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  • Officials: New Orleans disaster aid not likely

    August 7, 2017 9:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans City Council members say damage from weekend flooding probably won't qualify as a federal or state disaster. Council President Jason Williams and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell spoke separately with The Associated Press after visiting flooded areas Monday. Both say they don't have... more »
  • UN votes to add 15 North Koreans, 4 entities to UN blacklist

    June 2, 2017 7:15 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution adding 15 North Korean individuals and four entities linked to the country's nuclear and missile programs to a U.N. sanctions blacklist. The U.S.-drafted resolution doesn't impose any new sanctions over North Korea's latest missile tests as the U.S.... more »
  • Security Council condemns NKorea missile test

    May 15, 2017 9:02 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. A press statement issued by the council late Monday expresses "utmost... more »
  • UNSC to hold urgent consultations on NKorea missile test

    May 14, 2017 2:48 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council will hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea. Uruguay holds the council presidency this month and its U.N. Mission said Sunday the closed consultations will be held on Tuesday... more »
  • FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims

    April 30, 2017 12:08 PM

    ZURICH - FIFA Council member Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait is resigning from his soccer roles under pressure from allegations in an American federal court that he bribed Asian officials. Sheikh Ahmad says he will withdraw from a May 8 election in Bahrain for the FIFA seat... more »
  • Lafayette council bans smoking in bars

    April 20, 2017 1:19 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has voted to ban smoking in bars, clubs and other public places. Media outlets report the ban passed with a 7-2 vote during a Tuesday night council meeting. The ordinance bans smoking inside, but smokers can light up as long as they're at least... more »
  • Rep. Marcelle to hold press conference on alleged Council on Aging attacks

    April 1, 2017 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Representative C. Denise Marcelle will hold a press conference on Monday to address the alleged attacks that have been made against the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and its Executive Director . Marcelle announced the press conference on Saturday after reportedly receiving numerous... more »
  • LSU's Etling named vice-chair of SEC leadership council

    February 16, 2017 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Danny Etling has been elected as the vice-chair of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council, the league announced Thursday. Etling joins Kentucky's Greg Hart, who was selected to serve as chair for the group, as the two elected leaders of the football council. Etling... 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 »
  • UN backs Russian-Turkish efforts for Syria peace

    December 31, 2016 1:34 PM

    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jumpstart peace negotiations. The resolution approved Saturday afternoon also calls for the "rapid, safe and unhindered" delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria. And it looks forward... more »
  • Council on Aging keeps its funding Play Video

    December 13, 2016 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro-council members failed to strip funding from the Council on Aging in Baton Rouge Tuesday. Republican Buddy Amoroso wanted the senior-citizen group to be solely funded by a tax hike voters approved in November. "I'm disappointed we gave them $872,000 from the budget," said Amoroso after his... more »
  • Temporary voting locations approved for EBR precincts

    September 28, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved temporary voting locations for 38 precincts at 19 polling locations affected by last month's historic flooding. Crews with the parish Clerk of Court's office and the Registrar of Voters are now canvassing the impacted areas to inform them of... more »
  • Metro Council discusses debris removal, votes on elevation requirements

    September 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council hosted a special meeting Wednesday evening at City Hall in downtown Baton Rouge to discuss parish elevation requirements after last month’s historic flooding. The council voted to raise "substantial damage" to 50 percent of the homes value for... more »
  • New Roads Mayor denies illegal behavior at special meeting Play Video

    August 9, 2016 11:41 PM

    NEW ROADS - New Roads Mayor Robert Myer addressed the city council for the first since his arrest last week at a special meeting Tuesday night at city hall. Myer is accused of charging thousands of dollars on the city's credit card for his personal use. At the special... more »
  • Livingston homeowners look to remove blight from abandoned properties Play Video

    August 5, 2016 9:34 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Residents in some Livingston Parish neighborhoods are looking for ways to spruce up blighted properties without reprecussions. In the Robinwood subdivision, residents say overgrown grass and plants is a problem that has grown through the past five years. "The fence is falling down," Johnawane Tarver,... more »
  • Councilwoman arrested after 'issue' with bus driver

    April 21, 2016 2:47 PM

    PORT ALLEN – West Baton Rouge Parish Councilmember Charlene Gordon acknowledged Thursday that she was arrested after an incident with a school bus driver. Sources told the Investigative Unit that Port Allen Police arrested 53-year-old Charlene C. Gordon Wednesday afternoon. Gordon, before referring WBRZ to her lawyer, confirmed... more »
  • Livingston council announces public hearing for term limits, gravel pits

    April 15, 2016 12:24 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council made headway on a pair of items at a meeting Thursday night that have been in the works for months. The council briefly discussed and set a date for a public hearing about administering term limits for themselves. Voters replaced the entire council last... more »
  • Livingston Parish gravel pit regulations tighten Play Video

    April 13, 2016 5:27 PM

    WATSON- After two long years of going over regulations for gravel pits, the Livingston Parish Council is expected to move forward with its latest set of rules Thursday. The proposed gravel pit next to the Oak Hills subdivision in Watson has caused a stir among residents. The issue first came... more »
  • Livingston Council considering term limits Play Video

    February 22, 2016 6:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The newly elected Livingston Parish Council is considering the addition of term limits for council members. Ultimately, voters would decide whether to add term limits after the council puts the issue on a ballot. Councilman Gary Talbert believes all council members support term limits. "I think people get... more »
  • Matassa, new Ascension Parish council sworn in

    January 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    GONZALES - Kenny Matassa has a lot to be grateful for at the beginning of 2016. Matassa was sworn in as president of Ascension Parish Monday, alongside the new and returning members of the parish council. In attendance for the swearing-in was his son Nick Matassa, who was badly... more »
  • New Orleans council votes to remove Confederate monuments

    December 17, 2015 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council voted 6-1 Thursday to remove Confederate monuments from public lands in the city. The only dissenting vote was council member Stacy Head. The vote clears the way for the city to remove statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President... more »
  • Motion to keep 2 Confederate monuments fails

    December 17, 2015 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A motion to keep two Confederate monuments in place in New Orleans has failed. Council member at-large Stacy Head asked Thursday to keep large monuments to Confederate commanders Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard in place. But her motion received no support from the seven-person council. The... more »
  • Central to add 2 to council by 2018

    December 8, 2015 11:24 PM

    CENTRAL - The city council approved adding two at-large seats to its elected body Tuesday. In addition to the two, new positions, the council will be divided into five districts instead of all five being at-large. By the 2018 election cycle, the council will have five people elected from... more »
  • Bigger government up for vote in Central Play Video

    December 7, 2015 10:28 PM

    CENTRAL - Tuesday night, the city council in Central is set to discuss and vote on adding two more council members. The ordinance, introduced by council member Wayne Messina, would establish a seven-member council with five elected from districts and two elected at-large. It would also appropriate about $6,000... more »
  • Entirely new council ready to take over Livingston Parish Play Video

    November 23, 2015 6:01 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Newly elected Livingston Parish council members have pledged to work together as the entirely new council will take over in January. Voters replaced three incumbents who did not seek reelection and ousted six others. For the first time ever the parish will bring in nine new members. John... more »
  • Runoff set for final Livingston Parish Council seat Play Video

    November 18, 2015 6:04 PM

    WATSON - There's one race left to decide the final seat for the Livingston Parish Council, and voters in the Watson area will decide between two republicans Saturday. Voters will pick either incumbent Jim Norred or Garry "Frog" Talbert. In October, Talbert received 12 more votes than Norred taking 42... more »
  • Terrebonne council discusses mosquito problem

    November 17, 2015 12:54 PM

    HOUMA - With an uptick in mosquito activity, the Terrebonne Parish Council has discussed combating the pest problem with contracted Mosquito Control Services. Councilman Dirk Guidry said Monday night he has seen the trucks that spray to kill mosquito larvae in his district, but they were moving quickly and... more »
  • Brusly liquor license denial sparks tension at council meeting Play Video

    November 2, 2015 10:56 PM

    BRUSLY - A former police chief, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges connected to things he did while in office, was denied a liquor license for a convenience store he and his girlfriend purchased together. Jamie Whaley and Tricia Michel sat before the Brusly Council Monday night as officials... more »
  • Incumbents ousted in Livingston Parish Play Video

    October 24, 2015 11:28 PM

    LIVINGSTON - There will be a shake up to the Livingston Parish Council after voters decided to oust several incumbents from their seats. Chance Parent, Marshall Harris, Joan Landry, Ricky Goff, and Delos Blackwell will not be returning to the council following defeats Saturday night. Incumbent "Jim" Norred,... more »
  • Terrebonne estuary program hails votes in Congress

    August 22, 2015 6:34 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - Steady funding for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program likely will be renewed following unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for estuary programs nationwide. The congressional support signals the National Estuary Program, which expired in 2010, will be reauthorized. The Louisiana program has been receiving about $600,000... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Discussion continues on Baton Rouge body cameras Play Video

    May 27, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The fight for body cameras rages on in Baton Rouge. Councilwoman Denise Marcelle is continuing her push for an ordinance that would require patrolling officers to wear the cameras, starting January 1st. The topic has already been deferred three times at council meetings. Marcelle says it's been... more »
  • Louisiana police agency abolished amid scandals

    May 20, 2015 9:57 AM

    SORRENTO- Marred by lawsuits, federal charges and a disgraced former police chief, the Sorrento Police Department has officially been shut down by the town council. The Sorrento Town Council unanimously approved Tuesday an ordinance to abolish the police department. The town's voters had agreed in November to abolish the Police... 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 »
  • Deedy Slaughter-era political haggle over settlement Play Video

    May 13, 2015 10:45 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Despite a court settlement only needing ceremonious approval at the city's council meeting Wednesday night, there was some Deedy Slaughter-era stress as leaders voted on the offer. The city's chief financial officer, Audrey McCain was offered a $112,500 settlement in connection with a wrongful termination lawsuit... more »
  • Gonzales council passes new budgets unanimously

    May 12, 2015 7:28 AM

    GONZALES- The Gonzales City Council has passed its 2015-16 general fund and capital outlay budgets unanimously in marked contrast to last year's six-month budget fight between two factions of the council. The $10.6 million capital outlay budget approved Monday will be funding some $3 million in road projects, $1 million... more »
  • Duson hires more police, council raises starting pay

    April 27, 2015 7:49 AM

    DUSON- Duson's police force will soon double in size after the town's aldermen approved hiring two officers and agreed to increase the starting salary. The Advocate reports it was the first effort by new Police Chief Kip Judice, who was sworn in as chief last week and won the Board... more »
  • Baker cracks down on blight Play Video

    April 24, 2015 6:52 PM

    BAKER - The city of Baker is cracking down on blight. Officials went over a list of five properties that were recommended to the council for condemnation at last week's council meeting. One property is on Buchanan St., and the other four are on Chamberlain St. "There's a... more »
  • Parish-wide animal control considered in Livingston Play Video

    February 12, 2015 4:17 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council will discuss the need for parish-wide animal control at its council meeting Thursday. Right now in the parish, animal control only exists in the city limits of Denham Springs, Walker and within the town of Livingston. Parish Councilman Ricky Goff wants to find... more »
  • Fired town clerk sues White Castle mayor, council

    February 9, 2015 5:55 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The former town clerk in White Castle filed a scathing lawsuit today in the Iberville Parish Courthouse against Mayor Jermarr Williams and the entire Town Council. Adler claims her rights were violated when she was fired. The WBRZ Investigative Unit showed you last month that the mayor initially... more »
  • St. Francisville bridge to be replaced, so residents aren't stranded

    February 8, 2015 6:55 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some residents who live off of Graham road have to cross the bridge in order to get to their homes. If the bridge goes out or needs emergency repair, it could leave people who live behind it stranded. Graham Road Bridge is on the agenda,... more »
  • Council settles with firm, details not released

    January 22, 2015 10:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates . The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
  • Council proposes lower tax for health unit Play Video

    January 22, 2015 4:25 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a 2.5 mill tax renewal for the parish health unit Thursday night in a second attempt at getting the renewal approved by voters. In November, voters denied the original, 5 mill renewal. The change means, if passed, the average homeowner would pay... 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 »
  • Gonzales council hopefuls vie for votes Play Video

    January 1, 2015 6:16 PM

    GONZALES- The city council will have a new look in 2015 and two men are hoping it will feature their faces in the seats vacated by Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel. Neal Bourque and Harold Stewart have stepped up to run for the seats that were emptied after Lacombe... more »
  • Another twist in Livingston's debris saga

    December 17, 2014 10:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday. A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September... more »
  • Council to tackle open seats, special election Wednesday

    December 15, 2014 9:49 PM

    GONZALES- Governor Bobby Jindal will need to appoint someone to fill the council seat of Gary Lacombe since the deadline for the city to appoint someone passed at midnight. Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will suggest someone to the governor's office. The city had twenty days to appoint someone... more »
  • Recalled Gonzales councilman sits in for last meeting Play Video

    December 8, 2014 10:16 PM

    GONZALES - Two days after voters booted him from office, Timothy Vessel attended his last city council meeting on the governing body of the City of Gonzales. "I had to be here as a councilman, to stay in my seat," Vessel said about attending the meeting Monday night. "This... more »
  • Council discusses pay raise, parish president's absence Play Video

    November 24, 2014 10:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are upset they aren't moving forward in the direction they would like. The council is concerned about the Master Plan and proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter that are up to voters on Dec. 6. Councilman Ricky Goff chastised... more »
  • Parish workers tell council to 'show them the money'

    November 18, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers in Baton Rouge have been waiting for a pay raise for years. Tuesday, the council spoke about raises for workers that were suggested, but never materialized. A study done by the city-parish, completed in 2013, found employees are underpaid, when matched to comparable cities.... more »
  • Animals to get extra funding Play Video

    November 11, 2014 9:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pending approval by the Baton Rouge Metro Council, the Companion Animal Alliance will get more funding to take care of their animals. It's expected to get $60,000 more this year since the city increased fees for pet owners. The CAA says the funding will be a... more »
  • Tension mounts among Gonzales council members Play Video

    November 10, 2014 10:19 PM

    GONZALES - Although the council passed the city's capital outlay budget Monday night, the tension remains over a series of other issues. There are two different attorneys representing the city of Gonzales and some of the councilmen and they're racking up a hefty bill. Fees for attorney Robert Barnett,... more »
  • Sorrento PD chief sits on resignation decision Play Video

    November 5, 2014 6:26 PM

    SORRENTO - The people of Sorrento voted to abolish their police department, but current police chief Fern Barnett says she hasn't made a decision to resign or not yet. She released this statement Wednesday: "I gave the residents a chance to make a choice. They made their choice, now... more »
  • Fire house, peddlers also focus of council meeting

    October 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided on a series of items at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. The council approved a transfer of an abandoned fire station on Laurel Street to the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. The organization wants to renovate the Old Fire Station 1 into offices for the organization.... more »
  • Sorrento makes no moves on $500,000 lawsuit Play Video

    October 7, 2014 9:40 PM

    SORRENTO - City leaders met in executive session Tuesday to discuss a $500,000 lawsuit filed by a woman who said the town's former chief of police assaulted her while she was detained. Earl Theriot resigned in February over the allegation. He was convicted of lying to the FBI about... more »
  • Timothy Vessel forced into recall election Play Video

    October 1, 2014 6:18 PM

    GONZALES - Councilman Timothy Vessel will be forced to defend his job after 2,188 voters signed a petition demanding he leave office. Vessel is one of two councilmen, including Gary Lacombe, that face the recall, likely to be held in December, after the Save Gonzales campaign worked for months... more »
  • Detroit's elected officials regain control of city

    September 26, 2014 2:12 AM

    DETROIT, MI - The day-to-day operations of Detroit's city government are back in the hands of its elected mayor and City Council. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr said Thursday that "the city is more than ready" before signing Order 42. The measure puts the nine-member council and Mayor Mike Duggan... more »
  • Baker leaders create group to deal with tall grass Play Video

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    BAKER - Overgrown grass near blighted properties is on the rise in Baker, and the city council took a step toward tackling the blight Tuesday evening. The city council created a blight committee to get the grass cut. Councilman Pete Heine's plan calls for the city to put overgrown... more »
  • Council does not override mayor's budget veto

    September 22, 2014 8:35 PM

    GONZALES- The city council will attempt to pass a budget the mayor will approve since the group did not override his veto of the most recent capital outlay spending plan . In two weeks, the council will likely draft another version. It will be the fourth try at getting... more »
  • Gonzales council drops budget ax on police again Play Video

    September 9, 2014 6:17 PM

    GONZALES - A day after the council decided to amend the budget for a third time, cutting out funding to the police department, Chief of Police Sherman Jackson defended his request for more than $400,000. "I think they're out of touch, one of them asked me if I think... more »
  • Ferguson city council plans review board Play Video

    September 9, 2014 2:04 AM

    FERGUSON, MO - Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, say they plan to establish a review board to help guide the police department, as the city council prepares to meet for the first time since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. The City Council has... more »
  • Gonzales' split 3-2 voice continues Play Video

    August 25, 2014 9:53 PM

    GONZALES - The political drama in Gonzales is as hot as ever and it seemed to boil Monday night. People in the audience chanted "recall, recall, recall," ahead of their exit from the council chambers. Two councilmen, Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel, were the focus of their outcry. ... more »
  • Sewer rates to drop for W. Feliciana residents Play Video

    August 14, 2014 5:25 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A sewage fee is raising a major stink in West Feliciana, and a change could be coming soon. The current sewage system in the parish requires people to pay a $2,400 hookup fee to turn on new service to a location. That's leading some residents to... more »
  • No action taken on legal fees in middle of feud Play Video

    August 14, 2014 4:37 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Thursday night, the Livingston Parish Council did not act on dealing with legal fees related to a lawsuit involving council members. The council wanted the parish to pay attorney fees for two council members, but Parish President Layton Ricks wants to wait until a judge makes a... more »
  • Roper files suit against council

    August 12, 2014 7:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The parish attorney being forced out of her position by city leaders has filed suit Monday against the entire East Baton Rouge Metro Council. Mary Roper claimed in the lawsuit members of the council unfairly targeted her and wanted her to step down in order to... more »
  • Ascension, Iberville could put up money for new bridge study Play Video

    July 25, 2014 10:08 PM

    GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief. Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study. Based on what Iberville... more »
  • Still no plan to fill Gustav money hole Play Video

    July 24, 2014 10:24 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council voted against hearing from a lawyer who claimed to have an idea about how to deal with a $59 million issue related to storm cleanup. Plans were supposed to be addressed Thursday night about steps going forward since arbitrators in Washington, D.C. sided... more »
  • Councilman: police department budget essentially $0

    July 22, 2014 8:33 PM

    SORRENTO- The town council voted to defund the embattled police department and give voters the chance to shut the department down for good this fall. Tuesday, four council members voted for the moves and were met with resistance from one. Beginning August 1st, there will be no money for... more »
  • Sorrento council to vote on police department Play Video

    July 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    SORRENTO - The town council will vote on a motion to let Sorrento residents decide the fate of their police department and chief of police position. After legislation was passed at the Capitol earlier this year to allow the town to abolish the position and the department, the council... more »

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