January 6, 2015 2:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Discarded Christmas trees will be collected this week in New Orleans and recycled for wetlands restoration. Residents and small businesses can leave natural trees - stripped of all ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands - curbside either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. The city will not collect artificial trees, flocked... more »
December 26, 2014 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Santa Claus exercised his second amendment rights this year, dropping off hundreds of new guns and accessories to the good boys and girls of south Louisiana.
It's why gun retailers prepared for a rush today as people were ready to spend Christmas money and deck out... more »
December 26, 2014 3:53 PM
GRETNA - Shoppers returned to the Gretna mall Friday where a shooter killed one person on Christmas Eve, and were greeted by tighter security throughout the property.
Extra Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies patrolled the Oakwood Center mall two days after investigators said 24-year-old James Vaughan was shot and killed... more »
December 25, 2014 10:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Christmas trees can be recycled and area municipalities announced plans for retrieving live trees from residents.
In the city of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of the parish, curbside pick up will be from January 5 - 16. Drop-off sites open Friday and will remain open to... more »
December 25, 2014 9:37 PM
HOUMA - A state trooper was shocked by a little girl, who handed him a Christmas card at a store.
The girl handed him a card, then left. When the trooper opened it, it read "the gift of love, the gift of peace, and the gift of joy; May... more »
December 25, 2014 7:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - Video gamers in the capital region and elsewhere are being met with frustration when trying to play their Xbox or PlayStation on Sony and Microsoft networks.
Hackers claimed responsibility for forcing the two systems to go down earlier on Christmas Day. Neither company will official give... more »
December 25, 2014 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - St. Vincent de Paul served around eight hundred meals on Christmas.
Nearly 200 volunteers showed up to help pass out gifts to adults and children in addition to serving people.
"It's nice. It's good that they did that for us. For everybody...so everybody could eat.... more »
December 25, 2014 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters were able to control a fire that burned up a chimney and into the attic of a home on Camellia Avenue in the Garden District Thursday.
The family said they had a party Wednesday night and watched the fire burn out but awoke to flames... more »
December 25, 2014 10:47 AM
UNDATED - The Bowl barrage takes a break today for Christmas. It resumes tomorrow with three games on the schedule. In the Heart of Dallas Bowl 8-4 Louisiana Tech meets 6-6 Illinois. Rutgers takes a 7-5 mark into the Quick Lane Bowl against 6-6 North Carolina. The St. Petersburg Bowl... more »
December 24, 2014 11:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Shoppers took to area stores Wednesday to make last minute buys for Christmas.
As last as 9 p.m., people were still on the streets. Many people had to visit drug or convenience stores because they waited until all other establishments were closed.
Shoppers had procrastinated... more »
December 24, 2014 10:30 PM
GRAMERCY - A centuries old bonfire tradition lighting the way for Papa Noel along the Mississippi River is getting more explosive than ever.
"I don't think we wold do this in California at all," first time spectator Ashley Kim said.
About a hundred bonfires along several miles of... more »
December 24, 2014 3:28 PM
NEW YORK - American Airlines says it's trying to adapt its schedule to the windy and wet weather plaguing parts of the country today -- and trying to get passengers to their destinations for Christmas. By mid-morning today, more than 260 flights had been canceled in the United States, according... more »
December 24, 2014 10:54 AM
WATSONTOWN - Police say a Pennsylvania baby sitter stole a 2-year-old's Christmas present from under the tree and returned it to the store so he could pocket a $30 refund. Sunbury police arrested Sean Ashelman on Monday on theft, forgery and stolen property charges in connection with the heist of... more »
December 24, 2014 2:31 AM
CHICAGO, IL - Travelers setting out for the holidays could face trouble, with snow anticipated in the Great Lakes region and rain expected along the country's East Coast. The National Weather Service predicts Christmas Eve precipitation from Missouri to Michigan, with rain turning into snow in some areas. Several inches... more »
December 23, 2014 4:12 PM
CHALMETTE - There aren't many movie theaters around the nation showing "The Interview," the movie that provoked an international incident with North Korea. One of those places is Chalmette Movies in St. Bernard Parish. On Tuesday, Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to allow the controversial movie to be screened at select... more »
December 23, 2014 7:02 AM
PORT ALLEN - A Christmas tradition returns today at Bonfest in Port Allen. Councilman Gary Hubble and Director of Community Development Rose Roche joined us on 2une In to preview the event.
The food, fun and fireworks begins at 2 p.m. today on Court St. in Downtown Port Allen,... more »
December 22, 2014 8:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe an electrical malfunction between some Christmas lights and the electrical socket at a home in the Broadmoor area sparked a fire Monday evening.
Emergency crews were dispatched to a house on Carolyn Sue about 5 p.m. They found the family's Christmas Tree in the... more »
December 22, 2014 7:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Christmas tradition continues this weekend in St. James Parish. Dozens of bonfire structures have already popped up near Gramercy and Lutcher.
They're used to light the way for Santa on Christmas Eve. Family and friends spend weeks constructing the elaborate structures. Some are as tall... more »
December 22, 2014 7:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Woman and Children Center at St. Vincent de Paul is a full house this holiday season. The shelter often doesn't have the space necessary to help everyone in need.
News 2's Rebecca Buchanan visited the the center this morning on 2une In to learn more... more »
December 19, 2014 9:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - If you are one of the millions of American's who have yet to get their holiday shopping done, stores are staying open longer and opening earlier for your convenience. Kohl's is open for 100 hours straight. The store opened Friday at 6 a.m. and will stay open... more »
December 19, 2014 6:11 PM
LUTCHER - The levees in St. James Parish are lined with bonfires that stick out for miles, all waiting to light the way for Papa Noel on Christmas Eve.
Some bonfire experts spend the entire holiday season constructing works of art for the tradition.
"It's about having a... more »
December 19, 2014 1:45 PM
BRUSLY - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Chef Chucky Lejeune joined us Friday on News 2 at Noon to talk about some of his favorite Christmas dishes.
In addition to traditional meals like chicken and sausage or seafood gumbo, Chef Chuck says he enjoys combing his pork and deer roasts! He... more »
December 19, 2014 1:36 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Deputies in Livingston Parish will be playing Santa this weekend.
Hundreds of gifts were delivered to children across the parish as part of Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade. Dozens of deputies battled the rain Friday morning to load up their cruisers with toys donated by the... more »
December 18, 2014 2:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - With just a week to go until Christmas, the rush is on to buy those last minute gifts and get them under the tree for the big day.
Today on News 2 at Noon, we enlisted the help of one of Santa's elves: Cody Dickerson from... more »
December 18, 2014 1:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - 2une In's John Pastorek joined cooking-guru Holly Clegg in her kitchen this morning of another edition of Holly's Holiday Countdown.
On the menu this morning: Shrimp and Corn Soup with a side of Cranberry Avocado Mixed Green Salad.
Shrimp and Corn Soup:
Makes 12... more »
December 17, 2014 3:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Grinch is stealing holiday packages from the front door of homes in Baton Rouge.
One homeowner caught a crook red-handed stealing Christmas gifts in the Oak Hills Park subdivision off Siegen Lane. In the video you can see the man snooping around, eventually loading the... more »
December 17, 2014 1:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Right before the holiday hustle and bustle begins, you have a chance to slow down to enjoy some music and fellowship.
First United Methodist Church is inviting you to their Carols and Candlelight event this weekend.
It begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard... more »
December 16, 2014 12:38 PM
Last week, the WBRZ Weather Team examined historical, statistical probabilities for a white Christmas. As you probably imagined, even prior to reading, chances for Southeast Louisiana aren't very good. You can review those stats by clicking here .
We can now see that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should... more »
December 15, 2014 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army will begin distributing presents to children Tuesday, but for the first time some parents took a special class before getting free toys.
Instead of just giving parents a fish, the Salvation Army says it wants to teach parents how to fish. That's why... more »
December 15, 2014 6:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - 'The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou' is Louisiana's own version of the treasured holiday classic. It hits the stage again this weekend, just before Christmas.
The ballet is Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.... more »
December 12, 2014 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Friday was distribution day at the News 2 station as this year's Pat's Coats for Kids draws to a close and the time has come for kids to get their warm winter wear ahead of the coldest Louisiana months.
News 2's Ambria Washington visited a local... more »
December 12, 2014 7:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - A holiday tradition returns to Baton Rouge this weekend with the rolling of the Jones Creek Christmas Parade.
The parade has been a mainstay in the Capital City since it was founded 15 years ago, but it was canceled in 2013 because of bad weather. They're... more »
December 12, 2014 7:14 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Santa hats and sirens don't usually go together, but they do in Livingston Parish. Sheriff's deputies are doing their part to be Santa's helpers on the streets for their annual Christmas Crusade for the Children.
So far 1,200 kids have had their Christmas wishes granted, but... more »
December 11, 2014 11:24 PM
BATON ROUGE -BATON ROUGE - We are just 12 days from Christmas, and News Two's John Jackson has some gift ideas for your favorite outdoorsman or woman.
Every hunter or fisherman wants to relive their great moments in the outdoors. They'll be able to brag a lot easier in... more »
December 11, 2014 9:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - John Pastorek joined Holly Clegg in the kitchen this morning on 2une In as we continued Holly's Holiday Countdown. On the menu this morning: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip and Italian Pull Apart Bread. Here's the recipes:
Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip: Splurge with this divine, creamy, and... more »
December 11, 2014 9:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - You can get in the Christmas spirit this weekend with the Southern University Concert Band and Choir.
They're preparing for the 4th annual Yuletide Gift of the Spirit Concert. It will also feature a minister's choir composed of preachers from around the state. The concert is... more »
December 11, 2014 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge tradition of sight, sound and spirit will be unwrapped this weekend when Jefferson Baptist Church lights up the Twin Living Christmas Trees.
You can catch performance Saturday, December 13th (7 p.m.), Sunday, December 14th (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Monday, December 15th... more »
December 10, 2014 10:11 PM
MANCHAC - The popular seafood restaurant on Lake Maurepas, south of Ponchatoula off I-55, is turning to social media to try and solve a Christmas crime.
Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant posted pictures on its Facebook page of what managers said is the Christmas display ruined by vandals Tuesday morning. The... more »
December 10, 2014 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police say 15 mailboxes were broken into overnight at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge. Investigators said while they weren't sure if the thieves were after shipped gifts or just the personal information found in people's mail, it's a sad example of Christmas Grinches looking to cash... more »
December 9, 2014 11:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- Kohl's shoppers and others will be able to shop 'till they drop for hours leading up to Christmas.
The company announced its stores will be open for 100 hours straight ahead of the holiday in two weeks. Stores will open at 6 a.m. on Dec. 19 and... more »
December 6, 2014 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of kids got early Christmas gifts this year.
The annual "Breakfast with Santa" event rolled around once again for the Baton Rouge chapter of the Jack and Jill of America organization.
The group hosted the breakfast amid a toy drive for the kids. Hundreds... more »
December 2, 2014 4:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Toy guns will not be collected for some local toy drives since they look too much like the real thing.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Constable's Office will hand out nearly 3,000 toys to kids this Christmas. Constable Reginald Brown says none... more »
November 19, 2014 11:30 AM
BOSTON - A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the "Catapencil" - a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end - are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog group. World Against Toys Causing... more »
November 13, 2014 7:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Temperatures are dropping, Christmas trees are going up and it's time to start thinking about the loved ones on your list. You can start Christmas shopping and support a good cause this weekend at the Mistletoe Market.
Half of all proceeds from this year's event go... more »
November 3, 2014 7:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - Even though it's chilly, you still need to get outside and get your exercise. The Santa Run in downtown Baton Rouge is just around the corner.
The run is part of the annual Christmas for Kiwanis Parade. Every person who registers will receive their own Santa... more »
October 30, 2014 8:47 AM
CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down.
The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than... more »
October 7, 2014 2:56 AM
NEW YORK - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year. But holiday shoppers will still want fat discounts, and experts cite a sharp divide between the haves and have nots in an uneven economic recovery.... more »
January 3, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Curbside Christmas tree collection starts Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish, except in Baker and Zachary.
Trees placed on the curb will be picked up through January 18. They will be collected on normal trash pick up days by separate rear loaders or brush trucks.
... more »
December 30, 2013 8:51 AM
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children, including one who died, and of stabbing her husband, all on Christmas. Casa Grande police say 35-year-old Connie Villa was arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted... more »
December 25, 2013 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Beginning Thursday, the day after Christmas, people can leave their Christmas trees at drop sites to be recycled.
In a week, crews will begin collecting trees from the curb. Trees will be processed into mulch.
Curbside collection runs from January 6-18. Sites are open from December... more »
December 25, 2013 10:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Residents hoping to get lucky playing a Christmas Day lottery will only have the Powerball drawing.
Louisiana Lottery Corp. offices are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Their policy is to not hold drawings on Christmas or Easter.
The... more »
December 24, 2013 5:56 AM
A cold start, Christmas Eve started off in the upper 20s. The remainder of the day will feature clear skies as a high pressure system sits off to our north, centered in Missouri. This high and its clockwise surface flow are resulting in a northerly wind pulling down cold air... more »
December 23, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - A couple calls their new baby a Christmas miracle after she was delivered, two months early, in the back of their car this weekend.
"Everybody asked me what I wanted," said Lakin Miller. "I got what I wanted, she's right here with me."
Miller... more »
December 21, 2013 6:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - A family is sleeping easy tonight after a woman was inspired by a News 2 story about a young mother with barely any heat.
Daphne Brooks and her three children lost their home in a fire and were forced to move to a small place, surviving... more »
December 20, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A family is adopting an LSU favorite as a Christmas song in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Darryl Clark started working on his 40,000 light holiday display this summer and completed the show the day after Thanksgiving.
The spectacle includes six songs that dance on a... more »
December 20, 2013 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Inmates at East Baton Rouge Prison earn time with their families for Christmas.
Almost 30 inmates celebrated the holiday with their families at the Christmas Toy Give-a-way. Male and female inmates who graduated from programs like Second Chance 2 Recover, Reality Behind Bars, and Communities Committed... more »
December 19, 2013 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens weighed in on the idea of giving someone plastic surgery as a Christmas gift today on News 2 at 4.
He said it's not something he'd recommend, and you'd have to know your significant other very well so it isn't offensive.... more »
December 18, 2013 9:28 AM
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - An advocate for religious freedom in the U.S. military is calling on the Navy to remove nativity scenes and Christmas decorations from dining facilities at the base in Guantanamo Bay. Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation says he raised the issue after... more »
December 17, 2013 6:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - A little girl's wish to have her father home for Christmas came true today in Baton Rouge.
Madison Davis and her classmates at St. Jean Vianney wrote letters to the troops in Kuwait. What the class didn't know was that Madison's father, Master Sergeant Dean Davis,... more »
December 17, 2013 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallotoc talked about some different holiday looks today on WBRZ News 2 at 4.
Palpallotoc talked about three different looks: the Christmas party, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. She also paired each outfit with a gift, like a bottle of champagne for... more »
December 16, 2013 2:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Christmas has come early for a number of local military families.
This morning members of the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company of the Louisiana National Guard touched down at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. They've been in Kuwait for ten months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting... more »
December 11, 2013 6:20 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A not-so-merry Christmas display is upsetting a neighborhood in Denham Springs for the second year in a row.
Sarah Childs is giving the finger to a neighbor she accuses of stealing her dog last year. Denham Springs Police said their investigation shows that didn't happen, and... more »
December 9, 2013 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - A family of nine is holding strong after a fire destroyed their home over the weekend.
Shanita Johnson, her husband and seven kids made it out of their Blake Street home as it burned early Sunday morning.
"We got out the house, and that was... more »
November 29, 2013 8:49 AM
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November 19, 2013 4:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallatoc explored different Christmas gift ideas like scarves and jewelry. She also announced the opening of Tiffany & Co. in New Orleans.
Palpallatoc gave a wide variety of different gift ideas for every price range. Money can be tight over the holidays, but... more »
November 14, 2013 8:56 AM
NEW YORK- NBA players are dressing up for Christmas - in sleeves. The leagued debuted short-sleeved jerseys Thursday for the 10 teams that will play on the holiday, replacing the traditional sleeveless NBA uniforms. The jerseys featured a large logo in the center on the front of the jersey. The... more »
December 26, 2012 7:21 PM
A man in Clay County, Mississippi near West Point died in a homemade fireworks explosion outside his house on Christmas night. Ralph "Bubba" Elliot was killed when his homemade device exploded just before ten last night. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott says state and federal authorities are trying to determine... more »
December 26, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The 2012 shopping season is quickly drawing to a close, and many shoppers say they didn't spend as much as years past.
Retailers typically make 40 percent of their yearly sales in November and December. The week after Christmas is still considered a big shopping week,... more »
December 25, 2012 10:21 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Christmas storms killed at least one person in Louisiana, damaged buildings from central Louisiana into southwest Mississippi and cut power to at least 14,000 people and businesses in Louisiana and 5,000 in Mississippi. Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said that 53-year-old Allen Sullivan died around 2 p.m.... more »
December 25, 2012 10:18 PM
ZACHARY- People were forced to break Christmas traditions and take cover when powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday.
Damage was reported in many areas. In the northern part of East Baton Rouge, at least two people said they encountered a tornado.
"There was just a lot of... more »
December 25, 2012 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - It was a Christmas miracle for one family at Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. Earlier this month, Mary Parker's house caught fire in the middle of the night. Everyone in the home escaped unharmed, but the fire left nothing.
Parker, known for welcoming anyone and everyone... more »
December 24, 2012 8:09 AM
ATLANTA - Some analysts are saying that shoppers seem to be spending less leading up to Christmas Day.
The market research NPD Inc., says consumer traffic over the weekend was in line with the same time a year ago, but shoppers seemed to be holding onto their wallets a... more »
December 22, 2012 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Holiday shoppers were out today despite current talks from Washington on potential tax increases.
Kelli Bagwell said she is aware of how close the nation is to teetering to the fiscal cliff, but she is not going to let it ruin her holiday season. "I'm getting... more »
December 22, 2012 9:59 AM
HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised. Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and left quickly for their vacation... more »
December 21, 2012 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- Small, locally owned stores are getting their piece of the pie when it comes to last minute shoppers.
"It's the last minute people rushing it, it's our second black Friday," says Lindsay Schaefer.
Schaefer, a sales associate at FeBe, says her store is cashing in on... more »
December 20, 2012 11:17 PM
DUTCHTOWN- More Christmas vandals are wanted in Ascension Parish.
The sheriff's office said people destroyed holiday decorations in the Moss Pointe Subdivision. It's the second set of attacks this season.
Last week, three teens were arrested. They were accused of another vandalism spree where thousands of dollars worth... more »
December 19, 2012 12:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Performer and Baton Rouge native Jamie Wax returns this weekend to the stage he first performed his original one-man Christmas show, "A Gift for Lyman Bourke."
Wax premiered the show 20 years ago at the Baton Rouge Little Theater, and now brings the holiday comedy back... more »
December 14, 2012 5:32 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade distributed toys to over 1,200 kids today.
Families opened their doors to Sheriff Deputies, who hand-delivered the toys to each household.
For many deputies, the Christmas Crusade is about connecting with the public in a positive way.
"It's seeing... more »
December 13, 2012 5:27 PM
DUTCHTOWN- Three teenagers have been arrested, accused of destroying thousands of dollars worth of Christmas displays in Ascension Parish.
The trio has been nicknamed the "Christmas Vandals" by deputies. A tip led to the break in the case.
Roarke Dunn, Rendell Reid and Adam Dellucci face charges in... more »
December 11, 2012 6:18 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities say three people are dead, including the shooter, after a mass shooting at a packed Oregon mall. The shooting happened at the Clackamas Town Center, which was packed with holiday shoppers according to law enforcement.
Officers have been going store-to-store at the Clackamas Town Center... more »