. 

According to a news release, Restore Louisiana representatives will work one-on-one with residents to answer their questions and help complete the flood damage survey. 

All meeting will run from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. 

The first meeting will be at the Ascension Parish Library on Tuesday, August 1. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library will host the second meeting Wednesday, August 2. A final meeting will occur on Thursday, August 3 at the Livingston Parish Library. 

Homeowners can take the survey online at restore.la.gov, by telephone at (866) 735-2001 or by visiting one of the Restore Louisiana housing assistance centers in Lafayette, Hammond, Monroe and Baton Rouge. The centers are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Sacred Heart of Jesus School http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-sacred-heart-of-jesus-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-sacred-heart-of-jesus-school/ Community Thu, 26 Mar 2015 7:44:21 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Sacred Heart of Jesus School

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from Pre-K at Sacred Heart of Jesus School.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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Concert to benefit EBR Schools http://www.wbrz.com/news/concert-to-benefit-ebr-schools/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/concert-to-benefit-ebr-schools/ Community Thu, 26 Mar 2015 6:06:36 AM Joe Hagan Concert to benefit EBR Schools

BATON ROUGE- You can watch people of all ages present the gift of music coming up at the Music in our Schools Benefit Concert Friday night.

"The purpose of this concert is to let the community know what's going on in our schools," said Wayne Talbot, the East Baton Rouge Director of Fine Arts. " We have great teachers, great talent, and strong music education."

The concert will raise money for programming and performance opportunities for children all over the parish. Anyone that wants to support music programs for children in Baton Rouge is encouraged to come out and have a great time.

"You're going to see anything from opera to broadway to jazz to funk," said Andy Pizzo. "Anything you can imagine, we're going to have it there."

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Manship Theatre, located at 100 Lafayette Street.

For tickets and additional information visit the Manship Theatre website.

 


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Parkview Baptist spring musical begins Thursday http://www.wbrz.com/news/parkview-baptist-spring-musical-begins-thursday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/parkview-baptist-spring-musical-begins-thursday/ Community Wed, 25 Mar 2015 7:34:10 AM Joe Hagan Parkview Baptist spring musical begins Thursday

BATON ROUGE - Students at Parkview Baptist are preparing for their annual spring musical. This year the school is performing a production called "Crazy For You".

"It's very lively," says Lori Kaiser, from Parkview Baptist. "There's a lot of tap dancing and singing."

"It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun because you really do become a family with the cast members," said the stage manager, Caroline Garrett.

The musical will be held every night from March 26th to March 28 at 7:30 p.m. It will be performed at the Parkview Baptist School, located at 5750 Parkview Church Road.

To purchase tickets visit their website.

 


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Audubon Elementary http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-audubon-elementary-71130/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-audubon-elementary-71130/ Community Wed, 25 Mar 2015 8:10:47 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Audubon Elementary

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 5th grade at Audubon Elementary.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Trinity Episcopal Day School http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-trinity-episcopal-day-school-71086/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-trinity-episcopal-day-school-71086/ Community Tue, 24 Mar 2015 8:01:11 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Trinity Episcopal Day School

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from Kindergarten at Trinity Episcopal Day School.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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The Pledge of Allegiance: University Laboratory School http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-university-laboratory-school-71046/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-university-laboratory-school-71046/ Community Mon, 23 Mar 2015 7:50:12 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: University Laboratory School

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 5th grade at University Laboratory School.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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Get GOing with Istrouma Baptist Church http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-going-with-istrouma-baptist-church/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-going-with-istrouma-baptist-church/ Community Mon, 23 Mar 2015 6:02:17 AM Joe Hagan Get GOing with Istrouma Baptist Church

BATON ROUGE - Lent is a great time to serve others, and that's exactly what they're doing this weekend at Istrouma Baptist Church for "GO Day."

Dwayne Pitre stopped by 2une In Monday morning to talk about all of the great services that GO Day provides.

"Service does something unique, it displays a purity and motive," Pitre told News 2's John Pastorek this morning. "When you go to serve, people reduce their barriers and they allow you to share."

Last year the event had over 1,000 volunteers, and this year they're hoping for some more big numbers.

Volunteers will help out at places like the Baton Rouge Housing Authority where they'll help out the elderly, as well as people with special needs. Go Day also volunteers around LSU's campus with international students.

Those interested in participating in Go Day should arrive at Istrouma Baptist Church at 8:00 a.m. Visit the Istrouma Baptist website for more information about GO Day.


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Audubon Elementary http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-audubon-elementary-70979/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-audubon-elementary-70979/ Community Fri, 20 Mar 2015 7:44:40 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Audubon Elementary

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 4th grade at Audubon Elementary.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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Celebrate 'Art in the Park' this weekend in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/celebrate-art-in-the-park-this-weekend-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/celebrate-art-in-the-park-this-weekend-in-baton-rouge/ Community Fri, 20 Mar 2015 6:10:05 AM Hunter Robinson Celebrate 'Art in the Park' this weekend in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - You can check out some of the top visual and performing arts in the area this week at Art in the Park.

The event is hosted by the Baton Rouge Gallery at BREC's City-Brooks Park and will have something for the entire family. There will be art activities and demonstrations, as well as a sidewalk drawing contest.

If you were not graced with artistic ability, you can sit back, relax and watch some of the theatrical and musical performances.

"There are kids activities, and there are activities for adults as well, so I think everyone in the family can come out," BR Gallery Manager Jenny Poulter explained Friday morning on 2une In. "The kids will be playing with the art projects and mom and dad will be listening to music...or buy some artwork."

Art in the Park begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at BREC's City-Brooks Park on Dalrymple. Visit the Baton Rouge Gallery website for more information.

 


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The Pledge of Allegiance: St. Jude the Apostle School http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-st-jude-the-apostle-school-70934/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-st-jude-the-apostle-school-70934/ Community Thu, 19 Mar 2015 9:53:39 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: St. Jude the Apostle School

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from Kindergarten at St. Jude the Apostle School.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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Go Dancin' in the Street with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre http://www.wbrz.com/news/go-dancin-in-the-street-with-the-baton-rouge-ballet-theatre/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/go-dancin-in-the-street-with-the-baton-rouge-ballet-theatre/ Community Thu, 19 Mar 2015 5:50:40 AM Joe Hagan Go Dancin' in the Street with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre

BATON ROUGE - Since 1960, the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre has had hundreds of award-winning dancers grace its stage. Christy Benoit and Rick Naqvi stopped by 2une In Thursday to talk about upcoming events the theatre is hosting.

Tonight there is a pre-party at Kendra Scott where they'll be serving champagne and sweets. 20% of all jewelry sold from 5 to 8 p.m.will go to the Ballet.

Thursday's event is just a warm-up for the ballet's sixth annual "Dancin' in the Streets" block party. It will be held this Saturday, the 21st from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Great Hall in Perkins Rowe.

The event will feature live music from the band "Phat Hat," as well as vendors from all of over the city, a dance party, and a silent auction.

"It's an amazing event and we've done it for six years in a row," said Phat Hat band member, Rick Naqvi. "It's really just a great family event, you'll have kids and adults of all ages there."

Tickets will cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

"We do so much for the community throughout the year," said the Ballet Theatre's Christy Benoit. "If you're not really familiar with the ballet, this is a really great even to get familiar with us. It's very fun and accessible."

For more information on the event, visit the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's website.

 


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Trinity Episcopal Day School http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-trinity-episcopal-day-school-70890/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-trinity-episcopal-day-school-70890/ Community Wed, 18 Mar 2015 7:55:42 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Trinity Episcopal Day School

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from Pre-K at Trinity Episcopal Day School.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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The Pledge of Allegiance: University Laboratory School http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-university-laboratory-school-70846/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-university-laboratory-school-70846/ Community Tue, 17 Mar 2015 7:42:31 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: University Laboratory School

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 4th grade at University Laboratory School.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.


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