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  • NYC police to determine if 6 missing are connected to blast

    March 27, 2015 12:00 PM

    NEW YORK - New York City police say they are trying to determine whether six other people reported missing are connected to the apparent gas explosion in the East Village. The six do not include the two people that police have already said remain unaccounted for after Thursday's blast. Police... more »
  • French Quarter home collapses

    October 22, 2014 1:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A building in the French Quarter that suffered a partial collapse late Tuesday afternoon, entirely gave way Wednesday shortly before 1 p.m., according to WWL-TV in New Orleans. No one was injured in the collapse, but a reporter on the scene said the collapse and ensuing... more »
  • Part of building falls in French Quarter street

    October 21, 2014 5:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Part of a building in the French Quarter near Royal St. and St. Ann drew a crowd of onlookers on Tuesday afternoon as it collapsed into the street below. WWL-TV reported that debris from the building closed up to two blocks of Royal Street while Quarter... more »
  • Ascension breaks ground on new government complex check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2014 7:52 AM

    GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension Parish broke ground on a new governmental complex Wednesday morning. The goal is to have more offices under the same roof. Prep work began about two weeks ago, but the official ribbon cutting began at 9:00 a.m. The new complex is being constructed... more »
  • Smoking ban at state office buildings wins passage

    May 22, 2014 3:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After years of trying, a West Monroe lawmaker has successfully persuaded the full Legislature to ban smoking within 25 feet of a public entrance to a state-owned office building. The Senate gave final passage to Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann's bill with a 31-6 vote Wednesday. Hoffmann has... more »
  • After public dispute, council narrowly approves rezoning check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2014 9:39 PM

    GONZALES - The city council voted 2-1 to award a rezoning request so Crawford Electric can build a warehouse on five acres of PriceCo land. Crawford Electrical Supply Co. wants to build its multi-million dollar, 54,000 square-foot facility on Highway 44 east of I-10. The plot is zoned as... more »
  • Driver ticketed for causing car to plow into bar check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A downtown bar closed Wednesday night after a car plowed into it, creating a gaping hole. Police say a car ran a red light and hit another car, sending the second vehicle into the side of George's Place. There were seven people in the bar... more »
  • State office building evacuated due to false alarm

    October 31, 2013 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities evacuated the Claiborne building in downtown Baton Rouge after an alarm Thursday morning. Police say the alarm was set off accidentally by someone cleaning in the building. Fire trucks and police responded after the alarm prompted state workers to evacuate the building, which houses... more »
  • Baton Rouge building set for conversion

    October 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Onyx building at the corner of Third and Convention streets downtown Baton Rouge will be redeveloped into a mixed-use property including apartments and commercial space. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/19USmsy ) that conversion work could begin this coming week. The first steps will be removing exterior... more »
  • IBM hires SU grads for downtown facility

    September 20, 2013 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- IBM has hired a number of Southern University graduates for the new development in downtown, college officials announced this week. IBM is planning to hire about 800 people. The facility is planned where The Advocate newspaper once was near the river. IBM hired about two-dozen SU... more »
  • New security measures at City Hall check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 18, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four security doors were recently installed on the third floor of City Hall. Metro Councilman John Delgado requested them after reports of people walking freely into personal council offices during meetings. "This is a public building. We want to make it accessible to people, but... more »
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over Dixie Brewery building

    June 18, 2013 11:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Dixie Brewing Co. in an effort to stop any demolition of a brewery as part of the new VA hospital under construction in New Orleans. The Advocate reports the VA plans to demolish some parts of the... more »
  • Levee district moving ahead with Morganza work

    June 18, 2013 11:32 AM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Levee District is gearing up for its busiest year of levee-building yet as its board plans to move ahead with millions of dollars in construction paid for with a new 1/2-cent sales tax. The Courier reports the board will review its upcoming budget at a meeting... more »
  • Building destroyed, RVs flipped during strong storms

    May 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Police in Morgan City said strong storms and a possible tornado damaged businesses and RVs this afternoon. Police said they received several reports of strong winds and hail starting around noon, along with tornado reports. They responded to several complaints of downed trees and power lines,... more »
  • Home being renovated catches fire

    April 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters rushed to a Baton Rouge home which caught fire while its owner was working on it this afternoon. Curt Monte with Baton Rouge Fire said they stopped the fire from destroying the building, and are investigating exactly what caused it. A man who claimed... more »
  • Body off building

    April 1, 2013 7:35 PM

    SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA- A man appeared to have accidentally died when he lowered himself off an 18-story office building building with a rope. The Sacramento Fire Department says its a mystery why the man harnessed himself and went down the side of the high-rise. The man did not work there. It... more »
  • IBM building office, residential tower downtown check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 27, 2013 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM is coming to Baton Rouge and bringing with it more than 800 technology jobs. The tech company will occupy an office building on the former site of The Advocate downtown. The IBM complex will be built and managed by Commercial Properties Realty Trust and owned... more »
  • IBM to build office building in Baton Rouge

    March 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM is coming to Baton Rouge, sources tell News 2. The tech company will build an office building on the former site of The Advocate downtown. The IBM complex is expected to employ hundreds of people. IBM is a Fortune 500 company with thousands of... more »
  • Needed repairs at Baker High check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:46 PM

    BAKER - Some tough decisions need to made about the safety of Baker High School. The building is falling apart and parents are worried about their kids. "The condition of the school needs to be repaired," said Estelle Jarvis. About 500 students attend the 63- year-old school.... more »
  • EBR inks plans to buy old Woman's Hospital

    December 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish and hospital officials signed a letter of intent today that makes official plans to sell the former Woman's Hospital campus to East Baton Rouge Parish. As News 2 told you Monday , the city-parish plans to turn the 24-acre site into a public safety complex.... more »
  • Road re-opened after fire, oil spill

    November 23, 2012 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire destroyed a bus maintenance building this morning and spilled oil into the nearby streets, according the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The building at 7106 Greenwell Springs Road and equipment inside were a total loss, according to Curt Monte with BRFD. The fire was... more »
  • NYC Fire Dept. at scene of dangling crane

    October 29, 2012 2:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Emergency workers are at the scene of a crane that's dangling off a 65-story building in New York City. Television images show part of the crane hanging off the luxury building on West 57th Street. No injuries are reported. However, streets have been cleared as a precaution.... more »
  • Gunman kills 1, wounds 8 at Empire State Building

    August 24, 2012 10:03 AM

    NEW YORK - New York City officials say a laid-off women's accessories designer shot and killed co-worker outside the Empire State Building, then got in a shootout with police. Fifty-three-year-old Jeffrey Johnson opened fire with a .45-caliber pistol at about 9 a.m. Friday on the Fifth Avenue side of the... more »
  • Ascension Schools building on a new year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 1, 2012 6:03 PM

    DUTCHTOWN- One week away from the first day of school, construction is still underway at Dutchtown Middle School where crews are building a new gym, expanding the cafeteria and building a new classroom building. But school administrators say construction shouldn't affect students. "It does look like a construction... more »
  • Powerhouse Gym: Construction has not begun check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 31, 2012 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Months after Powerhouse Gym received it's building permits there's still no construction going on inside the building. It's something that has people who paid to be members upset. "I joined for two years, and the incentive was that the fee would not go up and I... more »
  • Powerhouse Gym remains months behind schedule

    July 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Months after the embattled Powerhouse Gym received its building permits, virtually no work appears to have been done on the building. A Department of Public Works official told News 2 the gym has not requested any inspections, something that leads him to believe there's no work going... more »
  • Traffic building after I-12W lane closure

    June 8, 2012 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic is building on I-12 West after workers closed one lane and an exit ramp for construction today. The Department of Transportation and Development said the right lane on I-12 West at the Amite River Bridge and the O'Neal exit ramp are closed for construction. ... more »
  • Powerhouse Gym gets building permit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2012 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Powerhouse Gym is now ready to begin construction after the Department of Public Works (DPW) issued a building permit for the project. The gym came under fire from customers earlier this year, when it wasn't opened in time. Now DPW is inspecting the building to ensure... more »
  • Powerhouse Gym to begin construction

    May 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Powerhouse Gym is now ready to begin construction after the Department of Public Works issued a building permit for the project. The gym came under fire from customers when it wasn't opened in time. Now DPW is inspecting the building to ensure the build stays on... more »
  • Man stabs 4 near school in Ohio office building

    March 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police say a man who stabbed four people near a technical school in a downtown Ohio office building before being shot by an officer had three knives. Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner says the suspect confronted one victim in the admissions office of Miami-Jacobs Career College... more »
  • Powerhouse Gym not close to opening in BR check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 16, 2012 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Inside the new Powerhouse Gym on Sherwood Forest, there's not much to brag about. Construction is at a standstill as contractors wait for a building permit. Connie Olah, the owner, says that's because her former contractor dropped the ball. "He came in and signed a contract... more »
  • Shaw Group building first nuclear reactor in decades

    February 9, 2012 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group will build the first new nuclear power plant the U.S. has seen in decades. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve Atlanta-based Southern Co.'s request to build two nuclear reactors at its Vogtle site south of Augusta. Representatives from... more »
  • Cooking fire damages apartment unit

    February 9, 2012 5:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators say an unattended pot is responsible for gutting an apartment unit on Jade Ave. Thursday. It happened just after 1:30 this morning. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming the upper and lower windows of the unit. They managed to contain the flames to... more »
  • Entergy building to feature BCS display

    January 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The top of the Entergy Corp. headquarters building is being turned into a continuous message board keeping fans abreast of the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans. The power provider will mount eight high-definition projectors on its 28-story office tower - located about a block from... more »
  • At Least 13 Die in Plane Crash in the Philippines

    December 10, 2011 5:19 PM

    MANILA - A light airplane crashed into a school building on Saturday near here after its pilot requested an emergency landing shortly after takeoff. At least 13 people were killed, including two children. The plane burst into flames after hitting the school in Paranaque City, said the mayor, Florencio... more »
  • Police arrest suspect wanted for robbery, kidnapping

    December 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man Tuesday who forced a woman to drive her car to an ATM, withdraw money for him to take, then left her bound in an abandoned building. Baton Rouge Police arrested Karl Bernard Stevenson, 38, of 10249 Avenue H for kidnapping and robbery.... more »
  • 7.2 quake in Turkey kills 138, collapses buildings

    October 23, 2011 3:34 PM

    ANKARA, Turkey- Turkey's prime minister says the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey has killed at least 138 people. Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Sunday's earthquake has killed at least 93 people in the city of Van and 45 people in the nearby town of Ercis. He says some people... more »
  • Woman killed in vacant building fire identified

    July 20, 2011 12:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Investigators believe a woman who was found dead in a burning building Tuesday night may have started the fire. Officials say firefighters entered the vacant building in the 2000 block of Dallas Drive just after 11 p.m. and found 57-year-old Sharon Bayne lying on the floor dead.... more »
  • Port plans new building

    May 1, 2011 9:53 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- The Port of Lake Charles will build a new administrative headquarters so that federal law enforcement agencies can take over the current building. Port Director Bill Rase says the move to accommodate U.S. Customs and the Border Patrol at the port will take several years. He says... more »
  • Arson suspected in fire at abandoned building

    March 29, 2011 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into a fire that caused some damage to an abandoned building in Baton Rouge. Firefighters were called to the fire on the 500 block of 22nd Street near Spain Street around 9:23 p.m. last night. Barry Mounce with the Baton Rouge Fire... more »
  • Crews battle large apartment fire in Baton Rouge

    February 7, 2011 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters fought a large, two-building apartment fire in central Baton Rouge tonight. Firefighters were called out to the complex at 855 N. Carrollton Avenue, and when they arrived found fire already showing out of one apartment. Crews got the fire under control just before 8:30,... more »
  • Move begins to new Baton Rouge courthouse

    November 9, 2010 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers have begun the process of moving files, supplies and furniture from the current courthouse to the new 19th Judicial District Courthouse in Baton Rouge. The new courthouse will feature 27 courtrooms, security upgrades and other amenities. Some of those include extra space for potential jurors... more »
  • Construction on downtown BR condos to start next year

    October 12, 2010 6:33 PM

    Right now, 438 Main Street is just a shell of a building, but one woman said she has the plans to change that. The building could attract more people to live in downtown Baton Rouge. It’s the latest affordable housing in the downtown area. News 2’s Michael Shingleton... more »
  • Lawmakers approve plan to upgrade security at Capitol

    October 1, 2010 5:37 PM

    Lawmakers approved a $540,000 plan to upgrade security at the State Capitol. They said it should not have an impact on the public's access to the building or rallies on the steps. The upgrades involve surveillance cameras and manned security shacks near driveways leading to the back of the... more »
  • 5 injured in vacant building fire in New Orleans

    September 6, 2010 2:08 PM

    Five people are recovering from minor injuries after a vacant building fire in New Orleans early Monday. Four of the injured were firefighters. The blaze broke out in a two-story wood from office building that was being renovated. No word yet on what started the fire. more »
  • Fire guts Arnaudville arts market

    July 12, 2010 8:36 AM

    The Arnaudville Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a building that housed a nightclub and arts center in Arnaudville. The building also housed Frederick l'Ecole des Arts, Frederick Stage, George Marks Studio and Deux Bayous Gallery. It was a local meeting place for artists, musicians, chefs and people... more »
  • ULM nursing building reopening after renovation

    July 6, 2010 5:30 AM

    Nursing students at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will be back in their newly renovated building this fall. Staff and faculty have begun moving back into their offices. The offices, as well as an auditorium, classrooms and laboratories in the three-story building, were ruined by rain from Hurricane Gustav... more »
  • Empty 3-story building engulfed in flames

    May 29, 2010 12:20 PM

    The New Orleans Fire Department says firefighters fought a massive blaze at an empty, 3-story building that crews noticed while they were returning from another call. Firefighter Michael Williams says crews first arrived early Saturday morning when they smelled smoke. Within five minutes of calling it in, the entire... more »
  • Arson investigation at apartment building in Baton Rouge

    May 19, 2010 5:16 AM

    Baton Rouge firefighters are investigating an arson at an apartment building. It happened just after midnight at 2930 Balis Drive. Investigators say the fire broke out in an upstairs unit. One person was in the downstairs apartment and escaped unharmed. The Baton Rouge Fire Department says they responded to the... more »
  • LSU grad student dead after fall

    March 15, 2010 2:54 PM

    The LSU student who fell from the roof of the Life Sciences building Monday morning has died as a result of his injuries, the campus police department confirmed. Sarvnipun Singh Chawla, a grad student in the Physics & Astronomy department, was thought to be in Utah working on a project... more »
  • Officials: Crash may have been intentional

    February 18, 2010 12:09 PM

    UPDATE: U.S. law enforcement officials say they are investigating whether the crash of a small plane into a building in Austin, Texas, may have been an intentional act by the pilot. The officials said authorities are trying to determine if the pilot intentionally targeted nearby office space of the Internal... more »
  • Two people hospitalized after plane crash in Austin

    February 18, 2010 11:24 AM

    UPDATE: Fire department officials in Austin, Texas, say one person is unaccounted for following the crash of a small place into an office building. Two others have been taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known. A law enforcement official says the crash does not initially appear to... more »
  • Small plane crashes into building in Austin, Texas

    February 18, 2010 10:42 AM

    Authorities say a small private plane has crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas. Black smoke is coming from the building and firefighters are trying to put out the blaze. The building is located on a major highway in the city. Dawn Clopton, a division chief with the... more »
  • New Orleans considers demolishing World Trade Center

    February 4, 2010 10:09 AM

    After 12 years of trying to redevelop New Orleans' World Trade Center, officials say the riverfront land may be worth more without the 33-story building. Sean Cummings is chief executive of the New Orleans Building Corp., which owns the building. He says the site offers a chance to create something... more »
  • Fight brewing in New Roads over City Hall complex

    February 1, 2010 4:49 PM

    The push to get a new City Hall complex in New Roads is causing controversy between the Mayor and some council members. Two weeks ago the council voted to purchase an old antique store for $250,000 dollars and move City Hall there. It would have needed at least $700,000... more »
  • World's tallest building opens in Dubai

    January 4, 2010 11:37 AM

    Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper before a crowd of thousands of residents and tourists. The developer says the building is 2,171 feet tall. It cost about $1.5 billion to build the tapering metal-and-glass spire billed as a "vertical city" of luxury apartments and offices. The tower boasts four swimming... more »
  • Cause of Cedar Park building fire unknown

    October 28, 2009 9:15 PM

    The St. George Fire Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office responded to a building fire this evening at 11592 Cedar Park. The building belonged to Tai Industries Incorporated. Firefighters arrived on the scene around 6 p.m. and found light smoke in the back of the building. The fire... more »

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