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  • Hammond council refuses to allow bars to open on Sundays

    July 22, 2015 8:30 AM

    HAMMOND- Establishments that serve only alcoholic drinks will remain shuttered in Hammond on Sundays. The city council decided Tuesday against adopting an ordinance that would have changed the years-old law. Despite pleas from a long procession of speakers advocating a Sunday open bar policy, the council voted 3-2 to reject... more »
  • Hammond council considers Sunday alcohol sales in bars

    July 8, 2015 11:12 AM

    HAMMOND, La. - Bars will be allowed to open and serve alcohol on Sundays if the Hammond City Council adopts an ordinance introduced by Councilman Lemar Marshall on Tuesday. The Daily Star reports Marshall's proposal would let bars operate at the same hours as restaurants with bars are allowed to... more »
  • Smoking inside bars is officially off-limits in New Orleans

    April 22, 2015 12:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans city council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues hailed Wednesday's start of the smoke-free ordinance as a historic step in making the city healthier. At midnight Tuesday smoking inside the city's more than 500 bars and gambling... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban takes effect

    April 22, 2015 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new smoking in New Orleans officially starts today. Smoking in the crescent city is now prohibited inside bars, casinos, restaurants, and workplaces. The ban went into effect at midnight and has drawn a mixed reaction from the public. The New Orleans health department passed out information... more »
  • Hammond expands smoking ban

    April 22, 2015 6:54 AM

    HAMMOND- The Hammond City Council has voted 4-1 to ban smoking in bars and bingo halls. The Advocate reports the law, which goes into effect in 90 days, adds those hospitality businesses previously excluded under state law to the list of employers that must provide smoke-free work environments. Councilman Lemar... more »
  • Locals stock up for St. Patrick's Day parade check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2015 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bars and businesses are stocking up on beer and beads for the parade on Saturday. Bars like Ivar's along the route say they've been making additional changes for the parade since Halloween to make more room for customers during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. ... more »
  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    January 30, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance doing away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels. It will be a big... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban prompts debate in Baton Rouge

    January 28, 2015 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after New Orleans passed a law to ban smoking in bars and casinos, some Baton Rouge medical professionals and local leaders are pushing the capital city to strike while the iron's still hot. On Tuesday, Mayor-President Kip Holden and leaders from area hospitals... more »
  • Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

    January 23, 2015 10:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council may soon consider a ban on smoking in bars, similar to a measure approved in New Orleans. New Orleans joined a short list of cities in Louisiana Thursday to ban smoking in bars, and City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said he wants to add... more »
  • New Orleans OKs smoking ban in bars and casinos

    January 22, 2015 2:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a move to protect the health of musicians and late-night workers, the New Orleans City Council has voted unanimously to ban smoking in bars and gambling halls. New Orleans had been one of the last major American cities to allow people to smoke tobacco in bars.... more »
  • Downtown bars prepping for big LSU weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 23, 2014 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Downtown Baton Rouge bar owners expect both LSU and Ole Miss fans to flood the city this weekend. The third ranked Ole Miss Rebels come into town to face LSU on national television. Tickets online are going for anywhere between $187-500 on StubHub . Andrew... more »
  • Judge rules city ordinance violates 2nd Amendment Play Video

    August 25, 2014 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Monday that a Baton Rouge ordinance which makes it illegal to have guns at a bar or liquor store violates the Second Amendment. Chief Judge Brian Jackson also ordered city police to no longer enforce the measure, which was passed in 1951.... more »
  • Yard signs campaign against bars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 12, 2014 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A rezoning fight has one neighborhood going public with yard signs. Right now, people like their quiet Southdowns neighborhood, and fear even one more bar will create a big problem. "It's a question of balance," said Southside Civic Association member Peter Ricca. "We think that... more »
  • 300 busted in illegal booze, tobacco sales check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2014 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Alcohol and Tobacco Control say the summer months are prime for underage drinking. In their first month of their Summer Crackdown, ATC issued 331 violations for underage alcohol and tobacco sales. "There's nothing good that can come out of selling alcohol to minors and we... more »
  • Smoking ban in Monroe bars proposed

    September 11, 2013 9:14 AM

    MONROE- The Monroe City Council in two weeks will consider a 100 percent smoke-free ordinance. The News-Star reports the proposal was introduction at Tuesday's meeting. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living requested the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to consider the ordinance. If... more »
  • Bill could allow guns in restaurants check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill making headway in the legislature could allow people to bring weapons into restaurants. The proposed law, authored by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), has already been approved by the House and is pending a Senate Judiciary hearing. Burns told News 2, the law was originally... more »
  • Bars in La. could see concealed guns approved

    May 2, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Restaurant owners are watching a bill which is intended to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into bars. The House already approved HB 48 by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), and it is currently scheduled for a Senate Judiciary committee hearing. The... more »
  • Multi-million gold heist from Curacao boat

    November 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Police on the southern Caribbean island of Curacao say thieves boarded a boat and stole about 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million. Curacao police spokesman Reggie Huggins says the band of thieves assaulted the captain in the early-morning heist. The captain and several others on... more »
  • Port Allen bars losing business after hours change check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Bar sales in West Baton Rouge are suffering after a new ordinance in East Baton Rouge took effect last week. Bars are now open Sundays on the east side of the river, and bar owners in Port Allen say it's taking away their business. "Just... more »
  • New alcohol ordinance signed in EBR check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 30, 2012 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden signed an ordinance to relax the city's blue laws and allow bars to sell alcohol on Sundays. Today, bar owners in the area said they're happy they now have the option. "We hope it helps more people come to the areas on... more »
  • Ordinance for Sunday alcohol sales worries some check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 4, 2012 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sunday could be just like any other day, when it comes to the sale of wine, beer and liquor in East Baton Rouge Parish. A proposal to remove restrictions on all Sunday alcohol sales has some residents worrying. "I think it would just be an... more »
  • Meetings proposed to discuss smoking-free bars

    April 9, 2012 7:42 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette city-parish program to publicly commend bars that go smoke-free has attracted no interest, prompting the councilman who proposed it to consider town hall meetings on the issue. Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux proposed the recognition program about a month ago after hearing from residents who hope for a... more »
  • WBR bars allowed to stay open late on Sundays again

    June 30, 2011 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ban on Sunday night alcohol sales is dead days after it started in West Baton Rouge Parish. Parish leaders pulled the ordinance because of legal questions. Last month, the West Baton Rouge council made it illegal for bars and clubs to be open past 10... more »
  • Senate rejects smoking ban for Louisiana bars

    June 2, 2011 2:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A bid to ban smoking in Louisiana bars has again failed to win support in the state Legislature. Senators voted 22-15 Wednesday against the proposal by Sen. Rob Marionneaux, a Democrat who has repeatedly pushed the smoking ban. Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and... more »
  • Sunday alcohol sales limited in WBR Parish

    May 13, 2011 5:00 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Council has passed an ordinance that will ban businesses in unincorporated areas from selling alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m. on Sunday nights. Business owners say Sunday is their busiest night of the week and shutting down drinking after 10 p.m. would... more »
  • ATC warns BR bars about underage drinking crackdown

    February 24, 2011 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Alcohol Tobacco Control agents have a message for bars and restaurants on parade routes in Baton Rouge. They say watch for underage drinkers, because we'll be watching you. News 2 was with agents when they spread the word downtown Thursday. Agents say the push to... more »
  • Lafayette council strikes down go-cup ban

    September 22, 2010 7:43 AM

    After nearly two hours of discussion, the Lafayette City-Parish Council has defeated a proposal to ban go-cups and other open alcoholic containers from downtown Lafayette and two other entertainment areas. Another ordinance, which would have banned cruising vehicles from those same areas, was pulled by city-parish officials from the council's... more »
  • Kenner council refuses to close bars at 2 a.m.

    July 9, 2010 8:45 AM

    Kenner City Council has voted against proposal to closing bars at 2 a.m. Police Chief Steve Caraway requested to regulate hours at establishments "whose main business is derived from the sale of alcoholic beverages." Council members vowed instead to strengthen the Alcohol Beverage Permit Review Committee's commitment to crack down... more »
  • House committee rejects smoking ban bill

    May 25, 2010 12:06 PM

    A Senate-backed attempt to ban smoking in Louisiana bars and casinos has been snuffed out. The House Health and Welfare Committee rejected the bill in an 8-4 vote Tuesday, a vote expected to kill the measure for another legislative session. The state has a law that prohibits smoking... more »
  • Ascension Parish strip club may have loophole

    May 19, 2010 10:10 PM

    Update: The stripping must end, but the club in Ascension Parish may stay open. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office mailed a cease and desist order for any sexually oriented activities to Silhouettes after a judge ruled against the club on Monday. It's too close to a daycare for the stripping... more »
  • State Senate says ban smoking in bars and casinos

    May 12, 2010 10:34 PM

    State senators agreed Wednesday to clean the air in bars and casinos, but it's far from a done deal. The ban died in the House last year, and a weaker ban went up in smoke in a House committee this session. But the bill that passed through the... more »
  • Proposal to make bars, casinos smoke-free advances

    May 12, 2010 4:49 PM

    A measure that would extend Louisiana's smoking ban to casinos and bars heads to the House after sailing out of the Senate. Senate Bill 348, sponsored by Sen. Robert Marionneaux, D-Livonia, is aimed at protecting workers in casinos and bars from second-hand smoke which, he says, kills 53,000 Americans... more »
  • Lafayette council set vote on security fee

    February 16, 2010 7:22 AM

    The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to handle weekend crowds. Shelvin,... more »
  • ATC targets drinking games

    December 29, 2009 10:32 PM

    The state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner says bars promoting drinking games are breaking the law. In Louisiana, promoting drunkenness and/or serving a drunk person is a violation of a 70-year-old statute. But it's recently gained more attention since the economic down turn. ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter says... more »

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