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  • City wants parking permit back from convicted thief Play Video

    July 18, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The problems continue to grow tonight for the former CATS Board Member Montrell McCaleb who stole money to pay his cable bill and was featured in a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last month for creating non-profits with no track records of helping the community. When The Investigative Unit... more »
  • EBRSO: Man wanted for vehicle burglary in Central subdivision

    July 18, 2017 3:45 PM

    CENTRAL - Sheriff's deputies are seeking a man after surveillance footage recorded him burglarizing a vehicle in a Central subdivision. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, surveillance video recorded the burglary early Friday morning in the Morgan Place West subdivision. Video shows a white male entering... more »
  • Some patients in NYC hospital shooting improve

    July 1, 2017 12:43 PM

    NEW YORK - Officials at a New York hospital where a former doctor opened fire, killing one and injuring six, say the conditions of some of the victims have improved. Bronx Lebanon Hospital vice president Errol C. Schneer said Saturday that three patients who were listed as very... more »
  • Two contracts awarded for drainage project in Central

    June 13, 2017 2:11 PM

    CENTRAL – The city of Central announced that two contracts were awarded for the cleaning of canals and ditches in an effort to improve the city's drainage system. The contracts were awarded to Looks Great Services from Columbia, MS. According to city officials, $4 million have been... more »
  • Uber admits stiffing NYC drivers by millions of dollars

    May 23, 2017 8:41 PM

    NEW YORK - Uber has admitted to underpaying its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars for the past 2 1/2 years. The ride-hailing company on Tuesday said each affected driver would get a refund of about $900, which includes interest. Uber did not give a figure on... more »
  • Judge denies request to block Confederate statue's removal

    May 8, 2017 9:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans has refused to block the city from removing a statue of a Confederate general. Civil Court Judge Kern Reese ruled Monday afternoon. Hours earlier, monument supporters filed suit saying the city does not own the statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, and therefore... more »
  • Sudden disappearance of memorial bewilders community Play Video

    April 9, 2017 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The disappearance of a heart-shaped memorial caused a fair share of confusion and panic on Sunday. Doris Wells and Barbara Johnson wanted to remember their relatives who were killed by gun violence at the heart-shaped memorial that was placed near a local church. But they arrived... more »
  • 6 Flags park to be built in new Saudi 'entertainment city'

    April 9, 2017 2:19 PM

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has announced that a Six Flags theme park is expected to be built in a new entertainment city that will be the first of its kind in the kingdom. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the project will also include a safari area.... more »
  • Cruise line stops port calls at Mexican resort of Acapulco

    March 27, 2017 10:01 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The U.S. cruise ship line Holland America says it has halted port calls at Mexico's troubled resort city of Acapulco and will sail to other destinations in the country "due to recent security concerns." The news comes as Acapulco hosts an annual tourism fair that officials hope... more »
  • City plans show handicap accessible ramps long overdue Play Video

    March 10, 2017 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An intersection people have been complaining about should have been fixed years ago. It deals with making sidewalks handicap accessible along North Street in Baton Rouge. The plans are from May 29, 2002 and show a number of intersections that were intended to be altered but... more »
  • Krewe of Mid-City makes Mardi Gras debut Play Video

    February 28, 2017 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mid City residents are celebrating Mardi Gras in their own special way. A small parade krewe made up of Mid-City residents rolled through the Capital Heights Community Tuesday. William Doran, one of the parade organizers, said the community realized there was nothing to do in... more »
  • Baker City Council votes to take control of Police Chief's pay Play Video

    January 10, 2017 10:11 PM

    BAKER - The Baker City Council voted to take control of the Police Chief's salary. The salary was previously set by a pay-scale determined by one's years of service, according to the City. Current Chief Carl Dunn earns thousands of dollars less than his predecessor due to the... more »
  • Baker schools and BR to receive more than $6 million in flood recovery grants

    December 5, 2016 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The City of Baton Rouge and the Baker School System will receive more than $6 million in grants for flood recovery. Representative Cedric Richmond announced the availability of the federal funds on Monday afternoon. The Baker School System will receive $3.9 million for cleaning, damage... more »
  • Airport resumes operations after shooting

    November 15, 2016 9:15 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has resumed operations after being closed for several hours following a fatal shooting. The airport was shut down by police shortly after a Southwest Airlines employee was shot about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Michael Winchester died after being taken to a... more »
  • Year-long bicentennial celebration to kick-off on New Year's Eve

    November 3, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor Kip Holden announced that the city will kick-off a year-long Bicentennial celebration on New Year's Eve. The Baton Rouge Bicentennial will kick-off at the 2016 Red Stick Revelry New Year's Eve celebration at The Crest Stage in Glavez Plaza and the North Boulevard Town Square... more »
  • Large number of damage determination letters returned to Denham Springs City Hall

    October 11, 2016 8:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The City of Denham Springs recently mailed over 2,000 damage determination letters to both residents and business owners for substantial and non-substantial damage to property during the August flood. However, many of the letters were not delivered and were returned back to city hall. The city said... more »
  • Source says boy decapitated on waterslide

    August 10, 2016 1:22 PM

    KANSAS CITY - A 10-year-old boy was decapitated as he rode a waterslide at a Kansas water park. A person who is familiar with the investigation but is not authorized to speak about the boy's death told The Associated Press Wednesday that Caleb Schwab was decapitated Sunday on the "Verruckt"... more »
  • Mayor touts proposed tram as futuristic; expected to ask for funding Wednesday

    June 21, 2016 9:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a community meeting to discuss his proposed tram project, Mayor Kip Holden touted the project as something that will bring the city into the future. The proposed Tramlink BR line would run along Nicholson from LSU toward downtown and jumps to St. Ferdinand via Europe... more »
  • Baker submits audit to state 4 months late Play Video

    April 6, 2016 8:23 PM

    BAKER - Baker Mayor Harold Rideau admits he’s run a loose ship when it comes to tracking the state’s money and property. Now the city is scrambling to submit its financial information to the state four months late. Meltus Dike, who runs a business in Baker, said he’s concerned that... more »
  • Proposed BR streetcar to run early morning, late nights; more released today

    March 7, 2016 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city released more information about a $100 million proposed streetcar line through Old South Baton Rouge that will connect downtown and LSU. The line, called TramLinkBR, has been the topic of a series of meetings as engineers work on an environmental plan ahead of a... more »
  • Councilman says domestic abuse arrest was 'misunderstanding' Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:08 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Monday night, a city councilman in Denham Springs returned to his seat for the first time since he was arrested on Domestic Abuse Battery charges. He spoke to News 2's cameras for the first time. "This whole thing has been a misunderstanding," Chris Davis claims. "You know,... more »
  • Law enforcement and community wants teen violence to end Play Video

    December 13, 2015 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Community members and law enforcement officials are speaking out against recent violence involving teens in the city. "Look at education, home, neighborhood, parks, recreation, the whole thing of how are our kids being raised and growing up? " said East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore.... more »
  • Baton Rouge residents remember victims in Paris attacks

    November 15, 2015 8:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of people decided to spend their Sunday afternoon downtown honoring deceased victims of the Paris, France attacks. More than one hundred people were killed Friday evening at various places throughout the city, during a terrorist attack. People in Baton Rouge did their part to remember the... more »
  • Group creates mini parks to unite community Play Video

    September 18, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Mid City Redevelopment Alliance created three different mini parks in an effort to bring the community together and make the Mid City area more attractive. "The idea that we can create a community space that brings the neighborhood together. It not only beautifies the neighborhood but... more »
  • Empty spaces on riverfront cause political squabble Play Video

    August 31, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders responded to criticisms Monday they haven't been doing enough for development along the Baton Rouge Riverfront. Mayor-President Kip Holden and Davis Rhorer, the executive director of the Downtown Development District, held a hastily-called press conference Monday morning to answer criticisms they said were recently... more »
  • Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines

    July 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines following deadly mass shootings nationwide. Tuesday's 12-0 vote closes a loophole in state law that banned the manufacture and sale of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition - but not... more »
  • New plans to address violent crime in New Orleans

    July 21, 2015 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The police chief in New Orleans says he's increasing overtime available to officers as the city grapples with violent crime. Chief Michael Harrison also noted Tuesday that 27 new recruits soon will complete field training. And he said joint efforts with federal and state agencies to fight... more »
  • Boosie event abruptly canceled, promoter blames BR mayor

    July 16, 2015 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An event promoter said the mayor orchestrated the cancellation of his event that featured rapper Lil Boosie at the River Center this weekend. Terrell "T.J." Jackson said he has hosted the "Black and White Affair" for 12 years, and this was set to be its 13th.... more »
  • St. George organizers end new city fight, for now Play Video

    July 16, 2015 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the movement to create a new city called St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish said Thursday they will not appeal a judge's ruling over their petition, ending the fight for now. The group made the announcement on their Facebook page, saying they will... more »
  • Walker officials drawing up policies on police body cameras

    July 14, 2015 11:08 AM

    WALKER - Several months after outfitting patrol officers with wearable cameras, the Walker City Council will set down policies governing their use. The council introduced an ordinance Monday outlining a body camera policy, and next month it is planning to bring the matter to a vote. The Advocate reports the... more »
  • Mobile, Alabama, removing Confederate flag from city seal

    July 7, 2015 4:16 PM

    MOBILE - The Mobile City Council is removing the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government. The council vote Tuesday means only the U.S. flag will remain on the seal. A version of the Confederate national flag and four other historic flags will be taken... more »
  • St. George group says they've reached petition goal Play Video

    May 28, 2015 4:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Organizers of a drive to create a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish believe they have collected enough signatures to hold an election to decide the fate of the proposed new city. The petition organizers to create the city of St. George say that they have gathered... more »
  • Potential redistricting of BR judges based on race Play Video

    May 27, 2015 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - White voters in Baton Rouge have disproportionate influence in city court judge elections. Of the five available seats, three of the judges are elected from majority white district even though Baton Rouge is 60 percent African-American. So state lawmakers are working to change that. Wednesday, the... more »
  • Baker officials brace themselves to balance upcoming budget Play Video

    May 15, 2015 4:47 PM

    BAKER - City officials are prepping to balance this year's upcoming 2015-2016 budget. Chief of Police Mike Knapps said he submitted his budget to the city for approval. He wants to fill two officer positions which have been vacant since last year. "It's very, very important that this... more »
  • St. George petition approaching deadline

    May 5, 2015 8:26 AM

    ST. GEORGE- A last-ditch effort to create a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish is moving forward. Supporters of a new city of St. George say they're on track to have enough signatures on their petition by the May deadline. They have until the end of May to... more »
  • Hundreds turn out for annual clean up day

    March 28, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Different groups and organizations picked up trash on streets of the city for the annual Nehemiah Day. This year marks 6 years the community wide clean up has been happening and this year more than 150 volunteers showed up. Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker is the... more »
  • Denham Springs council proposes synthetic marijuana fines

    March 11, 2015 10:00 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs may soon be able to collect money from the growing number of criminals fined for possession of synthetic marijuana. Possession of the drugs is already illegal, but money from fines goes to the local judicial district. Following public comment at the council's... more »
  • Dozens of guns taken off the streets

    February 21, 2015 7:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple people turned in their unused guns, Saturday, at Elm Grove Baptist Church. The Sheriff's office along with state and city police with the District Attorney's office hosted the annual Gas for Guns event. This was the 5th year law enforcement put the event together,... more »
  • Baker city officials explore revenue options Play Video

    January 16, 2015 6:23 PM

    BAKER - City officials met to discuss possible ways to help Baker's budget Friday. The two biggest options looked at were an increase in property taxes and an increase in sales taxes. Right now the current sales tax is 9.5 percent. The maximum the city can charge in... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders Play Video

    January 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are coming down on individuals, businesses and organizations who place signs where they don't belong in Baton Rouge. According to the Department of Public Works, any signs that are in the public right of way or on utility poles are illegal and those who... more »
  • Mother and city blame the other for child's death

    January 6, 2015 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a mother in the death of her child Tuesday, the same day she sued the city for her child's death. Brittni Clark is charged with negligent homicide. Her four-year-old son Jassiah Clark was found dead December 22, two days after he was reported missing.... more »
  • Zachary removes eyesores from neighborhoods

    December 17, 2014 6:18 PM

    ZACHARY - Residents are excited the city is removing eyesores and junk vehicles from around town. "Clean up all of these old raggedy cars just sitting up there. (It's) not doing them any service, so you know it's not doing me any service just sitting there," said Bobby Williams... more »
  • Citizen calls for police review board following WBRZ reports Play Video

    November 12, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mounting allegations against the police department has some urging the city to create a review board to watch over officers. "I think it's time we start holding officers accountable," an area college professor, Paul Guidry, said. He and Metro Council members C. Denise Marcelle and... more »
  • Traffic calming test leaves residents undecided Play Video

    November 6, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A plan that some people are hoping will lessen traffic and make streets safer has kicked into full gear. It's called the Traffic Calming Test, and the city started it Tuesday by putting one way street signs and lowered speed limits in certain areas. They plan... more »
  • St. George Organizers: We've got the signatures Play Video

    August 25, 2014 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George organizers say they've got the nearly 18,000 signatures needed for the issue to appear on the ballot in December. This is good news for supporters who had hoped to vote on the breakaway city in November but fell short. The group is expected to... more »
  • Taxpayer dollars paying for free rides out of town for homeless Play Video

    August 2, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One city is footing the bill for its homeless to take one way trips to places like Los Angeles and Tulsa. The Way Home program started through private funding and gave 75 vagrants tickets out of town. But recently, Baton Rouge Metro Council gave the... more »

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